The Orioles have announced the signing of first-round draft pick Cody Sedlock. He’ll receive an at-slot bonus of $2,097,200, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation (Twitter link).
Baltimore took Sedlock out of the University of Illinois with the 27th overall pick. There was a fairly wide range of opinion on his value, with MLB.com ranking him closest (26th) to where he ended up. The MLB.com team was impressed with his “heavy sinker” and three usable secondary pitches.
ESPN.com’s Keith Law was even a bigger fan, placing Sedlock in the 17th slot on his board on the basis of what he credits as “three above average pitches.” Baseball America’s prospect gurus, however, were much more bearish. They rated him 42nd, citing concern with over-use by the Illini coaching staff.
Baltimore still has some work to do with its draft class. Both of its next two picks, lefty Keegan Akin (54th) and righty Matthias Dietz (69th) have yet to sign.