The Dodgers acquired more outfield depth today, even if it is intended for Oklahoma City. The Dodgers signed a pair of outfielders to minor league deals. The club announced signings of Paulo Orlando and Cameron Perkins. Both players will receive invitations to major league spring training when camps open. You may have heard of Orlando.
The Brazilian outfielder played in the 2015 World Series driving in a run with a base hit. Orlando has played his entire career for the Royals but has yet to see his talents materialize into MLB success. He appeared in 86 games in 2015 and 128 in 2016 for Kansas City while gathering 251 and 484 plate appearances respectively. During 2016 he slashed .302/.329/.405 with 5 home runs and 43 runs driven in. That was good enough to notch a 93 OPS+ for the campaign.
The following two seasons saw him shuffle between triple-A and the majors. Unfortunately he didn’t get much playing time at the major league level. He appeared in 39 games in 2017 and only 25 in 2018. Orlando while putting up good defensive metrics has nearly zero plate discipline. He drew just 13 walks in 2016 and has just 22 total free passes during his 4-year MLB career. He is 33-years old.
Dodgers have signed former Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando to a minor league deal.
— Michael Mayer (@mikemayer22) January 4, 2019
One more Dodgers transaction today: Former Phillies/Mariners outfielder Cameron Perkins has signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) January 4, 2019
As for Perkins, the 28-year old Indianapolis native was a sixth-round draft choice from the Phillies in 2012. He didn’t crack the majors until 2017, when he appeared in 42 games and was 16 for 88 good for a .182 batting average. Note he did hit one home run as a major leaguer. The Mariners did acquire him off waivers last season but he never saw any major league action.
Defensively he can play all three outfield positions and can also play the corner infield spots. Perkins bats right handed and is a big boy, listed at 6’5 and 195 pounds. I’m assuming both players will report to Oklahoma City when the regular season begins. If either of these guys even sniff the major league roster than that means something has gone horribly wrong and several regulars and backups have been injured. You never know, we’ve seen this happen before.