The Orioles took a position player with their first pick in the draft, choosing third baseman Bill Rowell from Bishop Eustace Prep in New Jersey. He's the first high school infielder taken by the Orioles in the first round since the immortal Robert Bruce in 1978.
In case you were wondering, Rick Elder was listed as an outfielder. And catcher Brandon Snyder doesn't count.
Rowell batted .529 with 14 homers and 62 RBIs as a junior last year. His home run and RBI totals were tops in south Jersey.
Rowell is a left-handed hitter whose raw power rates a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale, according to Baseball America. He's described as having a loose, fluid swing. He played shortstop in high school, but the Orioles listed him as a third baseman when making the pick. He figured to outgrow his old position.
The Orioles passed on pitcher Tim Lincecum, rated the No. 2 draft prospect by Baseball America. Lincecum went No. 10 to the San Francisco Giants.
With the first overall pick, the Kansas City Royals selected right-hander Luke Hochevar, who re-entered the draft after failing to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers last year.