The highlight of Standford's win against Fresno State wasn't a walk-off hit or a home run-stealing snag. It was the announcement that Kyle Stowers, timing out in the on-deck circle at the time, had just been drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the 71st pick of the MLB draft.
At the time it was announced, Stanford was leading 9-5 with a berth to Super Regionals on the line. They would not relinquish that lead, winning 9-7.
A pre-season All-American by Baseball America, Stowers received All-Pac-12 honorable mention and All-Defensive honors in 2019.
Batting .305/.371/.519 with 38 RBI's and runs apiece, he was enjoying the most productive year of his young career.
Stowers participated in the Cape Cod Baseball league this past summer where he batted .326/.361/.565, which helped him rise up draft boards.
Stowers will have company during his transition to Baltimore as the Orioles also drafted his teammate Maverick Handley with the 168th pick.
Although he currently starts at center field, Stowers should be prepared to shift around if need be.
“It's a strong profile whether he ends up in center or somewhere else," said Orioles general manager Mike Elias. "He’s just a really good all-around player."
A heart-warming moment for a talented player, this is a memory Stowers and his teammates won't ever forget. Simply put, "last night was special" as Stowers remarked on Twitter.
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If you're a fan of the Orioles, or a baseball fan in general, the MyTeams app has good news for you.
Much like Baltimore is undergoing a rebuild, the MyTeams app also added a new prospect of its own: the Orioles card, which can be added to your list of favorite teams and help you keep up with the latest news. Here's how to add it:
1. Make sure you have the MyTeams app (which is available in the App store and on Google play).
2. You can add the card by using the navigational button to swipe over to "Settings".
3. Once in settings click on "Edit/Reorder Teams".
From there you should see the Ravens under the Washington teams. The team will not appear in your carousel list unless you save it to your teams.
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The Orioles made another roster move Wednesday, claiming infielder Andrew Velazquez off waivers from the Indians. The team also designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment in a corresponding move.
Velazquez, 25, is an infielder that can play all over the diamond. He played 13 games with the Rays in 2018 and 15 total games with the Rays and Indians in 2019. In his 28 career major league games, he’s slashed .152/.222/.242 and has zero home runs.
Last season, Velazquez hit .083 and went just 2-for-23 during his at-bats. He’s also played third base, second base, shortstop and all three outfield positions in the major league.
Urena was claimed on Jan. 10 off waivers from the Blue Jays. Last season in Toronto, Urena played 30 games and slashed .243/.273/.324 and had zero home runs and four RBIs. He played five positions last season in Toronto, not including an inning where he was a pitcher.
Should Urena clear waivers, he would stay in camp and the roster would grow to 69 total players.
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