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Orioles get in on int'l market, sign 4 players

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The Orioles announced four international signings Thursday, including Venezuelan outfielder Angel Gomez, Cuban outfielder Kevin Infante, Dominican right-hander Kelvin LaRoche and Venezuelan shortstop Gilbert Machado.

"Infante is a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder who also possesses the skill set to play second base," Orioles director of player development Brian Graham said in an official team release. "He's a plus runner with a good offensive approach, and we believe that he will develop to be a productive hitter. Gomez is a well-rounded, right-handed-hitting outfielder who can run, throw and play all three outfield positions.

The Orioles announced four international signings Thursday, including Venezuelan outfielder Angel Gomez, Cuban outfielder Kevin Infante, Dominican right-hander Kelvin LaRoche and Venezuelan shortstop Gilbert Machado.

"Infante is a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder who also possesses the skill set to play second base," Orioles director of player development Brian Graham said in an official team release. "He's a plus runner with a good offensive approach, and we believe that he will develop to be a productive hitter. Gomez is a well-rounded, right-handed-hitting outfielder who can run, throw and play all three outfield positions.

"LaRoche is a durable right-handed pitcher," Graham continued, "whose consistent delivery allows him to throw strikes. Machado [no relation to former Orioles star Manny Machado] is a natural shortstop with plus defensive skills and athleticism.

"We look forward to having our player development staff work with all four players to further enhance their skills."

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The haul represents one of the Orioles' first forays in the international market in recent years. Baltimore missed out on top international prospects Sandy Gaston and the Mesa brothers despite owning $6.5 million in international bonus pool money, which was among the highest totals of any of the 30 Major League clubs.

Terms for each of the Orioles' four signings were not known as of Thursday morning.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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