Prospects, Prospects, And Prospects

Bowie Bay Sox 2011
By Rodger M. Wood

The roster of the 2011 AA Bowie Bay Sox looks like a “Who’s Who’s” of Baseball America 2011 Baltimore Orioles rated minor league prospects.

In any given game this season, Bowie Manager Gary Kendall can field a rated prospect at any position. He could use Joe Mahoney, BA #11 at 1B, LJ Hoes BA #4 or Greg Miclat, BA #26 at 2B, Pedro Florimon BA #29 or Greg Miclat at SS, Brandon Waring, BA #23 at 3B, catch Caleb Joseph BA #28, and put Ronnie Welty BA #19, Xavier Avery BA #3, and Robbie Widlansky, who is unrated but has shown AA power this season, (261 BA- 7 HR- 45 RBI) in the outfield. On the mound, he could start Choreye Spoone, BA #24, and have RHP Dan Klein BA #5, RHP Wynn Pelzer BA #6, and RHP Eddie Gamboa BA #25 available in the bullpen.

Since call up from Frederick, Hoes, and 3B Buck Britton, and the return of 1B Joe Mahoney from injury to the Bay Sox lineup at the start of June, the offense has taken off. The Bay Sox are now only 5 ½ games behind first place EAS Western Division Harrisburg Senators and catching up quickly.

Mahoney is hitting 290, 5HR, 19 RBI in 124 AB or 34 GP, LJ Hoes 304, 0 HR, 22 RBI in 42 GP, and Britton, brother of Orioles RHP Zach Britton, who is temporarily rehabbing at Bowie, 305, 2 HR, 14 RBI in 32 GP, and showing the glove of a Brooksie Robinson at 3B.

Supporting and sometimes outshining the prospects are unrated stopper RHP Jose Diaz, 0-2, 1.48 ERA in 24.1 IP, RHP Tommy Bascom, 5-2, 2.96 ERA, Michael Ballard 4-0 3.40 ERA and RHP Steve Johnson, 5-1, 2.16 ERA,

The best pitching prospect on the team may be unrated RHP Cole McCurry, who, since call up from Frederick, has shut down the opposition down with a 4-0 W-L record, 0.80 ERA in 15 IP.

I’ve seen Bowie play three day ball games against Binghamton, Richmond, and Erie so far this season.

You can check out the best of my photos this season at this link. The 21 players photographed are listed below.

List of Available Bowie Bay Sox Players Photos

Billy Rowell 1B,
Brandon Waring 3B,
Buck Britton 3B,
Caleb Joseph C,
Carlos Rojas SS/3B,
Choreye Spoone RHP,
Gary Kendall mgr,
Greg Miclat SS/2B,
Joe Mahoney 1B,
Jose Diaz RHP,
Kennie Steenstra pc,
LJ Hoes 2B/OF,
Nick Bierbrodt LHP,
Pedro Florimon SS,
Rick Zagone LHP,
Robbie Widlansky OF,
Ronnie Welty OF,
Steve Lerud C,
Xavier Avery CF,
Zach Clark RHP

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