Baltimore Orioles
Draft History
2018
Chance Sisco - protection
23 - Jose Martinez
113 - Luis Torrens
129 - Josh Fields

2017
Hyun Soo Kim - protection
25 - Dan Vogelbach
130 - Luke Maile
145 - Michael Tonkin
147 - Clayton Richard
   
2016
Mychal Givens - protection
37 - Ivan DeJesus
67 - Clint Robinson
97 - Jeff Francoeur
113 - Mike Wright
142 - Keleb Cowart

2015
Christian Walker - protection
9 - Jon Singleton
39 - Michael Foltynewicz
129 - Matt Szczur

2014
Kevin Gausman - protection
14 - Jarred Cosart
86 - Voervis Medina
121 - Charlie Culberson

2013
Manny Machado - protection
18 - Miguel Gonzalez
48 - Hector Santiago
63 - Casey Fien
108 - Shane Robinson
138 - Josh Kinney


2012
Zack Britton - protection
17 - Jimmy Paredes

45 - Collin Cowgill
104 - Josh Spence
105 - J.B. Shuck
135 - Edgmer Escalona

2011
Jake Arrieta - protection
6 - Mike Leake
36 - Dayan Viciedo
59 - Bobby Wilson
66 - Joel Peralta
67 - Mitch Talbot

2010
Matt Wieters - protection
11 - Gerardo Parra
25 - Tommy Manzella
41 - Jason Berken
81 - Tony Sipp
101 - Leo Rosales
133 - Greg Burke

2009
Dennis Sarfate- protection
7 - John Baker
15 - Greg Smith
27 - Jeremy Reed

2008

Jeremy Guthrie - protection
7 - Mark Reynolds
19 - Jerry Owens
62 - Chad Durbin
79 - Mike Fontenot
118 - Donny Lucy
139 - Clint Barmes
148 - Brian Burres

2007
Nick Markakis - protection
51 - Eric Munson
81 - Luis A. Gonzalez
88 - Renyel Pinto
141 - Mike Gosling

2006
Chris Ray - protection
28 - Lance Niekro
88 - Mike Morse
118 - Damon Hollins

2005
John Maine - protection
45 - Marcus Thames
86 - Terry Tiffee
112 - Kyle Denney
135 - George Sherrill

2004
Luis Matos - protection
3 - Bobby Crosby
4 - Robby Hammock
34 - Luis Ayala
94 - Wil Ledezma
124 - Seth McClung

2003
Rodrigo Lopez - protection
9 - Ty Wiggington
39 - Freddy Sanchez
88 - Howie Clark
90 - Javier Valentin
129 - Joey Dawley

2002

Jay Gibbons - protection

10 - Shawn Chacon
17 - Jack Cust
20 - Nick Bierbrodt
40 - Tim Raines Jr.
70 - Kyle Lohse
100 - Eric Valent

2001
10 - Johan Santana
12 - Benji Gil
13 - Scott Downs
28 - Kelly Wunsch
73 - Daniel Garibay
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Rob Krause 2015
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Bob Weier 2001
Rich Perrizo 2001
Steve Eckart 2001
Jorge Santos 2000
Tim Holt 1998-1999
Jeff Christy 1992-1997
Mark Blume 1991
Mark Johnson 1990

Overall Record
Win Loss Pct
2080 2464 .458
Est. 1990
Owner: Jim Williams - 2015
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Baltimore Orioles Award winners

Cy Young Award
2017 - Jake Arrieta
2016 - Jake Arrieta

Silver Sluggers
2017 - Mark Trumbo - DH
2016 - Manny Machado - 3B
2016 - Nick Markakis - OF
2010 - Matt Wieters - C
2001 - Darrin Erstad - CF
2017: 94-68, 1st AL East, Draft Position 23

Overview: Has anyone else really internalized the fact that the two AL division series and the Championship series all went to 7 games? It shows how close things really are in this league. While one can look at the numbers and find holes in different clubs, it suggests that the game is so complex that good strategy can develop subtle differences for big results.

This, I think, will be important in the AL East. While Boston has a great offense and Cleveland has great pitching, Baltimore may be the most balanced team. They may be a bit too balanced, however, in that they do not really appear to excel at something. They have some power, but not up and down the line-up. The big guys in this line-up do not seem really scary this year: Manny Machado, Mark Reynolds, Nick Markakis. They are certainly solid and will score runs, but do not appear to have the strength to get past really good pitching. The team has a bunch of parts floating around that are interesting, (Aaron Hicks for example). If these players can be complemented and managed well, the team could reclaim its spot at top the AL East. But if it does not and Boston and/or Cleveland get organized, it will be hard for them to win or get a wild card.

The pressing issue with this team, however, is that it is old. There are a bunch of players who are 30 or older. Ben Zobrist is 36. Mark Reynolds and Nick Markakis are 34. Jake Arrieta is 31. This is not to say this team could fall apart quickly. Certainly there are young pieces: Machado, Kevin Gaussman and hopefully Chance Sisco. Plus, there is no reason to think that the guys in the 30-31 year age range (Matt Wieters, Mike Leake, Mark Trumbo) are going to fade out tomorrow. However, the team does need to think about whether its window is open or shut and whether it is opening or closing.

Starting Rotation: Jake Arrieta is a quality #1 pitcher but he is susceptible to home runs which may hurt him against other ace pitchers. After that, Mike Leake and Kevin Gaussman are serviceable but not outstanding. Miguel Gonzalez should win some games as a 4th starter. Hector Santiago is an extreme lefty who gets torched by lefties and dominates righties. It will be interesting to see how that plays.

Bullpen: They do not have a closer per se but Mychal Givens should be able to handle the 9th inning. After that, Jhan Marinez, Joakim Soria, Tyler Clippard and David Phelps should be ok if unspectacular. At least the Orioles can go into the draft not needing to take a reliever if they do not want to.

Starting Lineup: Reynolds, Machado, Markakis and Hicks should score some runs as mentioned above. But Mark Trumbo had a bad year, and Matt Wieters had a bad year at catcher. Ryan Goins and Erik Aybar at shortstop are both offensive and defensive liabilities. The bottom of the order is problematic. It the team wants to contend, a solid dh would help.

Defense and Speed: Hicks should do well in center field when he is out there. Zobrist still plays a nice game at second. The issue is shortstop. If Ryan Goins could play defense, then his offensive struggle would be worth it. But he is not good out at short. But maybe the Orioles can move people around to cover some of this up. This team will not sell many bases.

Surplus/Deficiencies: The team seems to have everything covered more or less. There are a bunch of outfielders with 200-300 PAs. Some of them could be moved perhaps. The team could cash in some older players for younger upside, but those deals may not be simple.

Outlook: Baltimore, like Boston, is one of the 12 teams in the league who have yet to make a trade this off season. This may be legitimate given that they have a reasonably engaging team and no obvious assets to deal. It seems, however, like this team could fine tune itself a bit to scrape out 3 or 4 more wins. That could make the difference in the AL East.