Oakland A's Picks Rounds 11-20
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AnalysisThe son of his high school team’s coach, James Terrell III is a Fresno State commit. His father played three seasons in the Mariners chain. An excellent athlete, the younger Terrell also played high school football as a skill position player. Terrell played SS and CF in high school. As a senior, he hit .508 with four homers in 20 games. He played on the A’s Area Code team. Terrell has good speed and a frame that could add power as he matures.
AnalysisIn his first season at Houston, Chris Iriart made quite an impression. He finished second team All-Conference after hitting 15 homeruns for the Cougars. Iriart spent his first two years in college at Orange Coast College. Iriart strikes out a lot (69 in 63 games) but he has big power when he connects. He is likely limited to first base defensively, but the bat will play there if the power translates to the pros.
AnalysisThe son of former big league catcher and current Blue Jays broadcaster Joe Siddall, Brett had an impressive season with Canisius. He hit 10 homers in 44 games and posted a .584 SLG. The left-handed hitter and thrower has played both first base and outfield in college, but the A’s announced him as an outfielder. He doesn’t have much foot speed, but he has a strong arm. His power and hit tool will be what carries him as a pro. He batted .326 in three years in college.
AnalysisA draft-eligible sophomore, Boomer Biegalski was the Florida State ace this season. He posted a 3.17 ERA and struck-out 120 in 108 innings for the Seminoles. This was Biegalski’s first season at FSU after pitching at Central Florida JC as a freshman. A strike-thrower with three well-developed pitches, Biegalski’s change-up is one of the best in the country. He has plenty of leverage and could be a tough sign at this spot.
AnalysisA native of Brentwood and an alum of Chabot Junior College, Ryan Howell had a huge first season for Nevada-Reno. He finished seventh in the NCAA in homers (17) and eighth (65) in RBI. He landed on the semifinalist list for the Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top collegiate player in the country. He also walked 36 times in 56 games. Howell’s path to the pros has taken a few turns. He was originally at Oregon State, but he tore his labrum and lost his scholarship. He wasn’t sure he’d be able to throw again, but he rehabbed the injury and eventually made his way to Nevada. Howell was an outfielder at OSU and only started playing second base this season. The bat is what the A’s will be most interested in with Howell. He could serve a utility role with the glove.
AnalysisDustin Hurlbutt was an NAIA All-American this season for Tabor. He posted a 3.16 ERA and struck-out 106 in 88.1 innings this year. He helped lead the Bluejays to the NAIA World Series. He signed to play in the Northwoods League this summer, but the A’s might get a deal done with him before that season starts. Hurlbutt’s fastball sits in the low-90s and he has a tight breaking ball.
AnalysisBrent Wheatley split his junior season between the rotation and the bullpen for the Trojans. He had a 4.50 ERA and a 63:34 K:BB in 70 innings. Command has been an issue for Wheatley throughout his USC career, but he significantly increased his strike-out rate in 2015. Wheatley has a firm fastball that sits in the low-90s and a promising slider. He got off to a fast start for the Trojans this season but faded a bit down the stretch.
AnalysisBrett Sunde is a name the A’s have called before. In 2012, Sunde was the A’s 35th round pick out of high school. He went to Western Michigan and he had a solid three-year career at WMU. Sunde is an excellent defensive catcher and has one of the strongest throwing arms among NCAA catchers. His father also played minor league baseball as a pitcher in the White Sox’s organization.
AnalysisSeth Brown is a hulking first baseman with big power. In his first season with Lewis-Clark State, he helped lead the team to its 17th national title by hitting 23 homeruns in 58 games. Brown also walked 32 times in 58 games and posted a .462 OBP. He was a second-team All-American. Pro ball competition will be a jump from NAIA, but Lewis-Clark State has developed its fair share of professional baseball players.
AnalysisJames Naile is another Tommy John survivor. The right-hander missed all of the 2014 season after having surgery. He injured his elbow during a summer league outing after the 2013 season. In his first full year back, Naile threw 109.2 innings for UAB. He posted a 2.63 ERA and had a 92:32 K:BB. Naile features a two-seamer, a sinker and a breaking ball.