Orioles invite trio to big league camp
The Orioles announced the signing of a trio of players to Minor League contracts on Wednesday afternoon in first baseman Travis Ishikawa and left-handed pitchers Daniel and Zach Braddock.
All three have been invited to Major League Spring Training, bringing Baltimore’s total to 11 non-roster players who will be in big league camp in Sarasota, Fla.
The 29-year-old Ishikawa hit .257/.329/.428 in 94 games with Milwaukee in 2012, making 27 starts at first base. Prior to that, he spent parts of four seasons with San Francisco, posting a .265/.327/.400 line with 15 home runs and 80 RBIs in 281 games. Against right-handed pitching, Ishikawa is a career .266/.333/.416 with 18 home runs in 741 plate appearances.
Schlereth made six appearances with Detroit last season, allowing eight earned runs in seven innings pitched for a 10.29 ERA before being non-tendered in November. The 26-year-old posted a 2.79 ERA in 9 2/3 innings pitched in 11 Minor League games. A former first-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in ’08, Schlereth has held left-handed hitters to a .213/.320/.368 line in 184 plate appearances.
Braddock was released by Milwaukee in May and did not pitch last season because of undisclosed personal issues. The 25-year-old pitched to a 7.27 ERA in 25 games in 2011, spending time on the disabled list to get treatment for a sleep disorder and missing most of the second half. Braddock went 1-3 with a 4.41 ERA, allowing 25 earned runs over 51 innings pitched, in parts of two seasons for the Brewers. He has held left-handed hitters to a .185/.313/.296 line and 28 strikeouts in 99 plate appearances.