2010 Draft, Rounds 4-6

4) Trent Mummey, CF, Auburn.

Guy’s supposed to be a very good athlete and an elite defensive player, and he can hit a little too. On the other hand, Keith Law says that he’s not that fast or that good of an athlete and is a 4th outfielder at best (and that he’s seen him multiple times). I actually kind of like Mummey, but would have preferred him a couple rounds later. Seems like another lower upside money saving move.

5) Connor Narron, SS, High School.

Switch-hitter, looks like he can swing the bat and field well enough, though he may have to move to third as he fills out. Walked quite a bit, which could be good or could indicate that he was the only real hitter in his line-up. Plus he’s the son of Jerry Narron; not a big deal, but doesn’t hurt to have some baseball ties. Has a commitment to go to UNC, the O’s will need to buy that out (finally).

6) Dixon Anderson, RHP, Cal

From MLB.com:

Scouting Report

Fastball: Anderson can run his fastball up to 94 mph as a starter.

Fastball movement: He has plus movement with lots of sink.

Curve: He throws a downer-type curve with occasional depth to it.

Splitter: It’s a below-average offering right now.

Control: He needs to improve his command.

Poise: He has good mound presence.

Physical Description: Anderson is an athletic, long and gangly right-hander.

Medical Update: Anderson redshirted his freshman year but has been healthy since.

Strengths: Above-average with the possibility of a plus fastball in shorter stints; decent breaking ball.

Weaknesses: His secondary stuff, especially the splitter, lags behind his fastball. His command needs to improve if he wants to start.

Summary: Anderson has been used primarily as a starter this season, and, though the redshirt sophomore has shown some good things — a 94 mph fastball and decent curve — he might be better suited to a relief role. He’s had success in shorter stints in the past, both at Cal and in summer ball, where command problems are less of an issue and his fastball tends to gain a tick or two. A team who views him in that light may take a shot, thinking he could rise rapidly as a reliever.”

From MLB Bonus Baby:

“For some reason, I have a strong intuitive feel about Dixon Anderson. To begin, Anderson has a strong, workhorse body that projects to be able to handle a pro workload at the highest levels. His arm action is fairly clean, and there aren’t any big warning signs for future breakdown. He has a plus fastball that sits in the low-90s, and he may have the best chance of any 2010 draft class players to be able to routinely sit anywhere from 92-94 as a pro. He uses both a slider and curve, and both project as average offerings. In bullpen use in the past, he dropped his curve in favor of the slider, but he has fairly good command of both pitches. His changeup is actually a splitter, and it works well. There aren’t many concerns about his splitter causing arm injuries like with Alex White last year, so he’ll probably stick with it in pro ball. As a draft-eligible sophomore, Anderson holds some bargaining power with clubs, and he might want overslot money in the third round or below. However, he has first-day talent, and I don’t see him dropping out of the third round if he’s signable.”

I like sinkerballers, and if he can start that would be great. Don’t know what the chances of that are though.

Edit: Given the lack of readily available info out about later round picks, I’m going to stop at round 6. You can follow the rest here. Right now my (non-expert) impression is that the Orioles didn’t get much upside talent after Machado, and will maybe have the 4th best draft in the AL East, unless Manny becomes a star. That just isn’t going to get it done.