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Orioles reach last-second, $4.32 million deal with No. 4 pick Kevin Gausman

Jul 13, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

Kevin Gausman AP

No. 4 overall pick Kevin Gausman broke the news himself via Twitter right at the 5:00 p.m. signing deadline, as the LSU right-hander announced that he agreed to a last-second deal with the Orioles.

Earlier this week Gausman’s hometown New Orleans Times Picayune reported that he’d be turning down the Orioles and going back to LSU for his senior season, but they quickly backtracked on that story and he ended up getting $4.32 million compared to the slot value of $4.2 million.

The top pitcher taken in the draft after position players Carlos Correa, Byron Buxton, and Mike Zunino went 1-2-3, Gausman should move quickly through the Orioles’ farm system and projects as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter with a mid-90s fastball and plus changeup.

  1. madhatternalice - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Near heart attack averted! Love watching this kid pitch, and I’m excited to see what he can do in Aberdeen.

  2. scoobies05 - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    welcome to baltimore!

  3. weaselpuppy - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    The next Jake Arrieta/Chris Tillman/Brian Matusz/Adam Loewen/Matt Hobgood/Daniel Cabrera!

    Talent? Yay!

    Development? notsomuch….

    • randomdigits - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:46 AM

      Do you really think DD left all of those old guys in place?

      Also, Peterson.

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