By Rodger M. Wood
I knew that Baltimore Orioles’ 26-year old Cuban defector Henry Urrutia was a bonafide major league prospect in the first inning of the AA – Bowie game on Sunday against Altoona, when Curve’s RHP David Bromberg threw him nothing to hit with a man of 3B and two outs.
Another good indication of his potential is his Eastern League leading 355 BA, with a 420 OBP, 7 HR, and 35 RBI in 48 GP.
Double A baseball is a good acid test for major league potential and Henry’s passing the test, hitting clean up and playing right field for the Bowie Baysox.
Bowie Baysox coaches and Orioles minor league staff swear by him and all indications are he listens to them closely in the batting cage hoping to shorten the time before he can use his five tool potential in right field at Camden Yards.
The son of Emidelio Urrutia, Cuban national team OF, Henry starred for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and hit 397 in the Cuba Series Nacional 2009-2010.
The Orioles signed him as a free agent for $775,000, but had to wait for him to pay these dividends on their investment until he cleared up visa problems in the 2012 season.