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Its the only day of the year that actually matters for the Orioles!  Hoping Liberatore falls to them at 11.

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Casey Mize goes to the Tigers, to the surprise of nobody.

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Joey Bart to the Giants (C) (Posey replacement?)

Alec Bohm (3B) to the Phils

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Nick Madrigal (SS) to the Chisox

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Jonathan India (3B) to the Reds

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Jared Kelenic (OF) to the Mets.  Great pick.

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Ryan Weathers (LHP), son of David Weathers to the Padres.

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Posted (edited)

Carter Stewart (RHP) to the Braves

Edited by Slidemaster

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Still hoping Liberatore will fall to them.  I've heard he's got the best arm in the draft.

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Posted (edited)

Even if he does the Orioles might pick Hobgood's younger brother. ;)

 

Edited by NCBirdfan

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Just now, NCBirdfan said:

Even if he does the Orioles might pick Hobgood's younger brother. ;)

 

Don't even joke about that.

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Kyler Murray (OF) to the A's.

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Posted (edited)

Travis Swaggerty (OF) to the Pirates.

Liberatore still on the board!

Edited by Slidemaster

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Who the hell is Grayson Rodriguez?

He's not even listed on the list of top 20 prospects

I guess I shouldn't be surprised.  They reached again.  Oh well, the beat goes on.

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Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

Like Forrest Whitley two years ago, Rodriguez is a Texas prep right-hander who will land in the first round after improving his physical conditioning and seeing his stuff and stock take a significant step forward. He led Central Heights (Nacogdoches) to the Texas state 3-A title as a two-way star in 2017, then consistently worked in the low 90s on the showcase circuit. This spring, he repeatedly has topped out at 97 or 98 mph.

Rodriguez's fastball sits at 92-94 mph with heavy life that should turn wood bats into kindling. He has an array of promising secondary pitches, with most scouts preferring his low-80s slider to his mid-70s curveball, though the latter has nice shape. He hasn't had much need for a changeup but shows the potential to have an average one.

Rodriguez is a decent athlete who uses a controlled delivery that allows him to provide strikes on a regular basis. His 6-foot-5 frame and high-three-quarters slot create steep downhill plane with his pitches. His emergence this spring makes it unlikely he'll follow through on a commitment to Texas A&M.

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Just now, NCBirdfan said:

Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

Like Forrest Whitley two years ago, Rodriguez is a Texas prep right-hander who will land in the first round after improving his physical conditioning and seeing his stuff and stock take a significant step forward. He led Central Heights (Nacogdoches) to the Texas state 3-A title as a two-way star in 2017, then consistently worked in the low 90s on the showcase circuit. This spring, he repeatedly has topped out at 97 or 98 mph.

Rodriguez's fastball sits at 92-94 mph with heavy life that should turn wood bats into kindling. He has an array of promising secondary pitches, with most scouts preferring his low-80s slider to his mid-70s curveball, though the latter has nice shape. He hasn't had much need for a changeup but shows the potential to have an average one.

Rodriguez is a decent athlete who uses a controlled delivery that allows him to provide strikes on a regular basis. His 6-foot-5 frame and high-three-quarters slot create steep downhill plane with his pitches. His emergence this spring makes it unlikely he'll follow through on a commitment to Texas A&M.

They literally took Matt Hobgood again.  You called it.

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River Ave. Blues » 2018 Draft Prospect Profile: Grayson Rodriguez

2018 Draft Prospect Profile: Grayson Rodriguez

May 31, 2018 by Domenic Lanza 93 Comments

 

 

Grayson Rodriguez | RHP

Background

Rodriguez is an 18-year-old senior at Central Heights HS in Nacogdoches, Texas. It’s a relatively small school, with an enrollment of just over 300 inclusive of grades nine through twelve, and just two players have been drafted out of the school – Trey Haley in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft, and Dane Phillips in the 49th round of the 2009 draft (and he chose to go to college instead).

Scouting Report

Checking in at 6’5″ and between 230 and 240 pounds, Rodriguez has the look of a Yankees pitcher. He’s a tall, thick, and imposing figure on the mound, and he has the powerful fastball to back that up, boasting a low-to-mid 90s two-seamer (and flirting with triple digits). Rodriguez’s primary off-speed weapon is a mid-70s curveball with tremendous break, but he also throws a low-80s slider that shows some promise. As is the case with most high school pitchers, his change-up falls somewhere between a work-in-progress and a show-me pitch, and his control is a step or two ahead of his command.

It’s worth noting here that Rodriguez re-dedicated himself to the sport over the winter, and reportedly swapped out a good bit of fat for muscle. In addition to showcasing far more athleticism than he had in the past, Rodriguez added a tick or two to his fastball, leading most every scouting outlet to note that he looks and performs like an entirely new pitcher.

Miscellany

Rodriguez has slowly but surely climbed the various draft rankings this spring, and is seemingly a lock for the first-round. His ranks include:

 

And the O's took him with the ELEVENTH PICK.

 

ELEVENTH.

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2 minutes ago, bleedingorangeandblack said:

I really like this pick 

 

Why?

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OF COURSE the Rays, who could find a great pitching prospect in Antarctica, pick Matthew Liberatore.

He'll be torturing the AL East for years.

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Compare these two picks:

15. Texas Rangers: RHP Cole Winn, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) HS
Winn is more polished than the typical high schooler, but we shouldn't sell his stuff short. He's got a low-90s fastball that hits 96, a pair of quality breaking balls and some feel for a changeup. He's got an exceptionally high floor for a prep pitcher.

16. Tampa Bay Rays: LHP Matthew Liberatore, Mountain Ridge (Ariz.) HS
I'm stunned that Liberatore lasted this long, because I think you could have argued for him going as early as No. 2 overall. His stuff is so advanced that he's more like a college pitcher than a high school one. Liberatore already has four solid pitches that could become plus pitches as his 6-foot-5 frame gets stronger. He has tremendous feel for pitching -- and a lot of moxie.

 

With this one...

11. Baltimore Orioles: RHP Grayson Rodriguez, Central Heights (Texas) HS
Rodriguez's stuff took off over the past year as he got in better shape, and his stock improved accordingly. His best pitch is a heavy 92-94 mph fastball that will break bats, and both his slider and curveball are solid options.

Gee, I wonder if the O's reached.

They can't even tank correctly.

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31 minutes ago, Slidemaster said:

Why?

Lol just want to be 1st in case by aome miracle he pans out

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