Recapping the Bowie Baysox 2016 Season, Chance Sisco Headlines Top Offensive Performers

Today, I continue with our season recaps of the Baltimore Orioles' full-season affiliates and we have arrived at the AA level with the Bowie Baysox. The Baysox struggled on the mound, but had several players put up some impressive offensive numbers, including my top prospect, Chance Sisco.

INF Garabez Rosa, LHP Donnie Hart, C Chance Sisco at EL ASG
 Photo: Patrick Cavey

Bowie is the O's AA affiliate, and at this level, you not only get to see the legitimate prospects, but also some guys with MLB experience and other guys who at any moment, could be called up to the big leagues (see Jayson Aquino and Donnie Hart for example).

The Baysox pulled off the complete sweep of the Orioles' 2016 Minor League Award winners with infielder Drew Dosch receiving the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award, Sisco receiving the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award and Hart receiving the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.

Entering the season as the defending Eastern League Champions, 2016 did not go as planned for the Baysox. Bowie went just 56-86 this season. A large factor in that was the struggles on the mound for the Baysox as they had a team ERA of 4.44 this season. Offensively, they were much better finishing in the top half of the league in runs scored.

Despite their poor win-loss record, the Baysox did have quite a bit of talent on the field, several of which ended up being promoted to AAA and a few that saw time in Baltimore as well. Below you will see the leaders for the Baysox this season, both on the mound and at the plate.

  • C Chance Sisco - Let's not pretend here, practically every Orioles' fan knows who Sisco is and for good reason. He is my top ranked prospect in the O's system and the guy flat out hits, especially as a catcher. Sisco led the Eastern League in OBP (.406) this season and finished fourth in batting average (.320) over 112 games with the Baysox. Sisco was both a mid and post-season All-Star in the EL, was named to the U.S. Roster for the MLB Futures Game (he homered in the game), and as I already mentioned, was tabbed as the Orioles' 2016 Minor League Player of the Year. He finished the year playing four games with the AAA Norfolk Tides, and what happens with Matt Wieters this offseason will have a big effect on Sisco and where he begins 2017.
  • OF Henry Urrutia - Talk about perseverance, Urrutia had an emotional 2016 season. He went from trying to earn a spot on the big league roster in spring training, to beginning the year in AAA, being demoted to AA, being designated for assignment, to not knowing if his days in the organization were over. Despite all of that, Urrutia continued to do what he does best, hit. Over 75 games with the Baysox, Urrutia hit .316 with five home runs, 15 doubles, one triple, 49 RBI and scored 47 runs. He also posted a .354 on base percentage.
  • INF Garabez Rosa - Orioles' fans became familiar with Rosa in spring training this year when he delivered multiple game-winning hits in big league spring training games as an "extra" player brought up from minor league camp. Rosa played 110 games with the Baysox this season (played 20 with AAA Norfolk), and hit .303 with eight home runs, 21 doubles, two triples, 62 RBI and scored 45 runs. He was both a mid and post-season All-Star in the Eastern League and became the new Bowie franchise record holder in career games played this season.
  • LHP Jayson Aquino - Currently with the Orioles, Aquino was the most consistent starter for the Baysox this season. Over 20 appearances (19 starts) with the Baysox, Aquino owned a 3.90 ERA over 115 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out 77 batters and walked 33.
  • LHP Donnie Hart - Now a very good reliever in the Orioles' bullpen, Hart got to the big leagues thanks in part to a terrific campaign with the Baysox this season. Over 40 relief appearances, Hart went 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over 46 1/3 innings pitched. The 2016 Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of the Year struck out 50 batters and walked just seven with Bowie and held opponents to a .236 batting average, including holding left-handers to a .188 batting average. Hart was a mid-season All-Star in the Eastern League.
  • RHP Jason Stoffel - The reliever had an impressive 2016 season, of which, he essentially spent half the season with Bowie and the other half with Norfolk. In 27 appearances with the Baysox, Stoffel had a 3.14 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP and 12 saves. Over 28 2/3 innings pitched with Bowie, Stoffel held opponents to a .229 batting average and struck out 41 batters.

As you can see, the Baysox were much better offensively than they were on the mound, and they also struggled defensively. Bowie may have not won as many games as they had hoped, but there is no denying that there was some serious talent on the field for the Baysox in 2016.


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