With 10 days to go before the signing deadline, deals are starting to happen. On Friday, the Orioles signed fifth-round pick Connor Narron and ninth-rounder Parker Bridwell to bonuses that exceed MLB's recommendations more than any other completed deals to date.
Narron signed for $650,000, which was $478,100 above MLB's $171,900 guideline for the 171st overall choice. Bridwell signed for $625,000, topping MLB's recommended $150,000 maximum for post-fifth-roudn picks by $475,000.
A shortstop at Aycock High in Pikeville, N.C., Narron is a switch-hitter who's solid from both sides of the plate and has intriguing power potential for a middle infielder. He also has good hands and arm strength, though some scouts project him to eventually move to third base. The son of former big league catcher and manager Jerry Narron, Connor had committed to North Carolina.
Bridwell starred in baseball, football and basketball at Hereford (Texas) High, and he also drew interest from college football programs as a quarterback. The Texas Tech recruit is quite projectable at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds. He pitched at 86-91 mph with his fastball in the spring, and should improve his velocity and secondary pitches now that he'll focus on baseball.
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