Athletics Draft Report Card




QUICK TAKE
Green and Stassi could provide Oakland with a pair of up-the-middle cornerstones from the same draft class. If Krol or another pitcher or two reaches Oakland, that would round out the class, but overall the A's emphasized hitting in a pitching-heavy draft.
POSITION PLAYERS

BEST PURE HITTER: SS Grant Green (1) hit .390 and .374 in his final two college seasons at Southern California, sandwiched around a .348 campaign in the Cape Cod League. He has a quick bat and a knack for the barrel. 1B/3B Steve Parker (5) also has a sound swing, from the left side. >> BEST POWER HITTER: Cs Max Stassi (4) and Josh Leyland (16) both have plus raw power, with the edge going to Leyland. He's short to the ball and long afterward. >> FASTEST RUNNER: Green is an above-average runner, as is 2B/OF Conner Crumbliss (28). >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Stassi had a prep reputation for having a polished bat, but the A's always have held his glove in high regard. He's an adept, polished receiver with good footwork and an accurate, strong arm.

PITCHERS

BEST FASTBALL: RHP Connor Hoehn (12) worked in relief with a 93-95 mph fastball, and his velocity was consistent. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH: LHP Ian Krol (7) has a solid fastball with some sink but shines because of his secondary stuff. On some days, his hard curveball is a plus pitch with two-plane break. At others times, his changeup grades as plus.

ODDS AND ENDS

BEST PRO DEBUT: Injuries forced the A's to push many of their picks aggressively. Several responded at a low Class A Kane County, including RHP Paul Smyth (35). A 22-year-old, 5-foot-11 senior draftee, Smyth was perfect as a pro and didn't allow a run in 361⁄3 innings spanning 25 outings. He saved 11 games between short-season Vancouver and Kane County and posted a 44-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Another senior draft, 3B Mike Spina, pounded seven homers for the Cougars in 184 at-bats while batting .255/.352/.424. Hoehn replaced Smyth as Vancouver's closer and saved seven while fanning 25 in 18 innings. >> BEST ATHLETE: Green stands out with his combination of speed, strength and body control. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:: Stassi's father Jim (who coached him in high school) and grandfather played pro ball, and his great-great uncle Myril Hoag played 13 seasons in the majors, including a stint in the Yankees outfield with Babe Ruth. 1B Blake Crosby (42) is the younger brother of A's infielder Bobby and son of former A's scout Ed. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Green should move quickly, as should LHP Justin Marks (3), a three-pitch southpaw who missed time with a groin injury after signing. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Crumbliss has an excellent utility profile as a versatile defender and lefthanded bat who can hit a bit (.293/.425/.405). >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: The A's hoped to add RHP Sam Dyson (10), the hardest thrower they drafted, but his past shoulder injury track record and bonus demands were too much to overcome.