List of Orioles' minor-league free agents
Baseball America has obtained the list of all the potential minor-league free agents and you can look at the full list here: http://bit.ly/vGS8fX
The Orioles – according to Baseball America – have 21 on the list. It doesn’t include players like Jeremy Accardo or Jake Fox who have already declined their assignments and become minor-league free agents.
To me, two names stand out here. The first is local boy Brandon Erbe, a third-rounder in 2005 out of McDonogh High. The tall right-hander simply couldn’t stay healthy and was taken off the 40-man roster earlier this year. He’s only 23 and a great kid. I hope he can one day get healthy and realize his talent at the big-league level.
The other is outfielder Kieron Pope, who was selected in the fourth round in 2005. He was the club’s Moe Drabowsky Comeback Player of the Year in 2010 when he battled back from a broken leg in 2009 that nearly ended his career.
There was one other name of note for me, Jose “Jumbo” Diaz, simply because the 329-pound reliever had a chance to beat Walter Young as the heaviest Oriole ever (Young was listed as 255, but I was told he tipped 300.)
There’s still hope for Jumbo. All of these guys could re-sign with the Orioles.
Another note on minor-league free agents: Former Orioles top pick Adam Loewen, who was converted from pitcher to outfielder and made his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in September, is also one now. Thought you’d want to know.
Here’s the Orioles’ list, courtesy of Baseball America:
Baltimore Orioles (21)
RHP: Jose R. Diaz (AA), Brandon Erbe (SS), Armando Gabino (AA), Chris Jakubauskas (AAA), Raul Rivero (AA), Chorye Spoone (AA), Mark Worrell (AAA)
LHP: Michael Ballard (AA), Nick Bierbrodt (AAA), Chris George (AAA), James Houser (AAA), Will Startup (Hi A)
C: Zach Booker (AAA), Adam Donachie (AAA), Jhonatan Javier (DSL), Steve Lerud (AA)
1B: Rhyne Hughes (AAA)
3B: Brendan Harris (AAA)
SS: Carlos Rojas (AAA)
OF: Miguel Abreu (Hi A), Kieron Pope (Lo A)