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Round 26: 3B Jaime Estrada, Central Arizona College (JuCo)
Estrada, 21, had a decent debut season in the organization. He played for the Orioles' rookie-league affiliate, the Gulf Coast League Orioles and hit .250 with six doubles, four RBI, and scored 16 runs in 30 games. He showed the ability to draw the walk, having drawn 14 of them, which helped him boast a .349 on base percentage. Defensively, he made six total errors with four coming while playing third base and two coming at second base.
Round 27: 3B Daniel Bakst, Poly Prep Country Day School (NY)
The 6'1'', 190 pound third baseman elected not to sign and instead elected to go to college. Bakst was the third of three-straight selections of third basemen by the Orioles. Bakst is playing his college ball at Stanford University.
Round 28: RHP Matt De La Rosa, Lenoir-Rhyne University (TX)
The 6'2'', 210 pound right-hander had a pretty good debut in the organization. De La Rosa, 23, went 1-0 with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP over 16 relief appearances and 21.2 innings pitched. He basically averaged a strikeout per inning with 22 punch outs, but struggled with his command as he also walked 15 batters. What I liked about him, was the fact that he showed the ability to make adjustments. After allowing four earned runs over his first seven outings, De La Rosa made some adjustments and allowed just two earned runs over his final nine outings.
Round 29: OF Wil Dalton, Summit High School (TN)
The 5'11'', 195 pound outfielder did not sign, and elected to head to college. He is playing his college ball with Columbia State Community College, which is in the junior college ranks.
Round 30: 2B Garrett Copeland, Austin Peay (TN)
Copeland, 21, also played for the GCL Orioles in 2016 after being selected in the 30th round. The 5'11'', 190 pounder played in 44 games and hit .227 with one home run, 14 RBI, seven doubles, and scored a team-high 27 runs. His batting average may not have been high, but he still posted a .341 on base percentage thanks to drawing 22 walks. Defensively, Copeland played the majority of his time at second base where he committed four errors over 256.1 innings, and had six errors in just 68 innings at third base.
Be sure to check out our previous pieces on those chosen in rounds 1-25, and keep an eye out for the remainder of our recaps on the O's draft picks from rounds 31-40.