In the ever-changing environment of baseball, roster turnover is one of the most prominent.
Whether it be trades, signings or releases, moves are always happening, reshaping the landscape of a team and its minor league systems. Recently, the Orioles made some moves that involve their minor league system.
For the Norfolk Tides, right-handers David Lebron and Ofelky Peralta have been released of their contracts.
Lebron appeared in one game, completing 0.1 innings of work. In that game, he allowed six hits and five earned runs and recorded his one out via strikeout.
Lebron was originally selected in the 26th round by the Rangers in 2018 and traded to the Orioles in 2019 for international bonus pool money.
Peralta is a Dominican born pitcher selected by the Orioles, who never quite panned out. After eight seasons in the Orioles system, Peralta was released after nine games in Norfolk this season, with an ERA of 10.34 and more walks than strikeouts (14 to 9).
The Orioles fan-favorite finishes his time with the Orioles with a 32-38 career record across 140 games. His career ERA is 4.79, and he has struck out 519 batters across 552.2 innings.
For the Delmarva Shorebirds, first baseman Josue Cruz was released as well. The Dominican native, after four seasons in the Orioles system, just could not put it together.
He had one season, 2019 (.253), in which he hit better than .198. His biggest issue was strikeouts, in which across 181 games, Cruz would strike out 295 times and only walk 84 times.
He finishes his career with a .193 average, hitting 17 home runs and driving in 86. He totaled 120 hits and was 5-for-7 in stolen bases.
Though their careers are over in our system, we wish these players luck and hope they can find success and growth.
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