Baysox Manager Gary Kendall joins Scott and Jeremy live in Bowie to discuss the current prospects within the farm system, as well as his former players who have made it to the Orioles’ roster.
One of the most impressive Baysox players of late has been first baseman Christian Walker from the University of South Carolina.
“Christian’s just done a good job since opening night. His defense has come along–15 minutes of groundballs every night. What I really like is he’s so engaged in the game. His hitting has been great. Hopefully, the sky is the limit for him.”
As for newcomers to the Baysox’ roster, Kendall’s team will see a familiar face tomorrow night, as Bud Norris makes another start in the minors.
“We’re happy to have him, and hopefully it’s a step in the right direction to get him back up here the Orioles.”
Kendall also believes his own team will draw some positives out of Norris returning.
“There’s a good chance that Walker has played behind bud Norris in a spring training game, so there’s not that lack of familiarity, which is great,” Kendall said.
A few current Orioles who once played under Kendall’s management have been impressing the Baysox coach, including catcher Caleb Joseph, who was called up to replace the injured Matt Wieters.
“I can’t say I saw Caleb as a guy who could throw out 52 percent of runners, but there’s a lot of athleticism that goes along with him, and I think given time, he’s going to start to hit,” said Kendall.
The other standout from Bowie currently on the Orioles’ roster is second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who’s had his trials as an Oriole, but has also shown promise at second defensively.
“Jonathan is one of my favorites. He was on our ‘B squad’ down here, and he always reminds me now that he’s a big-league player,” Kendall admitted.
The Baysox are schedule to play Richmond at 6:35 p.m. on Friday at Prince George’s stadium.