Orioles Draft Hometown Hitters Knight and Velleggia, 14 Other Marylanders Get Name Called

June 10, 2010 |

In the 50-round First-Year Player Draft, the Baltimore Orioles called the names of two Marylanders, Austin Knight and Joe Velleggia.

In the 37th round, with the drafts 1,108th pick, former Boy’s Latin Standout, Knight was selected by the Orioles out of Palm Beach Community College.  The switch hitting second baseman hit .347 in 150 at bats in 13 games.  He totaled eight doubles, two triples, 2 home runs, 38 runs, and 28 RBIs.

Three rounds later, with the 1,198th pick, Velleggia, the Monkton native and Calvert Hall Standout.  During his senior season at Old Dominion he only hit .211, but hit six home runs with 12 RBIs.  But it was behind the plate that the catcher shined.  In 27 games he recorded zero errors.   He totaled just five errors in 79 games over his four year career.

Other Marylanders to be drafted in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft:

Adam Kolarek, LHP, Maryland/Catonsville HS- Pick 332 (New York Mets)

Andrew Pevsner, LHP, John Hopkins- Pick 502 (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Kevin Jacob, RHP, Georgia Tech.Parkville HS- Pick 565 (New York Yankees)

Brandon Glazer, SS, Clear Spring HS- Pick 719 (Kansas City Royals)

Jacob Brown, LHP, Georgia Southern/North Harford HS- Pick 785 (Oakland Athltics)

Keith Hessler, LHP, Coastal Carolina/Springbrook HS- Pick 841 (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Ryan Rivers, OF, UNC Charlotte/Eastern Tech HS- Pick 1,084 (Los Angeles Angels)

Neal Davis, LHP, Virginia/Catonsville HS- Pick 1,101 (Philadelphia Phillies)

Jeremiah Meiners, LHP, Francis Marion/St. Albans School- Pick 1,203 (Houston Astros)

Ian Marshall, RHP, Richmond/Gaithersburg- Pick 1,214 (Atlanta Braves)

Drew Permison, RHP, Towson/Oakland Mills HS- Pick 1,266 (Toronto Blue Jays

Michael Turner, LF, Chesapeake College/St. Michaels- Pick 1,344 (Los Angeles Angels)

Harris Fanaroff, LHP, Winston Churchill HS- Pick 1,496 (Washington Nationals)

Jake Ross, LHP, Wor-Wic CC- Pick 1,513 (Detroit Tigers)

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