Wednesday marked the date for the 2022 Rule 5 Draft, one consisting of major and minor league players that were not added to the 40-man roster by their respected teams.
The Orioles have been very active in years past during the Rule 5 Draft, taking names such as Ryan Flaherty, Anthony Santander and Tyler Wells in prior years.
This year was no different for the Birds, as selections were made in both the big league and minor league rounds.
Let’s take a dive into who was selected by the Orioles:
Andrew Politi – RHP, Boston Red Sox
The Orioles drafted right-handed pitcher Andrew Politi from the Boston Red Sox in the major league round, 17th overall.
Politi, 26, was drafted in 2018 in the 15th round out of Seton Hall University. He spent the 2022 season bouncing between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester.
In 2022, Politi had a 4-1 record with a 2.34 ERA. He pitched in 50 total games, 69.1 innings, and gave up 45 hits, walked 22 batters and struck out 83.
To stick with the Orioles, Politi will have to make the 26-man roster out of spring training and stay on it the entire 2023 season. If not, Boston will be offered him back.
Alfred Vega – RHP, New York Yankees
In the first round of the minor league portion of the draft, the Orioles drafted right-handed pitcher Alfred Vega from the New York Yankees.
Vega was signed as an international free agent. The 26-year-old spent the entire 2022 season in rookie ball.
Vega pitched in seven games, starting two of them, and produced a 0-0 record with a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings pitched. He gave up eight total hits, walked four and struck out 22.
Trey McGough – LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
In the second round of the minor league portion of the draft, the Orioles drafted left-handed pitcher Trey McGough from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
McGough is a semi-local boy, as he was born in Pennsylvania and attended college at Mount St Mary’s, which is located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The 24-year-old was drafted in 2019 in the 24th round.
McGough spent his entire 2022 season with Pittsburgh’s Triple-A team and went 1-0 in eight total games, five starts. He produced a 3.06 ERA in 17.2 innings pitched and gave up 15 hits, walked four and struck out 13.
Randy Florentino – C, Texas Rangers
Randy Florentino was the only hitter that the Orioles drafted in this year’s Rule 5 Draft.
He was selected in the third round of the minor league portion from the Texas Rangers and is a catcher that was originally an international free agent signing.
The 22-year-old spent the entire 2022 season in the Rangers’ High-A system, where he slashed .242/.332/.353 with a .685 OPS.
Florentino had 37 total hits, including three doubles, one triple and four home runs. He also had 25 RBIs, went 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts, walked 21 times and struck out 44 times.
The sad part of the Rule 5 Draft is that we saw a few of our own leave for other teams. This year, we lost three players.
Right-handed pitcher Héctor Pérez, 26, went in the first minor league round to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Infielder Jonathan Araúz went in the third minor league round to the New York Mets.
Lastly, catcher Cody Roberts went in the sixth minor league round to the Philidelphia Phillies.
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