All-Star Break blog: An overview of Baltimore’s 2013 draft, part one
Happy Carolina League All-Star break, everyone. The Keys start the second half of their season Friday night at home against Myrtle Beach. Over the next four days we’ll get into several different things on the blog — MLB draft overlook, Keys first-half wrap up, best moments of the first-half, maybe some first-half awards — including our intern Jeff Kurkjian’s overview of the Orioles draft picks. (And, yes, he is the son of that baseball-famous Kurkjian.)
*Orioles draft overview, part one
The O’s picked 41 players in this year’s first-year player draft, 14 high schoolers and 27 college players, a lot of whom will don the Keys jersey in the next several seasons. A look at Baltimore’s first 10 picks:
- Hunter Harvey, RHP (Rd. 1, 22nd Overall)- The first pick chosen by the Orioles was ranked 33rd according to Baseball America’s Top 500 draft prospects. The son of former major league closer, Bryan Harvey, this six-foot-three pitcher from Catawba, NC, has a quick fastball (90-94 mph) but a breaking ball that needs improving.
- Josh Hart, OF (Rd. 1, 36th Overall)- Ranked 57th according to Baseball America’s Top 500, Hart is known for his ability to find the gaps in the field. Not much of a power hitter, many scouts do not agree with his lack of lower body in his swing but nonetheless, he could be an excellent leadoff hitter. The Georgia Tech signee’s speed not only helps on the bases but also defensively in the outfield as well.
- Chance Sisco, C (Rd. 2, 61st Overall)- This former shortstop is new to catching but seems like it could be the right fit for him. Sisco has shown a sub-2.0-second pop time though his accuracy was not the best. He was ranked 151st according to Baseball America’s Top 500. His sheer athleticism is shown in his soft hands behind the plate and ability to play in the field as well. This left-handed hitter has power but has a slight tendency to drift at the plate.
- Stephen Tapley, LHP (Rd. 3, 98th Overall)- Ranked 123rd in Baseball America’s Top 500, Tarpley was drafted in the eighth round by the Cleveland Indians last year but decided to attend Southern Carolina instead. This lefty has a fastball that tops at 92 mph (usually 88-90 mph) and also throws a curveball, slider and changeup.
- Jonah Heim, C (Rd. 4, 129th Overall)- Ranked 170th in Baseball America’s Top 500, this six-foot-five catcher Amherst Central High School in New York is a switch hitting power hitter. He has to work on the quickness of his feet and his approach from the right side of the plate. He is currently committed to Michigan State.
- Travis Seabrooke, LHP (Rd. 5, 159th Overall)- This six-foot-five lefty is one of the youngest players in the draft this year; he will be eighteen in September. His fastball is in the high eighties but needs to work on his secondary pitches. He is committed to Boston College.
- Alex Murphy, C (Rd. 6, 189th Overall)- Murphy graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland this year and is committed to Wake Forest. He was born in Monrovia, MD and has grown up a Baltimore Orioles fan. Murphy was drafted as a catcher, but it does not seem like he will stay there for long. He is an experienced third baseman and his speed allows to play anywhere in the outfield as well.
- Drew Dosch, 3B (Rd. 7, 219th Overall)- Ranked 131st in Baseball America’s Top 500, Dosch played for Youngstown State but shined in the Cape Cod League batting .326 with 21 extra-base hits in 44 games. He does not seem fit to be able to play third base in majors because he is unable throw from multiple angles. If he moves to LF or 1B, he will need to produce more power from those positions.
- Trey Mancini, 1B (Rd. 8, 249th Overall)- He simply has raw power in the batter’s box. Mancini, a left-handed first baseman but right-handed batter, has improved his strike zone discipline at Notre Dame but still has below-average speed. The Orioles are really investing in his bat but and his size, standing set six-foot-five inches and weighing in at 205 pounds. He was ranked 230th in Baseball America’s Top 500.
- Mitch Horacek, LHP (Rd. 9, 279th Overall)- Unranked in Baseball America’s Top 500, this Dartmouth starter went 6-2, 2.20 with 42 strikeouts and only ten walks in 45 innings. He has a fastball in the low 90’s topping out at 92 with pretty good secondary pitches and has a lot of durability on the mound.
*Believe it or not, we’re halfway through the Carolina League season. The Keys wrapped up their first half with an 9-8 loss to Potomac Sunday afternoon in front a big Father’s day crowd of 7,618 The Grove.
Read what happened here and listen to our highlight of the game below:
Jerome Pena gets his sixth straight hit dating back to Saturday, a 2-run homer
The weekend didn’t treat the Keys particularly well, losing three of four, but it was a great weekend for attendance. The Grove hosted 25,165 folks Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the biggest weekend for the Keys in nine years. Saturday’s crowd of 9,294 was the biggest of the year. The view from center field:
*It was certainly a crazy weekend at the stadium. You could say things have calmed down today. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look of The Grove on day one of the break in six seconds:
An off-day at The Grove: All-Star Break Edition vine.co/v/hBwHDmeIjqJ—
Mike Mueller (@flapjackmemphis) June 17, 2013
*2008 Key Jake Arrieta’s getting another look with the O’s tonight, starting their game against the Tigers. Here’s a look at Arrieta from the Baltimore Sun.
*When the Keys start the second half of the season Friday night at The Grove against Myrtle Beach, Sgt. Slaughter will be here for our annual Fredneck Night. Get your tickets and get excited.
How does a Slaughter Cannon sound to you?!?!:
Shake your Keys.