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March 11, 2009

Checking in with Joe Jordan

Orioles director of scouting Joe Jordan has been in camp the past day or two, so I asked him a hypothetical draft question that has been on my mind for the past few weeks.

In a nutshell, here's what I wanted to know: If the Orioles rebuilding program is ready to take hold over the next year or two, does that make the upcoming June draft particularly pivotal because it may be the last time the club picks that high for awhile.

"I think, obviously, the last two years we picked in the top five,'' Jordan said. "I think if we have the options we had the last two years, we'll be very comfortable. Is it more pivotal? I don't know if I'd say that. They are all the same. But if we pick 15th next year, Matt Wieters is not going to be around at 15.

"Knowing what's out there, I think it's going to be very important. There's clearly a No. 1 this year and a handful of position players who fit right up there. There's a little bigger group of pitchers. We'll have good options."

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:39 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Just baseball



Since you brought up the draft, of the teams that draft prior to the Orioles which are likely to be willing to pay the big bucks for a draft pick and which will duck the expensive choices and go for a cheaper signing. This of course will be an indication of whether a top 4 pick could slide to the Orioles.

Who is the clear No. 1 this year? Maybe he's a client of our boy Boras and will slip

The clear #1 overall pick is
Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State.

Congrats Nationals. Have fun negotiating with Boras.

As mentioned, Strasburg is the clear #1, and if he stays healthy, no one will pass him. Rumors (and we know how reliable they are) suggest that Boras will be asking for more than $10 million to get the kid's name inked to a contract. Considering all the other bad publicity the Nats have had lately, I don't see how they could possibly pass this kid up and not sign him, but hey they screwed the draft up last year, why not again?

Pete's reply: Don't get your hopes up. The Nats will sign the guy. Guaranteed.

I predict the O's will draft about as high in 2010 as this year. It's a tough division for our starting pitching in '09. But (as Trembley has said) - The calvary is coming! 2011 should be better times! This fan is in it for the long haul. The one contract I might worry most about is MacPhail's. What's his contract status? Let's sign him for life!

The way the pitching staff is shaping up. The O's will have another top 5 pick next year. O's also need to spend big bucks on hard to sign picks that fall in the draft.

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