Orioles Draft History

I was doing some research yesterday on the Orioles draft history with the First Year Player Draft rapidly approaching (June 9th).  The Orioles have the fourth overall pick in the first round.  They do not have a supplemental first round pick. 

Just one of the first round picks in this decade is currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles (Nick Markakis). Eight of them are either in a different organization or no longer playing professional baseball.  The good news is that the recent crop of first rounders may in fact pan out to assist the Orioles in the very near future. 

Below are the first round selections of the Orioles and a little bit about where they are now.

2008 – Brian Matusz – Currently pitching for the Frederick Keys (Advanced- A).  He is 2-2 with a 2.95 ERA.  He has struck out an impressive 51 batters in in 39.2 innings.

2007 – Matt Wieters – Currently playing for the Norfolk Tides (AAA).  He is hitting .270 with three homers and 16 RBI.  I found a recent quote from Dave Trembley about a time table for his call up to the big leagues.  “Matt Wieters is healthy,” he said. “We’re aware of what he’s doing. I’m sure his time is coming. I just don’t know when. I think we’d all have to be living in a cave somewhere to not be aware of his progress and follow what he’s doing. I can’t speculate or say when he’s going to join our club. Right now, he’s playing for our Triple-A club and doing quite well.” (Courtesy of Spencer Fordins blog).

2006 – William Rowell – Currently playing in Frederick (Advanced – A).  He is hitting .285 with four homers and 16 RBIs.  Rowell is repeating the Advanced-A level.  Last year, he hit just .248 for the Keys.  He hit .273 in Delmarva in 2007.

2006 – Pedro Beato – Currently pitching in Frederick (Advanced – A).  Beato is 1-3 with a 4.85 ERA in six starts this year.  Like Rowell, he is also repeating the Advanced-A level.  Last year, he went just 4-10 with a 5.85 ERA for the Keys.  In 2007, he went 7-8 with a 4.05 ERA for Delmarva.

2005 – Brandon Snyder – Currently playing for the Bowie Baysox (AA).  Snyder is hitting an outstanding .369 with four homers and 22 RBIs.  He already has 12 multi-hit games through 30 total games.  Snyder hit .315 for the Keys last year and .283 for Delmarva in 2007.

2005 – Garrett Olsen – Currently pitching in the big leagues for the Seattle Mariners.  Through three relief outings, he has a 0-0 mark with a 2.57 ERA.  Started the year with the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA).  Went 9-10 last season for the Orioles in 26 starts.  Olsen was traded out of the Orioles organization in January for Felix Pie.

2004 – Wade Townsend – Had played in a game this season.  Last season, he played for Vero Beach (Advanced-A) and went 0-4 with a 5.28 ERA.  The Orioles were never able to agree on a contract with Townsend so he went back to Rice.  The Rays actually drafted him with first round pick the following season.

2003 – Nick Markakis – Currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles.  Off to a great start, hitting .346 with six homers and 33 RBIs.  Markakis played in the minors for only three seasons.  He hit .299 with 11 homers and 64 RBIs for Delmarva in 2004.  He has been in the bigs since 2006 with the Orioles. 

2002 – Adam Loewen – Currently playing for the Dunedin Blue Jays (Advanced-A) in the Florida State League.  Loewen pitched for the Orioles during parts of three seasons.  In 2008, he decided that he wanted to transition to the outfield.  The Orioles released him from his big league contract and he signed a minor league deal with the Jays.  He is hitting just .212 in 18 games.

2001 – Christopher Smith – Currently the closer for the Nashville Sounds (AAA) – Milwaukee Brewers.  He has picked up eight saves and has an ERA of just 1.27.

2001 – Michael Fontenot – Currently the second baseman for the Chicago Cubs.  Hitting .218 with five homers and 17 RBI in 31 games.  Played in the Orioles farm system for just two seasons.  Fontenot was traded in 2005 as part of the Sammy Sosa deal.

2001 – Allan Bass – Could not find much at all about Bass.  He has not played in a game this season. 

2000 – Beau Hale –  Last season in baseball was 2007.  His injury plagued career never progressed beyond Bowie (AA).  Hale finished with a record of 25-28 and an ERA of 4.31.  Never played for the Shorebirds.

2000 – Tripper Johnson – No longer playing in the minor leagues.  Spent eight seasons in the minors (last season in the Pirates organization).  He never advanced past Bowie (AA).  He .260 in Delmarva back in 2002.





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