The Baltimore Orioles finish day one by selecting Gunnar Henderson and Kyle Stowers to join Adley Rutschman in the 2019 Draft Class.
Adley Rutschman is, of course, all Baltimore Orioles fans will be talking about for the next few days, but the team did have two more picks to make late Monday evening.
The Orioles made the 42nd overall selection to kick-off the 2019 MLB Draft’s second round and took infielder Gunnar Henderson. Later with the 71st overall pick in the second of two competitive balance round’s the O’s took outfielder Kyle Stowers.
Henderson is a shortstop from the John T. Morgan Academy in Alabama. Several projected the young infielder as a first-round selection. He was one of the best high school hitters available in this year’s draft and has solid speed. The only question with the infielder is whether or not he will remain at shortstop or play at another position going forward.
Henderson signed his letter of intent with the Auburn Tigers; thus, it will be interesting to see if he has any thoughts of playing college ball after being drafted later than some expected.
As for Stowers, he is a centerfielder from Stanford University. Stowers hit .304 with seven home runs this season and even made four appearances on the mound in which he did not allow an earned run.
He is currently helping the Cardinals attempt to reach the College World Series. With three years of college experience under his belt, he could potentially make the majors quicker than many other prospects the Orioles will select.
By selecting Rutschman, Henderson, and Stowers, the Orioles first three picks have been position players.
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Day two of the draft kicks off Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Baltimore Orioles making the 79th overall pick to start a day where rounds 3-10 will take place.