Os sign Miranda

BALTIMORE— The Orioles officially announced the signing of Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda on Wednesday, with Miranda introduced along with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.

The 25-year-old Miranda pitched professionally in Cuba from 2007-13, posting a 22-25 record, 3.78 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 80 appearances (64 starts). He has struck out 274 batters and walked 151 in 386 innings and could help the Orioles as early as later this season.

“He’s got good experience, good stuff and all the ingredients to be a very capable Major League pitcher,” Duquette said.

Miranda will head to Florida to get in shape and then play for an affiliate, either Class-A Frederick or Double-A Bowie, to start his professional career. Asked to compared himself to a current player, Miranda —through an interpreter— said he’s like Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia but “more athletic”, a comment that drew laughs from the assembled group.

“I was told that the Orioles have one of the best pitching coaches [Dave Wallace] in the business and a great Minor League system,” Miranda said. “For me, it will be a great opportunity to play and help the Major League team as soon as possible.”

Cuba’s baseball seasons are different than MLB so Miranda last played in 2014 and has been working out in the Dominican Republic as well as the U.S. throwing bullpens and live batting practice sessions. Duquette didn’t get into specifics in terms of a signing bonus but said that Miranda—who signed a Double-A contract— got a deal that was on par with what the organization has given to other Cuban players like Dariel Alvarez and Henry Urrutia.

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