Orioles Selected Two New Pitchers And A Shortstop In MLB Draft

Posted June 18, 2017

The last time that happened was in 2007, when Wesleyan grad and then-University of Georgia pitcher Stephen Dodson became the first player with Gwinnett ties drafted when he was selected all the way in the 18th round by the Kansas City Royals.

With two selections, this year marked the 16th time since 1977 that Western Carolina had multiple players selected within the same MLB First-Year Player Draft.

And then to the surprise of just about everyone, the Orioles passed on star UNC shortstop Logan Warmoth and star Vanderbilt outfielder Jeren Kendall to take D.L. Hall, a left-handed pitcher out of Valdosta High School (GA).

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Dixie State junior right-hander Dylan File went No. 624 to the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the fifth Major League Baseball draft pick from the Trailblazers since joining the NCAA 11 years ago.

Photo of Adam Hall courtesy of Amy Reissner. The only person that's happy in the draft is the person that goes first overall. After making 11 appearances out of the bullpen in 2015 and posting a 3.09 ERA with eight strikeouts, Keaton made the transition to starter in 2016.

Hall has committed to going to Texas A&M on a baseball scholarship. Here's hoping that the Orioles can persuade him to sign without a hitch. While scouts also believe he will stick at shortstop, many believe that he has the versatility to play second or even third as well. Their willingness to go to school likely played a roll in teams' decisions to pass on the two highly touted players.

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"I've been working my whole life towards that, so it's nice to finally have that moment", said Adam Hall, who started playing baseball when he was 7 years old.

McMahan's selection was his second in as many years after being a 19th rounder in 2016 (Pirates).

The Utes also had a high school signee drafted in the 28th round.

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