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The Orioles don't usually have too much success outside the first round, but the past two years appear to be exceptions.
After picking up Jason Esposito, Nicky Delmonico, Mike Wright, Johnny Ruettiger and Tyler Wilson last year, they once again scored a major haul.
They nabbed Virginia right-hand pitcher Branden Kline with their first pick of Day 2. Kline was a dominant closer last year, showing the stuff to fill that same role in the majors, but he made the move to the rotation in 2012. The results were mixed, but the O's will likely give him the chance to start first.
In the fourth round they added another college veteran, first baseman Christian Walker. The O's have long lacked a presence at first base, and Walker has both the bat and defensive ability to fill that role. He has been South Carolina's best hitter for two years running and appears to be ready to take the next step.
In Rounds 6 and 7 they added two more college pitchers with intriguing prospects.
Right-hand pitcher Matt Price, Walker's teammate at South Carolina, has proven to be one of the most dominating closers in college baseball history. He bounced back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation this year, but the O's are no doubt interested in his late-inning heroics. He could even see time as early as this year if the team is still in contention in September.
Preceding the Price pick was left-hand pitcher Lex Rutledge from Radford. Rutledge throws two above-average pitches (fastball and slider) and could also be a reliever who moves quickly through the system.
Last but not least is third baseman Torsten Boss of Michigan State. Boss has five-tool talent, excelling with power and speed. He is a more athletic version of last year's second-round pick, Jason Esposito, and also features better plate discipline.