Orioles announce signing of Cuba's Miranda

Veteran left-hander heads to Minors, could appear in Baltimore later this season

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced the signing of Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Miranda pitched professionally in Cuba from 2007-14, posting a 22-25 record, 3.78 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 80 appearances (64 starts). He struck out 274 batters and walked 151 in 386 innings and could help the Orioles as early as later this season.

"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.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.