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‘It’s not a 100% shot’: Orioles and GM Mike Elias enter MLB draft aware of pressures of picking first

‘It’s not a 100% shot’: Orioles and GM Mike Elias enter MLB draft aware of pressures of picking first

There are few, if any, executives in Major League Baseball as familiar with the Orioles’ role atop next week’s MLB draft, as well as the boom-or-bust potential that comes with that first selection, as Mike Elias.

So, when the Orioles’ first-year executive vice president and general manager speaks of the importance of the organization’s No. 1 overall selection Monday, he does so with plenty of background into how valuable that top pick can be — and how it can go south.

“It’s hard to understate it,” Elias said. “It’s a huge opportunity. Anytime you’re picking high in the draft — not just the No. 1 pick but high in the draft, top-10 pick — you’ve got a pretty good shot of...

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