Jackson Holliday, the son of longtime major leaguer Matt Holliday, is waiting his turn.

The first overall pick in last June's MLB draft was in the cafeteria line at the Orioles' minor-league complex in Twin Lakes Park, Florida, last week. Pasta with meatballs and grilled chicken were on the lunch menu.

His attention turned to a flat-screen TV mounted on the far side of the wall. Highlights were playing from the previous day's major-league spring training game. Gunnar Henderson was batting. Holliday watched.

Henderson is where Holliday wants to be.

Matt Blood, the club's director of player development, stood next to Holliday, and briefly chatted with him.

"When Jackson showed up (this spring), the first meeting we had, we were going through some of our process, and they had Gunnar on the screen," Blood said later in his office. "He asked a question: 'What did you do with him? Whatever you did with him is what I want to do.'"

The Orioles haven't always had this kind of development credibility and buy-in.