By Jordan Gold

Orioles pitching prospect Dean Kremer, a right-hander with the Double-A Bowie Baysox, has a background that is quite rare to find in a professional baseball player.  

Kremer, who holds U.S.-Israeli dual citizenship, was the first Israeli to ever be selected in the MLB Draft when he was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016. Both of Kremer’s parents are Israeli, though Kremer was born and raised in California. He pitched for Team Israel during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and his goal is to put Israel on the map in the baseball world.

Since being traded to the Orioles last year, Kremer has been embraced by the Jewish community of Baltimore. 

“It means the world. They have welcomed me with open arms,” Kremer said on Glenn Clark Radio May 24. “I’ll get texts, emails or messages on social media saying, ‘Hey, we’re having Shabbat dinner, would you like to come over,’ and stuff like that. It’s funny and I really appreciate the support.”

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