Orioles select Oregon's Garrett Cleavinger with first of eight Day Two MLB Draft picks

The Orioles opened the second day of the MLB Draft with their first college pitcher, selecting Oregon left-hander Garrett Cleavinger in the third round (102nd overall) Tuesday.

Cleavinger, who saved nine games as the Ducks' closer this year, finished his three-year career with an 18-4 record and 1.94 career ERA.


According to Baseball America, who had Cleavinger ranked No. 185 on their top 500 draft prospects list, the Oregon reliever sat 92-93 mph with his fastball after sitting 93-96 mph in the Cape Cod League last year, and also features a curveball.

He has struck out over a batter per inning in each of his three years out of the Oregon bullpen, peaking with 14.85 as a junior.


Fangraphs did not rank him in its Top 202 draft prospects, while Perfect Game had Cleavinger ranked 182nd.

On Monday, the Orioles selected Florida State outfielder D.J. Stewart (24 overall), Florida prep shorstop Ryan Mountcastle (36th overall), and Georgia high-school right-hander Jonathan Hughes (No. 68 overall). They will pick 28th in each of the remaining rounds of the 40-round draft.

Fourth-round pick Ryan McKenna, a centerfielder from St. Thomas Aquinas High in New Hampshire, is regarded as that state's best high school prospect since Jeff Locke was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006. He was Baseball America's No. 161 prospect entering the draft, and considered an athletic, projection-type outfielder who could stick in center.

In the fifth round, the Orioles took another high-upside high school outfielder, River Ridge (FL) left fielder Jason Heinrich. Heinrich performed well in the summer and fall showcase circuit in last year, but  had an inconsistent . His raw power and ability to hit are his carrying tools.

Baseball America ranked Heinrich No. 181 overall entering the draft. He is committed to Central Florida.

Here's the rest of the Orioles' picks Tuesday:

Sixth round: Jay Flaa, senior right-handed pitcher, North Dakota State

Seventh round: Gray Fenter, right-handed pitcher, West Memphis (Ark.) HS


Eighth round: Seamus Curran, first baseman, Agawam (Mass.) HS

Ninth round: Jaylen Ferguson, center fielder, Arlington (Tex.) HS

10th round: Reid Love, left-handed pitcher, East Carolina

Local players selected

The first local player off the board was Maryland second baseman Brandon Lowe, who was selected 87th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Lowe reportedly suffered a broken fibula in the Terps' Saturday loss at the University of Virginia in the NCAA super regional, and is a draft-eligible sophomore, so the first-team All-Big Ten Conference second baseman could return to Maryland and potentially go higher without the cloud of injury.


Alex Robinson, a hard-throwing left-handed reliever that found a home in Maryland's bullpen over the last two years, went in the fifth round (140th overall) to the Minnesota Twins. Robinson struck out 32 batters in 27 2/3 innings for the Terps, going 1-1 with a 1.63 ERA in 2015.

Minnesota also selected Terps standout center fielder LaMonte Wade in the ninth round. The St. Paul's graduate missed six weeks with a hand injury but hit .335 in 42 games for Maryland.

Three players with local ties also went in the tenth round: USC-Aiken shortstop Sean Miller (Archbishop Spalding) to the Twins, Navy right-hander Stephen Moore to the Atlanta Braves, and Maryland left-hander Jake Drossner to the Milwaukee Brewers.

This story has been updated.