After several recent futility-filled seasons, the Baltimore Orioles' future is looking a bit brighter.
Losing 110 games a year ago earned them the right to pick first overall in the 2022 MLB draft
a selection they used Sunday on prep shortstop Jackson Holliday of Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The son of seven-time MLB All-Star outfielder Matt Holliday was named Oklahoma prep player of the year in 2022,
breaking J.T. Realmuto's national high school record for most hits in a season with 89 in just 41 games, while batting .685/.749/1.392 with 17 home runs.
With at least 100 losses in each of the past three full MLB seasons
the Orioles are familiar with picking high in the first round.
But with 2019's No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman making his MLB debut this season,
the O's seem to have turned a corner - recently putting together a 10-game winning streak that elevated them above .500 for the first time this late in the season since 2017.
The first two rounds of the 2022 MLB draft were held Sunday night. Rounds 3-10 will take place Monday, while Rounds 11-20 will be held Tuesday.
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