Orioles select infielder Ryan Flaherty in Rule 5 draft

The Orioles today announced that they have selected infielder Ryan Flaherty of the Chicago Cubs organization in the Rule 5 Draft.

Flaherty, 25, is a career .278/.346/.462 hitter in four seasons in the Cubs’ organization after being selected out of Vanderbilt by Chicago with the 41st overall pick in the 2008 First Year Player Draft. He batted .280/.347/.478 with 53 extra-base hits and 88 RBI in 132 games for Double-A Tennessee (83) and Triple-A Iowa (49) in 2011.

“Ryan is a high draft pick from an excellent college program and we really like his bat,” said Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Dan Duquette. “He has a real chance to contribute at the Major League level this season.”

The Orioles 40-man roster is now full.