Baby Birds are 20 games above .500

The Delmarva Shorebirds just do not know how to lose in the early part of the 2019 season.

After finishing a perfect road trip Monday, the Low Class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles improved their already impressive record to 24-4, making them 20 games above .500.

Leading the Shorebirds offensively is infielder, Adam Hall. The 20-year-old prospect is batting an amazing .330/.424/.420 in 119 plate appearances so far this season. Hall also leads the Shorebirds in games played (26), hits (33), runs scored (19), and stolen bases (11).

Another notable stand-out is 22-year-old right fielder, Robert Neustrom, who is batting an impressive .329/.429/.529 in 84 plate appearances so far this season.

Catcher Daniel Fajardo, 24, is batting .306/.333/.319 in 76 plate appearances this season. This is Farjardo’s eighth season in the organization.

Although the hitting for the Shorebirds has been good, the pitching is the reason they are able to win so many games.

As far as the starting rotation goes, there are many positives for the future of the Orioles.

Blaine Knight has had an amazing season to this point. The 23-year-old righty has a 3-0 record in 5 games started, but what is most impressive is his minuscule 0.68 ERA. Knight’s ERA is first in the South Atlantic League, and fourth in the entire Class-A Full Season level. Knight also leads the team in innings pitched with 26.2 with 33 strikeouts.

The Orioles’ first round draft pick of last year, Grayson Rodriguez, has been performing greatly as well. In four games started, Rodriguez, 19, is 3-0 with an impressive 0.89 ERA. Like Knight, Rodriguez has 33 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched this year.

Delmarva is currently in first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division, with a four-game lead ahead of the second place Hickory Crawdads.

The future looks bright for the Orioles, and this unbelievably talented team proves it.

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Jared Watson

I was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I'm currently enrolled at Delaware Technical Community College in the Communications program studying to become a professional broadcaster.

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