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July 7, 2010

Orioles agree to terms with two more

After waiting patiently for UCLA's season to end in the College World Series, the Orioles have agreed to terms with two Bruins they drafted last month, though neither is third-round pick Dan Klein, UCLA's closer.

While they continue to negotiate with Klein and have met with his representatives, the Orioles have agreed to terms with UCLA left-handed pitcher Matthew Drummond, their 20th-round pick, and UCLA outfielder Blair Dunlap, their 43rd-round pick. Both are expected to begin their professional careers in Aberdeen.

The Orioles have now agreed to terms with 29 of their 50 picks, and that number could grow in the next couple of days as the team is close to an agreement with 11th-round pick Alexander Gonzalez, a right-handed pitcher from Boca Raton High in Florida.

Despite agreeing to terms with only one of their top 10 selections and five of their top 15, the Orioles are still confident that they'll agree with most, if not all, of their top 10 selections.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 2:05 PM | | Comments (4)


Thank You JEFF for the update.. I really look forward to more of these top kids playing soon..We need them, I know machado will take until mid august but since he was a high school player I hope they get him playing this summer to begin learning.. Here is to hoping we get lots more of these guys to aberdeen, bluefield, and gulf coast..

Jeff, it seems unusual to me that the Orioles have only signed one of their top ten picks by now. Do you know how this compares with other teams?


I think the Orioles management should trade their pending FAs, that they don't intend to bringing back, for cash and use the cash to sign their top 10 draft picks. They won't get much for Uehara or Millwood because neither looks injury free at this point. They don't have a pending FA, other than Wigginton or Tejada, who will bring them a "major league ready" prospect so why not get the cash to ensure signing of your top 10 draft picks.

The Orioles have still only signed one of their picks from the 10th round or above. The only other team in baseball which has signed fewer than 3 is the Pirates, which have also only signed one.

The Angels, Atlanta, and Texas have all signed at least 10, while MOST teams in both leagues have signed 6 or more of their 10th round or above picks. In the meantime, the Orioles front office dithers while these guys are losing important development time.

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