Henry Urrutia

I wasn’t really sure what the Orioles were going to get from Henry Urrutia when they signed him last season. His defection from Cuba kept him out of baseball for nearly two years, but he seems to have picked up right where he left off at the plate.

The 26 year old Baysox outfielder currently leads the Eastern League in batting average (.378) and slugging percentage (.622).  He’s hit three homers, driven in 18, has walked nine times and struck out 12.

We talked with MASNSports.com’s Steve Melewski this week on the BSR Podcast and he says the Orioles plan to keep Urrutia at Double-A for now, partially due to a crowded outfield at Triple-A Norfolk. Urrutia’s production did surprise Melewski, due to his time away from the game, and he was optimistic about the power numbers he has been able to put up.

Melewski says that Baseball America sees Urrutia’s ceiling as a fourth outfielder in the big leagues. If he keeps raking, he could be a solid contender for the O’s DH down the road.