EL All-Star Game has home feel for Baysox

Six players selected as Bowie will play host

Orioles minor league notebook

July 06, 2004|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Since the Double-A Bowie Baysox are playing host to the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 14, it makes sense that they would be well-represented. And there will be no shortage of familiar faces at Prince George's Stadium.

Six players have been chosen for the game, more than any other team. Outfielder Val Majewski and pitcher Dave Crouthers were selected by fans. Outfielder Keith Reed, first baseman Walter Young, catcher Eli Whiteside and closer Jacobo Sequea were added to the roster.

Majewski was batting .295 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs despite missing about a week with a strained rib cage muscle. Crouthers was 5-4 with a 4.71 ERA.

Reed, a disappointment since being taken in the first round of the 1999 draft, was batting .306 with eight homers and 32 RBIs. His average ranked third in the league among active hitters.

Young, who got most of his attention this spring because of his 300-pound frame, was hitting .241 with 19 homers and 55 RBIs.

Whiteside, the top catching prospect in the organization, was batting .266 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs.

Sequea, acquired along with reliever B.J. Ryan from the Cincinnati Reds in 1999 for pitcher Juan Guzman, had a 1.98 ERA and 16 saves.

Severna Park native Gavin Floyd will represent the Reading Phillies. He was 3-4 with a 2.54 ERA.

Triple-A Ottawa

Former No. 1 pick Mike Paradis allowed four runs and three hits in 1 1/3 relief innings Thursday, walking two, throwing two wild pitches and hitting two batters. The Orioles sent Paradis to extended spring training before assigning him to short-season Single-A Aberdeen for three games and Double-A Bowie for two.

Double-A Bowie

Majewski had a two-run homer and a two-run single in Friday's 9-3 victory over Erie. Robert Averette earned the win in his Bowie debut. ... Brian Finch, taken in the second round of the 2003 draft, was sent down to Single-A Frederick after going 2-6 with an 8.69 ERA. He was 2-2 with a 1.54 ERA in five starts at low Single-A Delmarva before the organization moved him to Double-A. ... Young hit his 19th homer Wednesday.

Single-A Frederick

Right-hander Tony Neal, the Keys' only All-Star representative after replacing injured Richard Stahl, didn't pitch in the Carolina League's 5-2 loss to the California League. ... Through the season's first half, Tripper Johnson ranked in the CL's top 10 in homers (15), extra-base hits (30), slugging percentage (.529) and RBIs (47). In June, he batted .355 with eight homers, 23 RBIs and 19 runs in 25 games.

Single-A Delmarva

Fredy Deza tossed a scoreless inning and struck out two in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, won by the Southern Division, 4-2. Nate Spears went 0-for-1 and Juan Gutierrez was 0-for-2. Deza replaced left-hander Zach Dixon on the roster.

Short-season teams

Luis Ramirez struck out 11 over six no-hit innings in Saturday's game against New Jersey. He set a professional baseball record last month with 12 consecutive strikeouts. ... On consecutive nights, Jeff Fiorentino hit a three-run homer and two-run triple. ... Bluefield ranked first in the Appalachian League with a 2.25 ERA heading into the weekend and had won eight of its first 10 games.

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