O's eager to see pick Bascom make debut with Delmarva

Fourth-round selection will pitch for Shorebirds tonight

Minor League notebook

Orioles

June 25, 2007|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter

Pitcher Timothy Bascom, the Orioles' fourth-round selection in this month's amateur draft, will make his professional debut, starting tonight for low Single-A Delmarva. The Shorebirds travel to Lakewood, N.J., for a 7:05 game.

Bascom joined Delmarva on Wednesday after signing with the Orioles, who made him their second overall pick. They forfeited their selections in the second and third rounds after signing free-agent relievers Danys Baez and Chad Bradford.

The San Diego Padres drafted Bascom last year out of Central Florida, but voided the contract after discovering that he had a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Having lost his last year of college eligibility, Bascom pitched for an independent league team in Sarasota, Fla., and waited for another opportunity.

Orioles scout John Martin, who's based in Florida, and East Coast regional cross-checker Nick Presto tracked the right-hander's progress and passed along strong recommendations.

"They both stayed on him and did their jobs," scouting director Joe Jordan said.

Bascom threw for the Orioles in March, and they're convinced that they got a steal.

"He commands his fastball on both sides of the plate, 94 mph, and he had the best changeup I saw all spring," Jordan said.

"We feel very fortunate that he was available in the fourth round. [He's] a lot better than a fourth-round pick."

With president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail moving into his office tomorrow, Jordan expects negotiations with first-rounder Matt Wieters and fifth-rounder Jacob Arrieta to start.

"I think we'll start to see some progress," Jordan said. "There's no timetable with Wieters, but hopefully we'll get Arrieta done sooner rather than later."

Triple-A Norfolk

Catcher J.R. House was bypassed again when the Orioles needed another bat, but he entered the weekend ranked second in the International League with 84 hits, fifth with 46 RBIs and 10th in batting with a .316 average. In his past 10 games, House batted .457 with two homers and 11 RBIs. ... The Orioles aren't babying Garrett Olson. Before yesterday's start, he led the league in innings pitched with 91. He also ranked fourth in strikeouts with 79. ... Cory Doyne, back with the Tides after a brief promotion, hadn't allowed a run in his past 20 appearances dating to May 3.

Double-A Bowie

Two former Orioles outfielders remain hot in Bowie. Jeff Fiorentino batted .400 with eight runs scored over a recent nine-game stretch to raise his average from .206 to .279. Val Majewski was batting .353 in his past five games coming into the weekend. ... In his past two wins, Radhames Liz has allowed one hit and struck out 19 in 15 innings. ... Rommie Lewis was 2-0 with five strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings in his past four games. ... Fredy Deza is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his past two starts.

Single-A Frederick

Shortstop Blake Davis was named the Carolina League's Most Valuable Player in its 10-5 loss to the California League All-Stars. Davis drove in two runs. ... Bob McCrory, who retired the two batters he faced in the All-Star Game, was promoted to Bowie. He led the league with 14 saves and posted a 1.23 ERA.

Single-A Delmarva

Brandon Tripp struck out in both of his at-bats and Chris Vinyard went 0-for-1 in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Brad Bergesen struck out two in a scoreless inning. ... Going into yesterday's start, Jeff Moore ranked third in the league with a 1.90 ERA.

Short-season teams

Zach Clark picked up the win in Aberdeen's opener. ... First baseman Joe Mahoney led the New York-Penn League with five runs and had six hits in his first 13 at-bats (.462). ... Shortstop Tyler Hensen was hitting .385 after 13 at-bats. ... Reliever Julio Soriano was 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA and six strikeouts in two appearances. ... ... Shortstop Jason White also got off to a good start, batting .429 with six RBIs in the first week.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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