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Baltimore Orioles Throw a Curve, Go With High Schooler

Published by on June 9, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The Baltimore Orioles' selection in the fifth overall slot of the 2009 MLB draft promised a fair degree of surprise.

On Tuesday, they delivered just that.

The O's selected pitcher Matthew Hobgood, out of California's Norco High School, with their first-round draft pick.

The approach was different for Andy MacPhail and Co. this year. In 2007, the O's selected Matt Wieters at No. 5, the consensus top pick if he weren't being represented by every GM's nightmare, Scott Boras.

In 2008 they picked Brian Matusz, widely considered the best pitcher available, at No. 4.

But this year, there wasn't an automatic way to go. The locks were Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State and Dustin Ackley o...

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