Curaçao native Ademar Rifaela will start the season with the AA Bowie BaySox of the Eastern League. The 23-year old outfielder spent all of the 2017 season with the Frederick Keys of the A-Advanced Carolina League.
Ademar had a good season with the Orioles’ A-Advanced affiliate last year. He played 126 of the 140 regular season games. In 450 at-bats, he collected 128 hits (.284) of which 23 doubles, 1 triple and 24 home runs, so it is clear, Ademar has some pop in his bat. Next to his batting average of .284, Ademar had an on-base-percentage of .358 and a slugging percentage of .500.
In 110 games at all outfield positions, Ademar showed some good defense as well as he committed only three errors in the 2017 season, resulting in a fielding percentage of .985.
This season, Ademar was called up to the big league team during Spring Training. He appeared in four games, had three at-bats and got one single.
Ademar broke into professional baseball in 2013 when the Orioles sent him to the DSL. After spending the 2014 season in the Gulf Coast League, he was sent to A Full Season in 2015 where he joined the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League, where he struggled as he was sent down to A-Short Season later that year.
During the 2016 season, the same thing happened, only at higher levels. Ademar started the season at A-Advanced Delmarva but was sent down to Frederick later in the season.
Eventually, he had a steady season at A-Advanced last year.
A good year at A-Advanced combined with an apparent good spring training made the Orioles decide to move him up a level.