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November 10, 2011

Orioles sign minor league free agent Beerer

The Orioles apparently have inked at least one six-year, minor league free agent this week with the signing of outfielder Scott Beerer from the Colorado Rockies organization.

Beerer, 29, was drafted in the second round in 2003 as a right-handed pitcher by the Rockies, but was converted to the outfield in 2009. Last season, he hit a combined .315 with 16 homers and 70 RBIs in 130 games between Double-A and Triple-A.

He batted .372 in 41 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League last year. He agreed to a minor league deal with the Orioles.

He never made it to the majors, so Beerer never played at Coors Field.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 4:51 PM | | Comments (16)


Take Colorado Springs stats with a grain of salt. It's even worse than Coors Field: They are about 2000 feet higher in altitude and they don't have humidor down there like they have at Coors Field.

The Rockies refuse to send anyone who is a semblance of a pitching prospect down there because of this. They go to AA.

How could the rockies have let this guy go? If nothing else the marketing possibilities of Beerer playing in Coors field...... 'Beerer bonus?'

How much do you think a player like this signs for an how long?

Fantastic! The season is saved. Where do I order my playoff tickets?

He should have been signed by Boston. Then, they'd always have Beerer in the clubhouse or on the bench.

It's s tpe in the right direction. Rather than just Beer, now we have Beerer. One day we may the Beerest.

start printing the post season tix.......

The Duke era begins

Ahhhhh.... A signing that makes Jake Fox look like a high risk player. The newest, new plan begins with a bang! Remind me how soon is it before Adam Jones and Matt Weiters are up for parole? That is..... if they don't tie some sheets together and shimmy down the outside of the warehouse before then. If they're smart, they already have an escape raft waiting at the edge of the harbor.

See how fast Duquette proved everyone wrong with the signing of a real high-risk free agent.

See how fast Duquette proved everyone wrong with the signing of a real high-risk free agent?

Nice pickup - but kind of old. Its good to have a little added corner OF depth, though. Beerer seems like another Luis Montanez type, but hopefully better in the field.

Duquette has been on the job for about week! I repeat a week! What do you expect? Let him do his job, and let's support him. It will be no small feat to turn the O's around, but he has had success in builidng minor leagues systems and player development, so he deserves a chance. Let's wish him the best and get behind him because if we fails, we are stuck with another 5 to 10 year more of bad baseball.

Granted, it's just a minor league acquisition, but if I'm starting my job as a GM, I'd want to make my first acquisition to be at least a little bit significant. This guy isn't even close to being a prospect.

I'd imagine we're going to see more then a few signings like this. Depth of AAA ready talent is really poor in the organization. Most of the O's best minor talent will play Frederick or Bowie this year, so there is a need for minor league depth to play at Norfolk.

No use to try and force guys through the system faster then they are ready, so signing guys to come in and compete at the AAA level is the answer. Might actually get lucky with one and catch "lightening bugs" in a bottle.

That's my own little way of saying this is a minor league move, not one that the Front Office is making with the thought in mind of impacting the ML roster.


You are correct, Mountain. Just depth.

Worst to first in 2012! Great signing! Go O's!

The Marlins offer contracts to Pujols, Reyes and Buerhle. The Orioles sign a 29-year old minor leaguer. Great! Looks like another long year.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

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