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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2010
Less than three weeks from the deadline to sign 2010 draft picks, Orioles director of scouting Joe Jordan acknowledged Tuesday that he is frustrated with his inability to secure agreements with more of the team's selections in June's amateur draft. The Orioles have agreed to terms with 29 of their 49 selections, but only one — fourth-round pick Trent Mummey, an outfielder from Auburn — was chosen in the first 10 rounds. Overall, the Orioles have signed only eight of their top 20 picks.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
When teams add players to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft, the moves don't usually get a lot of fanfare. The moves don't always involve the organization's top prospects. Being protected means the player has been in the minor leagues for at least four or five years, so they're not the fast-track minor leaguers. Instead, they're usually players whose progress has been sidetracked by injuries or some other obstacle. That's what makes the three players who the Orioles added Wednesday -- left-hander Tim Berry, catcher Michael Ohlman and right-hander Eddie Gamboa -- interesting . Each of the three has his own tale of perseverance to get to this point, where the Orioles believe the player has shown enough promise that they don't want to risk seeing him succeed with another organization.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun Reporter | September 5, 2006
A nagging hamstring injury and travel complications caused by Hurricane Katrina may have pushed New Orleans high school infielder Ryan Adams into the second round of the 2006 amateur draft. But Joe Jordan isn't complaining. Jordan, the Orioles' director of scouting, said he was excited when Adams was available with the 58th overall pick. "We definitely had him rated slightly above where he went," he said. Jordan saw the 6-foot, 185-pound player in several high school showcases. And the club's regional scout for Louisiana, Mike Tullier, had been following Adams' career for years.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2012
When the Orioles officially hired baseball-lifer Gary Rajsich as their director of scouting in November, Toronto Blue Jays pro scouting director Perry Minasian sent a message to a friend. "You just stole one of my best scouts," Minasian texted Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "And one of the great people in the game. " Rajsich (pronounced ray-sitch) has been involved in pro baseball since he was drafted out of Arizona State University in the 11th round by the Houston Astros in 1976.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2012
When the Orioles officially hired baseball-lifer Gary Rajsich as their director of scouting in November, Toronto Blue Jays pro scouting director Perry Minasian sent a message to a friend. "You just stole one of my best scouts," Minasian texted Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "And one of the great people in the game. " Rajsich (pronounced ray-sitch) has been involved in pro baseball since he was drafted out of Arizona State University in the 11th round by the Houston Astros in 1976.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
When teams add players to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft, the moves don't usually get a lot of fanfare. The moves don't always involve the organization's top prospects. Being protected means the player has been in the minor leagues for at least four or five years, so they're not the fast-track minor leaguers. Instead, they're usually players whose progress has been sidetracked by injuries or some other obstacle. That's what makes the three players who the Orioles added Wednesday -- left-hander Tim Berry, catcher Michael Ohlman and right-hander Eddie Gamboa -- interesting . Each of the three has his own tale of perseverance to get to this point, where the Orioles believe the player has shown enough promise that they don't want to risk seeing him succeed with another organization.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2010
Manny Machado's whirlwind week continued Wednesday, when he flew to Baltimore a day before his team physical, which will take place today and Friday. He'll then head back to Florida to sign his contract Friday night or Saturday and suit up in his first Orioles minor league uniform Sunday. Machado, a Miami high school shortstop who agreed to a $5.25 million deal Monday night as the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, won't officially be introduced at Camden Yards until Sept. 3 or 4, during the Orioles-Tampa Bay Rays series.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2010
Agreeing to a $5.25 million signing bonus with Miami high school shortstop Manny Machado with three minutes to go before Monday's midnight deadline pushed the Orioles into uncharted territory -- the most money the franchise has ever spent on one amateur class. Joe Jordan, the organization's amateur scouting director, said the total expenditure for the 39 players the Orioles signed this year was "a little north of $9 million. " That's the most the club has spent since Jordan began drafting for the Orioles in 2005, surpassing last year's $8.7 million.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2010
Four days before the deadline to sign their 2010 draft selections, the Orioles reached an agreement with third-round pick Daniel Klein , allowing them to turn their attention to top pick Manny Machado . Klein, a right-handed pitcher out of UCLA, flew to Baltimore on Thursday to take a physical and finalize the agreement. His deal will be for slightly more than the slot recommendation of $417,600 for the 85th pick. When the deal becomes official, he'll become the 34th of the Orioles' 49 picks from the June draft to sign and join the system.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2011
Sidestepping speculation that swirled around the club in the previous 24 hours, the Orioles ultimately landed the player they wanted with the fourth overall pick in Monday night's annual amateur draft. Watching while three college pitchers, including two from the same rotation, were selected in front of them, the Orioles chose right-hander Dylan Bundy form Owasso High in Oklahoma, the 18-year-old phenom who was widely considered the best high schooler in this year's draft. It's the third consecutive time the Orioles have taken a prep player with their top pick — selecting shortstop Manny Machado (third overall)
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2011
Joe Jordan, who has overseen the Orioles' past seven drafts as director of amateur scouting, is leaving the organization to become the Philadelphia Phillies' director of player development. The Phillies asked for and received permission from the Orioles to interview Jordan, 49, and met with him Monday. He agreed to the deal Wednesday. Now, instead of choosing the players -- something for which Jordan has received mixed reviews -- he will be helping to develop them into major leaguers.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2011
Sidestepping speculation that swirled around the club in the previous 24 hours, the Orioles ultimately landed the player they wanted with the fourth overall pick in Monday night's annual amateur draft. Watching while three college pitchers, including two from the same rotation, were selected in front of them, the Orioles chose right-hander Dylan Bundy form Owasso High in Oklahoma, the 18-year-old phenom who was widely considered the best high schooler in this year's draft. It's the third consecutive time the Orioles have taken a prep player with their top pick — selecting shortstop Manny Machado (third overall)
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2011
With Monday's 7 p.m. amateur draft looming, the Orioles are basically in the same spot they were in a few days ago. They're waiting for the potential multimillion-dollar dominoes to fall. The Orioles have sharpened their list of potential players to take No. 4 overall, but who will be there seemingly has not been determined. The top players available include UCLA right-handers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer , Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen , Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon and Oklahoma prep pitcher Dylan Bundy . "Nothing has really changed; we are waiting to get information on the clubs in front of us, and we'll then try to figure out our plans," said Joe Jordan , who is in charge of his seventh draft as the Orioles' director of amateur scouting.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2011
In each of the past four amateur drafts, the Orioles have selected in the top five of the first round, meaning they are exceptionally familiar with their current position. Don't look to that recent history, however, as a clue as to what the Orioles might do Monday night, shortly after 7 p.m., when they pick fourth overall. There are no discernible trends. The Orioles have been all over the draft board with their first pick since 2007. In the past four years, they have selected a high school hitter (Manny Machado, third overall, 2010)
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2010
Manny Machado's whirlwind week continued Wednesday, when he flew to Baltimore a day before his team physical, which will take place today and Friday. He'll then head back to Florida to sign his contract Friday night or Saturday and suit up in his first Orioles minor league uniform Sunday. Machado, a Miami high school shortstop who agreed to a $5.25 million deal Monday night as the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, won't officially be introduced at Camden Yards until Sept. 3 or 4, during the Orioles-Tampa Bay Rays series.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2010
Agreeing to a $5.25 million signing bonus with Miami high school shortstop Manny Machado with three minutes to go before Monday's midnight deadline pushed the Orioles into uncharted territory -- the most money the franchise has ever spent on one amateur class. Joe Jordan, the organization's amateur scouting director, said the total expenditure for the 39 players the Orioles signed this year was "a little north of $9 million. " That's the most the club has spent since Jordan began drafting for the Orioles in 2005, surpassing last year's $8.7 million.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2011
In each of the past four amateur drafts, the Orioles have selected in the top five of the first round, meaning they are exceptionally familiar with their current position. Don't look to that recent history, however, as a clue as to what the Orioles might do Monday night, shortly after 7 p.m., when they pick fourth overall. There are no discernible trends. The Orioles have been all over the draft board with their first pick since 2007. In the past four years, they have selected a high school hitter (Manny Machado, third overall, 2010)
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2011
With Monday's 7 p.m. amateur draft looming, the Orioles are basically in the same spot they were in a few days ago. They're waiting for the potential multimillion-dollar dominoes to fall. The Orioles have sharpened their list of potential players to take No. 4 overall, but who will be there seemingly has not been determined. The top players available include UCLA right-handers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer , Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen , Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon and Oklahoma prep pitcher Dylan Bundy . "Nothing has really changed; we are waiting to get information on the clubs in front of us, and we'll then try to figure out our plans," said Joe Jordan , who is in charge of his seventh draft as the Orioles' director of amateur scouting.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2010
When the Orioles made Florida high school shortstop Manny Machado the third overall selection in June's first-year player draft, they figured it would get to this point. So as Orioles director of scouting Joe Jordan approaches Monday's midnight deadline to agree to a deal with Machado or lose his draft rights, he says he isn't concerned even though he acknowledges there has been very little dialogue between the club and Machado's camp. "I think the meat of that negotiation is going to happen [Monday]
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2010
Four days before the deadline to sign their 2010 draft selections, the Orioles reached an agreement with third-round pick Daniel Klein , allowing them to turn their attention to top pick Manny Machado . Klein, a right-handed pitcher out of UCLA, flew to Baltimore on Thursday to take a physical and finalize the agreement. His deal will be for slightly more than the slot recommendation of $417,600 for the 85th pick. When the deal becomes official, he'll become the 34th of the Orioles' 49 picks from the June draft to sign and join the system.
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