Did I jinx Greg Miclat? My bad, plus other minor league news & notes

I may owe Double-A Bowie second baseman Greg Miclat an apology. I think I jinxed him. I recently wrote about Miclat’s amazing run stealing bases this year, where he had stolen 35 bases in 35 attempts.

Well, in game two of a doubleheader Friday at New Britain, Miclat’s run ended at 36-for-36 steals. In the sixth inning, he was picked off first and caught stealing for the first time all year. His 36 steals leads all O’s minor leaguers and ranks second in the Eastern League.

As Buck would say, I’ll wear that one, Greg. My bad.

Meanwhile, Miclat’s teammate, LJ Hoes, now has a pair of two-homer games in his last seven contests after going 54 Baysox games without a homer. He hit two in game one of that twinbill Friday.

The 21-year-old Hoes, the Orioles’ third-round pick in 2008, has not until this point hit for much extra-base power with the Baysox, but he is sure hitting for average, batting .318 in 61 games after hitting .278 last year in 98 games with Single-A Frederick.

In July, Hoes hit .349 with four homers, 21 RBIs and an OPS of .931 in 29 games. I can forsee an Orioles minor league Player of the Month honor possibly in his future.

Hoes was named today as the latest Player of the Week in the Eastern League for the period ending Sunday. Hoes hit .462 (12-26) for the week with one double, four home runs and seven RBIs while also scoring seven runs.

Meanwhile, right-hander pitcher Clayton Schrader, the Oriole’ 10th-round pick last year, continues to be someone to keep an eye on. The 21-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with three saves and ERA of 1.13 in Frederick.

In 24 innings with the Keys, he has allowed just eight hits with 19 walks, 35 strikeouts and a batting average against of just .101.

Between Single-A Delmarva and Frederick this year, he has allowed just 19 hits over 46 innings with 32 walks and a whopping 73 strikeouts. The Orioles seem open to moving him to Bowie, but haven’t made that move just yet.

Eduardo Rodriguez is attracting some attention for his solid piching in the Gulf Coast League. The 18-year-old lefty from Venezuela is 1-1 with an ERA of 0.84 and in 32 innings has allowed just 15 hits with 10 walks to 34 strikeouts.

He has allowed just one run - it was unearned - over his last three starts, covering 15 innings. He has walked three with 14 strikeouts in that time. It is good to see a promising talent from a country where the Orioles have mined precious little talent over the years. Rodriguez was signed by Calvin Maduro, by the way.

Matt Hobgood will make his fourth start for short-season Single-A Aberdeen tonight, and his first at Ripken Stadium. Hobgood is coming off a start where he gave up six runs in just 1 2/3 innings. In three IronBirds starts, he is 0-2 with an ERA of 9.31 and over 9 2/3 innings has allowed 10 earned runs on 18 hits.

Lefty pitcher Trent Howard, this year’s seventh-round draft pick out of Central Michigan, pitched five more scoreless innings Sunday for Aberdeen. Over his last three starts, the 21-year-old Howard has not allowed an earned run over 16 innings with nine hits, four walks and 19 strikeouts.

Howard was named today as Pitcher of the Week in the New York-Penn League.

Howard and Hobgood are part of a young and promising Aberdeen rotation that also includes 21-year-old Mike Wright, the club’s third-round pick this year; righty Parker Bridwell, who turns 20 tomorrow; and 23-year-old Jake Cowan. Cowan is expected to move to Delmarva to make his next start, however.

If you missed my story from last night, I reported that Bobby Bundy is expected to be promoted from Frederick to Double-A Bowie to make his next start.

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