Baltimore Orioles sign minor leaguer from Pirates system
The Baltimore Orioles added another minor league player to the farm system and according to sources, he will not be invited to spring training.
The newest member of the Baltimore Orioles comes from the Pittsburgh Pirates system – where it seems everything is happening right now.
According to Roch Kubatkow with MASNSports, the Orioles signed a 25-year-old switch-hitter named Anderson Feliz.
A little history
Feliz is from the Dominican Republic, which is where his first experience in the minor leagues was. He was a member of the New York Yankees farm system from 2009 until 2014. Unfortunately, in those five years, he never made it past Single-A+ with the Tampa Yankees in the Gulf Coast League.
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In 2015 at the age of 23, he played with the Lancaster Barnstormers (Pennsylvania) in the Atlantic League where he was not affiliated with any farm system. The following year the Pittsburgh Pirates signed him to a minor league contract and set him up with the Double-A Altoona Curve. In 2017, he moved up to Triple-A in Indianapolis and he played in the Dominican League with the Toros del Este.
Stats and positions
This young player has played every single position with the exception of catcher and pitcher. The majority of his playing time has been spent at second base and third base in the infield and in left field in the outfield. He’s 6’0 and weighs 175, so he is a bit small for third, but the perfect size to move around the middle infield.
His career batting stats, taking all levels into account, are .252/.327/.377. But, his best numbers have been in the Dominican League, where he has hit .285/.346/.420. He’s not much of a power hitter and has 35 home runs in eight seasons. He does have 42 stolen bases during that time.
He has one minor league award to his name. In 2010, he was named a post-season All-Star in the Gulf Coast League. At the time, he played with the Tampa Yankees.
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At the end of the 2017 season, he was given free agency by the Pirates organization.