Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan wasn’t joking when he said earlier today that the club was ready to move on to some of their backup plans with sixth-round pick Dixon Anderson (University of California) returning to college and seventh-rounder Matthew Bywater (Pepperdine) threatening to do the same.
Jordan tonight agreed to an over slot $225,000 deal with 28th-round pick, Jaime Esquivel, a right-handed pitcher from South Houston High in Texas. Esquivel, who was planning on attending Rice University, went 6-2 with a 1.45 ERA and struck out 102 batters in 80 innings during his senior season and earned first-team, all-district 22-5A honors.
The Orioles have also agreed to terms tonight with 48th-round pick Alex Schmarzo, a right-handed pitcher out of St. Mary's College (Calif.).
That means that the Orioles have now signed 36 of their 49 picks before Monday’s midnight deadline.
The Orioles are also still talking to Bywater, along with 11th-round pick, Alexander Gonzalez, a right-handed pitcher out of Boca Raton High in Florida. And then of course, there’s third-overall pick Manny Machado, who is represented by Scott Boras. Jordan still is confident that the Orioles will sign Machado, but he has conceded that it may be a late night Monday.