Baltimore Orioles Daily: Who is Grayson Rodriguez?
By Sam Belden
The Baltimore Orioles didn’t have a game last night, but they did take a big step forward in their rebuilding project via the MLB Draft.
As expected, the Baltimore Orioles used their 11th overall pick in the MLB Draft to select a hard-throwing pitcher — just not the one that everyone was expecting. MLB.com draft forecasters Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis predicted that righty Grayson Rodriguez would come off the board late in the first round, but the Birds were clearly taken with the Texan, choosing him several spots higher than that.
So what do we know about the Orioles’ newest blue chip prospect? Rodriguez’s main calling card is his fastball, with numerous analysts touting his natural velocity. At just 18, it may take a while for him to develop, but the potential to be a rotation anchor is there. For what it’s worth, Rodriguez is from South Texas, where the Birds have been successful in the past — per Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun, scout Thom Dreier selected pitchers Tanner Scott and Donnie Hart from the same area, both of whom have had MLB success.
Rodriguez’s development is something to keep an eye on going forward, but don’t forget about the current Orioles — they kick off a two-game series against the Mets tonight at 7:10 p.m. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.
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