Today marks the start of the draft. The draft coverage begins at 6pm on MLB Network and the Draft begins at 7pm, with the Orioles selecting 3rd overall. Throughout the day and through the draft I will be posting within this post updated news and notes on the draft.
Use this post as a place to discuss the draft and post your opinions on what’s going to happen, or who the Orioles should select.
Update: 5:04 PM
Update: 5:07 PM
Andy Seiler says there is a 0% chance that the O’s will pass up on Machado if he is available.
Update: 5:15 PM
Update: 5:18 PM
Just got my first look at John Sickels’ final mock draft. Like Andy, he has the Orioles taking Machado.
3) Orioles: Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private HS, Miami: If the Pirates go with Machado after all, put Taillon here.
It’s clear that the Orioles will select whoever the Pirates don’t take between Machado and Jameson Taillon.
Update 5:43 PM
I asked Andy Seiler this question in his live chat:
If you had to bet: Orioles pick will be__________?
He responded with:
Manny Machado. I’m about 99% sure on that one. It will be Harper-Taillon-Machado.
Update: 5:56 PM
Jonathan Mayo posted his latest mock, O’s taking Machado once again.
Update: 5:57 PM
Jim Callis posted his latest mock and has the O’s taking Machado.
Update: 6:08 PM
Live draft coverage has started on MLB.com. Watch here.
Update: 6:23 PM
There are numerous draft chats going on right now. If you have any general questions about the draft, or want info on players other than the two O’s targets, you should be able to get an answer in these chats.
Update: 7:18 PM
Pirates are on the clock. Looks like Taillon is their guy, leaving Machado for the Orioles.
The Pirates have picked Jameson Taillon, Machado should be the O’s pick, up next.
The Orioles have selected Machado. That ends the live blog today! Thanks for joining me!