Orioles Reassign Three Players To Minor League CampPosted on March 09, 2014 by Paul Folkemer
The Orioles made three more cuts from their spring training roster March 9, reassigning right-handed pitching prospect Mike Wright as well as right-hander Fabio Castillo and infielder Chris Marrero to minor league camp.
Baseball America ranked Wright, 24, as the Orioles' No. 8 prospect following an impressive 2013 season in the minors. During 26 starts for Double-A Bowie, Wright went 11-3 with a 3.26 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 143.2 innings, then made one start at Triple-A Norfolk and pitched 6.2 scoreless innings. Wright, the Orioles' third-round draft pick in 2011, could be ready to contribute in the majors sometime in 2014, though he has not yet been added to the 40-man roster. This spring, Wright made two appearances during Grapefruit League play, pitching three innings and allowing one run.
Marrero and Castillo are both minor league veterans whom the Orioles signed in December 2013. Marrero, 25, has some major league experience, playing 39 games during parts of two seasons with the Washington Nationals, batting .232/.256/.272/.528. He is a 2006 first-round draft pick whose career has stagnated in the minors. An oblique injury has sidelined Marrero this spring.
Castillo, 25, made one Grapefruit League appearance this year, allowing three base runners and retiring two batters. He has spent his career in the Rangers' and Giants' organizations, but has no major league experience. During eight minor league seasons, Castillo has a 4.63 ERA.
The Orioles now have 56 players in major league camp, including 16 non-roster invitees.
The Orioles optioned left-handed pitcher Mike Belfiore to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigned right-hander Tim Alderson and lefty Nick Additon March 7.