After signing free agents Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz in February, the Orioles forfeited their selections in the first two rounds of the first-year player draft that started Thursday.
The club also sent away its pick in the first competitive balance round (No. 37 overall) as part of the deal to acquire right-hander Bud Norris from the Houston Astros last July. The Astros used that pick to select University of Virginia outfielder Derek Fisher on Thursday.
The draft continues today with rounds 3 through 10, beginning at 1 p.m., and it concludes Saturday with rounds 11 through 40. The Orioles will have one selection in each round, starting with No. 90 overall in the third round.
The Orioles drafted high school players with six of their first seven picks in 2013. Here's a look at how the club's top 10 picks last year, as well as six other notable selections, have fared.
TOP 10 PICKS
Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys H.S. (Catawba, N.C.)
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 22
How he's doing: Harvey, who signed shortly after the draft last June, split his first professional season between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles and short-season Single-A Aberdeen. He was 0-1 with a 1.78 ERA in eight starts overall, striking out 33 batters in 25 1/3 innings. This year, the 19-year-old is 3-4 with a 2.31 ERA in his first 11 starts with Low-A Delmarva. He was picked to start in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Josh Hart, OF, Parkview H.S. (Ga.)
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 37
How he's doing: Like Harvey, Hart also split last season between the GCL Orioles and Aberdeen after signing with the Orioles. He batted .218 with nine RBIs in 36 games overall, but he was just 1-for-10 in three games with the IronBirds. This year, the 19-year-old was batting .266 with 15 RBIs in 41 games for Delmarva before he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee last month. He is expected to miss at least a month because of the injury.
Chance Sisco, C, Santiago H.S. (Calif.)
Drafted: Round 2, Pick 61
How he's doing: Sisco spent most of his first professional season with the GCL Orioles, batting .371 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 31 games before playing two games with Aberdeen. He was 1-for-5 in the limited action with the IronBirds. Playing for Delmarva this year, the 19-year-old is batting .288 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 40 games.
Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College
Drafted: Round 3, Pick 98
How he's doing: In seven starts for the GCL Orioles last season, Tarpley was 0-1 with a 2.14 ERA. The 21-year-old had 25 strikeouts and walked three batters in 21 innings.
Jonah Heim, C, Amherst H.S. (N.Y.)
Drafted: Round 4, Pick 129
How he's doing: Heim struggled offensively in his first professional season, batting .185 with four RBIs in 27 games for the GCL Orioles. The 18-year-old had five doubles and scored eight runs.
Travis Seabrooke, LHP, Crestwood S.S. (Ontario, Canada)
Drafted: Round 5, Pick 159
How he's doing: Seabrooke signed in mid-July, and he had a 1.12 ERA in three appearances (two starts) for the GCL Orioles last year. But the 18-year-old suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and had season-ending surgery last month. He didn't make any appearances with a minor league affiliate this year.
Alex Murphy, C, Calvert Hall College H.S. (Baltimore)
Drafted: Round 6, Pick 189
How he's doing: After being named the Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year following his senior season at Calvert Hall, Murphy batted .231 with one home run and nine RBIs in 31 games for the GCL Orioles last year. The 19-year-old appeared in four games for Delmarva earlier this season, and he was 3-for-15 (.200) with a double and one RBI.
Drew Dosch, 3B, Youngstown State
Drafted: Round 7, Pick 219
How he's doing: Dosch signed with the Orioles in July, but he didn't make his professional debut until this season with Delmarva. In 57 games, the 21-year-old is batting .309 with three home runs and 26 RBIs for the Shorebirds. Dosch was one of five Delmarva players to be selected for this year's South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Trey Mancini, 1B, Notre Dame
Drafted: Round 8, Pick 249
How he's doing: In his professional debut last season, Mancini batted .328 with three home runs, 35 RBIs and 18 doubles in 68 games to lead Aberdeen to the New York-Penn League playoffs. This year, the 22-year-old has batted .333 with two home runs and 35 RBIs in 59 games for Delmarva. He is batting .452 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in his past 10 games, and he has eight multihit performances in that span.
Mitch Horacek, LHP, Dartmouth
Drafted: Round 9, Pick 279
How he's doing: Horacek was 5-4 with a 2.78 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) for Aberdeen last season. He had a 0.94 WHIP and struck out 45 batters in 64 2/3 innings for the IronBirds. So far this season, the 22-year-old is 4-5 with a 2.39 ERA in 11 starts for Delmarva. In his past three starts, Horacek is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. In that span, he has allowed one unearned run and 10 hits in 18 innings.
Austin Wynns, C, Fresno State
Drafted: Round 10, Pick 309
How he's doing: Last year, Wynns had a .235 batting average and 21 RBIs in 54 games for Aberdeen. He only had seven extra-base hits -- all doubles -- for the IronBirds. In 35 games this year, the 23-year-old is batting .258 with seven doubles and 11 RBIs.
Jimmy Yacabonis, RHP, St. Joseph's
Drafted: Round 13, Pick 399
How he's doing: Yacabonis was 3-1 with a 1.52 ERA and four saves in 18 appearances out of the bullpen for Aberdeen last year. But so far this season, he has been even better. The 22-year-old has yet to allow a run in 18 innings for Delmarva, and he is 1-0 with 13 saves. Yacabonis was selected for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game this season.
Mike Yastrzemski, OF, Vanderbilt
Drafted: Round 14, Pick 429
How he's doing: The grandson of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, he hit .273 with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 57 games for Aberdeen in 2013. The 23-year-old, who recently was picked for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, is batting .305 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs in 56 games for Delmarva so far this season. Yastrzemski has 13 doubles and nine triples this year, and he has a .326 average in his past 10 games.
Dylan Rheault, RHP, Central Michigan
Drafted: Round 19, Pick 579
How he's doing: Last year with Aberdeen, Rheault was 1-2 with a 3.57 ERA in 13 games (four starts), but he has excelled out of the bullpen in Delmarva so far this season. The 22-year-old, who is 6 feet 9 and 245 pounds, is 6-0 with a 2.36 ERA in 13 appearances for the Shorebirds. In his last game, Rheault allowed three runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings or his ERA would be lower.
Jon Keller, RHP, Tampa
Drafted: Round 22, Pick 669
How he's doing: Keller appeared in seven games, including five starts, for the GCL Orioles last season. He was 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA in 15 1/3 innings for the Rookie-level affiliate before making one appearance for Aberdeen at the end of the year. He gave up one run and one hit in three innings and picked up the win in that game for the IronBirds. This season, the 21-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 15 appearances for Delmarva. In his past 10 games, Keller has allowed only one run and eight hits in 23 innings (0.39 ERA).
Conor Bierfeldt, OF, Western Connecticut State
Drafted: Round 29, Pick 879
How he's doing: In 62 games last year, Bierfeldt batted .264 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs for Aberdeen. The 23-year-old also had 15 doubles and three triples, but he struck out 65 times in 231 at-bats. Bierfeldt is struggling so far in Delmarva this season. He is batting .200 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 49 games for the Shorebirds.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun