Baltimore Orioles 2017 MLB Draft Spotlight: 3rd Round Pick RHP Mike Baumann (VIDEO)

Over the next several days, the writers here at Baby Birdland are going to spotlight several of the Baltimore Orioles' 2017 MLB Draft picks. Today we take a look at right-handed pitcher Mike Baumann.

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Baumann, the Orioles third round selection out of Jacksonville University, became the second straight Dolphin drafted by the O's in the third round, joining last year's third round selection, outfielder Austin Hays.

Unlike Hays, Baumann is a pitcher, and a pretty darn good one at that.

He just completed his junior season at Jacksonville where he has been a starter all three years. Over his three years, he owns a 16-8 record with a 3.17 ERA and a 9.16 K/9 ration over 43 games, all of which were starts.

This year, Baumann posted his highest K/9 of his career at Jacksonville with a 10.00 K/9. He also helped lead the Dolphins to its' first Atlantic Sun regular season title since 2006.

Baumann leaves Jacksonville as the all-time leader in strikeouts (251) and is tied for the school record for starts (43).

Originally from Minnesota, Baumann has a live arm with a fastball that touches 94-96 consistently, with three other pitches. He also throws a curve ball, changeup, and slider, of which his slider is easily his second best offering.

The one major issue I see is the fact that he has a tendency to get a bit wild in terms of walks, averaging over 3.5 walks per nine this season.

With a four-pitch mix, I definitely see Baumann beginning his professional career as a starter, but with a good fastball and power slider, a move to the bullpen could be in the future as he has the potential to be a dominant relief arm. As we have seen in the past, the Orioles will likely work him as a starter for as long as Baumann himself proves he can do the job.

I believe that once he signs, Baumann will be a part of the Short-season Aberdeen Ironbirds starting rotation and likely be on an innings limit, which is nothing new for recently drafted arms.


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