Draft Picks

Exclusive: Get the Inside Scoop on Oakland’s Top 10 Draft Picks of 2014 from A’s Scouting Director Eric Kubota

A's scouting director Eric Kubota

A’s scouting director Eric Kubota

After unexpectedly taking high school players with their top pick in each of the past two years, the A’s returned to their old, familiar ways this year, selecting college players with eight of the team’s top ten picks. The A’s made 21-year-old Cal State Fullerton third baseman Matt Chapman their top pick this year. Chapman is best known for his solid defense and strong throwing arm at third, but the A’s also like his plate discipline and think that he has the potential to develop into a legitimate power hitter.

The man responsible for overseeing the A’s efforts in the amateur draft is scouting director Eric Kubota. Kubota started out his career in the baseball world by interning for the A’s in the mid-‘80s and eventually served as the assistant director of scouting and the supervisor of international scouting before succeeding Grady Fuson as scouting director following his departure after the 2001 season.

We talked to Kubota about a week and a half after the draft, just a day after top pick Matt Chapman’s signing was officially announced. At the time we spoke, the A’s had signed seven of their top ten picks, but Kubota expressed confidence that the remaining three would all be in the fold before long. And we were happy to get his take on the A’s main man, Matt Chapman, along with all the team’s other top ten picks from the first ten rounds of the 2014 draft…

AF:  I really want to get a quick take from you on all the A’s top ten draft picks this year. But before we start getting into this year’s draft class, is there anyone from last year’s draft class who really gives you a particular sense of pride when you look at them this year?

EK:  Well, we’re certainly happy with Billy McKinney’s progress. His batting average might not show it, but he’s a high school guy and he’s playing in advanced Single-A, so it was really a stretch for him. I think he’s actually swung the bat better than the numbers have necessarily shown. So we’re certainly happy with him.

mcimg_6735bAF:  Well, it was just announced earlier this week that you signed your #1 pick, third baseman Matt Chapman out of Cal State Fullerton. So tell me what really excited you most about him?

EK:  With him, it’s really the upside. I think he’s just starting to scratch the surface of what he can be. We know that there’s a ton of impact power in his swing. And we think, with just a few adjustments, his power will be up there. So we really think, down the road, we’ll have a chance to get a third baseman who can affect the game both on defense and at the plate.

AF:  Prior to the draft, a lot of people were projecting him as more of a 2nd-round guy. Was there anything in particular that you guys saw in him that you placed a higher value on than some other people did?

EK:  I would say that probably everybody who was picking towards where we were picking in the draft had him in their conversation. Everybody’s going to have different positions and there’s going to be people who evaluate the draft outside the industry…but just about every team that picked at the back half at least had some conversation about him.

dgVVLYQGJKSGDGSMH.20131021153816bAF:  Your #2 pick was RHP Daniel Gossett out of Clemson, who seems to fall into the mold of a slightly smaller-body-type guy like Sonny Gray. Tell me what you really liked about him, and are smaller pitchers the new market inefficiency?

EK:  I don’t know that that’s necessarily the case. We don’t really think of him as small…Daniel’s taller than 6 feet. So we didn’t really take his height into account. We think he’s plenty physical enough to do what he needs to do. He’s got very good stuff. He throws 92-94 mph. He throws strikes with his fastball and locates it down. He has an excellent breaking ball and a very good changeup.

AF:  Are there any major league pitchers you’d compare him to?

EK:  I hesitate to compare anybody to Sonny Gray, just because what he’s done is so incredible. But he’s on the less-physical side – probably you could say David Cone, physically anyway, those are the kind of people you could compare him to.

bgbrettgraves2AF:  Your #3 pick was RHP Brett Graves out of Missouri, who a number of people really liked, but his strikeout numbers aren’t really quite as eye-popping as a lot of the guys you’ve taken. So tell me what made you want to go with him.

EK:  He’s a little bit different. He’s more of a pitch-to-contact guy. He throws hard up there at 94-95 mph, but he’s more of a sinkerball type pitcher than a strikeout guy now…but we like the fact that he keeps the ball out of the air and throws strikes and he throws hard.

AF:  And he’s officially still unsigned, correct?

EK:  Correct, yes.

jsjordan-schwartz3bAF:  Your #4 pick was RHP Jordan Schwartz out of Niagara, who didn’t seem to be quite so high on some people’s radar before the draft. So what did you like about him?

EK:  He’s a former position player. We really liked the athleticism. He saw him up to 97 mph with a strikeout breaking ball. We think he’s kind of an upside guy. He’s kind of untapped…we could get a really high ceiling with him once he starts getting some professional instruction.

AF:  Your #5 pick was RHP Heath Fillmyer, who’s from a smaller school, Mercer County Community College out of New Jersey. So what did he do to get himself on your radar?

SONY DSCEK:  He’s very similar to Schwartz in that he’s also a converted position player. We saw a very good fastball, 94-95 mph, and an above-average curveball. He’s another guy who’s a real upside kid. With player development, we can give him to [minor league pitching coordinator] Scott Emerson and some of our pitching people in player development, and the sky’s the limit.

AF: And he’s still officially unsigned, right?

EK:  Yes.

AF:  Your #6 pick was high school shortstop Trace Loehr out of Oregon. It was announced that he signed earlier this week. What did you like so much about him to make him your first high school pick on the board, especially since he’d already committed to Oregon?

tl1339-7-Red-7bEK:  There’s a lot to like about Trace. He’s got tools. He’s a plus runner. We really like the way he swings the bat. We really, really love his makeup. We think there’s just a lot here. He’s got a lot of the traits that we think make players successful in the long run, and we’re excited about that.

AF:  Was there one thing in particular that really jumped out for you about him, or was it more of a well-rounded package that he presented?

EK:  No, we think he can really swing the bat. He’s got a chance to be a very good defender too, but I think the thing that we were most drawn to was the bat.

AF:  So kind of like with Billy McKinney where you really liked the swing?

EK:  Yeah, kind of. It’s a little different in that he plays the middle infield, so it’s a little different, but yeah.

AF:  Are there any major leaguers you might compare him to?

EK:  Yeah, I thought a little bit about Kyle Seager when I saw him.

bcuva_baseball_branden_cogswell_2013_01_home3AF:  Your #7 pick was another middle infielder, Branden Cogswell out of Virginia. His offensive numbers weren’t really that eye-popping, but he was taking a lot of walks and getting on base. So what did you like about him?

EK:  Well, that was one of the things obviously. We liked his ability to get on base – we valued that. But we also really liked his defense. He played second base this year, but we think he can play shortstop. We really like his defense and think the offense will be more than enough to allow him to be a major league player.

AF:  And he’s the only other one of the top ten who still hasn’t signed yet. He’s still playing, right?

EK:  Correct, he’s still playing.

bk1339-3-Green-7bAF:  Your #8 pick was the only high school pitcher you took in the top ten, RHP Branden Kelliher out of Washington. What so impressed you about him to make him the one high school pitcher you went with in the top ten?

EK:  We valued him higher than that spot, and we were happy that he fell to us. We’ve seen him up to 96 mph. We’ve seen a good breaking ball. He’s probably more on the slight side physicality-wise. There’s some similarity to a guy we took out of the northwest 12 or 13 years ago – Jeremy Bonderman. Same kind of physicality, same kind of stuff.

mffagan_oacAF:  Your #9 pick was LHP Mike Fagan out of Princeton, who was the only left-hander you took in the top ten. Tell me a little bit about what you liked about him.

EK:  He’s a guy who’s always had a lot physical ability. We’ve seen a lot of him – we’ve scouted him quite a bit. And this year, he really turned the corner as far as his performance. He’s a left-hander who throws up to 92-93 mph and he’s got a good breaking ball. He’ll go out as a starting pitcher. But I could imagine him potentially being a left-handed specialist down the road. It might be a little bit of a lazy comparison, but he kind of reminds me of Craig Breslow, another Ivy League left-hander.

cmPdineSJU-Miller2AF:  And your #10 pick was RHP Corey Miller out of Pepperdine, who was actually one of the physically bigger pitchers you took in the top ten. What did you like about him?

EK:  He’s a physical kid with a good body who’s got solid stuff with a history of pitching well and winning.

AF:  Are you expecting to sign all your top ten picks?

EK:  We hope to get them all done, and we feel confident that we can get them all done.

AF:  Is it safe to assume that most of the college pitchers we’ve discussed are likely to end up at Vermont this year?

EK:  Well, they’re all going to Arizona to begin with. And yeah, it’s likely that most of them will be in Vermont before the end of the summer.

AF:  And finally, how excited are you to see Matt Chapman signed, and how excited are you to see him out there playing in the coming weeks?

EK:  Very excited. You know, the whole scouting staff will be living and dying by those box scores this summer!

AF:  Okay, great! Thanks a lot.

 

A’s 2014 Draft Class

#1 3B Matt Chapman (CSU Fullerton), #2 RHP Daniel Gossett (Clemson), #3 RHP Brett Graves (Missouri), #4 RHP Jordan Schwartz (Niagara), #5 RHP Heath Fillmyer (Mercer College), #6 SS Trace Loehr (Rex Putnam HS), #7 SS Branden Cogswell (Virginia), #8 RHP Branden Kelliher (Lake Stevens HS), #9 #LHP Mike Fagan (Princeton), #10 RHP Corey Miller (Pepperdine)

#11 RHP Joel Seddon (South Carolina), #12 RHP Tyler Willman (Western Illinois), #13 2B Max Kuhn (Kentucky), #14 C Casey Schroeder (Polk State), #15 2B Trent Gilbert (Arizona), #16 3B Jose Brizuela (Florida State), #17 C Eric Cheray (Missouri State), #18 LHP Michael Nolan (Oklahoma City U.), #19 C Tom Gavitt (Bryant), #20 RHP Koby Guana (CSU Fullerton)

#21 SS Tim Proudfoot (Texas Tech), #22 RHP Brendan McCurry (Oklahoma State), #23 1B Collin Ferguson (St. Mary’s), #24 RHP Dawson Brown (U. West Florida), #25 CF Joseph Estrada (Colegio Hector Urdaneta HS), #26 RHP Rob Huber (Duke), #27 CF J.P. Sportman (Cent. Conn. State), #28 RHP Corey Walter (West Virginia), #29 LHP Cody Stull (Belmont Abbey), #30 LHP Derek Beasley (South Carolina-Aiken)

#31 RHP Tyler Schimpf (Capital Christian HS), #32 CF Denz’l Chapman (Junipero Serra HS), #33 C Michael Rivera (Venice HS), #34 1B John Nogowski (Florida State), #35 CF Austen Swift (Bishop Allen Academy HS), #36 OF Tyler Spoon (Arkansas), #37 OF Brock Lundquist (Fountain Valley HS), #38 CF Colt Atwood (Sam Houston State), #39 2B Payton Squier (Greenway HS), #40 SS Bryson Brigman (Valley Christian HS)

 

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Getting To Know: The A’s 2014 Top 10 Draft Picks

Matt Chapman

A’s top pick Matt Chapman

Yesterday, we gave you the lowdown on the A’s top 2 picks selected on Day 1 of the amateur draft. And now that Day 2 is complete, it’s time to run down the A’s top 10 picks of the 2014 draft.

After taking a third baseman with their top pick this year, the team focused on pitching on Day 2. And 7 of the A’s top 10 picks turned out to be pitchers this year, only one of whom is a high school hurler.

Besides the team’s top pick, Matt Chapman, the other two position players who ended up in the A’s top 10 were both shortstops. High school shortstop Trace Loehr is an Oregon State recruit, so he there could potentially be a signing issue with him. The only other high-schooler taken by the A’s in the top 10 was RHP Branden Kelliher out of Washington. But otherwise, the team targeted half a dozen college hurlers, highlighted by Clemson’s Daniel Gossett and Missouri’s Brett Graves.

We’ll be learning a lot more about all the A’s top picks in the coming days and should be getting the chance to see most of them in Vermont or Arizona, or possibly even Beloit, before the month is through. So stay tuned to A’s Farm to see how the A’s latest batch of top prospects pans out!

 

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Matt Chapman

Third Baseman

Cal State Fullerton (CA)

Age: 21 / 6’2” – 215 lbs.

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

2014 College Stats: 6 HR / 27 BB / 26 K / .312 AVG / .412 OBP / .498 SLG

 

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Daniel Gossett

Right-Handed Pitcher

Clemson University (SC)

Age: 21 / 6’1” – 195 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2014 College Stats: 107 1/3 IP / 78 H / 23 ER / 30 BB / 107 K / 1.93 ERA

 

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Brett Graves

Right-Handed Pitcher

University of Missouri (MO)

Age: 21 / 6’1” – 173 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2014 College Stats: 93 IP / 98 H / 40 ER / 18 BB / 64 K / 3.87 ERA

 

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Jordan Schwartz

Right-Handed Pitcher

Niagara University (NY)

Age: 22 / 6’2” – 195 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2014 College Stats: 95 1/3 IP / 76 H / 33 ER / 35 BB / 109 K / 3.12 ERA

 

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Heath Fillmyer

Right-Handed Pitcher

Mercer County Community College (NJ)

Age: 20 / 6’1” – 190 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2014 College Stats: 66 IP / 38 H / 5 ER / 25 BB / 94 K / 0.68 ERA

 

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Trace Loehr

Shortstop

Rex Putnam High School (OR)

Age: 19 / 5’10” – 175 lbs.

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

2014 High School Stats: 1 HR / 19 BB / 8 K / .393 AVG / .562 OBP / .803 SLG

 

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Branden Cogswell

Shortstop

University of Virginia (VA)

Age: 21 / 6’1” – 180 lbs.

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

2014 College Stats: 0 HR / 35 BB / 17 K / .295 AVG / .394 OBP / .341 SLG

 

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Branden Kelliher

Right-Handed Pitcher

Lake Stevens High School (WA)

Age: 18 / 5’11” – 175 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2014 High School Stats: 1.32 ERA

 

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Mike Fagan

Left-Handed Pitcher

Princeton University (NJ)

Age: 22 / 6’0” – 185 lbs.

Throws: Left / Bats: Right

2014 College Stats: 58 IP / 46 H / 15 ER / 18 BB / 77 K / 2.33 ERA

 

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Corey Miller

Right-Handed Pitcher

Pepperdine University (CA)

Age: 22 / 6’3” – 190 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2014 College Stats: 113 IP / 92 H / 22 ER / 29 BB / 80 K / 1.75 ERA

 

#11 RHP Joel Seddon (South Carolina), #12 RHP Tyler Willman (Western Illinois), #13 2B Max Kuhn (Kentucky), #14 C Casey Schroeder (Polk State), #15 2B Trent Gilbert (Arizona), #16 3B Jose Brizuela (Florida State), #17 C Eric Cheray (Missouri State), #18 LHP Michael Nolan (Oklahoma City U.), #19 C Tom Gavitt (Bryant), #20 RHP Koby Guana (CSU Fullerton)

#21 SS Tim Proudfoot (Texas Tech), #22 RHP Brendan McCurry (Oklahoma State), #23 1B Collin Ferguson (St. Mary’s), #24 RHP Dawson Brown (U. West Florida), #25 CF Joseph Estrada (Colegio Hector Urdaneta HS), #26 RHP Rob Huber (Duke), #27 CF J.P. Sportman (Cent. Conn. State), #28 RHP Corey Walter (West Virginia), #29 LHP Cody Stull (Belmont Abbey), #30 LHP Derek Beasley (South Carolina-Aiken)

#31 RHP Tyler Schimpf (Capital Christian HS), #32 CF Denz’l Chapman (Junipero Serra HS), #33 C Michael Rivera (Venice HS), #34 1B John Nogowski (Florida State), #35 CF Austen Swift (Bishop Allen Academy HS), #36 OF Tyler Spoon (Arkansas), #37 OF Brock Lundquist (Fountain Valley HS), #38 CF Colt Atwood (Sam Houston State), #39 2B Payton Squier (Greenway HS), #40 SS Bryson Brigman (Valley Christian HS)

 

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A’s Take College Infielder and Pitcher with Top 2 Picks on Day 1 of Draft

A's top pick Matt Chapman keeping his eye on the ball!

A’s top pick Matt Chapman keeping his eye on the ball!

After unexpectedly taking high school players with their top picks the last two years, the A’s returned to their old, familiar ways this year, selecting a pair of collegiate players with the team’s top two draft picks on Thursday. In the first round, Oakland went with 21-year-old Cal State Fullerton third baseman Matt Chapman. The team then followed up by taking 21-year-old Clemson University RHP Daniel Gossett in the second round.

Chapman is best known for his solid defense and strong throwing arm at third. The A’s also like his plate discipline and think that he has the potential to develop into a legitimate power hitter. In 2014, Chapman posted a .312/.412/.498 slash line with 16 doubles, 6 home runs, 27 walks and 26 strikeouts in 205 at-bats for Fullerton. Meanwhile, Gossett flashes three solid pitches – a good fastball, an impressive breaking ball and an above-average changeup. He’s been Clemson’s top starter and posted a 1.93 ERA while striking out 107 in 107 1/3 innings this year at Clemson.

The A’s top pick, Chapman, was not originally drafted out of high school, but A’s scouting director Eric Kubota said that Chapman “was clearly the best player left on the board at the time we picked.” Kubota also confirmed that Chapman worked out and took batting practice in front of A’s brass at the Coliseum on Tuesday. Kubota characterized Chapman as a potential “elite defender at third base,” praised his plate discipline, and predicted “this is a guy who is going to develop into a power hitter as his pro career progresses.”

Chapman himself isn’t shy when it comes to boasting about his defensive abilities. When I asked about his greatest strength as a ballplayer, Chapman was quick to claim that he considers himself “the best” defensive college third baseman out there. And Kubota said the A’s like his attitude: “I think he is confident, but I think there is a little part of him too that is a little naïve in terms of how good he might end up becoming. His talents have continued to improve.”

Though Chapman played shortstop for three years in high school and Kubota claims the A’s think he could still play shortstop, the A’s scouting director said, “We really see him as a third baseman starting his pro career and continuing on.”

As far as comparisons go, Kubota said “it’s easy” to compare Chapman to current A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson: “When I wake up at three in the morning in the middle of a dream…that’s kind of the profile that if everything comes together, that’s the player we are hoping to get here.”

Chapman compared himself physically to Evan Longoria and Troy Tulowitzki. And A’s minor league pitcher and fellow former southern California prep player Chris Kohler referred to Chapman as A’s infield prospect Daniel Robertson’s twin, claiming that he “plays so much like him.”

Chapman, whose father Jim played college ball for Cal State Pomona, grew up in southern California as an Angels fan but joked, “It’s never too late to change your favorite team, right?” He claimed to be very familiar with the A’s from following the American League West. And as for his impression of the A’s, the team’s newest prospect said, “I know the A’s play old-school, hard-nosed baseball. And I feel that’s exactly how I go about my business.”

When it comes to the A’s top pitching pick in this year’s draft, Kubota called Gossett “a proven college performer.” And on what it was that most impressed the team about the right-hander, Kubota said, “He has a fastball that is 92-94. He throws strikes. He has the makings of an out-pitch breaking ball and a very good changeup. There is just a lot to like about him.”

 

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Matt Chapman

Third Baseman

Cal State Fullerton

Age: 21 / 6’2” – 215 lbs.

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

2014 College Stats: 6 HR / 27 BB / 26 K / .312 AVG / .412 OBP / .498 SLG

 

Daniel Gossett2nd Round

Daniel Gossett

Right-Handed Pitcher

Clemson University

Age: 21 / 6’1” – 195 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2014 College Stats: 107 1/3 IP / 78 H / 23 ER / 30 BB / 107 K / 1.93 ERA

 

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A’s 2012 Draft Picks Mid-Season Progress Report

arfPCk2bFI5Last week we offered a progress report on the A’s top 12 picks from the 2013 amateur draft. And it seemed like it might be interesting to take a similar look at the A’s top 12 picks from the 2012 amateur draft. Of course, that draft class featured some of the A’s most high-profile prospects like Addison Russell, Daniel Robertson and Matt Olson.

The A’s chose to be aggressive with shortstop Russell’s development this season and assigned him to Stockton, making the 19-year-old the youngest player in the High-A California League. Last year’s top pick for the A’s struggled over the first couple months of the season, but then he began to turn things around in June, and he ended up posting an impressive .344/.440/.609 slash line in July.

The A’s 7th overall pick last season, outfielder B.J. Boyd, started the year with Vermont of the Class-A short-season New York-Penn League, so he didn’t get going until June – but ever since he got going, there’s been no stopping him, and the outfielder’s currently sporting a .321/.406/.506 slash line after a month and a half of play.

The fastest-riser of last year’s draft class has been the A’s 8th overall pick, first baseman Max Muncy, who started the season with Russell at Stockton but made it all the way up to Double-A Midland just a little over a year after first being drafted by Oakland. And Muncy currently tops all A’s minor leaguers in home runs with 21 and RBIs with 83.

A couple of the top pitching picks from last year’s draft, right-handers Seth Streich and Dakota Bacus, have proven to be the two most reliable members of the Beloit Snappers starting rotation this season. Unfortunately, fellow right-hander Cody Kurz, last year’s 10th pick, has spent the season rehabbing from knee surgery and has yet to make an appearance on the mound.

You’ll find the A’s top 12 draft picks from the 2012 draft along with their current statistics through August 5 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 let’s take a look at the top picks of the A’s 2012 farm crop…

 

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Addison Russell

Age: 19 / Shortstop

Stockton

12 HR / 39 BB / 97 K / .271 AVG / .350 OBP / .507 SLG / .857 OPS

 

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Daniel Robertson

Age: 19 / Shortstop

Beloit

4 HR / 32 BB / 64 K / .264 AVG / .342 OBP / .365 SLG / .707 OPS

 

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Matt Olson

Age: 19 / First Baseman

Beloit

15 HR / 62 BB / 110 K / .223 AVG / .331 OBP / .407 SLG / .738 OPS

 

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Bruce Maxwell

Age: 22 / Catcher

Beloit + Stockton

4 HR / 36 BB / 52 K / .271 AVG / .347 OBP / .373 SLG / .720 OPS

 

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Nolan Sanburn

Age: 22 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Beloit + AZL A’s

16 IP / 11 H / 4 ER / 8 BB / 14 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.19 WHIP

 

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Kyle Twomey

Age: 19 / Left-Handed Pitcher

DID NOT SIGN

 

 

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B.J. Boyd

Age: 20 / Outfielder

Vermont

5 HR / 20 BB / 37 K / .321 AVG / .406 OBP / .506 SLG / .912 OPS

 

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Max Muncy

Age: 22 / First Baseman

Stockton + Midland

21 HR / 73 BB / 85 K / .273 AVG / .381 OBP / .462 SLG / .843 OPS

 

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Seth Streich

Age: 22 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Beloit

110 2/3 IP / 114 H / 47 ER / 41 BB / 82 K / 3.82 ERA / 1.40 WHIP

 

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Cody Kurz

Age: 20 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Disabled List

Has Not Played

 

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Kris Hall

Age: 22 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Beloit

40 IP / 45 H / 26 ER / 25 BB / 39 K / 5.85 ERA / 1.75 WHIP

 

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Dakota Bacus

Age 22 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Beloit

103 2/3 IP / 113 H / 44 ER / 32 BB / 74 K / 3.82 ERA / 1.40 WHIP

 

 

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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…

 

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Billy McKinney

Age: 18 / Outfielder

AZL A’s

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

 

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Dillon Overton

Age: 21 / Left-Handed Pitcher

Tommy John Surgery

Has Not Played

 

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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

 

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Dustin Driver

Age: 18 / Right-Handed Pitcher

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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

 

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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-

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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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Exclusive: Get the Inside Scoop on the A’s Top 12 Draft Picks of 2013 from A’s Scouting Director Eric Kubota

ekubotaFor the second year in a row, the A’s surprised the baseball world by selecting a high school hitter with their first pick in the amateur draft. Last year’s top pick, Addison Russell, has generated an awful lot of enthusiasm from both inside and outside the organization, and now this year’s top pick, outfielder Billy McKinney, will be getting his chance to make his mark.

The man responsible for overseeing the A’s efforts in the amateur draft is scouting director Eric Kubota. Kubota started out his career in the baseball world by interning for the A’s in the mid-‘80s and eventually served as the assistant director of scouting and the supervisor of international scouting before succeeding Grady Fuson as scouting director following his departure after the 2001 season.

We talked to Kubota a week after the draft, and just hours after top pick Billy McKinney’s signing was officially announced. At the time we spoke, the A’s had signed 7 of their top 12 picks, but Kubota expressed confidence that the remaining 5 would all be in the fold before long. Since it’s a busy time for Kubota, we were happy that he took the time to give A’s Farm his take on the A’s main man, McKinney, along with all the team’s other top 12 draft picks from the first 10 rounds of the 2013 draft.

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AF:  I wanted to start out by asking you about last year’s draft class. Of course, the golden child, Addison Russell, has gotten most of the attention out of that group of guys. But I was wondering if there’s anyone else from last year’s draft who stands out for you and kind of warms your heart?

EK:  Well, there are a few candidates for that. I think I would start with Daniel Robertson, who we obviously took high in the draft, but he’s performed very well with the bat and he’s played shortstop at a very high level, which has been a surprise for us. So that’s certainly something that was kind of unexpected for us – that he would be able to play that position as well as he has. Beyond that, obviously we’re happy with where Matt Olson is in his development. And John Wooten, who was a very late pick, has performed very well in Beloit and he’s kind of validated our signing him. He was a guy we saw in the Cape Cod League a couple of summers ago, and he played really well up there. He had a rough spring last spring, but he’s gone out and played very well. On the pitchers’ side, there were a few senior pitchers we took later in the draft – Ryan Dull and Tucker Healy – both of whom have performed very well in the Beloit bullpen. So, all in all, we’re really excited about last year’s draft class.

AF:  Well, it seems like it’s been panning out pretty well so far. So was there anything unique about this year’s draft for you? How would you characterize it in general?

EK:  Well, I think it shook out where we took a lot of pitching in the first 10 rounds – and you can never have too much of that. And just the way the draft fell presented us with a lot of opportunities as far as pitchers. So, if anything, I would say that probably characterized our draft class as much as anything.

bmc320xAF:  So I wanted to get your take on your top 12 picks from the first 10 rounds. Your top pick, Billy McKinney, signed earlier today, and was actually out at the Coliseum taking batting practice today. So tell me what made you really fall in love with this guy?

EK:  Well, the first thing you fall in love with with Billy is his bat. We really, really love the way this kid swings the bat. It’s rare when, across the whole scouting staff, everybody agrees about the quality of the kid’s bat. So that’s the first thing that jumps out at you. You know, I’ve said it before, I think there are some similarities to Mark Kotsay – and if that’s how he ends up, I think we’d all be happy.

AF:  Were you there to see his batting practice session earlier today?

EK:  Yes, I was, and he did very well. He swung the bat really well and carried himself really well. He hit in the same group as Yoenis Cespedes, so that’s not an easy thing for any young kid to do, but he handled himself well.

AF:  So he wasn’t intimidated at all, huh?

EK:  No, no, he swung the bat well.

dospringstate10weatherford4-3cAF:  Your second pick was Dillon Overton, the big left-hander out of Oklahoma. He hasn’t signed yet, but what put him so high on your target list?

EK:  Well, Dillon Overton can really pitch. He’s got a history of high strikeout numbers and low walks. He’s just a left-hander with good stuff who knows how to pitch, and we were very happy that he was there in that spot. Coming into the year, there were a lot of people who probably rated him higher than Jonathan Gray, who went third in the country, and deservedly so.

AF:  What pitches is he working with right now?

EK:  A fastball, a slider and a changeup – all of which have a chance to be above average when everything’s right.

AF:  And he’s not signed at this point, right?

EK:  He’s not, but we feel comfortable that something should be coming down the pike fairly quickly.

cpf009965cf7c51910fc2a1bf2aca1138b5AF:  Your third overall pick was Chad Pinder, the infielder out of Virginia Tech, who’s signed. What did you like most about him, were you surprised that he was still available to you at that point – because I kow he was pretty highly-ranked – and what do you foresee for him position-wise?

EK:  Yeah, we were pleasantly surprised that he was still there when we picked him. And what we liked about him is he really can swing the bat – that’s the first thing with him that we really liked. We think he can hit. He’s played third base predominantly in his career but moved over to shortstop this year and did a good job there. And I think we’re going to let him go out at shortstop and see if he can establish himself at that position. We think he has the physical tools to do it.

AF:  With him, Robertson and Russell, you’re certainly going to have some depth at shortstop in the low minors anyway!

EK:  Right.

rhHealy2AF:  Well, that’s never a bad thing! Your fourth pick was Ryon Healy, who hasn’t signed yet. He’s a big college kid out of Oregon who’s played both first base and third base, but I’m assuming what you really liked about him was his bat.

EK:  Yeah, we really liked the bat. He’s always performed with the bat. He’s always had the strength for power, and this year it finally translated into home run numbers. We do think he has the physical ability to play third base, and we’ll probably give him an opportunity to try and do that. But first and foremost, he’s a big right-handed power bat who profiles at the corner positions.

AF:  Is there anyone you would compare him to?

EK:  I would say Billy Butler possibly.

ckChrisKohler12bAF:  Your fifth overall pick was left-hander Chris Kohler out of southern California, who’s signed. There aren’t normally a lot of high school pitchers too high on your list. So what was it about him that made you want to take a high school pitcher that high up this time around?

EK:  He’s a classic projection high-school left-hander who flashes above-average stuff now. And in our opinion, it’s just a matter of physical maturation and development where it’s going to be consistently plus stuff. He’s been up to 93 mph. He can really spin a breaking ball. We really think there’s a high ceiling with Chris.

dc7417296896_fbd45c83de_z2AF:  Your sixth pick was right-hander Dylan Covey out of San Diego, who’s signed. He was a 1st-round draft pick coming out of high school a few years ago, but he found out he had diabetes and decided to go to college rather than sign with the Brewers, and now you were able to pick him up a little lower in the draft. So given his whole history, how do you view him at this point?

EK:  We scouted him a lot when he was in high school, when he was a 1st-round pick. We liked him a lot back then. In the time since then, he’s had to learn how to deal with his diabetes, which was really a new situation for him. He didn’t have any clue about that before that physical. But we’ve seen him, and his stuff is starting to get back to what we saw in high school. I think it’s a combination of him learning how to manage his diabetes and just gaining some additional confidence. But we think it’s a situation where we got potentially a 1st-round talent in the 4th round, and we’re really happy about that.

bwEP-130529103bAF:  Your seventh pick was right-hander Bobby Wahl out of Ole Miss. He’s not signed at this point, but tell me what you liked about him.

EK:  He’s just a big physical kid with a good arm – up to 95-96 mph. He’s been a starter in arguably the best college league in the country – the SEC – and he’s been a Friday night starter in that league. He’s got a big arm with a good breaking ball. We’ll send him out as a starter and see what happens. But if he ends up in the back of the bullpen, that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world either.

AF:  What’s the likelihood of him signing?

EK:  We feel confident that all these guys will be signed hopefully within the next few weeks.

kffinnegan-for-blogAF:  Your eighth pick was another college right-hander, Kyle Finnegan, out of Texas, who hasn’t signed yet either.

EK:  Same situation – we’re really close on getting that done. He’s an athletic right-hander. He’s been a starter and a reliever in college. We’ve seen him up to 97 mph with a good slider. And he’s just a big arm in the system. I was just thinking today that he kind of reminds me a little bit of Grant Balfour.

AF:  Really, is he crazy?

EK:  No comment (laughs).

ddDustinDriver12bAF:  Your ninth pick was another right-hander, Dustin Driver, a high school pitcher who hasn’t actually signed yet but has expressed a strong desire to forego UCLA and sign.

EK:  Same situation – we feel comfortable about him and hope to have that done relatively shortly. He’s a physical high school right-hander – we’ve seen him up to 95 mph with a good slider. There was kind of a common theme amongst a lot of these pitchers. We took physical kids with big arms. And we’re going to turn them all over to (minor league pitching coordinator) Scott Emerson and the rest of our pitching coaches and our player development system and see what happens.

tm4L3AF:  Your tenth pick was a hitter, surprisingly enough, Tyler Marincov out of Florida, who’s signed. So what made you want to break that string of pitchers and go with an outfielder?

EK:  Well, we need some guys to play the outfield behind those pitchers. But he’s an athletic kid. He performed both from a power standpoint and a speed standpoint at North Florida. He’s just a good athlete with upside and performance.

AF: Is there anyone you’d compare him to?

EK:  I’m blanking now – the guy from Arkansas back in the late ’80s and early ‘90s…

AF:  Kevin McReynolds?

EK:  Exactly, Kevin McReynolds!

msg24e7d00000000000005f8058cd094daf07be9009598f748f4dda0d4e20AF:  Okay, your last couple of picks on Day 2 of the draft were both college left-handers. Matt Stalcup was your eleventh overall pick. He’s signed, but he didn’t come out of a big school in Kansas, so what got him on the radar for you?

EK:  He’s just a left-hander with a fastball in the ‘90s and a good breaking ball with a very good history of missing bats and striking guys out. He’s from a smaller school, but a couple of our scouts got to see him and were very impressed with his stuff, and we were happy to get him.

jg19K9UZ.AuSt.79bAF:  Your twelfth and final pick on Day 2 was Jerad Grundy, a left-hander out of Kentucky, who’s signed. What made you want to get him before Day 2 was through?

EK:  He’s just a polished performer who knows how to use his stuff and has a history of getting guys out.

AF:  Is there anyone you’d compare him to?

EK:  Yeah, on Grundy, I’m going to go with Curt Young.

AF:  Well, that’s a good one! Okay, just a couple of quick questions on this top 12 group of picks. So do you feel confident that, at the end of the day, you’re going to end up with all these guys in the fold?

EK:  We do.

AF:  And are all these pitchers we’ve talked about likely to start out as starters?

EK:  I would think all those guys will begin their careers as starting pitchers.

AF:  And all the hitters we’ve discussed, except McKinney, are college guys. So would you assume all those college hitters will most likely be starting out in Vermont?

EK:  Probably, yeah. I would say that it’s most likely that’s where they will start.

AF:  And what about the pitchers?

EK:  I would say the two high school kids (Chris Kohler and Dustin Driver) will probably be in Arizona, and the college guys will likely be in Vermont.

AF:  So we’re expecting all these college guys are headed to Vermont and all these high school guys are going to end up in Arizona.

EK:  Yeah, I would say that’s safe to assume.

AF:  Well, hopefully Billy McKinney does well in Arizona and pulls an Addison Russell for you this year!

EK:  Yeah, that’d be nice!

AF:  Well, good luck and thanks a lot!

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Getting To Know: The A’s 2013 Top 12 Draft Picks

A's top pick Billy McKinney with some guy who doesn't know the way to San Jose

A’s top pick Billy McKinney with some guy who doesn’t know the way to San Jose

Yesterday, we gave you the lowdown on the A’s top 3 picks selected on Day 1 of the amateur draft. And now that Day 2 is complete, it’s time to run down the A’s top 12 picks of the 2013 draft.

Though the A’s took a high school player with their top pick again this year, only 3 of the team’s top 12 picks were high school players, while 9 came from the college ranks. And though 3 of the A’s first 4 picks were hitters, the team took a total of only 4 hitters in the top 12, while picking 8 pitchers. And exactly half of the team’s top 12 picks were college pitchers, evenly divided between 3 right-handers and 3 left-handers.

We’ll be learning a lot more about all the A’s top picks in the coming days and should be getting the chance to see most of them playing for the Vermont Lake Monsters or the Arizona League A’s before the month is through. So stay tuned to A’s Farm to see how the A’s latest batch of top prospects pans out!

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#1 (24th Overall)

Billy McKinney

Center Fielder

PlanoWest High School / Plano, Texas

Age: 18 / 6’1” / 195 lbs.

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

2013 High School Stats: 4 HR / 36 BB / 6 K / .372 BA / .585 OBP / .663 SLG

 

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#2 (63rd Overall)

Dillon Overton

Left-Handed Pitcher

University of Oklahoma / Norman, Oklahoma

Age: 21 / 6’2” / 172 lbs.

Throws: Left / Bats: Left

2013 College Stats: 86 2/3 IP / 84 H / 28 ER / 22 BB / 76 K / 2.91 ERA

 

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#3 (71st Overall)

Chad Pinder

Shortstop/Third Baseman

Virginia Tech / Blacksburg, Virginia

Age: 21 / 6’2” / 192 lbs.

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

2013 College Stats: 8 HR / 21 BB / 38 K / .321 BA / .404 OBP / .483 SLG

 

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#4 (100th Overall)

Ryon Healy

First Baseman/Third Baseman

University of Oregon / Eugene, Oregon

Age: 21 / 6’5” / 225 lbs.

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

2013 College Stats: 11 HR / 28 BB / 24 K / .333 BA / .408 OBP / .566 SLG

 

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#5 (106th Overall)

Chris Kohler

Left-Handed Pitcher

Los Osos High School / Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Age: 18 / 6’3” / 190 lbs.

Throws: Left / Bats: Left

2013 High School Stats: 72 IP / 51 H / 23 ER / 32 BB /113 K / 2.24 ERA

 

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#6 (131st Overall)

Dylan Covey

Right-Handed Pitcher

University of San Diego / San Diego, California

Age: 21 / 6’2” / 205 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2013 College Stats: 76 2/3 IP / 90 H / 43 ER / 43 BB / 65 K / 5.05 ERA

 

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#7 (161st Overall)

Bobby Wahl

Right-Handed Pitcher

University of Mississippi / Oxford, Mississippi

Age: 21 / 6’3” / 200 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2013 College Stats: 97 2/3 IP / 69 H / 22 ER / 44 BB / 78 K / 2.03 ERA

 

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#8 (191st Overall)

Kyle Finnegan

Right-Handed Pitcher

Texas State University / San Marcos, Texas

Age: 21 / 6’2” / 180 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2013 College Stats: 65 2/3 IP / 74 H / 34 ER / 36 BB / 64 K / 4.66 ERA

 

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#9 (221st Overall)

Dustin Driver

Right-Handed Pitcher

Wenatchee High School / Wenatchee, Washington

Age: 18 / 6’2” / 220 lbs.

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

2013 High School Stats: 51 1/3 IP / 31 H / 8 ER / 20 BB / 71 K / 1.09 ERA

 

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#10 (251st Overall)

Tyler Marincov

Outfielder

University of North Florida / Jacksonville, Florida

Age: 21 / 6’2” / 205 lbs.

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

2013 College Stats: 8 HR / 34 BB / 28 K / .331 BA / .420 OBP / .563 SLG

 

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#11 (281st Overall)

Matt Stalcup

Left-Handed Pitcher

Pittsburgh State University / Pittsburgh, Kansas

Age: 22 / 6’2” / 195 lbs.

Throws: Left / Bats: Left

2013 College Stats: 71 1/3 IP / 63 H / 31 ER / 33 BB / 95 K / 3.91 ERA

 

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#12 (311th Overall)

Jerad Grundy

Left-Handed Pitcher

University of Kentucky / Lexington, Kentucky

Age: 22 / 6’1” / 200 lbs.

Throws: Left / Bats: Left

2013 College Stats: 83 1/3 IP / 95 H / 45 ER / 20 BB / 61 K / 4.86 ERA

 

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A’s Make High School Outfielder Billy McKinney their Top Pick in 2013 Amateur Draft

Billy McKinney: The A's new golden child

Top draft pick Billy McKinney:     The A’s new golden child

For the second year in a row, the A’s selected a high school hitter with their first pick in the amateur draft. Last year it was shortstop Addison Russell, and this year it was center fielder Billy McKinney.

McKinney just completed his senior year of high school in Plano, Texas, where he claims to have been something of a secret A’s fan while living in the Lone Star state. But he admits he doesn’t have any favorite A’s players and hasn’t seen Moneyball, though he’s certain he’ll be taking care of that in the next few days.

He said he was “astonished” when got a call from A’s general manager Billy Beane informing him that the A’s were going to make him their first pick and that he was surprised he was able to get some words out when Beane told him it was him on the phone.

McKinney claims that his greatest strength is his work ethic, which A’s scouting director Eric Kubota noted as well. Kubota also seconded other evaluators’ estimates of McKinney by praising his ability with the bat, saying that he was “one of the best high school hitters in the draft.” McKinney’s other tools appear to be somewhat average, though he makes up for it with his work ethic and instincts.

McKinney says he’s modeled his swing after fellow lefty-swinger Josh Hamilton, while Kubota compared him to former A’s outfielder Mark Kotsay. He has average power and a good eye, which is evidenced by the fact that, in his senior year, he drew 36 walks against just 6 strikeouts.

The A’s second overall pick was left-handed pitcher Dillon Overton out of the University of Oklahoma. Kubota says he throws “anywhere from 88-94 mph” with a good fastball, breaking ball and changeup and has “lots of upside.” His 22 walks against 76 strikeouts seem to indicate that he also possesses pretty good control.

With their third and final pick on Day #1 of the draft, the A’s took shortstop/third baseman Chad Pinder from Virginia Tech. Kubota said the team was “pleasantly surprised” that Pinder was still available at that point in the draft and were glad to get him. He also added that he thinks he has a chance to stick at shortstop as his career progresses.

Just like last year, the A’s don’t expect to have any trouble signing any of their top three picks this year. And Kubota said that he expected that the college guys – Overton and Pinder – would be likely to start the season at Vermont later this month.

The draft resumes on Friday, with rounds 3 through 10, so stay tuned for more updates to follow. But in the meantime, here’s the basic lowdown on the A’s first three picks of the 2013 amateur draft…

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#1 (24th Overall)

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Billy McKinney

Center Fielder

Plano West High School / Plano, Texas

Age: 18 / 6’1” / 195 lbs.

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

2013 High School Stats: .372 BA / .585 OBP / .663 SLG / 9 2B / 2 3B / 4 HR / 17 RBI / 36 BB / 6 K

 

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 #2 (63rd Overall)

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Dillon Overton

Left-Handed Pitcher

University of Oklahoma / Norman, Oklahoma

Age: 21 / 6’2” / 172 lbs.

Throws: Left / Bats: Left

2013 College Stats:

86 2/3 IP / 84 H / 28 ER / 22 BB / 76 K / 2.91 ERA

 

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 #3 (71st Overall)

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Chad Pinder

Shortstop/Third Baseman

Virginia Tech / Blacksburg, Virginia

Age: 21 / 6’2” / 192 lbs.

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

2013 College Stats: .321 BA / .404 OBP / .483 SLG / 13 2B / 1 3B / 8 HR / 50 RBI / 21 BB/38K

 

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A’s Top 20 Draft Picks Post-Season Progress Report

Top pick Addison Russell: Keepin’ his eye on the ball!

A few weeks ago, after almost 2 months of play, we offered a little progress report on the A’s top 20 draft picks of 2012. And now with the minor league regular season over, it’s time for a complete season-end recap of the progress of the A’s top 20.

The most improved player over the past few weeks since our last report has been the A’s 8th overall draft pick, first baseman Max Muncy, who has spent the entire season playing at as high a level as any of this year’s picks. The 22-year-old left-handed hitter got his on-base percentage at Class-A Burlington all the way up to .383 in just his first year of pro ball while playing against a lot of guys who already had a year or two under their belts. He was eventually joined at Burlington by the A’s top draft pick of 2012, shortstop Addison Russell, who continued to look solid despite facing a higher level of competition.

The player who took the biggest dip over the past few weeks since our last report has been the A’s 2nd overall draft pick, shortstop Daniel Robertson. After looking impressive in the Arizona League, the 18-year-old struggled after his promotion to Vermont. After hitting almost .300 in the Arizona League, the infielder hit under .200 at Vermont, and he went from striking out once every 7 at-bats to striking out once every 3 at-bats. But the good news is he’s still a teenager just a few months out of high school and, based on what he showed in rookie league ball, he’ll surely adjust with a little more time.

You’ll find the A’s top 20 draft picks of 2012 along with their vital stats through the end of the season listed below. All the teams they’ve played for so far this season are noted, with the team they’ve appeared in the most games for listed first and the team they ended the season with in bold. So without any further ado, the most promising seeds of the A’s 2012 farm crop in all their splendor…

 

 

#1

Addison Russell

(1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont+Burlington)

7 HR / 23 BB / 48 K / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS

 

 

#2

Daniel Robertson

(1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont)

5 HR / 23 BB / 46 K / .241 AVG / .330 OBP / .400 SLG / .730 OPS

 

 

#3

Matt Olson

(1st Round – Age 18 – First Baseman – AZL A’s+Vermont)

9 HR / 19 BB / 50 K / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS

 

 

#4

Bruce Maxwell

(2nd Round – Age 21 – Catcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

0 HR / 31 BB / 38 K / .277 AVG / .356 OBP / .349 SLG / .705 OPS

 

 

#5

Nolan Sanburn

(2nd Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont)

18 2/3 IP / 23 H / 8 ER / 6 BB / 19 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.55 WHIP

 

#6

Kyle Twomey

(3rd Round – Age 18 – Pitcher)

UNSIGNED

 

#7

B.J. Boyd

(4th Round – Age 19 – Outfielder – AZL A’s)

1 HR / 23 BB / 36 K / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS

 

 

#8

Max Muncy

(5th Round – Age 22 – First Baseman – Burlington)

4 HR / 41 BB / 37 K / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS

 

 

#9

Seth Streich

(6th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

37 1/3 IP / 27 H / 11 ER / 18 BB / 48 K / 2.65 ERA / 1.21 WHIP

 

 

#10

Cody Kurz

(7th Round – Age 19 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

21 1/3 IP / 18 H / 11 ER / 29 BB / 9 K / 4.64 ERA / 2.20 WHIP

 

 

#11

Kris Hall

(8th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

29 1/3 IP / 18 H / 4 ER / 15 BB / 27 K / 1.23 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

 

 

#12

Dakota Bacus

(9th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP

 

 

#13

Brett Vertigan

(10th Round – Age 22 – Outfielder – Vermont)

1 HR / 24 BB / 31 K / .266 AVG / .338 OBP / .375 SLG / .713 OPS

 

#14

Alex Gonzalez

(11th Round – Age 18 – Shortstop)

UNSIGNED

 

#15

John Caputo

(12th Round – Age 18 – Third Baseman)

UNSIGNED

 

#16

Stuart Pudenz

(13th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

33 1/3 IP / 21 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 40 K / 2.43 ERA / 0.90 WHIP

 

 

#17

Austin House

(14th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+Burlington)

28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP

 

 

#18

Vince Voiro

(15th Round – Age 22 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

37 1/3 IP / 35 H / 15 ER / 8 BB / 41 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.15 WHIP

 

 

#19

Melvin Mercedes

(16th Round – Age 20 – Second Baseman – AZL A’s)

0 HR / 10 BB / 15 K / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS

 

#20

Tyler Olson

(17th Round – Age 22 – Pitcher)

UNSIGNED

 

TOP HITTERS

Addison Russell (1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont+Burlington)

7 HR / 23 BB / 48 K / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS

B.J. Boyd (4th Round – Age 19 – Outfielder – AZL A’s)

1 HR / 23 BB / 36 K / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS

Matt Olson (1st Round – Age 18 – First Baseman – AZL A’s+Vermont)

9 HR / 19 BB / 50 K / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS

Max Muncy (5th Round – Age 22 – First Baseman – Burlington)

4 HR / 41 BB / 37 K / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS

 

TOP PITCHERS

Dakota Bacus (9th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP

Austin House (14th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+Burlington)

28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP

Kris Hall (8th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

29 1/3 IP / 18 H / 4 ER / 15 BB / 27 K / 1.23 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

Stuart Pudenz (13th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

33 1/3 IP / 21 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 40 K / 2.43 ERA / 0.90 WHIP

 

 

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A’s Top 20 Draft Picks Mid-Season Progress Report

#1 pick Addison Russell: Which hand does this thing go on again?

Thanks to the loss of free agent outfielders Josh Willingham and David DeJesus, the A’s had a few more picks than usual in the upper ranks of this June’s amateur draft – 5 of the first 75 picks to be exact. And the team used a number of those picks to target high school players this year, something that’s been uncommon for the organization in the past.

Well, it’s now been about 8 weeks since most of those players began playing for either the A’s short-season rookie-ball Arizona League A’s or the Vermont Lake Monsters of the short-season Class-A NY-Penn League. One of the A’s draftees, 21-year-old first baseman Max Muncy out of Baylor, has actually started out playing for the A’s Class-A affiliate in the Midwest League, the Burlington Bees. And 4 of the A’s top 20 picks went unsigned – the most prominent being promising 3rd-round left-hander Kyle Twomey.

With most of the players who chose to sign having almost 2 months of play under their belts now, it seems like a good time to check in for a little progress report on the new kids down on the farm. And the good news is that most of them have been looking awfully good so far. #1 pick Addison Russell has been hitting for both average and power, #2 pick Daniel Robertson and #7 pick B.J. Boyd have both shown a knack for getting on base consistently and #3 pick Matt Olson has demonstrated the ability to hit for real power, while pitchers like Austin House and Dakota Bacus have shown the ability to strike out more than a batter per inning and keep runners off base.

You’ll find the A’s top 20 draft picks of 2012 along with their vital stats through August 15 listed below. All the teams they’ve played for so far this season are noted, with the team they’ve appeared in the most games for listed first and the team they’re currently with in bold. So without any further ado, we now present the A’s top 20 draft picks, the most promising seeds of our 2012 farm crop, in all their splendor…

 

 

#1

Addison Russell

(1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont)

7 HR / 18 BB / 33 K / .388 AVG / .456 OBP / .658 SLG / 1.114 OPS

 

 

#2

Daniel Robertson

(1st Round – Age 18 – Third Baseman – AZL A’s+Vermont)

4 HR / 17 BB / 21 K / .292 AVG / .390 OBP / .525 SLG / .915 OPS

 

 

#3

Matt Olson

(1st Round – Age 18 – First Baseman – AZL A’s)

6 HR / 13 BB / 39 K / .283 AVG / .344 OBP / .536 SLG / .880 OPS

 

 

#4

Bruce Maxwell

(2nd Round – Age 21 – Catcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

0 HR / 24 BB / 27 K / .311 AVG / .396 OBP / .401 SLG / .797 OPS

 

 

#5

Nolan Sanburn

(2nd Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont)

8 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / 2.25 ERA / 0.88 WHIP

 

#6

Kyle Twomey

(3rd Round – Age 18 – Pitcher)

UNSIGNED

 

#7

B.J. Boyd

(4th Round – Age 19 – Outfielder – AZL A’s)

1 HR / 19 BB / 31 K / .298 AVG / .393 OBP / .430 SLG / .823 OPS

 

 

#8

Max Muncy

(5th Round – Age 21 – First Baseman – Burlington)

4 HR / 23 BB / 25 K / .251 AVG / .344 OBP / .407 SLG / .751 OPS

 

 

#9

Seth Streich

(6th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

23 2/3 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 11 BB / 32 K / 3.42 ERA / 1.14 WHIP

 

 

#10

Cody Kurz

(7th Round – Age 19 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

16 IP / 14 H / 5 ER / 21 BB / 7 K / 2.81 ERA / 2.19 WHIP

 

 

#11

Kris Hall

(8th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

27 IP / 15 H / 3 ER / 13 BB / 26 K / 1.00 ERA / 1.04 WHIP

 

 

#12

Dakota Bacus

(9th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

23 2/3 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 4 BB / 24 K / 1.52 ERA / 0.68 WHIP

 

 

#13

Brett Vertigan

(10th Round – Age 21 – Outfielder – Vermont)

0 HR / 20 BB / 21 K / .243 AVG / .326 OBP / .320 SLG / .646 OPS

 

#14

Alex Gonzalez

(11th Round – Age 18 – Shortstop)

UNSIGNED

 

#15

John Caputo

(12th Round – Age 18 – Third Baseman)

UNSIGNED

 

#16

Stuart Pudenz

(13th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

22 2/3 IP / 15 H / 8 ER / 6 BB / 26 K / 3.18 ERA / 0.93 WHIP

 

 

#17

Austin House

(14th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont)

22 2/3 IP / 12 H / 3 ER / 8 BB / 29 K / 1.19 ERA / 0.88 WHIP

 

 

#18

Vince Voiro

(15th Round – Age 22 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

31 1/3 IP / 30 H / 13 ER / 8 BB / 34 K / 3.73 ERA / 1.21 WHIP

 

 

#19

Melvin Mercedes

(16th Round – Age 20 – Second Baseman – AZL A’s)

0 HR / 7 BB / 6 K / .371 AVG / .443 OBP / .484 SLG / .927 OPS

 

#20

Tyler Olson

(17th Round – Age 22 – Pitcher)

UNSIGNED

 

TOP HITTERS

Addison Russell  (1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont)

7 HR / 18 BB / 33 K / .388 AVG / .456 OBP / .658 SLG / 1.114 OPS

Daniel Robertson  (1st Round – Age 18 – Third Baseman – AZL A’s+Vermont)

4 HR / 17 BB / 21 K / .292 AVG / .390 OBP / .525 SLG / .915 OPS

Matt Olson  (1st Round – Age 18 – First Baseman – AZL A’s)

6 HR / 13 BB / 39 K / .283 AVG / .344 OBP / .536 SLG / .880 OPS

B.J. Boyd  (4th Round – Age 19 – Outfielder – AZL A’s)

1 HR / 19 BB / 31 K / .298 AVG / .393 OBP / .430 SLG / .823 OPS

 

TOP PITCHERS

Kris Hall  (8th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

27 IP / 15 H / 3 ER / 13 BB / 26 K / 1.00 ERA / 1.04 WHIP

Austin House  (14th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont)

22 2/3 IP / 12 H / 3 ER / 8 BB / 29 K / 1.19 ERA / 0.88 WHIP

Dakota Bacus  (9th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

23 2/3 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 4 BB / 24 K / 1.52 ERA / 0.68 WHIP

Nolan Sanburn  (2nd Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont)

8 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / 2.25 ERA / 0.88 WHIP

 

 

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