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O's get Futures Game star in haul for Machado

Diaz highlights package of 5 prospects coming from Dodgers
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BALTIMORE -- The rumors, speculation and wondering has come to an end. The barrage of questions over. Manny Machado exited Nationals Park after the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night as a member of the Orioles for the final time, with a deal between Baltimore and the Los Angeles Dodgers consummated on Wednesday night.

The trade nets the Orioles five prospects -- outfielder Yusniel Diaz, third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-hander Dean Kremer, righty Zach Pop and second baseman Breyvic Valera. And regardless of whether some, none or all of those prospects ultimately pan out, there will be no filling the shoes of the 26-year-old superstar Machado.

BALTIMORE -- The rumors, speculation and wondering has come to an end. The barrage of questions over. Manny Machado exited Nationals Park after the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night as a member of the Orioles for the final time, with a deal between Baltimore and the Los Angeles Dodgers consummated on Wednesday night.

The trade nets the Orioles five prospects -- outfielder Yusniel Diaz, third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-hander Dean Kremer, righty Zach Pop and second baseman Breyvic Valera. And regardless of whether some, none or all of those prospects ultimately pan out, there will be no filling the shoes of the 26-year-old superstar Machado.

"This is a bittersweet day for the Orioles and our club. We watched Manny grow up in our franchise over the past eight years, we all know what an exceptional talent he is," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "From the great plays he made to his elite hitting, he's always going to be an important part of this club's history."

Since first hitting the big leagues at 19 during the Orioles' 2012 run to the postseason, Machado has been one of the faces of the franchise and a key cog in three playoff appearances over the past five years. A fan favorite, Gold Glove winner, All-Star and a guy who matured enough to come into his own on and off the field, deftly answering trade questions and handling the spotlight everywhere he went this season.

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Machado, drafted third overall by the O's in 2010, spent the past seven seasons in the big leagues and is a free agent at the end of the season, expected to warrant a record deal. With the last-place Orioles headed into a rebuild, he was their biggest -- but far from only -- viable candidate to be dealt in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Showalter fondly recalls Machado's O's tenure

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"Today is the start of the rebuilding process," Duquette said. "Trading Manny is our first step in a multi-dimensional strategy to build a competitive club in the future."

That strategy involves much more than trades, as Duquette mentioned that ownership is committed to investing in the international market, beefing up scouting and analytics and strengthening several other components of baseball operations.

"The clubs that have been through it recently have given us an intrinsic road map of what to do. ... I think we have a good idea of what it takes to be consistently good," said Duquette, whose contract is up at the end of the year.

"Everybody understands some of the changes that we need to make. Orioles fans should know how deeply committed we are to making the important adjustments. Like I've said before, my heart is in Baltimore and I'd like to make the Orioles into a top contending organization again. Today is a new direction for the organization. I'm glad to be helping the club go in that new direction."

Without Machado, the Orioles are expected to move Tim Beckham to his original position at shortstop. The long-term answer may be more difficult to find and is part of several questions facing the club, which will also look to trade closer Zach Britton, center fielder Adam Jones and reliever Brad Brach to help accelerate the rebuilding process.

Duquette confirmed that the trade interest in Britton is heating up, saying several clubs have "renewed" their interest in the lefty this past week and it looks like he will be the next likely player to be moved.

O's will be central figure in Trade Deadline talk

Of the Machado haul, Diaz is considered the centerpiece. Ranked as Los Angeles' No. 4 prospect and the No. 84 prospect in the game by MLB Pipeline, Diaz is fresh off an impressive performance at Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, becoming the second player to homer twice in the showcase's 20-year history. He's currently playing at Double-A Tulsa.

"We like the depth of the Dodgers' package, we like the quality of the Dodgers package, and we like Yusniel Diaz," Duquette said.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

Bannon was ranked as the Dodgers' No. 27 prospect and Kremer was No. 28. The 22-year-old Bannon is batting .296/.402/.559 with 17 doubles, six triples, 20 home runs and 61 RBIs in 89 games with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Kremer had recently been promoted to Double-A. The 22-year-old had a 3.30 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 79 innings at Rancho Cucamonga this season. Pop, 21, is a combined 1-2 with a 1.04 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 30 relief appearances between Class A Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga.

Valera is the oldest of the group at 26 and has appeared in 26 games for Los Angeles this season, going 5-for-29. He's hit .284/.350/.433 in 56 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The O's tried to acquire Valera this spring with no luck. He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, with the other four players headed to Double-A Bowie.

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While news leaked Tuesday night of an agreement, the official word was delayed as the O's looked over medicals. Duquette said it was a rigorous process, given that six players were involved, and that it wasn't concerning despite reports that the deal had hit a snag.

"The expectation that everyone had was this deal was done when we were still in the process created a timeline that we couldn't meet," he said. "We thought it was important for Manny to represent the Orioles in the All-Star Game."

That was also important to Machado, who walked off the field Tuesday knowing that it was likely for the final time in black and orange.

"Clubs have to make the hard decisions," Duquette said, "and when you do that, you can be rewarded in the future."

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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Fry, Meisinger make MLB debuts for Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- Ryan Meisinger fell in love with baseball playing tee ball, refusing to take off his jersey when he returned home from practice. He fell in love with the Orioles because of his aunt, Colleen, who finagled him out of school each year for Opening Day to watch his beloved team in person.

It made it extra special when Meisinger played in Maryland's Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game at Camden Yards in 2012. But on Friday night, when he and lefty Paul Fry made their Major League debuts in the O's 7-1 loss to the Angels, Meisinger felt a bit different from the kid playing in '12 and the fan attending Opening Day.

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BALTIMORE -- Ryan Meisinger fell in love with baseball playing tee ball, refusing to take off his jersey when he returned home from practice. He fell in love with the Orioles because of his aunt, Colleen, who finagled him out of school each year for Opening Day to watch his beloved team in person.

It made it extra special when Meisinger played in Maryland's Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game at Camden Yards in 2012. But on Friday night, when he and lefty Paul Fry made their Major League debuts in the O's 7-1 loss to the Angels, Meisinger felt a bit different from the kid playing in '12 and the fan attending Opening Day.

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"There are people in the stands [now]," Meisinger said, fighting back a laugh. "Back in high school, it's just kind of a cool experience just to get on the field. Making my Major League debut is a totally different experience."

Friday's debut was even more meaningful for the Meisinger, who became the Orioles' 24th Maryland-born player. He had 19 immensely prideful and raucous family members in attendance.

"Our whole community and the county has just been a buzz," Meisinger's mother, Leanne, said.

Meisinger also made his debut alongside Fry -- his throwing partner who's been through the trials and tribulations of the Minors with him this past year.

Video: LAA@BAL: Meisinger retires Upton for 1st career out

"We've been talking about that ever since last night," Fry said of the possibility of debuting with Meisinger. "Crazy how it all worked out, being throwing partners and good friends. It's really cool."

The two were promoted on Friday with pitchers Yefry Ramirez and Jimmy Yacabonis optioned in corresponding roster moves. To make room on the 40-man roster, reliever Darren O'Day was moved to the 60-day disabled list and infielder Corban Joseph was designated for assignment.

Both Meisinger and Fry -- along with infielder Steve Wilkerson -- were with each other when they began the season at Double-A Bowie. Both were together for their promotion to Triple-A Norfolk. And now both were together for their debuts in Baltimore.

Meisinger came on in relief in the sixth inning and worked out of a jam created by starter David Hess before getting the seventh and part of the eighth. In the seventh, Meisinger faced Albert Pujols -- who doubled -- and recorded his first career strikeout before ending the inning unscathed. An eighth-inning homer by Martin Maldonado was the only major blemish on Meisinger's line, but Fry was right there to take the reigns as soon as he was done.

Side by side, just like the two close friends have become accustomed to.

"They both feed off each other," Fry's father, Brian, said. "It's been special for them."

Friday wasn't Fry's first time in the bigs, nor was it the first time his Michigan-based family made the trip to Baltimore. The Orioles brought Fry up in April 2017, but he warmed up twice without getting into game before he was sent back down.

Video: LAA@BAL: Fry whiffs Calhoun to record 1st career K

This time, they got to see Fry strike out Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

"It was a moment that I have anticipated for a long time now," said Fry, who joked before the game that was worried he was going to black out. " ... But as soon as you get out there, you realize it's just baseball."

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Machado sorry for lack of hustle; O'Day to DL

Orioles place Gentry on DL; Yacabonis, Wilkerson summoned from Triple-A
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BALTIMORE -- Orioles shortstop Manny Machado walked into manager Buck Showalter's office on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the 25-year-old not running out a ground ball in the sixth inning of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Mariners.

"I talked to Manny about it. He almost borderline beat me to the punch," Showalter said of Machado, who grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and drew boos for a half-hearted shuffle to first base.

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles shortstop Manny Machado walked into manager Buck Showalter's office on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the 25-year-old not running out a ground ball in the sixth inning of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Mariners.

"I talked to Manny about it. He almost borderline beat me to the punch," Showalter said of Machado, who grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and drew boos for a half-hearted shuffle to first base.

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"Some people express frustration in different ways," Showalter said. "Still, it was a bad presentation. He knows that. The tough thing about it was the presentation isn't what he's really about."

Machado, who leads all American League shortstops in All-Star voting, is having a career year at the plate and is in his final year under team control. Given that, his name has dominated midseason trade rumors, with last-place Baltimore already listening in on potential suitors.

Yacabonis, Wilkerson join O's

The Orioles added infielder Steve Wilkerson and pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis prior to Wednesday's game, replacing the injured Craig Gentry and Darren O'Day, both of whom were placed on the 10-day disabled list. Yacabonis will start Thursday. Dylan Bundy is currently on the DL with an ankle injury suffered running the bases in Atlanta, freeing up a rotation spot for the time being.

O'Day, who exited Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury, had an MRI on Wednesday morning that revealed a Grade 2 strain. He will not need surgery, but there is no timetable for his return. Gentry, who fractured a rib when he was hit by a pitch in the Braves series, will also miss more than the minimum 10 days, though there is no timetable for him, either.

Wilkerson, who made his Major League debut in Washington last week, adds versatility to the Orioles' bench. Yacabonis, who was stretched out as a starter following Spring Training, has made 16 career big league relief outings, but this would be his first career start. He was 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 starts for Triple-A Norfolk.

Worth noting

Top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey saw Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a consultation on his injured right shoulder. The O's are still collecting info on Harvey, according to Showalter. The injury was sustained while he was in the dugout trying to avoid a line drive.

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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Top pick Rodriguez excited to join Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles officially introduced 2018 first-round Draft pick Grayson Rodriguez at a news conference Tuesday. The high school righty will report to the club's Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Fla., for orientation and workouts before joining the organization's Rookie-level Gulf Coast League team.

Rodriguez, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, received a $4.3 million signing bonus, which was just under the bonus slot for his selection at $4.3751 million.

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles officially introduced 2018 first-round Draft pick Grayson Rodriguez at a news conference Tuesday. The high school righty will report to the club's Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Fla., for orientation and workouts before joining the organization's Rookie-level Gulf Coast League team.

Rodriguez, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, received a $4.3 million signing bonus, which was just under the bonus slot for his selection at $4.3751 million.

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"It's every little boy's dream to be drafted one day, and I got drafted by the Orioles, and that was a dream come true for me," said Rodriguez, who hails from Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches, Texas. "I couldn't be more happy to be a part of this great organization and I can't wait to get to work."

The 11th overall selection in this year's Draft said signing quickly was "very stress-relieving."

"For a lot of players, it's a lot longer of a process, but everything went smoothly with us and I couldn't be happier," said Rodriguez.

Video: Draft 2018: Orioles draft RHP Grayson Rodriguez 11th

After adding about 25 pounds of muscle last offseason, Rodriguez's fastball now sits in the mid to high 90s. Rodriguez said he plans to spend this summer further progressing down that path, and "get up into the triple digits and get there consistently," he said.

Rodriguez has also improved his command and sharpened his pitch selection this past high school season, in which he allowed just 21 hits, two runs and tallied 156 strikeouts in 75 innings.

"That's what we've seen all spring," said Orioles director of scouting Gary Rajsich. "That's why we include polish and finesse with power, because he has the ability to do that and he shows you that ability every time out. He can pitch in the strike zone, he can pitch out of the strike zone. It's very impressive for his age."

When asked about a big league comparison, Rodriguez said he's been told his delivery resembles that of former Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, and his fastball has earned comparisons to Mets starter Noah Syndergaard.

"I try to pride my pitching on command," Rodriguez said. "I love to throw strikes. I don't necessarily like to mess around with a hitter. I try to go after him with my slider. I feel like that's probably my best strikeout pitch. I like to throw it hard. Curveball is more vertical movement. On an 0-2 count, I like to throw it in the dirt. Changeup, I like to throw it low and make hitters keep guessing."

Rodriguez has already started to make himself acquainted to Baltimore. Along with seeing Camden Yards in person for the first time -- "it takes your breath away with how pretty it is" -- he made a visit to a local seafood joint for crab cakes this week.

"I already liked seafood, and now I love it even more," he said. "I'll definitely be eating more of it."

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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O's, first-rounder Rodriguez come to terms

Texas high-school right-hander drafted 11th overall
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The Orioles have agreed to terms with their first-round selection of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez, from Central Heights (Texas) High School. Rodriguez was selected with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

Rodriguez, 18, was a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game First Team Senior Preseason All-America selection and was named to the Texas-All Region First Team. In 2017 as a junior, he helped lead Central Heights (Nacogdoches) to the Texas 3A State title. Rodriguez went 14-1 with a 0.38 ERA and 178 strikeouts and was named the Texas Sports Writer's Association (TSWA) Player of the Year. He was also named a Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-America honoree in 2017. As a sophomore, Rodriguez was named a First Team Pitcher on the TSWA All-State Team. Additionally, he was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game High Underclass All-America selection in 2016.

The Orioles have agreed to terms with their first-round selection of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez, from Central Heights (Texas) High School. Rodriguez was selected with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

Rodriguez, 18, was a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game First Team Senior Preseason All-America selection and was named to the Texas-All Region First Team. In 2017 as a junior, he helped lead Central Heights (Nacogdoches) to the Texas 3A State title. Rodriguez went 14-1 with a 0.38 ERA and 178 strikeouts and was named the Texas Sports Writer's Association (TSWA) Player of the Year. He was also named a Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-America honoree in 2017. As a sophomore, Rodriguez was named a First Team Pitcher on the TSWA All-State Team. Additionally, he was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game High Underclass All-America selection in 2016.

Rodriguez was ranked as the No. 13 overall pitching prospect and the No. 22 overall Draft prospect by MLB Pipeline. He becomes the second straight high-school pitcher to be selected by the Orioles in the first round of the Draft, joining DL Hall in 2017. Eight of the past 10 Orioles first-round selections have been pitchers, including five from the high school ranks.

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Orioles target prep righty Rodriguez at No. 11

Baltimore tabs Oregon State SS Grenier with 37th selection
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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles continued to prioritize pitching when it comes to their top selection in the MLB Draft on Monday night, selecting a pitcher first for the third consecutive year with No. 11 overall pick Grayson Rodriguez.

Baltimore used its competitive balance pick, No. 37 overall, on Oregon State shortstop Cadyn Grenier.

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles continued to prioritize pitching when it comes to their top selection in the MLB Draft on Monday night, selecting a pitcher first for the third consecutive year with No. 11 overall pick Grayson Rodriguez.

Baltimore used its competitive balance pick, No. 37 overall, on Oregon State shortstop Cadyn Grenier.

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"He's got a big strong durable body, has an advanced delivery. is a unique combination of power and polish," Orioles director of scouting Gary Rajsich said of the 18-year-old Rodriguez, who was the club's focus going in.

"He was a consistent performer, he held up very well. He was consensus pick for us in the first round. We all loved him, just thrilled he was there for us at pick 11."

Rodriguez, like last year's selection DL Hall, is a high school arm as the 6-foot-5 right-hander hails from Central Heights High School(Nacogdoches) in Texas. There, he led Central Heights to the state 3-A title as a two-way star in 2017, then he consistently worked in the low 90s on the showcase circuit.

But where Rodriguez's stock really skyrocketed was this spring as he got into better physical shape and overhauled his composition. He added 25 pounds of muscle and saw his stuff get better as a result, with his fastball clocked as high as 98 mph.

"Whenever we started our throwing programs, the ball just felt different coming out of my hand," said Rodriguez, who went 14-1 with a 0.38 ERA and 178 strikeouts and was named the Texas Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Player of the Year.

"It was just jumping out of my hand, it felt like half the effort it did before to throw it where I wanted to. Every time I threw a fastball, I could hear it, I could hear it right before it hit the mitt."

Rodriguez, who got a personal trainer that he worked with from September until baseball started in January, said the feeling being selected on Monday was amazing.

How amazing?

"It was almost like my heart stopped," Rodriguez said.

According to MLB Pipeline -- which ranked Rodriguez at No. 22 coming into Monday's Draft -- he has an array of promising secondary pitches, with most scouts preferring his low-80s slider to his mid-70s curveball. He also has a rarely used changeup that will need to be developed more.

"We love the competitor in him, we like the way he handles it," Rajsich said, reiterating that Rodriguez was the O's target despite more polished, big league-ready players on the board. "He's got poise and composure on the mound. We like the compete factor."

Grenier, a three-year starter with the Beavers, has established himself as one of best defensive shortstops in the college game. There's no doubt he can stay at the premium position long term, with an outstanding internal clock, good hands, above-average speed to give him excellent range and more than enough arm to make throws from anywhere on the infield.

How his bat will play more of a question for Grenier, a right-handed hitter who batted .328/.415/.478 with 60 runs, 16 doubles, 5 HRs, 44 RBIs and 8 steals in 58 games for the Beavers.

"It's awesome. Obviously for all of us that want to be big league baseball players, this is the first step ... it's what I wanted from the time I stepped on campus here," said Grenier, who did not sign when selected by St. Louis in the 21st round of the 2015 Draft. "I'm really, really excited, ready to finish up this year and see what the future holds."

Video: Draft 2018: Orioles draft SS Cadyn Grenier No. 37

Grenier, who is from the same high school (Gorman High School) as current Oriole Joey Rickard, said he expects to start his pro career this time around and called being drafted "a weight lifted" off of his shoulders. Now, he can go out and have fun.

"Somebody thought I was good enough to take this pick," Grenier said, "And now I'm going to go out there and prove them right."

Grenier -- a Henderson, Nev., native who was watching the Stanley Cup Finals when he got selected -- joins a group of teammates who also went in Monday's first round. The White Sox selected Nick Madrigal fourth overall and the Twins took Trevor Larnach with the 20th pick.

The Draft continues on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 12:30 p.m. ET, with exclusive coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

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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Orioles target polished arms in 2018 Draft

Right-handers Winn, Rodriguez headline Baltimore's options for 11th overall pick
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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles find themselves at an organizational crossroads. With expiring contracts for both executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter, plus the pending free-agent status of several notable players -- including superstar Manny Machado -- there has to be some sort of rebuild afoot.

And while no one has publicly come out and said it, this year's Draft is an interesting one for a Baltimore club that has slowly built up its Minor League system and has some encouraging prospects in its lower levels. A solid 2018 Draft class could go a long way in elevating that group in a few years and help restore the balance the O's way in the American League East.

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles find themselves at an organizational crossroads. With expiring contracts for both executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter, plus the pending free-agent status of several notable players -- including superstar Manny Machado -- there has to be some sort of rebuild afoot.

And while no one has publicly come out and said it, this year's Draft is an interesting one for a Baltimore club that has slowly built up its Minor League system and has some encouraging prospects in its lower levels. A solid 2018 Draft class could go a long way in elevating that group in a few years and help restore the balance the O's way in the American League East.

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The 2018 Draft begins tonight with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at noon ET.

Go to MLB.com/Draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLB Pipeline 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 11th overall pick.

In about 50 words
It's hard to predict who will fall to the O's, with 10 picks before them. Under Duquette, the O's have picked pitchers in the first round in five of the past six Drafts (in which they've had a first-round pick) and have zeroed in on a crop of promising prep arms.

The scoop
The need for pitching aside, the Orioles lack infield prospects. With Machado gone soon and second baseman Jonathan Schoop under team control for just one more year, they could also look to bolster that in the later rounds.

The O's forfeited their second-round pick to sign Alex Cobb this spring. They do get a Competitive Balance pick, selecting at spots 37 and 87 to round out the top 100.

First-round buzz
MLB.com's latest mock Draft has the O's selecting right-hander Cole Winn out of Lutheran High School in California. Others they've been linked to include prep righties Grayson Rodriguez and Carter Stewart, and lefty Ryan Weathers.

If they go the college route, Callis predicts, it could be Stetson righty Logan Gilbert.

Video: Cole Winn discusses his 2018 MLB Draft prep

Money matters
Each pick in the first 10 rounds of the Draft has an assigned value, and the total for each of a club's selections equals what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. Any bonus money above $125,000 given to an individual player picked in rounds 11-40 also counts against a team's allotment.

The assigned slots are 4.2 percent higher than last year, reflecting the increase in MLB's annual revenues.

If a player selected in the first 10 rounds doesn't sign, his pick's value is subtracted from his club's pool. If a team exceeds its allotment, it faces a penalty.

A team that outspends its pool by 0-5 percent pays a 75 percent tax on the overage. At higher thresholds, clubs lose future picks: a first-rounder and a 75 percent tax for surpassing their pool by more than 5 and up to 10 percent; a first- and a second-rounder and a 100 percent tax for more than 10 and up to 15 percent; and two first-rounders and a 100 percent tax for more than 15 percent.

This year the Orioles have a pool of $8,754,400, including $4,375,100 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 draft, develop and keep 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. There's little expectation that will change this year with their first pick.

Rising fast
Left-handed pitcher Tanner Scott, the team's sixth-round pick in 2014, has had several stints with the club and has performed well in relief. David Hess, who was selected in the fifth round of that same Draft, made his big league debut earlier this month and has won two of his first three starts.

Video: BAL@TB: Hess K's 3 over 6 2/3 scoreless innings

Cinderella Story
Reliever Donnie Hart was drafted in the 27th round of the 2013 Draft and made his Major League debut in 2016. Another notable selection, Trey Mancini, was an eighth-round pick in the same Draft as Hart.

In the Show
The Orioles have a good chunk of homegrown players on their current roster, including Hess and Mancini along with Machado, relievers Scott and Mychal Givens, and starters Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. All-Star closer Zach Britton (currently on the disabled list) also came up through the Minor League system.

The Orioles' recent top picks
2017: DL Hall, LHP low ClassA
2016: Cody Sedlock, RHP, high Class A (disabled list)
2015: DJ Stewart, OF, Triple-A
2014: no first-round pick
2013: Hunter Harvey RHP, Double-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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These are the 5 AL East prospects to watch

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The 2018 MLB Draft is less than two weeks away, which means the focus will soon shift to the next generation of talent, but there are already some top prospects knocking on the door in the American League East.

As part of MLB.com's weekly series that dives into some of the biggest storylines within the division, here's a closer look at some prospects who deserve some of your attention.

The 2018 MLB Draft is less than two weeks away, which means the focus will soon shift to the next generation of talent, but there are already some top prospects knocking on the door in the American League East.

As part of MLB.com's weekly series that dives into some of the biggest storylines within the division, here's a closer look at some prospects who deserve some of your attention.

Video: BAL@TB: Harvey K's three in Spring Training debut

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Prospect:
Hunter Harvey, RHP
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 3 (Orioles)
Why you should keep an eye on him: The Orioles are going through a tough time, and there isn't much on the horizon in the Minor League system when it comes to top-flight pitching. Harvey could be an exception. The son of former All-Star closer Bryan Harvey, Hunter was terrific in his 2014 full-season debut, earning a spot in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at just 19, roughly one year after Baltimore had selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the '13 Draft. But elbow issues slowed Harvey's progress, and he missed part of '14 and all of '15 before ultimately undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2016. Harvey finally returned to the mound last July, and he looked like his old self while excelling across three levels. His injury history aside, Harvey remains loaded with upside. Now a member of the Orioles' 40-man roster, he has already made a trip to Baltimore (thought he didn't get into a game), and he could still achieve his projection as a solid MLB starter -- an area of need for the O's.
ETA: Harvey will be back in orange and black this season, his debut a much-anticipated event among Orioles faithful.

Video: NEU@BOS: Beeks whiffs Geaslen for his third K

RED SOX
Prospect:
Jalen Beeks, LHP
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 15 (Red Sox)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Beeks has been electric for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, posting a 2.28 ERA in nine starts and striking out 65 in 43 1/3 innings.
ETA: As soon as this season. If the Red Sox have an injury in the rotation, Beeks could be the next man up. A 12th-round Draft pick in 2014, Beeks has progressed steadily in his time in the farm system.

Video: NYY@PHI: Sheffield whiffs Joseph in the 3rd

YANKEES
Prospect: Justus Sheffield, LHP
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 3 (Yankees), No. 44 (MLB)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Sheffield recently earned a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after posting a 2.25 ERA in five starts at Double-A Trenton, where he struck out 39 against 14 walks in 28 innings. Though he is still working on refining his command, Sheffield's three-pitch mix continues to excite the Yankees, who project him as a mid-rotation starter in the near future. Sheffield has served a brief stint on the seven-day disabled list with shoulder tightness, but he is set to return to action this week. A prize of the July 2016 Andrew Miller trade with the Indians, Sheffield could be an option for the big league squad this summer.
ETA: *Sheffield could get his first call to the Majors some time* this season.

Video: Callis on why Guerrero Jr. has not been called up yet

BLUE JAYS
Prospect:
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 1 (Blue Jays), No. 2 (MLB)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Guerrero arguably is the Blue Jays' most hyped prospect of all-time, and there is a real expectation that he will develop into one of the best players in baseball. Double-A pitchers have been no match for the Dominican native, who has a ridiculous .425/.479/.694 slash line and 45 RBIs in 41 games. It has been almost too easy for the son of a Hall of Famer, and even at just 19 years of age, his bat appears to be big league-ready.
ETA: Most people would say 2018, but the Blue Jays are taking a very cautious approach here. Guerrero is all but assured of having a stint at Triple-A Buffalo before making the jump to the Major Leagues. That means his arrival in Toronto is not going to happen any time soon, and there's still a very real chance he won't be promoted until late April of next year.

Video: Must C Classic: Adames hits HR off Sale for first hit

RAYS
Prospect: Willy Adames, SS
MLB Pipeline rank: No. 2 (Rays), No. 22 (MLB)
Why you should keep an eye on him: Farm director Mitch Lukevics has long said that Adames has the "It" factor. He has succeeded at every level since coming to the Rays in a 2014 trade that sent David Price to the Tigers. Adames has a slick glove, he hits for average and he hits for power.
ETA: The Rays brought him up Monday, though they've already said he will be returned to Triple-A Durham, even though he homered in his first Major League game. He shouldn't be back down in the Minors for long.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Sisco OK day after scary collision

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ANAHEIM -- Chance Sisco was a little sore, but barely bruised on Wednesday afternoon after a scary collision with teammate Pedro Alvarez caused a facial contusion and the rookie catcher to leave Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Angels in the seventh inning.

"I thought there would be [some swelling]," said Sisco, who did not show any concussion symptoms after the hit.

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ANAHEIM -- Chance Sisco was a little sore, but barely bruised on Wednesday afternoon after a scary collision with teammate Pedro Alvarez caused a facial contusion and the rookie catcher to leave Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Angels in the seventh inning.

"I thought there would be [some swelling]," said Sisco, who did not show any concussion symptoms after the hit.

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"It was about as bad as it looked. I didn't know what to expect watching the video, but it looked pretty rough. Pretty scary. Never really had something like that happen before. Just a popup, went after it. Obviously, it's tough to hear down there, so I didn't really hear anything and Pedro gave me a nice little forearm. Got me in the nose and a little bit under my eye, but mostly the nose. I feel fine right now and ready to go."

Sisco was already scheduled to sit on Wednesday with Angels lefty Andrew Heaney on the mound. But the fact that he avoided a more serious injury is good news.

"I just walked around a little bit to try and get my heart rate up," Sisco said of testing his condition on Wednesday afternoon. "Make sure there was no concussion symptoms this morning. All set. I feel good right now. Just a little sore in my nose area, but other than that, I'm fine."

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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Stint with O's brief, Harvey returned to Double-A

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Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is headed back to Double-A Bowie.

Baltimore optioned Harvey, the club's No. 4 prospect per MLBPipeline, to Bowie and recalled infielder Engelb Vielma from Triple-A Norfolk to take his place on the roster.

Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is headed back to Double-A Bowie.

Baltimore optioned Harvey, the club's No. 4 prospect per MLBPipeline, to Bowie and recalled infielder Engelb Vielma from Triple-A Norfolk to take his place on the roster.

Harvey, recalled Monday as the O's needed pitching depth following a slew of extra-inning contests, did not appear in a big league game.

The 23-year-old Harvey is 7-8 with a 2.56 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 144 1/3 innings throughout his career in the Minor Leagues. He has thrown just 18 2/3 frames in the Minors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2016.

Vielma, 23, is batting .125/.300/.375 with a triple and two runs scored in three games for Norfolk in 2018. He is a career .256/.316/.303 hitter over seven Minor League seasons. His first appearance with the Orioles will mark his Major League debut.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie.

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O's recall Ramirez, designate Cortes

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The Orioles recalled right-hander Yefry Ramirez from Triple-A Norfolk and designated left-hander Nestor Cortes, Jr. for assignment, the club announced Tuesday.

Ramirez is the Orioles' No. 19 prospect; Cortes is No. 25 and was a Rule 5 pick by the Orioles this year.

The Orioles recalled right-hander Yefry Ramirez from Triple-A Norfolk and designated left-hander Nestor Cortes, Jr. for assignment, the club announced Tuesday.

Ramirez is the Orioles' No. 19 prospect; Cortes is No. 25 and was a Rule 5 pick by the Orioles this year.

Ramirez has allowed one run in four innings for the Tides so far in 2018. The 24-year-old allowed one earned run in two innings in Spring Training with the Orioles.

Cortes recorded a 2.06 ERA in the Minor Leagues last season, and won a roster spot with Baltimore after striking out 11 batters and giving up nine earned runs in 17 1/3 spring innings. However, the left-hander struggled during his first crack at the Majors, surrendering two homers and four earned runs in his first 4 2/3 big league innings.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie.

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O's recall top pitching prospect Harvey

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles fans may finally get a look at top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey.

Harvey was recalled from Double-A Bowie prior to Monday's game against the Blue Jays, with the O's optioning lefty Tanner Scott to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot.

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles fans may finally get a look at top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey.

Harvey was recalled from Double-A Bowie prior to Monday's game against the Blue Jays, with the O's optioning lefty Tanner Scott to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot.

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"He provides the only real right-handed length that we have at this point," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, when asked if he had seen enough of Harvey in big league camp to show him that he's ready.

"Probably not. Physically he's fine, but if not him then who? We had some options, but you bring up a non-roster guy out of options you lose him [on waivers] going back out. We think Hunter can serve a need here. Potentially help him and the organization."

Harvey, Baltimore's No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, could soon make his Major League debut as added depth to an O's bullpen that has played two extra-inning games in three days. Making matters worse, the Orioles only got two-thirds of an inning out of Sunday's starter Mike Wright Jr. -- who could be available in the bullpen as early as Monday -- and Showalter said there are certain relievers he will not pitch in the series opener.

Harvey has not pitched above Class A, though he was slated to start his season with Bowie on Monday.

"Understand why he's here. He's the one guy that can provide length tonight if there's an issue," said Showalter, who chose not to answer whether this will be a temporary move or not.

"He's also potentially a pretty good pitcher ... this is a very good Major League pitcher's son. He's got the right amount of nervousness today ... knowing full well he may not get in the game. I hope he doesn't."

The 23-year-old Harvey was selected 22nd overall out of Bandys High School in Catawba, N.C., by the O's in the 2013 Draft. In his return from Tommy John surgery last season, he posted a 0.96 ERA in eight starts (18 2/3 innings) across three levels. He had yet to make a Minor League appearance this season.

Harvey is the son of former Major Leaguer Bryan Harvey, a two-time All-Star who pitched in parts of nine seasons with the California Angels and Florida Marlins from 1987-95. 

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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Scott called up; Yacabonis back to Triple-A

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NEW YORK -- The Orioles continued a bullpen shuffle this weekend in New York, adding lefty Tanner Scott to the roster prior to Sunday afternoon's finale in the Bronx. Scott, who took the roster place of Jimmy Yacabonis -- who was recalled and pitched an inning on Saturday -- made his season debut.

Scott, Baltimore's No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, gives the O's a third lefty in their bullpen to go with Rule 5 Draft pick Nestor Cortes Jr. and Richard Bleier. He was originally slated to be part of Triple-A Norfolk's rotation this spring, but the Orioles decided he'd be better as a relief option for them this season. Scott allowed one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings in the O's 8-7, 12-inning win Sunday.

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NEW YORK -- The Orioles continued a bullpen shuffle this weekend in New York, adding lefty Tanner Scott to the roster prior to Sunday afternoon's finale in the Bronx. Scott, who took the roster place of Jimmy Yacabonis -- who was recalled and pitched an inning on Saturday -- made his season debut.

Scott, Baltimore's No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, gives the O's a third lefty in their bullpen to go with Rule 5 Draft pick Nestor Cortes Jr. and Richard Bleier. He was originally slated to be part of Triple-A Norfolk's rotation this spring, but the Orioles decided he'd be better as a relief option for them this season. Scott allowed one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings in the O's 8-7, 12-inning win Sunday.

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The move keeps the Orioles with a three-man bench for now, as they placed Colby Rasmus on the disabled list prior to Saturday's game.

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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