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A Helping of Pie, Top Prospects and a Scrimmage

Sorry for the pun, I just couldn't resist.

Anyways, the Orioles finally have their left fielder, as the visa issues that had been holding up Felix Pie from entering the United States have been resolved.

The former Cubs prospect joined the Orioles in Florida this morning to take a physical, meet the media and dive into drills.

It seems the reason for the delay is rooted in the fact that Pie was traded to the Orioles relatively late in the offseason, thus necessitating a re-application for his visa that noted his change of employer (from the Chicago Cubs to the Baltimore Orioles).

In other Orioles news, as mentioned here yesterday, the organization's youngsters are playing a loose scrimmage against the Italian national team today. You can see Roch Kubatko's live blog of the game here.

Catcher Matt Wieters earned a walk in just five pitches while prospect Brian Matusz got the start for the O's, throwing 14 of 20 pitches for strikes in one inning of work.

Wieters was the recipient of more good news today as he was named Baseball America's top prospect, edging out Tampa Bay's pitching phenom David Price. Baltimore pitchers Chris Tillman (22) and Brian Matusz (25) join Wieters in the top 25.

By CJ Holley  |  February 24, 2009; 1:53 PM ET
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O's have 3 in the top 25, and the clear-cut #1. Definitely signals a turnaround. Starting to look forward to this year. I know that Tillman is almost a sure thing at this point. As sure as a pitcher can be. Good enough to get Seattle's GM fired.

Posted by: Brue | February 24, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Brue - one via trade, two via top 10 picks. The Nats, OTOH, have Zimmermann via non-trade (is he #41?), and those two top #10 picks in the same years yielded Detwiler and Crow. Kind of damning for the Nats FO, but even Keith Law praises Zimmermann, as does Callis at BA. Callis's own ranking had Zimmermann closer to Tillman (#21 to #29).

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 25, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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