Orioles outfielder Julio Borbon and shortstop Ozzie Martinez are two players from minor-league camp who made a positive impression on manager Buck Showalter this spring, masnsports.com reports. Both players excel defensively, and Showalter called Borbon the type of player the team covets for its minor-league system. He was 5 for 18 with two stolen bases this spring, while Martinez was 6 for 14 with two doubles.
The Orioles signed outfielder Julio Borbon to a minor-league contract, reports MASNsports.com. The deal includes an invite to spring training. Borbon did not play in the major leagues in 2014.
The Orioles reassigned pitcher Eddie Gamboa, infielder Cord Phelps and outfielder Julio Borbon to minor-league camp Tuesday.
The Orioles selected outfielder Julio Borbon from the Cubs organization in the minor-league portion fo the Rule 5 draft Thursday and think he can immediately fill a need for him, according to MLB.com. "Borbon, believe it or not, is a left-handed-hitting outfielder that fills a need that we were looking for in our big league team," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "He's had some good contribution in the major leagues, getting on base with his bat, playing defense and also with his legs." Borbon had just begun his fourth season with the Rangers when the Cubs claimed him off waivers in April. He hit .202 with a homer and seven steals in 104 at-bats between the two teams. "Sometimes just a change of scenery, new environment, new atmosphere, sometimes guys flourish when they kind of get that second opportunity," director of minor-league operations Kent Qualls said. "So we are excited to bring him into spring training and let our staff work with him and see what we got."
Cubs outfielder Julio Borbon cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. Borbon was designated for assignment Friday.
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