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Calvert Hall catcher Alex Murphy passes physical with Orioles, will head to Sarasota

Orioles sixth-round pick Alex Murphy, a catcher from Calvert Hall, passed his physical Tuesday and is scheduled to leave for Sarasota, Fla., on Monday after contract terms are hammered out and approved.

Murphy, speaking by phone from a suite at Camden Yards as the Orioles took on the Los Angeles Angels, said he couldn’t disclose the details of the contract. The slot bonus money for the 189th pick is $218,500.

“It’s starting to get real,” Murphy said. “I’m just going through the process and taking the steps.”

Murphy is the first Orioles draft pick to take his physical. All Orioles draft picks are required to take physicals before signing contracts with the team and being placed in the organization.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Murphy was a four year starter at Calvert Hall and was named the Gatorade Maryland Baseball Player of the Year. He signed to play for Wake Forest next season, but he said immediately after being drafted that his plan was to sign with his hometown team.

Murphy was the third of four catchers the Orioles drafted in the first 10 rounds in an attempt to bolster that position throughout the organization. The team got an up-close look at him at Camden Yards in the Brooks Robinson All-Star Game.

“It’s a great feeling,” Murphy said Tuesday. “Hopefully, in a few years I’ll be up here [in Baltimore].”

dgallen@baltsun.com

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