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Orioles select high school pitcher Grayson Rodriguez with No. 11 pick, college shortstop at No. 37

Orioles select high school pitcher Grayson Rodriguez with No. 11 pick, college shortstop at No. 37

The Orioles predicted an early run on position players in this year’s Major League Baseball first-year player draft, and that’s the way the first 10 picks played out Monday night, giving the Orioles a deep list of talented starting-pitching options to choose from with the No. 11 overall pick.

A few pitchers projected to go in the top-10 were surprisingly available, and while Texas high school right-hander Grayson Rodriguez wasn’t in that group, he was the Orioles’ top target going into the draft, and they selected the senior from Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches, Texas, with their first-round pick.

“He was the consensus pick for us in the first round,” Orioles...

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