Orioles Select Ryan Flaherty in Rule 5 Draft

The Orioles have selected IF Ryan Flaherty from the Chicago Cubs with the 4th pick in the rule 5 draft, according the Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Flaherty, 25, was a sandwich 1st round pick (41st overall) by the Cubs in 2008. He had a batting line of  .280/.347/.478 with 19 HR last season between AA and AAA. Below are his career stats from Baseball-Reference.com:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 21 Boise NORW A- CHC 56 245 219 39 65 19 2 8 26 4 2 24 51 .297 .369 .511 .880
2009 22 Peoria MIDW A CHC 131 543 485 81 134 24 5 20 81 7 6 50 98 .276 .344 .470 .814
2010 23 Daytona FLOR A+ CHC 108 475 420 65 120 34 3 9 63 6 3 41 74 .286 .348 .445 .793
2010 23 Tennessee SOUL AA CHC 23 84 71 10 13 2 0 1 9 1 0 10 12 .183 .286 .254 .539
2011 24 Tennessee SOUL AA CHC 83 344 302 52 92 20 2 14 66 4 6 40 55 .305 .384 .523 .907
2011 24 Iowa PCL AAA CHC 49 186 173 22 41 11 1 5 22 1 0 10 44 .237 .277 .399 .676
4 Seasons 450 1877 1670 269 465 110 13 57 267 23 17 175 334 .278 .346 .462 .809
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/8/2011.

He will need to stick the entire year on the Orioles 25 man roster, likely getting a chance at a role on the Orioles bench. Flaherty has shown good power in his career, and could provide a spark to the Orioles left side of the lineup if he sticks with the team.

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