- Keith Law, ESPN Insider
Day 2 of the 2011 MLB draft is drawing to a close as I write this. So focusing on just the first 15 rounds, here's a recap of interesting or noteworthy picks by clubs in the American League. The number next to each player indicates in which round that player was selected.
For National League team reports, go here.
Baltimore Orioles: After nabbing Dylan Bundy (Round 1), the Orioles took preseason first-round candidate Jason Esposito (2) of Vanderbilt, a bet that his power and defensive ability at third might overshadow the slider-speed bat. Baltimore's draft was conservative after that, with a number of projected relievers, including Mike Wright (3), sidearmer Kyle Simon (4) and Trent Howard (7). The Orioles took a shot at probably unsignable infielder Nick Delmonico in the sixth, and if they can sign Jason Coats in the 12th, that's good value for a college bat with a great swing but poor plate discipline.
Keith Law takes a close look at the picks of American League teams on Day of the 2011 MLB draft.