06/08/11 12:54 AM ET
Orioles add several more hurlers on Day 2
Vanderbilt third baseman Esposito taken in second round
By Avi Zaleon / MLB.com
While the second day of the Draft was in full swing Tuesday afternoon, manager Buck Showalter said every round is important.
"There is a Major League player in each round," Showalter said. "There will be a Major League player in each one of those rounds. So you have to keep that in mind when you're grinding it."
But Showalter expressed another challenge the organization faces in the Draft, beyond scouting future big leaguers.
"The Red Sox. They'll overdraft and pay them [picks] whatever," Showalter said. "There's budgets in draft rooms too that are affected. You can draft guys in the 10th round and give them first-round money. We know it's not a level playing field, but it's another advantage. I'd do the same thing if I were them."
The O's hope to sign some of the players they selected in rounds two through 30. In that span, the bulk of Baltimore's selections included nine right-handed pitchers, five southpaws, six outfielders and four third basemen. Their second day of drafting consisted of 22 college or JUCO players and seven from high school.
Baltimore selected 6-foot-2, 205-pound Vanderbilt junior third baseman Jason Esposito with its second-round pick (No. 64 overall).
Originally taken by the Royals in the seventh round of the 2008 Draft, Esposito decided to forgo signing with Kansas City and instead play in college. In 60 games this season, the right-hander hit .362 with eight home runs and 55 RBIs.
About Esposito, Showalter said he "certainly looks the part. He's a big, strong, physical kid."
Again, O's scouting director Joe Jordan and his team looked to bolster their talent on the hill in the third round (94th overall), drafting 6-foot-5, 195-pound right-hander Mike Wright out of East Carolina.
As a starter for the Pirates, Wright went 6-4 this season with a 2.79 ERA. However, before this year, the 21-year-old served as a reliever for both ECU and in the Cape Cod League. Wright pitched the second-most innings of his college teammates in 2011, with 100 frames in 16 appearances. In that span, he allowed 31 earned runs, 30 walks and struck out 75.
In the fourth round (125th overall), Baltimore drafted its third right-hander, taking Kyle Simon from the University of Arizona. A 6-foot-5, 219-pound junior, Simon compiled an 8-6 record and 4.27 ERA this season for the Wildcats. In 19 appearances, he threw 109 2/3 innings, giving up 52 earned runs, while walking 37 and striking out 62.
Matt Taylor made it three straight hurlers for the O's, as they drafted the lefty starter out of Middle Georgia College in the fifth round (155th overall). The 6-foot-1, 185-pound hurler went 7-5 last season with a 3.31 ERA in 16 appearances (81 2/3 innings), allowing 71 hits and 29 walks with 128 strikeouts.
The Orioles are hoping success in baseball ran in the family for their sixth-round pick (185th overall), Nick Delmonico out of Farragut (Tenn.) High School. He is the son of Rod Delmonico, who went 699-396 as coach at the University of Tennessee from 1990-'07. Nick's older brothers, Tony and Joey, are catchers in Class A and at the University of Georgia, respectively. Keeping with the family trend, Nick has been making the transition to catcher from third base.
In the seventh round, with the 215th overall pick, Baltimore took southpaw Trent Howard from Central Michigan. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound lefty managed a 2.78 ERA despite a 4-4 record in 14 starts.
The Orioles are hoping Arizona State center fielder Johnny Ruettiger has the same luck of the Irish that his uncle, Danny Ruettiger, had as the famed Notre Dame football player portrayed in the movie, "Rudy." Johnny, a left-handed batter, was selected in the eighth round with the 245th overall pick.
Devin Jones, a right-handed reliever from Mississippi State was the O's ninth-round selection (275th overall). In 32 appearances, he has pitched 52 innings, registering 44 strikeouts.
Baltimore followed up with another righty in the 10th round, Phillip Wilson from the University of Virginia. Wilson was selected by Cincinnati in the 35th round of the 2010 Draft, but did not sign.
In the 11th round, catcher Adam Davis from the University of Illinois went to the Orioles.
In the 12th and 13th rounds, the O's took left fielder Jason Coats from Texas Christian University and right fielder Derek Jones from Washington State.
Baltimore drafted a local product in the 14th round, third baseman Kevin Hockaday from The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md.
In the 15th round, left-handed pitcher Eric Wooten from Central Arizona College was taken by the O's.
Baltimore stayed in the college ranks in the 16th round, selecting right-handed pitcher Mark Blackmar from Temple.
In the 17th round, the Orioles drafted right-handed pitcher Nicholas Carmichael from Palomar College.
Third baseman Bradley Roney from Wetumpka High School (Ala.) was taken by Baltimore in the 18th round.
In the 19th round, Central Arkansas left-hander Dustin Ward was selected by the O's.
The Orioles drafted Chabot College center fielder Marc Wik from in the 20th round.
In the 21st round, Baltimore drafted right-hander Jose Rivera from Hill Junior College.
The O's drafted shortstop Michael Miedzianowski from Martin County High School (Fla.) in the 22nd round.
South Carolina right fielder Adam Matthews went to the O's in the 23rd round.
The Orioles selected right fielder Jalen Simmons from Camden County High School (Ga.) in the 24th round.
In the 25th round, Baltimore took left-handed pitcher Michael Finnigan from San Bernadino Valley College.
The O's drafted right-hander Zachary Davie from Mesquite High School (Ariz.) in the 26th round.
Baltimore's 27th-round pick was right-hander Christopher Oliver from Shiloh Christian High School (Ark.)
In the 28th round, the Orioles drafted first baseman Kyle Raubinger from Arroyo Grande High School (Calif.)
Gonzaga catcher Cameron Edman was taken by the O's in the 29th round.
In the 30th round, Baltimore drafted shortstop Mike Reynolds from Paradise Valley Community College with its last pick of Day 2.
Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumes at noon ET on Wednesday on MLB.com, where fans will receive exclusive coverage of Day 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Avi Zaleon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.