St. Paul’s Wade, Spalding’s Benitez and Curley’s Costes also get drafted by MLB


Jeremy Orocho, a four-year starter at Old Mill, who left the Patriots baseball team late in his senior season, became the only local high school player in the class of 2017 selected in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft when he was picked in the 27th round (820th overall), Wednesday, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

One of the most talented players in Anne Arundel County over the last four years, Orocho began his high school career as a center-fielder, but switched to shortstop as a sophomore. He committed to the University of Maryland that same year, but de-committed earlier this year and recently made a commitment to Northwest Florida State College.

He is reportedly leaning towards signing a professional contract with the Dodgers.

Also selected on the final day of the MLB draft were three other Baltimore area high school products.

University of Maryland junior pitcher Jamal Wade, a graduate of St. Paul’s School was taken in the 17th round (513 overall) by the Seattle Mariners. Wade converted to the mound just this season, after playing outfield for the Terps. He struck out 33 hitters in just 19.2 innings and held opponents to a .203 batting average. He follows in the footsteps of his brother LaMonte, also from St. Paul’s and Maryland, who was drafted in 2015 by the Minnesota Twins and his currently playing with Double-A Chattanooga.

Selected in the 22nd round (657th overall) by the Chicago White Sox was former Archbishop Spalding pitcher Joey Benitez, a junior at the University of South Carolina-Aiken.

Benitez, who earned 3rd-Team Division II All-American honors as a senior, went 11-3 in 2017 with 2.63 ERA. His 11 wins were a single-season school record, as were is 135 strikeouts and 116.1 innings pitched. He was also named Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Finally, former Archbishop Curley slugger Marty Costes, a sophomore outfielder at Maryland was drafted in the 25th round (751st overall) by the Houston Astros.

A 1st-Team All-Big 10 pick this year, Costes batted .322 and hit 13 home runs in 2017. Costes posted a .548 slugging percentage, drove in 46 runs, and led the team with 131 total bases.