Peguero signing official and thoughts
The Baltimore Orioles have been quiet in free agency this off season so far. The Orioles have traded away Jim Johnson and have lost Nate McLouth and Scott Feldman. The Orioles have however signed an outfielder that will provide some depth in the organization. The Orioles have signed Francisco Peguero a former top prospect to a one-year contract.
Peguero is still only 25 years old and has always hit for average in the minor leagues. The lack of power from Peguero concerns me and the lack of success in the majors has as well. Peguero only had four total home runs in the minors last year, which tells me he is not a starting major league outfielder.
It is a wonder why the San Francisco Giants gave up on him so early when in 2012 he was ranked as a top prospect.
I wonder if Peguero makes the major league club. I have never seen him play so do not know that much about him other than what the stats tell me.
Here is the Orioles press release on Peguero.
Orioles sign free agent OF Francisco Peguero
The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent OF FRANCISCO PEGUERO to a one-year contract.
Peguero, 25, spent the majority of the 2013 season with Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco organization, batting .316/.354/.408 in 70 games. He also appeared in 18 major league games, going 6-for-29 with his first big league home run. In eight minor league seasons in the San Francisco organization, Peguero is a career .306/.337/.427 hitter in 690 games. He has appeared in 35 major league games since 2012, batting .200/.217/.289 in 46 plate appearances.
Originally signed by San Francisco as an international free agent on August 8, 2005, Peguero was named the #98 prospect in baseball by MLB.com prior to the 2012 season, and was a Baseball America top-10 prospect in the San Francisco organization after each season from 2009-2012.
With this move, the Orioles now have 38 players on the 40-man roster.