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With Orioles set to select 14th overall in draft, a look at success of past No. 14 picks

With Orioles set to select 14th overall in draft, a look at success of past No. 14 picks

How important is the 14th overall pick? And how much should the Orioles be committed to keeping that selection in the upcoming draft?

As the Orioles continue to look to upgrade their starting rotation and add a corner outfielder, they appear determined to keep their first-round selection, meaning that they will be reluctant to pursue players who declined the qualifying offer and are now tied to draft-pick compensation, such as former Chicago Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler and ex-Texas Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

The Orioles currently have six selections in the first 91 picks in this year’s draft. That surplus is coming from a combination of their...

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