With the 11th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Baltimore Orioles have selected Grayson Rodriguez a right-handed pitcher from Central Heights High School in Texas.
Rodriguez led his high school to the Texas 3-A state title in 2017. This spring Rodriguez has topped out at 97 or 98 mph this spring on his fastball. However, it does sit in the 92-94 mph range with heavy life. He posses a few nice secondary pitches. Most scouts enjoy his low 80s slider and some like his mid 70s curveball. He does mix in a changeup every once in a while but that pitch is still developing.
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He stands 6-foot-5 and has a high-three-quarters slot that allows him to constantly throw strikes. His fastball is his highest grade on the 20-80 scale with a grade of 65. His slider comes in next with a 55 grade, and the rest of the grades sitting at a solid 50.
Grayson will enter the Baltimore system and will probably be the best arm in the system immediately. While he takes time to get to the pros, high school pitchers from Texas have a pretty good track record.