Athletics Draft Report Card
BEST PURE HITTER:
|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.
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.
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.