Brian Matusz

On draft day, Orioles may keep competitive balance pick for first time since 2013

On draft day, Orioles may keep competitive balance pick for first time since 2013

The Orioles are hours away from doing something they haven’t done in the last four years — use their competitive balance draft pick (No. 74 overall) for a player instead of in a trade.

In 2012, MLB instituted two additional sets of draft picks on the first day of the MLB draft, one for teams in the bottom 10 in revenue and another for teams in the bottom 10 of market size.

The Orioles have been selected in the pick lottery five times now, counting this year, and three prior times they’ve traded away their pick.

They used their 2013 pick on outfielder Josh Hart, who is in his third season at High-A Frederick after injuries have slowed his career. Later that summer, they...

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