The Baltimore Orioles certainly turned some heads on day one of the 2020 MLB Draft by taking Heston Kjerstad in the first round, a move that many thought was made to, at least in part, free up some bonus slot money later in the draft.
The Orioles seemed to play that financial game very well, as the team ended up with some first round type talent in the later rounds of the draft.
Hudson Haskin, OF, Tulane University:
With the 39th overall pick in the draft, the Orioles selected 21-year-old outfielder Hudson Haskin from Tulane University.
Haskin, the 74th rated player on MLB.com’s Draft Pipeline, batted .363 with 11 home runs in his 273 NCAA at-bats. Following his freshman season, Haskin was named to to the All-American Athletic Conference second team and the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American team.
The 6-foot-2 righty from New York was drafted in the 39th round by the Oakland Athletics out of high school in 2018, before opting to attend Tulane.
Haskin is considered a speedy, well-rounded center fielder with above average plate discipline. During the shortened 2020 season, Haskin struck out 29 times, while walking 26. Using his keen instinct and natural speed, Haskin can cover a lot of ground in center field. Despite possessing this speed, Haskin has not proven to be an aggressive base runner.
One MLB comp that has been made for Haskin is fellow Avon Old Farms High School alumni, George Springer. If he reaches his full potential, scouts see Haskin as a 20-25 home run player with above average defense and the ability to steal a base.
Anthony Servideo, SS, Mississippi:
A junior out of Juniper, FL, 21-year-old Anthony Servideo was one of the hottest collegiate baseball players in the country at the time of the COVID-19 induced NCAA shutdown.
Through 17 games, Servideo was batting .390 with a .575 on-base percentage and five home runs to go along with nine stolen bases. A four game stretch that saw the shortstop bat .500 with six runs scored and three home runs earned him National Player of the Week honors.
Servideo was ranked 101 on MLB.com’s Draft Pipeline. He is considered to be one of the better defensive shortstops in the NCAA and a plus runner. There is concern, however, with his offensive sustainability. Before his breakout 2020 season, Servideo had only 3 home runs and a .273 batting average in his 271 NCAA at-bats.
Servideo has some ties to the Orioles already, as his grandfather, Curt Blefary, won the Rookie of the Year award as an Oriole in 1965 and was a member of the 1966 World Series Championship team. After passing away in 2001 at the age of 57, Blefary’s ashes were spread in the almost demolished Memorial Stadium.
Coby Mayo, 3B, Stoneman Douglass High School:
Coby Mayo was one of the players that Mike Elias had in mind when saving some of the early round bonus slot money.
This became obvious Friday, when the Orioles signed the 18-year-old for a bonus worth $1.75 million, well above the $565,600 recommended for the 103rd slot. The bonus money was enough to persuade the third baseman from Coral Springs to forgo a college career at the University of Florida.
Mayo is said to have great bat control for his size and a ton of raw power. Though he did not crack the top 100 on MLB.com’s Draft Pipeline, Fangraphs had the 6-foot-5, 215 pound Mayo ranked as its 79th prospect.
With a stance that resembles Jeff Bagwell, Mayo uncorks with a ton of leverage and strength. Though big for an infielder, Mayo’s skill set plays well at third and may also translate to outfield success. Many feel that Mayo could play his way into the first round of the MLB Draft after a year or two with the Gators. Elias may have gotten a jump on other teams with this guy.
Carter Baumler, SP, Dowling Catholic High School:
An extremely athletic pitcher, Carter Baumler had Division 1 offers to play football before committing verbally to Texas Christian to play baseball. The Orioles feel confident that they have the bonus slot money to keep Baumler out of college, where they feel he can play his way into the first round of a future MLB Draft.
At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, the right-hander has hit 94 on his fastball and misses bats with his slider. Scouts love Baumler’s clean delivery and smooth motion to the plate. Baulmer has used his athleticism to play almost every position on the field, including catcher and can hit with power, sporting a 99 MPH exit velocity.
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