SARASOTA, Fla. –- When the Orioles were looking for more pitching depth this winter, they looked to two of the organizations that had the most.
In November, the Orioles signed Nick Additon and Brock Huntzinger to minor league contracts and invited both to spring training.
Additon, drafted by St. Louis in the 47th round in 2006, and had a 9-7 record with a 4.10 for Triple-A Memphis.
Huntzinger was a third-round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox in 2007, and last year was a combined 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 49 games for Portland and Pawtucket.
But, that wasn’t enough to get the 25-year-old right-hander a promotion to the big leagues last year.
Addition hasn’t been in a big league camp, either.
“Everybody has a sob story and why they haven’t gotten to the big leagues,” Additon said.
The Orioles made Additon feel wanted.
“They were very welcoming and said there was going to be great opportunity here. I was really excited about that,” Additon said.
Additon played in the Cardinals organization with Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha.
“When you come up with guys who have a lot of success all of the time, it shows you you can do it. It gives you the confidence that if your peers are doing it, and you’re seeing what you’re doing it, it’s not this unbelievably tough thing to do,” Additon said.
Huntzinger, who’s caught manager Buck Showalter’s eye, was frustrated about not getting a shot in Boston.
“I did everything I could to put myself in the best spot I could, and it didn’t work out,” Huntzinger said.
He was easily convinced to sign with the Orioles.
“We’re not a team that goes out and buys what they need in the middle of the year,” he was told. “They made me feel comfortable.”