Springtime in Baltimore means a new season for the Orioles. Seven games in, we’re off to a great starting sitting in 1st place in American League East. As you cheer on the O’s this year, you may be seeing some faces you’re not so familiar with. Keep reading to get to know the new Baltimore Orioles.
Seth Smith, Outfielder
Seth Smith was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2004, and then went on to play with the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, and Seattle Mariners. Last year with the Seattle Mariners, Smith had a career-high 63 RBI and hit 16 home runs, second-most in his career. He was traded to the Orioles in January, and so far this year, he has 2 RBI and one home run.
Wellington Castillo, Catcher
Wellington Castillo signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in December, replacing catcher Matt Wieters who became a free agent after last season. Castillo was signed as an amateur free agent by the Chicago Cubs in 2004, and also played with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. In his first game with the Orioles on Opening Day, he went 2 for 4 and hit a double.
Trey Mancini, Designated Hitter
Trey Mancini was drafted by the Orioles in the 2013 draft and played in the minor leagues for a few years. He was promoted to the Major League in September of last season, where he hit a homerun in his first three starts. He made the starting roster for this season, and just recently became the first Oriole in franchise history to hit five home runs in his first ten starts.