Billy Beane along with the scouts for the Oakland A’s selected 9 pitchers with their first 12 picks. Technically however it could be 10; with the first round pick (Overall 25th) the Athletics selected Matt Chapman from the Cal State Fullerton Titans. Chapman was a 3rd Baseman for the Titans but can also throw the ball close to 100 mph. Chapman is a sure contributor for the A’s in my opinion, whether it be as an everyday infielder for the team, or in worst case scenario if he can’t hit in the Minor Leagues he can be converted into a right handed 100 mph fastball throwing arm out of the bullpen. Chapman can hit but his higher rankings in scouting reports are for his defensive play. Chapman scores well when in scoring position. Chapman joins infield Oakland prospects Alden Carrithers, Nate Freiman, Dusty Coleman, Max Muncy, Miles Head, Anthony Aliotti, Matt Olson and Renato Nunez. Chapman is the highest drafted of the prospects ahead of him but will have to put his time in the Minor’s before seeing big league time. The A’s also drafted Chapman’s teammate at Fullerton in the 20th round (Overall 612th) right handed pitcher Koby Gauna. There were 5 Titans drafted and the A’s drafted two of them.
The Athletics used their second round (Overall 65th) pick on right handed pitcher Daniel Gossett, various scouting reports touted his command and having an excellent slider. The reason Gossett fell to a second round pick is his size, he did however pitch well at Clemson. Gossett is a bright kid that will learn from the pitching coaches in the A’s farm.
3rd round pick (Overall 101st for the A’s) was another undersized pitcher Brett Graves out of Missouri. Graves has not faced the level of hitters that Gossett has faced. Graves control has been questioned so he will have to work on that in A’s farm.
The A’s surprised some with their 4th round pick (Overall 132nd) when they chose Jordan Schwartz from Niagara. Schwartz was not ranked by anyone as a potential 4th rounder. Beane and staff have found hidden gyms before and Schwartz might be that as well. 5 of Schwartz’s 14 starts last season went for complete games so he has the stuff to pitch deep into games and will be an interesting prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
The A’s 5th rounder Heath Fillmyer (Overall 162nd) has the best curveball of any other pitcher drafted by the team this year. Fillmyer’s curve is nasty but has control issues and most scouts see him as a potential back end of the bullpen kind of pitcher. Fillmyer may see time in his stint in the Minor’s as a closer.
The A’s 6th round pick (Overall 192nd) Trace Loehr is a shortstop that is more than likely to play with Oregon State Beavers and stay in school than to opt straight out of high school and play in the A’s minor leagues. Loehr has the potential to be a great shortstop both on the field and at bat and will most definitely be drafted higher in the years to come.
In the 7th round the A’s used the (Overall 222nd pick) to get utility infielder Branden Cogswell from Virginia. Cogswell has played many positions and does not have high marks as a hitter or fielder. Cogswell strength is his left handed bat and his success against pitchers that struggle against lefties. Cogswell is still playing for the Virginia Cavaliers as the team is in the College World Series.
Branden was selected back to back for the A’s, when in the 8th round (Overall 252nd) Branden Kelliher was selected. Kelliher while sharing the same name as Cogswell has more in common with Trace Loehr, being a prospect that should play next season in College for the Oregon Ducks. Kelliher is another undersized right handed pitcher that has 3 really good pitches already coming out of high school.
The A’s drafted in the 9th round (Overall 282nd) left handed pitcher Mike Fagan out of Princeton. Fagan is a bright kid obviously and also has performed outstandingly last season. Fagan can pitch well and will be interesting to see him pitch against better competition.
The rest of the A’s draft went like this…
10th round (Overall 312th) RHP Corey Miller from Pepperdine
11TH round (Overall 342nd) RHP Joel Seddon from South Carolina
12th round (Overall 372nd) RHP Tyler Willman from Western Illinois
13th round (Overall 402nd) Infielder Robert Kuhn from Kentucky
14th round (Overall 432nd) Catcher Casey Schroeder from Polk State College
15th round (Overall 462nd) Infielder Trent Gilbert from Arizona
16th round (Overall 492nd) Infielder Jose Brizuela from Florida State
17th round (Overall 522nd) Catcher Eric Cheray from Missouri State
18th round (Overall 552nd) LHP Michael Nolan from Oklahoma City (University not the Thunder)
19th round (Overall 582nd) Catcher Tom Gavitt from Bryant
21st round (Overall 642nd) Infielder Tim Proudfoot from Texas Tech
22nd round (Overall 672nd) RHP Brenden McCurry from Oklahoma State
23rd round (Overall 702nd) Infielder Collin Ferguson from St Marys
24th round (Overall 732nd) RHP Dawson Brown from West Florida
25th round (Overall 762nd) Outfielder Joseph Estrada from Puerto Rico (Fast player that will be seen more for team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic)
26th round (Overall 792nd) RHP Rob Huber from Duke
27th round (Overall 822nd) Outfielder J.P. Sportman from Central Connecticut State)
28th round (Overall 852nd) RHP Corey Walter from West Virginia
29th round (Overall 882nd) LHP Cody Stull from Belmont Abbey
30th round (Overall 912th) LHP Derek Beasley from USC Aiken
31st round (Overall 942nd) RHP Tyler Schimpf, High School prospect that is committed to the Texas Longhorns
32nd round (Overall 972nd) Outfielder Denz’l Chapman, High School prospect that is committed to the San Diego State Aztecs
33rd round (Overall 1,002nd) Catcher Michael Rivera, High School prospect that is committed to the Florida Gators
34th round (Overall 1,032nd) Infielder John Nogowski from Florida State (Second Florida State Seminole selected with fellow infield teammate Brizuela)
35th round (Overall 1,062nd) Outfielder Austen Swift, High School prospect that is committed to Blinn College (May stay with the A’s)
36th round (Overall 1,092nd) Outfielder Tyler Spoon from Arkansas
37th round (Overall 1,122nd) Outfielder Brock Lundquist, High School prospect that is committed to Long Beach State
38th round (Overall 1,152nd) Outfielder Colt Atwood from Sam Houston State
39th round (Overall 1,182nd) Infielder Payton Squier, High School prospect that is committed to UNLV
40TH round (Overall 1,212th) Infielder Bryson Brigman, High School prospect that is committed to San Diego