Orioles add shortstop, arms on Day 2
Fifth-rounder Narron joins No. 3 overall Machado in stockpile
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles may love their first-round pick, prep star Manny Machado, but that didn't stop them from taking another shortstop early on Day 2 of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
With their fifth-round pick (No. 148 overall), Baltimore chose Connor Narron out of Charles B. Aycock High School in Pikeville, N.C. As with Machado, scouts think Narron might be a better third baseman than shortstop in the future.
It might have been Narron's similarity to Machado that caught the O's eyes, but it could have also been his pedigree. His father, Jerry Narron, was a Major League catcher for 10 years and also managed the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds.
Baltimore could have trouble signing Narron, who is verbally committed to play at the University of North Carolina. But director of scouting Joe Jordan dismissed that concern.
"I think he's a kid that's going to take maybe a little bit of time to get it done, but we feel good about what it's going to cost and his desire to go play," Jordan said. "It's just a matter of doing it the right way. He'll be playing -- he'll be playing this summer."
The Birds may have found the future left side of their infield with Machado and Narron, but that wasn't all they did on Day 2. Here's a look at the rest of their picks:
Round 3 (pick 85), Daniel Klein, RHP, UCLA: The Orioles redrafted Klein, who was originally selected with the 729th pick (Round 24) in 2007. The 21-year-old two-sport star redshirted his sophomore season at UCLA after having shoulder surgery, but appeared fully healthy in '09, when he excelled as the Bruins' closer. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound righty can throw four pitches for strikes, leading some scouts to think he may move back into a starter's role. Otherwise he may wind up rising quickly to the Majors as a reliever.
Round 4 (pick 118), Trent Mummey, CF, Auburn: Mummey missed the first six weeks of his junior season with an ankle injury, but was lights-out in his return to the Tigers. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder hit one home run for every nine at-bats, finishing with 17 dingers, 54 RBIs and a .366 batting average. As a sophomore, Mummey won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and made the SEC All-Defensive Team. He also led the Tigers with 17 steals that year and was 8-for-9 in steal chances in 2010.
Round 5 (pick 148), Connor Narron, SS, Charles B. Aycock HS, N.C.: In his senior season at C.B. Aycock, the 6-foot-3, 187-pound switch-hitter batted .317 with 30 RBIs, seven homers and notched a fielding percentage of .955.
Round 6 (pick 178), Dixon Anderson, RHP, California: The 6-foot-5, 225-pound hurler started 13 games for Cal in 2010, going 5-4 with a 5.17 ERA. He had been a closer in his redshirt freshman season, going 1-0 with a 3.98 ERA and three saves in 20 appearances. Along with his best pitch -- a plus fastball that tops out around 94 mph -- Anderson also has a sinking curveball and is working on a splitter. Considered a possible first-day talent, he is projected as a reliever in the Majors who may ready for his debut sooner rather than later.
Round 7 (pick 208), Matthew Bywater, LHP, Pepperdine: In a Draft pool light on good southpaws, Bywater is among the elite. He went 6-5 with a 2.40 ERA in 13 starts for Pepperdine in 2010 and broke a school record with four shutouts. The 6-foot-3, 193-pounder was projected to go by Round 5.
Round 8 (pick 238), Wynston Sawyer, C, Scripps Ranch HS, Calif.: The 6-foot-3, 190-pound backstop has had trouble behind the plate but plenty of success beside it. In his senior season he batted .400 with 10 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 38 RBIs en route to Eastern League Player of the Year honors. Sawyer was a late riser after putting on 20 pounds of muscle in his senior year and improving on his defense, which still remains his biggest weakness.
Round 9 (pick 268), Parker Bridwell, RHP, Hereford HS, Texas: A three-sport star who also played quarterback and was on the basketball team at Hereford, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound hurler was recruited in football, but appears committed to baseball after making a verbal commitment to pitch for Texas Tech. In his senior season, he went 7-2 with a 2.26 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 65 innings.
Round 10 (pick 298), Clayton Schrader, RHP, San Jacinto College North, Texas: A bit undersized at 6-foot, 200 pounds, Schrader was the closer for the top junior college team in the country. Working with a 92- to 94-mph fastball, a plus slider and an average curveball, he racked up 11 saves with a 2.73 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings for the Gators in 2010.
Round 11 (pick 328), Alexander Gonzalez, RHP, Boca Raton Community HS, Fla.: Gonzalez may not bring the heat, with his fastball maxing out in the high 80s, but he excels with his command. He signed a letter of intent to play for Oral Roberts.
Round 12 (pick 358), Ryan Hornback, C, San Jacinto College North, Texas: The Orioles' second pick from San Jacinto, Hornback hit .361 in his freshman campaign. Perhaps more impressively, he didn't commit a single error in 151 innings of work behind the plate.
Round 13 (pick 388), Jeremy Nowak, OF, Mt. Olive College: The switch-hitter broke school records with 99 hits (sixth in the nation) and a .446 batting average in his senior season. He also hit 17 homers and started the season with a 35-game hitting streak, the second-longest streak to start a season in Division II history.
Round 14 (pick 418), Michael Mosby, 3B, Wabash Valley College: In his sophomore season, he hit .451 with 18 homers and 86 RBIs. He signed a letter of intent to play for Western Kentucky in 2011.
Round 15 (pick 448), Joe Oliveira, C, Pacific College: The right-handed hitter batted .332 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 2010. He didn't learn to play catcher until his freshman year at Pacific, but by his senior year, he earned manager Ed Sprague's trust to call games, a rare circumstance in college baseball.
Round 16 (pick 478), Brandon King, OF, Fresno Community College: A 6-foot, 190-pound lefty, King hit .370 with 31 RBIs and led his conference with eight home runs.
Round 17 (pick 508), David Richardson, RHP, Hillsborough Community College: The 5-foot-11 left fielder and reliever for Hillsborough is projected as a hitter after posting a 9.92 ERA in 16 1/3 innings while batting .331 in his freshman season.
Round 18 (pick 538), Sebastian Vader, RHP, San Marcos HS, Calif.: With a lanky 6-foot-4, 175-pound frame, Vader is an athletic pitcher who also played quarterback in high school. An outfielder and closer for San Marcos, he signed a letter of intent to pitch for San Diego State before his senior season.
Round 19 (pick 568), Kenneth Wise, RHP, Santa Fe Community College: After two years in junior college, the big 6-foot-6, 225-pound pitcher is projected as a possible starter in the big leagues. His works with a fastball in the 89- to 91-mph range and also has a curveball.
Round 20 (pick 598), Matt Drummond, LHP, UCLA: The second Bruins reliever selected by Baltimore, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Drummond was 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA in 11 appearances as a redshirt junior.
Round 21 (pick 628), Scott Copeland, RHP, Southern Mississippi: In 14 starts for the Golden Eagles, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior went 11-1 in 14 starts and posted a 3.75 ERA.
Round 22 (pick 658), Tanner Murphy, C, Mountain Ridge HS: The 6-foot-1, 190-pound backstop hit .351 in his senior year and led his team with five home runs and 29 RBIs.
Round 23 (pick 688), Christopher Clinton, CF, Eckerd College: As a sophomore, he led the Tritons in nearly every offensive category and was fourth in Division II with 40 steals. His numbers dipped slightly in 2010.
Round 24 (pick 718), Timothy Adleman, RHP, Georgetown: The 6-foot-5, 205-pound starter was the Hoyas' ace as a junior, leading the club with an ERA of 5.71, opposing batting average of .296 and 66 strikeouts in 14 starts. He dropped his ERA to 5.51 in his senior campaign.
Round 25 (pick 748), Vincent Zazueta, SS, Arizona Western College: At 6-foot and 150 pounds, Zazueta is known more for his glove than his bat. The diminutive shortstop hit .270 with 16 RBIs while posting a .910 fielding percentage in 2010.
Round 26 (pick 778), Austin Goolsby, C, Embry-Riddle University: The Birds picked their fifth catcher of the day with this 6-foot-2, 185-pounder. After being drafted by San Francisco in the 49th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, he returned for his senior year to hit .319 and lead the Eagles with 13 homers and 57 RBIs. He also recorded a .990 fielding percentage.
Round 27 (pick 808), Austin Urban, RHP, Richland HS, Pa.: It might be tough for the Orioles to sign this 6-foot-1, 185-pound pitcher, as he signed a letter of intent to play for Penn State. Ranked just outside the Top 200 by Baseball America, Urban has drawn mixed opinions about his future as a starter or as a reliever.
Round 28 (pick 838), Jaime Esquivel, RHP, South Houston HS: This 6-foot-2, 185-pound strikeout artist earned district MVP honors after helping his team end a 22-year streak of missing the state playoffs. The Rice-bound righty posted a 2.10 ERA in 2010.
Round 29 (pick 868), Cameron Roth, LHP, UNC-Wilmington: The 6-foot-2, 202-pound southpaw led UNCW with a 7-4 record and 2.98 ERA as a junior.
Round 30 (pick 898), Michael Rooney, SS, UNC-Wilmington: The Orioles wrapped up Day 2 by picking their second consecutive player from UNCW. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior hit .282 and posted a fielding percentage of .963 for the Seahawks in 2010.
Noah Rosenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.