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Orioles out to restock farm system in Draft

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BALTIMORE -- Gone are the days of picking early. The Orioles, thanks to some solid finishes and free-agent signings with Draft picks attached, will pick outside of the top 20 for the seventh consecutive year. Still, the O's get four picks in the top 100, making 2017 potentially a big year for the farm system.

The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at noon.

BALTIMORE -- Gone are the days of picking early. The Orioles, thanks to some solid finishes and free-agent signings with Draft picks attached, will pick outside of the top 20 for the seventh consecutive year. Still, the O's get four picks in the top 100, making 2017 potentially a big year for the farm system.

The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at noon.

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLBPipeline.com analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Orioles, whose first selection is the No. 21 overall pick.

In about 50 words
It's hard to predict who will fall to the O's with so many picks before them. Under executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, the O's have picked pitchers in the first round in four of the past five Drafts (in which they've had a first-round pick).

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The scoop
The O's, who have taken a fair amount of criticism for their Minor League system in recent years, have made some recent strides and have players who could help them this season or traded to garner an impact player.

First-round buzz
In MLB.com's latest Mock Draft, the Orioles were predicted to take third baseman Jake Burger out of Missouri State.

"The Orioles continue to be associated with college bats," Mayo said. "At this point, that's either Burger and his power or perhaps North Carolina shortstop Logan Warmoth."

They've also been linked recently to right-handed college arms Tanner Houck (Missouri) and Griffin Canning (UCLA).

Money matters
To ensure competitive balance, MLB's Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that each team has a bonus pool to spend based upon the number and position of their Draft picks. The more selections a team has and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. Any club that overspends its budget is subject to taxes and, in extreme cases, a loss of picks in future Drafts.

This year, the Orioles have a pool of $6,846,700 to spend in the first 10 rounds, including $2,892,400 to spend on their first selection.

Shopping list
Pitching, particularly guys who are polished and can move quickly through the system, would be huge for an Orioles club that has always struggled to find quality arms.

Trend watch
As noted above, the Orioles place a premium on pitching and have used a good chunk of their early picks on adding arms.

Recent Draft History

Rising fast
Left-handed pitcher Tanner Scott, the team's sixth-round pick in 2014, is currently in Double-A Bowie but high on the Orioles' radar. He could join the club at some point later this season.

Cinderella Story
Reliever Donnie Hart was drafted in the 27th round of the 2013 Draft and made his Major League debut last season, pitching to a 0.49 ERA in 2016. Another notable selection, Trey Mancini was an eighth-round pick in the same Draft as Hart and has played well enough to earn an everyday role with the O's this season.

In the Show
The Orioles have a good chunk of homegrown players on their current roster, including Hart and Mancini, along with third baseman Manny Machado, reliever Mychal Givens and starters Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.

The Orioles' recent top picks
2016: Cody Sedlock, RHP, Class A
2015: D.J. Stewart, OF, Double-A
2014: No first-round pick
2013: Hunter Harvey RHP, Class A
2012: Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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