The Orioles organization may have just gotten the biggest and most credible thumbs up it could have received in regards to their 2011 draft class. Jim Callis of Baseball America recently sat down with MASNSports.com’s Steve Melewski and complimented Andy MacPhail, Joe Jordan and company on a job well done earlier this week.
“They got the best pitcher in the draft and depth after that,” Callis said. “They got tremendous quality and quantity. There’s an expression that every scouting director tells every GM on draft day they had the best draft in baseball. But I think this is a very good draft for the Orioles. It has the makings of a terrific draft. We won’t know for a few years for sure but on paper it looks very good.”
Callis believes the Orioles got a special talent in first-round pick, pitcher Dylan Bundy.
“You could argue that they got perhaps the best player in the draft. If not the best player, they at least got the best pitcher in Dylan Bundy,” Callis said. “I know there was some talk they might go for Archie Bradley because Bundy had a $30 million price tag and they were possibly going to go with Bradley.
For a more in depth look at what the O’s received, don’t miss Ross Gore’s By The Numbers posts later today on BSR.