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Orioles conclude draft by taking mainly college players, pitchers


Orioles conclude draft by taking mainly college players, pitchers

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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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

BALTIMORE -- Mike Clevenger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run. Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevenger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

The only two hits he allowed were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

It was Clevenger's 35th career start. His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

While Clevenger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings. The three home runs were one more than he yielded in his first three starts this season.

Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevenger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.

Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to left, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

DETROIT - Leonys Martin hit his first big league grand slam, Jeimer Candelario had four hits and three RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore 13-8 Thursday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to six.

Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs to Manny Machado and one to Chris Davis. Zimmermann was pitching for the first time since being hit in the jaw by a line drove off the bat of Cleveland's Jason Kipnis on April 11.

Alex Cobb (0-2) made his second start after signing a $57 million, four-year contract in spring training and his ERA rose to 15.43. He allowed seven runs - five earned - and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Machado had four RBIs for the Orioles, who were outhit 18-14 in the game and outscored 23-15 in the three-game sweep.

Victor Martinez hit an RBI single in the first, but Davis put Baltimore ahead with a two-run homer in the second, his sixth hit and fourth homer in 10 career at-bats against Zimmermann.

Detroit went ahead for good with four runs in the bottom half after third baseman Tim Beckham's throwing error allowed James McCann to reach base leading off. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run triple, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Nick Castellanos a run-scoring groundout.

Machado's homer in the third cut Baltimore's deficit to 5-2, but Candelario's two-run homer extended the lead to 7-2 in the bottom half. Martin homered off Mike Wright Jr. in a five-run fifth.