If Buxton is gone and Correa is available, the shortstop may land with the Mariners at No. 3. Seattle has been linked to University of Florida catcher Mike Zunino, who is considered the best of a weak collegiate position player pool.
In the unlikely event Buxton is available at No. 4, it's hard to imagine the Orioles passing up a dynamic athlete with gap power, excellent speed and an arm so strong that his fastball has been clocked at 98 mph. Correa also may give the Orioles pause, especially considering he could eventually end up at third base.
Otherwise, bank on the Orioles taking a pitcher in the first round for the fourth time in five years. Zimmer and Gausman — both 6-feet-4 and hard-throwing — have been connected to the Orioles in recent weeks. Gausman is more established and has faced better competition, but Zimmer's intense mound presence and advanced command may put him a tick ahead.
One other option, albeit a slight long shot at No. 4, is California high school left-hander Max Fried, who is considered the best southpaw in the draft.
Rajsich said he and the organization will weigh all factors, and they hope to walk away with the highest-rated player available — whether it is a hitter or pitcher out of college or high school.
"I'm just looking at the best player, wherever he may be. I believe in balance," said Rajsich, who was hired in November after two-plus decades as a scout. "I have a short and long term goal for the organization. I believe in that mixture of older veteran players and younger players. I think it's very healthy to have both throughout development."
Orioles' potential draft targets
Position: Right-handed pitcher
School/Class: Stanford University/junior
Height/Weight: 6-feet-5, 215 pounds
Skinny: Considered most polished pitcher in the draft. Has a mid-90s fastball that can run up to high-90s, a hard slider and improving changeup.