Orioles Add To Bullpen Mix With Rosario
BALTIMORE—The Orioles went into the Winter Meetings looking to fortify their bullpen. They might have accomplished part of their goal in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft.
The Orioles selected righthander Adrian Rosario, 21, from the Brewers with the fourth pick in the first round.
Rosario was 4-0, 4.50 with two saves in 14 games covering 32 innings at low Class A Wisconsin. He also went 1-0, 1.26 and one save in five games covering 14 innings with Rookie-level Helena. He walked 18 and struck out 59 for the year.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Rosario, whom the Brewers signed out of the Dominican Republic, is a long-shot to make the club because of his age and lack of professional experience, but the Orioles were willing to invest the $50,000 claim price.
"Obviously, when we take a guy down at that level, it's a real good arm and a very projectable body," general manager Andy MacPhail said. "Sometimes, guys can come very quickly. You'll see in spring training, he really looks the role and he's got good stuff. Whether he is ready for this or not, we'll find out in spring training, but it's such a cheap gamble, you might as well.
"Big bodied, lack of experience, good-arm kid that captured the imagination of our guys. He has a chance to grow into something. Whether he is ready or not, we'll find out. Didn't feel like we could miss the opportunity to take a chance on him."
In the Triple-A phase, the Orioles took second baseman Dale Mollenhauer (White Sox) and lefthander Casey Lambert (Cubs).
In the Double-A phase, the Orioles selected righthander Jacob Rasner (White Sox).
• Former short-season Aberdeen manager Gary Kendall is expected to move up to Double-A Bowie. Kendall will be joined by new hitting coach and former Twins infielder Denny Hocking, who filled the same role with high Class A Frederick last year. Brad Komminsk, who managed Bowie last season, will serve as Triple-A Norfolk's hitting coach under manager Gary Allenson.
• The Orioles surrendered two minor league pitchers, righthanders Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson, while acquiring shortstop J.J. Hardy and utility infielder Brendan Harris from the Twins. Hoey hasn't pitched in the majors since 2007, mostly due to injury, but he went 6-0, 3.25 in 42 outings between Bowie and Norfolk this season. Jacobson, acquired from the Tigers in August 2009 for first baseman Aubrey Huff, went 8-1, 2.79 in 34 relief appearances at Frederick.