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Orioles sign one last draft pick as deadline passes: 33rd rounder Brandon Koch; 31 picks signed in all

The deadline to sign draft picks came and went on Friday, and the Orioles snuck in one last signing: 33rd round pick Brandon Koch, a righty from a California high school. In all, they signed 31 of 38 picks.

Rich Schultz

We were all sweating out the deadline to sign 2014 draft picks on Friday afternoon with the Orioles still having 33rd round pick Brandon Koch unsigned, but fret no longer. The Orioles signed the right-handed pitcher right around the 5pm deadline, giving them 31 signed draftees out of the 38 picks that they made in the draft.

There was no immediate word about what kind of signing bonus Koch received. The O's could offer him up to $100,000 without any of the bonus counting against their draft bonus pool, with any amount over $100,000 counting against the pool. However, the Orioles reportedly used up nearly all of their pool money in signing their rounds 3-10 picks, so they probably didn't have much to offer Koch.

Since 2012, then the hard slot value system was introduced, the Orioles have signed 30+ draft picks every year. They signed 30 of their 40 picks in 2012 and 31 of 41 picks in 2013. They signed all of their first 16 picks of this year's draft, starting with third-rounder Brian Gonzalez, who was the first player they picked this year.

The most notable of their unsigned players is 25th round pick Brandon Bonilla, the son of former Oriole Bobby Bonilla.

A complete list of the Orioles draftees who signed:

Round Player Position School
3 Brian Gonzalez LHP Archbishop McCarthy HS
4 Pat Connaughton RHP Notre Dame
5 David Hess RHP Tennessee Tech
6 Tanner Scott LHP Howard College
7 Max Schuh LHP UCLA
8 Steve Wilkerson 2B Clemson
9 Austin Anderson 3B Ole Miss
10 Jay Gonzalez OF Univ. of Mount Olive
11 John Means LHP West Virginia
12 Nigel Nootbaar RHP Univ. of Southern California
13 Matt Trowbridge LHP Central Michigan
14 Gerrion Grim RF Jefferson College
15 Alejandro Juvier 2B Doral Academy (HS)
16 Tanner Chleborad RHP Washintgon State
17 Jean Cosme RHP Colegio Sagrada Familia (PR)
18 Matthew Grimes RHP Georgia Tech
20 Zach Albin RHP UConn - Avery Point
21 John McLeod LHP Wake Forest
22 Josh Walker RHP New Mexico
23 Zeke McGranahan RHP Georgia Gwinnett College
24 Lucas Long RHP Univ. of San Diego
27 Austin Pfeiffer SS Univ. of Arkansas-Little Rock
29 Patrick Baker RHP Anne Arundel CC
30 Mike Burke RHP Univ. of Buffalo
31 Riley Palmer 3B S. New Hampshire Univ.
32 Jamill Moquete RF UMass-Boston
33 Brandon Koch RHP Temecula Valley HS
35 Tad Gold CF Endicott College
36 Alexander Lee 1B Radford
38 Keegan Ghidotti RHP Ouachita Baptist Univ.
40 T.J. Olesczuk CF Winthrop

Most all of these picks have already gotten their pro careers started with either the Gulf Coast League Orioles or the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

The Orioles signed only four high schoolers, but they picked only eight to begin with. The only high school player they picked in the top ten rounds was their third rounder, Brian Gonzalez.

One simple truth of the draft is that most of these names will end up turning into nothing, because they're drafted largely with the intent of being organizational filler. However, you never know who might develop something new once they get into the professional ranks. Even Albert Pujols, the game's greatest player for several years, was a lowly 13th round pick.

That's a longshot for any one player. The Orioles would probably be happy if one of these lower-round picks turns into the next Mike Yastrzemski, a 14th round pick who's jumped two levels just this season and is now tackling Double-A Bowie.