Oakland Athletics

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 11 Addison Russell SS Pace (Fla.) HS Fla. $2,625,000
Russell earned Juan Uribe comparisons last summer for his thick body, arm strength and power potential, as well as his profile as a player who will stick on the left side of the infield. Those comparisons no longer work physically, though, as he has lost at least 20 pounds and shaped up his physique considerably. Some scouts still think he will have to move to third, but most consider him a shortstop with soft hands, improved footwork and an above-average arm. Russell has bat speed and raw power, hindered by inconsistent swing mechanics. He's a tinkerer with his set-up and stance, and his swing can get long and loopy, leading to seven homers this spring but also a fairly modest .368 average. At other times, though, Russell will get locked in, wait on good breaking balls and make consistent, hard contact. Teams that have seen him on the right day as a shortstop with juice may buy the Boras Corp. client out of his Auburn scholarship.
1s 34 Daniel Robertson 3B Upland (Calif.) HS Calif. $1,500,000
Scouts have a variance of opinion on Robertson, but the strong consensus is that someone will probably like him enough to take him in the supplemental first round, and no later than the second. His best tool is his quick righthanded bat, which produces loads of hard doubles and has a chance to be a plus tool. Even his detractors project it to be average. He flashes pop to the pull side, and assessments of his power potential range from 45 to 60 on the 20-80 scale, depending on which scout you ask. Robertson plays shortstop in high school but projects as a third baseman in pro ball. Some scouts think his hands, instincts and arm all project as above-average and believe he can be a standout defender at the hot corner. His weakest tool is his speed, which is below-average at best. A UCLA commit, Robertson is a gamer with plenty of baseball savvy and more polish than most high school prospects.
1s 47 Matt Olson 1B Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga. $1,079,700
Olson pitches (righthanded) and hits for Parkview, also known as Jeff Francoeur's alma mater, and has one of the draft's sweeter lefthanded swings. Olson has had a big spring, homering off the nation's top prep lefthander, Max Fried, during the National High School Invitational, and has pitched well also, going 11-0, 1.24. Olson's arm strength would come in handy in the outfield if he could run, and some team might try him in left field, but he's generally considered a plodder and well-below-average runner. His value is in his bat, and scouts think he'll be an above-average hitter for average and power. He shows natural hitting rhythm and a graceful, low-maintenance swing, and his knack for finding the barrel of the bat and good strength help him drive the ball to all fields. Olson is committed to Vanderbilt as a two-way player and could contribute on the mound, but scouts in Georgia aren't convinced he'll be a tough sign and believe he wants to play pro ball. Florida prep first baseman Dan Vogelbach was a second-rounder last year, and while most scouts liked Vogelbach's power potential better, Olson should still go in about the same draft range if teams believe he's signable.
2 62 Bruce Maxwell C/1B Birmingham-Southern Ala. $700,000
Maxwell hit his way into one of Division III's top prospects. The lefthanded hitter has strength in his 6-foot-2, 230-pound body and surprising feel for hitting. He lacks athleticism but has arm strength. He's caught enough in college to merit a look behind the plate, but scouts doubt his agility back there. He may wind up as a slugging first baseman.
2 74 Nolan Sanburn RHP Arkansas Ark. $710,000
Arkansas had one of the nation's deepest pitching staffs this spring, allowing the Razorbacks to use a premium arm like Sanburn in a relief role. He was just seventh on the team in innings pitched in May, but scouts had seen enough of him to put him toward the top of a large group of college relief pitchers. He cemented his place with a dominant outing against Missouri, striking out seven in four shutout innings and sitting in the 94-99 mph range. Sanburn hits 97 consistently with his fastball and has a power curveball in the low 80s, though he doesn't locate it well. He has dabbled with a slider and cutter to give him a breaking ball he can control better. He needs innings, having thrown just 62 in college so far after pitching and hitting in high school, where he was primarily an outfielder.
3 106 Kyle Twomey LHP El Dorado HS, Placentia, Calif. Calif.
Twomey has boosted his stock with a dominant spring, highlighted by a 14-strikeout no-hitter in the National Classic in April--his third straight shutout. Skinny and loose with a smooth, high three-quarters arm action, Twomey projects to add velocity to his 87-91 mph fastball as he fills out. The pitch already plays up because of its deception and life, prompting comparisons to Cliff Lee's or C.J. Wilson's fastballs. His secondary stuff is below-average at this stage, however. His best offspeed pitch is a changeup that he turns over to create fading action, and he is learning to throw it with better arm speed. He needs to throw his big, sweeping curveball with more conviction. He also started tinkering with a cutter/slider for the first time during his no-hitter, keeping hitters off balance by running his two-seamer away from rigthies and running his cutter in on their hands. Scouts rave about Twomey's makeup and aptitude, making it easy to dream on him. The Southern California commit could be drafted as high as the sandwich round, though the second round is more likely.
4 139 B.J. Boyd OF Palo Alto (Calif.) HS Calif. $300,000
Boyd benefited from playing right across the street from Stanford, making it easy for crosscheckers to see Boyd and the Cardinal's many prospects in one trip. Boyd has a compact, muscular frame at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds. He starred on Palo Alto's football team as a running back, wide receiver and kick returner and his speed is above-average or maybe a little better. He has drawn Division I interest as a football player, but remained uncommitted and scouts believe he is more interested in baseball. His two-sport focus means he'll need instruction and reps at the next level, but he has tools and quick-twitch athleticism that can't be taught. He has put his above-average speed to use this year, stealing 25 bases in his team's 32 games. His speed helps him cover ground in center field, though he'll need to improve his routes, and his arm is below-average right now. He also has the elements to be an above-average hitter from the left side of the plate and projects to hit around 10 home runs annually as a pro.
5 169 Max Muncy 1B Baylor Texas $240,000
Muncy had one of the best bats among Texas high schoolers in 2009, when the Indians took a flier on him in the 49th round, and three years later he has one of the best among college players in this draft. With a short lefthanded stroke and a disciplined approach, he barrels balls consistently. He has proven he can hit with wood, too, turning in a pair of solid summers in the Cape Cod League. Muncy has a strong build at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds and shows pop to his pull side, though scouts hesitate to project him as having more than average home run power. That could be a problem if he's limited to first base, where he has started all but one game in his three years at Baylor. Muncy has decent speed and athleticism, enough to consider trying him at another position. The Bears gave him a look at second base during fall ball, and he gave catching a shot in high school.
6 199 Seth Streich RHP Ohio Ohio $183,500
Streich has rarely been completely healthy this spring, pitching through hamstring and oblique injuries that cost him two starts. Neverthless, he has shown some of the best velocity in the Great Lakes. Streich can run his fastball up to 95 mph and sit at 92-93 mph throughout a game when he's at his best. He also can overpower hitters with an 85-86 mph slider. He has a strong pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. Streich lacks consistency with his pitches, in particular his control and command, and has gone just 9-16, 4.93 in three seasons at Ohio. He also has played first base and DH for the Bobcats, and scouts believe he'll improve once he concentrates on pitching. The Twins selected his brother Tobias as a catcher in the fifth round in 2009, and Streich should go in the same area of this year's draft.
7 229 Cody Kurz RHP Oxnard (Calif.) JC Calif. $147,000
Kurz garnered scholarship offers from Louisiana State and Washington as a football linebacker out of high school, and he is in his fist year bearing down on pitching. His 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame and arm strength are his best assets, and he has run his fastball up to 93-94 mph this spring, though he was working in the 88-91 range down the stretch. He flashes an average breaking ball and tends to get around it in games, making it more of a slurve. He has a long way to go to improve his consistency with the pitch and with his nascent changeup. As a fresh power arm with a physical frame, Kurz could get drafted near the back of the top 10 rounds, but his upside is limited to the bullpen, and he figures to be a long-term project.
8 259 Kris Hall RHP Lee (Tenn.) Tenn. $137,200
Hall began his career at Division I Cleveland State, going 1-2, 11.36 as a freshman before transferring to NAIA Lee when Cleveland State announced it was shuttering its program. He helped the Flames reach the NAIA World Series last year as a reliever and did it this year as the staff ace, going 11-0, 1.52 with 115 strikeouts and 43 walks in 95 innings. Hall started putting it together last year, with his fastball jumping from the 86-88 mph range up to the low to mid-90s. His slider gives him a swing-and-miss pitch that at times is a true plus pitch at 86-87 mph, and he throws an effective hard curve as well. At other times his slider is flat and sweepy. Physical at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he maintained his stuff even as a starter this year, especially early in the season, though he endured a dead-arm period late in the spring. Hall's delivery remains unrefined, as do his changeup and control, and many scouts see him as a reliever, pushing him down to the fourth or fifth round.
9 289 Dakota Bacus RHP Indiana State Ind. $128,200
Bacus has gone from not making the team at Moline (Ill.) High in his first two prep seasons to becoming the ace of an Indiana State that won its first-ever outright Missouri Valley Conference regular season title this spring. After spending two seasons at Southeastern (Iowa) CC, he opened 2012 by working at 86-88 mph with his fastball. As the weather heated up, so did Bacus, who pitched at 90-92 mph down the stretch. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder also has transformed the rolling curveball he had at Southeastern into a sharp slider that grades as a plus pitch at times. His changeup is a solid third pitch. Bacus throws strikes but doesn't get a ton of swings and misses, so he profiles as a No. 4 starter. His stuff could play up in a relief role, and his slider could give him the ceiling of a set-up man.
10 319 Brett Vertigan OF UC Santa Barbara Calif. $125,000
The catalyst for UC Santa Barbara's lineup, Vertigan hit .381/.454/.530 with 17 steals this spring. Undersized at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, he endears himself to scouts with his high energy level and toughness, and his speed rates as a 60 or 65 on the 20-80 scale. His instincts play on the basepaths and in center field. His arm is fringe-average. The lefthanded-hitting Vertigan has an advanced approach, and he knows his game: putting the bat on the ball, bunting, working the middle of the field and poking the ball through the left side. His power will never be a factor, but he is strong enough to shoot balls into the gaps, explaining his nine triples and 14 doubles. Vertigan profiles as a scrapper in the Brett Butler mold.
11 349 Matt Gonzalez SS/C Harrison HS, Kennesaw, Ga. Ga.
If Gonzalez makes it to Georgia Tech, he'll likely get a shot at bolstering the Yellow Jackets' infield, and the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is capable at all three spots at the college level. He had a slow start this spring after ankle surgery in the fall, but he never lost his sound, fundamental swing. He generated late draft interest when he worked out for teams as a catcher.
12 379 John Caputo 3B Toronto (no school) Ontario
13 409 Stuart Pudenz RHP Dallas Baptist Texas
Scouts may consider Jake Johansen the best prospect in the Dallas Baptist bullpen, but it's Pudenz who has had a much more effective year and serves as the Patriots' closer. He posted a 1.23 ERA and eight saves during the regular season, striking out 47 in 37 innings and limiting opponents to a .169 average. The 6-foot-5, 221-pounder works mainly with a 90-94 mph fastball and a splitter, occasionally mixing in a slider. He battled his command in his first two seasons at Dallas Baptist before making significant strides this spring, though scouts still aren't in love with his delivery.
14 439 Austin House RHP New Mexico N.M.
House was a 25th-round pick by the Red Sox out of high school, and he has been a bit of an enigma for scouts in college. He has a great build at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, but had an up-and-down year for the Lobos. Sometimes scouts saw him touching 93 mph, while others he was in the mid-80s. House also has a tendency to change arm slots during games. He has a good changeup and slider and sometimes pitched backward this year. He could profile as a back-of-the-rotation starter with improved command, but a team may move him to the bullpen and see if his velocity plays up in that role. A team that believes in his size and stuff could take House as high as the seventh round.
15 469 Vince Voiro RHP Pennsylvania Pa.
16 499 Melvin Mercedes SS JC of Central Florida Fla.
17 529 Tyler Olson LHP Gonzaga Wash.
18 559 Derek De Young RHP Oakton (Ill.) CC Ill.
19 589 Robert Martinez OF Quinones Medina HS, Yabucoa, P.R. P.R.
20 619 Boog Powell OF Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
21 649 Tyler Hollstegge RHP UNC Greensboro N.C.
22 679 Matt Hillsinger OF Radford Va.
23 709 Tucker Healy RHP Ithaca (N.Y.) N.Y.
24 739 Kayvon Bahramzadeh RHP Kansas State Kan.
25 769 Derek Hansen RHP/3B Augustana (S.D.) S.D.
26 799 Lee Sosa RHP Binghamton N.Y.
27 829 Ryan Mathews OF North Carolina State N.C.
Mathews needed four years and four schools--Florida, Western Carolina, Santa Fe (Fla.) JC, and N.C. State--to finally break through and put some results together with his tools. A first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference choice, he ranked third in the league in home runs with 14 (after hitting 15 last summer in the Coastal Plain League) and second in slugging at .628. He generates good bat speed with a whippy, wristy swing. He's also an above-average runner. His below-average instincts mitigate his tools and athletic ability, especially on defense. He was frequently used as a DH by the Wolfpack due to defensive mistakes. He is among the older prospects in this year's class as a 22-year-old fifth-year senior.
28 859 Phil Pohl C Clemson S.C.
29 889 Taylor Massey LHP Dallas Baptist Texas
30 919 Chris Wolfe SS Grambling State La.
31 949 Ryan Gorton C Oregon State Ore.
32 979 Ryan Dull RHP UNC Asheville N.C.
33 1009 Tyler Johnson RHP Stony Brook N.Y.
34 1039 Devon Gradford SS Downey (Calif.) HS Calif.
35 1069 Brett Sunde C Bishop Foley HS, Madison Heights, Mich. Mich.
36 1099 Conor Williams RHP/OF Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah Utah
Williams should get drafted ahead of high school teammate Brady Lail because of his athleticism, two-way potential and arm strength. Utah is hoping Williams will get to campus and patrol its outfield next year, and he shows power potential with the bat, but pro scouts like him better on the mound. Utah would likely groom him to be a closer as well. He started pitching in the past year and shows intriguing arm strength, running his fastball up to 95 mph in short bursts. He flashes a tight breaking ball and will need to get more consistency and control. His arm strength is intriguing, as is his projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame.
37 1129 John Wooten 1B/OF East Carolina N.C.
38 1159 Calvin Drummond RHP San Diego Calif.
Drummond started his college career at Arizona State before transferring to Orange Coast CC for his freshman season in 2009. He was not eligible in 2010 after transferring to San Diego, but he has been a staple in the Toreros' weekend rotation the last two springs. He has shown better stuff early in the season before appearing to wear down in the second half of both seasons. Drummond ran his fastball up to 94 mph but settled in around 88-91 for much of the spring, bumping 92. He flashes a plus slider in the 81-83 mph range with hard tilt and depth, but it still has a tendency to flatten out up in the zone regularly. Drummond also mixes in a fringe-average downer curveball at 75-78 mph and a fringy changeup.
39 1189 Dalton Blaser OF Roseville (Calif.) HS Calif.
40 1219 David Olmedo-Barrera SS St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. Calif.