Draft Report Cards: Baltimore Orioles





QUICK TAKE
Picking third guaranteed the Orioles one of the three elite talents in the draft, and they're thrilled with Machado. They also went over slot for Klein, Narron, LHP Matt Bywater (7), Sawyer, Bridwell, Schrader and Esquivel
Bonus Spending:$9.2 million
POSITION PLAYERS

BEST PURE HITTER: SS Manny Machado (1) went No. 3 overall because of his five-tool ability and all-around polish. He had no trouble adjusting to wood, hitting .306 and striking out just three times in 36 late-August at-bats. » BEST POWER HITTER: The A-Rod comparisons are a bit much, but Machado's solid-average power is the best among Orioles draftees. The Orioles focused more on athletes than mashers, and he has solid-average pop. » FASTEST RUNNER: OFs Trent Mummey (4) and Jeremy Shelby (38) have plus speed. OF Glynn Davis, a nondrafted free agent from CC of Baltimore County-Catonsville (Md.), has true 80 speed. » BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Connor Narron (5) has the feet, hands and arm to be a standout at third base. Baltimore also likes the defensive ability of Machado, Mummey and C Wynston Sawyer (8).

PITCHERS

BEST FASTBALL: RHP Clay Schrader (10) has some effort to his delivery, but it's hard to argue with his 91-96 mph fastball. RHP Parker Bridwell (9) currently tops out at 94 mph, but he does it easier and is more projectable than Schrader and should pass him in time. » BEST SECONDARY PITCH: RHP Dan Klein's (3) curveball. Though he was used as a closer on a talented UCLA staff, Klein has enough ammunition to be a starter with a 91-93 mph fastball and a good changeup. Schrader throws a power slider in the mid-80s.

ODDS AND ENDS

BEST PRO DEBUT: The Orioles signed several players for over-slot money close to the deadline, so many of their top picks didn't get a chance to play much.RHP Steven Mazur (33), who has an average fastball and a solid slider, had a 1.20 ERA, six saves and 38 strikeouts in 30 innings between two teams. » BEST ATHLETE: Machado's worst tool, his speed, is average. » MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: Shelby's father John was part of Baltimore's 1983 World Series championship team and is the club's first-base coach. Narron's father Jerry played and managed in the majors, and his great-uncle and cousin (both named Sam Narron) played in the big leagues as well. Unsigned SS Coty Blanchard (41) is punting and serving as the No. 2 quarterback for Jacksonville State as a freshman. » CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Machado should reach the big leagues quicker than most high schoolers. Klein could be the first player from this group to join the Orioles if they make him a reliever. Schrader, who will stay in the bullpen, is another candidate. » BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: RHP Jaime Esquivel (28) has the body of a young Matt Garza and a fastball that reaches 93 mph. Baltimore likes C Riley Hornback's (12) line-drive bat and his defense. » THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: The Orioles never got close to a deal with RHP Dixon Anderson (6), who took his mid-90s fastball back to California for his senior season. They would have made a bigger play for Blanchard if they hadn't already loaded up on middle infielders.