Examining Baltimore Orioles' 2016 Draft Picks' Performances in 2016: Rounds 6-10

By Contributing Writer: Nick Stevens

We continue our look at how each of the Baltimore Orioles' 2016 MLB Draft picks performed in their first year in the organization in 2016. Today we take a look at their picks from rounds 6-10.

1B Preston Palmeiro
Photo: Patrick Cavey

Round 6: RHP Tobias Myers, Winter Haven HS (FL)

The 18-year-old Myers, who graduated from the same high school as fellow O’s prospect Trey Mancini, saw limited action in 2016 for the Gulf Coast League Orioles. In three starts, Myers pitched 7.2 innings, giving up 10 hits, two walks, a .303 opponent’s batting average, while striking out four hitters. Myers finished with no record and a 4.70 ERA in a very limited sample size. The 6’1” right-hand pitcher showed great promise, though. Myers was perfect against leadoff hitters and only allowed five balls to leave the infield. Two of his three outings were scoreless efforts, including his final outing of the season: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.

Round 7: 1B Preston Palmeiro, NC State University

Palmeiro had a decent season last year for the short-A season Aberdeen Ironbirds. Preston appeared in 34 games, slashing .258/.301/.622. In 128 at-bats, Palmeiro stuck out 36 times and racked up zero home runs to go with his 18 RBI. Even though he didn’t show off his projected power and ability to hit extra-base hits, Preston did hit .313 against lefties and posted a .353 OBP. After beginning his minor league career with an 0-3 game, Palmeiro collected a six-game hitting streak, going 8-22 (.363) during the stretch. Also of note, Palmeiro never went more than two games without collecting a hit (which he did twice), showing off consistency at the plate. Despite many scouts believing Preston projects more at OF in the majors (5’11”, 180 pounds), he committed only two errors in 281 total chances at first base for Aberdeen. (.993%)

Round 8: RHP Ryan Moseley, Texas Tech

Moseley was drafted as a junior out of Texas Tech, where he bounced between the starting rotation and the bullpen. Ryan was assigned to short-A season Aberdeen where he was used as a reliever/closer and surprised many. Moseley appeared in 12 games for the Ironbirds, where he saved four games in five opportunities and compiled an 0-1 record with a 3.20 ERA. In 19.2 total innings pitched, Moseley gave up just 13 hits and nine walks to go along with 18 strikeouts. His 1.21 WHIP and .191 opponents’ batting average were surprisingly low for a pitcher who walked 37 batters, hit six batters, and threw eight wild pitches (while earning just 32 strikeouts) during his last season of college ball. Moseley was nearly flawless against lefties, giving up just two hits in 6.2 innings worth of work.

Round 9: RHP Lucas Humpal, Texas State

The Orioles stayed in the state of Texas for their ninth round selection, drafting RHP Lucas Humpal. Lucas started his minor league career in Aberdeen where he compiled a 1-2 record in 10 games started. Overall, Humpal pitched in 29.2 innings, gave up 30 hits, struck out 27 batters while walking nine, and gave up zero home runs. Humpal's most impressive performance came on July 21st against the Brooklyn Cyclones, where he pitched three perfect innings of baseball with five strikeouts. Humpal’s biggest struggle came against left-handed hitters who hit .292 off him and his ERA finished at 5.11.

Round 10: RHP Cody Dube, Keene State

Dube, a Division III draft choice of the Orioles, is no stranger to earning everything on the baseball diamond, and 2016 was yet another example of that. The RHP started his Orioles career with the Aberdeen Ironbirds where he was very impressive. Dube started four games and appeared in 11 total en route to a 3-1 record and 2.54 ERA. In 28.1 innings pitched, Cody did not allow a single home run, something he only did twice his entire college career. Dube projects as a starting pitcher in the majors and in his four Ironbirds’ starts he posted a 1.64 ERA and 0.91 WHIP, both promising signs. Cody Dube is one prospect, in particular, to keep an eye on in 2017 where he will most likely start the season for the low-A Delmarva Shorebirds. 


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