The Orioles announced that catcher Mark Kolozsvary has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. There wasn’t any public indication he’d been designated for assignment but the O’s apparently passed him through waivers in recent days.
Kolozsvary, 27, is the third catcher that the Orioles have outrighted this month. Cam Gallagher and Anthony Bemboom were also deprived of their spots in recent weeks, leaving Adley Rutschman as the only backstop remaining on the 40-man roster.
Kolozsvary was a seventh round draft pick of the Reds who made his MLB debut this year, getting into 10 games at the big league level while being frequently optioned to the minors. Around those options, he got into 46 minor league games and hit .163/.303/.279. He has yet to appear in an Orioles uniform since he was claimed off waivers after the conclusion of the regular season.
The is the first outright of his career and he lacks the necessary service time to have the right to reject it. That means he will stay in the organization as depth. Gallagher rejected his assignment but Bemboom accepted his, meaning Bemboom and Kolozsvary will still be around to compete for the backup catching job behind Rutschman in the spring. Though it’s possible the club makes other additions to the squad between now and then.