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Series Preview Hickory at Delmarva April 9-11

Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (0-3) at Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore Orioles) (4-0)

The Crawdads play the second series of a two-city, season-opening road trip with three games at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.

If you plan to go:

GAME TIMES: Games Monday and Tuesday are at 7:05 p.m., then Wednesday morning at 10:35 a.m. All games are streamed live on the web through or the Delmarva Shorebirds website.

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $8-$13 in advance, $1 more on game day. Upper reserved are $2 on Monday.

PARKING: Parking at the ballpark is $4.

CONCESSIONS: Purdue Stadium offers standard ballpark fare (hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, etc. The Bird’s Eye Café has BBQ sandwiches, crab dip and shrimp salad. The Angus Stand serves Angus Burgers, BBQ sandwiches and steak subs. Vegetarian, gluten-free options are also available.

Where is it?:

From Salisbury, take U.S. 50 east towards Ocean City. Turn right onto Hobbs Rd.


Probables (Hickory/Delmarva):

Monday: RHP Reid Anderson vs. LHP Zac Lowther

Tuesday: RHP Tyree Thompson vs. LHP DL Hall

Wednesday: RHP Tyler Phillips vs. RHP Michael Baumann


Recent Series History:

Hickory took the 2017 season-series 7-4, which included a 4-3 advantage at Purdue Stadium. During the Crawdads affiliation with the Rangers, Hickory is 72-45 overall, 33-26 at Delmarva. The Crawdads have lost one season series to Delmarva since 2009. Oddly that came in 2015, the season Hickory won the SAL title.


Entering the series:

While Hickory was swept by Greensboro in a rain-shortened, three-game series over the weekend, Delmarva punished Asheville in a four-game sweep by a 40-17 margin. The 40 runs are the most scored by a SAL team over the weekend while the Crawdads scored a SAL- low of 7. Four of the seven runs by Hickory came on homers.


Prospects to watch- Hickory:

CF Pedro Gonzalez (No. 10): 2018 stats: 4-for-12, two-run HR, 7 Ks. Came to the Rangers in a trade for C Jonathan Lucory. Originally signed with Rockies in 2015. Native of Santo Domingo, D.R.

RHP AJ Alexy (No. 17): 2018 stats: 1 start, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. Joined the Crawdads after a trade that sent Yu Darvish to the Dodgers. Originally 11th round pick of Dodgers out of Twin Valley HS, Elverson, Pa.

RF Miguel Aparicio (No. 18): 2018 stats: 4-for-14, 2 K. Signed with the Rangers in 2015. Native of San Carlos, Venezuela.

RHP Alex Speas (No. 23): 2018 stats: 1 game, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K. Second round pick of Rangers in 2016 out of McEachern HS (Powder Springs, GA).

C-1B Sam Huff (No. 25): 2018 stats 1-for-7, 1 HR, 2 K. Seventh round pick of Rangers in 2016 out of Arcadia HS (Phoenix, Ariz.).


Others to watch – Hickory:

RHP Tyler Phillips: 2018 stats: 1 start, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER,l 2 BB, 4 K. Native of Lumberton, N.J. 16th round pick in 2015 by the Rangers out of Bishop Eustace, Pennsauken , N.J.

C/1B Yohel Pozo: 2018 stats: 3-for-12, 2B, 2 K. Native of Maracaibo, Venz.

LF Eric Jenkins: 2018 stats: 4-for-12, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 SB. Second round pick of the Rangers out of West Columbus HS, Cerro Gordo, N.C.

2B Kole Enright: 2018 stats: 3-for-10, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2K. Third-round pick of the Rangers out of West Orange, HS, Winter Garden, Fla.

RHP Reid Anderson: 2017 stats: 28 games (13 starts) 88.1 IP, 32 BBs, 65 Ks, 5.30 ERA, .272 OBA, 1.45 WHIP with Hickory. 17th round pick of the Rangers in 2016 out of Millersville Univ.

RHP Tyree Thompson: 2017 stats: 13 games (all starts) 68.2 IP, 22 BBs, 44 Ks, 3.15 ERA, .245 OBA, 1.24 WHIP at Spokane. 26th round pick by Rangers in 2016 out of Edna Karr HS in New Orleans, La.

Notes of interest: This was the second-straight season the Crawdads lost 3-for-4 in the opening series of the year at Greensboro,


Prospects to watch-Delmarva:

LHP D.L. Hall (No. 5): 2017 stats: 5 games (all starts), 10.1 IP, 10 BBs, 12 Ks, .263 OBA, 1.94 WHIP with rookie GCL Orioles. First-round pick (21st overall) of the Orioles in 2017 out of Valdosta (Ga.) High. Signed away from a commitment to Florida St.

RHP Brenan Hanifee (No.10): 2017 stats: 12 games (all starts), 68.2 IP, 12 BBs, 44 Ks .249 OBA, 1.12 WHIP at SS-A Aberdeen. Fourth-round pick of the Orioles in 2016 out of Ashby High in Bridgewater, Va. Signed away from a commitment to East Carolina. Named to New York-Penn League All-Star Game and tabbed as an Orioles organizational all-star by

RHP Michael Baumann (No. 15): 2017 stats: 11 games (10 starts), 42.1 IP 19 BBs, 43 Ks .175 OBA, 1.09 WHIP between GCL Orioles and Aberdeen. Third-round pick of the Orioles in 2017 out of Jacksonville Univ. Native of Mahtomedi, Minn. and pitched in HS there. In his opening night start, threw four-hit shutout over five innings with 10 Ks and a walk.

LHP Cameron Bishop (No. 16): 2017 stats: 9 games (all starts), 37.2 IP, 16 BBs, 39 Ks, .162 OBA, 0.98 OBA between GCL Orioles and Aberdeen. Was 26th-round pick of Orioles in 2017 out of Univ. of California-Irvine. Attended Brea-Olinda HS (Calif.). Allowed two runs (1 earned) on four hits and three walks with 6 Ks over 6 innings on Friday. Named Atlantic Sun Conference pitcher of the year in 2017.

LHP Zac Lowther (No. 17): 2017 stats: 12 games (11 starts) 54.1 IP, 11 BBs, 75 Ks, .182 OBA, 0.85 WHIP at Aberdeen. Was Orioles second pick in competitive balance round in 2017 out of Xavier. Was Baseball America short-season all-star and New York-Penn League All-Star. Led Big East in Ks in 2017.

RHP Gary Fenter (No. 23): 2017 starts: 11 games (all starts), 30.1 IP, 10 BBs, 34 Ks, .187 OBA, 0.99 WHIP.  Seventh-round pick of the Orioles in 2015 out of West Memphis (AR) High. Signed away from commitment to Mississippi St.

SS Mason McCoy (No. 29): 2017 stats:.301/.382/.409 slash with 15 XBHs in 53 games at Aberdeen. Sixth-round pick in 2017 out of Univ. of Iowa. Named to New York-Peen A native of Peoria, Ill.

RHP Matthew Dietz (No. 30): 2017 stats: 26 games (all starts) 129.2 IP, 50 BBs, 92 Ks, .282 OBA, 1.50 WHIP at Delmarva. Second-round pick of Orioles out of John A. Logan CC (Ill.). In first start on Saturday: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.

Others to watch-Delmarva:

C Ben Breazeale: 2017 stats: .318/.428/.467 slash with 19 XBHs in 57 games at Aberdeen. Seventh-round pick of Orioles in 2017 out of Wake Forest. New York-Penn player of the month in July 2017. All-Star game selection in that same league and named Baseball America SS-A all-star.

1B Ryen Ripken: 2017 starts .287.323/.378 slash with 11 XBHs in 51 games at Aberdeen. Signed free agent deal with Orioles in 2017. Played previously in SAL with Hagerstown (Washington) in 2016. Son of Cal Ripken, Jr.

RF Zack Jarrett: 2017 stats: /.201/.252/.288 slash with 8 XBHs in 45 games at Aberdeen. 28th-round pick of the Orioles in 2017 out of UNC Charlotte. Played his high school ball at Hickory High.


Notes of Interest: Both of the Shorebirds assistant coaches have ties to the Crawdads. Hitting coach Bobby Rose served in the same role with Hickory in 2014. Justin Lord made two starts for the Crawdads in 2004…Shorebirds manager Buck Britton is the brother of Orioles close Zach Britton. Buck was the hitting coach for Delmarva in 2017…TJ Nichting was a teammate of Jarrett at UNC Charlotte. Will Robertson played college ball at Davidson… Delmarva’s sweep over the week is the first to open the season since at least 2005. However, it is the 10th time in 14 seasons the team won at least 3 games in the opening series of the season.

Series Preview Hickory at Delmarva (Md.) June 1-4

Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (20-33, 7th place South Atlantic League Northern Division) at Delmarva (Md.) Shorebirds (Baltimore Orioles) (21-30, 6th place Northern)

The Hickory Crawdads make the trip to Salisbury, Md. to take on the Delmarva Shorebirds in a four-game series.


If you plan to go:

GAME TIMES: Thursday – Saturday 7:05 p.m., Sunday 2:05 p.m.

Promotions: Thursday – Thirsty Thursday. Friday – Orange Friday Jersey Draw String Bag Giveaway. Saturday: Post-Game Fireworks. Sunday – Strike Out Hunger Sunday (Bring 2 canned food items and get an upper-reserved ticket for $3

TICKETS: $8 Upper Reserved for children, seniors or military, other tickets $9-14. Add $1 on game day.

Where is it?: From U.S. 13, takes U.S. 50 East toward Ocean City. Turn right onto Hobbs Rd.


CONCESSIONS: Hot Corner Grill, Scoop It Up, Angus Stand, Bird’s Eye Café, Sweet Shop, Dip N Dots, Pizza Stand.


PROBABLES (Hickory/ Delmarva):

Thursday: LHP Sal Mendez vs. LHP Alex Wells

Friday: RHP Matt Ball vs. RHP Lucas Humpal

Saturday: TBA vs. LHP Travis Seabrooke

Sunday: RHP Kyle Cody vs. LHP Zach Muckenhirn


Recent Series History: The Crawdads went 7-6 against the Shorebirds in 2016, including a 3-2 record at Purdue Stadium. Hickory has dominated the series since the affiliation with the Rangers began in 2009 with a 65-41 overall record. The Crawdads are 29-23 in Maryland. Hickory has won every season-series against the Shorebirds since 2009, except for the 2015 season when Delmarva edged Hickory 5-6.


About the Crawdads:

Hickory enters the series on a 3-9 skid, which includes a 2-5 homestand that ended on Wednesday… The SAL-worst pitching staff took a hit on the roster when No. 1 starter Jonathan Hernandez and arguably its best reliever Tyler Ferguson were promoted to High-A Down East. Hickory finished May with the league’s worst ERA for the second straight month. The Crawdads are last in the SAL in ERA (5.36), WHIP (1.51), hits allowed, runs allowed and earned runs allowed…  The hitters found it rough going against the Intimidators, scoring five runs in three games. The lone win of the series with Kannapolis was a 1-0 win. As a team, the Crawdads showed improvement in May (.268/.314/.381) compared to April (.235/.306/.394). Hickory is tied for second in HRs (43), but next to last in walks received. Two big bats return to the lineup as 1B/ OF Yanio Perez (finger) and 2B Yeyson Yrizarri (hamstring) recovered from injuries.


Prospects to watch- Hickory:

CF Leody Taveras (No. 1 and Baseball America, No. 43 Baseball America top-100 prospects, No. 51 top-100): Signed as international free agent 2015 out of Tenares, Dominican Republic. After 4 straight games without a hit, Taveras has hits in eight of the last nine games, including the last five, during which he has not struck out. He is 11-for-34 in that stretch with a double and a triple.

SS Anderson Tejeda (No. 7, No. 16 Baseball America). Signed as an international free agent in 2015 out of Bani, D.R. After a .204/.257/.347 May at the plate and 9 errors in the field, he is ready to turn the page of the calendar. Though he remains fourth in the SAL in Ks (62), the rate he is striking out has decreased. After whiffing at a 40% rate in April, that dropped to 29% in May.

LF Miguel Aparicio (No. 14 Baseball America, No. 29 Signed as an international free agent in 2015 out of San Carlos, Venezuela. Is 4-for-25 (.160) over the last 8 games and is at .186/.278/.271 in 21 games. However, he has making adequate contact with a 20% K rate to go with seven walks in 79 plate appearances.

OF Yanio Perez (No. 15, 27 Baseball America): Signed as an international free agent out of Havana, Cuba. Back after missing over a week with a finger injury, Perez looks to pick up where he left off. He leads the SAL in slugging (.621) and OPS (1.050) and is second in batting avg. (.357) and on-base pct. (.429).

2B Yeyson Yrizarri (No. 17 Signed as an international free agent in 2013 out of the D.R. Missed five days from a hamstring injury. Went 0-for-5 in his return on Wednesday. Posted a .321/.357/.385 slash in May.

RF Jose Almonte (No. 28 Signed as an international free agent in 2013 out of Santo Domingo, D.R. Has a hit in each of his last four games and poked two of his three homers during the homestand.


About the Shorebirds:

Managed by Damon Minor in his seventh season (397-488) with the Shorebirds over two stints… The Shorebirds return home after taking two of three at first-place Hagerstown and splitting a four-game series at Lakewood (N.J.)… Offensively, Delmarva has struggled to find runs. The Shorebirds have scored two runs total in their last four losses. The strike zone has been a problem as Delmarva is strikeouts and third from the bottom in walks.


Prospects to watch – Delmarva:

LHP Alex Wells: (No. 15, No.25 Baseball America) Signed as an international free agent in 2015 out of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Named an Orioles organizational all-star by in 2016. Was roughed up in his last outing on May 26, but much of it came as the result of five errors, which led to eight unearned runs. With the exception of a six-run outburst on May 15 (three homers allowed), Wells has given up two or fewer runs in all other eight starts.  Has 35 Ks to just 8 walks over 44.1 innings. His 2.01 ERA is seventh in the SAL.

LHP Zach Muckenhirn (No. 26, No. 28 Baseball America) 11th-round pick in 2016 out of North Dakota. Despite allowing 17 hits over his last two starts, he has allowed just four earned runs over those 12 innings. SAL have hit him at a .314 clips this season. His 70 hits allowed are a SAL high.

Delmarva at Hickory May 25

The Game:

For the third straight game, the Hickory Crawdads put up a double-digit hit total and used shoddy Delmarva (Md.) defense to pound the Shorebirds 10-3 in the opener of a three-game series.

After scoring eight total runs in a six-game stretch last week, the Crawdads (30-14) now have 28 runs on 40 hits during the current three-game win streak. Hickory remains four games up on second place West Virginia in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division. Delmarva (22-22), which was a game back of Hickory on May 4, has lost 13 of its last 20.

Hickory pounded out 16 hits and got the help of three crucial errors on potential double play balls to outpace the Shorebirds.

Jose Cardona (4-for-5) led off the scoring with his fifth homer of the season in the third. One out later, Luke Tendler walked and Jose Trevino singled. It appeared the inning would end when Eduard Pinto slapped a ground ball to second. The Shorebirds recorded the second out, but Trevino’s hard slide into second altered the relay of shortstop Guillermo Salas to first and allowed Tendler to score on the error.

The Crawdads added three unearned in the fifth against Matthew Grimes (3-2). After Tendler singled, Trevino pulled a curveball to third for what should’ve been a double play. But the throw from 3B Jomar Reyes was dropped by 2B Romansy Ledesma and allowed Tendler to move to third. One out later, Demeritte (3-for-5) smacked a grounder to short, but again Ledesma dropped the throw with Tendler scoring. Rock Shoulders’ sac fly brought in Trevino and Marcus Greene’s double scored Demeritte.

That was more than enough for Ariel Jurado (7-0). After working out of trouble in the third and fourth innings, the 19-year-old finished with six shutout innings on two hits. He walked one, struck out six and recorded nine groundball outs.

Hickory added four more in the seventh on a three-run blast by Demeritte (5) and a solo shot by Greene (4) made it 9-0.

After Conor Bierfeldt spoiled the shutout with a three-run homer (7) in the eighth against Joe Filomeno, the Crawdads pieced together two hits, a walk, and a fielder’s choice for the final run on the eighth.

David Perez worked around a two-out double in the ninth to close out the game.

The Good: (NOTE: I left my notes at the ballpark, so I’m going off memory…a 52-year-old memory bank.)

**Ariel Jurado was brilliant. Working off a 93-94 mph sinker, Jurado ofter worked in a change, an occasional slider and a tight curve, with which he got two called-third strikes. He destroyed Logan Uxa’s bat with a heavy sinker that he sent back to Jurado to end the third. He ended his night in the sixth with a 94 mph outside corner swinging strike to Ledesma, a curveball swinging strike to Bierfeldt, and a 93 mph inside corner swinging strike to Reyes. Jurado threw any pitch he wanted, whenever he wanted. Finished with 71 pitches – 53 strikes – and started 16 of 22 hitters with first-pitch strikes.

**Nine two-strike hits by the offense! Six of those came after starting 0-2 or 1-2. Both the double and homer by Greene came on 0-2 pitches. Cardona’s homer in the third and a double in the seventh came after falling behind 1-2.

**Travis Demeritte put up a solid overall game. He crushed a hanging curve from Mike Burke in the seventh. In the field, he made a strong jump-throw from behind the bag for an out and ranged deep to his right to corral another grounder. Demeritte makes the routine plays with an occasional plus play with a strong arm.

**Josh Morgan and Jose Trevino teamed up on a key play in the fourth.  Up 2-0 with Reyes at third and one out, the Crawdads played the infield back to concede a run. Elier Leyva smacked a sharp grounder to Morgan past the bag at third. Morgan scooped the grounder, then fired a bullet to Trevino at home. Trevino made the catch in front of the plate before slapping a tag on the cleat of Reyes trying to slide to the back tip of the plate.

The Not-So-Good:

**Maybe it’s me, but for the first time since Michael De Leon came to Hickory a year ago, he looked tired. A nonchalant throw in the third kept the inning alive and turned a six-pitch inning into a 16-pitch inning for Jurado. At the plate, he went 0-for-5 with two called-third strikeouts and just didn’t have the usual spring-in-the-step at the plate. Again, maybe it’s just me.

**Jurado walked 20 percent of his season total of walks in this game. He now has five for the season. (Yeah, he’s been pretty good.)

**Joe Filemeno had iffy fastball (92-94) command and it cost him on Bierfeldt’s HR in the eighth. He showed a decent slider in the seventh. One backdoor-variety in the inning had LH hitter Riley Palmer flinching.

**With 16 hits, it’s hard to pick at the lineup too much, but situational hitting is still a work in progress. The Crawdads went 0-for-6 RISP in the first two innings and finished 3-for-17 for the game.

**Eduard Pinto got caught trying to score from second on a fielder’s choice grounder. Palmer made the throw from first to Salas at short. While the throw was low, Salas made the catch and then had an easy out with the throw home to get Pinto.

** The “O!” chant from the Orioles fans (rooting for Delmarva) in the stands is quaint during the National Anthem. It was annoying Monday night given that it was Memorial Day. Sometimes, it’s not about you.

Series Preview: Delmarva at Hickory (May 25-27)

The Hickory Crawdads return home to face the Delmarva Shorebirds in a three-game series tonight through Wednesday at L.P. Frans Stadium.


Monday: Matthew Grimes (RH, 3-1, 4.93 ERA) and Ariel Juado (RH, 6-0, 3.00); Tuesday: Sebastian Vader (RH, 2-2, 3.09) and Luis Ortiz (RH, 2-0, 0.66); Wednesday: Bennett Parry (LH, 3-3, 2.95) and Cody Buckel (RH, 0-0, 0.00).

Entering the series:

Hickory (29-14) burst out of an offensive tailspin with a ten-run, 14-hit effort Saturday night at Kannapolis, followed by eight runs on 10 hits yesterday afternoon. The Crawdads still lead the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division by four games over the West Virginia Power– who will play at Lakewood (N.J.) this week – and now lead third place Delmarva (22-21) and Hagerstown by seven games.

As close as one game behind Hickory on May 4, the Shorebirds are 7-12 since after dropping three out of four at West Virginia over the weekend. Delmarva scored only four runs on 15 hits in losing the final three games of the series. A bigger loss for the Shorebirds is that of second baseman Steve Wilkerson (.309/ .417 /.391) to the disabled list. He is second in the SAL in OBP.

Players to watch – Delmarva

3B Jomar Reyes: The youngest player in the SAL stands an imposing 6-3, 220 lbs. He is currently the number 11 prospect ( in the Orioles system. Already at 14 XBH’s in 148 at bats, he also has 32 strikeouts. Reyes is 13-for-48 (.342) in his last ten games, but went 1-for-12 with four Ks at West Viriginia.

C Jonah Heim: No. 18 prospect of the Orioles (4th round, 2013- Amherst, NY) is at .260/ .290/ .373 for the season. Has thrown out only 11 of 42 runners attempting to steal.

CF Jay Gonzales: The Orioles 10th round pick (Mt. Olive Coll., NC) last year leads the SAL in runs scored and is fourth in walks. He also has 45 strikeouts in 181 plate appearances (24.8%)

LF Conor Bierfeldt: The 29th round pick of the Orioles in 2013 (Western Connecticut St.) leads the SAL with 41 RBI. In his second season with the Shorebirds, Bierfeldt has 30 homers in 222 pro games, but has struggled to a .225/ .313/ .423 slash line this year.

RP Zeke McGranahan: Attended Riverside High in Durham, NC (23rd round 2014- Georgia Gwinnett College), he currently has a 0.87 ERA in 20.2 innings with 28 strikeouts. He also is susceptible to wildness as shown by his 17 walks.

RP: Donnie Hart: Currently is tied with Hickory’s John Fasola with a SAL-high nine saves and has yet to allow an earned run. Hart is a 27th round pick (2013) out of Texas St.

Players to watch – Hickory:

SP: Cody Buckel: Expected to make his second start of the season for Hickory on Wednesday. He started the season at AA Frisco before joining the Crawdads last week. Once on the short-list of top pitching prospects for the Rangers, Buckel suddenly couldn’t find the plate in 2013 (9 Ks/ 28 BBs in 9.1 IP at Frisco). Still only 22, he hopes to re-connect with the magic he had at Hickory in 2011 (8-3, 2.61 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 120 Ks, 27 BBs in 96.2 IP).

SP: Ariel Jurado: Winners of six out of seven starts, the sinkerballer has walked only four (34 Ks) in 39 innings. His 0.92 walks-per-9 innings is the second lowest in the SAL.

SP: Luis Ortiz: His 0.66 ERA would lead the SAL, but he is seven innings shy of posting a qualifying mark. Like Jurado, Ortiz has also been stingy with the free passes, issuing only four (25 Ks) in 27.1 innings.

RPs: David Perez and Adam Parks: The duo is second and third in the SAL respectively in Ks-per-9 innings among relievers. Perez’s ratio is 12.76, while Parks is at 12.33.

1B: Rock Shoulders: Finally broke his hitless streak (0-for-28) since joining the Crawdads on May 16. Hickory is looking for Shoulders to provide some of the power he showed with the Cubs farm system during which he posted 43 doubles and 30 homers in 208 games over the past two seasons.

RF Luke Tendler: After smashing SAL pitching with a .346/ .378/ .708 line in April, it’s dropped to .241/ .323/ .289 in May. Still, he is tied for first in the SAL with 13 doubles, is second in total bases with 79, and fourth in slugging at .491.

C Jose Trevino: Like Tendler, May has not been kind to the backstop (.247/ .256/ .325). He’s also struggled this season at LP Frans, hitting only .208 (.313 on the road). However, he shown life lately with four hits in his last nine ABs with two doubles.

3B Josh Morgan: He’s been the contrarian in the Crawdads struggles at the plate in May, posting a .312/ .384/ .416 line. During the Kannapolis series, Morgan went 7-for-18 with two walks and blasted his first homer of the season.