The Orioles wanted to go after pitching in the initial rounds of Thursday’s First-Year Player Draft, and with their first three picks, they selected college pitches.
Right-hander Cody Sedlock from the University of Illinois was their pick with the 27th pick of the first round.
Sedlock, who was the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, was the only pitcher in the country to throw into the 10th inning twice.
He was 5-3 with a 2.49 ERA in 14 starts. He had 116 strikeouts and 31 walks in 101 1/3 innings. He gave up four home runs.
The native of Sherrard, Ill. will turn 21 on June 19.
"Cody is a durable college starting pitcher with a good arm. He has a good fastball, good breaking pitches, good feel for a change, and good control,” Gary Rajsich, Orioles Director of Scouting said.
“We did target some good arms and we feel very fortunate we were able to get them. We did have some position players that we liked. They were safety valves for us.”
The junior’s major is plant biotechnology.
Rajsich saw him play twice, and liked what he saw. The Orioles had several people watch him pitch.
“He has major league weapons that will play up here in the big leagues, and hopefully he’ll move fast and help our ballclub in the very near future,” Rajsich said.
Sedlock said he wasn’t surprised to be drafted by the Orioles because he knew they had scouted him extensively. He said he patterns himself after a former Oriole, Jake Arrieta.
“I know it’s a little different from a former Oriole going to the Cubs, but just watching him pitch, we have the same sort of frame. We both like to take care of our bodies well, two-seam fastball, slider, curveball and changeup in our back pocket,” Sedlock said.
The Orioles are getting an outstanding young man in Cory Sedlock," Illinois coach Dan Hartlieb said. "Cody's work, on and off the field, have made him deserving of a first round pick.. It has been impressive to watch the development on the mound and in the weight room over the past three years; he's a great competitor. I really respect him as a person and for what he did as a person."
In the second round, the Orioles selected left-handed pitcher Keegan Akin from Western Michgan. They also chose right-handed pitcher Matthias Dietz from John A. Logan Community College in Illinois with their second pick of the second round.
Sedlock and Akin were teammates in the Cape Cod League last summer.
Rajsich predicts that all three will begin their professional careers with Aberdeen.
Rounds 3-10 are Friday. Rounds 11-40 are on Saturday.