It’s so early in his career, but the Josh Hader story keeps getting better.
The 19-year-old lefty from Millersville and Old Mill High likely was heading to Anne Arundel Community College last summer when the Orioles, on a recommendation by local scout Dean Albany, drafted him in the 19th round and paid him a $40,000 bonus.
The 6-foot-2, 160-pounder worked with Orioles instructors, gained some muscle and had his delivery tweaked. And he began throwing his fastball in the low 90s instead of mid-80s.
On Tuesday he was named to the South-Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 18 despite being the youngest player on Delmarva’s roster at age 19.
In nine starts with the Low-A Shorebirds, Hader is 1-2 with a 2.28 ERA and has allowed two runs or fewer in seven outings.
Not only is this the local-boy-making-good story, but it should serve notice for the club’s scouting department as it heads into Thursday’s draft.
For so many years we heard about developing from within, but the Orioles did an awful job with draftees after say the sixth round or so in the recent past. Whether it was a problem in drafting or development, the Orioles have mined very few major leaguers after the first few rounds in recent memory.
A new regime began last year and one of its focuses has to be getting more production out of later round selections. Hader is a great start.
A couple other minor league things worth mentioning:
Veteran right-hander Jon Rauch has joined Triple-A Norfolk. Catcher Jose Gil was released to make room for Rauch.
Double-A Bowie right-hander Tom Boleska was placed on the voluntary retired list. The Baysox added right-handers Tyler Wilson and Marcel Prado.