The Orioles will have 29 Minor League players report early (February 18) for a mini-camp in Sarasota, Fla. The rest of the Minor League pitchers & catchers report on March 2, with the minor league position players reporting March 7.
Here are the players coming early for the camp, which will be run be coordinated by Gary Kendall
Tim Berry RHP
Tim Boleska RHP
Parker Bridwell RHP
Zach Davies RHP
Rob Delaney RHP
Jason Gurka LHP
Devin Jones RHP
Branden Kline RHP
Zach Petersime RHP
Chris Petrini LHP
Matt Taylor LHP
Tyler Wilson RHP
Zech Zinicola RHP
Danny Valencia has issued a statement about a Yahoo Sports report linking his name to the ongoing investigation regarding the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic providing performance enhancing drugs to players. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick passed this along on his Twitter feed…
“As any innocent person would be, I am shocked and troubled that my name is in any way connected to this story. I have never met or spoken to anyone connected with Biogenesis, in fact I had never even heard of this company prior to the New Times’ story. I take tremendous pride in the hard work and dedication I put into being a professional baseball player and have never taken PEDs or failed a drug test of any kind during my career. I look forward to fully cooperating in MLB’s investigation in any way that I can, and will explore taking legal action if this issue is not resolved in a timely fashion.”
The full story is up on Orioles.com here.
The Orioles have claimed infielder Russ Canzler off waivers from the Yankees, designating catcher Luis Martinez for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Canzler was DFA’ed by New York last week to clear a roster spot for Travis Hafner, and the expectation was that the Yankees would probably lose the 26-year-old –who was claimed by three other teams this winter– to another club.
The Yankees claimed Canzler on January 4th, the Indians claimed him on January 2nd and the Blue Jays claimed him on December 21st.
Canzler is a career .278/.347/.472 hitter in nine Minor League seasons with the Cubs, Tampa Bay and Cleveland. He has hit .271/.304/.396 in 29 Major League games in 2011 (Tampa Bay) and 2012 (Cleveland). In 31 major league plate appearances against left-handed pitching, Canzler has hit .400/.419/.667.
Martinez, 27, is a career .272/.362/.364 hitter in six minor league seasons in the San Diego (2007-11) and Texas (2012) systems. In 2012, Martinez batted .270/.350/.386 in 65 games with Triple-A Round Rock and also appeared in 10 games for the Rangers, going 2-for-18. He was originally drafted by San Diego in the 12th round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft.
Zion Lutheran Church will hold its third annual baseball talk at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 in the church’s sanctuary, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York. This year’s event again features: Mel Antonen, baseball writer for SI.com, baseball panelist for MASN and Sirius/XM talk show host; Dan Connolly, Orioles/national baseball writer for The Baltimore Sun; and Jim Seip, York Revolution beat writer for the York Daily Record/York Sunday News. The writers will present their thoughts on the upcoming baseball season – Orioles, Phillies, all MLB, plus the York Revolution and the Atlantic League — and will answer questions from the audience. There is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the church’s youth ministry program. For more information, contact the church at 717-767-4673.
Baltimore’s Matt Wieters will be featured in MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now: Catchers” tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
MLB Network determined its rankings of the top 10 catchers using “The Shredder,” which uses statistical analysis to measure performance. In addition, renowned author Bill James and MLB Network analyst and former catcher Dave Valle both give their own personal lists of the top 10 catchers in baseball. The “Top 10 Right Now” series each Friday with the top 10 at two new positions, leading up to the “Top 100 Right Now” on February 15.