2021 MLB Draft: Who Will the Orioles Draft in the First Round?
The Baltimore Orioles hold the 5th overall selection in the 2021 MLB Draft that will take place July 11-13. While there are several options on who the Orioles could draft with the pick, what are the experts predicting?
This article will examine mock drafts and who the Orioles may select with that pick. This list will be updated around a month from the draft and days before the draft begins with new mock draft selections. Here are what some of the mock drafts say.
Jim Callis of MLB Network predicts that the Orioles will select Brady House, SS from Winder-Barrow High School in Winder, Ga. House is the fifth-ranked overall prospect in the draft who has already committed to the University of Tennessee. There is the possibility that House decides to attend college, but it would be an intriguing choice if he decides to sign with the Orioles if they select him.
Kiley McDaniel of ESPN has the Orioles selecting Henry Davis, C from Louisville. In three seasons with the Cardinals, Davis has hit .343 with 18 home runs and 80 RBIs as the seventh-overall prospect. Although the Orioles have already drafted Adley Rutschman and have plans for him to come up to the majors within the next few years, this could be a chance to have plenty of young depth.
Dan Zielinski III of Baseball Prospect Journal predicts that Brady House, SS will be drafted by the Orioles. Zielinski says that the Orioles will get an excellent defender, but an average hitter. After all, there is plenty of time to improve the hitting with a few seasons in the minor leagues.
While these are just predictions and a couple of months away, the MLB Draft will soon be here and many players will begin their journey to the major leagues. Who do you want the Orioles to select with their first pick in the draft?