Posted on 03 February 2015 by Luke Jones
The Orioles made several roster moves Tuesday headlined by the return of outfielder Nolan Reimold to the organization.
According to MASN Sports, the 31-year-old agreed to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Once considered one of the better young players in the organization, a series of injuries including two spinal fusion procedures prevented Reimold from ever reaching his potential in Baltimore.
Upon working his way back to full strength last summer following a second neck surgery, Reimold was placed on waivers by the Orioles and claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays last July. The right-handed hitter batted .212 with two home runs and nine runs batted in in 60 plate appearances before once again being waived in late August. Reimold finished the season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, hitting .294 with a homer and four RBIs over 18 plate appearances.
In six major league seasons, Reimold has posted a .251 average with 44 home runs and a .762 on-base plus slugging percentage in 1,134 career plate appearances.
The Orioles also traded infielder Steve Lombardozzi to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. The Atholton High product hit .288 in 73 at-bats at the beginning of last season before spending the rest of the 2014 season at Triple-A Norfolk where he batted .270 with a .618 OPS.
The organization wasn’t enamored with Lombardozzi’s limitations defensively as well as his lack of power.
Baltimore dealt minor-league catcher Michael Ohlman to the St. Louis Cardinals for cash. A strong 2013 season that included 13 home runs for Single-A Frederick put Ohlman on the Orioles’ prospect radar, but he posted a .627 OPS at Double-A Bowie last year and was designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Travis Snider.
Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff
ORIOLES MAKE THREE ROSTER MOVES
The Orioles today announced that they have optioned LHP TIM BERRY and CA MICHAEL OHLMAN to Double-A Bowie and reassigned CA BRIAN WARD to minor league camp.
With these assignments, the Orioles now have 53 players at major league spring training, including 15 non-roster invitees.
Posted on 20 November 2013 by WNST Staff
Orioles select the contracts of Michael Ohlman, Tim Berry and Eddie Gamboa
The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contracts of CA MICHAEL OHLMAN andLHP TIM BERRY from Class-A Frederick and RHP EDDIE GAMBOA from Triple-A Norfolk.
Ohlman, 22, hit a career-best .313/.410/.524, also setting career-highs in runs (61), hits (113), doubles (29), triples (4), home runs (13), RBI (53), stolen bases (5), walks (56) and total bases (189) in 100 games for the Keys in 2013. He also batted .290/.476/.774 in 10 games for the championship-winning Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League following the season. The Topps Carolina League Player of the Year, Ohlman was also named a Carolina League All-Star, won two Player of the Week Awards, led the CL in OPS, and won the batting title. In five minor league seasons since being drafted by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft, Ohlman has batted .260/.357/.394.
Berry, 22, went 11-7 with a 3.85 ERA (152.0IP, 65ER) for the Keys in 2013. He finished second in the Carolina League with 11 wins, 27 starts and 152.0 innings pitched. Berry also went 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA (14.2IP, 3ER) in seven games (two starts) for Surprise in the AFL. The Orioles 50th round pick of the 2009 First Year Player Draft, Berry was named Organizational Pitcher of the Month in April, when he went 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA (28.0IP, 10ER) and struck out 35 batters in 28 innings.
Gamboa, 28, was converted into a knuckleballer this season and went a combined 6-11 with a 4.43 ERA (142.1IP, 70ER) and 114 strikeouts for Double-A Bowie (4-6, 3.64 in 16GS) and Triple-A Norfolk (2-5, 6.23 in 9GS). In six minor league seasons since being drafted by the Orioles in the 21st round of the 2008 First Year Player Draft, Gamboa has gone 37-34 with a 3.37 ERA (584.1IP, 219ER) in 164 games (74GS), averaging 7.1 strikeouts and 3.2 walks per 9.0 innings.
With these additions, the Orioles now have 36 players on the 40-man roster.