Haley signed a minor league contract with the Orioles on Saturday, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxOnline reports. The former Pittsburgh farmhand joined the Orioles organization Saturday after nearly making the Pirates' Opening Day roster in 2016. The 26-year-old worked a 5.76 ERA over 45.1 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis last season. With the Orioles' bullpen mostly set at the major league level, Haley will likely remain at Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk in 2017.
Haley was designated for assignment on Saturday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Haley received the demotion as his performance with Triple-A Indianapolis has been abysmal this year. He's accumulated a 6.66 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over the span of 24.1 innings. The 25-year-old will likely head to Double-A Altoona where he'll look to improve upon his peripherals.
Haley, who did not make the Opening Day roster, was among the Pirates' final cuts this spring. The hard-throwing righty will attempt to earn a promotion to the big club from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Haley was rocked for three homers and six earned runs in two-thirds of an inning Friday. It was unlikely Haley cracked the bullpen prior to Friday and now it's even more unlikely he'll make the team. Look for the hard-throwing righty to open the season in Triple-A.
Haley has impressed Pittsburgh with his mid-90s fastball but probably won't crack the Opening Day roster, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. He's on the 40-man roster and has options remaining, so the Pirates will likely start him at Triple-A. Haley hasn't given up a run in five spring appearances covering five innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out four. He's walked 287 batters in 399.1 career minor-league innings, making improved control a requirement before he enters the scene in Pittsburgh.
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