He’s no Yoenis Cespedes or Jorge Soler, but the Orioles made a splash in the international market on Wednesday by signing Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia to a minor league contract with a $778,500 bonus.
Urrutia is a 25-year-old corner outfielder who spent his past three seasons in Cuba’s top league. According to Baseball America, Urrutia is a 6-foot-3, 180 pound switch hitter with a solid, level stroke that produces line drives.
“He has solid bat-to-ball ability and average power,” Ben Badler at BA writes. “He’s a good athlete for a corner outfielder and just around an average runner. He could begin his career in Double-A.”
He batted .397 with 12 home runs in 305 at-bats in 2010.
ESPN Keith Law says he’s “nothing special,” but he isn’t a big fan of much that the O’s do.