Orioles acquire first baseman Michael Aubrey from Indians

(via blog.cleveland.com)

The Orioles have picked up minor league first baseman Michael Aubrey from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named later. Aubrey was the 11th pick in the 2003 draft, now 27 years old.

At Triple-A this season, Aubrey was hitting .292/.322/.448 with five home runs, so it's not like this is a deal being made to make room for an Aubrey Huff trade or anything, or at least that doesn't seem likely. Given his age, production, and status in the Indians system, this looks like nothing more than a deal made to reinforce the roster at Norfolk.

In 397 career minor league games, Aubrey has hit .295/.356/.475. He doesn't walk much, but he rarely strikes out. He was a college star at Tulsa, hitting .420/.505/.733 with 18 homers in 63 games in his final season there, and has never matched that home run total in a single minor league season. His high came in 2004, when he hit 15 between Kinston (High-A) and Akron (AA).

Nothing to get all excited about, nothing to read into. Just a minor move for an available player that hopefully helps Norfolk out.

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