August 15th was the deadline for Major League Baseball teams to sign their 2011 draft picks. Last night the Orioles sent a strong message to their fans by getting deals done with (P) Dylan Bundy, (3B) Jason Esposito and (3B) Nick Delmonico.
Bundy, the 4th overall pick in the draft, reached a deal with five minutes left before the deadline. With his brother Bobby already in the Orioles organization, Bundy was expected to sign and, according to reports, got himself a four million dollar singing bonus.
Not only did the Orioles sign Bundy, Esposito and Delmonico, they inked all of their top 10 picks.
As we have seen for years, the Baltimore farm system is lacking in depth and talent. Director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan realized that and made it a point to take a chance with some of his draft picks. With the financial backing of owner Peter Angelos, he was able to secure the services these picks.
Baltimore signed 22 of it’s 50 picks. So it wasn’t a flawless process. But by getting the top 10 done, the Orioles have let their fans know that they understand some of their concerns with the team and are getting serious about fixing them.
Well, at least one of the concerns.
Now. About that major league roster…