The Orioles have designated infielder Engelb Vielma for assignment today, per a club announcement. His spot was needed for the team to settle its 40-man roster in advance of today’s deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft.
Vielma missed much of the 2018 season with an unfortunate knee injury, preventing him from a potential MLB showcase in Baltimore. On the positive side, he did record his first major-league hit in a brief stint with the O’s. He had landed with the O’s last winter after bouncing around the waiver wire.
While the 24-year-old Vielma doesn’t have much of a track record in the minors with the bat, he’s known as an excellent and versatile defender. So long as he’s back to full health, he should generate plenty of interest from teams that value infield utility depth.