The Baltimore skipper expects to read it during Sunday's flight to New York. Whatever it says, the plan will be simple for a pitcher who won't turn 19 until Aug. 3.
"Probably just like every other guy, really -- just acclimate him to professional baseball," Trembley said of the next few months. "He's in the Appalachian Rookie League coming out of high school in Southern California -- just acclimate to the routine of professional baseball, which is an education in itself."
Hobgood, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, threw one inning for the short-season team in Bluefield's 10-8 win over Johnson City on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound right-hander out of Norco High School in California -- who agreed to terms on June 27 -- allowed one run on two hits. He struck out a batter, threw a wild pitch and committed a fielding error.
Hobgood went 9-0 with an 0.38 ERA during his senior season and notched 84 strikeouts in 55 innings. His fastball has been clocked in the 89-92-mph range and he has a plus curveball. All that helped make him Gatorade's National Player of the Year.
Patrick Mooney is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less