What they're saying about the Orioles' draft

As you know by now, the Orioles selected Florida high school shortstop Manny Machado with the third overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft.

Here is The Baltimore Sun story about the selection, courtesy of Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly in today's newspaper. Connolly also posted thoughts and quotes about Machado on Orioles Insider.


Now, let's see what everyone else is saying about the Orioles' decision to take Machado at No. 3, as well as the rest of their selections. I'll be updating this post over the next two days with any news and articles that I can find about the players who the Orioles draft.

Please continue to check back for updates over the next few days. I'll add the players in the order that they're drafted at the bottom of the entry along with any links and information I can find on them.First round: Manny Machado, SS, Brito Miami Private (Fla.) School


• Here is the MLB.com scouting report and video of Machado.

Summary: Machado entered the season as the top high school position player and has done nothing to diminish that evaluation. Big and athletic, he can do just about everything on the baseball field, with the ability to hit for plenty of average and some power as he matures. He's got more than enough arm to play shortstop and is fine there for now, though there is some concern he'll outgrow the position. Even if he does, he'd be just fine at third, both in terms of handling the position defensively and providing the kind of offense teams look for at the hot corner. Regardless of his position, Machado is primed to be one of the earliest names taken off the board in June.

Watch video and read a brief scouting report from BaseballBeginnings.com's John Klima about Machado.

• While most people have been drawing comparisons between Machado and New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, The Miami Herald's Manny Navarro makes another interesting connection.

Manny Machado grew up idolizing Alex Rodriguez. Now, he will try and follow in the footsteps of Cal Ripken Jr. and become the star shortstop in Baltimore.

A 17-year-old senior out of Miami Brito High School, Machado became the first South Florida player taken in MLB's First-Year Player Draft on Monday night when the Orioles picked him third overall.

He celebrated the moment at home with more than two dozen family members and friends, who piled up next to him as he was interviewed by the MLB Network for a few moments before his phone cut off.

• Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com discusses how Machado's family helped to turn him into a mature player who can handle the comparions to Rodriguez.

Those values come from having a strong family, though it was one without a father in the house. Machado grew up with three women -- his mother, grandmother and older sister -- and they deserve much of the credit for raising him to have such strong character.

As far as baseball goes, Machado received plenty of guidance from his uncle, Geovany Brito. With Brito living across the street, Machado never lacked a father figure while he was learning his way on and off the field.

"He's basically my dad," Machado said. "That's basically my second home. I used to get home and go to the park. It was always me, him and my cousin."

• The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Chuck Finder talks about Machado's alternatives. It's not a given that he'll agree to terms before the Aug. 16 deadline.

He maintains that, if this draft business doesn't work out, he could always settle into shortstop for Florida International University, whose scholarship offer he accepted last fall.

Asked if this entire draft process was starting to wear on him, Machado said: "Not really, man. ... It has been a great situation, with all the attention scouts have given me. I thank them each time I see them. It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

"Maybe twice if I go to FIU."

• Sports Illustrated's Joe Lemire writes about Machado's current workout routine.

Machado admitted that he has only dabbled in some basic weight-training to date, though that'll change in a professional organization (or, if he somehow doesn't agree to a contract, at Florida International, where he has signed a scholarship). He has also reportedly been working out with Tony Valdez, a Miami trainer who has been previously employed by Manny Ramirez, Jose Valverde and Edgar Renteria.

Third round: Daniel Klein, RHP, UCLA

• Here is the MLB.com scouting report and video of Klein.

Summary: After missing all of 2009 because of shoulder surgery, Klein wasn't really on radar screens. That changed in a hurry as he emerged as one of the better college closers in the country. He can throw four pitches for strikes, leading some to think he should get a chance to start at the next level. Even if that doesn't pan out, teams know they will have a competitive pitcher who can excel in a relief role and move quickly through a system. If teams feel he's fully healthy -- and he appears to be -- that's the type of arm that usually gets drafted fairly early.

Fourth round: Trent Mummey, CF, Auburn

• The Birmingham News' Charles Goldberg talks about Mummey's rebound from injury issues earlier this season to lead the Tigers into the NCAA tournament.

Mummey, the former Pinson Valley High School standout, waited patiently for this day, usually in the front of the dugout while waiting for his ankle to heal.

"There was definitely some learning. You learn how to focus on the mental aspect of the game," he said. "Coming back from an injury, I was more excited to being playing baseball than being mad about things when I failed. I was just happy to be out there."

Mummey is hitting .371 with 47 RBIs, and he has made his homers count.


• Andrew Gribble of the Opelika-Auburn News also discusses Mummey's recovery.


Center fielder Trent Mummey hated it at the time, but now calls the sprained ankle he suffered one week before the season a "blessing in disguise."

Sure, it cost the 2008 Gold Glove winner 28 games to start the season, but it made what Mummey did through the second half of the season all the more impressive and noteworthy. In just 29 starts, Mummey hit 15 home runs, which ranks sixth in the SEC, while batting .371 with 47 RBI, a total that ranks third on the team.

"I had a lot of expectations for the year, so I was definitely worried when it happened," Mummey said. "I came back really hot and it worked out."

Fifth round: Connor Narron, SS, C.B. Aycock (N.C.) H.S.

• While addressing 10 questions in his draft preview, Baseball America's John Manuel mentions that Narron -- who is former Orioles coach Jerry Narron's son, by the way -- is more likely to play college baseball than sign a pro contract.

North Carolina prep Connor Narron, son of Jerry, is expected to bypass pro ball and play in college for the home-state Tar Heels.

Sixth round: Dixon Anderson, RHP, California

• The Tulsa World's Guerin Emig writes about a walk-off home run that Anderson allowed to Oral Roberts' Tyler Garewal on Saturday, which eliminated California from the NCAA tournament.

Now, Cal reliever Dixon Anderson had just retired Joey Winiecki to begin the bottom of the ninth. His first pitch to Garewal?

"A letter-high fastball," said Garewal, 1-for-3 at that point as ORU's leadoff hitter. "It was exactly what I was looking for. See it and hit it. Hit it hard.

"I got under it a little bit, and I figured it would carry in this wind."

Seventh round: Matt Bywater, LHP, Pepperdine

• In late May, Bywater broke the school record for most shutouts in a season, writes Rhiannon Potkey of the Ventura County Star.

Around the diamond: Junior pitcher Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks) broke the Pepperdine single-season record for shutouts in a 5-0 victory over San Diego. Bywater's fourth shutout broke a nine-way tie for first place on the all-time list. Bywater lowered his ERA to 2.29 with his fifth complete game of the season.

• In a separate article, Potkey talks about Bywater's 2010 statistics.

Pepperdine junior pitcher Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks) earned a win in his last game to finish the regular season with a career-low ERA of 2.40. Bywater established season highs in strikeouts (83), innings pitched (9723), an NCAA-best four shutouts and five complete games. Bywater was a unanimous first-team All-West Coast Conference selection.

Eighth round: Wynston Sawyer, C, Scripps Ranch (Calif.) H.S.

• In The San Diego Union-Tribune, Rick Davis writes about Sawyer's hard work, which helped him to be noticed by major-league scouts.

Sawyer's draft stock has risen dramatically this spring because he has added about 20 pounds through weight training. He has emerged as a power hitter and has improved his catching skills, said Scripps Ranch coach Ryan Thompson, whose Falcons won the Eastern League title and ended the season 24-8.

Now Sawyer is the whole package and baseball scouts have noticed. During the regular season, Sawyer batted .400 (34-for-85) with 10 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 33 runs scored and 38 RBI. His slugging percentage was .812.

Thompson said scouts fancied Sawyer last season but noted deficiencies in blocking pitches in the dirt and other catching duties.

Ninth round: Parker Bridwell, RHP, Hereford (Texas) H.S.

• The Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News' Lance Lahnert offers some background on Bridwell.

Bridwell graduated from Hereford High last month, completing a stellar athletic career for the Whitefaces during which he starred in football, basketball and as a baseball pitcher. Bridwell has signed to play baseball at Texas Tech.

"Everything has gone well and I think I will be drafted," said Bridwell, who went 7-2 and recorded 106 strikeouts in 65 innings.

• George Watson of the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal ponders whether Bridwell will give up his scholarship to Texas Tech to sign with the Orioles.

It will be interesting to see what he does. Can Tech do with him like they did with Bettis three years ago and convince him to skip the money now for potentially bigger money in three years?

We'll see.

10th round: Clayton Schrader, RHP, San Jacinto (Texas) College North

11th round: Alexander Gonzalez, RHP, Boca Raton Community (Fla.) H.S.

• The South Florida Sun Sentinel's Christy Cabrera Chirinos talks about Gonzalez's connection to another 2010 draft pick of the Orioles.

Gonzalez went 4-6 with a 2.48 ERA this season. But he struck out 69 batters in 65 innings pitched and performed well during summer ball, earning the attention of Orioles scouts who came to watch one of his teammates -- highly touted Miami Brito shortstop and FIU signee Manny Machado.

Machado was selected by the Orioles with the third overall pick.

"The Orioles had their whole staff come to watch him and I pitched that game and they saw me," Gonzalez said. "I'm happy and I knew something good was going to come out of the draft."

• Cristina Ledra of The Palm Beach Post discusses Gonzalez's expected timetable for a decision on whether to sign with the Orioles or play in college at Oral Roberts.

Gonzalez said the Orioles called him before the 10th round but ended up taking him in the 11th, which is about where he was hoping to go. He added that he would take the summer to weigh his options before making a decision on whether to sign or go to college.


12th round: Riley Hornback, OF, San Jacinto (Texas) College North

• Quick note: MLB.com originally listed Ryan Hornback as the Orioles' selection here, but the Orioles confirmed to me that they actually selected Riley Hornback, his brother and teammate at San Jacinto College North.

• In this article from May, The (Grand Junction, Texas) Daily Sentinel's Patrick Bahr writes about Hornback and his brother, Ryan, who combined to lead San Jacinto this season.

Balancing out a strong pitching staff is an equally dangerous offense. San Jac has a .316 batting average, led by the Hornback brothers, Riley and Ryan. Riley is a sophomore who hit .313 in last year's World Series and who's hitting .358 with 53 RBI this spring. Ryan, a freshman, is hitting .341 with 13 doubles.

13th round: Jeremy Nowak, OF, Mount Olive (N.C.) College

• WITN-TV in Washington, N.C., posted this article about Nowak's selection.

A current St. Louis Cardinal phenom provides Nowak with some inspiration: three-time National League Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols was also a 13th-round selection, back in 1999.

"The first picks might get the big dollars, but everyone starts off at the same point, no matter where you're drafted," said Nowak. "It does serve as motivation that Pujols was picked in the same round I was. He's known for his work ethic and I feel that my work ethic is one of my best qualities."

Nowak added, "This has been my goal since I first started playing baseball. I'm going to give all of my effort and just work my hardest. If it doesn't work out and I don't make the majors, it won't be because I didn't work hard enough."

14th round: Michael Mosby, 3B, Wabash Valley (Ill.) College

15th round: Joe Oliveira, C, Pacific

• The (Stockton, Calif.) Record's Jagdip Dhillon profiled Oliveira last month, including his somewhat long journey to professional baseball.

Oliveira arrived from San Diego in 2006 after being a standout in baseball and basketball at University City High School. The 6-foot, 205-pounder was intrigued by Ed Sprague's rebuilding plan, and the coach knew he was adding a foundational piece. Oliveira said after meeting Sprague he knew this is where he wanted to be, and he's never had to second-guess the decision since.

"When I got here, it felt like home," Oliveira said.

Oliveira has also had to make decisions on whether to leave school for professional baseball after his junior year in 2008 and if it made sense to come back for a fifth season after losing much of last year to a broken right hand.

16th round: Brandon King, OF, Fresno (Calif.) City College

17th round: David Richardson, LF, Hillsborough (Fla.) Community College

18th round: Sebastian Vader, RHP, San Marcos (Calif.) H.S.

19th round: Kenneth Wise, RHP, Santa Fe (Fla.) College

• The Gainesville (Ga.) Times shares Wise's 2010 statistics in this article.

Then in the 19th round, the Baltimore Orioles selected Ken Wise, a 2008 East Hall High graduate, with the 568th overall selection. This season, Wise was tied for the team high in wins with a 5-2 record and a 4.20 ERA at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla.

20th round: Matt Drummond, LHP, UCLA

21st round: Scott Copeland, RHP, Southern Miss

22nd round: Tanner Murphy, C, Mountain Ridge (Ariz.) H.S.

23rd round: Christopher Clinton, CF, Eckerd (Fla.)

24th round: Timothy Adleman, RHP, Georgetown

25th round: Vincent Zazueta, SS, Arizona Western College

26th round: Austin Goolsby, C, Embry-Riddle

27th round: Austin Urban, RHP, Richland (Pa.) H.S.

28th round: Jaime Esquivel, RHP, South Houston (Texas) H.S.

• Houston Chronicle correspondent Jason McDaniel discusses Esquivel's commitment to play baseball in college at Rice, which could make a signing with the Orioles unlikely.

"He plans to go to Rice unless a team drafts him and offers him a substantial signing bonus," Elliot said. "He would have to consider that, but as or right now he's pretty set on going to play for Rice."

Elliot says they haven't talked numbers, and exactly what it would take for Esquivel to forego Rice. Where he's drafted likely will come down to his perceived signability by the major league scouts.

If they think he'll sign, he could go from the fifth to 10th round. If not -- and they're likely to be skeptical since he's already signed with a premiere program -- he could go late, from the 15th to 25th round.

29th round: Cameron Roth, LHP, UNC Wilmington

30th round: Michael Rooney, SS, UNC Wilmington

• Chuck Carree of the (Wilmington, N.C.) Star-News discusses Rooney's defensive skills, which earned him an award from the Colonial Athletic Association this season.

UNC-Wilmington senior shortstop Mike Rooney made only nine errors during the 2010 season; three in the last 36 games.

His fielding earned him Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year honors, announced at the league awards banquet at the Burney Center on Wednesday night.

"Personally it is a great accomplishment,'' he said. "I pride myself on being a good defensive player and to be recognized as the top defensive player in the conference is definitely an honor. It is one of those things where you are kind of speechless.''

31st round: Adam Gaylord, 3B, Stanford


32nd round: Joe Robinson, RHP, College of Southern Nevada

• The Las Vegas Sun's Ray Brewer predicted that Robinson would be picked much earlier.

Pitcher Joe Robinson, who went 9-1 with a 2.62 ERA this spring, will also likely be a top-10 round pick.

33rd round: Steven Mazur, RHP, Notre Dame

34th round: Samuel Starr, SS, British Columbia

• Lyndon Little of the Vancouver Sun writes about Starr, including this quote from his coach.

"In 2007 we needed to recruit a middle infielder and I remember sending [assistant coach] Shawn Corness to scout the Canada Cup where Sammie was playing second base for Team Ontario," recalls McKaig. "He called me right away and said he had found our guy. With Sammie it's always been about his size [5-9, 179 pounds]. But he's been just a great clutch hitter for us. And Mark's last four starts this year were as good a stretch on the mound as perhaps we've ever had for UBC."

35th round: Joseph Donaldson, UTIL, Southeastern

36th round: Brad Decater, SS, Cal-State Northridge

37th round: Austin Knight, 2B, Palm Beach (Fla.) State College

38th round: Jeremy Shelby, CF, Grambling State

• NewOrleans.com's Ken Trahan gives some background information on Shelby, including the outfielder's connection to the Orioles before they drafted him.

In the 38th round, the Baltimore Orioles chose center fielder Jeremy Shelby of Grambling State with pick #1,138. The 6'3, 180 pound senior helped lead the Tigers to the SWAC tournament title and an NCAA berth in 2010. Shelby hit .354 with 6 home runs and 39 RBI while stealing 20 bases. Shelby is the son of former Baltimore Orioles, Dodgers and Tigers center fielder John Shelby.

• MLB.com's Noah Rosenstein describes the younger Shelby's reaction to the selection.

"He was just hollering and screaming, and couldn't believe it," John said. "The whole family, we're all excited."

The elder Shelby found out about his son's selection first and informed Jeremy of the news himself. After listening to all of Day 2 without being drafted, Jeremy was frustrated and decided not to listen to Day 3. So after the Orioles called his dad to ask a few final questions before making their decision, the proud father called to give him the news.

"They had asked me about him and I told them, gave them a little bit of information on his season. They said his name is on the board and they said, 'We're going to take him,'" John said. "So I called him and let him know. I thought he would know, but he didn't know."

39th round: Travis Strong, RHP, No school

40th round: Joe Velleggia, C, Old Dominion

41st round: David Blanchard, SS, Cherokee County (Ala.) H.S.

42nd round: Jacob Pettit, LHP, Western Oregon State

43rd round: Blair Dunlap, OF, UCLA

44th round: Preston Hale, OF, North Florida

• The Florida Times-Union's Hays Carlyon discusses Hale's college statistics, as well as the Orioles' reported plans for him.

Hale was an offensive force for UNF this past season. The senior batted .391 with 12 homers and 63 RBI in 58 games. The Lakeland native played in the outfield for UNF, but he will be moved to first base with the Orioles.

"Preston is one of the top five hitters we've ever had at UNF," former UNF coach Dusty Rhodes said. "Physically, he's well put together. He's very muscular and works hard in the weight room. He's more of a contact hitter, but he does have power."

45th round: Nathan Williams, RHP, Scripps Ranch (Calif.) H.S.

46th round: Daniel Torres, C, Countryside (Fla.) H.S.

47th round: Cody Young, RF, Anderson (Ind.)

• Thomas St. Myer of The (Muncie, Ind.) Star Press gives an interesting tidbit about Young.

Young grew up a Minnesota Twins fan, but he has a soft spot in his heart for the Orioles.

When Young battled cancer as a 10-year-old, Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken sent him autographed merchandise.

• In a separate article, St. Myer talks about Young's fight against cancer.

At the age of 9, Young asked the doctor, "Am I going to die?"

Medical evidence certainly indicated Young was about to die. His cancer had reached Stage IV as an inoperable tumor spread behind his sternum.

The doctor tried to soften the blow by replying, "We're all going to die sometime."

• The (Anderson, Ind.) Herald Bulletin's George Bremer writes about Young's 2010 season.

He hit .482 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs despite missing most of the non-conference season with a dislocated patella.

Even though the Orioles were one of two teams he'd gone through a predraft workout with, Young was surprised by the selection. Baltimore already had selected eight outfielders before choosing him.

48th round: Alex Schmarzo, RHP, St. Mary's (Calif.)

49th round: Hayden Jordan, RHP, Whitewater (Ga.) H.S.

50th round: Philip Walby, RHP, Scripps Ranch (Calif.) H.S.

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