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Orioles announce they've signed 16 more draft picks

The Orioles announced Thursday that they have signed 16 more selections from this year's first-year player draft.

The club agreed to terms with the following players: Left-hander John Means (11th round), right-hander Nigel Nootbaar (12th), outfielder Gerrion Grim (14th), infielder Alejandro Juvier (15th), right-hander Tanner Chleborad (16th), right-hander Matthew Grimes (18th), right-hander Zach Albin (20th), left-hander John McLeod (21th), right-hander Josh Walker (22th), right-hander Zeke McGranahan (23th), right-hander Lucas Long (24th), infielder Austin Pfeiffer (27th), Anne Arundel Community College right-hander Patrick Baker (29th), right-hander Michael Burke (30th), infielder Alexander Lee (36th) and right-hander Keegan Ghidotti (38th).

Last Thursday, the Orioles signed left-hander Brian Gonzalez (third round), and right-handers Patrick Connaughton (fourth round) and David Hess (fifth round), their top three picks in this year's draft.

Gonzalez, Connaughton and Hess will start the season with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles, who open their season against the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate at noon Friday.

Connaughton plans to return to Notre Dame for his senior season of basketball before rejoining the Orioles organization in the spring.

The Orioles have signed 24 of their 38 draft picks. The club's highest remaining unsigned picks are left-handers Tanner Scott (sixth round) and Max Schuh (seventh round) and third baseman Austin Anderson (ninth round).

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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