BOSTON - We've moved into the third round of the First-Year Player Draft, and the Orioles used the 99th overall pick to select shortstop/second baseman Adrian Marin of Gulliver Prep School in Miami.
Marin is listed at 6 foot and 170 pounds. He's regarded as a plus-runner who's been timed at 6.65 in the 60-yard. He's committed to the University of Miami.
Baseball America ranked Marin as the 192nd-best prospect in the draft.
Here's what Baseball America wrote about Marin:
Marin would be a key recruit for a Miami program that needs an infusion of talent, and scouts had him pegged as a "good college player" until he smoked one of the nation's hardest throwers, Las Vegas two-way phenom Joey Gallo, at the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C., early in the spring. That encounter raised Marin's profile with national evaluators, and area scouts already liked him as a heady player with no glaring weakness. Marin still has scouts trying to figure out his future impact with his bat. His hitting mechanics aren't ideal and he has swing-and-miss tendencies, and his below-average power means he'll either have to be a leadoff hitter or hit at the bottom of an order. Marin's best present tool is his speed, which is at least slightly above-average. He's a steady defender with average actions and
shortstop and an average arm. Marin had early buzz to go in the first three rounds.
In the fourth round, the Orioles used the 132nd overall pick to select South Carolina first baseman Christian Walker.
Walker doesn't hit for a lot of power, but he hits. And he's already had a broken hamate bone removed, so that's a plus for the Orioles.
Walker batted .319/.447/.548 with 11 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 53 RBIs in 58 games.
Baseball America ranked Walker as the 228th-best prospct in the draft.
Here's what MLB.com's draft tracker included on Walker:
There's something to be said for a college hitter who's produced for one of the better programs in the country and already has two championship rings on his resume. Walker has played a large part in South Carolina's success, hitting in the middle of the Gamecocks' lineup. He's shown an ability to hit for average and power and showed quickly in 2012 that a broken hamate suffered late last year wouldn't adversely impact him this season. He's not afraid to draw walks, and he rarely strikes out. He's not the imposing physical specimen some like to see, especially considering that he is limited to first, but a team that thinks the bat will play could take him off the board fairly early.
I'm passing the draft baton to my colleague, Steve Melewski, while I head to Fenway Park for tonight's game. Be sure to check his blog for updates. I'll chime in later.
OK, one more: In the fifth round, the Orioles chose left-hander Colin Poche of Marcus (Tx.) High School. He's committed to the University of Arkansas. Melewski will provide more information on his blog.