25th Season Team Voting - 3rd Baseman
The Bowie Baysox, proud Class AA Minor League Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are entering their 25th season in team history in 2017. Over 700 players have worn the uniform of the Bowie Baysox since 1993, when the team took the field at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, with over 150 of those players being called up to play in the Major Leagues.
Over the next few weeks, you, our great fans, will have the opportunity to vote for the 25th Season Team, presented by Money One Federal Credit Union, compiling players from all positions on the field. Each week, beginning on Wednesday, January 18, we will post a new position for fans to vote on. Voting for each position will last for one week.
The 25th Season Team will be revealed and a special, limited edition baseball card set of the team will be given away to fans during the upcoming season. The date and details for this event will be announced in the coming weeks.
Brandon Waring (2009-13): He is the Baysox career home runs leader, hitting a record 78 during his five seasons in Bowie. Waring also leads the Baysox with 218 career runs scored, is tied for first in doubles (85), second in RBI (226) and third in career games played (403). Twice he led the Baysox in home runs in a season in 2011 (21) and 2013 (23). The South Carolina native was acquired by the Orioles via trade from the Cincinnati Red in 2009 and he played five seasons in the Orioles' Minor League system.
Scott McClain (1994-95): Was selected by the Orioles in the 22nd Round of the 1990 Draft and spent the 1994 season in Bowie, hitting .241 with 29 doubles, 58 RBI and a team-high 72 walks. Returned to Bowie for the first half of the 1995 season, hitting .278 with 13 home runs and 61 RBI in 70 games before a promotion to Triple-A. He made his Major League debut with Tampa Bay in 1998 and played parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with three different teams.
Jeff Nettles (2008): Played for the Baysox 2008 team that tied a franchise record with 84 wins on the way to a playoff appearance. During his only season in the Orioles organization, Nettles hit .253 with 24 home runs (T-6th, single season) and 78 RBI in 134 games. He was selected to participate in the 2008 Eastern League All-Star Game.
Tyler Henson (2009-10): Selected to participate in the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game after hitting .278 with 37 doubles and 60 RBI in 124 games. His 37 doubles were the fourth most in a single season in Baysox history. He was originally selected by the Orioles in the 5th Round of the 2006 Draft and has also played in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.
Zelous Wheeler (2012-13): Played alongside Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop in the 2012 Baysox infield. Appeared in 97 games and hit .275 with 13 home runs and 44 RBI. Started the 2013 season back in Bowie, hitting .299 in 24 games before a promotion to Triple-A. Made his Major League debut in 2014 and played in 29 games with the Yankees.
Oscar Salazar (2007): His 63 extra base hits during the 2007 season are tied with Lou Montanez for the most in a Baysox single season. His 2007 stats also ranked among the single season leaders in several other offensive categories, including hits (154, 7th), doubles (39, T-2nd), at-bats (532, 4th), RBI (96, 6th) and total bases (263, 4th). The Venezuela native was selected as an Eastern League All-Star following the season. He made his Major League debut in 2002 and played parts of four Major League seasons with four teams, including the Orioles.
Ryan Minor (1998): Most famous for replacing Cal Ripken, Jr. at the end of his games played streak, he hit .250 with 20 doubles and 71 RBI in 138 games in Bowie in 1998. His 521 at-bats that season are the ninth most in team history. He played parts of three seasons with the Orioles from 1998-2000 and one with Montreal in 2001. He has spent the last nine years as an Orioles Minor League coach and manager.
The voting schedule is as follows:
- January 18 - Manager - Voting Completed
- January 25 - First base - Voting Completed
- February 1 - Second base- Voting Completed
- February 8 - Third base
- February 15 - Shortstop
- February 22 - Outfielder
- March 1 - Utility Player
- March 8 - Catcher
- March 15 - Starting Pitcher
- March 22 - Relief Pitcher