With five picks among the top 90 selections, the Athletics had an opportunity to seriously supplement their farm system and continued to do so with the signing of two of those picks this week.
The A’s signed the 74th overall selection, outfielder Grant Desme, as well as the No. 90 pick, shortstop Josh Horton.Desme was one of the few college outfielders with upside deserving of a top-two-rounds draft pick in this year’s class. The first-team All-American from Cal Poly led the Big West in batting, slugging, on-base percentage and home runs despite missing the final two weeks of the season with a wrist injury.
A’s scouting director Eric Kubota said that Desme reported to short-season Vancouver and was recovering.
“We expect it to be a week to three more weeks before he can get back to playing, depending on the healing process,” Kubota said. “We were certainly happy he was there when we got him, and at the same time I don’t think the injury was serious enough to scare teams off. It was never an issue for us.”
Horton was one of the key reasons North Carolina made back-to-back trips to Omaha. A gritty player with all-out hustle to go along with solid-average tools, if an unconventional approach, Horton signed for $380,250–exactly 10 percent less than the same pick in 2006, high school catcher Torre Langley of the Marlins.
Horton has also reported to Vancouver.
Kubota said the signing of fifth-rounder Andrew Carignan, North Carolina’s righthanded closer, was imminent, which would make each of Oakland’s first 10 selections signed.