Here is a recap of the Orioles draft through the early rounders, since I can bet all 3 of you who will read this don’t care much about 30th round draft picks. I will include scouting information fro MLB where available. I’m also linking to some great writeups they did over at oriolesprospects.com. Go check the site out.
As expected, the Orioles took Manny Machado with the third overall pick in the draft. I have already given information an a link to his scouting report in the earlier post so we will skip him.
2nd round: As noted, the Orioles did not have a second round pick this year because they prudently signed Mike Gonzalez, a type A free agent, to a 2 year 12 million dollar contact. It is working out very well so far.
3rd round: Daniel Klein, RHP, UCLA
4th round: Trent Mummey, OF, Auburn
5th round: Connor Narron, SS, C.B. Aycock HS
6th round: Dixon Anderson, RHP, Cal
7th round: Matthew Bywater, LHP, Pepperdine
8th round: Wynston Sawyer, C, Scripps Ranch HS
9th round: Parker Bridwell, RHP, Hereford HS. Not much info available on this kid, unless you want his football scouting report. He is a top college football QB recruit. He has a pretty sweet myspace page though.
10th round: Clayton Schrader, RHP, San Jacinto College North
After reviewing the later round picks it appears that the Orioles are going pitching heavy in the draft once again which was to be expected. We also appear to have taken a lot of junior college players, as well as players with two last names. It is an interesting strategy and one to keep an eye on over the next couple of seasons. I think that sort of innovation is what we need.