BALTIMORE –- On the second day of the draft, the Orioles selected four pitchers, three outfielders and a rather large first baseman.
In the third round, they selected left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger from Oregon. The 21-year-old could be close to being ready for the majors according to scouting director Gary Rajsich.
College left-handed power arm with two really good pitches. Throws strikes, and we are excited to have him. He could be close to the big-leagues and a fast mover through our system,” Rajsich said.
The Orioles picked two high school outfielders, Ryan McKenna and Jason Hinrich, in the fourth and fifth rounds, and two right-handed pitchers Jay Flaa and Gray Fenter in the sixth and seventh. Flaa is a college pitcher from North Dakota and Fenter a high school pitcher from Arkansas.
Seamus Curran, a 6-foot-6, 240 lb. first baseman from Feeding Hills, Mass. was picked eighth and high school outfielder Jaylen Ferguson was the ninth round selection. East Carolina left-handed pitcher Reid Love was picked 10th.
“I think we got a good balance of players and some players that we wanted. Feel really good walking away today,” Rajsich said.
Seven of the Orioles’ 11 selections in the first two days were high school players.
“Each draft presents something different and this year it was high school strong and we drafted to the strength of the draft. The position players in high school are good. We wanted to grab some bats this year and I think we’ve done that,” Rajsich said.
Rajsich isn’t concerned that the players drafted will be difficult to sign.
“We did our homework. We talked to advisors all day long and we feel pretty confident we could sign them all,” Rajsich said.
Curran is a most interesting pick because of his size.
“He is a big, giant of a kid. He’s really strong and has a live bat. He really swings it hard. We are looking for great power potential out of him,” Rajsich said.
Rajsich was most pleased about Fenter’s availability.
“Fenter was a surprise for us in the seventh round. We realized, talking to their advisors that we were going to have the funds to do it. It’s a big arm for us. Maybe a top of the draft, first day-type talent that we were able to get in the seventh round so we were very excited about that,” Rajsich said.
The draft concludes on Wednesday with rounds 11-40.
"We are going to do what every other club is going to do. We are going to look for passed over guys with talent that were passed over or overlooked. We have a couple of guys that we feel good about that we don’t have to get to right away because we don’t think everyone has seen them. It will be a long day, but excited,” Rajsich said.
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