Machado to report to Sarasota on Sunday

Machado to report to Sarasota on Sunday

BALTIMORE -- Third overall Draft pick Manny Machado is expected to be in Baltimore by Wednesday night and will undergo a physical on Thursday and Friday.

Assuming all goes well, Machado will report to the team's Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Fla., on Sunday, with the hope being that he will get into some Gulf Coast League games.

Machado will be formally introduced in a news conference during the team's next homestand, which begins Aug. 31. The delayed announcement is because the 17-year-old Machado wants his mother, who recently underwent surgery and cannot fly, to be a part of the ceremony.

The Orioles agreed to terms with Machado, whose $5.25 million signing bonus is the second-largest in team history, just minutes shy of Monday's midnight deadline. A 6-foot-2, 180-pound shortstop out of Brito Private High School in Miami, Fla., Machado has drawn raves for his smooth footwork, quick hands and solid arm strength. A four-year varsity player, the right-handed-hitting Machado hit .639 (55-for-86) with 12 home runs and 56 RBIs in his senior season, along with 43 runs scored, 27 doubles and 17 stolen bases.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.