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Orioles 2014 MLB Draft Coverage

Day Two of the MLB Draft gets underway at one o'clock on Friday, beginning with the third round, pick #75. The Orioles get their first selection of the draft at pick #90. This is your draft open thread.

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O's sign 31 of 38 draft picks, add one on last day

The deadline to sign draft picks came and went on Friday, and the Orioles snuck in one last signing: 33rd round pick Brandon Koch, a righty from a California high school. In all, they signed 31 of 38 picks.


Check out all of the 2014 Orioles draft picks

The complete list of draft picks made by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 MLB Draft.


Orioles pick Mt. Olive OF Jay Gonzalez in 10th rd

With their tenth round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Orioles selected outfielder Jay Gonzalez from Mount Olive University in North Carolina. He is the fourth straight college senior that the Orioles have selected in the draft, and the second Gonzalez of the draft.

Gonzalez is listed at 5'11" and 180 lbs. He bats left-handed.

The slot value for this pick is $137,600.

In the annals of Orioles tenth rounders are names like Luis Matos (1996) and David Delucci (1995). How could Matos have been drafted so long ago? We're all older than we've ever been, and now we're even older.

Last year's tenth round pick was catcher Austin Wynns from Cal State University Fresno, who has been playing with the Delmarva Shorebirds season.

This is the last pick the Orioles will make on day 2 of the draft.


Orioles pick 3B Austin Anderson from Ole Miss

With their ninth round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Orioles took Austin Anderson, a third baseman from the University of Mississippi. He is a senior, so you can probably figure he will be a standard senior sign type.

Anderson is listed at 5'11" and 190 lbs., which seems awfully short for a Stormtrooper third baseman. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He has batted .332/.418/.463 in 62 games played this season.

The slot value of this pick is $146,800.

To date, there has never been an Orioles ninth round pick of any note. The last one to get any big league time at all was 1994's pick, Chris Fussell. A current Orioles minor leaguer who still forever tantalizes with his potential, if he only gets command, is Parker Bridwell, who was taken in the ninth round in 2010.

Last year's ninth round pick was lefty Mitch Horacek from Dartmouth College. He has been spending this year pitching for the Delmarva Shorebirds.


Orioles pick Clemson 2B Steve Wilkerson in 8th rd

With their eighth round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Orioles picked second baseman Steve Wilkerson from Clemson University. This is the first position player that they have taken in the draft, following four pitchers. Wilkerson is a senior who is a switch hitter.

Wilkerson is listed at 6'2" and 200 lbs. on Clemson's athletics website. As a senior, he's batted .317/.383/.502 with six home runs in 56 games for Clemson. He had the most total bases of any of the Clemson hitters. Wilkerson was not rated on the Baseball America 500 draft prospect list.

The slot value of this pick is $157,300. You and I would be happy to play baseball for that amount, but the remaining top high school talents such as Jake Bukauskas and Mac Marshall probably have their sights set higher. Since Wilkerson is a senior, it's possible he will end up taking less than this, and some small amount of money could be allocated elsewhere, but there are unlikely to be any big surprises.

In the history of Orioles eighth round picks, only three have ever had any major league time. The most recent of these was 2001 draftee Chris Britton, who was traded for Kris Benson. Recent Orioles 8th rounder Torsten Boss was traded for Preston Guilmet earlier this year.

Last year's eighth round pick was Trey Mancini, a first baseman from the University of Notre Dame, who has been playing at Delmarva this season.


Orioles pick UCLA LHP Max Schuh in 7th round

With their seventh round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Orioles selected left-handed pitcher Max Schuh from UCLA. Over five picks, the Orioles have now chosen five pitchers. They've picked three lefties and two righties. One was a high school pitcher, one was a junior college pitcher, and three were four-year college pitchers.

Schuh is a senior who is listed at 6'4" and 210 lbs. He has been used exclusively in relief for UCLA in the 2014 season, striking out 34 batters in 29 innings while being named as a second-team Pac 12 All-Academic player. He was rated as the #360 prospect according to Baseball America. The Orioles have now made four straight picks rated higher than their first pick (#386, Brian Gonzalez).

Schuh first came to UCLA as a walk-on for the football program, but made his way over to the baseball team. Here is some video of Schuh.

The slot value for this pick is $179,900. That's not going to be the kind of money to entice anyone who's undecided into the professional ranks.

Past Orioles seventh round picks included the great Mike Flanagan in 1973 and Storm Davis in 1979. Current Oriole Caleb Joseph was a seventh rounder in 2008, and one-day Justin Verlander killer Matt Angle was a seventh round pick in 2007.

Last year, the Orioles picked Youngstown State third baseman Drew Dosch, now on the Delmarva Shorebirds, with their seventh round pick.


Orioles pick LHP Tanner Scott in sixth round

With their sixth round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Orioles picked a junior college lefty pitcher: Tanner Scott from Howard College in Texas. As the pick was announced on the coverage, Jonathan Mayo described him as a "one-trick guy, but what a trick." I may have heard wrong, but I think he said something about a high-90s fastball. That sounds like a reliever waiting to happen.

A Perfect Game report from earlier in the spring noted Scott's velocity was 92-95 as a starter and that he touched 97 in relief. Wait a second, what kind of lefty is allowed to throw 97?

This is the fourth pitcher the Orioles have taken in the draft. They have only had four picks so far.

Scott is listed at 6'2" and 235 lbs. He is ranked as the #184 prospect on the Baseball America 500, meaning the O's have now picked three straight players who were ranked higher than their top overall pick. Scott had been planning to transfer to Texas Tech to join their baseball program in the fall, but perhaps those plans will be scuttled now in favor of joining the professional ranks.

The slot value for this pick is a cool $240,000.

In ancient Orioles draft history, the Orioles once picked Mike Boddicker in the sixth round in 1978. They picked the immortal Mark Brown in the sixth round in 1980. More recent sixth rounders include Erik Bedard (1999), two-time World Series champion Eli Whiteside (2001), and, uh, Jason Berken (2006).

Last year, they picked Calvert Hall catcher Alex Murphy in the sixth round.


Orioles pick RHP David Hess, Tennessee Tech, #151

With their fifth round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Orioles picked David Hess, a right-handed pitcher from Tennessee Tech University. That makes three pitchers in three picks for the Orioles. No surprise, since you can never have enough in the way of pitchers.

Hess is listed at 6'2" and 210 lbs. No one really knows anything about him because that's what happens when you pick people from an obscure college in the fifth round. In his junior year at Tennessee Tech, he's pitched 97.1 innings with 104 strikeouts. Of course, that's in the Ohio Valley Conference.

On the Baseball America 500, Hess was rated #267, the 8th-best prospect in the state of Tennessee. Interestingly, the first player the Orioles picked today was rated lower, according to BA, than their fourth and fifth round picks.

The slot value for this pick is $320,500.

The most interesting recent fifth round pick from the Orioles was Jake Arrieta in 2007, who signed an overslot deal in the old slotting system. Jim Johnson was also a fifth round pick in 2001.


Orioles pick RHP Pat Connaughton from Notre Dame

With their fourth round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Orioles selected right-handed pitcher Pat Connaughton from the University of Notre Dame. The 6'5" righty also plays basketball for Notre Dame. On the draft coverage, the analysts immediately noted a similarity with Jeff Samardzija in the sense that he also came from Notre Dame and also played two sports there.

The scouting capsule on Connaughton says:

Connaughton is far from a finished product on the mound. He lacks fastball command and doesn't miss as many bats as his velocity suggests he should. Connaughton has some feel for a changeup, but scouts aren't convinced he spins the ball well enough to develop an average curve.

Well, that's how you end up going in the fourth round, although they also note that he has a fastball that can touch up to 95mph with good sink. Everybody loves sink, especially when it's tall pitchers throwing pitches with sink.

Connaughton was rated as the #112 prospect on's top 200 draft prospect list and rated #129 on the Baseball America 500.

At the end of May, Connaughton was reported to be telling MLB teams interested in drafting him that he planned to finish his business school degree at Notre Dame in the fall, playing his senior season for them in basketball too. Can you do that? I guess you can do that.

The slot value for this pick is $428,100.


Orioles select Brian Gonzalez, Florida HS LHP

The Orioles did not get to make a pick in the 2014 draft until the third round, #90 overall. When their turn finally came up for the first time on Friday afternoon, they dipped into the high school ranks to take a left-handed pitcher, Brian Gonzalez, from Archbishop McCarthy High School in Florida.

Gonzalez was rated as the #386 prospect on the Baseball America 500, which is, uh... well, the Orioles obviously like him. Another interesting thing is that Gonzalez is listed by BA as a first baseman, but the Orioles drafted him as a lefty. He is not so obscure that he has never been captured on video. Here is a little montage of Gonzalez highlights, which also features a sick guitar riff from Hades.

He is listed at 6'3" and 230 lbs, according to Perfect Game USA. That's a pretty big dude. Whatever the Orioles see in him, the prospect-industrial complex at large seems to disagree. Then again, last year's first-round pick, Hunter Harvey, was a player who quickly proved to be better than his draft slot. It's a bit harder to pull that player out of your hat at #90 overall, but maybe there's something they like about him that they think they can develop. As a high school player, there's certainly room to polish him.

Gonzalez is reportedly committed to the University of Miami. In his senior season at Archbishop McCarthy, he threw 69.1 innings with a 0.50 ERA and 129 strikeouts. In a place like Florida, that doesn't suck.

The slot value for this pick is $594,200.

Oh, and for those of you who don't like the Red Sox, it looks like the newest Orioles draftee shares your leanings, with this tweet posted in response to the recent dustup between the Rays and Red Sox:

Lol big papi indeed.


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