Oakland Athletics

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 18 Sonny Gray RHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $1,540,000
Gray was BA's No. 52 draft prospect as a high school senior in 2008, but a broken ankle, 5-foot-11 frame and Vanderbilt commitment pushed him down the draft until the Cubs took him in the 27th round. He figures to go 26 rounds higher after three seasons with the Commodores. He has added plenty of polish, throwing higher-quality strikes with similar stuff as he showed as a high schooler. His fastball often gets better during games, sitting from 90-95 mph, touching 97 when he needs it. His size keeps him from getting tremendous plane on his fastball, but he has the velocity to pitch up in the zone. High fastballs help set up his best pitch, a power curveball at 82-84 with downer action. His changeup has come along but remains a distant third pitch. Scouts laud his preparation and competitiveness, so while he's tempting as a closer for his two-pitch mix, many scouts expect him to remain a starter. He could stand to repeat his delivery more regularly, and scouts haven't seen much of his change as they'd like. Those are the only chinks in Gray's otherwise impressive armor.
3 105 B.A. Vollmuth 3B Southern Mississippi Miss. $304,200
Vollmuth hit all of three home runs as a high school senior, so Southern Mississippi coaches were surprised when he stepped in as a freshman for injured team leader Brian Dozier and hit eight home runs in just 97 at-bats. He helped lead the Golden Eagles to their first College World Series bid, then bashed 20 homers as a sophomore. Vollmuth has battled the new bats and a hip injury in 2011, and moved off shortstop to the less-demanding third base. At 6-foot-4 and a listed 200 pounds, he may wind up outgrowing third and moving to a corner outfield spot--or first base if his below-average speed further deteriorates. With an accurate, above-average arm, that would waste of one of his better tools. Vollmuth still has looseness in his swing, and he has tremendous leverage. He's always going to swing and miss, but instincts and savvy have helped him improve his hitting ability over his college career. He has toned down an exaggerated leg kick, and while he remains streaky, he has gained consistency.
4 136 Bobby Crocker OF Cal Poly Calif. $198,000
Crocker is much more physical than the other top outfielder from Northern California, Fresno State's Dusty Robinson, and they're very different players. Scouts can project more with Crocker more than they can with Robinson, who is what he is. Crocker is an above-average runner with some juice in his bat, though he doesn't turn on balls as well as he should. He has an inside-out approach right now, but could definitely start showing his power more as he gets into pro ball and loosens up his swing. Crocker is an impressive athlete with a chiseled, 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame. He's a hard worker with an unusual amount of upside remaining for a college junior.
5 166 Beau Taylor C Central Florida Fla. $147,600
Beau Taylor has passed Ronnie Richardson as the Golden Knights' top prospect, a lefthanded-hitting catcher who has offensive ability. Taylor's hand-eye coordination has helped him produce for three seasons as a regular, and he has solid hitting tools to go with a good profile. Taylor didn't start catching regularly until he got to UCF and remains rough as a receiver. He has a solid-average arm more notable for its accuracy than its explosiveness.
6 196 Dayton Alexander OF Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
Outfielder Dayton Alexander is the cousin of Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino and shows similar speed and excellent defense in center field. He's a righthanded hitter who has gap power but gets a little too pull-happy at the plate. If he learns to use all fields, his speed could make him a serious threat. Alexander is committed to Washington.
7 226 Blake Treinen RHP South Dakota State S.D. $52,500
Treinen's story is the most improbable among Baseball America's Top 200 Draft Prospects. He didn't play in an official game in the first three years of his college career, which began in 2007 with a stint on the junior varsity team at Baker (Kan.), an NAIA program. He attended Arkansas but didn't play baseball the next year, then had to sit out 2009 after transferring to South Dakota State. Treinen shocked scouts with his raw arm strength last spring, touching 94 mph, and has been even better in 2011. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has sat at 92-94 mph with his fastball, maintaining that velocity late into starts, and topped out at 97. His slider also has improved, showing the potential to become a plus pitch, and he has refined his control and command as well. His changeup is usable but will require more work in pro ball. Treinen planned on signing with the Marlins as a 23rd-round pick last year, but Florida backed away after a physical led to questions about his shoulder. Treinen has never had arm problems and has much less mileage on his arm than a typical 22-year-old pitcher. He has a chance to become the highest-drafted player ever from the Dakotas, a distinction currently held by fellow South Dakota State righthander Wade Adamson, a Twins fourth-round pick in 1978.
8 256 Colin O'Connell RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif. $150,000
Cal State Fullerton's stable of quality arms goes well beyond Top 200 prospects Noe Ramirez, Tyler Pill and Nick Ramirez. Righthander Colin O'Connell pitched sparingly as a freshman and primarily in relief as a sophomore, but his stuff improved as he grew into a 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame. His junior year has been up and down, and he found himself working as a weekend starter, a midweek starter and even in relief for four outings. He came on strong down the stretch and carried a 7-3, 2.42 mark into regionals. Scouts don't care for O'Connell's rigid, one-piece arm action from a high slot or his violent finish, but his funky, upright delivery does give him deception. He usually works at 90-91 mph but has flashed 93-94 mph heat on his best days. His sweeping slider is an average offering, and his changeup is fringy. His arm strength, size and ability to pound the strike zone should get him drafted inside the top 10 rounds, maybe as high as the fifth or sixth.
9 286 Jace Fry LHP Southridge HS, Beaverton, Ore. Ore.
Fry is a slender 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds and pitched in the 87-90 mph range this spring. He has a good feel for pitching, but his secondary stuff needs work.
10 316 Dusty Robinson OF Fresno State Calif. $95,000
Robinson went undrafted out of high school, but he has performed well for Fresno State for three years. He has a compact, muscular frame at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, and he's a grinder who always gives 100 percent. But he also has tools, as an above-average runner with above-average power potential and a strong arm. He has a similar frame and skill set to Brent Morel of the White Sox, who was a third-round pick out of Cal Poly in 2008, but Robinson is a better runner who could play center field. Robinson's power does come with strikeouts, so he doesn't project to hit for a high average. Robinson doesn't offer much in the way of projection, but he has an interesting package of tools, drive and a history of performing well for a good team.
11 346 Chris Lamb LHP Davidson N.C.
Davidson hasn't had a player drafted in the first 10 rounds since the Yankees took shortstop Robert Eenhorn in the second round in 1990, but Lamb will likely change that this season. A 6-foot-1, 185-pound southpaw, Lamb hasn't had much support from the Wildcats offense, so he was 1-7 in spite of a 3.75 ERA. He works with an 88-92 mph fastball and a splitter that is an average to plus pitch. There is some funk and deception to the delivery, with a herky-jerky motion and high arm slot, and scouts don't see any long-term problems with it. His curveball is just OK, but scouts see him as a lefty specialist so he likely won't need it in his arsenal long-term.
12 376 Xavier Macklin OF North Carolina A&T N.C.
Xavier Macklin is a raw outfielder who was tied for second in the nation with 22 home runs and profiles in right field.
13 406 Jacob Tanis 3B Mercer Ga.
Mercer's top draft pick will be third baseman Jacob Tanis, who is slow afoot but otherwise has solid-average tools. Tanis has a feel for hitting and produces good bat speed and power from the right side. He was much more patient in 2011 (35 walks after 15 last season) and maintained his power production despite the bat change, belting 15 home runs. He may lack the quick feet for third base and profiles better behind the plate at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. He wasn't picked as a draft-eligible sophomore a year ago.
14 436 Nick Rickles C Stetson Fla.
Rickles was summer-ball teammates in 2009 with Bethune-Cookman's Peter O'Brien, and while O'Brien is the better pro prospect, many college coaches prefer Rickles, who has a durable 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame. He struggled as a sophomore before straightening out his swing in the Valley League last summer, hitting .284 with eight homers. He carried that over as a junior and has had his best power season, adding loft to his swing. Using a contact-oriented approach, he had more home runs (11) than strikeouts (seven). He has excellent balance at the plate and a professional approach to go with excellent bat control. Rickles is a decent athlete and runs around 7.0 seconds over 60 yards. Some scouts have reservations about Rickles' catch-and-throw skills. He has a hitch in his throwing motion as he transfers from glove to hand, negating to a degree his solid-average arm strength. Nevertheless, he threw out 35 percent of baserunners in 2011, after throwing out 29 percent as a sophomore and 26 percent as a freshman. He's a good receiver at the college level but no better than average. He has been one of the nation's best-performing college catchers and should sneak into the fifth to eighth round.
15 466 T.J. Walz RHP Kansas Kan.
Though righthander T.J. Walz set Kansas career records for wins (26), starts (50), innings (328) and strikeouts (307), scouts project him as a reliever because he's a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder who sits at 89-91 mph as a starter. He touches 93 mph and shows some plus sliders, and scouts like the way he throws strikes and competes. He'll be a good senior sign after telling teams last year that he wanted to return to school in 2011 to complete his degree. The Athletics took a shot at him in the 50th round anyway.
16 496 Tanner Peters RHP Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
UNLV righthander Tanner Peters isn't physically imposing at 6 feet and 150 pounds, but he gets it done on the mound. Peters posted the eighth-best ERA in the country this year (1.50) heading into regional play, and finished behind only Trevor Bauer with eight complete games. Peters throws his fastball in the 88-91 mph range and tops out at 93. His changeup is his best secondary offering--and it's devastating when it's on--and he throws a curveball and a cutter. He's undersized and doesn't have knockout stuff, so scouts may wait to draft him next year as a senior.
17 526 Sean Jamieson SS Canisius N.Y.
18 556 Brent Powers LHP Sam Houston State Texas
19 586 Eric Potter LHP Maryland Md.
Eric Potter started the season strong, hit some bumps in the middle and turned it back on late in the season, showing a fastball in the low 90s with decent secondary stuff. Teams could be attracted to him in the middle rounds as a 6-foot-4, 210-pound lefty with arm strength.
20 616 Kurt Wunderlich RHP Michigan State Mich.
Kurt Wunderlich was named Big Ten pitcher of the year after going 10-2, 3.19. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is a finesse righthander who throws three pitches for strikes: an 87-89 mph sinker that peaks at 91, a good changeup and a little slider. He showed more velocity when the Spartans used him as a reliever two years ago, and that could be his role in pro ball.
21 646 Brandon Magee OF Arizona State Ariz.
The Sun Devil scouts were most intrigued by coming into the season--outfielder Brandon Magee--has spent most of the year on the bench. Most of scouts' looks have come during batting practice, where he routinely launches balls out of the park from the left side of the plate. Arizona State coaches and scouts agree that Magee has some of the best raw power in the country. He's an above-average runner under way, and despite his muscle-bound frame his swing is not tight or restricted. He has a compact, chiseled physique at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds. He's also a linebacker and was second on the Sun Devils football team with 73 tackles last fall. He has a better pro future on the baseball diamond and indications are that he wants to play. With 29 total collegiate at-bats, Magee is raw and will require patience and instruction at the next level, but he should go off the board between the eighth and 12th round.
22 676 Rhett Stafford OF Marshall W.Va.
23 706 Cecil Tanner RHP Georgia Ga.
24 736 Max Kuhn SS Zionsville (Ind.) Community HS Ind.
25 766 Chad Oberacker OF Tennessee Tech Tenn.
26 796 Sam Roberts RHP Virginia Military Institute Va.
27 826 Derek Self RHP Louisville Ky.
28 856 Thomas Girdwood RHP Elon N.C.
Girdwood generated strong interest as a junior when he was closing for the Phoenix and set the school's career saves record, but he stumbled down the stretch and slid to the Twins in the 15th round. He chose not to sign and lost the closer's job this season, moving into a starting role. Girdwood can sit in the low 90s and has touched 95 mph, with a sharp slider, but command is his bugaboo. He went 4-5, 3.39 this year with 45 strikeouts and 33 walks in 64 innings.

Girdwood signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 10, but the contract was later voided.
29 886 Nate Eppley RHP Rider N.J.
30 916 Nathan Kilcrease RHP Alabama Ala.
After Adam Morgan, Alabama may not have another player picked in the first 10 rounds. The Crimson Tide scrapped its way to a regional berth nonetheless behind 5-foot-6 righthander Nathan Kilcrease, who spins a good breaking ball.
31 946 Sasha Kuebel LHP St. Louis University HS Mo.
32 976 Drew Granier RHP Louisiana-Monroe La.
Louisiana-Monroe righthander Drew Granier has more power in a similar physical package. At 6 feet, 179 pounds, he has a loose, whippy arm and has long had movement on his stuff. He gets swings and misses on his fastball and had 86 strikeouts in 86 innings as he pushed his fastball up to 94 mph. Granier's movement sometimes gets him in trouble, as his command lags behind--he walked 39 and hit 10 more batters, helping lead to a 4-5, 4.60 mark.
33 1006 Austin Booker 2B California Calif.
34 1036 Alfredo Unzue LHP Calabasas, Calif. (No school) Calif.
35 1066 Max Perlman RHP Harvard Mass.
36 1096 Brenden Farney SS Vacaville (Calif.) HS Calif.
37 1126 Eric Wood 3B Oshawa, Ontario (No school) Ontario
38 1156 Alex Blandino SS St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. Calif.
St. Francis High is loaded with talent, with two players in the Top 200 in Tyler Goeddel and Richard Prigatano. Yet shortstop Alex Blandino may be the best pure hitter of the bunch. He has a fundamentally sound, compact swing that produces a lot of line drives. He's not the same kind of prospect as his teammates, though, because he is undersized at 6 feet and 180 pounds, is a below-average runner and hits from the right side of the plate. He may wind up at second base, but has the actions to stay at shortstop and definitely the arm strength, as he's been clocked up to 89 mph off the mound. He's considered a tough sign away from his Stanford commitment, and three years of maturity and development could boost his draft stock.
39 1186 Shane Boras 2B Southern California Calif.
40 1216 Nic Coffman 3B Wilson HS, Portland, Ore. Ore.
41 1246 Brett Bittiger SS Pius X HS, Bangor, Pa. Pa.
42 1276 Brett Geren C San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, Calif. Calif.
43 1306 Adam Frank LHP Field HS, Gilbert, Ariz. Ariz.
44 1336 Chris Bostick SS Aquinas Institute, Rochester, N.Y. N.Y. $125,000
Chris Bostick could step into the St. John's middle infield next year, filling in for Joe Panik and Chris Wessinger. Bostick is a plus runner with good actions at short and a fringe-average arm. He shows potential to be a well-rounded hitter.
45 1366 C.J. Jacobe OF Vacaville (Calif.) HS Calif.
46 1396 Nate Esposito C Granite Bay (Calif.) HS Calif.
47 1426 Jeriel Waller OF Grossmont (Calif.) JC Calif.
48 1456 Travis Feeney OF Pinole Valley HS, Pinole, Calif. Calif.
49 1486 Charles Sheffield OF Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla.
50 1516 Travis Pitcher RHP Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.