The Orioles won't sign 6th-round pick; 7th rounder unlikely, too. Still quiet on Machado front
Orioles director of scouting Joe Jordan said this morning that sixth-round pick Dixon Anderson, a right-handed pitcher, had decided to return to the University of California rather than sign with the club.
Jordan also said that it's looking like seventh-round pick Matthew Bywater, a left-handed pitcher, will eschew an Orioles' offer and return to Pepperdine University.
"We still have some ground to cover there," Jordan said. "As of last night, [Bywater] told me personally, if we weren’t able to get together on what his expectations were, then that’s what he has chosen to do. I’m kind of at the point with some of these where we spent some money, we’ve overpaid, mostly to the high-school players. We were overslot to Dan Klein. I’ve got to keep this at a value that I want and I feel like is responsible for our club, our owner. At some point, we have to walk away from these guys."
Jordan said that the Orioles could use the money that was set aside for the two college pitchers and put it toward a toward a couple of high school players they selected later in the draft. Austin Urban, a right-handed pitcher out of Pennsylvania selected in the 27th round, and Jaime Esquivel, a right-hander out of Texas picked in the 28th round, could now get offers.
"We’ll complete our draft with some younger high school players that do want to go play, but have basically been waiting on me to extend an offer to them," Jordan said.
As for top pick Manny Machado, a high school shortstop from Florida taken third overall, Jordan said there have been no developments and very little dialogue with Machado's representative, Scott Boras. The deadline to sign Machado before losing his rights is midnight Monday. Jordan still thinks that the Orioles will get the deal done.
"I'm not concerned at all," Jordan said. "I haven't been surprised by anything that has gone on. It's been what I expected. Again, it’s one of those things that's more the norm. It’s happening all over our industry. There’s more first-round picks, higher picks, that haven’t signed as of right now than ever. Since the deadline has been put into play, it’s become what is expected. It’s unfortunate, and it’s something that will be changed. It’s got to be changed because it’s really not a positive thing in a lot of people’s minds."