Raul Caro, the second baseman who’s currently on the 40-man roster, has yet to reach the big leagues.
The 19-year-old Cuban infielder, who is a shortstop, was able to take a big step forward after getting a taste of the bigs with his first professional appearance on Tuesday night in a game against the Phillies.
Caro’s first at-bat came in the top of the fourth inning against Phillies right-hander Nick Williams, who made a pair of big outs in a 6-3 win.
After striking out two of the first three batters he faced, Caro struck out five of the next six batters he saw in the bottom of the fifth.
He made it a two-out rally in the seventh and ended up walking Ryan Howard to load the bases with one out, only for him to be chased by a single from Jose Abreu.
He struck out the next two batters in the eighth, but Howard was able make a double play and hit a two out, one-out double to right field to tie it up.
With two outs in the ninth, Cara came up with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one apiece.
He took a walk in the 10th and hit another two-run homer in the 11th off Williams, but the Phillies scored the next three runs to tie things up.
After that, Carola got into the mix.
He hit a grand slam in the 12th to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead, but a double by Howard made it 4-3.
A few more runs were scored in the 13th and 14th, but that was it.
In the 14th inning, Carla was able hit a double off Phillies starter Joe Thatcher to make it 5-4.
His final at-bats in the contest came in a six-pitch walk-off game, as he got his first major league hit with a double in the 15th inning.
“He’s just a guy that really has the ability to make all kinds of plays,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Caro.
Carola has now recorded 20 RBIs in his first three games, and the team is 4-1 when he’s hitting the ball there.
He also has four walks and four strikeouts.
If he can stay in the lineup through Tuesday night’s game against Kansas City, Carolao will become the first Cuban player to record 30 RBIs on the season.
He’s currently hitting .270 with eight doubles, two homers and 18 RBIs.