Earlier today the Orioles announced they signed fourteen minor league players. It may not seem like much, but ultimately a good farm system has a direct correlation with how good the big league club will become. Especially with Buck’s constant revolving door, sending players up and down just as much as any other manager in the MLB.
Two signings that have a chance to impact the 2018 season are LHP Josh Edgin and LHP Ryan O’Rourke. Both pitchers are coming offseasons spending time in the MLB and they will be competing for the lefty specialist spot in the Baltimore bullpen.
Beginning with 0ne familiar face for Orioles fans, Jhan Mariñez, who was called up in 2010 by the Birds. Not making much of an impact Mariñez later played for Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Texas. Following his time in Baltimore, Mariñez put up mediocre stats for a right-hander, posting 3.43 ERA in ninety-five appearances in the MLB.
Additional Pitching Signings
Ralston Cash, twenty-six, a second round pick for the Dodgers in 2010. Mostly coming from the bullpen Cash has a 3.87 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over his career.
Jeff Ferrell, twenty-seven, played for the Detroit Tigers last season. In eleven appearances Ferrell had a 6.75 ERA.
Joely Rodriguez, twenty-six, made his debut in 2016 for the Phillies and hasn’t made it back to the MLB since. Struggles have continued since Texas designated him for assignment in 2016.
Also, adding a set of catchers, Orioles re-signed Armando Araiza and added Yojhan Quevedo. Not done there, Duquette made sure to re-sign some productive infielders that have been in the Orioles Organization. Signing six infielders in total- Angelo Mora, Garabez Rosa, Erick Salcedo, Luis Sardiñas, Rubén Tejada, and Ryan Ripken.
Don’t see much coming from the Orioles infielders re-signings other than Rubén Tejada, who played forty-one games last season with Baltimore. But considering his rocky production, the Orioles traded for Tim Beckahm and moved on from Tejada.