Several Former Baysox Headed to Big League Camp

By Bowie Baysox | February 8, 2018 10:02 AM

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Baltimore Orioles unveiled a list of 19 non-roster invitees to Major League spring training late last week and the list includes several former Baysox including six players who spent time in Bowie in 2017.

LHP Jayson Aquino , 25, spent the majority of the 2017 campaign with Triple-A Norfolk, going 3-10 with a 4.24 ERA in 21 starts for the Tides. The southpaw also appeared in four games (2 GS) with the Orioles and posted a 1-2 mark with a 7.42 ERA. Aquino was re-signed by Baltimore as a minor league free agent in December. The 25-year-old spent the majority of the 2016 campaign with the Baysox, posting a 5-10 mark with a 3.90 ERA in 20 G (19 GS).

RHP Eddie Gamboa , 33, is a familiar name to many Baysox fans as the knuckleballer has spent parts of six seasons in Bowie from 2009-14 and remains the last Baysox hurler to throw a no-hitter after he did so in game one of a doubleheader on June 30, 2013. Gamboa re-signed with the Orioles in January after splitting 2017 between Triple-A Round Rock in the Rangers organization and a pair of stops in the Dodgers system (Double-A Tulsa, Triple-A Oklahoma City). In his six seasons with Bowie, the right-hander posted a 23-23 record with a 3.35 ERS and eight saves in 108 games (54 starts).

INF Ryan Mountcastle , 20, is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Orioles system according to Baseball America. A first round selection of Baltimore in 2015, Mountcastle began the 2017 season with Frederick (A+) and hit .314-15-47 in 88 games with the Keys on his way to capturing the Carolina League batting title. The 20-year-old was promoted to Bowie on July 20 and played in 39 games with the Baysox, hitting .222 with three home runs and 15 RBI.

OF Cedric Mullins , 23, burst onto the scene in big league spring training a year ago with seven home runs. Mullins spent the entire 2017 season with the Baysox and despite battling some injuries, hit .265 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI in 76 games. The Greensboro, N.C., native enters the 2018 season as the No. 9 prospect in the Orioles organization according to Baseball America.

C Audry Perez , 29, re-signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent in January after serving as the Baysox backup catcher for the majority of the 2017 campaign during which he hit .301-2-22 in 50 games. Perez also appeared in four games with Triple-A Norfolk a year ago. The Dominican Republic native has spent each of the past three years in the Orioles system after also playing for Norfolk in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

UTIL Garabez Rosa , 28, hit .310 with 14 home runs and 91 RBI in 124 games for Bowie during the 2017 season and became the third player in franchise history to receive the Eastern League MVP Award. Rosa has spent part of each of the past five seasons with the Baysox and is the franchise's all-time leader in games (590), RBI (306), hits (650), runs scored (273) and doubles (107).

INF Erick Salcedo , 24, re-signed with the Orioles in November after playing for the Baysox in 2017 when he hit .260-5-47 in 121 games for manager Gary Kendall's squad. This marks the first invite to major league spring training for the Valencia, Venezuela native.

OF DJ Stewart, 24, hit .278 with 21 home runs and 79 RBI in 126 games with Bowie during the 2017 season. Stewart, a first round selection of the Orioles in 2015, also racked up 20 stolen bases and became the first player in Baysox history to record a 20-20 season.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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