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Stowers is Orioles’ Minor League co-POY

Former Christian High star Kyle Stowers, now with the Norfolk (Va.) Tides.

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From staff and wire reports

 

NORFOLK, Va. – After rising three minor league levels this season while continuing to mash home runs on the fast track to the major leagues, former Christian High star Kyle Stowers was named the Baltimore Orioles’ Brooks Robinson Minor League co-Player of the Year, the organization announced on Sunday.

Stowers, a 23-year-old outfielder, shared the aways with catcher Adley Rutschman, who is currently rated as the top minor league prospect by Baseball America. It was the first time the Orioles announced Minor League co-Players of the Year, recognizing the club’s top two minor league performers this year.

Stowers, along with Rutschman, will be honored in an on-field ceremony prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, Sept. 28, with awards presented by the team’s top minor league officials.

Stowers with the Stanford Cardinal.

Stowers has appeared in 120 games across three levels of the Orioles minor league system. He began the season with High-A Aberdeen before being promoted to Double-A Bowie on June 22 and Triple-A Norfolk on September 7.

As of September 25, Stowers leads all Orioles minor leaguers with 27 home runs, 51 extra-base hits, and 228 total bases. He notched two multi-homer games for the Baysox this season and registered a career-high four RBI on September 3 prior to his promotion to Norfolk.

Stowers has slashed .299/.390/.463 (20-for-67) in 18 games for the Tides through September 26, with two doubles, three home runs, nine runs scored, nine RBI, and eight walks. He earned Orioles Minor League Player of the Month honors in July after batting .340/.436/.640 (34-for-100) with a 1.076 OPS, nine doubles, seven home runs, 17 runs scored, 15 RBI, and 16 walks in 27 games for the Baysox. He is rated as the No. 11 prospect in the Orioles system by MLB Pipeline and No. 17 by Baseball America.

Stowers was selected by the Orioles in the CBB round (No. 71 overall) of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of Stanford University (CA).

The former Patriot was an All-CIF first-team selection in 2015, however, was only a second-team All-East County selection that season, his junior year. He had a game-winning sacrifice fly as Christian won the Division III championship game over Del Norte.

Stowers was selected to the All-East County first team as a senior, as well as, making first-team All-CIF in 2016.

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