Minor league baseball is back! Manny Machado went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and a triple in his Delmarva debut.
The Orioles were without a 2nd round draft pick in 2010, a they were forced to give it up to the Braves as a result of signing Type A free agent Mike Gonzalez. But, the Orioles somewhat made up for this when they drafted UCLA righty Dan Klein in the 3rd round and signed him to a $499,000 bonus, which is equivalent to second round money.
Ryan Berry slipped to the 9th round of the 2010 draft due to injury concerns and because of the theory that Rice University’s pitchers have an increased chance of injury. So far, Berry seems to follow fall right in line, as he’ll be out for an extended period of time to start 2011 because of a drained cyst.
Before he began to generate all the hype, Schoop was busy playing on the backfields of Ed Smith Stadium — going unnoticed by the casual fan. After watching Schoop for three games, I was so impressed I posted a full scouting report on July 1, 2010. Months later he was listed on nearly every O’s top 10 prospects list.
A three sport star in high school (football, baseball & basketball), Parker Bridwell signed for an over-slot bonus of $625,000 as the Orioles’ 9th round selection in the 2010 draft. Now that he’s focusing on one sport the projectable righty has the ability become a serious threat on the mound.
The Shorebirds have released their 2011 roster, including: Michael Ohlman, Justin Dalles, Manny Machado, Mychal Givens, Jonathan Schoop, Brenden Webb, Trent Mummey, Jarret Martin, Luis Noel, Tim Berry and more.
Entering the 2008 MLB Draft, Bobby Bundy was though of as first round talent. However, he suffered a knee injury during his senior year of high school and, as a result, saw diminished velocity which pushed him down draft boards. After he slipped to the 8th round, the Orioles scooped him up and still gave him a $600,000 bonus, which is equivalent to second round money.
Possibly the most controversial prospect in the system, Matt Hobgood has taken a lot of heat for what has gone on throughout his career. It all started on the day he was drafted when critics accused the Orioles of drafting Hobgood just because they could sign him for slot. The Orioles argued, saying Hobgood was #4 on their board based on pure talent.
When the Orioles drafted Tyler Townsend in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft they knew they had a guy who could hit for both power and average. After all, he did hit .426 with 24 home runs in a record setting 2009 season with FIU. However, it was unclear how his college stats would translate to the pros. Though it’s a small sample size, his bat hasn’t slowed down one bit since the transition to pro ball and the results have been nothing short of impressive.
Ryan Adams was sent home for disciplinary reasons during 2009 and hadn’t been able to prove himself above the South Atlantic League because his season was cut short. When the Orioles jumped Adams to Bowie after just 59 games at Frederick, Adams was out to show what he can do with the bat, which some have compared to Brian Roberts.