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Entering the 2008 MLB Draft, Bobby Bundy was though of as first round talent. However, he suffered a knee injury during his senior year of high school and, as a result, saw diminished velocity which pushed him down draft boards. After he slipped to the 8th round, the Orioles scooped him up and still gave him a $600,000 bonus, which is equivalent to second round money.
Possibly the most controversial prospect in the system, Matt Hobgood has taken a lot of heat for what has gone on throughout his career. It all started on the day he was drafted when critics accused the Orioles of drafting Hobgood just because they could sign him for slot. The Orioles argued, saying Hobgood was #4 on their board based on pure talent.
When the Orioles drafted Tyler Townsend in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft they knew they had a guy who could hit for both power and average. After all, he did hit .426 with 24 home runs in a record setting 2009 season with FIU. However, it was unclear how his college stats would translate to the pros. Though it’s a small sample size, his bat hasn’t slowed down one bit since the transition to pro ball and the results have been nothing short of impressive.