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June 25, 2011

Orioles agree to terms with fourth-round pick

The Orioles have agreed to terms with fourth-round pick Kyle Simon, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Arizona.

Simon, who was selected 125th overall, went 11-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) for the Wildcats this past season. A 6-foot-5, 219-pound native of Los Alamitos, Calif., Simon pitched five complete games and allowed 114 hits and 11 walks while striking out 86 batters in 129 innings. Batters hit .235 against him.

With him in the fold, the Orioles have now agreed to terms with 10 of their 50 selections, including five of their first 10 picks.

The remaining unsigned top 10 selections are first-rounder Dylan Bundy, a prep pitcher from Oklahoma; second-rounder Jason Esposito, a third baseman out of Vanderbilt; sixth-rounder Nick Delmonico, a Tennessee prep third baseman; eight-rounder John Ruettiger, an Arizona State outfielder; and 10th-rounder Tyler Wilson, a right-handed pitcher for the University of Virginia.

The negotiations with Bundy are expected to go right up to the midnight deadline on Aug.15 to sign draft picks.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 10:01 AM | | Comments (9)
        

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I understand that the negotiating process with top picks always seems to drag on until the deadline, but wouldn't Bundy have an important incentive to sign earlier rather than later?

Based on how many innings he pitched this year and in 2010, he should have ~40 innings left in him this year before needing to be shut down (according to how they handle young pitchers nowadays, anyway). Signing earlier would give him a better chance to get those innings in, which would a) give him a head start advancing through the minors, and b) give him a higher innings ceiling for the next few years.

He appears intent on a quick run through the O's system so wouldn't signing early be in his benefit? If he is confident in his ability to get to the bigs, it could potentially mean one less year to free agency, which would represent a much bigger payoff than whatever incremental amount he might squeeze out of his rookie contract by holding out.

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Jeff Z's reply: I don't mean to make it too simplistic Andrew but that's just not how the process usually works with these top guys. Sure, there would be benefits to signing early and coming in and starting his pro career. But something tells me Dylan isn't too worried about what signing a couple of months later will do for his development. Not to mention, I'm sure Bundy is enjoying post high school a little bit, and relaxing.

Sounds like the list of unsigned are the guys the experts have said are the cream of the crop. I've heard, Esposito and Delmonico are both looking for above slot money and Wilson is a big reach in the 10th round. I'd think he'll return to school for a higher draft slot (and contract) next year unless McPhail persuades him with a big, big over slot contract. How off am I? If they get three (including Bundy) of the five it will be a good draft


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Jeff Z's reply: Well, Esposito and Wilson's teams were just eliminated from the CWS last night so the Orioles haven't been able to start negotiating until today. I think they'll get those two done. Delmonico is the one that I don't have high hopes on.

Esposito's fielding blunder late in that game last night was eye opening. Mental errors in big situations shouldn't be made by supposed marquee players!

I hope they sign Delmonico. Here's a short video of him at the International Power Showcase. The kid has some power. Exactly what the O's need from a young position player.

http://vimeo.com/9593906

"Delmonico is the one that I don't have high hopes on. "

Jeff, I can understand why you would feel that way but it disappoints me that this should even be an issue. This team will be as successful as its farm system allows. We need to make the investment (commitment) necessary to bring top flight affordable and controllable talent to Baltimore and the affordable requirement eliminates the free agent route.

This winter fans will clamor for the club to spend 200M on Fielder or Pujols. WHY? ONE player is NOT going to fill the holes on this team, but spending even HALF of that 25M per year in ADDITION to our existing draft budget on guys like Delmonico will.

If we want a consistent winner then we need a farm system like the Royals or the Rangers and you don't get one of those by clipping coupons.

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Jeff Z's reply: First of all, I want to make it clear that I have had no discussions with Delmonico or his representation. But from what I heard originally, his asking price was what you might expect from a top 10 overall pick. The kid is a pretty good talent and there is a reason that he lasted in the draft as long as he did. Teams viewed him as unsignable. We'll see if that's the case.


Jeff,

Concerning Bundy, IJoe Jordan's indicated that the Orioles have no intention of set a record for highest paid draft pick.

Now I understand that he had to say something like that to counter the ridiculous $30M figured being tossed out by Bundy's camp, but how's this going to shake out?

Sure the O's aren't going to break the bank on Dylan, but by the same token, if they try to lowball him, isn't there a decent chance he passes on signing with them?

After all, he's gifted enough to know that he elects to go to college, he may improve his asking price in a year or two. While the counterargument is that he could get injured, lots of talented players take that chance, eschewing a guaranteed contract to test the waters after some collegiate ball.

It's still really early in the process, but do you see the Orioles losing out on him? Yeah, he'd like to play with his brother, but I can't believe that's going to be the overarching determinant here, do you?

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Jeff Z's reply: I wish I could tell you how this is going to play out Ken. I'd stand to make a lot of money if I could. What I do feel certain of is this is going to go right down to the wire, Bundy isn't going to get $30 million and to get a deal done, the Orioles are probably going to have to dole out a number that they aren't comfortable with right now.

Jeff - there is no reason for the Orioles to not to give Delmonico first round money. IThere were a number of "mock drafts" that had Delmonico going in the top thirty - forty selections.

From what I can read about Jason Esposito - he will never be a difference maker that is worthy of second round money. Save the money by not signing Jason Esposito and use that money to sign Delmonico.

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Lisa - this is great. I refuse to pay above slot for dinner.

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