Orioles select RHP David Hess from Tennessee Tech University with fifth round pick, #151 overall

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.

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