A look at the Orioles' first three picks in 2015:
Round 1, Pick 25: OF DJ Stewart, Florida State University
Height/Weight: 6-feet/230 pounds
Skinny: Was the ACC Player of the Year as a sophomore and had a great junior year, hitting .318 with 15 homers and 59 RBIs while posting a .500 on-base percentage and .593 slugging percentage. … Led the NCAA with 69 walks this season and had 147 walks and just 117 strikeouts in his career. … Was a high school running back, won three state championships as a football player and two as a baseball player in the Jacksonville area. … Hits from a low crouch, which concerns some evaluators. … Most likely a left fielder in the majors. … His father, Reggie, was a 13th round pick of the San Diego Padres in 1991 and played three years in the minors. … Represented by Scott Boras.
O's scouting director Gary Rajsich's quote: "We love DJ's on-base skills, as well as his slugging. He can hit anywhere in the order actually, but I see him as a middle of the order bat, a run producer, a run scorer. He plays every day. He gives you what he's got every day and he is the kind of kid you want to build your ballclub around."
Analyst quote: "He has 20-homer power that he should be able to get to in games and is deceptively quick for his size, owing it to his past as a high school running back. So, he's good enough to play left field." – Kiley McDaniel, FanGraphs prospect analyst
Round 1, Pick 36 (compensatory): SS Ryan Mountcastle, Hagerty High School, Oviedo, Fla.
Height/Weight: 6-3/180 pounds
Skinny: The first thing that jumps out at scouts is his quick bat speed. He hasn't shown much power, but there's hope that he'll grow into his big frame. … Hit just two homers, but stole 22 bases in his first 84 at-bats as a high school senior. … May end up at third base if his body matures. … Has done well at showcases while using wooden bats. … Was a 2015 Perfect Game First Team All-American. … Is committed to Central Florida University.
Rajsich quote: He is a very accomplished, advanced high school hitter. And we think he is going to be very good. … We think he can be a middle of the order bat as well. … He'll go out as a shortstop. It depends on what happens to his body, if he gets a lot bigger, stronger. He may move to third, I'm not sure. He is a very good fielder, He can handle either position."
Analyst quote: "It's not the kind of picturesque swing that normally goes in the top picks, but it works in games, he's athletic and the top talents were already off the board at this point. … There's a common thread here with DJ Stewart of performance over pretty. [They have] deceptive athleticism and [are] guys with long track records of performing for average and power against top amateur pitching."
Round 2, Pick 68: RHP Jonathan Hughes, Flowery Branch High School, Ga.
Height/Weight: 6-2/190 pounds
Skinny: Throws four pitches and his fastball reaches into the 90s. Fastball was clocked by one recruiting service at 95 mph. … Seemed to have higher stock as a junior than as a senior. ... Seemed to plateau during showcases last summer, but demonstrated more upside in the spring. … Was a 2015 Perfect Game Third-Team All-American this year and a Perfect Game Underclass First team member in 2014. … Wasn't ranked by Baseball America in its Top 200 prospects in this draft class. … Committed to Georgia Tech.
Rajsich quote: "We love his arm. Jonathan has advanced mechanics and he has a plus arm. He's athletic. I've said it many times in the past, we look for athletic throwers with plus arms and he fits the category. He's got a good, four-pitch mix, he throws strikes and he has pretty good command."
Analyst quote: "Hughes has a chance to grow into a third/fourth starter, but as a young arm that doesn't have tons of physical projection, there's obvious questions about getting through the next few years healthy and his development could still go a number of different ways. But the stuff, athleticism and smarts are here." -- McDaniel