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December 11, 2008

Orioles Rule 5 selections

The Orioles selected catcher Lou Palmisano from the Nashville Sounds roster with the fifth choice in today's Rule 5 draft. Palmisano, 26, was a third-round pick in the 2003 draft who had a decent season at Double-A Huntsville in 2007, batting .256 with 11 home runs and 63 RBI, but played very little at the rookie ball and Class-A level last year because of a knee injury.

Don't look for him in spring training, because the Orioles intend to sell his rights to the Houston Astros. With the sudden infusion of cash, I wonder if the Orioles will up their offer for Mark Teixeira to $140,050,000.

For a team that started out not planning to select anyone, the Orioles were one of the most active teams in the draft, also choosing RHP Josh Perrault from the Nationals' Double-A Harrisburg roster in the second round, 23-year-old Birmingham Barons (White Sox) shortstop Robert Valido in the Triple-A phase of the draft and right-handed pitcher Andrew Barb (Seattle Mariners) in the Double-A phase.

Perrault was 4-2 with a 4.48 ERA at Harrisburg and pitched well in three appearances with Triple-A Columbus. Valido hit .222 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 112 games for the Barons last year. He also had a tasteless cup of coffee at Triple-A Charlotte, where he had one hit in 24 at-bats. Barb is a 24-year-old right-hander who was 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 38 games at Class-A Wisconsin.

The Orioles also lost pitcher Rocky Cherry to the New York Mets in the major league phase.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:10 PM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Just baseball


Just wanted to let you know if you were not aware that you were part of a 5 minute Mike and Mike sketch this morning on ESPN radio. It was mostly about your prior conversation with JJ Putz and your surname brought up by Tim Kurkjin who had complimentary things to say about you.

Now the real question- I would have put our chance at landing Tex at about 2% before these past couple of days. I don't think MacPhail is just going to throw his hat in the ring like predecessors so that gives me some hope. Am I delusional?

Do the minor league phases work the same way--the drafting team must keep the player at that level for the season or offer him back? Neither guy sounds like he ever will be a factor in Baltimore.

Pete's reply: To be honest, I didn't know the answer, but Jim Callis of Baseball America was standing nearby and I asked him. The minor league picks are not required to stay at a certain level or be offered back to the original club. They basically are bought for the $12,500 draft price.

Nooooooooooooooooooooo! Not Rocky Cherry. He has the best name in sports! I thought the Mets were trying to "upgrade" their bullpen?

   What in Gods world are you doing Andy ? Have you lost it ? We need someone who can pitch . Why are you drafting rule 5 players at this time ?

Did I understand you to say that the Orioles have lost their Cherry?

They also selected a RHP from the Nationals in the Triple-A phase- 26 yr old Josh Perrault.

Heck, OMAR will try his best to screw up the Mets again this year.

I echo Rick MD's sentiment. As an O's fan and a Cubs "sympathizer", I've always pulled for the guy with the name that sounds like a Ben & Jerry's flavor. The only possible consolation would be if pulled of a trade for Felix Pie.

They've also signed quite a few minor league pitchers as well.

Rocky Cherry's gone! HALLELUJAH!

Schmuck....From the comments of your "baseball fans" readers, one would think that Rocky Cherry was the bullpen equivalent to Danial Cabrera, which was not the case. Cherry was a serviceable reliever, who had some flashes of a keeper, in a otherwise crappy pen.

By the time the O's start to see any results of their rebuilding program( assuming they do start to see some results in a few years, which I doubt) all of the decent ballplayers they have now who may have a n upside in a few years will be free agents by then, so what is the point, get some top notch pitching now even if you have to pay big, if not it will be another 10 years of The Greek God's wonderful ruination of the Birds!

Hey Schmucker...Nice photo of you on your blog. Baggy pants and baggy Hawaiian shirt...very slimming.

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