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Orioles select pitchers in third, fourth rounds; Towson junior Richard Palacios goes to Indians in third

Orioles select pitchers in third, fourth rounds; Towson junior Richard Palacios goes to Indians in third

While it can be easy to evaluate draft prospects based on radar-gun readings and other superficial numbers, the Orioles clearly looked beyond them Tuesday when making their early selections during the second day of this year’s Major League Baseball draft.

In taking Arkansas right-hander Blaine Knight with their third-round pick (87th overall) and Kentucky high school left-hander Drew Rom in the fourth round (115th overall), the Orioles had to be drawn to both pitchers, at least in part, by their secondary-pitch spin rates.

Knight owns a mid-90s fastball and a breaking ball with one of the highest spin rates in the country, according to Baseball America, which named him a...

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