Now: Ripken elected to attend South Carolina and redshirted his freshman year.

 

Lucas Herbst, OF, Santa Clara

Drafted: Round 26, No. 792

Then: Herbst was an honorable mention All-WCC selection in 2012, batting .351 with two home runs and 26 RBIs. He posted a .409 on-base percentage and played in 40 games.

Now: Herbst has been steady for Low-A Delmarva this season, batting .297 with two home runs, 12 RBIs and a .355 on-base percentage for the Shorebirds. Last season, he hit .238 in 51 games split between Short-Season Aberdeen and Delmarva.

 

Steel Russell, C, Midland Community College (Texas)

Drafted: Round 32, No. 972

Then: Russell batted .361 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 41 games for the junior college. He recorded just one error in the field as well.

Now: The son of Orioles bench coach John Russell, Steel is batting .317 in 11 games for Low-A Delmarva.

 

Colton Plaia, C, Loyola Marymount

Drafted: Round 33, No, 1,002

Then: Plaia led Loyola Marymount with six home runs in 2012 and also knocked in 38 RBIs. He was a first-team All-WCC selection and batted .326, including .385 in WCC play.

Now: Plaia elected to return to school for his senior season and earned WCC Defensive Player of the Year honors, in addition to another first-team selection. He led the Lions with a .311 average and threw out 26 of 62 potential base stealers.


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