The Orioles had a group of new draftees report to Florida today to get physicals, while another group –who will directly report to short-season Aberdeen instead of the Gulf Coast League — is in Baltimore doing the same. I expect news on signings to be official sometime on Tuesday, and amateur scouting director Gary Rajsich said negotiations with top pick Kevin Gausman –whose season ended Sunday for Louisiana State University — will begin this week with both sides confident a deal can get done fairly quickly.
Ability-wise, Gausman and second-round pitcher Branden Kline could both start with a full-season affiliate, although there are no definite plans for either until the organization signs them and they are evaluated by director of pitching development Rick Peterson. Kline, who is viewed as a starter, will need to be stretched out and the organization could prefer for him to do that in the GCL rather than with a full-season team.
Rajsich echoed Duquettte’s confident that the organization will sign its top 10 picks, and –as is typically the case – there are a number of players selected later on Day 2 and 3 that are a long-shot to sign. Third-round pick Adrian Marin, a high school shortstop out of the Miami area, has already taken to his Twitter page to announce he’s agreed to contract terms and is among those scheduled to get a physical in Florida today.