With 2nd round pick Mychal Givens out of the picture after Scouting Director Joe Jordan pulled the team's offer today, the Orioles will set their sights on at least three other prospects with the revenue saved by not signing Givens.
The Hangout has learned the top target is 18-year old left-handed pitcher Cameron Coffey, the clubs 22nd round pick. Coffey was considered by some scouts as a 1st round talent before he blew his arm out this spring. The six-foot-five, 215 pound southpaw has what's been described as the "perfect pitchers body" and was seen between 92-95 MPH before the injury. Coffey is a little over four months post surgery and is coming around well, but he's a got a full ride scholarship to Duke University and was considered a tough sign. Even with the added attention granted with the additional funds, it's uncertain how much risk Jordan will be willing to take on if the price tag remains 1st round money, but he appears to be the Orioles priority right now.
Another target is 15th round pick, right-handed pitcher Garrett Bush. The six-foot five 18-year old is reportedly still asking for a $1million which makes him more of a long shot, but the Orioles do like him and if he decides he wants to forgo his scholarship to Auburn University and comes off his price tag the money may be there for him. Bush played a lot of catcher and closed for his high school team, but he's got a big arm and has a big upside.
The last of the Orioles high ceiling guys is 18-year old catcher Michael Ohlman, the O's 11th round pick out of Lakwood Ranch HS. Ohlman has improved his stock a bit defensively over the summer, but his bat was a bit better during the spring. Despite that, the O's remain very interested in him and would love to bring him into the system, but he'll need to come off his reported $1 million asking price. Ohlman is scheduled to go to the University of Miami, but if he signed, he would most likely become the Orioles top offensive draft pick in 20009.
After these guys the Orioles do have a few other guys they'd like to get done if the money is till there, but none have the upside of these three.
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