Baltimore Orioles Reassign Catchers Francisco Pena and Audry Perez to Minor League Camp


The Baltimore Orioles made two cuts on Tuesday, both of which were catchers in reassigning Francisco Pena and Audry Perez to minor league camp.

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With the moves, the Orioles are down to 44 players in camp and now have just three catchers: Wellington Castillo, Caleb Joseph and Baby Birdland's top prospect, Chance Sisco.

Neither Pena nor Perez performed very well at the plate this spring in their limited opportunities, and neither were expected to break camp with the club anyway.

Pena, 27, hit .083 (1-12) with one double, two RBI and he struck out three times.

Last season with the AAA Norfolk Tides, Pena hit .246 with 16 extra-base hits and 23 RBI over 54 games. He also appeared in 14 games with the Orioles, owning a .200 batting average with a home run and three RBI.

Perez, 28, also managed just one hit this spring hitting .091 (1-11) and struck out twice. He performed very well at the plate for the Tides last year though hitting .291 with 17 extra-base hits and 38 RBI in 84 games. He was named a mid-season All-Star in the International League.

It's not a surprise to see these two get reassigned, but what will be interesting to see is if both, along with Sisco, all go to AAA to begin the season. I do see it being a possibility for the Tides to carry three catchers in order to enable Sisco to get time at DH as well to get him more at bats.


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