It was widely assumed that the Baltimore Orioles would select a college pitcher with the fourth selection of Monday's draft.
That they did.
Baltimore chose right-hander Kevin Gausman, a polished sophomore from LSU, after selecting star high school right-hander Dylan Bundy in 2011.
"Kevin Gausman is one of the premier power pitchers in all of college baseball," new scouting director Gary Rajsich said. "He's pitched at a high level in front of a lot of people every Friday night for the past two years and very successfully. He has a power arm and power arsenal that he commands, and we're excited to have him."
Gausman, 21, was the third Orioles first-rounder taken from LSU, following Mike Fontenot (2001) and Ben McDonald (1989).
The Colorado native is 6-foot-4, 185 pounds. He went 11-1 with a 2.72 ERA in 16 starts for LSU. He struck out 127 and walked just 27, tossing two complete games amid 115 2/3 innings.
Gausman is armed with a fastball that can touch 98 mph but sits routinely between 94 and 96 mph. He also throws a two-seam fastball with a changeup.
It was the second time Gausman was drafted. He elected to attend college rather than sign after the Dodgers drafted him in the sixth round in 2010.
Gausman was the Orioles' lone pick in Monday's first round. The club was allotted $4.2 million for the first pick, according to MASNsports.com.