With the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles selected North Carolina high school right-hander Hunter Harvey, the son of former major league closer Bryan Harvey.
Harvey was 8-0 with a 0.38 ERA at Bandys High School in Catawba, N.C., with 116 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings. Baseball America rated him as the seventh-best right-handed pitcher in the draft.
John Hart on MLB Network said he believes Harvey can be a starter.
Harvey is listed as 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds. He didn’t commit to a college and figures to be an easy signing.
Update: The Orioles passed along a quote from director of scouting Gary Rajsich via Twitter:
“Harvey is a future frontline starter. He is a tall, lean projectable right-handed pitcher with a good fastball, good curveball and a changeup. He throws strikes, competes, and comes from a baseball family.”
Harvey, interviewed on MLB Network, said he never heard from the Orioles before being selected.
As for his father’s influence, Harvey said, “He’s taught me everything I need to know about the game and being a man. Where I’m at today, I owe it all to him, really.”
Harvey has no interest in attending college.
“I’ve never really been a big fan of college,” he said. “I just wanted to get my pro career started and make my way to the big leagues.”
The Rays, selecting at No. 21, took South Carolina high school catcher Nick Ciuffo, one of the players who was on the Orioles’ board and who had been linked to them in a few mock drafts.
The Orioles have four of the first 100 selections in the draft, including a competitive balance pick at No. 37 that can be traded, and the 61st overall pick in the second round. The third round won’t unfold until Friday afternoon.
The Orioles hadn’t made their first selection at 22nd or lower since taking Georgia high school outfielder Rick Elder at 26th back in 1998. Injuries derailed his career, and he never made it past low Single-A Delmarva. He played independent ball from 2004-06.
Last year, the Orioles chose LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman with the fourth-overall pick. They’ve taken a pitcher with their first selection in five of the last six years, the exception being Miami high school shortstop Manny Machado at No. 3 in 2010.
That one also turned out pretty well.
Update II: With the 37th overall pick, the Orioles selected center fielder Josh Hart of Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga. He has committed to Georgia Tech.
Baseball America rated Hart, a left-handed hitter, as the fifth-best center fielder in the draft. He’s viewed as a top-of-the-order hitter.
MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo had Hart as a late first-round talent.
So, the Orioles have taken high school players with their first two selections.
Update III: In the second round, the Orioles used the 61st overall pick on catcher Chance Sisco of Corona Santiago (Cal.) High School.
That’s three high school players tonight. They must have done their prep work (see what I did there?)
Baseball America rated Sisco as a fifth- or sixth-round talent. The Orioles disagreed.
Sisco committed to the University of Oregon.
Update IV: Need more stats? Here you go:
Harvey was 7-0 record and 1.81 ERA in 54 innings as a junior in 2012.
Hart, 18, batted .449/.560/.757 (48-for-107) with 18 extra-base hits, 29 RBIs, 39 runs scored and 34 steals in 36 attempts in 36 games this year.
Sisco, 18, is a 6-foot-1, 190 pound, left-handed hitting catcher. He was named a 2013 Rawlings 3rd Team All-American and a California All-Region 1st Team.
This is the first time that the Orioles selected high school players with each of their first three selections since 1998.
Let’s take a look back at the Orioles’ past first-round and supplemental picks. Cue the music (and please hold the “Send in the Clowns” jokes. Yes, there were some misfires):
1965, Scott McDonald, RHP, Marquette (Wa.) High School, 15th
1966, Ted Parks, SS, University of California, Berkeley, 16th
1967, Bobby Grich, SS, Wilson Classical (Ca.) High School, 19th
1968, Junior Kennedy, SS, Arvin (Ca.) High School, 10th
1969, Don Hood, LHP, Southside (S.C.) High School, 17th
1970, James West, C, Vashon (Mo.) High School, 15th
1971, Randy Stein, RHP, Ganesha (Ca.) High School, 23rd
1972, Ken Thomas, C, Clear Fork (Ohio) High School, 24th
1973, Mike Parrott, RHP, Adolfo Camarillo (Ca.) High School, 15th
1974, Rich Dauer, SS, USC, 24th
1975, Dave Ford, RHP, Lincoln-West (Ohio) High School, 23rd
1976, Dallas Williams, OF, Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.) High School, 20th
1977, Drungo Hazewood, C, Sacramento (Ca.) High School, 19th
1978, Robert Boyce, 3B, Deer Park (Ohio) High School, 22nd
1979, no first-round pick
1980, Jeff Williams, OF, Princeton (Ohio) High School, 26th
1981, no first-round pick
1982, Joe Kucharski, RHP, University of South Carolina, 24th
1983, Wayne Wilson, RHP, Redondo Beach (Ca.) High School, 25th
1984, John Hoover, RHP, Fresno State University, 25th
1985, no first-round pick
1986, no first-round pick
1987, Chris Myers, LHP, Plant (Fla.) High School, 7th
1987, Brad DuVall, RHP, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 15th
1987, Pete Harnisch, RHP, Fordham University, 27th
1988, Gregg Olson, RHP, Auburn University, 4th
1988, Ricky GutiÃ©rrez, SS, American (Fla.) High School, 28th
1989, Ben McDonald, RHP, LSU, 1st
1990, Mike Mussina, RHP, Stanford University, 20th
1991, Mark Smith, OF, USC, 9th
1992, Jeffrey Hammonds, OF, Stanford University, 4th
1993, Jay Powell, RHP, Mississippi State University, 19th
1994, no first-round pick
1995, Alvie Shepherd, RHP, University of Nebraska, 21st
1996, no first-round pick
1997, Jayson Werth, C, Glenwood (Ill.) High School, 22nd
1997, Darnell McDonald, OF, Cherry Creek (Co.) High School, 26th
1997, Ntema Ndungidi, OF, Edouard Montpetit (Canada) High School, 36th
1998, Rick Elder, OF, Sprayberry (Ga.) High School, 26th
1998, Mamon Tucker, OF, Stephen F. Austin (Tx.) High School, 39th
1999, Mike Paradis, RHP, Clemson University, 13th
1999, Richard Stahl, LHP, Newton County (Ga.) High School, 18th
1999, Larry Bigbie, OF, Ball State University, 21st
1999, Keith Reed, OF, Providence College, 23rd
1999, Joshua Cenate, LHP, Jefferson (W.Va.) High School, 34th
1999, Scott Rice, LHP, Royal (Ca.) High School, 44th
1999, Brian Roberts, SS, University of South Carolina, 50th
2000, Beau Hale, RHP, University of Texas, 14th
2000, Tripper Johnson, RHP, Newport (Wa.) High School, 32nd
2001, Chris Smith, LHP, Cumberland (Tenn.) University, 7th
2001, Mike Fontenot, 2B, LSU, 19th
2001, Bryan Bass, SS, Seminole (Fla.) High School
2002, Adam Loewen, LHP, Fraser Valley Christian (B.C.) High School, 4th
2003, Nick Markakis, OF, Young Harris (Ga.) College, 7th
2004, Wade Townsend, RHP, Rice University, 8th
2005, Brandon Snyder, C, Westfield (Va.) High School, 13th
2005, Garrett Olson, LHP, California Polytechnic State University, 48th
2006, Billy Rowell, 3B, Bishop Eustace (N.J.) Preparatory School, 9th
2006, Pedro Beato, RHP, St. Petersburg College, 32nd
2007, Matt Wieters, C, Georgia Tech, 5th
2008, Brian Matusz, LHP, University of San Diego, 4th
2009, Matthew Hobgood, RHP, Norco (Cal.) High School, 5th
2010, Manny Machado, SS, Brito (Fla.) High School, 3rd
2011, Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso (Okla.) High School, 4th
2012, Kevin Gausman, RHP, LSU, 4th
2013, Hunter Harvey, RHP, Catawba (N.C.) High School, 22nd