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Orioles notes on 2015 draft and minor league minicamp

The Baltimore Sun showed pictures of current Orioles to several fans at FanFest and asked them to name the player. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Once right-hander James Shields – the final free agent tied to draft-pick compensation – was signed by the San Diego Padres, this year's draft order could be officially set.

The Orioles will have two picks in the first round, the 25th selection and the 36th selection, which is a compensation pick for losing Nelson Cruz.

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Add their second- and third-round selections and their competitive balance pick (which is between the second and third round) and the Orioles will have five selections in the first 102 picks.

That's a lot, so the organization will have a much greater focus on this June's draft. Last year, they didn't make a pick until the third round, when they took Miami high school left-hander Brian Gonzalez with the 90th overall pick.

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The Orioles had forfeited their first-round pick to sign right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and their second-round pick to sign Cruz. They also dealt their competitive balance pick to the Houston Astros as part of the trade for right-hander Bud Norris in 2013.

Minor league minicamp scheduled

It's now just 10 days until the Orioles' first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers. The first full-squad workout won't take place until Feb. 25 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.

That same day, the Orioles will open a minicamp for many of their top-level minor leaguers at the Twin Lakes Park complex.

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Among the minor leaguers who will be at the camp are right-hander Zach Davies, right-hander Parker Bridwell, right-hander Mychal Givens, left-hander Daniel Rodriguez, infielder Derrik Gibson and infielder Ozzie Martinez.

The Twin Lakes camp is an extension of big league spring training because it includes the players who were considered for major league camp but weren't invited. They will report several days before full minor league camp opens at Twin Lakes. Expect these players to get playing time in big league spring games as part of manager Buck Showalter's "just-in-case" crew.

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