Orioles take juco reliever in 12th round

Orioles take juco reliever in 12th round

Orioles take juco reliever in 12th round

Scouts had a hard time seeing Jake Bray, a junior college reliever who doubled as a third baseman. Bray moved from Jacksonville State to Feather River College (Calif.) for the 2013 season. But having selected the right-handed reliever in the 12th round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles might have caught a glimpse of his low-90s fastball that can touch the mid-90s, as well as his excellent slider.

That is enough for him to work out of a bullpen, but Bray is athletic and has at least a feel for a changeup, so he could get an opportunity to start, at least at the outset of his pro career.

He hit .368 with 14 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 22 RBIs and six stolen bases last season, leading his team to the Final Four with a 29-14 record.

Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.