Orioles release former top Dominican prospect

Orioles release former top Dominican prospect
January 3, 2013, 3:30 pm
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The Orioles released Elvis Duran, their top 2011 signee from Latin America. Baseball America tweeted the news on Thursday.

Duran, a 6-foot-7, 235 lb. right-handed pitcher, allowed 12 hits and six earned runs in eight innings for the Orioles’ Dominican Summer League team last year. In his six appearances, Duran walked seven and struck out eight. 

He was given a $150,000 bonus in July 2011, four months before Dan Duquette came to the organization and hired Fred Ferreira to oversee Latin America.

It was reported that Duran had an elbow injury.

According to Baseball America, the Orioles also released minor league right-handed pitchers Jose Mota, Ryan O’Shea, Jose Rivera and Alex Scharmzo and left-handed pitcher Casey Lambert.

NOTES:

-The Orioles will put vouchers for autograph sessions at FanFest on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. The list of autograph times and participants will be posted at www.orioles.com/fanfest by 9 p.m. Friday.

FanFest will be held Saturday Jan. 19 at the Baltimore Convention Center from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Season plan holders can enter at 10 a.m.

Vouchers are $15 each, and proceeds go to the OriolesREACH children’s charities. Only 250 vouchers will be available for each session.

Children between four and 14 will have their own autograph sessions throughout FanFest. There will be no charge. Signing players will not be announced in advance.