BOSTON –- Talks between the Orioles and their first round draft pick, DJ Stewart, are progressing. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that he hoped Stewart, a Florida State outfielder, who was the 25th pick in the draft earlier this month, would sign soon.
“DJ Stewart, I expect to sign, and I don’t know the exact timetable. If we can progress in our discussions, and get out him out playing for next week, that’s what we’re shooting for. We’d like to see him out playing ball. I think he wants to go out and play ball, too,” Duquette said on Wednesday.
“I believe he wants to start his pro career, and we’d like him to start his pro career, so that’s a mutual sentiment.”
Stewart is represented by Scott Boras.
The Orioles have to make some more roster moves this week. A player must be dropped when Miguel Gonzalez is activated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, and on Friday, another move will be necessary when Wei-Yin Chen is brought back to the majors to start against Cleveland. Jonathan Schoop is getting closer to returning, too.
“We’re going to have the strongest roster we can have every night, and at the end of the night, we’re going to try to get ready for the next day. A lot of the players that we have in Triple-A have been able to come up and contribute to the team, which is good,” Duquette said.
Manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday’s move to bring back T.J. McFarland and option Oliver Drake to Norfolk, allows Drake to pitch because he hasn’t thrown for a week.
Showalter said that he’s not concerned that all the moves the team has made recently makes pitchers feel uneasy.
“I think it’s more than other way. Everyone I talk to, I like telling them things are going to pass. They control it. Especially if the starters are pitching well, we don’t have much movement. If we have a bunch of three, four, five inning starts, they know there’s going to be some movement,” Showalter said.
“But they know if they go down there, like Tyler Wilson did today, and pitched real well. Mike Wright went down there and pitched well. Mac went down there and pitched well. They actually kind of feed off of it. They know what we’re going to do. They watch box scores, they know when there’s going to be a need. They control it not us. The starters control a lot of it in the bullpen.”