The Orioles’ first draft under their new front-office regime concluded Wednesday, when they selected 30 more players in rounds 11 through 40.
Baltimore picked first in all 40 rounds as a result of the Orioles’ 115 losses in 2018 and also had a pick in the Competitive Balance B round for a total of 41 picks across the draft’s three days.
Here’s a look at who general manager/executive vice president Mike Elias and his amateur scouting department came away with, and what might be next for those players:
Who did they take?
The Orioles opened the draft by selecting Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the No. 1 overall pick and also drafted Alabama high school shortstop Gunnar Henderson and Stanford center fielder Kyle Stowers on the first day. In rounds 3-10 on Tuesday, they took six more middle-of-the-diamond position players along with two college pitchers.
Wednesday, the Orioles evened the scales by drafting several college pitchers in the late rounds, taking six straight in rounds 15-20 and then seven in a row in rounds 25-31. With their 41 picks, they took 33 college players and eight high schoolers, six of those coming among their final seven picks. They drafted 22 position players to 19 pitchers, with the position players breaking down as nine outfielders (eight were announced specifically as center fielders), six catchers, five shortstops and two corner infielders.
Here’s a player-by-player look at who the Orioles drafted Wednesday:
11th round, 318th overall, Stanford first baseman Andrew Daschbach: The Orioles’ third draftee out of Stanford is hitting .300 with 17 home runs this year
12th round, 348th overall, West Virginia right-hander Kade Strowd: Texas native struck out 87 in 83 2/3 innings this season but walked 59
13th round, 378th overall, Pitt right-hander Dan Hammer: Posted a 6.55 ERA in his junior year at Pitt but was the starting pitcher for the East Division in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game last summer
14th round, 408th overall, Central Missouri center fielder Mason Janvrin: Hit .423 in 2019 and stole at least 30 bases the past two seasons. His father, Kip, was a 2000 Olympian in the decathlon.
15th round, 438th overall, Fordham right-hander Kyle Martin: Reliever recorded 10 saves and a 2.44 ERA, striking out 65 in 44 1/3 innings
16th round, 468th overall, James Madison right-hander Shelton Perkins: Struck out 72 in 45 2/3 innings and had a WHIP below 1.000 while limiting hitters to a .169 average
17th round, 498th overall, Wake Forest right-hander Morgan McSweeney: Great frame at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, but he often struggled with command
18th round, 528th overall, New Mexico right-hander Malachi Emond: Recorded 48 strikeouts against nine walks as Lobos’ closer
19th round, 558th overall, Oklahoma State right-hander Jensen Elliott: A Freshman All-American in 2016 but missed most of the next two seasons because of Tommy John surgery. Has pitched three complete games with 3.33 ERA in 2019
20th round, 588th overall, Wichita State right-hander Clayton McGinness: Led the Shockers with a 3.89 ERA as a senior, throwing a complete game against then-No. 8 East Carolina
21st round, 618th overall, Penn State Berks third baseman Toby Welk: Hit .483 with 13 home runs, striking out only six times as one of the top players in Division III
22nd round, 648th overall, Oklahoma State right-hander Jake Lyons: Joined OSU after two years at Weatherford Junior College and pitched in a variety of relief roles for the Cowboys
23rd round, 678th overall, Lynn University center fielder Shayne Fontana: Left-handed hitter slashed .346/.454/.564 with seven home runs and 15 steals
24th round, 708th overall, UC Santa Barbara shortstop Andrew Martinez: Has two years off collegiate eligibility remaining, also played some second base, slashed .285/.402/.495 as a redshirt sophomore
25th round, 738th overall, Jacksonville State right-hander Garrett Farmer: Posted a 2.56 ERA in 16 starts, stands 5-foot-11, missed most of 2017 season with arm injury
26th round, 768th overall, Randolph-Macon right-hander Nick Roth: Went 10-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his senior season, pitching 84 innings with four complete games and 98 strikeouts to seven walks
27th round, 798th overall, Eckerd College left-hander Dillon McCollough: The first lefty the Orioles drafted spent all four collegiate seasons as a weekend starter, with a 2.43 ERA in 2019
28th round, 828th overall, Pepperdine right-hander Jonathan Pendergast: 2018 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year allowed only two home runs 84 2/3 innings as a senior
29th round, 858th overall, Ole Miss right-hander Houston Roth: The 6-foot-3 Roth pitched mostly in relief, striking out 44 in 37 2/3 innings but allowed a .288 average
30th round, 888th overall, Morehead State left-hander Dalton Stambaugh: Pitched exclusively out of the rotation in his redshirt junior season with a 3.84 ERA and .230 batting average against
31st round, 918th overall, Seattle University left-hander Jake Prizina: Lefty whose mother played softball at Nevada made starts in all four of his years with Seattle
32nd round, 948th overall, UNC Charlotte catcher Harris Yett: A semifinalist for the 2018 Johnny Bench Award for college baseball’s top catcher, Yet slashed .325/.392/.552 as a redshirt senior in 2019
33rd round, 978th overall, Seton Hill center fielder Craig Lewis: Missed most of the past two seasons with injury, but hit .386 over three years when healthy
34th round, 1,008th overall, Great Oak (CA) High School shortstop Zachary Arnold: The Orioles’ first high school draftee since the fifth round is an Oregon commit who projects as a solid defender and runner with a bat that could play at third base
35th round, 1,038th overall, DuBois (PA) Central Christian High School catcher Justin McNiss: The longtime Kent State commit hit at least .500 as both a junior and senior
36th round, 1,068th overall, Colorado School of Mines center fielder Trevor Kehe: Division II All-American who hit .431 with 26 steals in 31 tries as a redshirt junior
37th round, 1,098th overall, Valdosta (GA) High School right fielder Colby Thomas: Mercer signee is 6 feet tall and has experience playing on the infield
38th round, 1,128th overall, Marshall (MN) High School right-hander Ben Pedersen: The 6-foot-5 Missouri commit had a 46-inning scoreless streak as a junior
39th round, 1,158th overall, East Granby (CT) High School catcher Christian Fagnant: The son of Red Sox scout Ray Fagnant is a left-handed hitter committed to Amherst College
40th round, 1,188th overall, Westhill (CT) High School center fielder Bobby Zmarzlak: A University of Maryland commit who hits right-handed and has fast hands for someone who’s 6-foot-5
Elias and the Orioles have until July 12 at 5 p.m. to sign players (college seniors have a deadline close to the 2020 draft but likely will sign quickly because they don’t have the leverage of returning to school).
The Orioles have the second-largest signing bonus pool among all teams at $13,821,300, the combined slot values of all of their picks in the first 10 rounds, with Rutschman’s selection of No. 1 having a slot value of $8,415,300. The signing bonus given to a player drafted in rounds 11-40 does not count against the pool unless it exceeds $125,000, and only the exceeding value is included (i.e. If a 12th-rounder signs for $200,000, then $75,000 counts toward the pool).
If a player signs for less than his slot value, the remainder of their slot value can be used toward signing other players to over-slot deals. If a player drafted in the first 10 rounds does not sign, the team also loses his slot value.
There are penalties for teams that spend above their pool, the severity depending on the excess. Penalties include taxes on the overture and loss of future draft picks.
Where will the draftees play?
With signing players taking precedence before sorting out at what level they will play, it’s likely too early to tell where Orioles fans will have to travel to see Rutschman and others begin their professional careers.
In most cases, though, players drafted out of high school will join the Orioles’ Gulf Coast League, while collegiate draftees will start out with short-season Class-A Aberdeen.