Orioles re-sign Mason Williams, 11 others to minor league contracts - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles re-sign Mason Williams, 11 others to minor league contracts

The Orioles re-signed outfielder Mason Williams to a minor league contract on Tuesday. Williams, who hit .267 with two RBIs in 11 games for the Orioles last season, had his season ended early after running into the outfield wall on September 17.

Williams, who could compete for a reserve outfielders job during spring training, signed with the Orioles at the start of the season, and hit .308 with 18 home runs and 67 RBIs with an .848 OPS for Triple-A Norfolk.

The Orioles also re-signed eight players who were in their organization in 2019 to minor league contracts.

One, infielder Jose Rondon, was acquired just ahead of the July 31 trade deadline and played in one game for the Orioles before he was outrighted to Norfolk.

Rondon has hit .201 in 106 major league games with the Orioles, San Diego and the Chicago White Sox. Along with newly acquired Pat Valaika, Rondon could compete for a reserve infielder’s job.

Also re-signed was right-handed pitcher Cristian Alvarado, who’s been in the Orioles organization since 2012. Alvarado had a 2.66 ERA and 13 saves in 40 games for Double-A Bowie.

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Left-handed pitcher Hunter Cervenka, who was 1-0 with a 4.69 ERA in 73 games with Atlanta and Miami in 2016 and 2017, was re-signed. Cervenka had a 2.25 ERA in nine late-season games with Norfolk.

Catcher Martin Cervenka, who is no relation, who had an injury-marred season in the minors, is back for his third season in the Orioles organization.

First baseman Ryan Ripken, son of Cal Ripken Jr. is back for his fourth season. In his first Double-A experience, Ripken hit .282 in 30 games for the Baysox.

Ripken’s Bowie teammate, Jesmuel Valentin, has also been re-signed. The infielder, who hit .177 in 46 games for Philadelphia in 2018, is the son of longtime major leaguer Jose Valentin.

Right-handed pitcher Francisco Jimenez, who joined the Orioles organization in 2012, and had a 3.12 ERA with Low-A Frederick, Bowie and Norfolk, also returns.

Catcher Daniel Fajardo, who also debuted in the Orioles organization in 2012, is back. Fajardo threw out 32 percent of runners attempting to steal for Low-A Delmarva and Frederick.

Three players from outside the organization were also signed to minor league contracts. Left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny was 2-0 with a 4.41 ERA in 18 games with the Chicago Cubs from 2016-2018 when Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was a coach.

Zastryzny had a 5.58 last season in Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Infielder Angelo Mora was a teammate of Zastryzny’s last season and hit .264 with Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Also signed was infielder Malquin Canelo, who hit .262 as a shortstop, second baseman and centerfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple-A Lehigh Valley team in 2019.

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