For the second time in three years and the seventh time in franchise history, the Bowie Baysox have qualified for the Eastern League playoffs led by a lineup that hit .283 as a team and featured league leaders in various offensive categories.
The Bowie Baysox finished second in the Western Division and will battle the Altoona Curve in the Western Division Championship Series beginning on Wednesday night at Prince George's Stadium.
Bowie will host games one and two of the series on Wednesday and Thursday before it shifts to Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona for games three through five (Friday-Sunday). The Baysox took the season series from Altoona by a 14-5 margin including four walk-off wins in Bowie.
The Baysox posted impressive offensive numbers including a .283 team batting average and OF DJ Stewart becoming the first player in franchise history with 20 home runs and 20 steals in a single season.
Other statistical tidbits include:
- 3B Ryan Mountcastle led all of MiLB in 2B (48) and won the Carolina League batting title with a .314 average.
- OF Austin Hays finished tied for second in all of MiLB in HR (32) and had the second most extra base hits in all of MiLB (69).
- OF DJ Stewart became the first 20-20 player in franchise history and led the Eastern league in runs scored (80).
- UTIL Garabez Rosa captured the Eastern League batting title (.310) and also led the circuit in RBI (91) and hits (162).
- 1B Aderlin Rodriguez finished in the top five in the Eastern League in both hits (135) and TB (228)
- RHP David Hess ranked in top five in Eastern League in wins (11), SO (123) and IP (154.1)
- LHP John Means ranked second in the EL in strikeouts (124)
- RHP Yefry Ramirez-who pitched for both Trenton and Bowie-led the league with 15 wins.
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