Shorebird of the Week – July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009 · Posted in Delmarva items, Delmarva Shorebirds, Sports 

Early on this bemused look was common for Shorebirds second baseman L.J. Hoes, but he's got the hottest bat on the Shorebirds lately. Photo by Kim Corkran.
L.J. Hoes at the plate in an April game against the Hagerstown Suns.

The youngest player on the Shorebirds’ roster and one of their two Maryland natives striving to get to the Orioles someday, second baseman L.J. Hoes has picked up the batting pace in recent days.

Hoes, whose given name is Jerome, made it to the South Atlantic League’s All-Star break with a .238 batting mark but in the seven games since play resumed has come untracked for a much more respectable .256 average. Also, he’s established himself as a threat on the bases, cracking double-digits in steals by swiping three against Lakewood on June 28th.

L.J. was drafted last season out of high school (St. John’s HS in Washington, DC) in the 3rd round by the Orioles, so naturally he’s a prospect they’re following closely. Assigned to the Gulf Coast League’s Orioles franchise last year, he responded by hitting .308 with a homer and 18 RBI in 48 games. That performance allowed the Orioles brass to feel comfortable advancing him to a full-season team at barely 19 years of age – rare for a high school draftee.

For the Shorebirds, that .256 batting mark and 12 steals in 69 games is also complemented by a homer and 28 RBI – you’ll find L.J. among the team leaders in most offensive categories. The areas he perhaps needs to work on are cutting down somewhat on strikeouts (although most hitters at this level share the same problem) and drawing a few more walks – a sub-.300 on-base percentage needs to improve for L.J. to advance through the system.

With his young age, it wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see L.J. play the full 2009 season here and perhaps stick around for the opening weeks of 2010 before advancing to Frederick. As his average and batting eye improve, though, he could be on a faster track to perhaps spelling Brian Roberts as another great Orioles second baseman.

Comments

Comments are closed.

  • I haven't. Have you?
  • 2018 Election

    The Maryland primary election is June 26.

     

    Governor

     

    Republican:

    Larry Hogan (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

     

    Democrat:

    Rushern Baker – Facebook Twitter

    Ralph JaffeFacebook

    Ben JealousFacebook Twitter

    Rich MadalenoFacebook Twitter

    Alec RossFacebook Twitter

    Jim SheaFacebook Twitter

    Krish VignarajahFacebook Twitter

    Candidates for Libertarian and Green parties will be added after primary.

     

    Comptroller

     

    Republican:

    Anjali Reed PhukanFacebook Twitter

     

    Democrat:

    Peter Franchot (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

     

    Attorney General

     

    Republican

    Craig WolfFacebook Twitter

     

    Democrat

    Brian Frosh (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

     

    U.S. Senate

     

    Republican

    Tony CampbellFacebook Twitter

    Chris ChaffeeFacebook Twitter

    Evan CronhardtFacebook Twitter

    Nnabu EzeFacebook

    John Graziani – Facebook

    Christina GrigorianFacebook Twitter

    Albert HowardFacebook Twitter

    Bill Krehnbrink – Twitter

    Gerald Smith – Facebook Twitter

    Blaine Taylor

    Brian VaethTwitter

     

    Democrat

    Ben Cardin (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

    Erik JetmirFacebook Twitter

    Chelsea Manning – Twitter

    Marsha Morgan

    Jerome SegalFacebook Twitter

    Rikki VaughnTwitter

    Debbie “Rica” WilsonFacebook

    Candidate for the Libertarian Party and the independent will be added after the primary.

     

    U.S. Congress -1st District

     

    Republican

    Martin Elborn – Facebook Twitter

    Andy Harris (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

    Lamont Taylor – Facebook Twitter

     

    Democrat

    Michael Brown

    Jesse ColvinFacebook Twitter

    Allison Galbraith – Facebook Twitter

    Erik LaneFacebook

    Michael Pullen – Facebook Twitter

    Steve Worton – Facebook Twitter

    Candidate for the Libertarian Party will be added after the primary.

     

    State Senator – District 37

     

    Republican

    Addie Eckardt (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

     

    Democrat

    Holly WrightFacebook

     

    State Senator – District 38

     

    Republican

    Mary Beth CarozzaFacebook Twitter

     

    Democrat

    Jim Mathias (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

     

    Delegate – District 37A

     

    Republican

    Frank Cooke

     

    Democrat

    Charles Cephas – Facebook

    Sheree Sample-Hughes (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

     

    Delegate – District 37B (elect 2)

     

    Republican

    Chris Adams (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

    Mimi GedamuFacebook

    Keith Graffius – Facebook

    Johnny Mautz (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

     

    Democrat

    Dan O’Hare – Facebook

     

    Delegate – District 38A

     

    Republican

    Charles Otto (incumbent) – Facebook

     

    Democrat

    Kirkland Hall, Sr.

     

    Delegate – District 38B

     

    Republican

    Carl Anderton, Jr. (incumbent) – Facebook Twitter

     

    Delegate – District 38C

     

    Republican

    Wayne HartmanFacebook

    Joe SchannoFacebook Twitter

    Jim Shaffer

    Ed TinusFacebook

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Link to Maryland Democratic Party

    In the interest of being fair and balanced, I provide this service to readers. But before you click on the picture below, just remember their message:

  • Part of the Politics in Stereo network.