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Orioles prospect Matt Hobgood, picked No. 5 overall in 2009, to miss season following surgery

Mar 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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Matt Hobgood has been a disappointment since the Orioles selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, throwing 158 innings with a 5.48 ERA in the low minors, and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the 21-year-old right-hander will miss the entire season following shoulder surgery.

According to Connolly he’ll go under the knife on April 2 to “size down his right rotator cuff.” Tommy John elbow surgery gets all the attention, but rotator cuff surgeries are often even tougher for pitchers to come back from.

Hobgood received a $2.4 million signing bonus and wasted no time debuting in full-season ball, but he’s been dealing with shoulder problems since late 2010, spending last season on and off the disabled list while unsuccessfully trying rest and rehab.

  1. rockthered1286 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    BUST. I’ve never liked the thought of drafting High School players in the first round and this kid is a prime example.

    • randomdigits - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      It is not high schoolers I have an issue with (see Bundy and Machado) it was this pick. Kid was an obvious signability pick that had a senior year velocity spike and had fitness issues before his senior season. He was also old for his class.

    • maximus929 - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      Yeah I agree. Bundy and Machado are HUGE busts. No more high schoolers.

  2. uschawk - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    If you are a pitcher that is unfortunate enough to be drafted by the Orioles then expect to have surgery. Either they have the worst training staff in the MLB which wouldn’t be shocking at all or the worst luck/karma.

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