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"If anyone can pull it off," Brewers amateur scouting director Ray Montgomery said, "I'll bet on Demi."
Orimoloye (pronounced "ORA-malloy) took up baseball as a teenager and learned the game in Team Canada's junior national program. He toured with the Langley Blaze, the same travel outfit that helped produce former Brewers closer Jim Henderson, and caught Montgomery's eye as a 14-year-old during a tournament in Taiwan.
Now a high school graduate, Orimoloye remains raw but has promise as a power-hitter with speed. A scout told Sports Illustrated that Orimoloye reminded him of a young Bo Jackson, a "comp" Montgomery brushed aside as unfair.
"We've gotten to see him from the beginning," Montgomery said. "It's like with your own kids, you see them grow and sometimes you're watching them and you don't realize how much they're growing right in front of you. Then you step away for a little bit and you come back and you say, 'Wow.'
"This is a pretty dynamic, full-grown man now, and I remember when he was just raw. ... Credit him. We couldn't be any happier to have him, and obviously with our Canadian influence, I think he'll enjoy being here."
The Brewers' general manager (Doug Melvin) and assistant GM (Gord Ash) are Canadian-born, and the Brewers have heavily scouted Canada over the years for everything from premium Draft picks (Brett Lawrie was Milwaukee's first-round selection in 2008) to hard-throwing closers (Henderson and John Axford signed as Minor League free agents).
Orimoloye is 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds. Some scouts project him as a right fielder.
As for the Bo Jackson comp?
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"I wouldn't put that comp on three players. Maybe five players," Montgomery said. "That wouldn't be fair. What you have with Demi, I think you have an athletic, untapped potential-guy who has shown flashes. We like to say he touches all five tools. But you're not going to get them on a day in and day out basis, and the Bo Jackson comp is, I would say, a little bit strong for me."
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But he is, according to Montgomery, "A really energetic personality. He's got some character to him. He's still raw in what he does on the field, and we recognize that, but it's in his best interest to be out in our game, to be around our [player development] staff, and let him go out and have some fun."