- SS Manny Machado is batting .254/.360/.407 through his first 118 Double-A at bats for the Bowie Baysox. His batting is heating up in May, as he's hit .286/.405/.429 through the first 11 games this month. On the season, Machado has 13 extra base hits, with 10 of those being doubles. He's showing good patience at the plate as he's walked 19 times against just 27 strikeouts through the first 34 games of the season. He's also three-for-five in stolen bases so far.
Watch Orioles SS Manny Machado bat against Blue Jays RHP Deck McGuire during 2012 spring training:
- RHP Dylan Bundy has been almost unhittable so far in his pro debut. Through his first six starts, spanning 20 innings pitched, Bundy has allowed just two base hits and surrendered two walks while striking out an astounding 33 batters. His has yet to allow an earned run, and opponents are batting .032 against him. Take a look at that number again. He registered a career high eight strikeouts in just three innings pitched in his last start @ Charleston. That means just one batter was able to record an out via putting the ball in play. What else can you say about Bundy's success so far, other than perhaps, get ready Frederick?
- 3B Jonathan Schoop is adjusting to the Double-A level, and while his overall stat line may not be too impressive, he's certainly heating up as the month of May goes along. Schoop hit just .210/.261/.309 through 81 at-bats in April, but so far he's hit .324/.400/.471 through 34 at-bats in May, which represents an increase from a .570 OPS to an .871 OPS. He's really struggling against right-handed pitching so far, batting just .182/.243/.242 in 66 at-bats so far. He also shows an ugly home/road split where his home batting average is .170 compared to .306 on the road. Lastly, Schoop is hitting just .130/.214/.304 with runners in scoring position. Small sample size alert, but those are some ugly numbers so far.
- 3B Nick Delmonico is off to a decent start with the Class-A Delmarva Shorebirds in his pro debut. Through his first 113 at-bats Delmonico is batting .265/.366/.398 with two home runs and nine doubles. He's also drawn 16 walks and has stolen two bases. He's struggled to hit left-handers so far, batting just .185/.290/.259 against them so far this season.
- RHP Parker Bridwell has a 4.40 ERA through his first six starts for Class-A Delmarva. He's struck out 21 batters in 30.2 innings pitched, well holding opposing hitters to a .265 batting average against. His best performance of the season came on April 26th against Greenville, when he threw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six batters.
- 1B Tyler Townsend was swinging a hot bat for Double-A Bowie before hitting the disabled list back on May 1st. Through his first 73 at-bats Townsend was hitting .247/.337/.521 with six home runs and two doubles through his first 21 games. The left-handed hitting first baseman hit three of those six home runs against left-handed pitching
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