"He's got good experience, good stuff and all the ingredients to be a very capable Major League pitcher," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.
Miranda will head to Florida to get in shape and then play for an affiliate, either Class A Frederick or Double-A Bowie, to start his professional career. Asked to compare himself to a current player, Miranda through an interpreter said he's like CC Sabathia but "more athletic," a comment that drew laughs from the assembled group.
"I was told that the Orioles have one of the best pitching coaches in the business and a great Minor League system," Miranda said, referring to Dave Wallace. "For me, it will be a great opportunity to play and help the Major League team as soon as possible."
Cuba's baseball seasons are different from MLB's, so Miranda last played in 2014 and has been working out in the Dominican Republic as well as the U.S. throwing bullpens and live batting practice sessions. Duquette didn't get into specifics in terms of a signing bonus but said that Miranda -- who signed a Double-A contract -- got a deal on par with what the organization has given to other Cuban players such as Dariel Alvarez and Henry Urrutia.
Brittany Ghiroli is the Orioles beat reporter for MLB.com. She has been covering the team since 2010.
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