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Minor League Monday: Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Francisco Peguero Shining in Dominican

January 6th, 2014 at 8:14 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles will have quite a crowded outfield when Spring Training rolls around with several players looking to secure a spot on the active roster, and one of those will be Francisco Peguero. It is obvious Peguero knows he will be competing for a spot on the roster as he has had one heck of a winter playing in the Dominican Winter League.

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Peguero, 25, was acquired earlier this offseason when the Orioles signed him to a one-year deal. He has spent his entire professional career in the San Francisco Giants organization and was signed as an international free agent by the Giants in August of 2005 out of the Dominican Republic.

This winter, Peguero decided to play in the Dominican Winter League and was on fire all winter, hitting .380 with five home runs, two doubles, 17 RBI and three stolen bases, while boasting a .400 on base percentage. His five home runs lead his team, despite the fact that he does not have nearly the at bats that some others have garnered on his team. His 17 RBI rank second on his team, behind just Moises Sierra, who has more than double the at bats Peguero has.

Why isn't he getting more at bats? It is a pretty crowded roster with nine outfielders, so the team is obviously sharing the wealth with playing time, but it is a good sign to see Pegeuro performing so well in a very highly respected winter league.

Peguero has been hitting both the right and left handers well down in the Dominican, as he is hitting .350 with four homers against right handers, while hitting .545 with one homer against left handers this winter.

Although he will be given a fair shot in Spring Training, many feel that Peguero will start the year in Norfolk. In 35 career MLB games, he has hit .200 with one homer and five stolen bases in 46 plate appearances. He has been a very impressive minor league player however, as he boasts a career .306 batting average with 36 homers, 350 RBI and 131 stolen bases in parts of eight minor league seasons.

The battle in the outfield come Spring Training should be a good one, and Peguero is already doing himself some favors by his performance in the Dominican this winter. Peguero will be competing with Henry Urrutia, David Lough, Nolan Reimold, Steve Pearce, and newly signed Quintin Berry for the third and fourth outfield spots, as well as playing time at DH.


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Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, David Lough, Francisco Peguero, Henry Urrutia, MLB, Nolan Reimold, Quintin Berry

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