Baltimore Orioles' Re-Sign Three Minor League Free Agents, Including 1B Aderlin Rodriguez

While in the midst of a playoff chase over the past couple weeks, which ultimate resulted in the Baltimore Orioles' securing one of the two AL Wildcard spots with their victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday, the O's front office took care of some minor league business by re-signing three of their own minor league free agents in first baseman Aderlin Rodriguez, shortstop Erick Salcedo, and right-handed pitcher Franderlin Romero.

 Photo: Patrick Cavey

The signings, which are per Baseball America, were completed a couple of weeks ago.

Rodriguez, 24, is no stranger to Baby Birdland readers after the monster 2016 season he had with the Orioles' High-A affiliate, the Frederick Keys. Signed as a minor league free agent in January, Rodriguez put up monster numbers in his first year in the organization.

Over 130 games with the Keys this season, Rodriguez hit .304 with 26 home runs, 23 doubles, six triples, 93 RBI and scored 71 runs. He also owned a .359 OBP and a .891 OPS. His 26 homers and 93 RBI led all Orioles' minor leaguers this season.

Salcedo, 23, was acquired by the Orioles in March as part of the deal with the Los Angeles Angels that saw Baltimore send LHP Chris Jones to the Angels for outfielder Natanael Delgado and Salcedo.

He too played for the Keys this season and over his 133 games, he hit .270 with three home runs, 23 doubles, eight triples, 39 RBI and scored 66 runs. He also stole 13 bases and had a .319 on base percentage. He also had a decent season as a defender owning a .962 fielding percentage and was a part of 88 double plays.

Salcedo will be playing in the Venezuelan Winter Leagues this offseason with the Aguilas del Zulia.

Romero, 23, was acquired by the Orioles in May in a deal with the Cincinnati Reds that saw the O's send two international bonus slots to the Reds valued at $693,300. He was performing very well in the Reds organization in his eight starts this season before coming to Baltimore. Over his eight starts in the Reds' organization he owned a 2.87 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 47 total innings pitched.

Once he arrived in Frederick, things did not go so well. Over 16 starts with the Keys, Romero went 6-4 with a 6.16 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over 76 innings pitched. In Romero's defense, his eight starts in the Cincinnati organization were at the Low-A level, and the Orioles immediately placed him at the High-A level, so hopefully after experiencing the High-A level for the first time in his career, Romero will have a bounce back campaign in 2017.

Romero will also be playing in Venezuela this winter, but for the Leones del Caracas.


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