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."