If there was a decent prospect (but not great) you heard about in the Chicago Cubs’ system over the past half decade, and now you’re wondering where he is – odds are, he’s in Baltimore. Scott Moore, Rocky Cherry, Luis Montanez, Felix Pie… the list goes on.
And you can add one more.
The Orioles have signed right-handed pitcher Mitch Atkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training.
Atkins, 25, went 8-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 28 games (15 starts) in 2010 for Triple-A Iowa, a Chicago Cubs affiliate. He allowed 98 hits and 42 walks while striking out 76 in 106 innings.
He also made seven big league relief appearances spanning 12 innings for the Cubs over the past two seasons, compiling a 5.25 ERA.
It’s way too early to project his role with the 2011 Orioles, but he’ll most likely come to spring training and compete for a long-relief spot in the bullpen. Orioles Insider.
Announcements regarding the signing of Bobby Brownlie, Dave Kelton and Nic Jackson are imminent.