Orioles add eight to roster

Markakis, six pitchers among signees


The Orioles today announced they have added eight players, including six pitchers, to their 40-man major league roster.

Right-handers Chris Britton, Brian Finch, Jim Johnson, Ryan Keefer, Sendy Rleal and Marino Salas were the pitchers added to the roster. Shortstop Brandon Fahey and outfielder Nick Markakis were also added.

Britton went 6-0 with 6 saves and a 1.60 ERA in 46 relief appearances for Single-A Frederick. Finch went 10-10 for Frederick and was 2nd in the Carolina League with a 3.38 ERA. He went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in the CL playoffs and was named Mills Cup Most Valuable Player as the Keys won the championship. Johnson led Frederick with 12 wins and was named Organizational and Carolina League Pitcher of the Year. He also led the CL with 168 strikeouts and was 3rd with a 3.49 ERA.

Keefer spent the season at Double-A Bowie and went 7-3 with one save and a 3.20 ERA in 54 games. Rleal went 4-4 with 16 saves a 2.04 ERA in 56 relief appearances for Bowie. Salas went 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA in 50 relief appearances for Frederick.

Fahey spent the season at Bowie and was tied for 9th in the Eastern League with a .291 batting average. He led the team with 146 hits and was tied for first among all minor leaguers with 22 sacrifice hits. Markakis, the Orioles' first round selection in the 2003 First Year Player Draft, won the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award in 2005. He spent most of the season with Frederick before moving onto Bowie in August and batted a combined .310 with 15 home runs and 92 RBI.

Both Fahey and Markakis played for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League this year.

The moves leave the Orioles with 39 players on the major league roster:

November 18, 2005, 3:17 PM EST

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