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Baltimore Orioles Draft Pitcher Not Named Strasburg

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IJune 10, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 07:  Starting pitcher Rich Hill #51 of the Baltimore Orioles talks with catcher Matt Wieters #15 in the first inning of their game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum on June 7, 2009 in Oakland, California.  Hill gave up four walks and hit one batter before being removed in the first inning. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

As much as the numbers may not indicate it, another local team had a pick in the top ten of the 2009 MLB Draft. The Baltimore Orioles selected pitcher Matt Hobgood out of Norco High School in Southern California.

The right-hander will join a slew of other young pitchers in the farm system, with the hopes of of stabilizing a future rotation that will blend with the Oriolesโ€™ solid hitting and make for a A.L. East contender.

Heโ€™ll have to be brought along slowly, but Orioles fans will question how much time the team can take to upgrade its struggling starting staff.

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