Hi all, and welcome to Camden Depot's coverage of Day 1 of the Draft! We are going to be adding more to this entry, including links to our player reports and players to target for Day 1. Baltimore only has one pick -- 4th overall -- but Camden Depot will be selecting twice for our Shadow Draft. One for the Orioles actual spot, and one as a compensation for Karsten Whitson heading to Florida (Whitson was our shadow selection last year).
Our preference list for this first pick is as follows (click on player names for links to our full scouting reports):
Anthony Rendon / 3b / Rice Univ.
Gerrit Cole / rhp / UCLA
Bubba Starling / of/rhp / Gardner Edgerton HS (Gardner, Kan.)
Sonny Gray / rhp / Vanderbilt Univ.
Dylan Bundy / rhp / Owasso HS (Owasso, Okla.)
Jed Bradley / lhp / Georgia Tech
Taylor Jungmann / rhp / Univ. of Texas
Danny Hultzen / lhp / Univ. of Virginia
Word is that Baltimore will be going off of this list and selecting Archie Bradley (rhp, Broken Arrow HS, Broken Arrow, Okla.). Bradley is ranked 6th overall among pitchers on the final DiamondScapeScouting.com positional rankings (click here). We'll have more on Archie Bradley a little later. Regarding our Shadow Draft, it looks like Gerrit Cole (rhp, UCLA) is set to be selected by Pittsburgh. Rendon's likely destination is Seattle, and it appears Arizona will be selecting between Danny Hultzen (lhp, Virginia) and Trevor Bauer (rhp, UCLA). With one protected pick and one unprotected pick this lines up well for us to select Sonny Gray (rhp, Vanderbilt) and Bubba Starling (of, Gardner Edgerton HS, Gardner, Kan.).
I am going to be chatting all day long starting at 1pm Eastern, along with the fine folks at ProjectProspect.com -- we'll be broadcasting the chat through ProjectProspect.com, DiamondScapeScouting.com, and of course right here (window below)! Let's hear you O's fans; hopefully lots of comments and lots of questions!