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Meredith accepts assignment in Norfolk

Sidearmer Cla Meredith has cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. Meredith was taken off the Orioles 40-man roster and exposed to waivers with the Orioles trade for Jake Fox. 

Speaking of Norfolk, the Tides lost 2-1 to Charlotte today. Troy Patton allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings, while Josh Bell had two hits.

Zach Britton will make his Triple-A debut against the Knights on Thursday.

Britton to Norfolk

The Orioles have promoted Zach Britton from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk. The news came following Monday night’s game and ended the speculation as to when Britton would make the jump. Britton was the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week last week and is the Orioles representative in this year’s Futures Game (as part of the USA’s squad.)

Britton went 7-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 15 games for Bowie. He allowed just one run
and four hits over eight innings in his last Double-A outing, Friday at
Altoona.

I got a few emails asking if we will see Britton at some point this season. In my opinion, that’s a yes. He will likely be a September call-up, and depending on what the Orioles do at this year’s Trade Deadline could be in Baltimore even earlier. This spring, the organization made it clear the kid gloves are off and told Britton if all goes well he could reach the Majors this season.

His promotion to Triple-A was little surprise given that he’s been dominant as of late. Britton, who has been working on his changeup and keeping his ground ball rates high, has allowed one earned run or less in six of his past seven starts.

Britton on the mark

In his first start since being selected to represent the Orioles in this year’s Futures Game, Zach Britton continued to dominate for Double-A Bowie. Britton threw one of the best games of his career Friday night, giving up one run off four hits over a career-high eight innings. 

He struck out nine batters with just one walk, as his ERA dropped to 2.48, third-best in the Eastern League.

My associate, Noah Rosenstein, did a nice job writing a feature on Britton a few days before his selection. You can read that story here.

Minors Matters

First, just an FYI for tonight’s Draft. The Orioles have the third overall pick and the media will get to speak with scouting director Joe Jordan at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. As I noted in my Draft preview, the Os top spot affords them the luxury of getting either prep shortstop Manny Machado or hs arm Jameson Taillon. According to this moring’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Bucs are leaning toward Machado, and it’s believed the O’s prefer Taillon anyhow. Things could always change, but that’s the way it’s looking right now.

Also, I got a few emails about Josh Bell not playing for Norfolk these last two games. He has been sidelined with a stiff neck. In other moves, the Tides placed outfielder Joey Gathright on the disabled list with a strained back, and activated Michael Aubrey to assume his roster spot.

We’ve solved the Jake Arrieta in relief question –given that Os were unsure if they would need him — and he pitched two scoreless innings out of Norfolk’s ‘pen. It’s not a question of if, but when we will see Arrieta up with the O’s. I’d imagine a lot of what they do with Arrieta hinges on if Brad Bergesen can get back on track.  

Nolan Reimold went 2-4 and hit a two-run home run, his third of the season and Brandon Snyder homered for the second straight day — his fourth of the season — in Norfolk’s 12-9 loss.

Double-A Bowie’s Zach Britton started for the Baysox and earned the win to improve to 5-3 on the season. Britton pitched 7 1 1.3 innings and allowed two unearned runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out six. In his last three starts, Britton is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA, a stretch of two earned runs over 20 2/3 innings.

On the farm: Britton outduels Drabek

Double-A Bowie’s Zach Britton allowed just one run – a homer – off  five hits over six innings in Friday’s 5-1 win over New Hampshire. Britton outshined mound counterpart and highly touted right-hander Kyle Drabek, who currently leads the Eastern League with 48 strikeouts.
Britton improved to 3-3 on the year, lowering his ERA to 3.88 in the process.

One of the Orioles top pitching prospects, Britton has made improving his changeup a focal point of this season. The lefty has said previously that using the pitch with more frequency, and inducing a higher rate of ground balls  on his sinker are two components that will be key in having success at the higher levels.

“My changeup has come a long way,” Britton said in a press release. “Me and [pitching coach Pitching Coach Kennie Steenstra], we try to break it down like with my slider, when I had it in Delmarva, it was one of those pitchers where I’d throw a good one and I couldn’t repeat throwing it for a strike.  Now, I can throw it for a strike pretty much when I want to.  So, the changeup’s starting to get to that place where I’m throwing it for strikes, but I’m not repeating it every time I throw it.”

“Once I mix in those three pitches, I think I’m gonna be fine.  The ERA is a little bit higher than where I want it to be, but I think I’m throwing the ball pretty well.”

The Baysox lit up Drabek for a season-high 10 hits, holding him to just three strikeouts, which was his lowest total since April 9.

Down on the Farm: Britton Edition

Double-A Bowie’s Zach Britton tossed five scoreless innings today in the Baysox 9-0 win over Harrisburg.

Britton only allowed two hits, and didn’t walk a batter but was struck with a comebacker in the fifth, which ended up being his last frame. He didn’t exit immediately and said he’s shoulder’s a little swollen but he should be fine.

The win improved his record to 2-2 on the season with a 3.60 ERA.  I’ll try to talk to Britton before the Orioles game starts, so check back on the blog for an update.

Millwood continues to improve, Britton throws

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