Ori­oles se­lect trio of pitch­ers in first two rounds of MLB draft

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

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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