Manny Machado's rapid ascent

Baltimore Orioles' top draft pick in 2010 is already paying major dividends

Originally Published: March 28, 2013
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

From the first day of 2012 season, whenever the Orioles needed to make a roster move for a position player -- they made 178 roster moves last season -- manager Buck Showalter would ask his bench coach, John Russell, who the Orioles should recall. The laconic Russell would shrug his shoulders, then say one name, always the same name: Machado.

It didn't matter that Manny Machado was only 19 years old, and hadn't played above Double-A, the answer was always the same: Machado. Sometime ...

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