For Zach Watson his second season of competing as a professional baseball player in the Baltimore Orioles organization has a lot of similarities to his first. On July 1st, 2019 he was assigned to the High-A Affilitate, Alberdeen Ironbirds. On April 30th, 2021 he was assigned to the same place. Only this time the son of Sonny and Stacey (Hightower) Watson, who hail from Weston, is enjoying his stay much better. That is because this time it is a promotion from having spent a year with the Low A Delmarva Shorebirds where he was sent to following a slow start to his professional career after a stellar collegiate career at LSU.
Actually it is Watson’s third year of being in the Orioles organization but the 2020 minor league season was wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That additional seasoning has helped the speedy centerfielder accrue better stats this season than he had in all of 2019.
Watson currently sports a .243 average in 103 at bats compared to a .224 batting average in 116 at bats before. He has also already tied his home run total of five from his first year and is only 2 RBI behind his previous season total. Add two additional triples and three stolen bases more and the signs of improvement are unmistakable.