Orioles tidbits: Klein to get MRI; Bucs may look at Fox; John Carroll's drafted duo
Right-hander Dan Klein, one of the Orioles’ top minor league pitching prospects, is scheduled to have a precautionary MRI of his right shoulder Monday when the Bowie Baysox return home from a road trip.
Klein, 22, has excelled in the minors for the Orioles since being drafted in the third round out of UCLA last year, going from short-season Single-A Aberdeen to Double-A Bowie in a few months.
Used as a reliever with the Baysox, he began experiencing discomfort in the shoulder last week and could not get loose Sunday. He was shut down and placed on the seven-day disabled list. The soreness continued on Wednesday.
Klein had exploratory shoulder surgery in 2009 and missed his sophomore season at UCLA.
We’ll know in 48 hours whether Jake Fox has been claimed off waivers -- and it was assumed there was a 50 percent chance he would be. But that may have gotten a little higher.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, who had interest in Fox this spring, may need another catcher type. Starter Chris Snyder left Wednesday’s game after sliding awkwardly into second base. It was listed as a sore back. Back issues landed Snyder on the DL to start the season.
Only two Maryland high schoolers (not to be confused with college kids who went to high school in Maryland) were selected in this year’s MLB draft, and both were John Carroll kids taken by the Orioles: third baseman Kevin Hockaday in the 14th round and first baseman Brendan Butler in the 50th round.
John Carroll coach Joe Stetka, who is also an associate Orioles scout, couldn’t be prouder. Here are some of Stetka’s thoughts on his senior duo.
On their being drafted: “It is a good day for Maryland and Harford County and for Baltimore. These are two class kids.”
On Hockaday, who is committed to Maryland: “He is built like a thoroughbred; there is not an ounce of fat on him. He is going to be a corner guy or outfielder. We had him at shortstop, but he wasn’t a shortstop. I joked with him that the only time he’d see shortstop down the road is running from second.”
On Butler, who is committed to Towson: “He has a tremendous work ethic and amazing speed -- he ran a 6.5 60-yard dash. He can play third or first, he’s got great hands and footwork. Somebody is not going to be disappointed in him no matter where they put him, whether it is the Orioles or Towson.”
On both of them: “Two kids from the same high school, drafted by the same major league team, their hometown team -- I don’t know what odds are, but it is remarkable. I am just thrilled they have been drafted.”
On both of them again: “These are two of the greatest kids I probably ever coached, and I coached my son, so that is saying something. They made it fun for me. I tried to make it fun for them, but they made it fun for me, too.”