The Baltimore Orioles today made eight selections on Day Two of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft, completing Rounds 3-10. The Orioles started the day by selecting right-handed pitcher NOLAN MCLEAN at No. 81 overall from Oklahoma State University. The Orioles also selected catcher SILAS ARDOIN (CY-liss ARD-wann) at No. 107 overall from the University of Texas, right-handed pitcher TRACE BRIGHT at No. 137 overall from Auburn University (AL), outfielder DOUGLAS HODO III at No. 167 overall from the University of Texas, right-handed pitcher PRESTON JOHNSON at No. 197 overall from Mississippi State University, right-handed pitcher CAMERON WESTON at No. 227 overall from the University of Michigan, infielder ADAM CRAMPTON at No. 257 overall from Stanford University (CA), and right-handed pitcher WYATT CHENEY at No. 287 overall from McLennan Community College (TX).
McLean, 20, finished his sophomore year with a 2-1 record and a 4.97 ERA (14 ER/25.1 IP), five saves, 39 strikeouts, and 13 walks in 23 relief appearances. He owned a 13.9 K/9 and a 1.30 WHIP, allowing a total of 20 hits. In his 23 outings with the Cowboys, he surrendered only three home runs. At the plate, McLean slashed .285/.397/.595 (69-for-242) with 16 doubles, one triple, 19 home runs, 55 runs scored, 47 RBI, 37 walks, and two stolen bases. The North Carolina native appeared in all 64 games, starting in 63. His 19 home runs paced the team and ranked tied for third in the Big 12. McLean attended Garner High School in Garner, N.C., where he posted a career .381 batting average and .589 on-base percentage. He played for Team USA at the 2019 WBSC U-18 World Cup and was named an Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American. He was ranked as the No. 115 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline and No. 135 by Baseball America.
Ardoin, 21, slashed .271/.391/.513 (65-for-240) his redshirt sophomore season, tallying 20 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, 48 runs scored, 50 RBI, 39 walks, and a stolen base, appearing in all 69 games with 68 starts. He hit a home run in the Super Regionals against Eastern Carolina University to help lead the Longhorns to the College World Series. The 21-year-old threw out 22-of-55 potential base stealers. He attended Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff, La., earning Louisiana’s first-ever high school Gold Glove award after being named the 2019 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove winner at catcher. Ardoin was selected in the 36th round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft by the Colorado Rockies but did not sign. He is the son of five-year Major League veteran catcher DANNY ARDOIN, who played for the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, and Los Angeles Dodgers between 2000-08. Silas was ranked as the No. 126 overall draft prospect by Baseball America and No. 146 by MLB Pipeline.
Bright, 21, went 5-4 with a 5.13 ERA (46 ER/80.2 IP) in his junior season, allowing 78 hits, 51 total runs, eight home runs, 38 walks, and 94 strikeouts in 18 appearances (17 starts) while leading the Tigers to the College World Series. His 94 strikeouts were the fourth-most by an Auburn pitcher since 2000. He earned the win on June 20 against Stanford (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 8 K), helping Auburn secure its first College World Series victory since 1997. The eight punchouts set an Auburn single-game College World Series record. The six-foot-four right-hander did not allow an earned run (one total run) in his first three starts of the season (17.0 IP). The Montgomery, Ala., native fanned a career-high 10 batters in 5.0 innings on June 3 vs. Southeastern Louisiana. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in all three seasons at Auburn. Bright graduated from Trinity Presbyterian High School in Montgomery, Ala. He was ranked as the No. 232 overall draft prospect by Baseball America.
Hodo, 21, hit .319/.418/.532 (90-for-282) in his redshirt sophomore season, recording 26 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 73 runs scored, 47 RBI, 42 walks, and nine stolen bases, starting in all 69 games. His 26 doubles paced the Longhorns, while his 73 runs scored and 42 walks ranked second. Hodo attended Boerne High School in Boerne, Texas. He finished his high school career second in Texas high school baseball history with 106 stolen bases. He is the son of DOUG HODO, who was a starting outfielder on the 1983 Longhorns College World Series team and spent one season in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He was ranked as the No. 223 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline and No. 301 by Baseball America.
Johnson, 22, went 3-4 with a 5.47 ERA (48 ER/79.0 IP), 117 strikeouts, and a 13.3 K/9 in 14 appearances (13 starts) for the Bulldogs in his senior season. He allowed 73 hits, 50 total runs, 18 home runs, and 38 walks. He attended Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss., in 2019 and 2020. He graduated from Copiah Academy in Gallman, Miss.
Weston, 21, went 5-4 with four saves and a 4.74 ERA (43 ER/81.2 IP) as a junior with 92 hits, 49 total runs, six home runs, 38 walks, and 92 strikeouts in 20 appearances (11 starts) for the Wolverines. He was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team the All-NCAA Louisville Regional Team. He earned Preseason All-Big Ten Conference honors by Perfect Game and Preseason Big Ten Coaches Honors List. Weston opened the season as a starter but worked his final nine games out of the bullpen while pitching to a 2.76 ERA (5 ER/16.1 IP). The right-hander closed out an NCAA Tournament win against Louisville on June 4 with 2.0 scoreless innings, one day after earning the win against Oregon with 2.1 scoreless frames. Weston graduated from Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg, Pa.
Crampton, 21, slashed .316/.395/.392 (67-for-212) with nine doubles, two triples, one home run, 34 runs scored, 40 RBI, 23 walks, and 11 stolen bases in his junior season, appearing in all 65 of Stanford’s games. He was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the third winner in program history, along with catcher MAVERICK HANDLEY, who won the award in 2019 and was selected by the Orioles in the sixth round of the First-Year Player Draft that same year. Crampton also made the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team at shortstop. He graduated from Oakland Tech High School in Oakland, Calif. He was born in Tainan City, Taiwan. Crampton was ranked as the No. 396 overall draft prospect by Baseball America.
Cheney, 21, went 10-3 with a 3.20 ERA (29 ER/81.2 IP) as a sophomore with 59 hits, 31 total runs, seven home runs, 20 walks, and 122 strikeouts in 16 appearances (15 starts) for the Highlanders. He limited opposing hitters to a .194 batting average against (59-for-304) and recorded five complete games, ranking fifth most among all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) schools. His 122 strikeouts were eighth-most among NJCAA schools and his 13.4 K/9 ranked 17th. He did not allow a double or triple all season. Cheney attended Liberty Hill High School in Liberty Hill, Texas.
After two days of the Draft, the Orioles have selected 12 players overall: five right-handed pitchers, one catcher, three infielders, and three outfielders. The Draft concludes with Day Three tomorrow, July 19, with Rounds 11-20, at 2:00 p.m. ET on MLB.com.
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