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Orioles' draft board down to four: Jim Callis of Baseball America

Jim Callis

Looks like it, as of today. : Do the take whichever one of Cole/Rendon/Bundy/Hultzen slips to 4?

If Callis is correct, then some of the names that the Orioles have been linked to, such as Jed Bradley, Archie Bradley, and Trevor Bauer are out of the running for the fourth pick in the draft.  Also out of the running is Bubba Starling, the top prep bat available.

My prediction is that the most likely of these players to fall to Baltimore is Bundy, followed by Cole, followed by Hultzen, despite many recent mocks showing Rendon being selected by the Orioles.  The most likely scenarios right now have Pittsburgh selecting either Cole or Hultzen while still flirting with the possibility of Starling, the Mariners taking Rendon, and the Diamondbacks selecting Hultzen if he is available and Bauer if he is not.  Of the three teams preceding us, Pittsburgh is the team most comfortable with high school pitchers with top picks, but no prep pitcher has ever gone #1 overall.  The Mariners seem to be leaning towards taking a bat, most likely Rendon, but have been linked to prep shortstop Francisco Lindor as well.  The Diamondbacks have two of the top ten picks, and have been linked heavily to college pitching with both.

So while the most probable scenario leads to the Orioles selecting Bundy, it is still quite possible that the Orioles will have to choose between two or more of the four players on their board.  So how would you rank our four possible picks?  Which of the four do you hope we get, and why?

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