Narron, Bridwell to take physicals, finalize deals to join Orioles
The Orioles are nearing agreements with two more of their top 10 picks, both high upside high school players that will get above slot deals to join the organization.
Fifth-round pick, shortstop/third baseman Connor Narron and ninth-rounder, right-handed pitcher Parker Bridwell, are expected in Baltimore later this week to take physicals. That is pretty much all that is left before they finalize their deals.
Narron, the son of former major league player and manager Jerry Narron, is a switch-hitter who was thought to be a solid commitment to play at the University of North Carolina. He hit .317 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 27 games in his senior season at C.B. Aycock High (N.C.).
Bridwell, a three-sport star at Hereford High (Tex.), had committed to Texas Tech University. The 6-foot-4, 187-pound pitcher went 7-2 with a 2.26 ERA and struck out 116 batters in 65 innings during his season season at Hereford.
When the two deals are completed, the Orioles will have agreed to terms with 33 of their 49 selections from the June draft, including five of their top 10 and nine of their top 15.
Their top two picks – Florida high school shortstop Manny Machado (1st round, 3rd overall) and UCLA right-handed pitcher Dan Klein (3rd round) remain unsigned. The Orioles will have until midnight on Aug. 16 to come to an agreement or they’ll lose their draft rights.
Orioles Director of Scouting Joe Jordan will be in California this week to scout the Area Code games, and could meet directly with Klein and his representative, John Boggs, along with a couple of other draft picks. Two other unsigned top 10 picks – sixth rounder Dixon Anderson, a right-handed pitcher from U.C. Berkeley, and seventh rounder Matthew Bywater, a left-handed pitcher out of Pepperdine – also hail from California.