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Os pick Cody Sedlock in 1st round of draft


Though the Orioles had to give up the 30th pick in the 2016 First Year Player Draft for signing pitcher Yovani Gallardo, they received the 27th pick in the draft from the Miami Marlins as compensation for them signing Wei-Yin Chen, and with that pick in the first round the Orioles selected Illinois pitcher Cody Sedlock.

Sedlock first burst onto the scene as a top-end draft prospect at the Cape Cod League, where he moved from the bullpen to the rotation. This past spring he was named the Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Year after setting a school strikeout record with 116 strikeouts in 101.1 innings pitcher.

The right-handed hurler started 14 games as a junior and completed two games. He led the team with a .219 batting-average against to go along with a 2.49 ERA, which was best among starting Illini pitchers. He walked only 31 batters in over 100 innings of work. He pitched 10.2 innings with 14 strikeouts on April 22 against Ohio State.

Sedlock was primarily a relief pitcher his first two seasons at Illinois but proved to be a dominant starter. At 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, he has great size on the mound and used that leverage to get heat on his pitchers. Sedlock’s top pitch is his sinker, a pitch that both Darren O’Day and Zach Britton heavily rely on as their out-pitch in the majors. Sedlock’s sinkers hovers around 91-93 mph and can reach as high as 96 mph. He also has a low-80s slider that he has great command on. Those two pitchs lead to a lot of groundouts for him as well.

He will have to work on his curveball and changeup, but he used both as part of his deep repertoire of pitches.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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