Baltimore Sun

New draft picks get first taste of playoff baseball; Ortiz on a tear

- By Andy Kostka

No matter how the final month of the Orioles’ season plays out, at least some of Baltimore’s prospects will experience playoff baseball.

The rapid promotions of Dylan Beavers, Max Wagner and Jud Fabian have three 2022 Orioles draftees in position to feature for High-A Aberdeen, which began its League Championsh­ip Series against Brooklyn on Tuesday. Double-A Bowie has one more week of its season before playoffs begin.

The trio of Beavers, Wagner and Fabian — selected with Baltimore’s second through fourth picks — arrived with the IronBirds this month after rolling through the Florida Complex League and Low-A Delmarva. The rise in levels has challenged the group, with Beavers’ .661 OPS the best of the bunch, but the promotions give them an extra week of

profession­al experience — the Shorebirds ended their campaign Saturday as Sunday’s game was rained out.

Their performanc­es weren’t enough to crack into the penultimat­e edition of The Baltimore Sun’s minor league report. Each week, The Sun breaks down five of the top performers in the Orioles’ prospect ranks and hands out some superlativ­es for those who didn’t make the cut.

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