The Orioles will reportedly announce the signing of first-round draftee Matt Hobgood in a press conference at Camden Yards this weekend, a development that’s pending a physical examination. The Baltimore Sun reported that Hobgood went to Baltimore Thursday for the beginning stages of his physical and that there will likely be a press conference Saturday.
Hobgood, who was named the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year for his exploits at Norco High School, said on Draft day that he didn’t expect the signing process to drag on too long. Hobgood could concievably play in a low-level organized league this year.
The Orioles nabbed another young arm to further fill out their pitching stockpile on Tuesday, when they selected prep right-hander Matt Hobgood with the fifth overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft. Hobgood, Gatorade’s National Player of the Year, is expected to sign during the summer and to begin his professional career at a low-level affiliate.
Joe Jordan, Baltimore’s director of scouting, said that he was caught waffling between Hobgood and fellow prep arm Zack Wheeler as late as an hour before the draft. Jordan selected Hobgood, though, because of the youngster’s size and potential. Jordan said that Hobgood throws in the mid 90’s and already sports a Major League frame.