I covered the draft all day, making a post for every single player the Orioles selected. I have a feeling there are going to be mixed opinions on this draft, and for me, whether or not we sign Connor Narron is going to make or break this draft.
Round 1 (#3) – Manny Machado, SS, Miami Brito HS
The Orioles did exactly what they were expected to do, which was take whoever the Pittsburgh Pirates did not draft between Machado and Jameson Taillon. They got the best player available and have what looks to be their future shortstop.
Round 3 (#85) – Dan Klein, RHP, UCLA
After making just 2 starts throughout his entire college career, Klein will get the chance to start at the next level. I like him, but would have preferred A.J. Cole, who was still available at the time. There’s still a chance he goes back to college because he’s a draft eligible sophomore.
Round 4 (#118) – Trent Mummey, OF, Auburn
I didn’t like this pick at first, but I don’t think it’s at bad as it looks. He’s not a high upside center fielder, but he’s a well rounded ball player. According to Andy Seiler, Mummey is one of best defensive center fielders in this draft class, with an average hit tool, average power, and does an excellent job getting on base. He’s expected to sign quickly.
I really, really like this pick. Andy Seiler believes Narron is unsignable, but others say he’s looking for a high six figure bonus, but we need to sign him. If we do sign him, 2 of our top 5 prospects would be shortstops, Machado and Narron. That would be some draft by the Orioles regardless of the other picks.
Round 6 (#178) – Dixon Anderson, RHP, California
Anderson made 1 start during his entire college career and struggled as a reliever. He has above-average stuff and potential to become a mid-rotation starter. It’s interesting that the Orioles drafted two college relievers early on that they plan to convert into starters.
Round 1 (#208) – Matt Bywater, LHP, Pepperdine
The Orioles were focused on drafting college pitchers early in Klein and Anderson, and Bywater is another example. However, he’s the first college pitcher the Orioles drafted that was a full time starter in college. He’s a lefty who should be a quick sign, and has the chance to move through the system fairly quickly.
What do you think of these picks?