The Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are closing in on first round draft pick Brian Matusz. Matusz is in Baltimore to take his physical today, and if that goes well, his deal should be finalized by tonight or Friday morning. Matusz is the top pitcher in the draft and is expected to rise fast in the organization. He mixes his hard fastball with a great changeup, and an even better slider.
The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the White Sox and Gordon Beckham have agreed to a deal that includes a 2.6 million dollar signing bonus. Beckham, the eighth overall pick, is a power hitting shortstop who will report to Class A today. He will likely go to instructional league following the completion of the season at the beginning of next month.