The Baltimore Orioles scouting department has been in full work mode and the front office has made a slew of signings out of the Independent Leagues. Buddy Sosnoskie headlines the group of players acquired so far and he was kind enough to sit down with us and respond to a few questions for Orioles101 readers.
Thank you and yes they are. They're so passionate and I've seen that firsthand on Twitter recently and also when I lived in Northern Virginia.
Orioles101: What was your reaction when you signed with the Baltimore Orioles after playing for Fargo-Moorhead this past season?
I was speechless at first, but very blessed that I am now going to get the chance to fulfill a dream of playing Affiliated Ball. My Brother's fiance's reaction topped mine, but being able to break the news to my family first was the greatest feeling I have ever had.
Orioles101: A well deserved chance in my opinion! Is she an Orioles fan I am guessing? That had to be a great feeling.
She wasn't the biggest baseball fan growing up, but being engaged to my brother, who played at VA Tech with me, she's turned into one.
Orioles101: Who was your favorite team growing up? Favorite player?
Growing up in Philadelphia I was a Phillies fan, and tried to model my game after Chase Utley and how he went 110% all the time.
Orioles101: How crazy is it to think that you could be playing against him in the near future?
That would be very fun, and hopefully I can get the chance one day. Might get awkward when I tell him I named my dog "Utley."
Orioles101: Haha, that would be great to see his reaction on that. Where do you see yourself starting the 2013 season in the Orioles organization?
I haven't thought too much about where I'll start out at. I will be grateful for the opportunity to play at any level for a great organization and work hard to advance however the club sees fit. Right now I am just looking forward to the chance to compete at Spring Training.
Orioles101: You had a great all around season this year with the Redhawks, what part of your game is the focus for this offseason? And what can you say about your time with Fargo-Moorhead?
This offseason I have really first and foremost focused on developing the proper strength to stay injury free and become the best athlete that I can be for the future with my strength coach. Also, I am trying to focus on my approach at the plate and grooving a short, gap to gap stroke that can easily be repeated. My hitting instructor has done a great job with me so far. I will be forever grateful to Fargo for the chance that they gave me to start a career in professional baseball around great people from staff to players. They taught me how to act like a professional should, and I could never say enough great things about the organization as a whole.
Orioles101: Fantastic stuff Buddy, last one for you, who wins the Super Bowl this year?
Super Bowl? Definitely not the Eagles. I am going to go with the Ravens. They're another type of bird and defense wins championships.
Orioles101: Haha, smart man! I just want to thank you for taking the time to do this with us and once again welcome to Baltimore and best of luck to you!
Thank you, and it was no problem at all to answer a few questions. I'm thankful to be part of such a great franchise. God Bless.
Sosnoskie is a great addition to the Orioles franchise and has the talent to be in the big leagues one day soon. In 2010, the Kansas City Royals selected Sosnoskie in the 25th round of the MLB Draft, but he did not sign and transferred from VA Tech to Francis Marion University to complete his final two seasons. He signed with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in the American Association in 2012 and hit .339 with 18 doubles, two triples, two homers, 31 RBI and nine stolen bases while posting a .357 OBP. Buddy has already engaged himself with Baltimore fans as he has already done a fan give away via his Twitter account (@BSosnoskie), which included a signed bat, turfs, and batting gloves. Along with Buddy, the Orioles also signed some other independent league players: Kyle Mertins, Marcel Prado, Chase Johnson, Logan Mahon, Chris Wade, Jim Vahalik, and Luis Pardo.
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