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More spring odds and ends..

*Non roster invitee Josh Rupe was sent home today with a stomach bug. He wasn’t scheduled to throw anyway.

Derrek Lee expects to take batting practice before the week ends and Mitch Atkins is still sideline with an oblique issue. Lee talked about being game ready in today’s featured video, which you can watch here

*Frank Robinson’s message to the team this morning was about utilizing the practice time in Spring Training and manager Buck Showalter said it went over well.

“He obviously can command a room,” Showalter said of the Hall of Famer. “He’s been in front of players for quite a while. You can tell he has a real affinity for the Orioles.”

*Showalter praised the way Chris Tillman threw today. Tillman was among a group that included Michael Gonzalez, Jim Johnson and Justin Duchscherer that threw to hitters on Thursday.

*Brian Roberts is about 50 percent improved and is aiming to play by Friday or Saturday. He’s been dealing with neck stiffness. Showalter said Roberts wouldn’t have played in the first spring games even if he didn’t have this issue.
 
*According to ESPN’s Keith Law, Orioles top prospect Manny Machado has hired Dan Lozano to be his agent. Machado, the O’s top pick in last year’s Draft, was previously represented by Scott Boras.

Tidbits on Cal, B-Rob, prospects..

A few quick notes this morning..

*First Facebook and now Twitter. O’s second baseman Brian Roberts is all over the social media landscape these days. You can follow him @1brianroberts (and while you’re at it, follow me @britt_ghiroli)

*MLB.com will unveil its 50 Top Prospects in tonight’s show on MLB Network. Tune in to see where the Orioles top duo –Zach Britton and Manny Machado — rank among baseball’s budding stars. The show starts at 9 p.m. ET.

*The (Triple-A) International League announced today that Steve Balboni, Wade Boggs, and Cal Ripken, Jr., will be inducted into the circuit’s Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2011. All three players starred in the International League during the early 1980’s, and they now comprise the first Class elected to the IL Hall by a vote of current Hall of Fame members, along with longtime executives, broadcasters, and members of the media.

A National Baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken, Jr., who went to be baseball’s “Iron Man”, enjoyed a stellar season playing third base for the Rochester Red Wings in 1981.

He slammed 23 home runs, and of course did not miss any of the team’s 114 games prior to an August call to Baltimore. In 1982 Ripken joined the Orioles full-time, following up his IL Rookie of the Year Award with American League Rookie of the Year honors. He played in every game from May 30, 1982 to September 20, 1998, establishing an all-time record of 2,632 consecutive games played.

The three inductees have been added to the International League Hall of Fame plaque display. The inductees will be presented with “The Curtain Call” statue during individual enshrinement ceremonies to place during the coming season. The IL Hall of Fame plaque display does not have a permanent home, but rather serves as a traveling testament to the storied legacy of the International League.

Triple-A Norfolk Tides general manager, Dave Rosenfield, and former Tides manager Frank Verdi were both enshrined into the IL Hall of Fame in 2008. Former Tides first baseman, Roberto Petagine was enshrined in 2009.

Machado named MLB Top Prospect

The Orioles top pick in last year’s Draft, and third overall, high school shortstop Manny Machado topped MLB.com’s list of prospects at his position.

These stories always beg the inevitable question: When will he be ready for Baltimore? It’s pure speculation on my part, but I don’t think you see Machado before 2012. Remember, this is a kid that signed late and has yet to play a full season in the Minors.

If you want to know a little more about Machado, here’s the link to the feature I did earlier this season. What struck me was how mature and humble he seemed, despite being young and being surrounded by hype. It’s still very early, but it looks like the Orioles picked a good one.

Os Instrux

Today the Orioles will start an unofficial instructional league for the 15 players listed below. It’s not available to the public and will take place in the mornings at Camden Yards. The instructors include Brian Graham, Mike Bordick, Don Werner, Denny Hocking, Milt May and David Stockstill with top pick Manny Machado headlining the group.

Here’s the list.

Catchers:
Riley Hornback, 12th round pick, 2010
Tanner Murphy, 22nd round pick, 2010
Michael Ohlman, 11th round pick, 2009
Wynston Sawyer, 8th round pick, 2010

Infielders:
Mychal Givens, 2nd round pick, 2009
L.J. Hoes, 3rd round pick, 2008
Manny Machado, 1st round pick, 2010
Connor Narron, 5th round pick, 2010
Jonathan Schoop, non-drafted free agent, 2009
Tyler Townsend, 3rd round pick, 2009

Outfielders:
Xavier Avery, 2nd round pick, 2008
Glynn Davis, non-drafted free agent, 2010
Kyle Hudson, 4th round pick, 2008
Trent Mummey, 4th round pick, 2010
Brenden Webb, 30th round pick, 2009

*One more thing, the media day on Thursday is a travel day for me so I won’t be able to catch any of these guys at instrux. But I did catch up with a few of them, including Machado, Narron and Givens at Aberdeen’s season finale, so check back for some interviews and offseason outlooks.

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>

Next step for Machado, Narron and Givens: Frederick

The trio of Manny Machado, Connor Narron and Mychal Givens are playing in short-season Aberdeen’s season finale game today, and will head to Class-A Advanced Frederick after that.

Machado was the team’s third overall pick this season and appeared in his seventh game for the IronBirds on Sunday afternoon. Narron (the O’s fifth-rounder selection) and Givens (09’s second-rounder) have played in eight games, respectively. The plan right now is for the three infielders –who are considered to be among the organization’s top position prospects — to just work out with the Keys, who end their regular season on Friday.

Given that Frederick is postseason-bound, the Orioles could opt to get the infielders some more in-game experience before the unofficial instructional league starts on Sept. 21. All three players are expected to take part in those workouts which run until Oct. 1 and will be at Camden Yards.

Machado is also expected to be introduced at Camden Yards sometime over that stretch. He wanted to wait until his mother Rosa Nunez, who had a  ecent surgical procedure, was cleared to fly which pushed back his initial unveiling.  The immediate emphasis has been on getting Machado –who signed just minutes shy of the deadline — as much work as possible before the season ends.

Givens, who made the trip to Camden Yards last season after signing, has been telling Machado what to expect and how much fun it was to be a Major Leaguer for the day and take pregame batting practice with the Os. 

A different kind of Mannywood

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(Machado on the Aberdeen bench/Joy
R Absalon/MiLB.com)

While Manny Ramirez was busy making headlines on his way to Chicago, Orioles top Draft pick Manny Machado was making his debut for short-season Aberdeen.

Machado worked out with the IronBirds on Sunday and started at shortstop for his short-season debut tonight. He went 1-for-3 at the plate and hit third in Aberdeen’s 11-5 loss to Vermont. As I wrote in today’s inbox, Machado will be with the team until their season ends with Sept. 5’s finale. 

News and Notes

*Third overall pick Manny Machado went 0-for-3 with a strikeout today in the Orioles Gulf Coast League game. Machado served at DH and is expected to play the field next week. He’s been working out with offensive coordinator and roving infield instructor Mike Bordick, who has been impressed in his first look at the 18-year-old Machado.

*Jim Johnson will be activated for tonight’s game in Anaheim. Manager Buck Showalter said he would try to stay away from going back-to-back with Johnson, but he’s not going to baby him either. Showalter said they wouldn’t have activated him if he wasn’t a full-go, so expect him to be in the back half of the bullpen soon, if not right away.

Johnson (right elbow inflammation) is on the 60-day disabled list and
will need to be added to the team’s 40-man roster. Given that Jason
Berken is done for the season with a slight tear in his right labrum,
the expected move is to shift him from the 15 to the 60-day DL.

*Chris Tillman struggled for Triple-A Norfolk last night, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and not making it out of the third inning. Still, the 22-year-old Tillman is expected to be a September callup.  Prior to last night, he had been pitching well at Norfolk and it’s time for the Orioles, and new manager Buck Showalter, to see what they have in Tillman.

*Double-A Bowie’s win last night pushes the Baysox to 69-62 on the season, though
they remain 1 1/2 games behind Harrisburg for third place and the final
playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Western Division. The O’s are hoping the Baysox can make the postseason, and it would provide an easy place for David Hernandez (left ankle sprain) to get in a rehab outing or two.

*I wrote last night about Jake Arrieta’s struggle with location, but here are some numbers that might have gotten lost along the way. In 83 Major League innings, he has issued 46 walks against 39
strikeouts. Arrieta has walked at least two batters in all 15 of his
starts — he has walked four or more in five outings. Last night, he issued three free passes in the first inning and while he only escaped with one run, it’s still something that needs to be addressed, and improved upon, for next season.

“You look at his history and his track record in the Minor Leagues, he didn’t have as much of a problem,” Showalter said of Arrieta’s location issues. “Guys are more selective up here. They tick off some two-strike pitches and they make you make them again and again. It’s part of the process but we’ve also seen some really good things from him. You can see that at times that he really grasps it. Stuff is not an issue.”

*One final sidenote: I won’t be in Anaheim as I’m in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a friend’s wedding this weekend instead. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s my second wedding in two weekends. But, as always all your Orioles news and notes will be on the website and in the very capable hands of associate reporter Evan Drellich.

Jones, Britton, Tillman notes and Machado update

*Adam Jones is out of the lineup again, although he feels much better. (He made sure I mention that.) Seriously though, he’s having trouble running and really moving around still and will take another day off. 

*Chris Tillman is expected to be recalled as part of September callups, but he likely won’t pitch out of the bullpen and will join the Orioles rotation.

*It’s becoming increasingly less likely that Zach Britton will come up in September. There were reports that he would, and the Orioles can still go that way, but given that Tillman will come up and push it to a six-man rotation, it makes no sense to have Britton come up and sit the bench, or push it to a 7-man rotation. Britton will make his next scheduled start Aug. 30 in Norfolk and will most likely stay on schedule down there to end the season. Keep in mind the Orioles have a bunch of off days and to bring up Britton would really give guys too much rest. Plus, Britton isn’t on the 40-man roster and Orioles officials are leaning toward having him finish in Triple-A and obviously came back strong for Major League Spring Training.

*Orioles offensive coordinator and infield instructor Mike Bordick has been working with top Draft pick Manny Machado in Sarasota, Fla and giving manager Buck Showalter some positive reports. Showalter added that Bordick is usually a tough grader, and while Machado is shaking off some rust, he’s been progressing well in his workouts. Machado could get some at-bats in a GCL game by the end of this week, but probably won’t play the field until next week.

Machado and Draft updates

On the eve of Monday night’s Trade Deadline, the Orioles remain confident that their top selection, third overall pick Manny Machado will sign with Baltimore.

Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan said Sunday afternoon he’s not concerned with the fact that both sides have had limited contact, and doesn’t expect talks to heat up with Machado’s agent, Scott Boras, until several hours before the midnight deadline.

“I’m not worried,” Jordan said of Machado’s signability which, along an unprecedented amount of top picks this year, figures to go down to the wire. “I’m not surprised by anything. It’s the way it is. And I don’t have to like it, but there’s only so much we can do right now.”

Machado, a high school shortstop, figures to be the last remaining piece of the O’s top ten with sixth-round pick RHP Dixon Anderson expected to not sign and seventh-rounder Matthew Bywater, a lefty out of Pepperdine, also headed in that direction. 

Jordan said negotiations with both Anderson and Bywater were expected to be difficult when they gambled on selecting them and the organization wasn’t misled by either player. As of Sunday afternoon the Orioles have agreed to terms with 34 of their 49 picks from June’s Draft, and doled out overslot bonuses to several selections including pitchers Dan Klein (3) and Parker Bridwell (9) and shortstop Connor Narron (5).

“I can’t be irresponsible,” Jordan said.  “I work off of the value that our staff puts on these players. And there are times when I feel like I get out of my comfort zone. I feel like we are overpaying some, but never to the degree where I think I shouldn’t be doing this, but I’m doing it anyway.”

Although the emphasis has been on high-priority picks, the Orioles are expected to sign more of their later-round guys before Monday’s deadline, with many just waiting on an official offer.

“At some point, we have to walk away from these guys,” Jordan said of Anderson and Bywater, who personally told Jordan last night he would return to school if the O’s didn’t meet his expectations.

“We are working on certain players down in the Draft, backup plans that we took, just trying to position these guys that we’re in if we don’t get some of these higher guys done. We’ll complete our Draft with some younger high school players that do want to go play, but have basically been waiting on me to extend an offer to them.”
 

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