ARLINGTON -- The Orioles were in unchartered water as the 2014 First-Year Player Draft kicked off on Thursday, but they aren't exactly asking for sympathy.
"We are sticking Nelson's face up on the board every time there is a pick in our slot made," manager Buck Showalter said of Cruz, who cost the Orioles a first-round Draft pick, along with Ubaldo Jimenez. "And Jimenez, too. Weird in a way. It actually gives you a chance to take some real chances. Some fliers. We'll get some good players."
Showalter has made it no secret he loves Draft day, and he typically has someone running up the runway to give him the picks during the game. This year, he'll watch Day 1 from the sidelines with the rest of the organization, while his son Nathan -- who works for the Padres -- will get his first taste of the Draft.
"I talked to my son when I was driving home the last two nights," Showalter said. "Listening to him doing the scouting jargon over the phone and not wanting to give up any information from the Padres."
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