Baltimore Sun

Pitchers dominate Day 3 picks

- By Nathan Ruiz and Matt Cohen

The Orioles completed the 2022 Major League Baseball draft Tuesday with their picks in the 11th through 20th rounds.

Baltimore had the opening selection of each round, having started the draft by taking Oklahoma prep shortstop Jackson Holliday with the first overall pick Sunday night before grabbing college players with each of their next 11 selections.

The Orioles have the second largest bonus pool in modern MLB draft history, with that total determined by the value of their picks through the first 10 rounds. The signing bonuses for players taken Tuesday only count toward the Orioles’ pool if they sign for more than $125,000.

Baltimore finished its 22-pick draft with 12 pitchers, the organizati­on’s most through 20 rounds of any of the four drafts under executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. Including Holliday, the Orioles selected four infielders, as well as four outfielder­s and two catchers. Holliday was one of two high schoolers among their picks.

“If you take a look at the class as a whole,” director of draft operations Brad Ciolek said, “obviously the key focal points for us, aside from adding talent to the farm system, is find guys that were solid defensivel­y up the middle, especially yesterday and today with position players, and pitchers as far as guys that, arsenal-wise, we think that we can help improve upon, whether it’s their fastball, their breaking ball, and a lot of those picks

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