The Orioles today announced that they have acquired minor league catcher Chris O’Brien and right-hander Ben Rowen from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-hander Ryan Webb, minor league catcher Brian Ward and Competitive Balance Round B pick (74th Overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.
O’Brien, 25, batted .266/.341/.438 with seven home runs and a career-high 53 RBI in his first full season at the Double-A level with Chattanooga in 2014. The son of 15-year MLB veteran CHARLIE O’BRIEN, Chris has hit .251/.316/.403 with 23 home runs and 158 RBI, and has thrown out 107-of-356 would-be base stealers (30 percent) in 315 career minor league games
Rowen, 26, went 3-0 with a 3.45 ERA (47.0IP, 18ER) in 34 games with Triple-A Round Rock in 2014. The right-hander pitched in eight games for the Texas Rangers last season, posting a 4.15 ERA (8.2IP, 4ER). Over 177 career minor league games, Rowen has gone 21-5 with a 1.72 ERA (262.0IP, 50ER) with 214 strikeouts and 40 saves.
Webb, 29, went 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA (49.1IP, 21ER) in 51 games with the Orioles in 2014.
Ward, 29, hit .242/.343/.299 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 72 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in 2014.