Delmarva Shorebirds Weekly Roundup: April 5th 2018-April 13th 2018

The Delmarva Shorebirds are having a historic start to the 2018 season. They are currently first in the South Atlantic League at 8-1, which is their best start since their inaugural year (1997). The Shorebirds opened up the 2018 campaign with dominant sweeps against both the Ashville Tourists and Hickory Crawdads, before dropping the series opener at the Lakewood Blue Claws. Pitching has been lights out and the bats are already on fire. Read more about Delmarva Shorebirds Weekly Roundup: April 5th 2018-April 13th 2018

The Success of Garrett Cortright

Garrett CortrightMy favorite part about covering the Delmarva Shorebirds is not writing about top prospects. Yes, it is important for the fanbase to hear about Hunter Harvey and Chance Sisco, but it is also important to look for prospects who may fly under the radar. It is fun to see guys like Austin Wynns and Sebastian Vader who have had success despite not being top prospects. Another prospect who is flying under the radar is RHP Garrett Cortright.

The Orioles selected Cortright in the 40th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. He attended Canisius in New York, where he pitched for 3 years. During his junior year at Canisius, Cortright went 11-4 with a 2.41 ERA. He led his team to the NCAA Tournament before the O’s took him in the draft. Cortright signed, and the O’s assigned him to their Gulf Coast League affiliate. Read more about The Success of Garrett Cortright

Why Not Move Harvey Up?

Hunter Harvey has been dominant in his brief professional career. He has been virtually unhittable at every level he pitched at: the GCL Orioles, Aberdeen, and now Delmarva. Because of his overwhelming success, many O’s fans are calling for another promotion to Frederick, and I’ve even heard some fans calling for a promotion to AA Bowie. While Harvey may be able to succeed at either of those levels, there are a few reasons why he will remain in Delmarva for a little while longer.
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Wynning! Delmarva Caps Impressive Homestand with W

The Delmarva Shorebirds completed an impressive homestand on Tuesday morning with a walk-off double by Austin Wynns. The Shorebirds won six of seven on the homestand. Delmarva’s pitching staff has been lights out.

The Shorebirds started by sweeping the Augusta GreenJackets. On Wednesday, Steven Brault pitched six scoreless innings, and Dylan Rheault pitched 3 more scoreless. Rheault has been one of Delmarva’s best pitchers this year, and he continues to have success each time out. The next day, Mitch Horacek twirled seven scoreless innings in a 6-0 victory. Mike Yastrzemski had key hits in both games. Sebastian Vader couldn’t keep the shutout street going, but Wynns came through on Friday with 3 RBIs. Yastrzemski hit his fourth triple of the year as well, and Delmarva completed the sweep with a 6-4 victory.
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Sebastian Vader: Past, Present, and a Promising Future

I have watched many baseball games in my life, and I have seen many great pitching performances. Most of these gems have been tossed by major league aces; I have witnessed guys like Chris Tillman, Jeremy Guthrie, Andy Pettite, and Stephen Strasburg overwhelm and overpower opponent lineups. However, one dominating performance that stands out was not thrown by an all-star. It was not even thrown by a major leaguer. It was the night of September 6th, as Ripken Stadium was hosting its first playoff game. The Aberdeen IronBirds were taking on the Tri-City ValleyCats, The pitcher? Sebastian Vader.
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Austin Wynns: A Diamond in the Rough?

imageAustin Wynns is not a household name for any Orioles fan. Not many fans recognize the tenth-round pick out of Fresno State, and not many would be too impressed even after watching him. He has hit .234 since being drafted last year. So what is so special about this guy?

Wynns will not impress you if you only watch him once. However, after you watch him four or five times, you will see why the O’s drafted him in the tenth round. It was not for his bat, although he does have the ability to drive the ball. It was for his defense.

Wynns is a rock behind the dish. He knows how to call a game. He helped lead an IronBirds pitching staff to a division championship last year. This is especially impressive considering that he had never worked with any of those pitchers. Wynns had to learn his pitchers, as well as opposing hitters, on the fly, and he did so very well.

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