Os sign Galarraga, Neshek & Paulino as non-roster invitees, also sign Kim

The Orioles announced that they have signed left-handed pitcher Seong-Min Kim from South Korea to a Minor League contract.

Born April 26, 1994, Kim is a 5-foot, 11-inch, 180-pound left-hander that throws a fastball, curveball, change up, and slider.  He had been pitching for the 18 and under South Korean national team.

“We are glad to sign a player that our scouts feel is one of the top amateur left-handed pitchers in South Korea,” said Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette in a press release.  “Kim has an excellent curveball and very good control.”

The Orioles also announced that they have signed right-handed pitchers Armando Galarraga and Pat Neshek, along with catcher Ronnie Paulino, to Minor League deals.  The trio will be part of 14 non-roster players to major league spring training camp, nine of whom have previous major league experience.

Pitchers invited to camp include: LHPs RYAN EDELL and DENNYS REYES and RHPs WILLIE EYRE, ARMANDO GALARRAGA, STEVE JOHNSON, JON LINK, PAT NESHEK, MIGUEL SOCOLOVICH and OSCAR VILLARREAL.

Position players invited include: CAs JOHN HESTER, RONNY PAULINO and BRIAN WARD; OF SCOTT BEERER and INF STEVE TOLLESON.

Orioles pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout in Sarasota on February 19, and the first full squad workout will take place February 24. The Orioles will open the 2012 Grapefruit League schedule on March 5 with split squad games at 1:05 p.m. against the Rays in Port Charlotte and 7:05 p.m. at home against the Pirates.

O’s minor league pitchers will hold their first workout in Sarasota on Sunday, March 4. The first minor league full squad workout will take place on Thursday, March 8.  Minor league games begin Wednesday, March 14.

4 Comments

I love what Duquette is doing. You would think he has done this before. ;)

Finally some competition for Teagarden. Paulino would be a better, more seasoned addition to the bench and as a backup for Wieters. This is a real interesting bunch. Glad to see Willie Eyre getting another shot and I am looking forward to seeing if Galarraga can find that good stuff and if Reyes has anything left in the tank. Come on spring and come on spring training.

So Brit…..Where will Kim pitch ? Is he USA bound ?

Not sure where he will start, but I should have a better idea when I head down to camp. Sounds very young, but promising. I like these moves because they have very little risk involved as well.

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