Orioles option L.J. Hoes to Norfolk

The Orioles made a cut Sunday, sending outfielder L.J. Hoes to minor league camp.

The 23-year-old Hoes hit .320 (8-for-25) in 16 games with the Orioles this spring. More than anything, the converted infielder opened eyes with his outfield defense.

“I think the thing I was most impressed with is how far he came defensively. He played a good outfield here,” Showalter said. “He’s been good, He was really good defensively.”

Hoes, who Baseball America ranks as the sixth best prospect in the Orioles system, appeared in two games with the Orioles last year, getting one official at-bat, He is targeted for Triple-A Norfolk, where he hit .300 in 82 games as a 22-year-old.

“The guy hit .300 last year. You know how many guys hit .300 last year in the International League? Take a look at it, not many. Not many at all,” Showalter said. “We are excited about him.”  

The Orioles now have 48 players in camp.

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