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How to watch top 2019 MLB Draft prospects in this year's NCAA Tournament

How to watch top 2019 MLB Draft prospects in this year's NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Baseball Tournament isn’t nearly as popular as college football bowl games, and it doesn’t have a catchy moniker like “March Madness”, but there’s still plenty to take from college baseball’s biggest stage.

Most important for fans of professional baseball are the draft-eligible players who will be competing in the college postseason all June long.

For Orioles fans in particular, this means an opportunity to see for the first time live games featuring the players fighting for the right to be selected first overall in the 2019 MLB Draft.

We still aren’t completely sure who the new face of the rebuild, and hopefully franchise, in Baltimore will be come Monday. But unless GM Mike Elias has his eyes set on a high schooler, the player selected will be playing in the regionals this weekend. Here’s how to watch each of the options.

Adley Rutschman, Oregon State

The catcher is the prohibitive favorite to go first overall to the Orioles on draft night, thanks to a skillset that checks every box: hitting, power, fielding, throwing, leadership, intangibles...Rutschman is the complete package.

Oregon State is the defending champion (thanks to Rutschman’s College World Series-record 17 hits in last season’s tournament), but they lost a ton of talent. The Beavers enter this tournament as the 16th-overall seed in the nation, and therefore will host the first round of games at their home stadium in Corvallis, OR.

Schedule:

Friday May 31
Game 1: (3) Michigan vs. (2) Creighton, 4 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: (4) Cincinnati vs. (1) Oregon State, 10 p.m., ESPNU

Saturday, June 1
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 4 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 3 p.m.
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 9 p.m.

Monday, June 3
Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, if necessary

Andrew Vaughn, California

Vaughn won the Golden Spikes award last year as a sophomore, and has followed it up with a similarly impressive campaign as a junior. The first baseman isn’t surrounded by much talent, however, and is a 2-seed in the Arkansas regional, and are the 25th-ranked team in the country.

Schedule:

Friday, May 31
Game 1: (4) Central Connecticut State vs. (1) Arkansas, 2 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: (3) TCU vs. (2) California, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 1
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 3 p.m.
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 9 p.m.

Monday, June 3
Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, if necessary

JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt

Bleday has always been a terrific hitter, but the power was lacking until this season. As a junior, he has been at or near the top of the home run rankings all season long, and as a result, he looks like a surefire top five pick in the draft.

It’s not just Bleday, though. Vanderbilt has a deep lineup and a deeper rotation, and is considered the consensus number two team in the country, with an impressive 49-10 record despite playing in the always tough SEC.

Schedule:

Friday, May 31
Game 1: (3) McNeese vs. (2) Indiana State, 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: (4) Ohio State vs. (1) Vanderbilt, 7 p.m., ESPN2

Saturday, June 1
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 3 p.m.
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 10 p.m.

Monday, June 3
Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, if necessary

Hunter Bishop, Arizona State

Bishop has always flashed talent, with average-to-above average tools across the board. He may have the range to play center field at the Major League level, and he, too, has been a major player in the 2019 home run chase across Division I.

ASU is the 2-seed in LSU’s region, and are somewhere in the 26-32 range of teams in the country this year. Bishop isn’t alone in this high-powered offense, as potential number 1 pick in 2020 Spencer Torkelson provides a ton of pop as well.

Schedule:

Friday, May 31
Game 1: (3) Southern Miss vs. (2) Arizona State, 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: (4) Stony Brook vs. (1) LSU, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Saturday, June 1
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 3 p.m.
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 9 p.m.

Monday, June 3
Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, if necessary

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini stays hot in 8-4 home loss to Blue Jays

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini stays hot in 8-4 home loss to Blue Jays

In a fitting tribute to most games this season in Baltimore, Trey Mancini had a terrific day at the plate, but the pitching staff allowed too many home runs and the O's ended up losing.

Here's everything you need to know about the Orioles.

Player Updates:

OF Trey Mancini hasn't slowed down at all for the Orioles, turning in a 4-for-4 night to tie his career high in hits. He's hitting .286 with 34 home runs during his breakout season.

OF Austin Hays enjoyed a banner night, hitting his first home run of the season and making one of the year's highlight catches, robbing a home run well over the centerfield wall.

SP Gabriel Ynoa allowed three runs in 6.1 innings. He didn't walk anyone and allowed just six hits, but he also only struck out one batter despite pitching into the seventh inning, and two of the hits allowed were home runs.

Injuries

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Friday, 9/20: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Saturday, 9/21: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Sunday, 9/22: Mariners at Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Camden Yards

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore falls to Toronto, 8-5

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore falls to Toronto, 8-5

The Baltimore Orioles lost the first of their penultimate home series for the season 8-5 to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night. 

Here are the latest player news and notes.

Player Updates:

OF Mason Williams crashed hastily into the back wall trying to prevent a Blue Jays score in the top of the ninth. It was 2B Cavan Biggio's line drive that ended up as a two-run triple to give the Blue Jays some cushion. That triple helped Biggio complete the cycle. Austin Hays replaced Williams while he was checked for a concussion. 

X-Ray tests came back negative for DH Renato Nunez after his left hand was hit by a pitch in Monday's loss to the Tigers. He could be back Wednesday. 

Injuries

DH Mark Trumbo, shoulder, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Wednesday, 9/18: Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Thursday, 9/19: Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Friday, 9/19: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

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