Here are a couple of comments from Orioles director of scouting Joe Jordan after the team's 28 selections in Day Two of baseball's amateur draft. The Orioles drafted five catchers and two more shortstops after selection Florida high school shortstop Manny Machado with the third overall pick last night.
On the day in general: "It was a good day. We got a lot of guys that we targeted and that's what you try to do. We had a couple of guys that fell to us that we're very happy about. It started with Dan Klein, our first pick today. He was a kid that we drafted out of high school and UCLA. It was a good day. It was long, grueling. You try and stay focused. I need a little time to go through it and see how much money I'm spending."
On Klein, the right-handed pitcher out of UCLA who was the club's third-round pick: "We had him evaluated in high school exactly where we have him now. It was just a situation at that time, the money was pretty significant. We followed him all summer and just couldn't come up with the money. As it turns out, he had a really good freshman year. This year, he was just dominant. We don't see him particularly as a closer. We like him as a starter. He's 6-4. He's got size. His stuff got better and everything improved like we hoped he would when we took him in high school."
On fifth-round pick Connor Narron, a high school third baseman from North Carolina: "He's a kid that is going to take maybe a little bit of time to get it done, but we feel good about what it's going to cost, his desire to play. It's just a matter of doing it the right way. He'll be playing. He'll be playing this summer."
On fourth-round pick Trent Mummey, an outfielder out of Auburn University: "He had a broken fibula the first part of the season. We basically had to wait for him to get healthy and start playing. I think over the last few months … he hit 18 home runs. He's a Lenny Dysktra type of guy as far as stature and his build. He's very competitive. I talked to someone else a couple of days ago about the type of player that we're looking for as far as makeup and he fits it to a tee. We really got a guy in the fourth round that we wanted in a lot of ways."
On sixth-round pick Dixon Anderson, a right-handed pitcher from U.C. Berkeley: "He fell because he didn't have a good year and he wants some money. But some of my best scouts on my staff saw some good days and had good numbers on him. We have some work to do on the delivery, but it's a power sinker. The guy can really sink the ball and we try to focus on the type of fastball that he's got."