Orioles trade Michael Ohlman to the Cardinals

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This afternoon the Baltimore Orioles sent minor league catcher Michael Ohlman to the Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations.

Ohlman, 24, has been a member of the Orioles organization since being drafted (11th round) in 2009 out of Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, Fla.  The 6-5, 215-pound catcher was named the Orioles 9th best prospect by Baseball America in 2013 after hitting a career and Carolina League-best .313 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI for Frederick (A) while also garnering Topps Carolina League Player of the Year honors.   He batted .290 later that year in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League, as his Surprise team won the AFL Championship.

Ohlman owns a .254 career average with 24 home runs and 206 RBI in 465 games in the minors.   He batted .236 in 113 games with Bowie (AA) in 2014.

So why would the Cardinals bring in another minor league catcher? I tend to believe now is the time to find the heir apparent for Yadier Molina. If Ohlman come back form like he did in 2013 and develop and sharpen his skills in the minors maybe he could. This is a very low risk signing and it could pay off in the long run, maybe

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