O's select, then trade pitcher in Rule 5 draft

December 13, 2004|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

The Orioles today selected left-handed pitcher Luke Hagerty with the sixth pick of the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, held today as part of baseball's annual Winter Meetings.

Hagerty was then traded to the Florida Marlins for a player to be named later.

Hagerty appeared in four games each for the Chicago Cubs' Rookie League affiliate in Mesa and Single-A Boise. He was selected by the Orioles from the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa roster.

The Orioles had three players taken from the Double-A Bowie roster by other organizations during the minor league phase of the draft. Right-handed pitcher Richard Acosta was selected by Pittsburgh's Triple-A Nashville affiliate. Acosta split last season between Single-A Delmarva and Aberdeen, going a combined 4-2 with 4 saves and a 4.53 ERA in 28 relief appearances.

Shortstop Chris Gomez was selected by Philadelphia's Triple-A Scranton club. He was signed by the Orioles to a minor league contract on Dec. 8. Gomez batted .282 with 3 home runs and 37 RBI in 109 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last season. Righthand pitcher Juan Pascual was selected by Texas' Triple-A Oklahoma affiliate. He went 1-2 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 games for Rookie League Bluefield last season.

In other club moves, the Orioles named Kennie Steenstra pitching coach at Single-A Delmarva. Steenstra pitched for 10 seasons in the minor leagues and appeared in four games with the Chicago Cubs in 1998. He also pitched in 6 games for Triple-ARochester in the Orioles' system in 2002. Steenstra served as pitching coach for Lincoln of the independent Northern League last season.

December 13, 2004, 2:33 PM EST

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