BOWIE – The Bowie Baysox have gotten plenty of attention for their catchers in the last two years.
Chance Sisco caught for Bowie last season and posted an impressive .320 average in 112 games. He has since moved up to Triple-A Norfolk and may even get a look with the Baltimore Orioles in September when the rosters expand to 40 players. Many expect Sisco to be the team’s catcher of the future.
However, this year, the catcher of note is Austin Wynns, who has not received as much notoriety as Sisco, but has posted some great numbers.
Wynns had a .284 batting average after last Sunday’s loss to Trenton – the fifth defeat in a row for Bowie. Wynns also has three homers and 23 RBI, and his performance has caught the eye of Orioles Manager Buck Showalter.
Showalter, speaking to the media during the recent series in Baltimore with the Boston Red Sox, complimented Wynns and pleaded not to forget about him.
“You see the things he’s doing offensively this year,” Showalter said. “If you look back and really look at it closely, this isn’t that big of a jump for him offensively. You will see him catching in the major leagues at some point for somebody – maybe us.”
Wynns also had a .384 on-base percentage through Sunday’s game. He had scored 23 runs through 51 games, giving the Baysox an offensive punch, and has helped the team maintain its spot in second place in the division.
Nine is Fine
Baysox First baseman Aderlin Rodriguez had quite a day in the first game of last Wednesday’s doubleheader in Reading.
Rodriguez set a new Bowie record by driving in nine runs in one game, helping Bowie to a 12-5 victory over the Fightin’ Phils. The performance broke the old mark of eight RBI in a gane, which had happened five times. He finished the game 5-for-5 with two runs scored, becoming the first Baysox player to post five hits in one game since David Adams did so on July 10, 2014.
Rodriguez drove in the first two runs in the first inning on a two-run bloop single. He added a RBI single in the second as Bowie stretched the lead to 5-0.
After that came a two-run homer in the fourth and a three-run blast in the sixth. His final RBI came on a single in the seventh.
Rodriguez, who bounced around the minors since 2009, came to the Orioles as a free agent before the 2016 season. The Baysox are the ninth team he’s played for, and Rodriguez now has 11 homers and 41 RBI along with a .318 batting average through Sunday’s loss to Trenton.