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Reviewing the Draft: Joe Jordan Year One - 2005

In order to better understand the current failures of the Orioles, as well as to see what the future will hold, it is useful to review the performance of our club officials.  Let's begin with Joe Jordan, Director of Scouting, by taking a comprehensive look at the draft results of the Orioles during his tenure.

Jordan was hired by the Orioles as scouting director in November of 2004.  Jordan had previously been a member of the scouting departments of the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins.  He began his scouting career in 1997 as an area scout for the Expos before being named Midwest Supervisor in 2001. He moved into the same capacity with Florida when most of Montreal's front office staff moved to the Florida organization in 2002, and he was named National Crosschecker a year later.

Before that, Jordan was drafted as a catcher in the 19th round of the 1985 draft by San Francisco. He batted .213 for Everett, the Giants' Class A team in the short-season Northwest League in 1985, but was injured the following spring and was released at the end of spring training. He returned to his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, received his degree in 1987 and spent three years as an assistant baseball coach for the Sooners, 1988-90.  He spent seven years in the financial investment business before returning to baseball as a scout for the Expos in 1997.

Jordan was hired by the Orioles by former Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Jim Beattie.


Player Selected Position Round Overall HS/JC/College Signed?
Brandon Snyder Catcher 1 13 HS Yes
Garrett Olson LHP 1s 48 College Yes
Nolan Reimold OF 2 61 College Yes
Brandon Erbe RHP 3 93 HS Yes
Kieron Pope OF 4 123 HS Yes
Reid Hamblet RHP 5 153 College Yes
Blake Owen RHP 6 183 College Yes
Bobby Andrews OF 7 213 College Yes
Chroye Spoone RHP 8 243 JC Yes
Paco Figueroa 2b 9 273 College Yes
Ryan Stadanlick RHP 10 303 College Yes
Bruce Gallaway LHP 11 333 College Yes
John Raynor OF 12 363 College No
Kyle Dahlberg Catcher 13 393 College Yes
Mark Fleischer 1b 14 423 College Yes
Brandon Kendricks OF 15 453 HS No
David Hernandez RHP 16 483 JC Yes
Jeff Moore RHP 17 513 College Yes
Michael Whitney RHP 18 543 HS No
D.J. Lidyard RHP 19 573 HS No
Ryan Steinbach SS 20 603 College Yes
Brian Logan LHP 21 633 JC No
Paul Chmiel 1b 22 663 HS Yes
Elvin Vargas OF 23 693 JC No
Stuart Musslewhite SS 24 723 College Yes
Daniel Lonsberry RHP 25 753 College Yes
Carlos Hernandez LHP 26 783 HS No
Chad Thall LHP 27 813 JC No
Miguel Abreu 2b 28 843 College Yes
Tannner Scheppers RHP 29 873 HS No
Greg Young OF 30 903 JC Yes
Arik Hempy LHP 31 933 College No
Josh Faiola RHP 32 963 College No
Tyrone Anu OF 33 993 HS No
Matthew Sopic RHP 34 1023 JC No
Patrick Egan RHP 35 1053 College No
Shawn Ferguson RHP 36 1083 College No
Stephen Foster LHP 37 1113 HS No
Chris Vinyard Catcher 38 1143 JC No
Caleb Annesley Catcher 39 1173 HS No
Harrison Bishop RHP 40 1202 JC No
Mark Horner LHP 41 1231 College Yes
Bryan Lee RHP 42 1260 JC No
Danny Figueroa OF 43 1289 College Yes
Brian Bent Catcher 44 1318 JC Yes
Brad Rifkin 1b 45 1347 HS No
Benjamin Brian OF 46 1376 HS No
Craig Johnson RHP 47 1405 JC No
Brent Davis RHP 48 1433 HS No
Ryan Saldivar Catcher 49 1460 HS No
Jeremy Bloor LHP 50 1487 JC No
  • The Orioles total budget for the 2005 draft was $4.2 million. 
  • The Orioles failed to sign 26 of their 51 picks, including three of their top 20 picks.
  • Of the 25 players who the Orioles signed, 10 are still with the organization (Snyder, Reimold, Erbe, Pope, Spoone, P. Figueroa, Hernandez, Moore, Abreu, D. Figueroa).
  • Of the 26 players who the Orioles failed to sign, four were redrafted by the Orioles - Chad Thall, Pat Egan, Josh Faiola and Chris Vinyard.
  • Of the players who the Orioles failed to sign, four were redrafted by other organizations - John Raynor, selected by the Marlins in round 9 in 2006; Carlos Hernandez, selected by the A's in the 35th round in 2006; Tanner Scheppers, who was selected by the Pirates in the second round in 2008 and did not sign and who was taken in the supplemental first round in 2009 by the Rangers and signed, and Harrison Bishop, drafted by the Pirates in the 17th round in 2007.  Scheppers is now in AAA and is a top 50 prospect in all of baseball.  Since Jordan took over as scouting director, no other unsigned draft pick has improved his stock to the degree that Scheppers has.
  • Of the 51 players selected, 22 were college players, 16 were high schoolers, and 13 were from junior college.
  • Of the 26 players who were not signed, 12 were from high school, nine were from junior college, and five were from college.
  • To date, the four players from the Orioles 2005 draft class who have been in the majors (Olson, Reimold, Raynor, and Hernandez) have produced a career WAR of 0.7.  Reimold is the only one of the group to produce a season of more than 1 WAR.

Obviously, it is difficult to draw conclusions from a single draft class. particularly the first class of any scouting director.  But these trends are ones which will be important as we review the job that Jordan has done as our scouting director for the past six seasons.