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06/07/06 3:33 PM ET
O's McDonald never left farm (system)
Baltimore's first-ever draft pick had short Minor League career
By Michael Gluskin / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Scott McDonald is a name that many Orioles fans are probably not familiar with. Although McDonald never made it to the Major Leagues and had a short career in the Minors, he has a notable place in Orioles history because he was the first player ever selected by the organization in the amateur draft. The first draft was held in 1965 and with the 15th pick, Baltimore selected McDonald, a right-handed pitcher from Marquette High School in Yakima, Wash. McDonald signed with the team and pitched with Bluefield (W. Va.), the team's current rookie ball squad. In six games that year, McDonald went 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA, with three complete games and one shutout. The following season, McDonald only made one appearance, lasting one inning. He gave up six hits and five runs, three earned. Of the 20 first-round picks in the inaugural draft, 13 made it to the Majors.
Michael Gluskin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.