Orioles sign Esposito, Delmonico early; get Dylan Bundy signed with seconds to spare

August 15, 2011 | Ryan Chell

Well, it came down to the final seconds, but Dylan Bundy‘s an Oriole.

Nearing the 12 PM deadline to sign their draft picks, Baltimore finally got it done with the Owasso High School (OK) pitcher in Bundy, who received a major league deal according to the Baltimore Sun.

Bundy becomes only the third high school pitcher in the last decade to sign a major-league deal, joining two Detroit Tigers in Rick Porcello and Jacob Turner.

He likely will receive deals comparable to Porcello’s signing with the Tigers and Josh Beckett’s signing with the Marlins in the 1990′s.

Baseball America is reporting that Bundy’s deal includes 4 million in just a signing bonus, which would boost his contract all the way up to an estimated six million+ dollars in compensation.

Bundy, 18, went 11-0 with a 0.50 ERA in allowing only two earned runs in 71 innings of action.

He struck out 158 opposing hitters while only walking five batters. His pitches average out at 97 MPH, according to his coach, Larry Turner, who joined WNST back in May.

Bundy will likely report to Single-A Aberdeen to finish the season. Bundy’s brother, Bobby, is a pitcher in the organization for the Bowie Baysox.

Because he signed a major league deal, he will be added to the 40-man roster and sending him to Aberdeen will exhaust one of his options, but this will hasten his trip to the big leagues.

And, if there are any concerns going forward about the third base position in Baltimore, a move Monday certainly helped maybe provide a solution down the road for the Orioles.

The Orioles reached an agreement in principle with second round pick Jason Esposito, a college junior out of Vanderbilt University.

“Thank you to all the Baltimore fans for the support!”, Esposito said on his Twitter feed Monday night. “Looking forward to this experience!”

In 66 games this year, Esposito finished the season hitting .340 with 9 HRs and 59 RBIs with 15 SB in 25 attempts for the 54-12 Commodores who made their way deep into the College World Series this year.

Jason Esposito

Esposito will immediately report as well to Aberdeen and will likely be a few seasons away before taking the hot corner at Camden Yards.

Esposito was one of three Orioles draft picks left unsigned Monday who the team felt like they had a need to sign.

Sixth-rounder Nick Delmonico, a C/INF out of Farragut H.S. in Tennessee, was the other, but he also signed with the Orioles Monday night according to his Twitter, LittleD808.

Delmonico-if he didn’t sign-was ready to head to the University of Georgia.

“Thank you God for leading me. I will always be a Georgia Bulldog, but now I’m a Baltimore Oriole. #GodBless,” Delmonico tweeted.

Delmonico was projected by many scouts to be worthy of a top-ten pick, but he lasted all the way to the sixth round of the draft.

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