• Jun

    Draft picks make impressive debuts

    Lost in the Aberdeen's 4-1 win last night over the Staten Island Yankees was the debut of three 2008 draft picks.

    Fourth round pick Kyle Hudson debuted in center field going 1-for-3 with a walk. He also attempted one stolen base but was cut down. Either way, getting on base in half his at bats is a pretty good debut.

    Equally impressive was sixth round pick Richard Zagone. The 21-year old left-hander struck out the side in his one inning of relief while allowing just one hit. He was followed by 9th round pick left-handed pitcher Nicholas Haughian who pitched a scoreless inning of relief as well.

    Seventh round pick catcher Caleb Joseph didn’t debut last night, but did go 2-for-2 with a walk. He’s batting .353 (6-17) with two walks and two strikeouts in six games with the Ironbirds.

    Down in the Gulf Coast League, second round pick Xavier Avery picked up his first professional hit in a 1-for-2 effort. He also walked and stole his first professional base. In the little O’s previous game, third round pick LJ Hoes made his professional debut with a 2-for-5 game.

    Best debut so far has to go to 24th round pick outfielder Tom Baxter. In his debut with the Ironbirds last week, he collected two hits in the first inning including a grand slam home run.


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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.