Baltimore Orioles

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 3 Manny Machado SS Brito Miami Private HS Fla. $5,250,000
Machado committed early to Florida International, but the Golden Panthers have long since determined he's not headed for campus. Instead he could be headed for the first five picks. He leapt into first-round consideration at the start of the 2009 summer showcase season and never stopped hitting or fielding, helping lead USA Baseball's 18U team to a gold medal in Venezuela in the Pan American Junior Championship. He's of Dominican descent and is a tall, lanky shortstop in South Florida, attracting inevitable Alex Rodriguez comparisons. Machado is skinny at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds but surprisingly strong and has a swing that produces hard contact. He's familiar with wood bats and has shown a knack for centering the ball on the barrel. Scouts project him to hit for average future power, with a chance to be a .300 hitter. Defensively, Machado will remain at shortstop as a pro and has a chance to be an above-average defender. He's smooth, makes all the routine plays and has a plus arm that allows him to make the play in the hole. Machado's weakest tool might be his speed, though he's an average runner. There are few chinks in his armor, and the Boras Corp. client is in play with single-digit picks.
3 85 Dan Klein RHP UCLA Calif. $499,900
An outstanding quarterback at Anaheim's famed Servite High, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Klein turned down numerous college football scholarship offers to play baseball at UCLA. Selected by the Orioles in the 24th round of the 2007 draft, Klein struggled in his first season at UCLA in 2008 and then took a medical redshirt in 2009 due to shoulder problems, so he is a draft-eligible sophomore. Pitching exclusively as a closer in 2010, Klein has found his niche and was having a terrific season at 5-0, 2.23 with nine saves, with 46 strikeouts and seven walks in 40 innings. While Klein may not project as a closer in pro ball, he is perfectly suited to work as a set-up man. He relies on three effective pitches: a 91-93 mph fastball which he uses to run in on a hitters' hands; a changeup and a downer curveball, which hitters find difficult to read and time.
4 118 Trent Mummey OF Auburn Ala. $252,000
Center fielder Mummey is a well-rounded player and had a power surge this season, matching last year's home run total (15) in half as many at-bats. He missed the first seven weeks of the season with a severe ankle sprain before he returned to center. He doesn't have prototype range but maximizes what he does have and has above-average arm strength. He's a slightly above-average runner who repeats his simple swing and got hot this year with his power. Mummey showed juice and speed in the Cape Cod League last summer as well, hitting .250/.321/.400 with 22 steals. While scouts don't project him to be a power hitter as a pro, he should have average power and could go out as high as the fourth round.
5 148 Connor Narron SS Aycock HS, Pikeville, N.C. N.C. $650,000
Narron's bloodlines work for him and against him. He has benefited by being around the game at a high level all his life. His father Jerry spent part of eight seasons catching in the majors—including replacing Thurman Munson after the Yankees captain died in a 1979 plane crash—and parts of five others as a manager. Connor served as a batboy for many of his father's teams and spent time observing big league behavior. His big league approach at the prep level can turn off scouts, however, who want to see him play with more intensity. Other scouts question Narron's ability to stick in the infield thanks to his below-average speed and would have liked to see him behind the plate, but that never happened. Narron's bat was tough to scout this spring because he averaged two walks a game as teams pitched around him. He has surprising power and solid hitting tools from both sides of the plate, even though he's active in the batter's box and has an unconventional load. Narron's hands and arm strength are both good enough that he should be able to step in as a freshman at North Carolina and play right away, probably at shortstop, if he doesn't sign. By the time he's draft-eligible again, he'll likely be a third baseman.
6 178 Dixon Anderson RHP California Calif.
Dixon Anderson's attributes are quite obvious. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Anderson looks like what scouts and scouting directors want to see on the mound. He is not only the right size, but his build is also streamlined and well proportioned, and he has the stuff as well. Anderson can get his fastball into the mid-90s and does it with pretty easy effort. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Anderson got into 20 games and scouts noticed him. He then went out in summer ball and threw the ball well, with 56 strikeouts in 56 innings, while showing the same good fastball, and established himself as a prospect to be considered for the upper rounds of the draft. Anderson also has a curveball and a split-finger fastball but both are inconsistent at this point. He was a projection righthander out of high school and was not heavily recruited, so scouts don't have a long track record with him. It's likely that Anderson is still just scraping the surface of his potential, so a drafting team will need patience, even though he is a Pac-10 weekend starter.
7 208 Matt Bywater LHP Pepperdine Calif. $195,000
Pepperdine's Matt Bywater will benefit from the lack of lefties in this year's draft. He began the 2010 season in brilliant fashion by pitching a shutout at Cal State Fullerton, shutting down top prospects Gary Brown and Christian Colon in the process. He has continued to pitch well despite a lack of run support from the Pepperdine hitters and led the nation in shutouts while going 5-5, 2.29 overall. Calm and composed, Bywater works at a steady pace, keeps his emotions in control and has a businesslike demeanor on the mound. A poor man's Brian Matusz, Bywater uses pitching savvy to make up for what he lacks in velocity. He works his 88-89 mph fastball to either side of the plate, and he can get it to run, sink or dip. His curve and change seem to disappear from hitters' view at the last instant. He shows an advanced ability to mix his pitches, change speeds and locations and vary pitching patterns. Profiling as a mid- to back-of-the-rotation starter or situational lefty, Bywater could move quickly through a club's system.
8 238 Wynston Sawyer C Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego Calif. $300,000
Tall and projectable at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, catcher Sawyer has committed to UC Riverside, where he could take over the catching duties after Rob Brantly departs for pro ball. Sawyer has a smooth and whippy righthanded swing and profiles as an average to plus hitter with similar power. His bat is hindered by two factors: He swings down at pitches, preventing his cut from being on the same plane as the ball, and he wraps the bat barrel behind his head, adding length to his swing. As a catcher, Sawyer has handled quality pitches well, showing fine hands along with a comfortable, quiet receiving style. Teams aren't sure they want to buy Sawyer out of his Riverside commitment, in part because he needs to strengthen his throwing arm and quicken his release. His pop times hover around 2.12 seconds and will improve with the proper adjustments. If he continues to develop, Sawyer could follow Brantly's draft path in 2013.
9 268 Parker Bridwell RHP Hereford (Texas) HS Texas $625,000
Parker Bridwell is a three-sport star (football, basketball, baseball) whose best days on the diamond are ahead of him. The projecteable 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander has an 86-91 mph fastball and should improve his velocity and secondary pitches once he focuses on baseball. He also drew interest from college football programs as a quarterback. He has committed to Texas Tech.
10 298 Clay Schrader RHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $300,000
Schrader went to Texas-San Antonio as a two-way player and had middling success as a starting pitcher in 2009, going 2-1, 3.97 with 43 strikeouts in 45 innings. After transferring to San Jacinto for 2010, he has found his true calling as a reliever. He helped the Gators reach the Junior College World Series, saving 11 games and ranking third nationally with 15.9 strikeouts per nine innings through regional play. Schrader has two legitimate plus pitches, a 91-95 mph fastball and a mid-80s slider. His low-80s curveball can be devastating at times as well. Scouts worry about his size (6 feet, 190 pounds), arm action and maximum-effort delivery, but his power stuff still should land him in the top six or seven rounds. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll attend Oklahoma.
11 328 Alex Gonzalez RHP Boca Raton (Fla.) Community HS Fla.
12 358 Riley Hornback OF San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
13 388 Jeremy Nowak OF Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
14 418 Michael Mosby 3B Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
15 448 Joe Oliveira C Pacific Calif.
16 478 Brandon King OF Fresno (Calif.) CC Calif.
17 508 David Richardson OF Hillsborough (Fla.) CC Fla.
18 538 Sebastian Vader RHP San Marcos (Calif.) HS Calif. $150,000
19 568 Ken Wise RHP Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
20 598 Matt Drummond LHP UCLA Calif.
21 628 Scott Copeland RHP Southern Mississippi Miss.
Copeland is a fifth-year senior who had an 11-0, 3.38 record entering regionals thanks to a good sinker, fringe-average slider and competitiveness to spare. He allowed just four home runs in 91 innings.
22 658 Tanner Murphy C Mountain Ridge HS, Glendale, Ariz. Ariz.
23 688 Chris Clinton OF Eckerd (Fla.) Fla.
24 718 Tim Adleman RHP Georgetown D.C.
25 748 Vinny Zazueta SS Arizona Western JC Ariz.
26 778 Austin Goolsby C Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
27 808 Austin Urban RHP Richland HS, Johnstown, Pa. Pa.
One scout called Urban "the flavor of the month" in April, when his fastball jumped into the 89-93 mph range with sink and occasional cut. He pitched mostly at 90-91 through the spring. Urban is not overly physical at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, and his long, loose, one-piece arm action evokes Jered Weaver, but with a higher slot. He flirts with a plus fastball, and the rest of his repertoire needs refinement. He'll flash a slightly above-average slider every half-dozen times he throws it, but he's still learning to command the pitch--not surprising considering he has pitched for just two years. He slows his arm speed to throw his changeup, yet it still comes out too hard. He has an even demeanor and plenty of potential, and a club could make a run at him in the top 10 rounds, but he's more likely headed to Penn State.
28 838 Jaime Esquivel RHP South Houston (Texas) HS Texas $225,000
29 868 Cameron Roth LHP UNC Wilmington N.C.
Roth is a lefty with a strong curveball but command issues.
30 898 Michael Rooney SS UNC Wilmington N.C.
31 928 Adam Gaylord 3B Stanford Calif.
32 958 Joe Robinson RHP JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
Righthander Robinson pitched mostly around 84-86 mph for the powerhouse Green Valley HS program in suburban Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada took a flier on him because a member of the coaching staff coached him in American Legion ball. Robinson ended up leading the team with a 1.99 ERA last year as a freshman. This year he has mostly been in the 89-91 mph range and has touched 95. He throws a slider and a changeup, and he mixes and locates all three pitches well. When he stays in his three-quarters arm slot, his pitches are good, but when his slot gets too high his pitches tend to flatten out. Robinson is committed to Georgia.
33 988 Steven Mazur RHP Notre Dame Ind.
34 1018 Sammie Starr SS British Columbia British Columbia
35 1048 Auburn Donaldson SS Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
36 1078 Brad Decater SS Cal State Northridge Calif.
37 1108 Austin Knight 2B Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
38 1138 Jeremy Shelby OF Grambling State La.
39 1168 Travis Strong RHP Wildomar, Calif. (No school) Calif.
40 1198 Joe Velleggia C Old Dominion Va.
41 1228 Coty Blanchard SS Cherokee County HS, Centre, Ala. Ala.
Shortstop Blanchard is an intriguing athlete who was the state's football player of the year as a quarterback. Blanchard committed to Mississippi State for baseball in 2009, then changed his commitment to Jacksonville State, a Division I-AA school, for football as a quarterback. His father Fran played for the Gamecocks in the 1980s, and Blanchard's best trait is his athleticism. He's a shortstop in baseball with solid but unrefined tools.
42 1258 Jake Pettit LHP Western Oregon Ore.
Petitt is 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and sat 87-89 mph this year and showed a better feel for his slider.
43 1288 Blair Dunlap OF UCLA Calif.
44 1318 Preston Hale OF North Florida Fla.
45 1348 Nathan Williams RHP Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego Calif.
46 1378 Dan Torres C Countryside HS, Clearwater, Fla. Fla.
47 1408 Cody Young OF Anderson (Ind.) Ind.
48 1438 Alex Schmarzo RHP St. Mary's Calif.
Righthander Schmarzo, the Gaels' closer, is not a slam dunk to be picked as a junior, but with an 88-91 mph fastball and changeup that is average at times he has a chance to develop in pro ball. Has some deception in the delivery but struggles to repeat it, and he'll have to develop a better breaking ball.
49 1468 Hayden Jordan RHP Whitewater HS, Fayetteville, Ga. Ga.
50 1498 Philip Walby RHP Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego Calif.