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Complete AL draft breakdown

6/7/2014
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Breaking Down The Top MLB Draft Picks

Keith Law examines the top 12 picks in the MLB draft and the trend of selecting pitchers early in the first round.

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Here are my team recaps of the drafts so far, through 10 rounds, for all 15 American League teams. I'll have a similar piece up on Monday for the National League.

Note: We use the 20-80 grading scale for all MLB prospects.


Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles didn't pick at all on Day 1; their first selection was Brian Gonzalez at 91st overall (Round 3), a lefty from Florida's Archbishop McCarthy High School, at which his pitching coach was former big leaguer Alex Fernandez. Gonzalez is very interesting for a third-rounder, built like a big league starter already and showing three pitches. His velocity is mostly in the 89-93 mph range, and he has a plus changeup in the upper 70s that he just needs to hide a little more out of his hand. Fernandez’s curveball is developing but has good shape, and his command is solid for his age.