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Ducks’ top recruit signs pro contract

EUGENE — Oregon lost its top baseball recruit when Canadian outfielder Demi Orimoloye signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

Orimoloye received a signing bonus of $450,000, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com, after being picked in the fourth round by Milwaukee with the 121st overall selection. Callis said the 6-foot-4 Orimoloye has “power & speed, looks like a linebacker.”

Orimoloye is the first of six Oregon recruits selected in the Major League Baseball draft to sign a pro contract. Shortstop Branden Becker went in the 17th round while pitchers Parker Kelly and Isaiah Carranza, infielder Matt Kroon and outfielder Colton Sakamoto all went in the 34th round or later.

Oregon also had six players drafted and two of them have signed. Pitcher Josh Graham received a $500,200 signing bonus after being selected in the fourth round by Atlanta and third baseman Mitchell Tolman received $150,000 after being drafted in the seventh round by Pittsburgh.

Pitchers in training

Oregon pitchers David Peterson and Stephen Nogosek are in training camp with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in Cary, N.C. The two are among 29 players trying out for 24 spots to play on the team this summer including a five-game series with Cuba beginning July 1. St. John’s coach Ed Blankmeyer is coaching the team.

Nogosek was 6-3 with a 2.02 ERA in 39 games as a reliever for the Ducks as a sophomore. He struck out 60 in 58 innings.

Peterson went 4-6 with a 4.39 ERA in 14 starts during his freshman season. He struck out 81 with 31 walks in 82 innings.

Tolman honored

Tolman was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team, becoming the first Oregon player to earn that honor.

Tolman began the season playing second base but moved to third in the middle of the season. He had a .982 fielding percentage with five errors on the season while earning all-Pac-12 Conference honors.