Ronnie A. Welty
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 204 lb.
- School Chandler-Gilbert Community College
- High School Mesquite High School
Outfielder Ronnie Welty played in the minor leagues from 2008 to 2013. He reached as high as Double-A.
He was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 37th round of the 2006 amateur draft out of high school but did not sign. After two years of junior college, he was then taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 20th round of the 2008 amateur draft. John Gillette was the scout. He made his pro debut that year with the Bluefield Orioles, hitting .314/.362/.440 in 55 games. He was 10th in the Appalachian League in average. He made the league All-Star outfield alongside Jordan Kendall, Angel Morales and Evan Bigley.
With the Delmarva Shorebirds the following season, he hit .290/.373/.425 with 10 home runs, 11 assists and two errors and was a South Atlantic League All-Star, joining Anthony Gose and Scott Robinson in the outfield (Melky Mesa was picked as a utility outfielder as well). He then played for the Frederick Keys in 2010, hitting .282/.349/.464 with 32 doubles, 18 homers, 86 runs and 82 RBI. He was second in the Carolina League in runs (two behind Seth Loman), tied Oscar Tejeda for 7th in doubles, tied Cody Puckett for 4th in home runs, led in strikeouts (159) and was third in RBI (behind Tyler Moore and Loman). He joined Brandon Short and Xavier Avery as the league All-Star outfielders, his third All-Star nod in his first three seasons.
Playing for the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League during the winter, he batted .309/.433/.585 with 10 dingers, 30 runs and 27 walks in 35 games. He was 9th in the 2010-2011 ABL in average (between Quincy Latimore and Josh Davies), tied Robbie Widlansky for second in runs, was second in home runs (one behind Jamie McOwen), was 6th with 72 total bases (between Joshua Roberts and Tom Brice), led in walks, was second to Brice in OBP (by .006), tied Brice for third in slugging and was third in OPS behind McOwen and Brice.
He spent the summer of 2011 with the AA Bowie Baysox and ran into his first struggles as a pro, batting .228/.322/.394. He battled elbow problems in 2012, split between the GCL Orioles (1 for 10, 2 BB), Aberdeen IronBirds (7 for 10, 2 2 B, 2 HR, 5 BB), Frederick Keys (.415/.446/.830, 17 RBI in 13 G) and Bowie (.286/.303/.564, 8 HR, 38 K in 140 AB over 37 G). On August 13, he tied the Baysox franchise record with a 8-RBI game.
Principal Source: 2012 Orioles Media Guide