April 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM
The Orioles have claimed catcher Luis Exposito on waivers from the Red Sox. Exposito was designated for assignment on April 15 in order to make room on the 40-man roster after the injury to Jacoby Ellsbury. Originally drafted as a draft-and-follow by the Red Sox in the 31st round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Petersburg Junior College, he went on to have a very strong 2006 season at St. Petersburg and was given a $150,000 signing bonus just before the 2006 draft.
Exposito has spent all seven years of his career in the Red Sox system, and had been assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket to begin the 2012 season, his second year at the level. Over his career Exposito hit .268/.324/.420 with 50 home runs and 281 RBI over 2031 at-bats as well as throwing out 30% of runners. In both 2008 and 2009 he was named the SoxProspects.com All-Star at catcher. However, the breakout of Ryan Lavarnway has pushed him ahead of Exposito on the depth chart which led to Lavarnway getting 35 at-bats this season to only 10 for Exposito.
He will likely be assigned to the Orioles Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk. Josh Bell was designated for assignment to make room for Exposito on their 40-man roster.