Jonathan Hughes, the Orioles’ second-round draft pick, has declined the club’s offer, and the right-handed pitcher, will attend Georgia Tech instead.
The Orioles will get the 69th pick in next year’s draft as compensation for its failure to sign Hughes.
After the club announced the signing of DJ Stewart on June 28, scouting director Gary Rajsich expressed optimism that Hughes would be signed. It turned out that Stewart was the next-to-last member of the 2015 draft class to sign.
The Orioles signed 35 of their 41 picks, which is about what Rajsich forecast after the draft was completed last month.
Besides Hughes, who was the 68th overall pick, the Orioles also didn’t sign Howard County high school pitcher Cody Morris, who was picked in the 32nd round. Morris, who had Tommy John surgery, has elected to attend South Carolina. The team wasn’t optimistic about being able to sign Morris.
MLB.com was the first to report Hughes’ decision.
NOTES: Dana Eveland, who appeared in 14 games for the Orioles has signed a minor league contract with the Orioles. Andy Oliver, who started seven games for Detroit in 2010-11, has been activated by Norfolk for tonight’s game in Charlotte. MASNsports.com was the first to report these signings. … Michael Bowden, who was 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 25 games for the Tides, exercised his opt-out clause on his contract on Thursday.