Thursday Bird Droppings

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 08: Mark Reynolds #12 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates with teammates after the Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 to sweep the series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 8, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Baseball America's Jim Callis gives the Orioles high marks on the draft - MASN

"They got the best pitcher in the draft and depth after that," Callis said. "They got tremendous quality and quantity. There's an expression that every scouting director tells every GM on draft day they had the best draft in baseball. But I think this is a very good draft for the Orioles. It has the makings of a terrific draft. We won't know for a few years for sure but on paper it looks very good."

Health Influenced Orioles' Choice - PressBox

"What this draft means is that somewhere down the road, the Orioles will use one of their young pitchers -- Brian Matusz, Zach Britton, Dan Klein or possibly even Bundy or his brother Bob, currently pitching at Class-A Frederick -- to obtain a front-line blue-chip young player who could fit in as one of the cornerstones of the franchise."

 Hardy, Reynolds, Bergesen, Bell or Snyder, Alan Dunn, etc. - baltimoresun.com

"There was some good news for Triple-A Norfolk last night as Brad Bergesen, in his second start for the Tides, threw a complete-game shutout, limiting Pawtucket to four hits and one walk while striking out eight."

Showalter: Reynolds 'a tough read' - CSNBaltimore

"He's one of those guys who is swashbuckling, whatever you want to call it, just lets it rip. But the RBIs are there, the home runs are there," the manager said. Even while his average remains below the famed Mendoza line of .200. "Statistically, it’s unusual," Showalter said. "It’s different, for sure."

 Cup of jO's: Some quick thoughts on signing picks - Camden Depot

How many of these shiny new draft picks are we actually going to sign?

Orioles Buzz: Matthew Taylor: Luke Scott new king of "bronze bombers" - MASN

Luke Scott is now the proud owner of the most Eutaw Street home runs, ever.

Dylan Bundy on Bryce Harper's blown kiss: 'If I was pitching the next game, I would hit him all four at-bats' - baltimoresun.com

I'm liking this kid more and more all the time. -duck 

Baltimore Orioles Draft Tracker 2011; Complete List of Picks

A complete life of the Baltimore Orioles' 2011 draft selection with links to scouting reports and information on each.

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