Cards land catcher Ohlman in deal with Orioles

No. 10 prospect in Baltimore's system comes to St. Louis for cash considerations

Cards land catcher Ohlman in deal with Orioles

The Cardinals acquired catcher Michael Ohlman from the Orioles on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.

Ohlman, 24, hit .236/.310/.318 with two home runs and 33 RBIs in 113 games for Double-A Bowie last year. He had been in the Orioles' organization since they selected him in the 11th round of the 2009 Draft. Before the deal, he was ranked by as Baltimore's No. 10 prospect.

The Orioles designated Ohlman for assignment last week to make room on their 40-man roster for outfielder Travis Snider, whom they acquired in a trade from the Pirates.

The right-handed-hitting Ohlman is only a year removed from an outstanding season with Class A Advanced Frederick, as he batted .313/.410/.524 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs in 100 games in 2013. In six Minor League seasons, Ohlman has put together a .254/.345/.375 batting line.

The Cardinals now have 39 players on their 40-man roster, including catchers Yadier Molina, Tony Cruz, Ed Easley and Cody Stanley.

Scouting report

Ohlman: Ranked No. 10 on the Orioles' Top 20 list at the end of the 2014 season, Ohlman had an up-and-down tenure in the Orioles' organization. The 11th-rounder from the '09 Draft spent parts of three seasons in the Class A South Atlantic League, getting sidetracked by a car accident-related shoulder injury and then a 50-game suspension in '12. He rebounded and won the Carolina League batting title in '13.

After following that up with a solid showing in the Arizona Fall League, Ohlman struggled with the move to Double-A in 2014, then got more time in a second AFL engagement. When he had success, Ohlman had shortened his swing and become more selective, allowing him to tap into his raw power more. That didn't happen as consistently in '14. That, along with him continuing to need work on his defensive game -- he does have a solid throwing arm -- probably means a return to Double-A to make his Cardinals organization debut.

-- Jonathan Mayo

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