Orioles select trio of pitchers in first two rounds of MLB draft
The Baltimore Orioles selected right-handed pitcher Cody Sedlock from University of Illinois with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 FirstYear Player Draft.
It marked the first time since the Orioles took Kevin Gausman fourth overall in 2012 that the team selected a collegiate pitcher in the first round of the draft.
Sedlock, 20, a six-foot-fourinch junior, is the Big 10 Conference’s pitcher of the year. He finished the season 5-3 with a 2.49 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 101 1-3 innings. He leaves school having gone 10-7 with a 2.96 (54 earned runs in 164 1-3 innings) over three seasons with the Fighting Illini.
After a season in which it went 81-81, Baltimore sur- rendered its 14th overall pick to the Texas Rangers after signing starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who the Rangers tagged with a qualifying offer. The Orioles then replaced it with the 27th overall selection when the Miami Marlins inked former Baltimore pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, who Baltimore tagged with a qualifying offer, to a multiyear deal.
Sedlock, whose best pitch is a heavy sinker, which sits around 91-93 mph, made the transition from reliever to starter between his sophomore and junior seasons. He received national attention in late April when he struck out 14 batters in just 10 2-3 innings against Ohio State University.
The right-hander finished his career ranked second in University of Illinois history with a 1.86 ERA in Big Ten games. He was rated as the No. 26 overall draft prospect by MLB.com and No. 42 overall in Baseball America’s Top 200 Prospects.
The Orioles also took a pair of pitchers in the second round of the draft.
Baltimore selected lefthanded pitcher Keegan Akin (Western Michigan) with the 54th overall pick, before taking right-handed pitcher Matthias Dietz at No. 69 out of John A. Logan College (Ill.).
Akin, 21, went 7-4 with a 1.82 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched. He set the school record for strikeouts in a single-season.
Dietz, 20, a junior college pitching prospect, went 12-1 with a 1.22 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched.
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