Baltimore Orioles Draft History

All tables below are based on the amount of WAR each player produced during their first seven seasons in Major League Baseball. The WAR totals for each draft class include both Pitching and Hitting WAR, but excludes any player that did not sign with their drafting team. The total WAR also reflects the total value the drafted player provided, not just the value to his drafting team.

*Data accurate through 2019 season.

Top Five Draft Classes

1973Baltimore Orioles59.6
1978Baltimore Orioles54.7
1967Baltimore Orioles47.5
1999Baltimore Orioles39.2
2007Baltimore Orioles36.8

Bottom Five Draft Classes

1981Baltimore Orioles-0.8
1994Baltimore Orioles-0.6
1976Baltimore Orioles-0.6
1970Baltimore Orioles-0.2
1998Baltimore Orioles0.0
This list excludes any season past 2010, since those draft classes have a multitude of active players.

Top Five Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
1978248Cal Ripken Jr.38.2
1967119Bobby Grich33.6
1973363Eddie Murray32.7
201013Manny Machado30.1
1990120Mike Mussina29.1
List made from top five WAR values alone.

Five Biggest Busts

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
200214Adam Loewen1.6
201114Dylan Bundy4.8
200915Matt HobgoodNo MLB Experience
200117Chris SmithNo MLB Experience
198717Chris MyersNo MLB Experience
List made from first round picks that produced less than 5.0 WAR in their first seven seasons and ordered by lowest overall pick.

Top Five Value Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
198713325Steve Finley16.4
196811238Al Bumbry10.5
201126785Zach Davies7.6
199711345Jerry Hairston6.8
201219582Josh Hader6.0
List made from top five WAR values where a player was drafted outside of the first ten rounds.

Top Five Unsigned Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
198711273Mike Mussina29.1
196940884Dave Winfield25.6
196831695Bill Bonham18.7
197931765Glenn Davis18.0
196920473Dick Ruthven16.6
List made from top five WAR values where a player did not sign with the team.

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