Welcome back IronBirds fans! It was a beautiful weekend the past few days and it is definitely starting to feel like baseball season. Thanks again to all of our wonderful fans who took a few moments out of their time over the past week to send in some questions. Remember if your question was not selected this week or if you think of any others, keep sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sam writes: “I remember last season Conor Bierfeldt had some huge home runs. How has he been doing so far this season?”
IB: Last season Bierfeldt got off to a slow start. He seems to be on the same trend as last year so far. He did hit a walk-off homerun over a week ago now for his first home run of the season. Unfortunately his batting average is low at this point with him only hitting .149. He has currently struck out 26 times over 87 at bats. Luckily the season is still young and there is plenty of time for him to develop into the same strong player he ended last season as.
If you are looking to follow a big home run hitter, follow former IronBird Christian Walker. He currently has the most home runs for Bowie and for the entire Oriole’s minor league system with 6 to date.
Nick writes: “I know the Orioles have recently been having some pitching issues. Are there any former IronBirds that are coming up in the system that could possibly join the Orioles this season?”
IB: Right now Kevin Gausman is looking like he will definitely wear the Orioles jersey at some point this season. He has been battling blisters on his hand and most recently pneumonia. This will probably delay him getting called up. He has been on a pretty strict pitch count this season to save him for later in the year.
Hunter Harvey has been having a great season so far. He has the second lowest ERA of all Orioles pitchers. With Harvey still pitching for Delmarva, it will be interesting to see how far up the ladder he progresses this season. He is a young pitcher who definitely has a bright future ahead of him.
Thanks again to all of our wonderful fans for emailing in questions this past week. We hope to see many of you out at the Ripken Cup game this Wednesday! Make sure to check back on Thursday as we recap the Ripken Cup game!
Until then…Go IronBirds!