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Orioles Select Grayson Rodriguez and Cadyn Grenier in MLB Draft

June 05, 2018 - 9:17 am

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Orioles were off on Monday before a short two-game road trip to take on the Mets but the front office was busier than ever during the annual MLB draft. This season hasn’t shaped out how the Orioles were expecting so far but the draft provides an opportunity to look ahead to the future with some young and talented prospects.

The Orioles had two picks (No. 11 and No. 37) and selected RHP Grayson Rodriguez (Central Heights High School, Texas) and SS Cadyn Grenier (Oregon State). They were without a second-round pick that was forfeited due to the late free-agent signing of Alex Cobb.

This is the third year in a row Baltimore has drafted a pitcher in the first round of the draft. Rodriguez joins Cody Sedlock and D.J. Hall as the core of young arm talents in the current farm system. Rodriguez is a Texas A&M commit but with a $4.375 million contract on the table, per ESPN, it’s going to be a tough number to pass up.

Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy continue to lead the starting rotation while veteran stopgaps Andrew Cashner and Cobb continue to find their mark on the mound. Rodriguez doesn’t make an immediate impact but he’s an intriguing prospect for the future.

With Manny Machado’s future uncertain as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Orioles selected Grenier. He was the Pac-12 defensive player of the year and earned high praises from his coaches on the defensive side of the ball.

While their futures have yet to be determined, the Orioles added two very talented players to the organization nonetheless, something that bodes well down the road. The draft continues today and the Orioles will be next up on the board with the pick No. 87.