The Lions del Escogido practices at the Baltimore Orioles academy took a higher level this Tuesday, with the additions of reliever Fernando Rodney, first baseman Aderlin Rodríguez and starter Iván Nova.
Rodney is coming off a nice shot with the champion Toros de Tijuana in the Mexican Baseball League, where he saved 16 games, had a 1.80 ERA and struck out 40 in 30.0 innings.
Rodriguez recently won the Most Valuable Player award with the Toledo Mud Hens, AAA branch of the Detroit Tigers, where he posted a .290 / .362 / .565 offensive line, including 29 home runs and 94 RBIs.
While Nova, with 11 years of experience in the Major Leagues, prepares his return to the Professional Baseball League of the Dominican Republic, where he last pitched in the 2009-10 tournament in which he helped the Lions win the crown. with a solid regular season.
El Escogido also welcomed veteran catcher Wilkin Castillo, outfielders Michael Beltré and Jhailyn Ortiz, as well as infielders Jonathan Guzmán and Gilbert Lara.
This year Beltré was elected to the AA All Star team. He participated with the Somerset Patriots (Yankees), with production of .257, 16 homers, 54 produced, 37 stolen bases and .344 percentage of on-base.
Ortiz, signed in 2015 for $ 4.2 million by the Philadelphia Phillies, played in the summer between Class-A Advanced and AA, combining 23 homers in 95 games, including a .250 / .346 / .488 offensive line.
This Wednesday the Lions will continue their training sessions from 9:00 in the morning in Baseball City. On Thursday they will play from 11:00 in the morning a preparation game against the Toros del Este at the Orioles academy.