Baltimore Orioles Draft Update


The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft has completed rounds three through 10, and the Baltimore Orioles have added a total of eleven new prospects to the organization.

The Orioles drafted Florida State outfielder D.J. Stewart with their first pick at No. 25, and used a second first-round compensation pick to acquire shortstop Ryan Mountcastle of Hagerty High School in Florida. The team used its final pick on the first day of the draft to select Jonathan Hughes of Flowery Branch High School in Georgia. They added eight more prospects yesterday and will add plenty more today.

Here is the Orioles 2015 draft class thus far:

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Baltimore has drafted a total of seven high school players and four college athletes. Many of the high school prospects have commitments to universities, including Mountcastle (Central Florida) and Hughes (Georgia Tech). Five are pitchers and four are outfielders with a shortstop and first baseman also in the mix. It is a bit surprising that no local products have been taken by the Orioles so far, but there is a good possibility a few hear their names called today.

While the players selected on the first day of the draft will be the most scrutinized of the Orioles picks, it doesn’t matter where you were drafted if you perform. Every player has an equal opportunity to make it to the Big Leagues if their performance warrants it. It is tough to grade how a draft turned out until five or six years down the road, but the Orioles are hopeful that they have found some pieces to build the farm system. There could be as many as 10 free agents on the way out after this season and the replacements could come from the minor leagues.

The MLB Draft will continue tomorrow on, beginning at noon, and track rounds 11-40.

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