Orr, with the Braves in June 2007
June 8, 1979 |
Richmond Hill, Ontario
|April 5, 2005, for the Atlanta Braves|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||46|
|Pan American Games|
|2015 Toronto||National team|
Peterson Thomas "Pete" Orr (born June 8, 1979) is a Canadian professional baseball infielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.
Orr attended Galveston Community College in Galveston, Texas. He was a 39th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers in 1998 (1187th overall), spending one year there before signing with the Atlanta Braves on July 3, 1999.
In 2002 spent most of the season with the Double-A Greenville Braves of the Southern League, hitting .249 with two homers, 36 RBIs and 36 runs scored in 89 games. He also hit .392 with eight RBIs in 17 games with Class-A Advanced Myrtle Beach.
He established career highs in average, .320, hits, 147, doubles, 16, triples, 10, stolen bases, 24 and runs scored 69. His .320 batting average and 24 stolen bases led the Triple-A Richmond Braves in 2004. He was selected to play in the International League All-Star game. He was named International League April Player of the Month, posting a .381 batting average with four doubles, one triple and five RBIs. He ranked fifth in the IL and fourth among Braves Minor Leaguers in average, tied second in the IL and led Braves Minor Leaguers in triples, tied for sixth in the IL and led Braves Minor Leaguers in hits and tied for seventh among Braves Minor Leaguers in stolen bases. Orr won the Bill Lucas Award as the player who best represents the Braves organization on and off the field by the 400 Club. He was also part of Team Canada who finished in fourth place at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Orr made his Major League debut for the Braves on April 5, 2005. He proved to be a versatile player, playing second base, third base, and various outfield positions during the 2005 season. Orr also played for Canada in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Orr was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves on November 20, 2007, and was released on November 28, 2007.
On October 30, 2008, Orr rejected his assignment to AAA and became a free agent. However, he returned to the team two weeks later, signing a minor league deal, playing with the Syracuse Chiefs in the International League, with a chance to earn a spot on the team in the spring.
On November 11, 2010, Orr signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. During spring training play, he led the major leagues in triples, with 5, subsequently becoming a member of the team's Opening Day roster. After spending the 2011 season with both the Phillies and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, their AAA affiliate, he became a free agent on October 18.
On November 3, Orr re-signed a minor league contract with the Phillies, receiving an invite to spring training. He was again included on the team's Opening Day roster at the onset of the 2012 season. He elected free agency on October 8.
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