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Orioles Select Richie Martin, Drew Jackson in Rule 5 Draft

December 14, 2018 - 6:19 am

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Orioles hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft this June but on Thursday, they got their first crack at bringing in new talent this offseason through the Rule 5 draft.

Under new general manager Mike Elias, the Orioles selected shortstop Richie Martin from the Oakland A’s organization with the first pick.

Shortly after, the Orioles acquired infielder Drew Jackson from the Phillies for International Signing Bonus Slot Money. They had received a large sum of slot money from the Atlanta Braves in a trade last season.

Martin, a former first-round pick by the A’s, batted .300 with six home runs, 42 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 118 games for Double-A Midland. He’s struggled to find consistency at the plate since he came into the organization in 2015 but is a promising prospect Oakland didn’t want to lose.

Jackson was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 5th round of the 2015 draft but spent the last two seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Like Martin, he saw success in Double-A, hitting 15 home runs along with 46 RBIs.

The Rule 5 draft typically doesn’t bring about a ton of excitement but these are the first selections under Elias and the new analytically driven culture for the Orioles. It’s no surprise they targeted two of the league’s best farm systems to find talent.

The rebuild is beginning to take shape and Martin, along with Jackson, should see plenty of playing time in a year the Orioles will use to focus on developing talent on both sides of the plate.

There is going to be a void to fill on the infield without Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop or Tim Beckham.