Tim Berry comes in at #33 in our top prospect countdown; he’s a guy I’ve touched up on quite a bit. He was a 50th round draft pick in 2009, and a result doesn’t receive much attention, although he should.
Jaime Esquivel was one of eleven players in the Orioles’ 2010 draft class to receiver over slot bonuses. The Orioles threw $225,000 his way in order to sign him away from his Rice commitment.
The Orioles’ ’09 11th round draft pick out of Lakewood Ranch HS, Michael Ohlman signed for $995,000 and made his pro debut in the GCL. With fellow catcher Justin Dalles injured at the beginning of ’10, Ohlman was given the opportunity to start at catcher for the Shorebirds.
One of the most consistent pitchers in the Orioles system, Rick Zagone has posted solid numbers every step of the way throughout his three year minor league career. He was a sixth round selection out of The Universtiy of Missouri back in 2008, signing to a $150,000 bonus.
Like the majority of the Orioles’ 2009 draft picks, Ashur Tolliver’s season was hampered by injuries. A sore shoulder kept him in extended spring training and as a result wasn’t able to open 2010 with the Shorebirds, as most expected.
The Orioles selected Wynston Sawyer in the 8th round of the 2010 draft and signed him to a $300,000 bonus a few weeks before the deadline. He was a late riser and burst onto the scene after a big offensive campaign in high school pushed him up draft boards.
A 30th round pick out of Palomar College, Brenden Webb signed for an over slot bonus of $250,000. He spent 2010 as part of Bluefield’s outfield and posted some good numbers, although they may not look all that impressive on the surface.
Once considered part of the Orioles’ future rotation, injuries have delayed Troy Patton‘s permanent return to the majors and he’s likely just a bullpen piece at this point. He did make it to Baltimore last year but made it into only one game, pitching just 2/3 of an inning.
Eddie Gamboa has put up impressive numbers every step of the way during his time in the minors. He spent about half of ’10 in Bowie’s rotation and the other half coming out of the bullpen.
Once part of the 2007 Frederick rotation that included Brad Bergesen, David Hernandez and Jason Berken, Chorye Spoone spent last season as a member of the Baysox. Shoulder problems kept Spoone out for most of the 2008 & 2009 seasons, and he finally advanced to Bowie after 2 long years of waiting.