Baltimore Orioles' Release OF Conor Bierfeldt After Four Years in Organization

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In what came as a surprise to me, the Baltimore Orioles have released outfielder Conor Bierfeldt after four years in the organization.

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The first I saw of the news was from MASN's Steve Melewski on Twitter.
Bierfeldt, 25, was originally drafted by the Orioles in the 29th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Western Connecticut State, where he was the first player to ever be named Little East Conference Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.

Since being drafted, Bierfeldt has mostly been consistent at the plate, but perhaps was not putting up the batting average numbers anyone was hoping for.

In 2016, Bierfeldt played 83 total games (70 with High-A Frederick, 13 with AA Bowie). In his 70 games with the Keys, Bierfeldt performed pretty well at the plate hitting .264 with 18 home runs, 19 doubles, 53 RBI, and scored 45 runs. He also owned a .336 OBP and a .882 OPS. He also earned the Carolina League Player of the Month honor for June last season.

In his 13 games with Bowie, his first taste of AA, Bierfeldt hit .209 (9-43) with two homers, two doubles, four RBI and scored four runs. In those 13 games, he struck out 16 times.

Over his four year career in the O's minor leagues, Bierfeldt hit .231 with 56 home runs, 96 doubles, 245 RBI and scored 178 runs, while also boasting a .312 OBP.

The reason I was surprised by the news was because Bierfeldt was doing what you hope to see from minor leaguers, and that's improving each year. The issue here is of course his age (turns 26 on April 2), and the fact that the Orioles have a pretty crowded outfield situation in AAA and AA, thus the idea of having a 26 year-old in the outfield at Frederick (which is also pretty crowded in the outfield) was probably not enticing.

Conor is a first-class guy and I hope he gets on with another team.

                                                                                                                                                       
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