Orioles sign top pick, RHP Gausman of LSU

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Orioles agreed to a contract with right-hander Kevin Gausman, the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, for a $4.32 million signing bonus.

The deal Friday was $120,000 over slot for the Louisiana State right-hander.

A draft-eligible sophomore. he was 11-1 with a 2.72 ERA for the Tigers with 128 strikeouts in 115 2-3 innings.

The agreement came just before the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday. Gausman made the announcement on Twitter, saying, “Happy to be the newest member of the Baltimore Orioles organization!!! Living my dream!!”

Gausman was drafted in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010 and turned down $1 million.

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