A RHP from South Houston HS, Esquivel is a projectable righty who had a college commitment to Rice. He sits in the high 80’s with his fastball, touching 92 mph, and has a curveball that flashes plus. He signed for an over-slot bonus of $225,000. Video >>
A closer in college, Schmarzo sits in the 89-91 mph range with his fastball and has an average changeup. According to Baseball America, he’ll have to improve his breaking ball in order to become a starter. I’d imagine Schmarzo’s deal is in the $150,000-$250,000 range. Video >>
The Orioles are still talking with 11th round pick, Alex Gonzalez, and Matt Bywater as well. Earlier today, Bywater said things were “getting there.”
Things should certainly get interesting as we approach the signing deadline.