Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that 21-year-old right-hander Norge Ruiz, called “arguably the best pitching prospect in Cuba” by Baseball America, has left the country and is looking to sign with an MLB team.
Baseball America international prospect analyst Ben Badler’s scouting report on Ruiz from February noted his “good pitchability and average to above-average stuff across the board.”
Last month Badler rated Ruiz as the eighth-best player still in Cuba and projected him as a solid mid-rotation starter, but he figures to need some time in the minors before being ready for a big-league rotation. Expect a bidding war, although because Ruiz is only 21 years old he’ll be subject to MLB’s international spending limits and that could end up costing him $30 million or so.
ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.
O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”
“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.
O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.
He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.
O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.
He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.