The Orioles officially announced Tuesday that they've signed Cuban defector Henry Urrutia to a minor-league contract.
The 25-year-old outfielder will be assigned to the organization's Double-A club in Bowie after reporting to the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota.
Urrutia didn't play professionally last season because he was suspended after an unsuccessful defection attempt from Cuba, but he hit .350 (394-for-1127) over five seasons with Las Tunas of the Cuban League from 2006 to '10.
He had his best season in 2010 with Las Tunas, when he set career highs with a .397 batting average, .461 on-base percentage, .597 slugging percentage, 121 hits, 23 doubles, 12 homers and 76 RBIs. He also represented Cuba in the 2010 World Championships.
Upon defecting from Cuba, he established residency in Haiti, making him an international free agent.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times