25th Season Team Voting - Catcher
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.
Jayson Werth (1998-2000): Played in 125 games for the Baysox over three years. The Orioles first round pick in the 1997 Draft made his Major League debut in 2002 after being traded to Toronto, where he became a full-time outfielder. He won a World Series with Philadelphia in 2008 and was named to the 2009 NL All-Star Team. He has accumulated 1408 hits and 219 home runs in his MLB career and is entering his seventh season as a starting outfielder for the Washington Nationals.
Gregg Zaun (1993): Was the starting catcher for the Baysox during their inaugural season and was named to the Eastern League All-Star Team after playing in 79 games and leading Bowie with a .306 batting average. He made his Major League debut with the Orioles in 1995 and won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997. He played for nine different teams over 16 years in the Major Leagues, including a second stint with the Orioles in 2009. He is the nephew of Orioles Hall of Fame catcher Rick Dempsey.
Chance Sisco (2015-16): Is the top ranked prospect in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He was named to the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Team after batting .320 with 28 doubles, four home runs, 53 runs scored and 44 RBI in 112 games last season. He also hit a home run while representing the Orioles in the MLB All-Star Futures Games. His batting average was fourth best in the Eastern League and tied for the eighth-highest in a single season in team history. His .406 on-base percentage also led the Eastern League and ranks sixth in team history.
Eli Whiteside (2002-04, 07): Was selected to play in the Eastern League All-Star Game in 2004. The Orioles 6th round pick in 2001 spent parts of four seasons with the Baysox and recorded 18 home runs and 60 RBI during the 2004 season. He made his Major League debut with the Orioles in 2005, but only played nine Major League games for Baltimore over seven years in the organization. In 2009, he caught a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants and won a World Series with them in 2010. He played six seasons as a backup catcher in the Major Leagues for the Orioles, Giants and Cubs.
Matt Wieters (2008): Played in 61 games for the Baysox in 2008 and batted .365 while recording 51 RBI. He was named the 2008 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America and the Brooks Robinson Orioles Minor League Player of the Year after batting .355 with 27 home runs and 91 RBI between Bowie and Frederick. The Orioles #5 overall pick in the 2007 Draft made his MLB debut in 2009, earning two Gold Glove awards and four All-Star nods with Baltimore before joining the Washington Nationals prior to the 2017 season.
Caleb Joseph (2010-13): In four seasons with the Baysox, he ranks among the career leaders in games played (434, 2nd), hits (422, 2nd), runs scored (199, 2nd), doubles (79, 4th) and home runs (53, 2nd). He is also the Baysox career RBI leader with 239. He was named to the Eastern League All-Star Team and the Baseball America Double-A player of the Year in 2013 after batting .299 with 22 home runs, 31 doubles and 97 RBI. He is the fifth Baysox player to record 97 or more RBI in a single season. He made his Major League debut in 2014 and became the first Orioles catcher to homer in five consecutive games. He has 20 total home runs, 67 runs scored and 77 RBI over three seasons with Baltimore.
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 - Voting Completed
- February 15 - Shortstop - Voting Completed
- February 22 - Outfielder - Voting Completed
- March 1 - Utility Player - Voting Completed
- March 8 - Starting Pitcher - Voting Completed
- March 15 - Catcher
- March 22 - Relief Pitcher