17 June, 2017
The MLB Draft kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight, with the first two rounds being televised.
It's typically much safer to draft college players who have proven they can get it done at a higher level.
The Orioles last night selected LHP DL HALL from Valdosta (GA) High School with their first selection as the 21st overall pick of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft.
The Gators had three players taken Tuesday - SS Dalton Guthrie (Phillies, sixth round), and a pair of catchers in Michael Rivera (Indians, sixth round) and Mark Kolozsvary (Reds, seventh round).
Warmoth went 22nd overall to the Toronto Blue Jays (sigh), and the Dodgers pounced on Kendall with the 23rd overall pick.More news: Leaked NSA Doc Highlights Deep Flaws in US Election System
With two picks in the second round of Monday's MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Baltimore Orioles selected a high school position player and a college pitcher. His fastball consistently reaches the mid-90s. Another left hander Tech pitcher was taken when junior Jacob Patterson was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals as the 394th overall pick in the 13th round.
Murphy, a recent Fordham University graduate, was 6-7 for the Rams this spring with a 2.59 ERA.
As a junior, Russell still has eligibility remaining and can decide whether to sign with San Francisco or return to UConn for his senior season. A plus hitter with average power, Baseball America said that "he was in the discussion for being the best pure hitter in the draft class", but scouts remain "mixed on his overall power potential". Hall struck out 105 batters, allowing just 25 walks and 24 hits all season as opposing batters hit.129 against him. At the plate, he hit.467 with 16 home runs, 10 doubles, four triples and 46 RBI.
There is certainly nothing wrong with taking high school players.
Hall is committed to Florida State, and will now have to decide if he'll play for the Seminoles or forgo college baseball to sign with the O's.