Baseball America has acquired the list of minor leaguers that have applied for free agency and there are 25 former Orioles farmhands that can now look for work elsewhere.
It’s a procedural filing – some of the players will come back to the organization. A guy like infielder Steve Tolleson, for instance, who is established with manager Buck Showalter and gets call-up consideration anytime there is a need likely will view the Orioles organization as his best bet and re-sign. That is unless he can land a big league deal.
Then there’s former bonus baby Billy Rowell, who didn’t play for the Orioles organization in 2012 due to a drug suspension and attempted switch to pitcher. He’ll leave and won’t look back. It’s a mutual parting.
The more recognizable names on the list include Tolleson, Rowell, outfielder Lew Ford and former Orioles Zach Phillips, Ryan Adams, Blake Davis, Pedro Viola and Rhyne Hughes. Local product Brandon Erbe (McDonogh) is also on the list.
Here is the complete list of Orioles’ farmhands who have elected for minor league free agency, courtesy of Baseball America. They can sign a major-league or minor-league deal with another organization or be re-signed by their 2012 team:
Pitchers: Eric Beaulac, Matt Bischoff, Greg Burke, Erbe, Robert Hinton, Oscar Melendez, Kyler Newby, Joel Pineiro, Oscar Villarreal, Bobby Wilkins, Phillips, Rich Rundles and Viola.
Catcher: Chase Weems.
Infielders: Hughes, Rowell, Travis Adair, Adams, Davis, Tolleson.
Outfielders: Josh Barfield, Scott Beerer, Ford, Jamie Hoffman, Antoan Richardson.
Some other players of local interest and the organizations they played for last year: Josh Bell (Arizona), Daniel Cabrera (Arizona), Felix Pie (Atlanta), Rodrigo Lopez (Chicago Cubs), Miguel Socolovich (Cubs), Will Ohman (Cincinnati), Corey Patterson (Milwaukee), Adam Loewen (New York Mets), Craig Tatum (New York Yankees), Mike O’Connor (Yankees, Mount St. Joe’s), John Maine (Yankees), Jake Fox (Philadelphia), Kyle Hudson (Philadelphia), Jo-Jo Reyes (Pittsburgh), Lou Montanez (St. Louis), Willie Eyre (Texas), Chris Jakubauskas (Toronto), Chorye Spoone (Toronto, Pasadena, Md.), Jack Cust (Toronto) and Mitch Atkins (Washington).
Here is the full link to the Baseball America blog.
Note: The Orioles signed outfielder Jason Pridie to a minor league deal last month, according to Baseball America.