The Orioles promoted outfielder Henry Urrutia to Norfolk from Double-A Bowie on Thursday.
The 26-year-old Cuban defector was batting an Eastern League-best .365 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in his first 52 games of baseball in the United States. He posted a .433 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage, and finished his time with the Baysox on an eight-game hitting streak.
“He was a guy that draws your eyesight to him when he plays,” Showalter said.
Showalter said Urrutia has sharpened his defense and benefited from outfielder Nolan Reimold's rehab assignment in Bowie. The Baysox staff used plays Reimold had made in left field as an example for Urrutia in right.
Urrutia improved in each month of the season at the plate as well. After batting .286 in nine April games, he hit .348 in May and .425 in June. Four of his home runs and 17 of his RBIs have come this month, and he's reached base at a .481 clip.
The Orioles kept Urrutia in Bowie long enough to see whether he could adjust to pitchers making adjustments to him., and with his monthly improvements, it appears as if he's passed that test.
Norfolk is the next step in the possibility of seeing Urrutia roaming the outfield in Camden Yards later this season.
Urrutia started in right field and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his Triple-A debut.
Meanwhile, Reimold continued his rehab from a hamstring injury Thursday night in his 10th game with Double-A Bowie.
“The good news is his leg feels really good,” Showalter said. “He isn't having any problems with the hamstring. It's just getting comfortable at-bat-wise.”
Reimold had three hits in six at-bats Wednesday night at Richmond — more hits than he'd had in his previous 27 at-bats with the Baysox — and Showalter hoped that success would lead to more hits for the 29-year-old.
Reimold finished Thursday night's rehab game 2-for-5 with an RBI. It's his second straight multi-hit game at Bowie.
“It's going to be good for him to play consistently like this and know his body is going to respond,” Showalter said.