During the past several months, we’ve talked with different experts about what the Orioles will do with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, and we’ve talked with several different prospects about what it would mean to them to join the Orioles.

With the 2020 MLB Draft just hours away, here’s a look back at what the experts and the prospects themselves had to say:

The Experts

ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel: Orioles Will Likely Take Austin Martin, But …
ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel says the Orioles most likely will draft Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin with the No. 2 overall pick June 10, but there are some business factors that could make New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales an appealing option, too.

MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis: Orioles Should Not Get ‘Cute’ With No. 2 Pick Of Draft
MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis says the Orioles shouldn’t get “cute” with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft by trying to save money for high school players later in the draft.

MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo On Orioles’ Options With No. 2 Pick In 2020 MLB Draft
MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo breaks down the Orioles’ options with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, including Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson and Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin.

The Athletic’s Keith Law: Orioles Want Spencer Torkelson In 2020 MLB Draft
The Athletic’s Keith Law says the Orioles will take Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft if he’s not taken No. 1 overall.

Vanderbilt Baseball HC Tim Corbin On What Makes Austin Martin Special
Austin Martin’s college coach Tim Corbin describes the potential Orioles draft pick as “a guy that takes on challenges really well” and projects he’ll be ready for the big league within a few years.

If Orioles Take Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin With No. 2 Pick, What Are They Getting?
With the 2020 MLB Draft rapidly approaching, the player most commonly linked to the Orioles with the No. 2 pick is Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin. Here’s what some of the experts are saying.

Ben McDonald On Why Arkansas OF Heston Kjerstad Is Possible Sleeper Pick For Orioles
Orioles and SEC Network broadcaster and former Orioles No. 1 pick Ben McDonald believes Baltimore will pick Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, but he has another SEC position player in mind who he thinks would fit well, too.

What Will Orioles Do In 2020 MLB Draft?
Stan “The Fan” Charles discusses the 2020 MLB Draft with baseballprospectjournal.com’s Dan Zielinski III, who says if the Orioles end up with Austin Martin, they are getting the most talented player in this year’s draft.

Former Marlins President David Samson On Why Five-Round Draft Could Benefit Orioles
Former Marlins president David Samson says although rebuilding clubs like the Orioles would be hit particularly hard hit by no traditional minor-league season, he believes Baltimore is one of the organizations that stands to benefit from a five-round draft in 2020.

The Prospects

Top MLB Draft Prospect Nick Gonzales On His Navy, Orioles Connections
If the Orioles select New Mexico State infielder Nick Gonzales with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, it would only strengthen his ties to the area — his brother, Daniel, was a linebacker at Navy from 2013-2016.

Arkansas OF Heston Kjerstad On Why Rebuilding Orioles Would Be Good Fit
“Coming up in an organization that’s rebuilding is really cool,” Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad said of the possibility of being drafted by the Orioles, “… to be part of a group that’s supposed to come in and flip a team around and do something special together.”

Potential Orioles Draft Pick Zac Veen: Would Be ‘Dream Come True’ To Play Next To Austin Hays
Zac Veen went to the same high school as Austin Hays, and the Orioles outfielder has become a friend and mentor to the 2020 prospect and potential Baltimore draft pick.

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