With seven of their picks, the Baltimore Orioles drafted players whose college baseball careers are still alive for at least three more games. With draft selections from Stanford, Oklahoma State, LSU and Ole Miss, fans have the chance to scout the Orioles' picks for themselves in the 2019 NCAA Super Regionals.
The Orioles selected three Stanford players: Kyle Stowers, Maverick Handley and Andrew Daschbach. The trio joins the Cardinal as they face the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Starkville Super Regional, which starts Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
Stowers, the Baltimore competitive balance round B pick, showed a knack for driving in runs; the center fielder put up a combined 80 RBIs between his 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Handley, a catcher drafted in the sixth round, has more than just a cool first name. Like Stowers, Handley is strong at the plate, with 13 doubles in the 2019 campaign.
Daschbach, an 11th-round pick, is nothing but consistent. The powerhouse first baseman went yard for 17 home runs apiece in both 2018 and 2019.
Two more draft picks, the Orioles' 19th and 22nd round picks, take the field with the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Lubbock Super Regional against Texas Tech, starting Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
Both right-handers, Jensen Elliot and Jake Lyons, the pair served different purposes on the mound. Elliot, the 19th rounder, is a dominant starter with 10 wins and 3 complete games this year. The 22nd round pick Lyons works as a reliever, with 50 strikeouts and five wins in just over 47 innings pitched in 2019.
Baltimore's third-round pick Zach Watson and the LSU Tigers face Florida State starting on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Baton Rouge Super Regional, which will be aired on ESPN.
Watson, a center fielder at LSU, hit over .300 in each of his three seasons with the Tigers, including his 2016 freshman season in which he led the team with a .317 average in 221 at-bats.
The Orioles' final draft pick still in the tournament is 29th rounder Houston Roth. A right-hander at Ole Miss, Roth and the Landsharks take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Fayetteville Super Regional, starting at noon Saturday on ESPN.
A strikeout reliever, Roth punched out more batters than innings pitched in each of his three seasons on the mound for Ole Miss, including 41 strikeouts in 20.2 innings in 2017.
After the best-of-three super regionals, the remaining eight teams head to the College World Series to compete for one of the highest honors in college baseball.
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