First baseman Trey Mancini, who excelled at High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie, has won the Orioles¿ Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award while the organization split its top minor league pitching award for the first time since 1993.
The Orioles added four players to their expanded roster before Tuesday¿s game, recalling right-hander Tyler Wilson, first baseman Christian Walker, outfielder Junior Lake and right-handed reliever Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk.
Triple-A Norfolk's season could end tonight in the International League semifinals and the Orioles are still deciding whether they will add more players to the expanded roster if the Tides are eliminated.
Oliver Drake obviously knew how well he had been doing at Triple-A, but he wasn't taking a September call-up for granted. So when he received the news from Norfolk manager Ron Johnson on Monday night, it still had special meaning for the Navy product.
Since reliever Oliver Drake (Navy) returned from the disabled list on July 29, he had six strikeouts and three hits allowed in five scoreless outings entering Friday. Drake missed about three weeks because of injury, and has spent time in the majors this season, but went into the weekend with 26 straight scoreless appearances at Triple-A, last allowing a run on April 26.
HOUSTON ¿ The Orioles made a roster move before Wednesday¿s game to replenish their bullpen, recalling left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning right-hander Oliver Drake back to Norfolk.
The Orioles made their first roster cuts of spring training on Monday, optioning right-hander reliever Oliver Drake to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigning third baseman Michael Almanzar, right-hander Dane De La Rosa, left-hander Chris Jones and catcher Brian Ward to minor league camp.
Oliver Drake looked quite comfortable in the clubhouse of the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium spring training complex. Whether standing at his locker talking to a reporter or playing pingpong against top prospect Dylan Bundy, the former Navy pitcher seemed right at home.
The Orioles added four players to their 40-man roster last week and are expected to sign infielder Rey Navarro to a major league contract this week, putting their suddenly crowded 40-man at 38 players.
After right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez struggled in the ninth inning Sunday, allowing four of the five batters he faced to reach base, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the outing was "as much our fault as his."
Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz, who set a career high with his 34th homer of the season in Friday¿s 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, said playing at Wrigley Field offers an atmosphere unique from other ballparks.
First baseman Christian Walker, outfielder Dariel Alvarez, pitcher Tim Berry, and reliever Oliver Drake were named Monday to the team for the Western Division, which will take on the Eastern Division on Wednesday, July 15.