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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are still drafting

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The Orioles made two picks last night. What does everyone think about them?

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Aw, remember when this fresh faced youngster got drafted?
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Happy Tuesday, Camden Chatters!

Are you super excited about the draft? You might as well be, it’s not like the Orioles are giving you anything else to cheer about this season.

The Orioles had two picks last night. They had the 11th pick of the draft and went with high school pitcher Grayson Rodriguez, who Mark wrote about here. They also had the 37th pick courtesy of a competitive balance pick. With that one they selected shortstop Cadyn Grenier. You can read about him in Paul’s write up.

The second round picks were also made last night, but the Orioles didn’t have one of those. They lost that pick when they signed Alex Cobb.

Starting today at 12:30 p.m., the draft picks up with round three. You can stream it at MLB.com if you really want to. If you’d prefer to watch actual baseball, the Orioles and Mets start a two-game series tonight at 7:10 in New York.

Links

Orioles select RHP Grayson Rodriguez at No. 11 overall, Oregon State SS Cadyn Grenier at No. 37 - BaltimoreBaseball.com
You can get more details on the two draft picks, including quotes from the scouting director and the players themselves, in Paul's story on Baltimore Baseball.

Baltimore Orioles: Signing Hanley Ramirez Would Be A Great Move - WBLZ Media
Here is someone with a bad opinion.

Orioles claim lefty D.J. Snelten off waivers from Giants, option him to Triple-A Norfolk - Baltimore Sun
It's not just the draft the Orioles are working on. They just claimed a 6'6" lefty relief pitcher and send him to the Tides. 6'6"!

Has Machado surpassed Harper as top upcoming MLB free agent? - Yahoo Sports
Jeff Passan says that Manny Machado has passed Bryce Harper as the most valuable free agent to be, but Harper still has him beat on marketability.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have just one Orioles birthday buddy, Russ Ortiz. If you remember Russ Ortiz, it’s probably because he was very bad for the Orioles. He appeared in 20 games for the 2006 Birds, pitching to an 8.48 ERA in 40.1 innings. Overall Ortiz played for six teams in 12 big league seasons. He turns 44 today.

On this day in 2008 the MLB draft began. The first player taken overall was current Oriole Tim Beckham. The second player taken was current Oriole Pedro Alvarez. The fourth player, and first pitcher, was former Oriole Brian Matusz.

Also in 2008, Chipper Jones hit his 400th home run. He joined Eddie Murray and Mickey Mantle as the only switch hitters to reach that mark. They have since been joined by Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira.