Draft signings: AL wrapup
With the signing deadline past us, here's a rundown of the draft classes for the 14 AL teams, with a quick note on winners at the end. I'll review the NL tomorrow.
The Orioles get their key guys signed, led by their first pick, shortstop Manny Machado, who immediately becomes the best prospect in their system and, they hope, the shortstop solution they've lacked for years. Beyond that, they only topped $500,000 for two prospects, including Parker Bridwell, a projectable right-handed pitcher who starred in basketball in high school and had a fairly slow ramp-up this spring after going directly from the court to the mound. Their only major unsigned pick is sixth-rounder Dixon Anderson of Cal, who had first-round buzz after fall ball last year but didn't follow it up with a strong performance this spring.
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