Posted on 26 June 2013 by Luke Jones
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The Orioles figure to send several players to next month’s All-Star Game in New York, but their minor-league system will also be represented as Double-A outfielder Henry Urrutia and Single-A pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez have been selected to play in the Futures Game.
Both players will play for the World Team in the minor-league contest taking place July 14 at Citi Field.
Urrutia, a Cuban outfielder in the midst of his first year in the Orioles system, was also chosen to represent the Baysox in the Eastern League All-Star Game. He is hitting .365 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs and is rumored to be heading to Triple-A Norfolk in the near future.
At 26, the defector could arrive in Baltimore sooner rather than later as he’s impressed with his hitting prowess and has improved defensively in his time with Bowie.
Rodriguez, a 20-year-old from Venezuela, is 6-4 with a 2.85 earned run average in 14 starts for Frederick this season. He is regarded by many as the best pitching prospect in the system behind Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.
The southpaw threw a scoreless inning in last week’s Carolina-California League All-Star Game.
Last year, Bundy and Manny Machado were selected to play in the Futures Game before both made their major league debuts later in the 2012 season. Other Orioles to appear in the minor-league contest in past years included Zach Britton, Jim Johnson, Brian Matusz, and Chris Tillman.
Posted on 28 February 2013 by WNST Staff
The Orioles made news back in July by agreeing to a minor-league deal with Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia that included a $778,500 signing bonus and it appears the 26-year-old will officially join the organization later this week.
Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette confirmed to reporters that Urrutia has arrived in Florida after obtaining his work visa in Haiti and is expected to report to the Orioles’ minor-league complex at Twin Lakes Park in the next few days. Urrutia will need to pass his physical, which will be more than a foregone conclusion since the club doesn’t know what kind of shape he’s in after he was unable to obtain a work visa to come to the United States last summer.
Their original agreement was pending a physical, so the Orioles would not be on the hook for any payment if he proves to be unfit.
Urrutia is a switch hitter with a line-drive stroke that’s more polished from the left side, according to several scouting reports. In his final season in Cuba in 2010, he batted .397 with a .461 on-base percentage and .597 slugging percentage in 305 at-bats with 12 home runs. The outfielder also had more walks (32) than strikeouts (23) and was tied for ninth in the league in on-base percentage.
Urrutia did not play in 2011 due to a suspension after he attempted to defect from Cuba. The Orioles planned to assign him to Double-A Bowie last summer after agreeing to terms, but his inability to leave Haiti prevented that from happening.
He lacks the upside of recent Cuban defectors Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler but is considered to have reasonable major-league potential.
Posted on 11 July 2012 by Luke Jones
The Orioles have signed Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia to a minor-league deal, according to a Baseball America report.
The 25-year-old reportedly received a bonus of $778,500 for signing with Baltimore. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound corner outfielder played in Cuba’s top league at least three seasons before defecting to the United States.
Urrutia is a switch hitter with a line-drive stroke that’s more polished from the left side, according to several scouting reports.
In his final season in Cuba, he batted .397 with a .461 on-base percentage and .597 slugging percentage in 305 at-bats with 12 home runs. The outfielder also had more walks (32) than strikeouts (23) and tied for ninth in the league in on-base percentage.
Urrutia lacks the upside of recent Cuban defectors Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler, but he is considered to have reasonable major-league potential. Given his age, he will likely report to one of the Orioles’ higher-level affiliates in the near future.