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Baseball mock draft roundup: Experts see Orioles taking a pitcher

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, Dan Connolly lays the strongest odds on the team using the No. 4 overall pick Monday night on University of San Francisco right-hander Kyle Zimmer.

The consensus among the national pundits is that the Orioles will take another college righty,

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, with their only selection in the first night of baseball's amateur draft.

As with any draft, the decision on that pick could depend heavily upon what the top three teams – Houston, Minnesota and Seattle – do with their choices. (Teams cannot trade picks.)

Here’s a look at what some of the national writers predict for the top 4:

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Houston:

Minnesota:

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Seattle:

Mike Zunino, C, Florida

Orioles:

Gausman

On the Orioles pick:

“The Orioles are still wide-open and apparently haven't settled on a player yet, but there was a lot of chatter on Thursday that they'd narrowed in on Gausman. If Gausman is gone (say, Appel-Gausman-Buxton go 1-2-3), they could pick Kyle Zimmer or [shortstop Carlos] Correa.”

Houston:

Appel

Minnesota:

Buxton

Seattle:

Zunino

Orioles:

Gausman

NOTE:

In his print preview, which came out last week, Callis had the Orioles taking Zimmer.

Houston:

Appel

Minnesota:

Buxton

Seattle:

Zunino

Orioles:

Gausman

On the Orioles pick:

“Another spot where Correa's name has been coming up, but the thinking is still that the Orioles will go with the best college pitcher available.”

Houston:

Buxton

Minnesota:

Appel

Seattle:

Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

Orioles:

Gausman

On the Orioles pick:

“This still looks like [Byron] Buxton the dream, but happy with Gausman.”

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