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Orioles prospect Pat Connaughton focused on Notre Dame's Sweet 16 run — for now
Orioles prospect Pat Connaughton focused on Notre Dame's Sweet 16 run — for now

Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich first saw Pat Connaughton pitch in person last May in College Park. After throwing three wild pitches in the first inning, which led to the only runs in a 2-0 loss to Maryland, Connaughton settled down, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters and going the distance. By doing so, Connaughton impressed the longtime scout not only with his heater, but his heart. "I liked his competitive nature," Rajsich recalled Tuesday, noting that Connaughton was throwing 94 mph with movement on his fastball. "He didn't back down at all. He got roughed up a little bit and he got himself out of several jams. I just liked the way he competed." A...

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