The Baltimore Orioles announced a trade on Tuesday afternoon, sending AA catcher Michael Ohlman to the St. Louis Cardinals for cash considerations. Ohlman was designated for assignment when the Orioles acquired Travis Snider from Pittsburgh last week.
Ohlman, 24, is a 6’5’’, 215lb catcher who, because of his size, probably makes more sense at 1B. Ohlman first popped up on Oriole fans’ radars after his 2012 and 2013 seasons, where he spent time at A and high-A Frederick and slashed .313/.410/.524 in 100 games. However, he followed that up with a .236/.310/.318 line in AA Bowie last year.
Fangraphs’ Kylie McDaniel did not have Ohlman in his top 25, however did mention him as one of five players worth noting, stating that “Ohlman has above average raw power and a plus arm, but isn’t a good fit behind the plate and long limbs make for contact issues”. ESPN’s Keith Law did not have Ohlman listed in his top prospects list for the Orioles.
While Ohlman is still relatively young, the Orioles have plenty of more experienced catchers in Steve Clevenger and Caleb Joseph ahead of him, and higher ceiling catchers like Chance Sisco behind him.
Ohlman’s acquisition by St. Louis puts the ML roster at 39 players. He joins Yadier Molina, Tony Cruz, Ed Easley, and Cody Stanley among catchers on the 40-man roster.Next post: The Fantasy Pronk: 2B Rankings
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