BALTIMORE –- Gary Rajsich admits he hasn’t slept much recently. Now that the draft is over, perhaps he’ll get a little more rest.
Rajsich, the Orioles’ scouting director, completed the third and final day of the draft by selecting mostly college players. While Tuesday’s second day featured high schoolers, the third day had older prospects.
Twenty-eight of the Orioles’ 41 selections are from colleges. Nearly half are pitchers.
“We got a lot of guys we liked and filled a lot of holes we needed in the organization so we could put competitive teams out on the field. It was a good day overall,” Rajsich said.
Rajsich expects to sign at least 30 of the draftees. Negotiations will begin on Thursday. Most of the attention will be on the team’s top pick, outfielder DJ Stewart from Florida State.
“We wanted to wait until the draft us over so he could concentrate on that and then all the terms and agreements, we’ll put them together tomorrow and start that process,” Rajsich said.
The Orioles drafted 13 right-handed pitchers, seven lefties, eight infielders, eight outfielders, four catchers and a utility player.
They drafted two Marylanders, right-handers Ryan Meisinger in the 11th round and Cody Morris in the 32nd.
Meisinger, went to Radford, is from Dunkirk in Calvert County and Morris, who’s from Fulton in Howard County, attended Reservoir High. He recently had Tommy John surgery, which dropped his draft stock markedly and has committed to South Carolina.
Rajsich said that the Orioles wanted to make sure Morris knew of their interest.
“We just did that on our own because we wanted to recognize the fact that he was a local kid, he is a prospect, he is a promising young pitcher,” Rajsich said.
Most of the prospects will go to either Aberdeen or Gulf Coast. The Ironbirds’ season begins on June 19 and Gulf Coast’s on June 22. Rajsich likes what he came up with in the draft.
“This one has been deeper. We were able to get a lot more high school talent in this one and that’s what feels good because so many of them were signable and we feel good. All indications are that we will sign most of the ones we do want to sign. From that standpoint, it’s an exciting year for the Orioles I think,” Rajsich said.
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