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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2012
When the Orioles acquired Mark Reynolds and Derrek Lee last offseason and then traded for Chris Davis in July, first baseman Brandon Snyder knew his opportunities in Baltimore were shrinking. So when the former first rounder - Snyder received a $1.7 million bonus as the 13 th overall pick in 2005 - was traded on Tuesday to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations, it wasn't a shock. The news was met with some mixed emotions by Snyder, who battled injuries and position changes while climbing the minor league ladder but never really pushed his way to an extended look in Baltimore.
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By Dan Connolly | May 8, 2012
Every now and then - even in a lopsided loss - there's a feel good moment. On Monday, there were two. The first one had to make Orioles fans cringe a little. The second is easy to applaud, no matter which team you follow. First, let's start with Brandon Snyder. The Orioles drafted him in 2005 out of Westfield High School in Virginia and proclaimed him as the catcher of the future. By 2007, that title had been claimed by some guy named Matt Wieters. Meanwhile, Snyder bounced from position to position - corner infield, catcher, a game in left field.
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By CHILDS WALKER | June 19, 2006
Up Winston Abreu -- The veteran reliever is 5-2 with a 2.29 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings for Triple-A Ottawa. Dustin Yount -- The first baseman has a .395 on-base percentage for Single-A Frederick. Ryan Finan -- The first baseman continues to be Single-A Delmarva's best hitter with a team-high .415 on-base percentage and nine home runs. Down Val Majewski -- The outfielder's return from a rib cage injury hasn't been smooth, as he's batting .187 with two homers at Ottawa. Jeff Fiorentino -- Double-A Bowie's top hitting prospect is batting only .202.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2012
When the Orioles acquired Mark Reynolds and Derrek Lee last offseason and then traded for Chris Davis in July, first baseman Brandon Snyder knew his opportunities in Baltimore were shrinking. So when the former first rounder - Snyder received a $1.7 million bonus as the 13 th overall pick in 2005 - was traded on Tuesday to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations, it wasn't a shock. The news was met with some mixed emotions by Snyder, who battled injuries and position changes while climbing the minor league ladder but never really pushed his way to an extended look in Baltimore.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2005
Joe Jordan entered his first draft as Orioles scouting director with some anxiety, but the confidence that one of the two players the team coveted would be available when it made its first-round pick. So after the first 11 selections were made in yesterday's amateur draft and the Orioles' top two targets remained on the board, Jordan was able to sit back and relax. Either way, the Orioles would get one of their men. When the Cincinnati Reds selected Jay Bruce, a high school outfielder from Texas, at No. 12, the Orioles happily settled for the other player they targeted, taking Brandon Snyder, a catcher from Westfield High School in Centreville, Va., with the 13th pick.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun | April 5, 2008
FREDERICK -- Tommy Thompson doesn't have to look far to see the future of the Orioles. The Frederick Keys' manager need only glance across his clubhouse. "We've got a lot of guys here that are going to play in Baltimore," said Thompson. If his professional debut last night was any indication, one of them, catcher Matt Wieters, may get there quicker than most. Wieters, the fifth overall pick out of Georgia Tech last June, homered in each of his first two official professional at-bats after walking in the opening inning, leading the host Keys to a 7-3 win over Lynchburg in the Single-A Carolina League opener for both teams.
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By Dan Connolly | May 8, 2012
Every now and then - even in a lopsided loss - there's a feel good moment. On Monday, there were two. The first one had to make Orioles fans cringe a little. The second is easy to applaud, no matter which team you follow. First, let's start with Brandon Snyder. The Orioles drafted him in 2005 out of Westfield High School in Virginia and proclaimed him as the catcher of the future. By 2007, that title had been claimed by some guy named Matt Wieters. Meanwhile, Snyder bounced from position to position - corner infield, catcher, a game in left field.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 23, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Brandon Snyder's welcome-to-big-league-spring-training moment came last week when he found himself in the batting cage with Aubrey Huff, Luke Scott and Ryan Freel. "Just listening to those guys talk about baseball was an awesome experience," said Snyder, the Orioles' first-round pick in 2005, who is at major league spring training for the first time. "Obviously, coming here for the first time, you get a lot of nerves involved, but once you kind of get past that, it's just another day of baseball.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | May 7, 2007
The Orioles envision a day when Brandon Snyder, their first pick in the 2005 draft, becomes their regular homegrown catcher. They also know it's going to take time, partly because he came to them out of high school, and since he's being forced to play a different position this year. Snyder, 20, is sharing first base duties with Chris Vinyard at low Single-A Delmarva after undergoing surgery Aug. 29 to repair a torn left rotator cuff. He could move back behind the plate next season. Before yesterday, Snyder had committed six errors at first, often because he didn't realize that he had plenty of time to make a play.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | December 23, 2009
Garrett Atkins has hit at least 21 homers in three of his five full big-league seasons. He averaged 110 RBIs from 2006 to 2009, and he's a career .289 hitter. Yet, as the third baseman joins a new organization for the first time in his professional career, he finds himself in a position that he hasn't been in since his rookie year. "No doubt, I have a lot to prove," Atkins said Tuesday after passing his physical and finalizing a one-year, $4.5 million free agent deal with the Orioles.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2011
When his bullpen session was over, Justin Duchscherer thanked catcher Jake Fox and walked off the mound. It was exactly the uneventful and routine start to spring training that the Orioles had hoped for from Duchscherer. "Free and easy, is that the way they say it?" manager Buck Showalter said when asked about Duchscherer's bullpen session. "I keep reminding guys like that to keep in mind the finish line. They've been through a lot of springs, and Duke's going to be there at the end of spring, we hope.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2010
In the Andy MacPhail era, which is marking its fourth offseason this winter, the Orioles have never been a major player in free agency, preferring to give shorter, more conservative contracts to role players and former stars looking for resurgence. The largest free-agent deal the Orioles have doled out since MacPhail took over as president of baseball operations in June 2007 was the two-year, $12 million contract signed by reliever Michael Gonzalez last winter. This offseason, that philosophy could change, albeit slightly, because MacPhail and the Orioles are searching for a legitimate power bat — and that could be pricey.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2010
After starting his first major league game Sunday and going hitless in three at-bats against Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander , Orioles rookie Brandon Snyder expected to have a relatively easy day at the office Monday night. But when he walked into Camden Yards on Monday afternoon, he noticed he was in the starting lineup for the second consecutive game, again batting ninth and playing first base, this time against the Toronto Blue Jays. "I was almost expecting to come in and kind of be sitting today, but I am extremely excited," said Snyder, the Orioles' first-round pick (13th overall)
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2010
— Not wanting to take any chances with a 35-year-old who has an extensive injury history, there was a time earlier this season when the Orioles wouldn't pitch Koji Uehara on back-to-back days. But not only has Uehara's role changed — from setup man to closer — but so has his workload. Uehara pitched in six of his team's past eight games before he was given the afternoon off in the Orioles' 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers today. With Uehara unavailable, Orioles manager Buck Showalter never had to tip his hand on whom he would have used in a save situation because the Tigers scored five times in the eighth inning to turn a one-run deficit into a four-run lead.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2010
It has been six days since Brandon Snyder got his first major league promotion, and he is still eagerly waiting to make his big league debut. But the 2005 first-round draft pick said his brief stay with the club has been "an absolute blast" and a big-time learning experience. "It's been great to be able to sit back and see how guys go about their business," said Snyder, a 23-year-old infielder whom the Orioles picked 13th overall. "It's amazing to watch how [manager Buck Showalter ]
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | December 23, 2009
Garrett Atkins has hit at least 21 homers in three of his five full big-league seasons. He averaged 110 RBIs from 2006 to 2009, and he's a career .289 hitter. Yet, as the third baseman joins a new organization for the first time in his professional career, he finds himself in a position that he hasn't been in since his rookie year. "No doubt, I have a lot to prove," Atkins said Tuesday after passing his physical and finalizing a one-year, $4.5 million free agent deal with the Orioles.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2011
When his bullpen session was over, Justin Duchscherer thanked catcher Jake Fox and walked off the mound. It was exactly the uneventful and routine start to spring training that the Orioles had hoped for from Duchscherer. "Free and easy, is that the way they say it?" manager Buck Showalter said when asked about Duchscherer's bullpen session. "I keep reminding guys like that to keep in mind the finish line. They've been through a lot of springs, and Duke's going to be there at the end of spring, we hope.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 23, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Brandon Snyder's welcome-to-big-league-spring-training moment came last week when he found himself in the batting cage with Aubrey Huff, Luke Scott and Ryan Freel. "Just listening to those guys talk about baseball was an awesome experience," said Snyder, the Orioles' first-round pick in 2005, who is at major league spring training for the first time. "Obviously, coming here for the first time, you get a lot of nerves involved, but once you kind of get past that, it's just another day of baseball.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun | April 5, 2008
FREDERICK -- Tommy Thompson doesn't have to look far to see the future of the Orioles. The Frederick Keys' manager need only glance across his clubhouse. "We've got a lot of guys here that are going to play in Baltimore," said Thompson. If his professional debut last night was any indication, one of them, catcher Matt Wieters, may get there quicker than most. Wieters, the fifth overall pick out of Georgia Tech last June, homered in each of his first two official professional at-bats after walking in the opening inning, leading the host Keys to a 7-3 win over Lynchburg in the Single-A Carolina League opener for both teams.
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