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Wednesday Bird Droppings: The Orioles are making progress on signing their draft picks

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It will be years before we know how this draft actually turned out, but Mike Elias seems to have gotten good value overall.

2020 Major League Baseball Draft Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Good morning, Birdland!

The 2020 MLB Draft concluded less than a week ago, but the Orioles have already made progress on signing their class. Fourth-round pick Coby Mayo, a high school third baseman out of Florida, has publicly said he has agreed to a deal. And there are reports that fifth-rounder Carter Baumler, a high school pitcher, has privately agreed to sign on with the O’s. That is a great news!

Now, we wait for the other shoe to drop. There has been very little talk about first-round pick Heston Kjerstad, the outfielder from the University of Arkansas. His deal, and the savings, are largely what will allow the O’s to sign Mayo and Baumler. Not to mention, their second-rounder Hudson Haskin was a college sophomore, and likely will earn a bit above slot value as well.

All in all, if the O’s are able to pull this off and sign all six picks then the overall value of their draft looks pretty good. That means close to nothing when it comes to how these guys perform in the big leagues, but it’s a nice start.

Links & Notes

Baltimore superfan, 14, battling cancer for fourth time, lauded by Ravens, Orioles with graduation parade - ESPN
This was a really cool event put together by 105.7 The Fan’s Jeremy Conn. Mo Gaba is one of the most resilient people I have ever seen, and he is still only 14 years old. His diagnosis is not good, but he packs a lot of strength into a small package, and he has all of Baltimore behind him.

Orioles’ draft pick Coby Mayo’s career is shaped by tragedy, but still has him chasing a dream - NBC Sports Washington
Coby Mayo may be the player that I find most intriguing out of the Orioles entire draft class. He has oodles of physical tools and comes off as extremely mature for his years. That doesn’t necessarily mean he will become a big league star, but he certainly has the makeup for it.

Updating Oriole Park at Camden Yards?; Servideo has team ties; Credits for ticketholders - BaltimoreBaseball.com
I suppose Oriole Park could use some upgrades, but it’s still a great place to watch a game as is. And, while new concessions, an open concourse and other additions would entice the casual fan, nothing would be as effective as a year-in, year-out contender.

Pair of college RHPs agree to deals with Orioles - Orioles.com
Who knows what to expect from this year’s undrafted free agent pool. The $20,000 maximum signing bonus is lackluster. However, it could be enticing for fringy prospects with college eligibility remaining. More likely is that many players will prefer to go back to school, where they can increase draft stock and try again in a few years.

Orioles birthday

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

The only former Oriole with a birthday today is the late Dave Pope (b. 1921, d. 1999). The Alabama native was an outfielder for the O’s for parts of two seasons from 1955 through 1956. The O’s acquired him from the Cleveland Indians in June of 1955, and then they traded him right back to the Indians in May of 1956.

Orioles history

2005 - Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada plays in his 822nd straight game, tying Gus Suhr for ninth place on MLB’s all-time list.

2009 - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, one of baseball’s top prospects, hits his first career big league home run as the O’s beat the Mets 6-4.