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Bordick impressed with top pick Machado

Bordick impressed with top pick Machado

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CHICAGO -- Orioles offensive coordinator and roving instructor Mike Bordick has been impressed with third overall Draft pick Manny Machado, who he's been working with at the team's Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Fla.

"Bordy's a hard guy to impress, which is good," said manager Buck Showalter. "He was really impressed with [Machado's] work ethic. He said that he hopes that he doesn't grow anymore, he needs to fill into this body first. He's a big kid."

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. The right-handed hitter batted .639 (55-for-86) with 12 home runs and 56 RBIs in his senior season for Brito and was considered one of three stand-alone talents in this year's Draft.

The Orioles agreed to terms with Machado just minutes before this year's deadline, awarding the 18-year-old a $5.25 million signing bonus -- the second-largest figure in team history. Machado has been working out with Bordick, and the Orioles are hopeful he can get into a few Gulf Coast League games before coming back to Baltimore for an unofficial instructional league next month.

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