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.