Found November 22, 2011 on
Babes Love Baseball:
We'd like to give you the lowdown on Matt Antonelli
and his recent signing with the Baltimore Orioles.
The free agent infielder is expected to have a strong shot at making the big league squad this Spring when he competes with second baseman Brian Roberts and third baseman Chris Davis, among others, for a role in the infield.
The 17th overall pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2006 amateur draft, Antonelli played with the Washington Nationals Triple-A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs last season, hitting .297 with eight homers and 30 RBI as a utility player. The 26-year-old right-handed batter has a pretty good eye too, walking 47 times in 300 at-bats. He does have some major league experience, playing 26 games with the Padres back in 2008.
According to Antonelli's Twitter page
, baseball is not his first passion. He cites "fantasy football, dancing, and directing" as his true talents. We'd like to take this opportunity to challenge him to a dance-off. He's pretty adorable, but we can definitely shake it.
Good luck buddy!
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