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Orioles have agreements with five of Top 10 picks

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles are expected to announce double-digit amateur signings today, assuming things go as planned.

That includes ninth-round pick, right-handed pitcher Brady Wager out of Grand Canyon University, who agreed to a $125,000 bonus; and 10th-round pick, shortstop Joel Hutter of Dallas Baptist University for $10,000.

The Orioles also have agreed to terms with sixth-round pick Lex Rutledge, a left-handed pitcher out of Samford University, pending a physical. It’s believed he will also sign in the neighborhood of the suggested slot, roughly $196,000.

Previously, the Orioles have agreed with third-rounder Adrian Marin ($481,100) and eighth-rounder Torsten Boss, a third baseman from Michigan State University ($139,500) -- although neither has been officially announced yet.

Of the Orioles’ top 10 selections, they have agreed to terms with five. They cannot negotiate with fourth-rounder Christian Walker and seventh-rounder Matthew Price, because both are currently playing for the University of South Carolina in the College World Series tournament.

The Orioles have begun negotiations with fifth-rounder Colin Poche, a high-school lefty, and second-rounder Branden Kline, a right-hander out of the University of Virginia. They expect to begin talks with top pick, right-hander Kevin Gausman, this week. Gausman’s LSU Tigers were eliminated from the collegiate playoffs on Sunday.

The Orioles have until July 13 at 5 p.m. to sign their players.

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