06/09/09 11:52 PM ET
O's have lots to look forward to on Day 3
Club knows hidden gems are to be found in late rounds
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
Take Rich Hill, for instance. Baltimore's southpaw starter was taken with the 112th pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, a ranking that would've allowed him to be the first player selected on Day 2 in the current format. Hill, a former fourth-round draftee, made his big league debut in 2005 and is still trying to establish himself.
Baltimore made headlines on the first day of the First-Year Player Draft by selecting Matt Hobgood with the fifth overall pick in the Draft. The Orioles hope for some more success in Day 3, even if the process gets harder. Baltimore will likely continue prospecting for arms, a path it has followed heavily in recent seasons.
"I think that's the way to go," said manager Dave Trembley. "And especially if you can get them young and develop them, bring them up through your system. You're going to have attrition and you're going to have injuries. You're going to have guys that just don't pan out, but you're also going to get some good ones."
After 111 picks on Day 1 -- including Round One, Compensation Round A, Round Two, Round Three and Compensation Round B -- the Draft will resume with exclusive coverage on MLB.com with the Fourth Round at noon ET on Wednesday and will be tentatively scheduled to go through the 30th round. The Draft will conclude on Thursday with the 31st through 50th rounds, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.
MLB.com's coverage will include a live pick-by-pick audio stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.
Fans will not only be able to follow along every minute of the way online, but they'll be able to interact directly with Draft-eligible players and MLB.com Draft experts, among others.
The Draft Tracker will also feature the addition of Twitter, and the participation of "tweeters" such as MLB.com Draft expert @JonathanMayoB3, who will also be serving as on-air talent for all three days of the Draft; and reporter @LisaWinstonMLB, who will be writing the up-to-the-minute coverage for MLB.com.
In addition, MLB.com has created a Twitter account devoted to the Draft, where you can stay updated on every piece of info as it becomes available (@MLBDraft).
Other than Hill, four Orioles -- Luke Scott, Jason Berken, Brian Bass and Jim Johnson -- were drafted after the third round and before the 10th. Baltimore has three more players (Ty Wigginton, David Hernandez and Gregg Zaun -- who were drafted before the 20th round and two more (Mark Hendrickson and Matt Albers) drafted after it.
And in perhaps the greatest upset of them all, closer George Sherrill was available in the Draft and went completely unchosen. Sherrill had to make his professional debut in the Independent League, and it took a few seasons worth of success there to convince the Mariners to give him a shot in the organization.
Baltimore's current rotation tells you all you need to know about late-round success. Beyond Hill, there's also fellow fourth-round selection Brad Bergesen and Berken and Hernandez. Those last three arms were all drafted and developed by the Orioles and have steadily worked their way through the team's farm system.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.