The Baltimore Orioles reportedly still have a high interest in Portland Trail Blazers guard Pat Connaughton, who Baltimore drafted in the fourth round in 2013.
Baltimore Orioles still interested in Pat Connaughton https://t.co/Sb66jyr9mU
— CSN Northwest (@CSNNW) May 25, 2017
The 24-year-old was a two-sport star at Notre Dame, he led the basketball team along with Chicago Bulls guard Jerian Grant to an ACC Championship and Elite Eight appearance. On the mound the right-hander who throws in the mid-90’s posted an impressive 1.71 earned run average.
Connaughton could have been a first or second-round pick but told team’s he intended to play his senior year of basketball at Notre Dame – a move that cost him roughly $1 million in signing bonuses. The Orioles drafted him anyway and decided to hold his rights and allow him to pursue his basketball career, where after his stellar senior season, got him drafted in the second-round by the Blazers.
Through his first two seasons Connaughton had only appeared in 73 games with a mere 1.8 points per game average. With his contract running out at the end of the season it seems likely that he could return to baseball and the Orioles are excited for the possibility.
— Call to the Pen (@CalltothePen) May 25, 2017
In the summer of 2013, Connaughton pitched for the Orioles minor league affiliate Aberdeen Ironbirds, which are a Class A-Short Season team. At the end of July, instead of taking another assignment within the organization he decided to return to the Notre Dame basketball team in preparation for his senior year.