While most teams had no idea he was draft eligible as a sophomore at the Naval Academy, the Orioles scooped up Oliver Drake in the 43rd round of the 2008 MLB draft and signed him for $100,000.
Every minor league camp is filled with players trying to get noticed – mostly lanky young men attempting to convince scouts and evaluators of what they might one day become. At 6’6″, 225 pounds, however, it’s difficult not to catch some attention. An imposing physical specimen, Orioles pitching prospect Ken Wise tends to stand out among his peers.
Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold are currently ahead of Angle on Baltimore’s depth chart, but once room clears in the out field Angle will get a strong look from the O’s. His speed and defense alone should give him a long career as a backup outfielder, and strong offensive output, specifically OBP%, could make him a starter one day.
A 22nd round in the 2009 draft, Cameron Coffey signed for an over-slot bonus of $990,000 and is one of many talented young arms from that class working their way up the system. He’s finally healthy and ready to put his talent on display.
Zach Britton has performed better than any other Orioles pitcher in spring training. Here’s a look at what makes him so special and what the future holds for the young lefty.
Randy Henry was selected by the Orioles in the 4th round of the 20009 MLB draft out of South Mountain CC. He signed for $365,000 and made his pro debut with the Delmarva Shorebirds last season (2010). Henry’s pure stuff is almost unmatched within the Orioles organization.
The Orioles’ 7th round draft pick in 2009, Aaron Wirsch made his debut with the GCL Orioles the same year, throwing 16.2 innings with a 2.16 ERA and 18 strikeouts. Joe Jordan said “I wish we could sign five every year just like him.”
On August 16th, 2010 at 12:00 AM, just 24 hours before the midnight signing deadline, it looked more and more likely that Matt Bywater, the Orioles’ 7th round pick, would go unsigned. However, with just four hours before the signing deadline, the Orioles and Bywater agreed to terms.
After a very successful 2009 season where he posted 91 K’s between Frederick and Bowie, Lebron looked to strengthen his prospect status with a strong 2010 before injuring himself in spring training (’10). He underwent Tommy John Surgery the following May and obviously missed the entire season.
After making a name for himself in ’08, visa issues kept Noel in the Dominican Republic for all of ’09, limiting him to the DSL. He returned to the U.S. in ’10 and posted some impressive numbers at Delmarva, earning him a mid-season promotion to Frederick.