2006 was the second draft undertaken by Scouting Director Joe Jordan, and the last draft he would conduct entirely without the influence of Andy MacPhail (MacPhail was not in place for the 2007 draft but was hired shortly thereafter and was involved in the signing process). 2006 is also the last season in which Jordan would have a supplemental first round pick.
- The Orioles' total budget for the 2006 draft was $5.4 millon, an increase of $1.2 million over 2005.
- The Orioles failed to sign 21 of their 51 picks, signing five more than in 2005. They signed 18 of their top 20 selections.
- Both of the Orioles unsigned top 20 picks improved their stock for the next draft. Emeel Salem was taken by the Rays in the 6th round in 2007 and is currently in AA. A speedy center-fielder who lacks power (which should sound familiar by this point), Salem has a career minor league OPS of .713 and 98 career steals. Tony Watson was redrafted by the Pirates in 9th round of the 2007 draft, has struggled to stay healthy, and currently has an ERA of 2.90 as a 25 year old in AA while striking out over a batter an inning, mostly out of the bullpen.
- The unsigned pick who has seen his stock improve the most is Tyler Blandford, selected in the 34th round. Blandford was taken by the Mariners in the 5th round of the 2009 draft. Blandford has shown good stuff in the Midwest League this year, striking out 8.7 batters per nine in seven starts. Unfortunately, he's also shown disastrous control, with 25 walks in 27 innings.
- Jordan redrafted Patrick Egan and Josh Faiola from the 2005 draft. Both signed. Egan had been selected in the 35th round in 2005 and was redrafted in the 36th round in 2006. Faiola had been selected in the 32nd round and was redrafted in the 24th round.
- The Orioles redrafted OF Kipp Schutz in 2009. A 28th round pick in 2006, Schutz was redrafted in the 19th round by the Orioles.
- Of the 51 players selected, 21 were from college, 20 from high school, and 10 from junior college.
- Of the 21 players unsigned, 14 were from high school, 4 were from college, and 3 were from junior college.
- Of the 51 players drafted, 29 were pitchers and 22 were position players.
- Of the 22 position players, six were shortstops and six were catchers. Jordan drafted six catchers in 2005 and two shortstops. This will remain a trend over Jordan's tenure, and in comparison, Jordan drafted three corner infielders in 2005 and only two in 2006.
After two seasons, some trends are becoming clear. The Orioles are beginning to spend more in the draft. Jordan is emphasizing position players at up the middle positions, along with speed, while neglecting power. Jordan is also showing that he will gravitate towards players who have had limited exposure due to injuries or other circumstances, such as the inability of Ryan Adams to play much as a high school senior in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Bill Rowell is the most prominent bust of Jordan's career. Since that pick, Jordan has not signed a single high school player from a cold weather state selected with a top 20 pick.