Top Pick Analysis: Orioles Take Gausman

The decision is final and the pick has been made. How did your favorite team do with their top draft choice? Here at we've got you covered. We're breaking down each of the top picks as they happen on draft day, with a combination of first-hand scouting reports from National Baseball Expert, Frankie Piliere, and quotes from scouts. Let's now take a look at Baltimore's top selection.

Kevin Gausman

Position: Pitcher
School: LSU
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: L/R

Expert's Take:

The stuff is just about as good as you'll find in college baseball from Gausman. He'll sit 93-95 mph with the fastball and I've had him up to 97. His high leg kick gives him some deception, an aspect of his game that has gone a little underrated. He's not an entirely comfortable at-bat for a hitter. To go with his plus fastball, he commands his plus breaking ball very well also. In other words, he's going to miss bats pretty consistently as a pro.

- Frankie Piliere

Scout Quote:

"The delivery is pretty good, the arm has been live all spring and he's been up to 98. With his ability to command and then locate his breaking ball, you've got a guy who could be pretty good pretty quickly as a pro."

Ceiling: #2 Starter (7)

Ceiling grades based on combination of industry consensus and first hand scouting reports and use the standard 2-8 scouting scale.

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