Baltimore Orioles select OF Josh Hart with #37 pick in the 2013 MLB draft

The Orioles were given a bonus pick this year thanks to the competitive balance sandwich round, and they used it to draft Josh Hart, an outfielder out of Parkview High School in Georgia. Hart bats and throws left and weighs in at 180 pounds, 6'2" tall.

MLB.com ranked Hart as the 54th best player available in this draft. From their profile:

Scouting Grades* (present/future):Hit: 4/6 | Power: 3/4 | Run: 6/6 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 4/6 | Overall: 3/5

Teams that like speed will certainly spend time in Georgia at Parkview High School, alma mater of previous top Draft prospects like Matt Olson in 2012, Brandon Jacobs in '09 and Jeff Francoeur in '02.

That's where Hart currently patrols center field. He profiles as a top-of-the-order type, a guy who will use his speed on both sides of the ball to be a basestealing threat and an excellent defender in the outfield. He's a slashing slap-and-run hitter with a short stroke that sprays line drives at times.

Hart is an outstanding athlete who reminds some of a Denard Span or Ben Revere-type player who can become a tablesetter atop a big league lineup in the future.

Here is a blurb from his scouting report on ESPN Insider:

His best hope to become an everyday player is in center field, where he has the speed but not the instincts right now; if he can't handle center he'll have to move to left because of his weak arm. He has some ceiling but a low floor, and would probably appeal more to teams that value athleticism highly.

Josh Hart is on Twitter: @JoshHartKnows, so welcome him to the family if you are so inclined.

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