Looking at the individual statistics for the Delmarva Shorebirds (A-Low) there is a name that is near the top in some of the major offensive categories. Chances are most fans of the Baltimore Orioles know little about that player.
The player in question is catcher, Jean Carrillo. At 20 years old (he will turn 21 on June 16th), Carrillo has been with the Orioles organization since November of 2013 when the team signed the then 16 year old native of Panama as a free agent.
The 2018 season marks Carrillo’s fifth with the organization and his first as a full-time member of a full season affiliate. Despite being used in a catching platoon with Ben Breazeale, Carrillo is making the most of his playing time.
Carrillo is currently slashing .314/ .351/ .419 with 21 RBI and 3 homeruns in 31 games for the Shorebirds. He has scored 7 runs while walking 5 times and striking out 24 times. He also comes through in the clutch as his .400 average with runners in scoring position and .500 average with runners in scoring position and two outs demonstrates. Despite only playing in half of the Shorebirds’ games, Carrillo has produced numbers that have him tied for 4th on the team in homeruns, 5th in RBI, 2nd in batting average, 3rd in on base %, 5th in slugging % and 4th in OPS (on base % + slugging %).
Prior to being removed from the game on June 8th and subsequently being placed on the 7-day DL for a left shoulder injury, Carrillo was riding a 5-game hitting streak. Additionally, he was in the midst of a 16 game period that saw him hit safely in 12 of those games with a slash line of .357/ .400/ .446 in 60 plate appearances. He scored 5 runs, had 13 RBI and 3 extra-base hits (including 1 homerun) as well as a BAbip of .452 during that stretch. Not too shabby for a part-time player.
Carrillo is currently hitting much better than his partner behind the plate, Ben Breazeale who is sporting a .210/ .319/ .311 slash line in 36 games (29 at catcher). Should Carrillo return from the DL quickly and continue to produce to his current level, he may very well see his playing time increase.
Lest you think he’s just a good bat, consider Carrillo’s defensive numbers: .989 fielding %, 13 runners thrown out stealing (33% of base stealers), 30 assists, 3 errors and 2 double plays turned.
Clearly, Carrillo is establishing himself among the many good catchers in the Baltimore organization. The hope would be that his recovery from the shoulder injury (his non-throwing shoulder) is quick and complication-free. If that occurs and he resumes his upward path, increased playing time is in his future and Carrillo will stay near the top in those offensive categories as well as make his name known to more Orioles fans.
I’m keeping my eyes on him and would suggest Orioles’ fans do the same; you’re about to hear Carrillo’s name mentioned more often.
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