Delmarva Shorebirds Continue to Impress Early in 2018 (from @BabyBirdland)

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The Delmarva Shorebirds (Class-A Low) sit atop the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division with an 11-4 record entering Saturday night’s games. They hold a 1.5 game lead over the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami).

They started the year by winning their first seven games, a franchise record. Since that torrid start, the team has gone 4-4.

A run like this requires the efforts of many on the team. The Shorebirds have had some significant efforts and I would like to take a look at some of those.

Let’s start by seeing where the team ranks in the Sally League. The pitching staff’s collective ERA of 2.65 leads the league and their WHIP of 1.16 is good enough for fourth.

Individually, Cameron Bishop (1-1, 3 games, 1.89 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 17 K) leads the league in innings pitched with 19.0. Michael Baumann (2-0, 3 games, 1.69 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 24 K) is tied for first in strikeouts.

As good as the pitching has been, the bats have been that much better. The team is second in runs scored (83), second in hits (138), sixth in doubles (26), second in RBI (71), tied for second in total bases (200) and fourth in OPS (.734).

Former University of North Carolina, Charlotte roommates Zach Jarrett and T.J. Nichting are dominating the early leaderboard.

Jarrett (.340/.415/.723, 3 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 12 Runs) is tenth in OBP, second in slugging %, second in OPS and tied for third in runs scored. Nichting (.346/.386/.500, 6 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 9 runs scored) is seventh in batting average and first in doubles.

Additionally, Trevor Craport (.261/.294/.370, 3 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 11 runs scored) is tied for seventh in the league in RBI.

Possessing what many consider the best rotation (Baumann, Bishop, Matthias Dietz, Brenan Hanifee, Zac Lowther, DL Hall/Gray Fenter) in the Baltimore Orioles organization, the Shorebirds are worth the trip to Arthur W. Purdue Stadium to see in person.

It looks like and is shaping up as an exciting season in Salisbury; Orioles fans should #FlyTogether and watch it unfold.

 

** To read more from Josh Michael (founder/editor Baby Birdland), Nick Stevens and myself about all levels of the Baltimore Orioles minor leagues please visit Baby Birdland **

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