Orr could provide Nashville with flexibility
In the wake of news surrounding the surprise retirement of former prospect Vinnie Catricala in January, Milwaukee went ahead and agreed to terms with infielder Pete Orr.
The 34-year-old left handed hitter brings 443 games of Major League experience primarily with Atlanta from 2005-2007 where he batted .263 with 12 doubles, five triples and two home runs in 271 games.
Orr, 34, was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers with the 39th round selection in 1997 from Newmarket High School in Ontario, Canada.
Current Brewers’ General Manager Doug Melvin held the same position with the Rangers when Orr was picked.
However, Orr opted not to sign with Texas following the draft and later agreed to terms as an undrafted free agent in 2009 with the Braves.
The infielder had a solid 2004 season with Triple A Richmond of the International League where he batted at a .320 clip with 16 doubles, ten triples and 24 stolen bases.
Orr’s productive 2004 campaign earned him a trip to the Major Leagues where he served as a utility player with the Braves in 2005 with 25 games at second base, 15 at third base and made three appearances as a left fielder.
Through limited action his initial season he collected eight doubles and stole eight bases in 162 plate appearances. Orr maintained a .300 batting average with a .331 On Base Percentage.
Orr has not played full-time since his productive 2010 campaign with the Washington Nationals’ Triple A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League.
In 2010, he collected a career high 32 doubles with 12 home runs and eight triples in 489 at bats. He also notched a career best 25 stolen bases on 34 attempts.
Milwaukee will be looking to Orr as a reserve infielder with Nashville or Huntsville due to some inadequate depth up at third base.
Presently, Nashville has holdovers Stephen Parker and former prospect Taylor Green manning the hot corner. He also has experience at second base, which gives new Nashville Manager Rick Sweet more flexibility.