The 2021 MLB Draft will take place July 11-13 in Denver as part of baseball’s All-Star Game festivities. The first 36 picks (the first round through the first competitive balance round) will take place July 11. The Orioles have the No. 5 overall pick in the draft.
Plenty of draft analysts and prospects joined Glenn Clark Radio in the lead-up to the draft. Here’s a little of what they had to say.
MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis weighs in on some of the prospects the Orioles could target with the No. 5 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft and whether Baltimore would take one of Vanderbilt’s star pitchers — Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker — if they’re still available. [Read the full story.]
Could the Orioles draft a catcher with the No. 5 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft? Baseball America’s Carlos Collazo explains why Louisville catcher Henry Davis might actually make sense for the O’s. [Read the full story.]
MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo says Orioles prospect Gunnar Henderson has a chance to be regarded as a top-50 prospect should he continue playing well throughout the minor-league season … but there are potential shortstop options in the 2021 MLB Draft, too. [Read the full story.]
Looking ahead to the 2021 MLB Draft, MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis says the Orioles could cut an under-slot deal with a college hitter, such as Boston College’s Sal Frelick, if Vanderbilt right-hander Jack Leiter and Louisville catcher Henry Davis are both off the board at No. 5. [Read the full story.]
Some recent MLB mock drafts have Boston College outfielder Sal Frelick going to the Orioles at No. 5. “It’s really surreal,” Frelick said. “… I kind of had some injuries throughout college … and to kind of put that all together and see where I am today is super special.” [Read the full story.]
FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen knows Orioles fans have heard the hype of a switch-hitting catcher before. “I know Matt Wieters was not what people promised,” Longenhagen said. “… [Adley Rutschman is] going to be a cornerstone of your franchise. This is a future Hall of Fame talent.” Longenhagen also touches on two catchers — Louisville’s Henry Davis and Georgia high schooler Harry Ford — who the Orioles could consider at No. 5. [Read the full story.]
Dallas-area prep shortstop Jordan Lawlar, a potential Orioles target in the upcoming MLB Draft, credits his mother, Hope, for helping him become the person he is today since she has always pushed him athletically and academically. [Read the full story.]
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