Joe Jordan has shown a tendency to prefer specific types of players, mainly ground ball pitchers and athletic position players. What did he and his staff do this year?
The Orioles took the player that most expected them to make all along by nabbing Oklahoma righty Dylan Bundy with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
Here is a quick and dirty rundown of some of the most likely candidates for Baltimore’s #4 overall selection.
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.
Taylor Guerrieri is most likely not in play for the Orioles at #4, but a talented prospect with a good chance to reach his high ceiling.
Through nine 2011 starts spanning 49 2/3 innings, Bobby Bundy has accumulated 8.52 strikeouts, 1.81 walks, and 0.36 home runs per nine innings, while showing the strongest ground ball tendencies of his young career.
George Springer shows flashes of being the best power bat in the class with the ability to man center field. In any draft, those two key factors makes him an intriguing prospect.
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.