One of the examples I often use to illustrate the Orioles’ awful international scouting record in the recent past is this one: The organization has never in its history signed, developed and then promoted a native Venezuelan to the big leagues.
It’s a pretty astounding fact considering how many big leaguers have come from Venezuela. Heck, the Orioles have employed some pretty solid Venezuelan players over the past few years: Melvin Mora, Ramon Hernandez, Cesar Izturis and Jorge Julio, for instance.
But none was brought to this country by the Orioles.
It looked like that run of futility might change with Gabriel Lino, a young catcher from Venezuela...