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In what is being called the biggest international free-agent class ever, there are some topflight talent from every corner. Today, we're profiling #Orioles prospect from Taiwan, Lin Chih-Sheng.
Bonner actually debuted for the Orioles as a 23-year-old in 1980, making four plate appearances in four games. He hit .296 over 27 at-bats in a 1981 stint with Baltimore, but even this small sample portended problems with his plate approach -- he walked only one time in 29 plate appearances. Bonner lasted just 4 seasons -- 1980 through 1984. He appeared in 61 games, had 108 at-bats, and had a slash line of .194/.219/259. He even tried his hand at pitching in the minors in 1984 -- he was drafted as a pitcher out of high school -- but that was scrapped after he made 4 unsuccessful appearances. Bonner appeared on cards in the 1982 Donruss set and in the 1983 Fleer set.
First, Robert Averill Bonner -- Bobby, as he is known in most places -- was a Texan by birth and was age 25 when this card went to press. He attended Texas A&M, and was selected by the Orioles in the third round of the 1978 June Draft. Bonner had been drafted twice before -- in the 10th round out of high school in 1974 by the Expos and after his junior year at A&M by the Royals in the 9th round. Immediately on signing, he was placed in the AA Southern League at Charlotte and struggled at the plate. (Source: 1982topps.blogspot.com)
Milton Kent hosted the weekly commentary Sports at Large from its creation in 2002 to its finale in July 2013. He has written about sports locally and nationally since 1988, covering the Baltimore Orioles, University of Maryland men's basketball, women's basketball and football, the Washington Wizards, the NBA, men's and women's college basketball and sports media for the Baltimore Sun and AOL Fanhouse. He has covered the World Series, the American and National League Championship Series, the NFL playoffs, the NBA Finals and 17 NCAA men's and women's Final Fours. He currently teaches journalism at Morgan State University.
Mike Elias has completely redone the way the Baltimore Orioles analyze, find, and train talent. Since he was hired as GM in 2018, the Orioles have vastly expanded their analytics department and have hired dozens of people to assist in altering the franchise’s approach on all aspects of talent acquisition. Another huge change in their approach has been on the international prospect front. Previous owner Peter Angelos was wary of dealing with international agents and mostly avoided the market, causing the team to largely sit out these signing periods apart from the occasional signing or dump of international pool money for a fringe roster piece. (Source: www.pitcherlist.com)