Don joined Orioles Nation in April 2010. He is our Director of Scouting, a former minor league baseball player, and a scout for a National League team. He contributes to and helps maintain the site's scouting reports and player profiles.
Looking at steps the Orioles could take to improve their ability to develop talent, and which 2011 draft position players are likely to sign.
Manny Machado has the skills to become a cornerstone, franchise player that plays one of the most crucial positions in baseball: shortstop.
Kipp Schutz was a 2009, 19th round selection out of Indiana University and was also drafted out of Evansville HS by the O’s in 2006.
This is an early breakdown of the baseball players participating in the Prospect Classic — a new event that places the best high school juniors and seniors against a hand-picked team of college prospects.
Any team drafting Bubba Starling will have to show extreme patience, and it will take a lot of work and effort to turn his tremendous tool set into skills that could make him a feared hitter in the majors.
Archie Bradley might not have the overall arsenal as some of the other pitchers in this draft, but not many rival the amount of potential that is in his right arm.
On stuff alone, few prospects match Bauer’s ability on the hill and he should be on the Orioles’ short list of players to select at #4.