An Expert's Take On Later Rounds Of A's Draft's National Baseball Analyst Kiley McDaniel offers his expert scouting analysis on several of the Oakland A's draft picks in rounds nine through 40.

Kiley McDaniel previously commented on first-round pick Matt Chapman in this scouting report and gave his thoughts on second-round pick Daniel Gossett here and third-round pick Brett Graves and fifth-round pick Heath Fillmyer here. He also offered his reports on sixth-round pick Trace Loehr, seventh-round pick Branden Cogswell and eighth-round pick Branden Kelliher here.

Click here for our 2014 A's Draft Database.

We recently got his thoughts on several other A's picks:

Michael Fagan, LHP (9th round): Pitchability lefty, mostly 88-90, touch 91, fringy to average stuff.

Joel Seddon, RHP (11th round): Was 90-93 as relief prospect on the Cape, was more 87-90 this spring with fringy rather than solid-average stuff at the back of USC's bullpen, but he has three pitches and the delivery isn't terrible, so you could start him.

Tyler Willman, RHP (12th round): Projectable raw arm was 90-95 and throws three pitches but is still pretty raw. The velo popped up this year and the competition wasn't very strong.

Jose Brizuela, 3B (16th round): Well-known hitter has played third base for three years for FSU and has some feel to hit from the left side, but doesn't have power to profile at third and is fringy there, likely fitting in a corner utility bench bat role.

Collin Ferguson, 1B (23rd round): Didn't have good numbers this year but has a loose lefty cut and flashes average power.

Tyler Schimpf, RHP (31st round): Projection righty from NorCal was mostly 85-89 this summer but has a good delivery, has hit some 90s and flashes and above-average curveball at times. Could really come on in the next few years.

Denz'l Chapman, CF (32nd round): Speed demon has run 6.3 and 6.4 consistently in the 60 and is a plus-plus runner from a powerhouse high school in southern California. Of the top-end prep speed guys in the draft, he has the least feel to hit and is seen as a college type.

Michael Rivera, C (33rd round): Well-known prep catcher from prep program in Florida that has won multiple state titles in his time there. He can catch and throw at a pro level, but his swing mechanics are a little weird and he doesn't have standout power. He has hit pretty well at events, so he's seen as a college type that would contribute as a freshman.

John Nogowski, 1B (34th round): Has played first base for FSU for a few years and is a senior-sign type but is a junior, so he may sign for a senior price if he wants to start his pro career.

Tyler Spoon, CF (36th round): Draft-eligible sophomore for Arkansas is grinder, a tweener outfielder that plays hard but has center field power with corner outfield speed. I imagine he'll go back to school, but will probably still be a 6th-10th round type talent.

Payton Squier, SS (39th round): Smaller prep shortstop needs to add strength to his frame, but has the tools to possibly stick at shortstop and runs a little bit.

Bryson Brigman, SS (40th round): Prep kid from NorCal area is a plus runner but the arm is a little shy for short and his bat comes and goes. If he can make more consistent contact, he could be a nice second baseman.

Oakland Clubhouse Top Stories