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.
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.