The Orioles signed Manny Machado minutes before the midnight EST signing deadline, after selecting him with the 3rd overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft. An 18-year-old recent high school graduate, Machado had been under scholarship to attend Florida International.
Xavier Avery was a two-sport athlete coming out of high school — both a heavily recruited football running back and, obviously, a top MLB draft prospect. Ultimately, he chose football and signed with the Orioles for $900,000 as a second round pick in the 2008 draft.
I’ve seen L.J. Hoes play a number of times over the past few seasons and I’ve come away impressed each and every time. He’s come a long way since the day he was drafted; specifically making drastic improvements to his approach at the plate. He’s now one of the more disciplined hitters in the system.
Mychal Givens was the Orioles’ 2009 2nd round draft pick out of Plant HS, Florida. He’s been playing strictly shortstop since he was drafted after also spending time on the mound in high school. His development has been stalled due to a thumb injury that cost him most of the 2010 season.
Ryan Adams went 4 for 6 with a run in a 7-5 Norfolk Tides loss.
Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Parks weighs in on the O’s young hitters. There are very few people in the baseball media that are more informed about young players in both the majors and minors than Parks.
Wynn Pelzer pitched 5 innings, allowing 1 hit with 5 walks and 6 strikeouts in a 3-0 Bowie Baysox win.
Caleb Joseph went 2 for 4 with a run, a home run and an RBI in a 4-3 Bowie loss.
Trent Mummey went 2 for 4 with 2 runs, a home run, an RBI, a strikeout and a walk in a 6-5 Delmarva win.