NEW YORK—Until Wednesday night, Julio Borbon hadn’t played in a major league game since Aug 2. 2014. Borbon replaced Adam Jones, who left the game with back spasms, and with Jones out on Thursday, the 30-year-old outfielder was in the starting lineup.
Borbon has an interesting resume. He was the regular center fielder for the 2010 Texas Rangers, a team that played in the World Series, and then his stock began dropping.
He played just 32 games for the Rangers in 2011, and spent all of 2012 with Triple-A Round Rock where he hit .304. In 2013, Borbon moved from Texas to the Chicago Cubs, and batted just .200.
The Cubs left him unprotected and the Orioles selected him in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft in Dec. 2013.
Borbon spent 2014 with Norfolk and came back in 2015, and in March re-signed with the Orioles, who sent him to Bowie.
“It’s one of those where I guess the longer it gets, you start realizing and thinking about it, but I think the most important thing for me was to kind of put my head down and keep working every day, no matter where I was,” Borbon said.
Borbon could have given up, but didn’t.
“Whenever I got the chance, it didn’t catch me off-guard, so I think that’s the most important thing and not look outside and kind of stay in your own world of doing things you can control because at the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to,” Borbon said.
“It feels great. There’s definitely been a lot of work behind closed doors, a lot of things that people don’t see that pay off. I’ll tell that to anybody. I’ve been here before. It still feels like something that feels like the first time. You don’t take one day for granted. You just come out here and go about your business and do the things you’re asked to do and the best you can.”
It’s unusual that a veteran minor leaguer who hadn’t been called up to the majors would twice re-sign with the same organization.
“Absolutely, just being around the group of guys, Buck Showalter and the way the organization, the way that things were, it’s just the right fit for me. Knowing everybody, coming up with [Chris Davis], playing with [Darren] O’Day and a bunch of these guys is just something that felt like it’s the right chemistry and all around think that I actually felt comfortable and the opportunity was there,” Borbon said.