O¿s sign Overlea grad to minor league deal

The Orioles on Tuesday signed Darryl Crosier, a 2003 graduate of Overlea High, to a minor league deal. He will report to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles in Sarasota, Fla.

The club offered Crosier a contract after assistant director of player development Tripp Norton and scout Dean Albany watched him try out May 3 at Double-A Bowie’s Prince George’s Stadium. Crosier will play first base and outfield, he said.

The road to professional baseball has been a long one for Crosier, 26, who also attended Cardinal Gibbons and Mount Carmel and played at Allegany College, CCBC Dundalk and UMES, as well as internationally.

“I thank the Lord for this great opportunity. I’ve worked hard for the last couple of years,” said Crosier, who thanked Norton, Albany, Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan and director of player development John Stockstill. “A lot of people doubted that I would go far … but I kept the faith in God and I kept confident and kept working hard. I’ve achieved my destiny.”

Crosier also credited his success to former Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry and ex-major leaguer Julio Franco, both of whom have worked with him on his hitting.

Crosier already has one fan in his godmother, Felecia Hill, of Baltimore. “He’s a great kid,” Hill said. “He stuck to his dream, and he’s living it now.”

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