Another Canadian Orr; Kyle Signs With Dodgers

In Canada, the name" Orr" is synonymous with hockey greatness. The Dodgers are hoping that in years to come, it can be associated with stardom in baseball as well.

Over the weekend, the club agreed to terms with Kyle Orr and while he isn't related to hockey great Bobby, he was the first Canadian chosen in the 2006 draft when L.A. picked him in the fourth round.

He's a 6-5, 205-pounder who they will initially try at first base although he's played a lot of right field and even pitched as an amateur. What the Dodgers love about him is his left-handed swing for they see a lot of power potential in it.

Negotiations with Orr were intermittent throughout the summer because there was no visa slot open for him even if he had signed plus the fact that he wanted to play for the Canadian Junior Nationals in the World Tournament held in Cuba last month. With that over with, he spurned a scholarship to the University of Kentucky to sign with L.A. just a couple of days after his 18th birthday, Sept. 29.

The reported bonus was $425,000 with another $100,000 guaranteed to him for college if he so desires.

Orr struggled in the World Tournament, going only 3-for-26 with one home run. He seems to need plate discipline but the upside appears to be considerable. He now reports to the Instructional League camp in Peoria, Ariz., to begin his pro career.

With the signing of Orr, the Dodgers now have come to terms with their first nine draft selections.