Delmarva Shorebirds off to Hot Start


Cameron McHugh, Staff

The Class-A affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles are the Delmarva Shorebirds. Located in Salisbury, Maryland, the Delmarva Shorebirds have started off with a blazing hot record of 46-16. The Shorebirds are loaded with future talent who, in the coming years, will help the Orioles get back into contention and have a great ballclub once again. Six of the Orioles top 30 prospects according to play for Delmarva, making them one of the most exciting and promising teams in professional baseball.

The Shorebirds are highlighted by future stars such as pitcher Grayson Rodriguez, third baseman Jean Carlos Encarnacion, and shortstop Cadyn Grenier. All three are younger than 22 and represent the future of the Orioles franchise. Rodriguez, 19, is expected to rise-up the O’s minor league system very quickly and will be a starter for the Birds within 2 years. After being drafted. Rodriguez has great life on his fastball with the ability for it to reach the high 90’s. He also has a slider and curveball still developing with the ability to become a very solid major leaguer.

Encarnacion on the other hand was acquired from Atlanta when the Orioles traded pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day to the Braves. Encarnacion, known as “JC” to Shorebirds fans, has been projected by MLB Scouts to have a great fielding arm with the ability to become a great power hitter as well. So far this season in 48 games, Encarnacion has 26 RBIs and 4 HRs, and also hit a walk-off grand slam earlier this season as part of a 9th inning comeback.

The future of the Orioles seems to be bright if it is left in the hands of Delmarva and the rest of the O’s minor league teams. The Shorebirds will also soon have a few new members in the coming months as the Birds selected catcher Adley Rutschman, shortstop Gunnar Henderson, and center fielder Kyle Stowers with their first three picks in the 2019 MLB Draft.