If you had Cale Iorg as the next minor league free agent signing of the season, rejoice! The 27 year old infielder was signed today by the Orioles and immediately assigned to class-AA Bowie after nearly coming over in a trade from the Detroit Tigers this offseason. Iorg was subsequently released when trade talks fell through before being brought in by the Orioles as a veteran middle infielder possibly best known for making this throw at this year's World Baseball Classic, where he played for team Canada (Eh?).
Once highly-touted as the Tigers top overall position prospect, Iorg has been exposed as being ineffective at the plate (slashing .157/.193/.246 in 193 PA with Tigers AAA-affiliate Toledo) but masterful with the glove, being called "flashy" with the glove by Baseball Prospectus . Infield defense is something the Baysox could use a bit of right now, with SS Garabez Rosa already having committed 3 errors in the first 5 games and personal favorite 3B Ty Kelly throwing in 2 errors himself in 4 games played for good measure. Orioles' executive vice president Dan Duquette told MASNsports.com that "Iorg is a veteran we are signing to stabilize interior defense at Bowie."
Other fun facts about Iorg include that his father Dane Iorg and uncle Garth Iorg both played in the major leagues in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Iorg played his college baseball at Alabama before leaving the summer after his freshman year for Portugal, where he was a Morman missionary. Welcome to the family Cale!