With their first-round pick in the 2015 draft, the Orioles selected outfielder D.J. Stewart from Florida State University.
Owing to their awesome 2014 AL East-winning season, the O's were left waiting until late in the first round, after all of the draft's top prospects, and even some of the intriguing names that fell due to injuries, were off the board. It's not nearly as exciting as feeling like you get your pick among the top 5 or 10 names, as we became used to in the dark years. I like this way better.
A good number of the last round of pre-draft mock drafts from experts like ESPN's Keith Law, Fangraphs' Kiley McDaniel, Baseball America, and others seemed to have the Orioles honing in on a college hitter with their top pick. That's exactly what they have ended up doing in grabbing Stewart.
About Stewart, Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich said that he is "an accomplished college hitter whose power should play well in our park at Camden Yards. We are excited to have him."
Stewart was ranked in about the range you'd expect for a #25 overall pick by those assorted experts. The BA500 had him at #30, Fangraphs' prospect database rated him #27, and over at Baseball Prospectus, Christopher Crawford listed him as the 54th-best prospect in the draft.
BP is obviously not a fan. Neither was Law, who fielded a question about Stewart in a chat today and said he had a "bad body" and is probably destined to be a DH at best. Obviously, they'll be hoping that he proves that Law is wrong about his future as a professional baseball player.
The slot value for this pick is $2,064,500. The Orioles pick next at #36 and have one more pick on day 1 at #68.