The Orioles have reached contract agreements with two more draft picks, coming to terms with their second-round selection, California high school catcher Chance Sisco, and their fifth-round pick, left-handed pitcher Travis Seabrooke from Crestwood Secondary School in Ontario, Canada.
The signings will not become official until the players pass physicals and that is still to come for both.
An 18-year-old lefty hitter, Sisco was the 61st pick in the draft. The 17-year-old Seabrooke was the draft’s 159th overall pick.
Earlier today, we reported that the club was closing in on an agreement with Sisco and the team announced 10 signings. You can find that info here.
You can also see a list of players the team has reached agreements with, although they have yet to all be officially announced as signings.
Wieters talks about Gausman: Well, he’s gone, but certainly not forgotten.
In his most recent start before last night, Kevin Gausman gave up seven runs over 4 1/3 innings. He entered last night’s start - and the opener of a big four-game series - with an ERA of 8.84.
But for the second time in three games, the kid pitched well against a tough American League opponent, following up his recent outing against Detroit by giving up just two runs over 5 1/3 innings against Boston.
Gausman was optioned to Triple-A after the game so the O’s could add a fresh bullpen arm and Jake Arrieta arrived today. But Gausman could be back soon and maybe even make his next start with the Orioles if they put Miguel Gonzalez on the paternity leave list when he leaves the club over the next few days for the birth of his daughter in California.
Gausman gave up back-to-back solo homers to David Ortiz and Mike Carp in the fourth inning last night, but no other runs over his 91-pitch outing.
“His location was good last night,” catcher Matt Wieters said. “Being able to locate his fastball and when you can throw mid- to upper-90s, that location is huge. Tough to hit one coming that quick and located on the corners.”
Did Gausman have his best changeup of the season last night? It sure looked like he did, throwing both his changeups often and getting several swings and misses on that pitch.
“Yeah, he had it working to where he could throw it both for a strike and for a ball,” Wieters said. “That is something he’s been working on to where he can throw it so they have to respect it and swing at it, and then when he gets two strikes try to make them chase it a little bit.”