Stephenville’s Travis Dirk has been spending his summer as an Oriole — a member of the Youse’s Maryland squad, in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League.
As of last month, the 6-4 hurler has a shot at joining his current team’s big league namesake. Dirk was selected by Baltimore in the 44th round of Major League Baseball’s 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
“I was actually really surprised,” Dirk said, since the Orioles had not been in contact with him before the draft.
Plus, “I thought I would get drafted, but I didn’t think it’d be that high,” he said.
But his current manager, Dean Albany, is also a scout for Baltimore — and let him know about his selection.
“It is pretty weird that it all worked out like that,” Dirk said.
Now, the major league Orioles will be keeping tabs on Dirk and the collegiate Orioles. Dirk said the professional team would likely make an offer at the end of the summer season, though he plans on returning to Navarro College for his sophomore year.
Dirk had seven saves in his freshman season, and expects to move into the starting rotation in the coming season.
Former Stephenville head coach Julio Jimenez was one of the first people Dirk contacted about his selection.
Jimenez said that while it is clear that Dirk has good stuff — his top fastball comes in at 94 mph — scouts are looking for consistency.