Orioles just take Jackson Holliday with No. 1 decide

The Baltimore Orioles chosen Oklahoma prep shortstop Jackson Holliday with the No. 1 decide on in Major League Baseball’s 2022 amateur draft on Sunday night. Holliday joins Adley Rutschman (2019) and Ben McDonald (1989) as past No. 1 picks in franchise history.

Holliday, whose father Matt was a longtime big-league outfielder and 7-time All-Star, was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the course in June by CBS Athletics. Here’s what we wrote at the time:

Holliday is yet another prime prospect with big-league bloodlines functioning in his favor. His father Matt designed seven All-Star Games more than a 15-yr occupation, and his uncle Josh is the head coach at Oklahoma Point out (where by he’s fully commited to engage in in the not likely party he attends college). Holliday has not coasted on his title or his connections he spent the previous yr having himself into improved condition, and increasing his offensive video game. He is no for a longer period pulling off pitches as routinely as he experienced in the previous, and he’s much more open up to employing the total discipline. His explosiveness will allow him to smoke just about nearly anything thrown in excess of the plate, and he can run and throw nicely, much too.

Holliday arrives from Stillwater Superior School, which has developed a number of significant-league gamers more than the years, such as his father Matt and pitcher Brett Anderson.

The Orioles have produced a pattern out of embracing the “portfolio solution,” or taking the player with the cheapest signing bonus calls for out of their team of top players, while it really is unclear if that’s the route they went with the Holliday decide on. The personal savings are then redistributed in other places in their draft course, as CBS Sports activities discussed in May perhaps:

For an case in point of this observe at get the job done, take into consideration the 2012 draft. Which is when the Astros took Carlos Correa over Byron Buxton with the No. 1 pick. Correa signed for $1.2 million fewer than Buxton did, allowing the Astros to funnel the variance into subsequent picks, such as right-hander Lance McCullers Jr., 3rd baseman Rio Ruiz, and outfielder Brett Phillips. Correa and McCullers turned core pieces for the Astros, though Ruiz and Phillips served the firm as outgoing pieces of trades.

The Orioles will have 3 extra picks on Sunday night time.