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Orioles Catcher Chance Sisco Making Smooth Adjustment To Big Leagues

September 28, 2017
PITTSBURGH -- As soon as the Orioles were eliminated from postseason consideration, manager Buck Showalter began writing catcher Chance Sisco's name into the lineup.
 
Sisco, who has started the past three games, was 1-for-3 with an RBI double during the Orioles' 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates Sept. 27.
 
Sisco is 5-for-15 (.333) with two home runs and four RBIs in nine games. He hit .267 in 97 games for Triple-A Norfolk this season.
 
The 22-year-old Sisco, who was the Orioles' second-round draft choice in 2013, has enjoyed the big league experience that began when he was added to the roster Sept. 1.
 
"It's been really good," he said. "It's been pretty smooth so far, and [I'm] just happy about that and happy they're helping me out and working with me on things.
 
"It's definitely exciting. Just getting here in the first place was exciting, now getting a little bit of playing time just adds to it."
 
At first, Sisco appeared only in one-sided games after being called up. He played in six games but never got in before the seventh inning. On Sept. 14, Sisco got his first major league hit -- a double -- and hit home run during a 13-5 loss at Yankee Stadium.
 
He obviously wasn't in awe of his surroundings.
 
"Just try to remind myself that it's a baseball game and have fun out there," Sisco said. "Don't let any situation dictate your emotions. If you take that mindset into it, you'll be all right."
 
Sisco is not yet a polished major league catcher. He's been working with bench coach John Russell, who Showalter praises as a catching instructor.
 
"I'm really pleased with the way he's handled himself," Russell said. "He's been really calm. I thought he's received the ball very wall. He's blocked the ball. The fundamental parts of it, I'm very encouraged about."
 
Sisco allowed his first stolen base Sept. 27. This year with the Tides, he threw out just 23 percent of base-stealers, although he showed marked improvement in the second half of the season.
 
"I think he made great strides, especially in the last couple of months of the season," Russell said. "That's what you like to see out of a young catcher. He's pretty young. To be able to do what he did and handle himself well in Triple-A and do what he's done so far, it's encouraging."
 
Sisco believes there aren't significant apparent differences between the minors and majors.
 
"Just the atmosphere is really the big difference," Sisco said. "Having the crowds that you do. That would be the only thing right now that would stand out."
 
Overall, Russell likes what he's seen.
 
"I think he's got a good mindset for it," Russell said. "The overall skills of the position, he looks pretty solid. It takes time, but I think he's got a good head on his shoulders, and I think he's going to figure it out."

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