Oakland A's Picks Rounds 21-30
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AnalysisThe Oakland A’s have always liked pitchers with deception in their deliveries and Andrew Tomasovich brings plenty of deception with his funky, three-quarters motion from the left-side. The 6’4’’ left-hander was among the Big South leaders in strike-outs per nine innings this season and he had a 3.09 ERA in 87.1 innings. His fastball sits 88-92 and he has a solid change-up/breaking ball combo that works well off of his fastball. Tomasovich comes from a baseball family and his older brother, Alex, played in the Chicago Cubs’ system last year. Tomasovich has the frame to be a starter, but the funky delivery may work better as a reliever longterm.
AnalysisBrady Bramlett was a starter for Ole Miss this season, posting a 3.74 ERA in 84.1 innings. The big bodied right-hander struck-out nearly a batter an inning and had a nearly 4:1 K:BB ratio. Bramlett missed all of the 2014 season after he tore the labrum in his pitching shoulder at the tail-end of his freshman season. He is a red-shirt sophomore after sitting out 2014. Bramlett’s fastball rarely tops 90, but he has plus command of the pitch and hitters often react to it like it is thrown much harder. He showed that he could handle a big workload coming off of the shoulder injury. Bramlett will turn 22 in September, but he does have two years of college eligibility left, so he could be a harder sign than most at this spot.
AnalysisEric Senior is a high school prospect from Canada. He is an excellent athlete with good speed and a frame that should allow him to be a significant power hitter as he matures physically. He has the speed to handle all three outfield positions and his arm should allow him to play in right or center. Senior opened a lot of eyes during tournament play last summer. He would be a good value at this slot if he signs.
AnalysisHeath Bowers pitched in the Big South Conference along with fellow A’s draft pick Andrew Tomasovich. The right-handed Bowers is a sinkerball specialist who still managed to strike-out nearly a batter an inning this season (90 in 93 IP). He had a 3.19 ERA and he didn’t allow a homer all season. Bowers compliments his mid- to high-80s fastball with a slider and a curveball. Bowers lives and dies with his command of the lower-half of the strike-zone, but more of than not, he has found success getting hitters to pound the ball into the ground.
AnalysisEvan Manarino is a left-hander from UC-Irvine who had a 3.80 ERA and 76 strike-outs in 94.2 innings this year. He was a big part of an Irvine club that made it to the College World Series last year. Manarino is a fastball-change-up-breaking ball lefty who spots his pitches well and doesn’t have over-powering stuff. His walk rate was up in 2015, but he still managed a solid 2.38 BB/9. Manarino should get a chance to start in the pros.
AnalysisTracy native Jordan Devencenzi made his name at Nevada with his glove work behind the plate. Devencenzi caught 41% of attempted base-stealers this season and drew praise for leading a talented Nevada squad. He also had a solid offensive season as a senior, batting .286 in 46 games. An excellent contact hitter, Devencenzi only walked nine times in 48 games, but he only struck-out 14 times.
AnalysisXavier Altamirano was the Summit League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 2.94 ERA in 85.2 innings. He struck-out 81 and walked just 14. Like many of the pitchers the A’s selected on Day Three, Altamirano has outstanding fastball command. The pitch generally sits in the 88-91 range, but the location makes it a difficult pitch to square up. He also throws a change-up and two breaking balls.
AnalysisA native of Quebec, Marc Berube pitched one season at Pitt after two years at community college. A control pitcher, Berube walked only 17 in 65.1 innings. He is the first player to be selected out of Pitt by the A’s since Brant Colamarino in 2002. His ERA was 5.10. Berube didn’t play baseball in high school. He is still relatively raw, but he has a live arm and promising command.
AnalysisA spark plug out of the Alabama State bullpen, Armando Ruiz struck-out 39 in 22.1 innings this season as the team’s closer. Ruiz has a power arsenal and can hit 94 MPH with his fastball. He is strictly a reliever but could be an intriguing prospect given his ability to miss bats.
AnalysisBrendan Butler posted a 3.48 ERA in 54.1 innings for Dowling this season. The 6’3 right-hander has a fastball that sits in the low-90s. He struggled with command at Farleigh Dickinson, but Butler walked only 17 this season with Dowling.