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2014 Orioles draft live blog

Updates on the Orioles' selections in the 2014 first-year player draft

By Alejandro Zuniga

The Baltimore Sun

8:11 PM EDT, June 7, 2014

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Welcome to the live blog for the Orioles' selections in the 2014 first-year player draft. Be sure to refresh your browser periodically for the latest updates on the team's picks.

The Orioles didn't have any selections in the first two rounds Thursday night.

By signing free agents Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz, the Orioles forfeited their first-round pick (No. 17) and second-round pick (No. 55). Additionally, a competitive-balance pick (No. 37) was sent to the Houston Astros last year in the trade for right-hander Bud Norris.

Rounds 3-10 are Friday, and the draft will finish with rounds 11-40 on Saturday.

For a look at how the Orioles' top two picks from the 2013 draft -- right-hander Hunter Harvey and outfielder Josh Hart -- are doing this year at Low-A Delmarva, click here.

To browse Orioles first-round draft picks through the years, click here.

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(UPDATED, Saturday, 8:11 p.m.)

 

T.J. Olesczuk, CF, Winthrop (S.C.) University

Round 40, No. 1201 overall

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Tucker Simpson, RHP, Chipola (Fla.) College

Round 39, No. 1171 overall

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Keegan Ghidotti, RHP, Ouachita Baptist (Ariz.) University

Round 38, No. 1141 overall

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Hunter Hart, RHP, St. Joseph Ogden (Ill.) High School

Round 37, No. 1111 overall

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Alexander Lee, 1B, Radford University (Va.)

Round 36, No. 1081 overall

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Tad Gold, CF, Endicott College (Mass.)

Round 35, No. 1051 overall

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Garrett Pearson, RHP, St. John’s College High School (D.C.)

Round 34, No. 1021 overall

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Brandon Kock, RHP, Temecula Valley (Calif.) High School

Round 33, No. 991 overall

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Jamill Moquete, RF, University of Massachusetts Boston

Round 32, No. 961 overall

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Riley Palmer, 3B, Southern New Hampshire University

Round 31, No. 931 overall

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Mike Burke, RHP, University of Buffalo

Round 30, No. 901 overall

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Patrick Baker, RHP, Anne Arundel Community College

Round 29, No. 871 overall

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James Carter, RHP, Chabot College (Calif.)

Round 28, No. 841 overall

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Austin Pfeiffer, SS, University of Arkansas — Little Rock

Round 27, No. 811 overall

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Gage Burland, RHP, East Valley (Wash.) High School

Round 26, No. 781 overall

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Brandon Bonilla, LHP, Grand Canyon University (Ariz.)

Round 25, No. 751 overall

Report: The son of former All-Star Bobby Bonilla, the lefty boasts a powerful arm. Brandon didn’t play this year because he was academically ineligible.

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Lucas Long, RHP, University of San Diego

Round 24, No. 721 overall

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Zeke McGranahan, RHP, Georgia Gwinnett College

Round 23, No. 691 overall

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Josh Walker, RHP, New Mexico

Round 22, No. 661 overall

Report: In 2013, Albin went 9-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 100 strikeouts and was voted a NJCAA 2nd-Team All-American pitcher.

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John McCleod, LHP, Wake Forest
Round 21, No. 631 overall

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Zach Albin, RHP, University of Connecticut at Avery Point

Round 20,  No. 601 overall

Report: In 2013, Albin went 9-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 100 strikeouts and was voted an National Junior College Athletic Association second-team All-America pitcher. 

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Connor Seabold, RHP, Newport Harbor (Calif.) High 

Round 19,  No. 571 overall

Report: In 2013-14, Seabold had a 3.80 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched. He was part of the Los Angeles Times’ All-League first team.

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Matthew Grimes, RHP, Georgia Tech

Round 18,  No. 541 overall

Report: The 6-foot-6 senior was already selected twice in previous drafts, including by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round in 2010. He suffered an arm injury that sidelined him for half of 2012 and all of 2013. Grimes was 5-3 with a 4.39 ERA and made 12 starts this year.

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Jean Cosme, RHP, Colegio Sagrada Familia (Puerto Rico)

Round 17,  No. 511 overall

Report: Baseball America projected Cosme to go a couple rounds earlier. His fastball has been clocked at 91 mph, and the 6-foot-2 righty projects well physically, according to Perfect Game.

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Tanner Chleborad, RHP, Washington State

Round 16,  No. 481 overall

Report: The 6-foot-5 righty was a 24th-round pick by the Seattle Mariners out of high school. He tallied a 3-7 record with a 3.84 ERA and set a career-high by striking out 10 batters in a start in early May. 

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Alejandro Juvier, 2B, Doral Academy (Fla.)

Round 15,  No. 451 overall

Report: Juvier hit .522 with five home runs this spring after batting .407 at Doral Academy the year before. He’s committed to play college ball at Marshall, according to Perfect Game.

 

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Gerrion Grim, RF, Jefferson College (Mo.)

Round 14, No. 421 overall

Report: The 6-foot-2, 190-pound outfielder batted .403 in 24 games and committed just one error for Jefferson this year.

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Matt Trowbridge, LHP, Central Michigan

Round 13, No. 391 overall

Report: At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, the Trowbridge is far from imposing on the mound, but the junior has plenty of deception. He struck out 43 in 31 1/3 innings as a reliever for the Chippewas in 2014 with a fastball clocked in the high 80s, according to Perfect Game.

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Nigel Nootbaar, RHP, Southern California

Round 12, No. 361 overall

Report: The junior has a mid-90s fastball with movement and strong breaking pitches, according to Big League Futures. He made just nine two starts and nine appearances total this year with the Trojans. 

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John Means, LHP, West Virginia

Round 11, No. 331 overall

Report: The junior is Baseball America’s 292nd-best prospect. He went 6-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 2014, striking out 46 in 69 innings. Baseball America describes him as having a lower-90s fastball with legitimate weapons in his changeup and curveball.

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Jay Gonzalez, CF, Mount Olive

Round 10, No. 301 overall

Report: The senior outfielder led his team with a .425/.500/.537 line this year. There was some confusion after the pick, as a misspelling in the MLB At-Bat mobile phone application briefly led Midland College infielder Jay Gonzales to believe he had been drafted.

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Austin Anderson, 3B, Mississippi  

Round 9, No. 271 overall

Report: Anderson is enjoying a breakout season, hitting .332/.463/.418 as a senior, and has started all 62 games for the Rebels this year. He bats left-handed, throws right-handed and is a major reason why his team is still alive in the NCAA tournament.

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Steve Wilkerson, 2B, Clemson  

Round 8, No. 241 overall

Report: Wilkerson is the first position player to be selected by the Orioles. The switch-hitter was a two-time All-ACC second-team selection and batted .317 with Clemson this year. At 6-foot-2, Wilkerson is also agile on the basepaths, and he was only caught stealing once this season.

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Max Schuh, LHP, UCLA

Round 7, No. 211 overall

Report: Schuh was a preferred walk-on for UCLA’s football team as a freshman, and he was the scouting team quarterback that fall. On the diamond, he appeared in 37 games as a redshirt junior last season, all in relief, and had a 1.55 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 29 innings. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound lefty wasn’t expected to go so early in the draft, and SB Nation expects him to sign instead of returning for his final year of college eligibility.

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Tanner Scott, LHP, Howard College

Round 6, No. 181 overall

Report: In 13 appearances this year, Scott went 7-4 with a 2.66 ERA, striking out 76 batters in 61 innings. According to Perfect Game, the left-hander’s fastball has been clocked in the high 90s during relief appearances. Scott was planning on transferring to Texas Tech this fall.

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David Hess, RHP, Tennessee Tech

Round 5, No. 151 overall

Report: The Orioles drafted a third-straight pitcher in Hess, who in February was ranked the third-best prospect from the Ohio Valley Conference by Baseball America. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound right-hander can reach the mid- to upper-90s with his fastball. He finished his junior year 9-3 with a 3.24 ERA, and delivered a stellar start on just two days’ rest in the OVC tournament championship game.

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Pat Connaughton, RHP, Notre Dame

Round 4, No. 121 overall

Report: Connaughton is a two-sport star, excelling in basketball as well as baseball. The righty uses his 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame to deliver mid-90s fastballs, and he also ranked second on the Fighting Irish basketball team in points, rebounds and assists in 2013-14. Connaughton is a talented prospect, but he may have fallen in the draft because he’s committed to play basketball and earn his degree this winter. But the Orioles are clearly willing to work around that, and the pitcher is expected to pursue baseball full-time after the Irish’s 2014-15 basketball season ends.

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Brian Gonzalez, LHP, Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.) High School

Round 3, No. 90 overall

Report: The Orioles selected Gonzalez, a hard-throwing left-hander, with their first pick of the 2014 draft. A high school senior who previously committed to Miami, Gonzalez tossed consecutive no-hitters earlier this summer in the Region 4-5A playoffs, including strikeouts of 11 of the first 12 batters he faced in the semifinal round. He finished the year with a 10-1 record, 0.50 ERA and 129 strikeouts, and he demonstrated some power at the plate while hitting .342. Gonzalez’s senior season was the only year in which McCarthy didn’t win the state title.

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