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2019 MLB draft — Day 1 picks and analysis
The Baltimore Orioles suffered through a downright painful 2018 season in which they threatened the all-time loss record. But all that losing may ultimately pay off for them in the long run. 

The Os 47-115 record earned them the top selection in the 2019 draft, and with that selection they picked a potential generational talent in switch-hitting catcher Adley Rutschman. The Oregon State Beaver accomplished just about everything possible at the NCAA level, from winning a national title to hitting over .400 to leading D1 in OPS. Rutschman could become the most impactful No. 1 pick since the Nationals selected Bryce Harper back in 2010, and the Orioles are hopeful hell be able to spearhead a return to relevance for one of the games more prestigious franchises. 

Other noteworthy selections on Monday night included the Royals taking middle infielder Bobby Witt Jr. No. 2, the Tigers adding outfielder Riley Greene, the consensus top prep bat in the draft, at No. 5 and the Mets potentially reaching at No. 12 with the selection of third baseman Brett Baty, a highly talented hitter but at almost 20 years of age far older than your typical high school senior.

But back to Rutschman. The level of fear he generated from rival pitchers in college was unprecedented, as he was recently INTENTIONALLY walked with the bases loaded by Cincinnati, a level of respect baseball fans have only seen during Barry Bonds record-setting home run season in 2001. Since the turn of the century, baseball has seen a handful of highly touted backstops come through the draft, from Joe Mauer to Matt Wieters to Buster Posey, but several scouts feel Rutschman will ultimately surpass them all. The Orioles hope that is the case.

For newest Oriole Adley Rutschman, this is an especially fitting movie quote. The Oregon State catcher famously kicked for his schools football team as a freshman, though he assured NBC Sports Washington that hes washed when it comes to that career.

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Which brings us to todays quiz of the day. MLB has been holding its annual draft since 1965. Over that period, many of the No. 1 overall selections have gone on to have illustrious careers, while others have been complete busts. Only time will tell which category Rutschman will end up in. So with that in mind, how many of the first overall selections can you name in six minutes?

The draft will resume at 10 a.m. PDT with the Baltimore Orioles picking the No. 79 player. Day two consists of Rounds 3-10, so the Dodgers will get a total of eight picks. They will go at No. 102, 131, 155, 185, 215, 245, 275 and 305. Each of these picks will get a dedicated post on True Blue LA.

Justin Mears is a freelance sports writer from Long Beach Island, NJ. Enjoys being frustrated by the Mets and Cowboys, reading Linwood Barclay novels, and being yelled at by his toddler son. Follow him on twitter @justinwmears. 

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