The Orioles announced a host of minor league signings Tuesday as spring training grows nearer, a list headlined by the official returns of two older brothers of their major league stars.
Bobby Bundy, the right-handed pitcher whose younger brother Dylan spent all last season on the major league roster, is back in the organization, as is infielder Sharlon Schoop, older brother of second baseman Jonathan Schoop.
Both Schoop and Bundy last year between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, with Bundy thriving for most of the second half.
Also returning to the organization is left-hander Tim Berry, who was lost on waivers last offseason in something of a surprise move. In 2014, Berry had a strong year at Double-A Bowie, but returned there in 2015 and struggled badly. He was lost when the Orioles tried to slip him through waivers and spent time in the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres organizations last year.
Additionally, as previously reported, the Orioles signed first baseman Jesus Montero, a former top prospect with the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners. Montero, 27, spent last season at Triple-A in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, and must serve a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy before he can play in 2017.
Also joining the organization are right-handers Zach Stewart, Mario Alcantara, Trey Haley and Cody Satterwhite.
Stewart, 30, spent last season pitching in the Korean Baseball Organization and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012. Most recently in the United States, he appeared in 12 games for the Los Angeles Angels' Triple-A affiliate in 2015.
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Alcantara, 24, posted a 3.16 ERA for High-A Salem in the Boston Red Sox organization last season, and struggles to command his low-90s fastball but presents some relief upside.
Haley, a 26-year-old former second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, spent last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and walked as many batters as he struck out (43).
Satterwhite, another former second-round pick, split 2016 between the Angels' Triple-A affiliate and Japan.
The only other position player in the group, infielder Alex Castellanos, last played in the majors in 2013 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last year, he hit .299 in 49 games for Triple-A Albuquerque in the Colorado Rockies organization.
Additionally, several free agents who left the Orioles organization have found other clubs recently, according to Baseball America's minor league free agent database. Those players include outfielder Xavier Avery (Atlanta Braves), infielder Michael Almanzar (Detroit Tigers), right-hander Pedro Beato (Philadelphia Phillies), left-hander Jeff Beliveau (Blue Jays) and first baseman Joey Terdoslavich (Pirates).