Not that you'll be shocked by this news, but Baseball America has selected pitcher Dylan Bundy as the No. 1 prospect in the Orioles' organization.
Bundy, the club's top pick in the 2011 draft, receives the honor without throwing a single professional pitch.
Shortstop Manny Machado is ranked No. 2 on the list, followed by infielder Jonathan Schoop, pitcher Parker Bridwell, infielder/outfielder LJ Hoes, infielder Nicky Delmonico, infielder Ryan Flaherty, third baseman Jason Esposito, outfielder Xavier Avery and pitcher Dan Klein.
A few things jump out at me.
Delmonico and Esposito also are part of the 2011 draft class. That speaks volumes about the selections made by former scouting director Joe Jordan or the lack of prospects in the system. The glass is half full or half empty.
Flaherty was selected in the Rule 5 draft earlier this month at the Winter Meetings. And Klein is recovering from shoulder surgery and won't be ready for spring training.
In other news, the Orioles are searching for a new public address announcer. Dave McGowan has stepped down after 14 seasons.
The new announcer will be only the third in the 20-year history of Camden Yards. McGowan replaced the late Rex Barney.
Here's the rest of the Orioles' press release:
After 14 seasons as public address announcer at Camden Yards, McGowan has stepped down from the position due to a change in his availability. "It is with great sadness that I must step down as public address announcer due to a career change," McGowan said. "I feel so fortunate to have played even a small role in helping Orioles fans enjoy major league baseball in the best ballpark in the country. It has truly been a privilege getting to serve the fans of Baltimore and to work for the Orioles organization."
The public address announcer's responsibilities include delivering all public address greetings, player introductions and other gameday announcements. The PA announcer works closely with Orioles Productions staff to create a fan-friendly and entertaining experience for fans at Camden Yards.
The ideal candidate will have a strong voice with excellent enunciation skills. Prior experience working as an announcer in a collegiate or professional sports setting is preferred. Applicants must be available for all 81 home games, as well as any make-up dates or postseason games, starting at least two hours before the scheduled game time. A complete job description can be found at www.orioles.com/voice. Those interested in applying for the position should visit the website to submit a voice recording based on the provided sample gameday script. Submissions will also be accepted via mail at Voice of Camden Yards Audition, 333 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Entries must be received by January 25, 2012.