With the 2013 first-year player draft beginning tonight in Secaucus, N.J., it’s worth taking a peek back at where some of the Orioles’ notable picks from last season ended up — from the majors to the minors and some who opted to attend college.
Kevin Gausman, RHP, LSU
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Drafted: Round 1, No. 4 overall
Then: Gausman wrapped up a sophomore season in which he won 12 games with a 2.77 ERA for the Tigers. A 2012 first-team All-American, Gausman was regarded as one of the top college arms in the draft, and he struck out 135 batters in 123 2/3 innings in his final year at LSU.
Now: The right-hander is already a contributor to the big league club. Gausman started the year at Double-A Bowie but was called up to the Orioles to make his debut at Toronto on May 23. While he struggled in his first two starts at the Blue Jays and Washington, Gausman flashed the potential that made him 2012’s fourth overall pick against Detroit on Sunday, allowing one run on five hits over six innings.
Branden Kline, RHP, Virginia
Drafted: Round 2, No. 65 overall
Then: Kline led the Cavaliers with 94 strikeouts in 93 2/3 innings pitched in 2012, earning second-team All-ACC honors as a starter. He also showed up as a solid late-inning option and finished third in career saves at Virginia with 21.
Now: The right-hander started four games for short-season Aberdeen in 2012 before advancing to Low-A Delmarva this year. He was 1-2 with a 5.86 ERA before May 24 ankle surgery sidelined him. He’s expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Adrian Marin, SS, Miami Gulliver Prep
Drafted: Round 3, No. 99 overall
Then: Marin had signed to play at Miami (Fla.), but he ultimately spurned the Hurricanes to join the Orioles organization. Baseball America rated Marin as the nation’s No. 192 prospect entering the draft.
Now: Marin batted .286 in 53 games split between the Gulf Coast League and Low-A Delmarva in 2012. The 19-year-old stayed with Delmarva this spring and his batting .263 with one home run and 21 RBIs in 48 games. In a May 31 game against Greensboro, he went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Christian Walker, 1B, South Carolina
Drafted: Round 4, No. 132
Then: Walker was the top hitter for the Gamecocks, who fell in the College World Series final to Arizona. The Limerick, Pa., native batted .321 with 11 home runs, 55 RBIs, 48 runs scored, 12 doubles and a .450 on-base percentage in 67 games. He was a first-team All-SEC selection in his junior season.