A’s Top 12 Draft Picks Mid-Season Progress Report

Billy McKinney

A’s top pick Billy McKinney: His sweet swing seems heaven-sent.

It’s been almost two months since this year’s amateur draft and about six weeks since most of the players picked by the A’s began playing with either the rookie-ball Arizona League A’s or the Class-A Vermont Lake Monsters. Fortunately, the A’s managed to sign all of their top 12 draft picks from the first 10 rounds this year. And with about six weeks of play now in the books, it seems like a good time to take a look at how some the A’s newest prospects have been performing down on the farm.

So far, the A’s top pick, center fielder Billy McKinney, has been living up to his reputation as a sweet swinger. But the team’s second pick, LHP Dillon Overton, started off his career with the A’s by undergoing Tommy John surgery. The A’s 9th overall pick, RHP Dustin Driver, is the only other member of the top 12 who’s yet to see live game action. He has, however, been working out at the A’s minor league complex in Arizona while the team gives the high-school pitcher’s arm a bit of a break. Meanwhile, the A’s 7th overall pick, RHP Bobby Wahl, has already shown the ability to get lots of swings-and-misses, while the team’s 8th overall pick, RHP Kyle Finnegan, has demonstrated exceptional command and control.

The fastest-riser of this year’s draft class has been the A’s 6th overall pick, RHP Dylan Covey, who is the only member of this year’s crop to make it all the way up to the Beloit Snappers of the Class-A Midwest League. Covey earned the promotion after striking out 15 and not allowing an earned run in his first 12 innings at Vermont, though he has struggled a bit since joining Beloit.

You’ll find the A’s top 12 picks from the first 10 rounds of the 2013 draft along with their current statistics through July 31 below. The teams they’ve played for so far this season are noted, with the team they’ve appeared in the most games with listed first and their current team in bold. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at the top picks of the A’s 2013 farm crop…

 

bmc320x#1 – 1st Round

Billy McKinney

Age: 18 / Outfielder

AZL A’s

1 HR / 11 BB / 21 K / .330 AVG / .383 OBP / .417 SLG / .800 OPS

 

dospringstate10weatherford4-3c#2 – 2nd Round

Dillon Overton

Age: 21 / Left-Handed Pitcher

Tommy John Surgery

Has Not Played

 

cpf009965cf7c51910fc2a1bf2aca1138b5#3 – 2nd Round Supplemental

Chad Pinder

Age: 21 / Shortstop-Third Baseman

Vermont Lake Monsters

2 HR / 5 BB / 18 K / .167 AVG / .246 OBP / .267 SLG / .513 OPS

 

rhHealy2#4 – 3rd Round

Ryon Healy

Age: 21 / First Baseman

AZL A’s + Vermont Lake Monsters

2 HR / 3 BB / 8 K / .212 AVG / .246 OBP / .404 SLG / .649 OPS

 

ckChrisKohler12b#5 – 3rd Round Supplemental

Chris Kohler

Age: 18 / Left-Handed Pitcher

AZL A’s

10 2/3 IP / 8 H / 5 ER / 6 BB / 14 K / 4.22 ERA / 1.31 WHIP

 

dc7417296896_fbd45c83de_z2#6 – 4th Round

Dylan Covey

Age: 21 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Beloit Snappers + Vermont Lake Monsters

31 IP / 36 H / 12 ER / 8 BB / 23 K / 3.48 ERA / 1.42 WHIP

 

bwEP-130529103b#7 – 5th Round

Bobby Wahl

Age: 21 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

10 1/3 IP / 8 H / 3 ER / 4 BB / 15 K / 2.61 ERA / 1.16 WHIP

 

kffinnegan-for-blog#8 – 6th Round

Kyle Finnegan

Age: 21 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

28 2/3 IP / 20 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 19 K / 1.26 ERA / 0.87 WHIP

 

ddDustinDriver12b#9 – 7th Round

Dustin Driver

Age: 18 / Right-Handed Pitcher

At A’s Minor League Complex

Has Not Played

 

tm4L3#10 – 8th Round

Tyler Marincov

Age: 21 / Outfielder

Vermont Lake Monsters

2 HR / 15 BB / 28 K / .227 AVG / .324 OBP / .345 SLG / .668 OPS

 

msg24e7d00000000000005f8058cd094daf07be9009598f748f4dda0d4e20#11 – 9th Round

Matt Stalcup

Age: 23 / Left-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

15 1/3 IP / 15 H / 8 ER / 9 BB / 11 K / 4.70 ERA / 1.57 WHIP

 

jg19K9UZ.AuSt.79b#12 – 10th Round

Jerad Grundy

Age: 22 / Left-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

23 2/3 IP / 28 H / 18 ER / 13 BB / 14 K / 6.85 ERA / 1.73 WHIP

 

-TOP HITTER-

bmc320x#1 – 1st Round

Billy McKinney

Age: 18 / Outfielder

AZL A’s

1 HR / 11 BB / 21 K / .330 AVG / .383 OBP / .417 SLG / .800 OPS

 

-TOP PITCHER-

kffinnegan-for-blog#8 – 6th Round

Kyle Finnegan

Age: 21 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

28 2/3 IP / 20 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 19 K / 1.26 ERA / 0.87 WHIP

 

 

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