Orioles minor league report: Joey Ortiz completes grand July as Colton Cowser also goes off for Bowie

The past week-plus has been big for the Orioles’ farm system, in several ways.

On Monday, Baltimore finalized its 2022 draft class, adding a fresh wave of talent to the system’s lower rungs. The same day, they traded Trey Mancini, long the face of their major league team, to the Houston Astros in a three-team deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, getting a high-upside minor league pitcher from each team in return. They added more pitching depth Tuesday when they acquired four minor league arms from the Minnesota Twins for closer Jorge López, with left-hander Cade Povich being the apparent centerpiece.

“When we’re able to get four pitching prospects — particularly Cade Povich is somebody that we’re very, very high on internally. I think we got a possible front-of-the-rotation starter and a guy that’s going to be in the mid-minors here before the end of the year — we do it,” executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said.

Of course, prospects already in the organization played last week, with some impressive performances on the offensive side in particular. The trade deadline pushed this feature back a couple of days, but each week, The Baltimore Sun finds a way to break down five of the top performers in the Orioles’ prospect ranks and hand out some superlatives for those who didn’t make that cut. Games already played in this week’s series are not included.

1. Double-A Bowie infielder Joey Ortiz

To say Ortiz had a good week would be discounting the entirety of his July. He closed a dominant month in grand fashion, with his bases-loaded home run Sunday marking his third of the week and fifth of the month. He ended June with four long balls total. A week in which Ortiz hit .519 and slugged 1.000 …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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