Sisco was named the International League Player of the Week on Monday after batting .565 with five home runs, two doubles, 15 RBI and nine runs over a six-game stretch for Triple-A Norfolk.
Sisco's season line looked fairly pedestrian as April came to an end, but the red-hot streak has boosted him to a robust .293/.381/.522 across 24 games. The 24-year-old failed to break camp with the Orioles largely as a result of concerns about his defense behind the plate rather than his bat, so despite his huge production of late, it's unclear if a callup to the big leagues is imminent. The Orioles have been getting by with a catching timeshare of Pedro Severino and Austin Wynns, neither of whom possesses the fantasy upside that Sisco does.
Sisco was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
It's a move that's hard to justify based on Sisco's spring stats, as he hit .382/.533/.765. Service-time reasons could be behind the decision, though Sisco did also follow up his 1.274 spring OPS last year with a .557 mark in the regular season. Some combination of Austin Wynns (oblique), Pedro Severino and Jesus Sucre will open the season as the Orioles' catchers, but none of them will be much of an obstacle when the team deems Sisco ready to go.
Sisco could open the season with Triple-A Norfolk, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
It's hard to say the move would be justified, as Sisco is hitting an excellent .300/.475/.700 with four homers in 13 games this spring. The Orioles could be looking at his stats from last season, where he hit just .181/.288/.269 in 63 big-league games, or they could simply be maximizing their resources by sending down a player who has options remaining. If Sisco does end up being demoted, some combination of Austin Wynns (oblique), Pedro Severino and Jesus Sucre would handling catching duties to start the season.
Sisco went 3-for-3 with two homers and five RBI in Wednesday's win over the Red Sox.
Sisco continued his impressive start to spring Wednesday. The backstop popped a pair of two-run homers in his first two at-bats of the evening before adding an RBI-single in his final trip to the plate. Sisco is now 4-for-6 with a trio of homers and eight RBI through three Grapefruit League games.
Manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that there's a chance Sisco (concussion) will be able to return to action this weekend against Houston, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Sisco has been in concussion protocol since Sept. 16, when he was removed from a game versus the White Sox after being struck on the mask by a foul tip.
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