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Orioles sign Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia

Jul 11, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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Baseball America reports that the Orioles have signed 25-year-old Henry Urrutia, a Cuban outfielder, to a minor league contract with a $778,500 bonus.

One of the best hitters for average in Cuba, Urrutia batted .397/.461/.597 with12 homers in 305 at-bats for Las Tunas in 2010. However, he did that as a full-time designated hitter and his power production wasn’t especially impressive given the usual numbers compiled by stars in Cuba. That his bonus was less than a million dollars even though he did fall under the new 2012 bonus rules for international players — meaning the $2.9 million-per-team cap didn’t apply — suggests that few teams took him seriously as a potential major leaguer.

BA believes Urrutia will start his U.S. career in Double-A. It’s doubtful we’ll see him in the majors this year, but if he does surprise and starts crushing the ball right away, the Orioles could always give him a look in September.

  1. shimysmals - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    this is awesome. Can’t wait to buy his jersey on http://www.bohknows.com when he is a superstar!!!

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