Baltimore Orioles: Five Guys We Completely Forgot About In 2019

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 21: Sean Gilmartin #63 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on June 21, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 21: Sean Gilmartin #63 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on June 21, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /

Can you name every player who put on a Baltimore Orioles jersey in 2019?

Recently, during a mindless scroll through Twitter, a link to a Sporcle quiz came across my timeline. The quiz seemed simple enough, requiring you to name all 58 players who appeared in a Baltimore Orioles uniform in 2019.

I watched all 162 Orioles games this season, along with every Norfolk Tides and Bowie Baysox game (I have an amazing career that allows for unlimited baseball watching) and figured this quiz would be no problem. I was wrong.

If you would like to take the quiz for yourself, you may do so here. I scored a 43/58 and was highly disappointed. I’ll blame it on the fact that I took this quiz at around four in the morning with a newborn who refuses to sleep at night on my chest.

After seeing the final answers, I was left bewildered at a few names and have to admit that I had completely forgotten these five players ever suited up for the Baltimore Orioles in 2019. If you want to take the quiz for yourself without any help, I suggest going to take the quiz now and then come back to continue reading.

Utility man Drew Jackson– A Rule 5 pick last offseason, Drew Jackson did suit up for three games before being designated for assignment on April 5th and returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout. It was a bit of surprising move, seeing as Jackson was supposed to be a super-utility player for an Orioles team with multiple holes, but keeping multiple Rule 5 players on the active roster proved to be more difficult than anticipated.

Back with LA (in Triple-A), Jackson hit .209 with six home runs and a .300 OBP. He struck out 92 times in 85 games and swiped just nine bags, this after stealing 106 in his first for seasons as a pro.

RHP Josh Lucas You didn’t get Lucas, did you? If you did, kudos to you and your superb memory. Lucas made nine appearances with the Orioles, giving up 10 earned runs on 14 hits in 15.2 innings. He was released in mid-August and signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals a few days later. Despite standing at 6’6″, Lucas was just another arm who failed to make an impression in Baltimore.

SS Jose Rondon Now this one wasn’t fair. Rondon was oddly claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on July 30th and appeared in only one game, recording one at-bat. Needless to say, it didn’t result in a hit. He was designated for assignment two days later and spent the rest of the season in Triple-A where he hit .219 in 21 games. Mike Elias was not afraid to leave no waiver wire stone unturned in the first year of the rebuild.

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LHP Luis Ortiz– This one may have been more about me trying to push Ortiz out of my memory. He’s been a highly-regarded prospect in years past, but the Ortiz experiment just needs to end. Ortiz made one start, giving up four earned runs on four hits (two home runs) and five walks in 3.1 innings. In 66 Triple-A innings, he walked 31 and struck out just 47, while posting a 6.38 ERA. “But he can run his fastball into the upper-90s!” Cool. Too bad he can’t do much else.

RHP Yefry Ramirez At one point, I went to four-straight games, a combination of Orioles and Norfolk Tides games, and Yefry Ramirez was the starting pitcher in each of them. For that reason, I always had a soft spot in my heart for the guy. Ramirez was 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in four appearances (10 IP) for the Orioles, walking nine in the process. He was fantastic in Triple-A, giving up just three earned runs on 11 hits and nine walks in 18 innings with 24 strikeouts. But without success in the majors, Ramirez became expendable.

Ramirez was designated for assignment back in May and traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a Player To Be Named Later. He made nine appearances at the major league level in Pittsburgh, going 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA and 1.86 WHIP.

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