The Orioles continue to add depth to the organization, as the team announced Thursday that they have signed catcher Taylor Davis and right-handed pitcher Brady Rodgers to minor league contracts.
Davis, 30, was drafted by the then-Florida Marlins in the 49th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Jupiter High School in Jupiter, Florida.
Davis would not sign with the Marlins, deciding to enroll at Morehead State University to play college ball for the Eagles. After his college career, he would sign with the Chicago Cubs as an undrafted free agent.
After spending over six years in the minors, Davis was called up to the Cubs in 2017 at the age of 27. Since then, he would only play 20 games in the major leagues.
In those 20 big league games, Davis hit .222/.256/.333 with one home run and seven RBI in 39 plate appearances.
Rodgers, 29, was drafted twice, by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009 and the Houston Astros in 2012. Orioles GM Mike Elias was a part of the Houston front office at the time.
Rodgers would play over five years in the Astros farm system until making his debut in 2015. Unfortunately, Rodgers would have to undergo Tommy John Surgery in May 2017, setting him back.
Last year in Triple-A, Rodgers pitched in 13 games (11 starts), going 4-0 with a 3.65 ERA. In three games with the big league club last year, he pitched five innings, giving up nine earned runs and posting a 16.20 ERA.
Both of these moves are primarily for depth, most likely at the minor league level. These are low risk, high reward signings for the organization.
The team has not announced if either player will receive an invitation to spring training in Sarasota. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report February 11.
Welcome to Birdland, Taylor and Brady!