OAKLAND – It’s that time of year again. Football is winding down, draft talks are heating up, and many of the nation’s top college football talents are choosing to take that next leap of faith; the big leagues.
With the 2018 baseball season now in full swing, the Delmarva Shorebirds have easily been one of the most promising teams in the Orioles’ organization, sitting atop the South Atlantic League with an impressive record of 20-8.
A main contributor to the team’s early success comes from none other than outfielder, Zach Jarrett. In 95 at bats, Jarrett is batting .305 with 7 home runs and a .579 slugging percentage. This places him in the upper echelon of all Single-A affiliate batters and has earned him the honor of being named an Orioles minor league co-player of the month for April.
Jarrett was not always a highly sought-after prospect though. Being the son and grandson of Hall of Fame NASCAR drivers Dale and Ned Jarrett, baseball did not seem to be in the genes. Falling all the way to the 28th round of the 2017 MLB draft, this Charlotte product had a very underwhelming stat line for Baltimore’s Short Season-A affiliate, Aberdeen. The organization still decided to call him up to Delmarva for the 2018 season, and that decision has more than paid off thus far.
This offensive weapon has tons of potential and seems to be improving every game. Although the season is young, the sky seems to be the limit for this kid and the Shorebirds as a whole. Keep an eye out for Zach Jarrett climbing his way up the Orioles’ system.