5/30/2014 6:38 P.M. ET
O's have hit it very big at top of Draft
Hall of Famers Ripken, Murray, plus All-Star Mussina nabbed early
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
The Orioles' recent history in the First-Year Player Draft has been interesting, to say the least. With a stretch of 14 consecutive losing seasons, Baltimore was privy to some of the top picks, and they've hit big on some and missed on some.
The O's are in a very different spot in this year's Draft, not picking until 90th overall as they forfeited compensation round Draft picks to sign Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz. With the Draft just a week away, let's look back at some of their best picks round-by-round.
The 2014 Draft will take place on June 5-7, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 5, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 74 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of the second and third days will begin with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. ET on June 6.
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Round 1: Mike Mussina, 1990
Drafted out of Stanford University, the right-hander didn't disappoint. Mussina pitched 10 of his 18 seasons for Baltimore. He went 147-81 with a 3.53 career ERA as an Oriole, leading to his induction into the team's Hall of Fame. More recently, young third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Matt Wieters are budding young superstars picked in the first round.
Round 2: Cal Ripken Jr., 1978
In 1978, the Orioles drafted 18-year-old Cal Ripken out of Aberdeen High School. Baseball's Iron Man, Ripken's most famous accomplishment is surpassing Lou Gehrig to play the most consecutive games in Major League history with 2,632. The Hall of Famer is one of the most beloved figures in Baltimore sports history.
Round 3: Eddie Murray, 1973
Another Hall of Famer, Murray is an eight-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner. He was selected out of Locke High School in Los Angeles.
Round 4: Nobody
The Orioles have yet to hit in the fourth round, although they have been encouraged with the progress of first-base prospect Christian Walker, who was drafted in 2012.
Round 5: Jim Johnson, 2001
Johnson posted back-to-back 50-save seasons as a rare homegrown pitcher who succeeded at the Major League level. The O's traded the former All-Star to Oakland this winter.
Round 6: Mike Boddicker, 1978
Boddicker spent nine years with the Orioles, posting a 3.73 ERA. He was named the American League Championship Series MVP in 1983 for Baltimore, which went on to win the World Series that year.
Round 7: Mike Flanagan, 1973
Flanagan, a Cy Young Award winner, passed away Aug. 24, 2011. The lefty was a member of the Orioles' World Series team in 1983 and returned to Baltimore to close out a brilliant career as a reliever in 1991 and '92.
Round 8: Chris Britton, 2001
The O's have yet to hit on a star player in this round, but Britton did play parts of three seasons in the big leagues. The reliever pitched one season for the Os and two for the Yankees, finishing 30 games and posting a 3.83 ERA.
Round 9: Jack Voigt, 1987
The Os don't have a lot of success in the ninth round, but Voigt played part of seven seasons in the Majors for the Orioles, Rangers, Brewers and Athletics.
Round 10: Walt Weiss, 1982
Weiss opted to go to the University of North Carolina instead of signing with the Orioles, but he went on to have a successful career for the A's, Marlins, Rockies and Braves. In 14 years, he played on eight postseason teams.
Round 11: Al Bumbry, 1968
Bumbry was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame after spending 13 of his 14 seasons in Baltimore. The All-Star was a career .281 hitter.
Round 12: Herb Hutson, 1970
There hasn't been much success for the O's in the 12th, though Hutson did spend one year in the big leagues, with the Cubs in 1974. He posted a 3.45 ERA in 20 appearances.
Round 13: Steve Finley, 1987
Finely had more than 2,500 hits over his 19-year career. Only the first two of those seasons were with the Orioles, however.
Round 14: Rick Honeycutt, 1972
Honeycutt never played for the Orioles, but his 21-year career is impressive. The two-time All-Star retired with a career 3.72 ERA and reached the postseason seven times, going a perfect 3-0.
Round 15: Will Venable, 2004
Venable did not sign with Baltimore and made his big league debut in 2008 with the Padres.Venable hit a career-high 22 homers last season and has stolen 20-plus bases in each of his past four campaigns.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli.or MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.