Taking a Look at Potential First Round Draft Picks for Baltimore Orioles: SS Logan Warmoth

In our final installment of taking a look at potential first round picks for the Baltimore Orioles in next week's MLB Draft, today we look at infielder Logan Warmoth Jr, who provides plenty of intrigue.

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Warmoth, a junior at the University of North Carolina, is a guy who is easily a first round talent, and is coming from a highly successful program.

The 6-foot, 190 pound shortstop, is an absolute elite defender with above average range, terrific hands and a solid arm. What caught my eye was something that we see constantly from current Orioles' shortstop JJ Hardy, Warmoth has terrific instincts at short.

MLB Pipeline currently ranks Warmoth 21st and Baseball America ranks him 25th in terms of this year's draft class.

Warmoth had a terrific junior campaign at the plate for the Tar Heels, hitting .336 with 10 home runs, 49 RBI, 19 doubles, five triples, and scored 60 runs. In addition, he also boasted a .404 on base percentage and a .554 slugging percentage.

Another aspect he provides offensively is his speed. Warmoth stole 18 bags in 21 attempts this year.

Warmoth was named one of five finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, which is given to the best collegiate shortstop.

In addition, Warmoth also earned first team All-American honors for division one.

It's well known the Orioles want to stock their farm with pitching talent, but I would not be surprised to see them trend toward Warmoth with their first round selection. With the question mark of whether or not Ryan Mountcastle can remain at short, adding Warmoth to the organization may make it an easier decision to move Mountcaste to another position.

The MLB Draft begins on Monday and it will be interesting to see which direction the O's go with their first round selection.


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