Try finding a picture of the O's first round pick where he isn't yelling, screaming or fist pumping. It's harder than you think.
I know many fans are questioning the O's selection of flamethrower Matt Hobgood, a high schooler from California, but they need to take a few things into account. First, this year's draft class is weak, and aside from Strasburg and Ackley, the talent from the first to the fifth or even sixth round isn't much different.
Second, despite the weak class, Hobgood should by no means be discounted. Coming out of high school he was considered one of the most minor league ready prospects, due to his clean mechanics and his two plus pitches.
His two plus pitches are a 95 mph fastball, which regularly sits at 90-93, and a plus curveball, which many were calling the best in this draft class, regardless of class (college or high school). He also features a slider, which is kind of slurvy, but reportedly has no feel for a changeup. The development of that changeup is what should determine whether or not Hobgood ends up in the bullpen or standing next to Matusz, Tillman and Arrieta in the rotation.
What really separates Hobgood from the rest of the pack, and what helped make him the first HS pitcher taken, is his attitude. He has excellent poise, and isn't afraid to challenge hitters, and he often carries a mean streak to the mound. In this respect he has been compared to Josh Beckett.
The best evidence of his nasty streak came in a high school game last year, when Hobgood faced off against 2008 first round pick Gerrit Cole. Cole came in as the big name, the scouts favorite, but the first round pick of the Yankees was out-dueled by Hobgood, who impressed scouts with his ability to not let the attention bother him.
O's Director of Player Development Joe Jordan also feels that Hobgood's size will help with his development. Considered "large" at 6-4 and 245 pounds, Jordan feels his frame will help him avoid injury.
In conclusion, take your premature speculation about Hobgood and throw it out the window. Hobgood is going to make a splash someday in Baltimore, be it in the pen or rotation, and let's face it, they could use help in both. And with the big three on their way, Hobgood should have plenty of time to develop. Don't forget about him.