Baltimore Orioles Sign RHP Andrew Bellatti to Minor League Deal

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The Baltimore Orioles added some organizational depth on Tuesday by signing right-handed pitcher Andrew Bellatti to a minor league deal.

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MASN's Roch Kubatko was the first to report the news.
Bellatti, 25, has some MLB experience to his credit. He appeared in 17 games with the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2015 where he went 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA over 23.1 innings pitched. During that time, he also owned a 1.114 WHIP and struck out 18 batters.

He has not appeared in the bigs since then.

Last season, recovering from a shoulder injury, Bellatti made 13 minor league appearances across three levels (High-A, AA, AAA) and went a combined 0-3 with a 6.91 ERA over just 14.1 innings pitched.

Over parts of eight minor league seasons, all in the Rays' organization, Bellatti owns a 24-27 record with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.242 WHIP over 475 innings pitched. Of the 197 minor league games he has appeared in, 36 of them were starts.

Despite some history starting, I believe that Bellatti will work purely as a reliever in the minors for the Orioles, especially given his track record against right-handed hitters. Despite his poor overall numbers last season in limited action, Bellatti still held righties to a .161 batting average.

As Kubatko pointed out, the deal does not include a big-league spring training invite, so Bellatti is off to Twin Lakes to join minor league camp.

                                                                                                                                                       
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