O's agree to terms with top 16 Draft picks, more

July 25th, 2023

Below is a list of every player drafted by the Orioles.

Each club had until July 25 to come to terms with its Draft selections. If a player has exhausted his collegiate eligibility, he can sign at any time up until one week prior to the next year’s Draft.

Draft-and-follow picks -- high school and junior college players selected after the 10th round who attend a two-year college after the Draft -- can sign with their selecting teams for up to $250,000 up until a week prior to the following year’s Draft.

Players drafted from Round 11 on do not count against the bonus pools unless their signing bonus exceeds $150,000; any amount over that total will count against the pool.

Total bonus pool: $10,534,800
MLB rank: 14

1 (17): Enrique Bradfield Jr., OF, Vanderbilt
Pick value: $4,169,700
Signing bonus: $4,169,700
Bradfield signed with the Orioles on July 17, as announced by the team. The 21-year-old agreed to the exact slot amount of $4,169,700, per MLB.com's Jim Callis. Bradfield was the third left-handed-hitting outfielder taken by Baltimore in the first round of the Draft over the past four years, joining Heston Kjerstad and Colton Cowser.

2 (53): Mac Horvath, OF, North Carolina
Pick value: $1,582,900
Signing bonus: $1,400,000
The Orioles announced the signing of Horvath (MLB Pipeline's No. 82 prospect in this year's Draft class) on July 17. The 21-year-old agreed to terms lower than the pick value, as he signed for $1.4 million, per MLB.com's Jim Callis. That could help Baltimore go over the slot amount for other Draft picks as it negotiates signing bonuses.

CBB (63): Jackson Baumeister, RHP, Florida State
Pick value: $1,243,300
Signing bonus: $1,605,100
A converted catcher, Baumeister had mixed results in his two years at Florida State. After being used almost exclusively in relief in his freshman season, Baumeister pitched well as a starter in the Cape Cod League last summer and joined the Seminoles' rotation this spring. His fastball sits around 93 mph, but it can touch 97 mph -- and it plays well with his mid-70s curveball.

3 (86): Kiefer Lord, RHP, Washington
Pick value: $808,200
Signing bonus: $760,000
Lord made remarkable strides over the past few years, going from an unrecruited high school prospect whose fastball sat in the low 80s to a solid Division III pitcher to a weekend starter for Washington whose fastball reached as high as 97 mph. He relies heavily on that fastball, which features good carry and gets tough to hit when he elevates it.

3 (100): Tavian Josenberger, OF, Arkansas
Pick value: $671,800
Signing bonus: $603,000
Josenberger was one of the more athletic and versatile prospects in this year's Draft, having played both second base and center field in college. He settled into the outfield, where his quickness and range can really shine. Offensively, he's a switch-hitter who does more damage from the left side, though he's more of a tablesetter than a power hitter.

4 (118): Levi Wells, RHP, Texas State
Pick value: $563,600
Signing bonus: $500,000
Wells thrived as a starter at Texas State after transferring from Texas Tech, where he had spent his first collegiate season as a reliever. Even with his fastball velocity down a tick this spring -- it sat in the low 90s and topped out at 95 mph -- the pitch still stifled hitters due to its high spin rate and carry.

5 (154): Jake Cunningham, OF, UNC Charlotte
Pick value: $396,700
Signing bonus: $375,000
Cunningham possessed some of the top all-around skills among this year's class, though the question will be his ability to hit at the next level. An elite runner, Cunningham is a threat on the bases and a plus defender in center field. At 6-foot-4, he also has solid bat speed that can translate to big power at the plate, though his swing can get long at times, leading to questions about how he'll handle quality pitching in the professional ranks.

6 (181): Jacob Cravey, RHP, Samford University
Pick value: $312,300
Signing bonus: $300,000

7 (211): Teddy Sharkey, RHP, Coastal Carolina
Pick value: $244,400
Signing bonus: $215,000

8 (241): Braxton Bragg, RHP, Dallas Baptist
Pick value: $197,800
Signing bonus: $100,000

9 (271): Zach Fruit, RHP, Troy University
Pick value: $177,100
Signing bonus: $40,000

10 (301): Matthew Etzel, OF, Southern Mississippi
Pick value: $167,000
Signing bonus: $167,000

11 (331): Nestor German, RHP, Seattle University
Signing bonus: $150,000

12 (361): Blake Money, RHP, LSU
Signing bonus: $150,000

13 (391): Riley Cooper, LHP, LSU
Signing bonus: $150,000

14 (421): Michael Forret, RHP, State College of Florida Manatee - Sarasota
Signing bonus: $450,000

15 (451): Qrey Lott, OF, Lowndes High School
On July 18, Lott announced on Twitter that he will be attending Northwest Florida State College in the fall, indicating that he won't be signing with the Orioles.

16 (481): Cole Urman, C, Cal State Fullerton
Signing bonus: $150,000

17 (511): Zane Barnhart, RHP, Hillsdale College
Signing bonus: $100,000

18 (541): Tanner Witt, RHP, Texas
On July 12 (a day after he was selected by the Orioles), Witt tweeted he had "unfinished business" at Texas, announcing that he'll be returning to school for the 2024 season. That's not a surprise, as the 21-year-old right-hander -- who was MLB Pipeline's No. 76 prospect in the '23 class -- will have an opportunity to rebuild his Draft stock. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in February 2022, Witt had a 10.97 ERA in six starts for the Longhorns in '23.

19 (571): Kollin Ritchie, SS, Atoka High School
Did not agree to terms

20 (601): Jalen Vasquez, SS, North Greenville University
Signing bonus: $30,000

Every team's signings:


How bonus pools and pick values work

Each choice in the first 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, with the total for a club's selections equaling what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. If a player taken in the top 10 rounds doesn't sign, his pick's value gets subtracted from his team's pool. Clubs near the top of the Draft often spend less than the assigned value for those choices and use the savings to offer more money to later selections.

Teams that exceed their bonus pool face a penalty. Clubs that outspend their allotment by 0-5 percent pay a 75 percent tax on the overage. At higher thresholds, clubs lose future picks: a first-rounder and a 75 percent tax for surpassing their pool by more than 5 and up to 10 percent; a first- and a second-rounder and a 100 percent tax for more than 10 and up to 15 percent; and two first-rounders and a 100 percent tax for more than 15 percent.

Bonus pools by club
Pirates: $16,185,700
Tigers: $15,747,200
Nationals: $14,502,400
Twins: $14,345,600
Athletics: $14,255,600
Reds: $13,785,200
Mariners: $13,170,900
Marlins: $12,829,600
Royals: $12,313,500
Rockies: $11,909,800
D-backs: $11,084,300
Brewers: $10,950,600
Rays: $10,872,100
Orioles: $10,534,800
Red Sox: $10,295,100
Rangers: $9,925,300
Giants: $9,916,900
White Sox: $9,072,800
Cubs: $8,962,000
Guardians: $8,736,700
Mets: $8,440,400
Braves: $8,341,700
Angels: $8,328,900
Dodgers: $7,274,600
Astros: $6,747,900
Blue Jays: $6,529,700
Cardinals: $6,375,100
Padres: $5,416,000
Yankees: $5,299,400
Phillies: $5,185,500