One down, two to go as Orioles agree to terms with Esposito
It took longer than Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan had hoped, but the club tonight agreed to terms with second-round pick Jason Esposito, a third baseman out of Vanderbilt.
Esposito's deal was for $600,000, $30,000 more than the slot recommendation for the 64th overall pick.
Esposito batted .341 with nine homers and 59 RBIs in 65 games for a Vanderbilt team that made the College World Series. His best tool is his glove as he is considered an above-average defender at third base.
Ranked 77th on Baseball America’s list of the top 100 draft prospects, Esposito becomes the Orioles’ 20th selection to agree to terms and the eighth out of the top 10. The Orioles finalized an agreement with 26th-round pick, Zach Davies, a right-handed high school pitcher out of Arizona, earlier in the day.
Securing Esposito will allow the Orioles to focus their attention on top pick Dylan Bundy and sixth-rounder Nick Delmonico with about 2 1/2 hours remaining before the deadline to sign 2011 draft picks.