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On draft day two, Orioles go for high schoolers


On draft day two, Orioles go for high schoolers

BALTIMORE –- On the second day of the draft, the Orioles selected four pitchers, three outfielders and a rather large first baseman.

In the third round, they selected left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger from Oregon. The 21-year-old could be close to being ready for the majors according to scouting director Gary Rajsich.

College left-handed power arm with two really good pitches. Throws strikes, and we are excited to have him. He could be close to the big-leagues and a fast mover through our system,” Rajsich said.

The Orioles picked two high school outfielders, Ryan McKenna and Jason Hinrich, in the fourth and fifth rounds, and two right-handed pitchers Jay Flaa and Gray Fenter in the sixth and seventh. Flaa is a college pitcher from North Dakota and Fenter a high school pitcher from Arkansas.

Seamus Curran, a 6-foot-6, 240 lb. first baseman from Feeding Hills, Mass. was picked eighth and high school outfielder Jaylen Ferguson was the ninth round selection. East Carolina left-handed pitcher Reid Love was picked 10th.

“I think we got a good balance of players and some players that we wanted. Feel really good walking away today,” Rajsich said.

Seven of the Orioles’ 11 selections in the first two days were high school players.

“Each draft presents something different and this year it was high school strong and we drafted to the strength of the draft. The position players in high school are good. We wanted to grab some bats this year and I think we’ve done that,” Rajsich said.

Rajsich isn’t concerned that the players drafted will be difficult to sign.

“We did our homework. We talked to advisors all day long and we feel pretty confident we could sign them all,” Rajsich said.

Curran is a most interesting pick because of his size.

“He is a big, giant of a kid. He’s really strong and has a live bat. He really swings it hard. We are looking for great power potential out of him,” Rajsich said.

Rajsich was most pleased about Fenter’s availability.

“Fenter was a surprise for us in the seventh round. We realized, talking to their advisors that we were going to have the funds to do it. It’s a big arm for us. Maybe a top of the draft, first day-type talent that we were able to get in the seventh round so we were very excited about that,” Rajsich said.

The draft concludes on Wednesday with rounds 11-40.

"We are going to do what every other club is going to do. We are going to look for passed over guys with talent that were passed over or overlooked. We have a couple of guys that we feel good about that we don’t have to get to right away because we don’t think everyone has seen them. It will be a long day, but excited,” Rajsich said.

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm