Plenty of Intrigue for 2017 Bowie Baysox Roster, Outfield Should Be Fun to Watch

With the 2017 MLB season getting underway on Monday for the Baltimore Orioles (with an awesome walkoff Trumbomb!), the minor league season is set to get started on Thursday. The minor league break camp rosters have been announced and there is plenty of intrigue for the AA Bowie Baysox, especially in the outfield.

OF D.J. Stewart
Photo: Patrick Cavey

The High-A Frederick Keys may boast the most prospect talent, but Bowie's roster has plenty of players to keep an eye on as well, and it starts in the outfield.

The Baysox will have two of the more well known outfield prospects in the Orioles' system in Cedric Mullins and D.J. Stewart, but will also have the 2016 Orioles' minor league stolen base champ in Jay Gonzalez as well.

Mullins joins Bowie after playing the entire 2016 season with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds where he had an impressive slash line of .273/.321/.464. He also stole 30 bases in 36 attempts, and has 37 doubles, 10 triples and 14 home runs. Mullins was the only player in the O's system to have double-digits in stolen bases, home runs, triples, and doubles.

Gonzalez, who did get in 19 games with the Baysox in 2016, will look to remain a huge threat on the bases. In 104 total games last season (19 with Bowie, 85 with Frederick), Gonzalez stole 43 bases in 52 attempts. The 2014 10th round draft pick has a career .260 batting average with a .363 OBP and has stolen 91 bases in his three years in the organization.

Stewart, the O's first round draft pick in 2015, will be playing at the AA level for the first time in his career. The good news here is the fact that every level he has gone up, his offense has gone up as well. After a rough debut in 2015 where he hit just .218 in 62 games with the Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds, he started 2016 with the Shorebirds and hit .230 in 62 games. He was promoted to Frederick during the summer and improved vastly at the plate. In his 59 games with the Keys, Stewart hit .279 with an impressive .389 OBP. If he can continue to improve at each level, he should be fun to watch in a Baysox uniform.

There are some other guys that will be interesting to watch at Bowie, including first baseman Aderlin Rodriguez who had a monster year at Frederick last season where he hit .304 with 26 home runs, 23 doubles and 93 RBI.

In addition, there are some arms that will be worth watching as well, including flame thrower Tanner Scott, right-hander Jesus Liranzo, and left-handed reliever Garrett Cleavinger.

Below is a picture of the Baysox break camp roster from their Twitter account.
Bowie will start the season with some key prospects in the Orioles' system, and it's important to remember that with the O's, you are only a phone call away when at Bowie.


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