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Orioles sign first-round draft pick Kevin Gausman

Kevin Gausman: Baltimore Oriole
Kevin Gausman: Baltimore Oriole

Word has just come out via the Twitter that the Orioles first-round draft pick, right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman, has signed a contract with the Orioles.The beat reporters are tweeting that the signing bonus is $4.32M, but the first word of the signing came from Gauman himself.

Gausman, or as I like to call him, Goose, tweeted:

Happy to be the newest member of the Baltimore Orioles organization!!! Living my dream!! #GoBirds!

Welcome to Birdland, Goose!

To learn more about Kevin Gausman, check out the write up from James F that he submitted prior to the draft. Here is what James said about his stuff back on May 28th:

A 6'4" righthander out of Colorado, Gausman has been on the national radar for quite some time due to his prototypical pitcher's frame and his electric fastball, which has hit triple digits at times and sits at 94 with excellent late life. His frame still has room to add strength, and he has the projection to still potentially add velocity. He complements his plus heater with a curveball that has the potential to be major league average and an above average changeup with arm side fade and sink. In the past, Gausman has struggled some with his command, but has shown better polish this season, with a K/BB ratio of 125/24 in 107 2/3 innings in a very competitive SEC.

The Orioles are holding a press conference at 6 p.m. to announce the signing prior to the game tonight. Little powdered donettes for everyone!