Machado coming to Baltimore Saturday
BALTIMORE– The Orioles are expected to officially introduce third overall Draft pick Manny Machado prior to Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Yankees.
The 18-year-old Machado -who agreed to terms just minutes shy of this year’s Trade Deadline – will take pregame batting practice at Camden Yards with the current O’s and is expected to take part in the team’s unofficial instructional league that starts next week.
Considered one of three standalone talents in this year’s Draft, Machado made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League on August 27 and hit his first professional homer, a two-run shot, in the following game. In seven games for short-season Aberdeen he hit .345 (10-for29) with a double, a triple, three RBIs and three walks. Following the IronBirds’ season, Machado worked out with Class-A Advanced Frederick, although he was not officially part of the team’s roster.
The athletic infielder hit .639 with 12 home runs and 56 RBI in his senior season at Brito, and he also led Team USA to a gold medal in the 18-and-under Pan-American games in Venezuela last summer.<p>