Orioles protect three minor-league pitchers from Rule 5 draft

November 20, 2015 | WNST Staff

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The Orioles announced Friday that they have selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher Parker Bridwell, left-handed pitcher Chris Lee, and right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs.

Bridwell, 24, went 4-5 with a 3.99 ERA (43 ER/97.0 IP) in 18 starts with the Baysox this season. Over six minor league seasons, he has gone 26-41 with a 4.83 ERA (309 ER/576.1 IP) in 114 games (110 starts). He is currently ranked by MLB.com as the No. 20 Orioles prospect. Bridwell was selected by the Orioles in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Lee, 23, went a combined 10-10 with a 3.29 ERA (53 ER/145.0 IP) between Double-A Bowie (4-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 38.0 innings over seven starts), Class A-Advanced Frederick (3-6 with a 3.07 ERA in 76.1 innings over 14 starts), and Class-A Quad Cities (3-2 with a 4.11 ERA in 30.2 innings over seven games, six starts) after being acquired from the Houston Astros on May 18. He has gone 22-25 with a 3.83 ERA (155 ER/364.2 IP) in 85 games (69 starts) over five minor league seasons. Lee was originally selected by the Astros in the fourth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Triggs, 26, posted a 1.03 ERA (7 ER/61.0 IP) with 70 strikeouts and went 17-for-17 in save opportunities with Double-A Bowie this season. He posted the lowest walks per 9.0 innings ratio (1.48) and ranked fifth with a 10.33 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio among Eastern League relievers. Triggs was originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

With these moves, the Orioles’ 40-man Major League roster is now full.