Not many franchises took as many steps to rebuild from 2004 to 2008 as the Orioles.
Through those drafts they put together a solid amount of their current squad, including the majority of their rotation, a good chunk of their bullpen and a few position-player pieces. They also gleaned their top prospect, and several valuable pieces who should be around to contribute in a few seasons.
That hard work and good scouting (for the most part) has helped turn the O's into one of the hardest playing teams in baseball, and one of its biggest surprises in 2011.
But as with building any farm system, the work is never over, and as the front office, including General Manager Andy MacPhail and Director of Scouting Joe Jordan, gets ready for this year's draft, scheduled to begin on June 6th, here's a list of some guys worth targeting.
I should mention that of these listed players, the O's will probably take only a few, if any, since unlike all the other sports, baseball's version of the draft is much less "need based." Rather, the idea is to take the best player available, even if your farm system is chock full of talented lefty pitchers and the BPA is a talented lefty pitcher.
So let's check out the ideal draft strategy for the Orioles...but first, let's examine how the team has fared in the past few drafts.