Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Orioles Draft Report

The O’s took Matt Hobgood out of Norco HS, in California with the 5th overall pick in the draft which I thought was a bit of a stretch. He’s done pretty well in Rookie ball but not blowing anyone away. Mychal Givens is a real nice signing. He could be a power arm, probably out of the pen, or a SS in the mold of Shawon Dunston. I like 7th rounder Aaron Wirsch. I thought Tyler Townsend in the 3rd was an overdraft. Ryan Berry was a good sign in the 9th as he’s a top 3 round talent. I like Jake Cowan in the 10th. Kipp Schutz and Brenden Webb are OF’s who have some upside. Cameron Coffey was a big name late round signing getting $990,000 to sign away from Duke. I don’t feel he was worth that kind of money, but it is hard to argue with the Orioles recent draft history and they continue to add to their stockpile of arms. They didn’t sign much for bats though. Michael Ohlman was a late signing that really caps off a good draft by the O’s.

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