With their 2nd Round Selection (3rd overall pick) the Orioles draft Chance Sisco, Catcher, California HS

A bit of a surprise here. I had not heard this kid's name at all leading up to the draft. A 3rd straight high school selection, following Hunter Harvey and Josh Hart, and taken ahead fellow HS catcher Jon Denney, who was viewed as a possible 1st round talent leading into the draft. Baseball America had Sisco ranked #149 overall and #11 overall amongst catchers. Standing 6'2" and weighing in at a listed 193 lbs., Sisco recently moved to catching from shortstop. Baseball America's Nathan Rode described Sisco as such:

Here is some video of Chance at Catcher and hitting, courtesy of the always excellent Bullpenbanter.com.

The consensus from what I've (quickly) read up on him is that his bat is advanced, with solid contact ability and average power that could fill out as he grows. He has a legit chance to stick at catcher, but judging by his past as a SS, I'd imagine he's athletic enough that he could handle moving to a corner position if need be in the future. This is another aggressive, high risk/high reward pick by Rajsich and Duquette tonight. 3 straight high school kids, a pitcher, a center fielder, and a catcher. They seem to be showing a large degree of confidence in the O's talent at the major league level as well as the talent in the upper minors ready (or near ready) to compliment the big leaguers over the next 2-3 years. None of these kids project to be ready for the bigs anytime soon, but if they pan out the O's will be set for many years to come with a deep farm system.

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