Steve Pearce had quite an adventurous 2012 season. He signed with the Twins during the offseason but was released before the season even started. Then he signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees and played for their Triple-A club, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barrie Yankees. After batting .318 with 30 RBIs in 53 games, the Orioles purchased his contract from the Yankees, but then he was claimed off waivers by the Astros, who then traded him to the Yankees, who designated him for assignment, but then the Orioles claimed off waivers. Got all that?
Steve stayed with the Orioles through the offseason and signed a one-year deal to avoid arbitration. He’s currently with the team for Spring Training, doing his best to earn a spot on the Major League roster. The Orioles have already made a few cuts and reassigned a few players to the Minors, but Steve has survived the cuts and is having quite a spring. He’s played in 10 games so far, starting 6 of them.
In his first game on February 24 against the Blue Jays, Steve had 2 hits, one of them a homerun, and drove in 3 runs. He’s had 9 hits in 21 at-bats this spring for an average of .429, including 3 homeruns and 3 doubles. He’s scored 5 runs and driven in 11.
Steve has split time this spring between right field, 1st base, and even DH. The Orioles have found a way to get him into the lineup frequently, and he’s responded well. The O’s have other players at all of those positions, but if Steve continues to play the way he has, they should find him a place on this team.
Steve’s the kind of guy you can’t help but root for. He’s a good guy who plays hard and plays the game right. As long as he can keep up the way he’s playing this spring, he’ll be a valuable addition to the 2013 Orioles.