Re-Evaluating Baltimore Orioles' Top Draft Picks from the Past Decade

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Re-Evaluating Baltimore Orioles' Top Draft Picks from the Past Decade
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It's hard to believe that we're already at the point in the season when the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft is just a week away.

All 30 major league organizations want to find that one special player that can turn the franchise around—or make it even better—and who will stay with the club long enough to build or maintain a winning culture.

The Baltimore Orioles are going to be at a disadvantage this year, having parted with three picks in the first two rounds. They sent a competitive balance pick to Houston in the Bud Norris trade last year and forfeited the 17th and 55th overall picks after signing free agents Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz, per Steve Melewski of MASN Sports.

Both players declined their former clubs' qualifying offers and were then tied to draft pick compensation at the expense of the team that signed them.

The Orioles' first pick of the draft will instead be the 90th overall selection. Fear not—the O's were able to nab quality prospects in the past like right-handed pitcher Mike Wright at 94th overall in 2011 and shortstop Adrian Marin at 99th in 2012.

History has proven that nailing the first-round pick isn't always the end-all and be-all. This is especially the case for the Orioles as only a select few of their top picks from the past decade have panned out—the majority of which being complete busts or failing to produce enough to have warranted a first-round pick.

I'm going to examine all of the Orioles' most recent top picks dating all the way back to 2004 and detail what kind of impact they've had on the club, be it great or none whatsoever.

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