Orioles sign competitive balance pick Cadyn Grenier

The Orioles signed their second-highest pick in June’s first-year player draft, making their deal with Oregon State shortstop Cadyn Grenier official.

Grenier, who was the Orioles’ competitive balance pick at No. 37 overall, received a $1.8 million signing bonus, just shy of the $1,923,500 slot value assigned to his pick.

Grenier, a defensive-minded shortstop who hit .319/.408/.462 with 25 extra-base hits and 47 RBIs in 68 games for the Beavers this season, will begin his pro career playing for Low-A Delmarva in the coming days.

With Grenier signed, it leaves Arkansas right-hander Blaine Knight, the Orioles’ third-round selection, as the team’s only unsigned pick in the first 10 rounds.

The Orioles are still negotiating with Knight, and remain confident he will sign by Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline to sign draft picks.

Grenier and Knight just completed their college seasons as Grenier’s Oregon State team beat Knight’s Arkansas squad in the College World Series.

The Orioles have signed 28 of their 40 selections and 17 of their first 20 picks. Besides Knight, only Sam Houston State third baseman Andrew Fregia (13th round) and Texas Tech right-hander Caleb Kilian (20th round) remain unsigned among their top 20 picks.

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