Frederick will be Key stop for top draft pick


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mark Smith, the Orioles' No. 1 draft choice who signed yesterday, is expected to make his professional debut the end of this month with the Frederick Keys.

The righthanded-hitting outfielder from USC, who agreed to a package reported to be in excess of $300,000, is scheduled to work out initially with the Orioles' rookie club in Bluefield, W.Va.

He will then come to Baltimore and work out with the Orioles for a few days before reporting to the Single A Keys.

Smith, an All-American who hit .336 this year and also in his three-year college career, was the ninth player selected overall in last month's amateur free-agent draft. His career total of 166 runs batted in is a USC record and his 28 homers ties him with ex-Oriole Fred Lynn for eighth place on the school's all-time list.

The Orioles have now signed their first 16 draft choices for the first time in club history.

* OUCH: The Orioles hardly need another middle infielder to go down with Bill Ripken on the disabled list, but Tim Hulett did just that, dropping to the ground with an apparent back strain during pre-game workouts. His condition will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, as will that of first baseman/outfielder David Segui, still hobbling from a sprained ankle.

* THIS 'N THAT: Bob Milacki's complete game last night was his first since June 30 of last year, against Minnesota. It was the Orioles' first complete game since Ben McDonald went the distance against California May 17.

Cal Ripken's average is at .337 after last night's two-hit game.

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