The Orioles have signed outfielder Logan Schafer to a minor league deal, the club announced on Thursday.
Schafer, 30, opened last season playing for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League and ended it on the Minnesota Twins’ major league roster. He hit .238/.342/.317 in 26 games with the Twins.
The left-handed-hitting Schafer will add outfield depth to the organization. A former third-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers, Schafer spent his first eight seasons in the Brewers organization, playing parts of five seasons with the major league club. His most extended time in the majors came in 2013, when he saw action in a career-high 134 games with Milwaukee, hitting .211/.279/.322 with four homers and 33 RBIs in 337 plate appearances.
Overall, Schafer is a .214/.292/.318 hitter in 318 major league games.
Last year, after playing independent ball in May, Schafer hit .264/.340/.361 in 64 games with Triple-A Rochester before earning a major league call-up on Aug. 29. Schafer started strong with the Twins, hitting .296/.406/.444 in his first 13 games with the club, but then hit just .194/.293/.222 in his final 13 games, which included 10 starts.
Schafer's split statistics are even over most of his major and minor league careers, but last season he actually hit lefties at a .320 clip (24-for-75). That included going 8-for-19 against left-handed pitchers with the Twins.