A’s Top 10 Draft Picks Mid-Season Progress Report

A's top pick Richie Martin

A’s top pick Richie Martin

It’s been about two months since this year’s amateur draft and about seven weeks since most of the players picked by the A’s began playing with either the Class-A Vermont Lake Monsters or the rookie-ball Arizona League A’s. Fortunately, the A’s managed to sign all of their top 10 picks this year. And with about seven 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.

The A’s top pick, shortstop Richie Martin, got off to a hot start for Vermont but has since cooled off a bit. The 20-year-old has shown a consistent ability to get on base though, walking 20 times over his first 31 games and putting up a .385 on-base percentage while also swiping 6 bases for the Lake Monsters.

The fastest riser of this year’s draft class has been the A’s 2nd-round pick, infielder Mikey White, 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. White earned the promotion after putting up an impressive .315/.405/.459 slash line in 111 at-bats for Vermont, though he has struggled a bit, going 3 for 37, since joining Beloit. With top pick Richie Martin the primary shortstop at Vermont, White split time between shortstop and third base while with the Lake Monsters but has been the starting shortstop since joining the Snappers.

The pitching standout of this year’s draft class for the A’s has clearly been RHP Bowdien Derby. The California native struck out 131 in 103 innings while pitching for San Diego State earlier in the year. And, so far, the 21-year-old has struck out 25 and walked just 5 over 23 1/3 innings while posting a 1.54 ERA in his first professional season in the A’s organization.

You’ll find the A’s top 10 picks of the 2015 draft along with their current statistics through August 7 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…

 

rm6210061st Round

Richie Martin

Age: 20 / Shortstop

Vermont Lake Monsters

118 AB / 2 HR / 20 BB / 30 K / .254 AVG / .385 OBP / .381 SLG / .766 OPS

 

mw608383b2nd Round

Mikey White

Age: 21 / Shortstop-Third Baseman

Vermont Lake Monsters + Beloit Snappers

148 AB / 2 HR / 16 BB / 40 K / .257 AVG / .345 OBP / .372 SLG / .717 OPS

 

dc_MG_8530_resize23rd Round

Dakota Chalmers

Age: 18 / Right-Handed Pitcher

AZL A’s

11 2/3 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 11 BB / 8 K / 1.54 ERA / 1.71 WHIP

 

sb6214504th Round

Skye Bolt

Age: 21 / Outfielder

Vermont Lake Monsters

105 AB / 2 HR / 10 BB / 28 K / .210 AVG / .276 OBP / .352 SLG / .628 OPS

 

kd6641285th Round

Kevin Duchene

Age: 21 / Left-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

22 1/3 IP / 22 H / 9 ER / 7 BB / 17 K / 3.63 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

 

bd6222466th Round

Bowdien Derby

Age: 21 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

23 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 25 K / 1.54 ERA / 0.86 WHIP

 

kf6648517th Round

Kyle Friedrichs

Age: 23 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

23 2/3 IP / 17 H / 8 ER / 10 BB / 11 K / 3.04 ERA / 1.14 WHIP

 

nc6633128th Round

Nick Collins

Age: 21 / Catcher

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

108 AB / 2 HR / 10 BB / 14 K / .269 AVG / .336 OBP / .343 SLG / .679 OPS

 

jl6647239th Round

Jared Lyons

Age: 22 / Left-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

9 IP / 17 H / 13 ER / 3 BB / 10 K / 13.00 ERA / 2.22 WHIP

 

sp59606610th Round

Steven Pallares

Age: 22 / Outfielder

Vermont Lake Monsters

142 AB / 1 HR / 30 BB / 24 K / .246 AVG / .376 OBP / .310 SLG / .686 OPS

 

 

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