Roch around the clock


The Kickoff

August 03, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

Did you hear that another former No. 1 draft pick has been released?

Richard Stahl, the 18th overall selection in the 1999 draft, has been cut loose after going 1-10 with a 6.50 ERA in 24 games at Double-A Bowie.

Stahl never had a chance, given all his injuries, but the Orioles showed tremendous patience with him.

That 1999 draft sure didn't pan out. The Orioles had seven picks within the first and supplemental rounds. Stahl, Mike Paradis, Larry Bigbie and Josh Cenate are gone. Keith Reed has appeared in six major league games, all of them coming last season. Scott Rice, one of Reed's teammates at Triple-A Ottawa, is 1-4 with a 4.47 ERA.

Brian Roberts, one of the supplemental picks, has been the exception.

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