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Who were the best first-round picks in Orioles history?


Who were the best first-round picks in Orioles history?

On Monday, the Orioles get two chances to make a first-round pick in the First Year Player Draft. They have the 25th and 36th choices. The 36th pick is in compensation for Nelson Cruz signing with Seattle.

Who are some of the best first-rounders in Orioles history. For argument’s sake, I’m including only true first-rounders, not supplemental picks. Brian Roberts, who was picked xx in 1999, was the best of those.

1) Mike Mussina

Mussina was the 20th pick in 1990’s draft. In a little more than a year, Mussina was in the majors.

What a career he had! With the Orioles, he was 147-81 with a 3.53 ERA. Mussina threw over 200 innings seven times in 10 Orioles seasons, and won 19 and 18 games twice.

His 147 wins trail only Jim Palmer and Dave McNally, and his 2,212 strikeouts are second to Palmer.

Mussina won four Gold Gloves.

2) Nick Markakis

Markakis, who was the seventh overall selection in 2003, had a stellar Orioles career. He’s sixth on the team’s all-time hit list with 1,547. He hit over .290 six times in nine Orioles season, and played a solid right field.

In five of his nine seasons, he played 160 or more games and won the Gold Glove twice.

3) Matt Wieters

Arguably the best catcher in Orioles history, Wieters was the fifth pick in 2007.
A three-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner, Wieters caught at least 130 games from 2011-13. He’s thrown out fully one-third of runners who tried to steal on him.

Wieters also hit more than 20 homers in each season from 2011-13.

4) Manny Machado

Sure, this may be a bit premature, but Machado is again showing why everyone was raving about him in his first two seasons.

He was the third overall pick in 2010 and signed just two weeks after Buck Showalter became the Orioles manager.

He led the American League with 51 doubles in 2013 and won the Platinum Glove.

Machado’s play at third base has been brilliant, and he’s under team control for another 3 ½ seasons.

5) Gregg Olson

Olson, who was the third overall pick in 1988, signed on June 28 and was in the majors just over two months later, had 160 saves for the Orioles. That’s still a club record.

Injuries greatly reduced his effectiveness, and while he played just six of his 14 seasons with the Orioles, they were by far his best.

After leaving the Orioles, Olson played for eight other teams and had 57 saves.

There were others who had good careers: Bobby Grich (1967), Rich Dauer (1974), Ben McDonald (1989), Jeffrey Hammonds (1992) and most interestingly, Jayson Werth (1997).

Werth was drafted by the Orioles as a catcher, but was converted to an outfielder and has played 12 seasons with the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals.

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm