Steve Melewski of Baltimore Baseball Tonight called into The Scott Garceau Show about the upcoming MLB signing deadline for players selected in the 1st Year Player Draft, position needs for the Orioles and Jim Palmer.
On Friday, at 5 pm is the signing deadline for the players selected in the 1st Year Players Draft, and the Baltimore Orioles’ Kevin Gausman is the most notable player selected from that draft yet to sign a deal with the team. However, Melewski said despite a projected 4.2 million dollar deal, Gausman might want to go back to college baseball.
“Clearly the priority is Gausman and they hope to get that done and you know he threw everybody for a loop this week when he came out and said how much he loved playing at LSU and he might like to go back and be in the College World Series again,” he said.
Melewski also talked about when Orioles’ fans might expect to see Pitcher Zach Britton back on the team.
“I think there’s a good chance he’ll make that start next Tuesday when they need that 5th starter for the first time out of the break and he’s slated to pitch tomorrow night which would line him up for his fifth day to be next Tuesday,” he said.
With the trade deadline of July 31 approaching, Melewski said the Orioles biggest need is at the pitcher position, despite an offense that has not scored a run in 22 innings.
“I think they realize that early in the year they weren’t scoring a ton either but they were getting a lot of good starting pitching and that got the team off to that great start,” he said.
On Saturday, the Orioles will be paying tribute to former pitcher, Jim Palmer, by unveiling a bronze statue in Legends Garden on the grounds of Camden Yards. Melewski said it is a fitting tribute to Palmer.
“Well, he is the greatest Oriole’s Pitcher, ever. Palmer, he’s just a special guy, and it;s so great he’s still involved with the club and fans get to hear him talk about the team almost every night. He’s a special person who loves this team and this town and they love him back,” he said.