Pickering, Molina Orioles honorees

November 05, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Bowie Baysox first baseman Calvin Pickering and reliever Gabe Molina have been named the Orioles' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Pickering, 22, was chosen the Double-A Eastern League's Player of the Year after batting .309 with 31 homers and 114 RBIs. He appeared in nine games with the Orioles after a September call-up, hitting .238 with two homers.

Molina, 23, set a Baysox record with 24 saves despite spending part of the year in a set-up role. He went 3-2 with a 3.36 ERA, walking 27 and striking out 75 in 61 2/3 innings. His 24 saves were second to Single-A Delmarva's Derek Brown (33) among Orioles minor-leaguers.

Pickering and Molina made the jump from Delmarva to Bowie this season, bypassing higher Single-A Frederick. Pickering has an outside chance to win a job with the Orioles out of spring training next year if the team doesn't re-sign Rafael Palmeiro, but most likely will be assigned to Triple-A Rochester. Molina also is expected to join the Red Wings.

Pub Date: 11/05/98

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