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Joe Jordan, the Orioles' director of scouting, referred to first-round pick Manny Machado as a "target guy" for the organization all spring who automatically has become "one of our premiere prospects."

"We're very excited with tonight's selection," Jordan said during a conference call with reporters. "We feel very fortunate. I had my interaction with Manny Machado this spring and it's been very enjoyable to watch how he plays the game, the energy. Nothing is made up here. He loves being on the field and you can tell when you see him. I've just gotten a really good feel for this kid the more I've watched him.

"We feel like he's going to play on the dirt, play the left side of the infield at the shortstop position. We think there's a bat, and power - all the ingredients you look for in a shortstop. And a shortstop that will be able, hopefully, to impact the game offensively. We feel like he's going to be able to contribute to the game every night in some way. That's really what it boils down to. All the ingredients are there."

http://masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2010/06/a-few-words-from-jordan.html

Jordan also mentions he hopes that Machado can get some bats in at the GCL and then figure out where to put him based on his performance.

Also Jordan "doesn't have any doubt" he'll be an Oriole referring to the signing process that will occur with Boras as his agent.

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I'm fine with a possible decision to put Machado in the GCL if he signs in time. But if he signs late, and doesn't play this year, I want to see him in Delmarva, which will probably happen.

Damn, I just hope the O's don't screw up his development. They better take it somewhat slow with him because he's only 17 almost 18.

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Love all the glowing reports on Machado. Can't help but worry about the O's success in developing HS talent, though. Brandon Snyder, Billy Rowell, Adam Loewen, Bryan Bass just to name a few....

Since I've brought this up a few times and keep getting ignored, I'll say it again--this is my fear as well. Here's hoping we're wrong. ;)

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Love all the glowing reports on Machado. Can't help but worry about the O's success in developing HS talent, though. Brandon Snyder, Billy Rowell, Adam Loewen, Bryan Bass just to name a few....
I'm fine with a possible decision to put Machado in the GCL if he signs in time. But if he signs late, and doesn't play this year, I want to see him in Delmarva, which will probably happen.

Damn, I just hope the O's don't screw up his development. They better take it somewhat slow with him because he's only 17 almost 18.

I'd assign him personally to Mike Bordick.

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The whole HS position player development thing is a bit overblown. Snyder is not done yet and he was drafted as a Catcher. He suffered a shoulder (IIRC) injury that caused his move, otherwise he would of had plenty of bat for the position. Now hes tryin to make do at 1st. Loewen looked promising but got hurt. Rowell fooled alot of people with raw skills and didnt "have it", though he is still young.

Lets just keep an eye on guys like Avery, Coffey, etc. in the next year or 2 we'll know for sure.

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