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The High-A Frederick Keys may have more legitimate Orioles’ prospects than any other current level of the organization’s farm system, but there are a few under-the-radar players at Low-A Delmarva who are making a little noise this season with their strong play.
Players such as outfielders Jake Ring and Ryan McKenna, shortstop Chris Clare and lefty Alex Wells.
In this week’s “Minor League Podcast,” Adam Pohl looks a little deeper into the Shorebirds’ roster by talking to first-year hitting coach Buck Britton.
Yes, that Buck Britton, the long-time Orioles’ farmhand who is the older brother of All Star closer, Zach.
Buck Britton, 31, was drafted by the Orioles in the 35th round in 2008 and played in the organization through 2014 (he’s pictured above during his playing days at Bowie).
Primarily a second baseman and third baseman, Britton spent a season each at Triple-A for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins before retiring after last season. He was a career .270 minor league hitter in nine seasons.
Britton talks to Pohl about his transition into coaching and also gives his take on some of the young Shorebirds hitters (and Wells). The guy’s a talker – like his brother – and he has plenty of insight on these Baby Birds (including Rafael Palmeiro’s son, Preston).
In the second half of the podcast, Pohl, the voice of the Double-A Bowie Baysox, chats with our minor league reporter Dean Jones Jr., about the Shorebirds, and Jones’ impressions of the Orioles’ Low-A club.
If you want to get somewhat deep into the organization, today’s episode is a good place to start.