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Ofelky Peralta Named Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month

August 4, 2016

SALISBURY, MD - The Baltimore Orioles Player Development Department has named Delmarva Shorebirds Pitcher Ofelky Peralta as the Organizational Pitcher of the Month for July, 2016. This is Peralta's first recognition from the Orioles Player Development Department this season.

A 19-year old right handed pitcher from Banao, Dominican Republic, Peralta dazzled in four South Atlantic League starts in July. He finished the month with a 3-0 record and a 2.57 ERA over 21 innings. He gave up six runs on eight hits with nine walks and 21 strikeouts.

Peralta's capstone outing of the season was shortened to five innings because of rain, but he threw the fourth no-hitter in Delmarva Shorebirds history on July 8th against the Hagerstown Suns. He struck out eight batters that night and allowed just one walk over his five frames. That outing followed a six-inning scoreless effort against Hagerstown on July 2nd. He allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts in his first appearance of the month.

Through 19 games this season, all of which were starts, Peralta's opponents have only managed a .234 batting average against him. That mark is the fifth lowest in the league among qualified pitchers.

Ofelky Peralta is widely regarded as one of the Baltimore Orioles top prospects. MLB.com rated him as the 13th best prospect in the Orioles farm system, while Baseball America recognized Peralta as the 17th rated prospect in the organization.

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The Delmarva Shorebirds are the Class "A" Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Shorebirds are owned by 7th Inning Stretch, LLC, the same company that owns the Stockton Ports of the California League and the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League.
 
The Shorebirds celebrated their 20th season in 2015, and have entertained nearly five million fans since beginning play at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md. in 1996. The team has captured South Atlantic League titles in 1997 and 2000 while successfully hosting the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in 1999 and 2011.

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