The Orioles also had the fourth pick in the second round of today’s First-Year Player Draft, and the 64th overall selection. They used it to take Vanderbilt junior third baseman Jason Esposito.
Esposito batted .362 this year, with 22 doubles, eight homers, 55 RBIs and a .560 slug percentage in 60 games.
Baseball America calls the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Esposito “a college version of Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez in that his glove is ahead of his bat.” He played shortstop this spring, but is regarded as an above-average defender at third with good hands and plus arm strength. He’ll apparently move to the hot corner in the pros.
Baseball America also had Esposito rated as the fifth-best third baseman in the draft, and a second-round talent.
The Royals drafted Esposito in the seventh round out of high school, but he didn’t sign, turning down a reported $1.5 million offer.
Esposito is advised by Scott Boras.