The Orioles have exchanged numbers with the their top picks, pitchers Kevin Gausman of LSU, and Virginia's Branden Kline, but agreements are more likely to happen as the sides near the July 13 deadline.
With South Carolina losing to Arizona in the College World Series on Monday night, the Orioles are now in negotiations with Gamecocks first baseman Christian Walker (their fourth-round pick) and pitcher Matthew Price (seventh round).
Eveland on Saturday?
Left-hander Dana Eveland and right-hander Tommy Hunter remain the leading candidates for Saturday's start against the Cleveland Indians, Showalter said, but a look inside the numbers might give a clue to where the Orioles are leaning.
The Indians have the worst batting average against left-handed pitching (.216) in all of baseball, so Eveland is likely to get the nod.
Eveland returned to the club Wednesday after traveling to California to be with his wife after the birth of their second son. He gave the Orioles a quality start (6 innings, 5 hits, 3 earned runs) despite walking six in his only major league start this season May 11 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Around the horn
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, the starter for Thursday's series opener vs. Cleveland, is 4-1 with a 2.82 ERA in seven home starts. … Triple-A Norfolk right-handed pitchers Jason Berken and Miguel Socolovich were named to the International League All-Star team. Berken is 1-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 14 starts and has allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his outings. Socolovivh is 3-0 with a save and a 1.59 ERA in 21 relief appearances. … The Orioles needtwo more wins to guarantee a winning record at the All-Star break for just the second time since 1997. The Orioles were 47-40 at the break in 2005.
Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly contributed to this article.