It's a little early to be talking about the draft considering that baseball just ended. It's not even close to the beginnings of the season for any of the following players. Either way, I'm here to provide a little sneak peek into what the Orioles may be looking for next June.
The Orioles pick is locked in for 2012. They will be selecting with the fourth pick in the draft, behind the Astros, Twins and Mariners. Even if the Orioles sign a Type A free agent (Prince Fielder?), they will not lose this pick because it is protected.
As for the actual players, it's unclear what the Orioles will be looking for. Andy MacPhail liked to say "Grow the arms and buy the bats," but that didn't seem to happen or work.
The Orioles will be under new management in 2012, and it's unclear what the new GM will be looking for. They are also going to see a change in scouting director since Joe Jordan left, so the draft process will be entirely new.
The players listed are guys that could have a big impact on the future of the franchise. The totals favor pitchers over position players 6-4, but that's more of a reflection of the available talent pool.
Here are 10 potential players for the Orioles to select with the fourth overall pick next June.