Xavier Avery

As draft approaches, breakout Orioles prospect Ryan McKenna becomes rare prep outfielder to emerge

As draft approaches, breakout Orioles prospect Ryan McKenna becomes rare prep outfielder to emerge

During any baseball team's preparations for a given draft, it is faced with confronting some of the realities of its past: which types of players the club has succeeded with, which archetypes it’s missed on and the results of that in the farm system.

This spring, as the Orioles scouts and executives gathered to prepare for the 2018 edition of the draft, there's a player right up the road who is showing signs of not only defying an organizational weak spot but one that all of baseball struggles with — the toolsy prep outfielder.

Ryan McKenna, the hottest hitter in the Orioles system and one of the breakout players in all of the minor leagues, was a fourth-round pick in 2015 out...

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