Baltimore Orioles pick high school pitcher Grayson Rodriguez in draft

The Baltimore Orioles went really young in last night’s MLB draft, picking RHP Grayson Rodriguez of Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches, Texas. At six foot five 230, Rodriguez is a bit of an imposing figure. His fastball is routinely in the mid-90’s according to scouting reports.

They also selected SS Cadyn Grenier. a junior out of Oregon State. Grenier was drafted mainly for his glove, because his bat is somewhat suspect. But he’s a plus fielder, which is exactly what the Orioles have been looking for.

Keep in mind folks, it’ll be awhile before we see these picks in Orioles’ uniforms. Part of drafting guys is bringing them through the minor league system and eventually to the big leagues. However they’re certainly names to keep an eye on as time goes on.

My only concern would be Rodriguez, who’s already committed to college. Is it safe to assume that the Orioles did their homework and that he’s going to sign as opposed to head to Texas A & M? Time will tell.

The Orioles this evening head to New York for a short two-game set with the Mets. Alex Cobb gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s Jason Vargas. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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What happens if they don’t sign?

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If he doesn’t sign then eventually the Orioles lose his rights and he has to re-enter the draft next year. The team would get a compensatory pick in next year’s draft if that happened. Thanks for reading!

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