Oakland Athletics

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 10 Michael Choice OF Texas-Arlington Texas $2,000,000
Choice is a lock to eclipse Hunter Pence (second round, 2004) as the highest-drafted player in Texas-Arlington history, and he could be the first college position player drafted this year. He has the best power among four-year college players in this draft class. He starred for Team USA's college squad last summer, leading all players with three homers at the World Baseball Challenge, and was chasing the Southland Conference triple crown this spring. Texas-Arlington's career leader in homers (34), Choice has a strong 6-foot, 215-pound frame. He lets balls travel deep before unleashing his lightning bat speed and crushing them to all fields, though he can get pull-conscious and lengthen his righthanded swing at times. He racks up strikeouts but also draws walks, leading NCAA Division I with 76 entering regional play. That total was inflated by 21 intentional and several semi-intentional walks, but he's willing to take a base when pitchers won't challenge him. Choice has 6.6-second speed in the 60-yard dash, so some scouts believe he may be able to stay in center field. Others think he lacks the jumps and instincts for center and fits better on a corner. He may have enough arm strength for right field, and he definitely has the power profile to fit in left. One of the youngest college juniors in the draft, he won't turn 21 until November.
2 60 Yordy Cabrera 3B Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla. $1,250,000
The Yordy Cabrera story has several themes that all scouts are familiar with. He moved to the U.S. at age 14 from the Dominican Republic and is already 19. In other words, he's a prep senior who's two years older than junior-college freshman Bryce Harper. Cabrera, whose father Basilio is a former player and the Tigers' Rookie-level Gulf Coast League manager, has spent plenty of time around pro clubhouses and wood bats, and has two plus-plus tools. He has excellent raw power and one of the draft's strongest arms for an infielder, and he has the hands, average speed and actions to at least begin his pro career as a shortstop. Most believe he'll have to move to third base eventually because he's already 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, but should be able to stay in the dirt. As a pitcher, he has launched his fastball into the low to mid-90s, and his arm profiles for third or right field if he has to move. His value will depend on his bat, which remains raw and inconsistent despite his bloodlines. Cabrera kills mistakes, especially hanging breaking balls, but at times has trouble gearing up to velocity. He was unlikely to last past the supplemental round, and if his bat doesn't develop he could move to the mound.
3 92 Aaron Shipman OF Brooks County HS, Quitman, Ga. Ga. $500,000
The "pop-up" player in Georgia this year shouldn't have been off the radar. Shipman comes from a baseball family, as his father Robert--a 10th-round pick in 1987 by the Tigers--is his high school coach and his brother Robert III is a freshman at Georgia. While his older brother is a slugging first baseman and baseclogger, Aaron Shipman is a fast-twitch athlete who compares favorably to anyone in Georgia's deep class of athletic center fielders. He just hasn't played in the East Cobb program as a south Georgia kid, but he was getting plenty of attention as the draft approached and could go in the second round. Shipman earns above-average grades from scouts in speed, throwing arm and future center field defense, though he could use some polish. His swing is perhaps just as exciting, as it's smooth and low-maintenance. Shipman also pitches and runs his fastball up to 91 mph, but he is a much better prospect in the field and doesn't figure to wind up at Mercer, his college commitment.
4 125 Chad Lewis 3B Marina HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif. $300,000
Lewis would never fool panelists in a "What's My Line?" contest. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, with California blond hair and a prototypical third baseman's build, Lewis is an obvious athlete, and is the premier hot corner prospect in Southern California in 2010. A fixture on the showcase scene, Lewis' best offseason performance came at a showcase in Jupiter, Fla., last October. On a humid and windy day, he blasted a long, wood-bat home run into an unforgiving crosswind. Pro third basemen must hit, and Lewis shows promise with the bat. He has a fluid swing and exciting bat speed, but still needs to correct some technical issues. Lewis struggles with breaking balls and offspeed pitches and needs to improve his pitch recognition. Defensively, Lewis shows playmaking ability and easy fielding actions. His arm is strong and accurate, though his range is a tad short. Like many young players, Lewis loses his concentration in the field and will make errors he shouldn't. Time and experience should solve that problem. Below-average speed is Lewis' only glaring weakness. He profiles as a textbook third baseman with an above-average glove and arm, and average power and hitting ability.
5 155 Tyler Vail RHP Notre Dame HS, Easton, Pa. Pa. $162,900
Six-foot-1 righthander Vail doesn't have a big frame and has a lot of effort in his delivery, but he has run his fastball up to 92 mph with boring action. His breaking ball and changeup are below-average to fringe-average, but both could develop into solid pitches over the next three years under the tutelage of Maryland pitching coach Sean Kenny.
6 185 Tony Thompson 3B Kansas Kan. $125,000
Thompson won the first triple crown in Big 12 Conference history a year ago, batting .389 with 21 homers and 82 RBIs. Hopes for an encore were dashed when he fouled a ball off his left kneecap in a February practice, sidelining him for the first 19 games of the season with a hairline fracture. He was overanxious when he returned, chasing too many pitches, but started to look more like himself toward the end of the season. Huge and strong at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, Thompson generates easy power to all fields. His swing can get long at times, but he doesn't strike out excessively like many sluggers do. Thompson's speed and mobility were below-average before he got hurt. While he has the arm strength to play third base, his range and agility are substandard. His regular-season fielding percentage was just .880, a further indication he's destined for first base as a pro. His bat should play well enough there for him to get drafted in the first five rounds.
7 215 Jordan Tripp OF Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
Conversely, the bat of outfielder Tripp, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton to Golden West JC who has impressive tools and a pro frame, has finally started to fulfill his promise at bat this year, hitting .364 with more walks than strikeout and good speed for a man his size (6-foot-4, 210 pounds). Still just 20, he may return to a D-I school if he does not sign.
8 245 Blake Hassebrock RHP UNC Greensboro N.C. $105,000
UNC Greensboro had righty Rob Gilliam drafted in the eighth round a year ago. While Gilliam threw a bit harder than 2010 ace Hassebrock, Hassebrock profiles better and should go in the same range, if not a couple of rounds higher. He can sit at 93-94 mph with his fastball and reaches higher in shorter stints. At 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, he has the body scouts look for, and he has shown the athletic ability to repeat his delivery--though he has not been able to actually do it. Scouts say his mechanics need significant work, and his 44 walks in 73 innings attest to that. He worked in several roles for the Spartans this season, and when he started, he generally maintained his stuff but was left in games too long thanks to a poor bullpen. He pitched better than his 0-7, 7.15 record suggests, but he's also raw for a college pitcher. He was expected to come off the board in the first six or seven rounds.
9 275 A.J. Kirby-Jones 1B Tennessee Tech Tenn. $75,000
Kirby-Jones has hit 46 homers the last two seasons and has some of the nation's gaudiest numbers in 2010. He understands the strike zone (58 walks) and has a short, powerful swing with plus raw power. He has thickened up over his college career, and his 6-foot, 230-pound frame holds him back defensively. He's a well-below-average runner who is limited to first base despite arm strength that allowed him to pitch 100 innings over the last three seasons.
10 305 Josh Bowman RHP Tampa Fla. $75,000
Bowman has two average pitches in his fastball and curve and should be a double-digit pick.
11 335 Wade Kirkland SS Florida Southern Fla.
Florida Southern's best position player prospect should be third baseman Kirkland, a grinder who can hit and has some power. He runs fairly well and should be able to stay at third.
12 365 Matt Thomson RHP San Diego Calif.
Thomson has enjoyed an excellent season coming out of the bullpen, striking out 56 in 41 innings. While his fastball is not blazing at 89 mph, he moves it around the zone and throws strikes.
13 395 A.J. Griffin RHP San Diego Calif.
San Diego's Sunday starter, senior Griffin is a mature righthander with a fastball that ranges from the high 80s to low 90s. He has a tendency to elevate the pitch and giving up home runs but has had an excellent career, going 14-6 the last two seasons after racking up 25 saves his first two years. He also has a good changeup and throws two breaking balls.
14 425 J.C. Menna RHP Brookdale (N.J.) JC N.J.
The top prospect in New Jersey is Brookdale CC righthander J.C. Menna, who ranked 16th on this list and went undrafted a year ago. He did improve his performance this spring, going 6-3, 1.53 with 64 strikeouts and 16 walks in 59 innings. A 39th-round pick by the Pirates out of New Jersey's Red Bank Catholic High in 2007, Menna headed to James Madison after graduating, then transferred to Seton Hall and finally landed at Brookdale last season. Menna ran his fastball up to 92 mph at times in 2009, but his velocity was inconsistent, and his breaking ball was mediocre. This spring, he threw more consistently in the 90-92 range with good life, and he improved his secondary stuff, flashing an average slider and a fringy changeup. He has a chance to be drafted toward the back of the top 10 rounds.
15 455 Scott Woodward 3B Coastal Carolina S.C.
Legally deaf, Woodward has excellent speed and patience at the plate but hasn't hit with the power he showed as a freshman. That limits his profile because he lacks the power for third base and the footwork for the middle infield. He's likely destined for the outfield.
16 485 Ryan Hughes LHP Nebraska Neb.
17 515 Drew Tyson RHP Reinhardt (Ga.) Ga.
18 545 Jose Macias RHP Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H.
The Ravens boast Upper New England's top prospect again this year in junior righthander Macias, who went 9-1, 0.96 with 110 strikeouts and 19 walks in 85 innings to lead Franklin Pierce back to the Division II World Series. Macias, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, played shortstop during his 2008 freshman year at Monroe (N.Y.) CC and his sophomore year at Franklin Pierce. He threw just one inning in 2009, but the Ravens decided to convert him to the mound full-time for his junior season, and he earned East Region pitcher of the year honors. Macias dominated largely with his fringe-average 75-81 mph slider, and scouts said they wanted to see him pitch more off his fastball, which ranges from 88-91 mph. He flashes an occasional changeup, but rarely before the fourth inning. Macias has some athleticism and arm strength, but he's not overly physical. He projects as a 10th- to 15th-round pick.
19 575 Logan Chitwood RHP Texas-Tyler Texas
20 605 Rashad Ramsey OF Chattooga HS, Summerville, Ga. Ga.
21 635 Michael Anarumo LHP LeMoyne N.Y.
22 665 Mike Strong LHP Oklahoma State Okla.
Lefthander Mike Strong was Oklahoma State's most effective starter after transferring from Iowa Western CC. He's 6 feet and 184 pounds, with a quick arm capable of delivering 90-92 mph fastballs and hard curveballs. The White Sox drafted him in the 25th round last year.
23 695 Zach Thornton RHP Oregon Ore.
Righthander Thornton is a 6-foot-4, 210 pound senior who wears size 17 shoes and has a funky, low three-quarters arm action. Early in the year his sinking fastball sat around 90-93 mph, though later he was more 86-88. He has the best changeup and command on the Oregon staff, but his breaking ball is nothing special.
24 725 Ryan Lipkin C San Francisco Calif.
Catcher Lipkin earned a surprise spot on Team USA after his sophomore season to put himself on the map. Lipkin throws well, has leadership qualities, competes well, has strength with the bat and is good behind the plate. He struggled as a junior, hitting just .266, then bounced back with a solid senior season in 2010.
25 755 Josh Whitaker 3B Kennesaw State Ga.
26 785 Jake Brown LHP Georgia Southern Ga.
27 815 Seth Frankoff RHP UNC Wilmington N.C.
A starter for most of his three seasons, Frankoff has touched 93 mph as a set-up man this year for the Seahawks. He has a career ERA over 5 due to spotty command but has shown potential with both his changeup and curveball.
28 845 Ryan Pineda 2B Cal State Northridge Calif.
The Big West's home run leader for much of the year was Cal State Fullerton's Christian Colon, but late in the year Cal State Northridge second baseman Pineda passed him. Pineda has offensive instincts, an aggressive swing and an aggressive approach at the plate. He stole 24 bases as a senior but is an average runner.
29 875 Zach Hurley OF Ohio State Ohio
30 905 Jeff Urlaub LHP Grand Canyon (Ariz.) Ariz.
31 935 Aaron Judge 1B Linden (Calif.) HS Calif.
Six-foot-7, 225-pound Judge is reminiscent of former Astros flamethrower J.R. Richard. One look at Judge and his delivery is enough to hook most scouts, with the feeling they're looking at a future big leaguer. He pounds the bottom of the strike zone with tremendous tilt. His delivery is smooth and hitters tend to swing at his 87-90 mph fastball like it's 93, while his overhand curveball has good spin and late break. With his large hands, Judge has yet to master a changeup grip. He added a split-finger fastball that should be relatively easy for him to pick up. Judge is also a physical righhanded hitter with power and good speed, going down the line in times as low as 4.20 seconds. More scouts like him on the mound. He has committed to Fresno State.
32 965 Todd McInnis RHP Southern Mississippi Miss.
McInnis was an eligible sophomore last year but wasn't drafted, due mostly to his size--he's listed at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds and may be smaller--and signability. McInnis' best attributes remain his command of a fringy fastball and his solid-average curve.
33 995 Sean Murphy RHP Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
34 1025 Aaron Larsen RHP Bethany (Kan.) Kan.
35 1055 Andrew Bailey RHP Concord (W.Va.) W.Va.
36 1085 Bobby Geren 3B San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, Calif. Calif.
37 1115 Daniel Petitti C North Georgia College and State Ga.
38 1145 Michael Fabiaschi 2B James Madison Va.
39 1175 John Nester C Clemson S.C.
40 1205 Andrew Smith RHP Roswell (Ga.) HS Ga.
Smith is a North Carolina recruit who has shown good arm strength at 90-92 mph, touching 93. He has flashed a strong curveball with depth at times, but didn't wow scouts despite his good raw stuff.
41 1235 Andrew Knapp C Granite Bay (Calif.) HS Calif.
Switch-hitting high school catchers who profile as high-average hitters and above-average defensive players--not to mention having baseball bloodlines--are not very common. Andrew Knapp, whose father Mike caught professionally for 11 years, fits that description. He has a pure stroke on both sides of the plate and his set-up and mannerisms resemble Chipper Jones. He shows more raw power on the right side. Knapp is 6 feet, 175 pounds with wiry strength, and he physically should resemble Jason Kendall. He hits the ball hard to all fields and does so with flashes of extra-base power. Defensively he flashes the tools of an above-average catching prospect but also has plenty of room for improvement. His arm grades out near average, but if you watch him enough you see a plus arm on his snap throws behind runners. Knapp's receiving skills are presently fair due to occasional trouble on the glove side, but he projects above average. His arm stroke and footwork too often do not work together on his throws to second base, but like his receiving he has the ability to develop better skills. Knapp has committed to California.
42 1265 Louie Lechich LHP St. Mary's HS, Stockton, Calif. Calif.
A multi-sport high school athlete who shows Division I football talent and aptitude on the diamond will get plenty of interest from scouts, and Louie Lechich is just that type of athlete. At 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, Lechich looks the part on the mound and in the batter's box. For most scouts he was a pitching prospect before last summer, but the more they saw him topping out in the high 80s and relying on craft, the less they liked him on the mound. At the same time, he started swinging the bat well. He is strong and has a knack for getting the barrel to the ball, with the ability to drive the ball in the middle of the field. He is more of a line-drive, gap hitter but has home run strength, along the lines of a Ryan Sweeney. Lechich has signed with California.
43 1295 Spencer Haynes SS Brandon (Fla.) HS Fla.
44 1325 Lonnie Kauppila SS Burbank (Calif.) HS Calif.
45 1355 Krey Bratsen OF Bryan (Texas) HS Texas
Bratsen is the fastest true prospect in the 2010 draft, capable of running the 60-yard dash in 6.35 seconds. He seems destined to take that speed to Texas A&M. His father James led the Aggies in RBIs for three years running in the 1970s, and the campus is just five minutes from Bratsen's high school. He also has a seven-figure price tag, and the rest of his game isn't refined enough to warrant that kind of payday. Bratsen's second-best tool is his strong arm. He has plenty of bat speed, but he has a long righthanded swing and doesn't make consistent contact. At 6 feet and 160 pounds, he lacks the strength to drive balls. His speed is an asset in center field, but his instincts are just fair and he doesn't take good routes on flyballs. Bratsen has considerable potential as a hitter and defender, but he's a few years away from realizing it yet.
46 1385 Tyler Skulina RHP Walsh Jesuit HS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Ohio
Skulina had elbow issues at the end of last summer and back problems this spring, and at times his fastball dropped to the mid-80s. Once healthy, he pushed his fastball up to 90-93 mph and his career record to 26-0 through the Division II regional playoffs. He has a power slider that's inconsistent, and scouts say his arm action is long and his 6-foot-6, 235-pound frame is a little soft. He's committed to Virginia.
47 1415 Tony McClendon OF Fullerton (Calif.) JC Calif.
48 1445 Zach Johnson 1B Ohlone (Calif.) JC Calif.
49 1475 Nick Rosso OF Lincoln HS, Stockton, Calif. Calif.
50 1505 T.J. Walz RHP Kansas Kan.
At times, Walz will flash a 91-94 mph fastball and a plus breaking ball, and he has won eight games in each of the last two seasons for Kansas. But the 6-foot, 175-pound righthander also confounds scouts, because there are games where he works at 88-91 mph and he has more of a slurve. His stuff, ability to throw strikes and his competitiveness earned him a spot on Team USA last summer, yet he was telling teams he plans on returning for his senior season.