In this edition of Orioles101's Baltimore Orioles Player Profile series, we take a look at the youngster that came up to the big leagues this summer and solidified the left side of the infield, Manny Machado.
Manuel Arturo Machado was born on July, 6 1992 and grew up in Miami, Fl where he was a standout star for his Brito High School baseball team where he hit .639 with 12 homers and 68 RBI in just 29 games his senior year. The Baltimore Orioles drafted Machado with their first round pick, third overall, in the 2010 Major League Baseball amateur draft and the Orioles inked him to a $5.25 million contract.
In 2010, Machado made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Orioles and later played with class Low-A Aberdeen Ironbirds to close out the season. 2011 was his first full professional season and started the year with A-Delmarva and came out of the gate hot with five homers before May first, but would miss some time due to a knee injury before playing in the SAL All-Star game. The O's organization promoted Machado immediately after that All-Star game to A-Frederick to finish out 2011.
Machado began the 2012 season with the AA-Bowie Baysox and Machado was selected to play in the All-Star Futures game for the second year in a row, that takes place in the same venue as the Major League All-Star game a couple days prior.
On August 9, 2012 Machado was able to realize his dream, as the Orioles called him up to the big leagues to play third base and although he went hitless in his debut, the next day, Machado exploded hitting two homers against the Kansas City Royals.
Check out some of Machado's defensive highlights:
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