A's 2015 Year-In-Review: Draft Class, 1-10

The 2015 minor league regular season is in the books and we are taking a look back at the year that was in the Oakland A's system. We continue our Oakland A's 2015 year-in-review with a look at the top-10 picks in the A's draft class.

2015 Year-in-Review: Oakland A's Picks Rounds 1-10

For complete coverage of the A's 2015 draft, click here.

To read analysis of the picks' pro debuts, click the ANALYSIS link under each player's name

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Richie Martin
Valrico, Fla. / 6'0 / 180 lbs
  • SS
  • 1

Analysis

Martin spent his pro debut season with the Vermont Lake Monsters. He got off to a fast start and hit .265/.359/.402 in July. Martin struggled in August, however, posting a .200/.356/.257 line. Overall, he hit .237/.353/.342 with two homers and 25 walks in 51 games. While the numbers weren't spectacular for Martin, it is good to keep in mind that the New York-Penn League average line for 2015 was .250/.320/.346. Martin showed plenty of athleticism and a good eye at the plate, but may have worn down late in the year after a long college season that included a College World Series appearance. Martin hit .302 versus lefties and .218 against right-handers. He will head to Instructs later this month.

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Mikey White
Birmingham, Ala. / 6'1 / 195 lbs
  • SS
  • 2

Analysis

White made quick work of the New York-Penn League, hitting .315/.405/.459 in 29 games with Vermont. He jumped to Low-A Beloit midway through his pro debut and hit a stumbling block in the Midwest League. White hit under .200 for his first 20 games but managed to get his average up to exactly .200 by the end of the year. He finished his pro debut with a combined line of .253/.341/.353 with 15 doubles and three homers in 64 games. He drew 24 walks in 64 games and did a good job battling at the plate. He also showed some gap power. White, a natural shortstop, saw time at second and third — in addition to short — with Vermont, but moved back to short full-time in Beloit. Depending on how the A's spread out their shortstop prospects next season, White could continue to move around the infield, much the same way Chad Pinder did his first two years in the A's system. White will also attend the A's fall Instructs later this month.

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Dakota Chalmers
Gainesville, Ga. / 6’3 / 195 lbs
  • P
  • 3
  • North Forsyth HS

Analysis

Chalmers signed with the A's for first-round money ($1.3 million), choosing to turn pro rather than go to Georgia to pitch in the SEC. The 18-year-old arrived in the pros with plenty of promise, and he showed that potential during his stint in the Arizona Rookie League. He also showed expected inconsistency, walking 17 in 20.1 innings. Despite the walks, Chalmers had a 2.66 ERA and hitters had trouble squaring him up (.205 BAA). He also struck-out 18. Chalmers' fastball and slider have the potential to be plus pitches and he has a promising change-up. The 6'3'' right-hander will report to Instructs later this month and he turns 19 in early October.

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Skye Bolt
Atlanta, Ga. / 6’1 / 0 lbs
  • CF
  • 4

Analysis

Bolt, like Martin, spent his entire pro debut with the Vermont Lake Monsters. He had his ups-and-downs with Vermont, but he finished on a high note, hitting .382 with six walks and seven RBI over his last 10 games. All told, Bolt posted a .238/.325/.381 line with four homers and 24 walks in 52 games. Bolt has plenty of raw tools, which he displayed while with Vermont. He is capable of hitting for power, taking an extra base and tracking down a lot of balls in centerfield. Consistency will be Bolt's biggest area to work on, especially when batting from the right side. His OPS from the left-side was more than 300 points higher than it was from the right. Bolt is also heading to Mesa for Instructs this month.

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Kevin Duchene
Joilet, Ill. / 6’2 / 210 lbs
  • P
  • 5

Analysis

Duchene had a heavy workload this season at Illinois, so the A's were careful with his innings during his pro debut season. After two appearances in the Arizona Rookie League, Duchene moved up to Vermont, where he spent the rest of the season. His command was a bit off compared to how he pitched in college (nine walks in 25.1 innings as a pro versus 18 in 102 innings in college), but Duchene was otherwise solid in his first taste of pro ball. He struck-out 19 and had a 1.62 GO/AO and a 0.72 HR/9. Duchene isn't over-powering, but he really knows how to pitch and is very coachable. He will likely pitch close to home in the Midwest League at the start of next year.

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Bubba Derby
Monrovia, Ca. / 5’10 / 190 lbs
  • P
  • 6

Analysis

Derby had arguably the most impressive pro debut season of any pitcher in the A's 2015 draft class. The diminutive right-hander dominated the New York-Penn League. Held to a three-inning limit, Derby allowed just three earned runs in 34.2 innings for Vermont. He struck-out 45, walked just 10 and held opposing batters to a .161 average. He doesn't have a typical starter's build, but the A's have had success with smaller right-handers over the years and Derby may be the next in that line. He is part of the A's fall Instructs class.

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Kyle Friedrichs
San Clemente, Ca. / 6’1 / 190 lbs
  • P
  • 7
  • Long Beach State

Analysis

Although the overall numbers weren't spectacular, Friedrichs had a solid pro debut season with the Vermont. His ERA was 4.50 in 36 innings, but 10 of the 18 earned runs Friedrichs allowed came in back-to-back appearances that were spread over 3.1 innings. His ERA for the rest of his outings was 2.16. He struck-out only 19 but had a 1.22 GO/AO. Between the college season and his pro debut, Friedrichs threw 136 innings, so he should be ready for a full season of starting next year.

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Nick Collins
Carthage, NC / 6’2 / 215 lbs
  • C
  • 8

Analysis

An injury ended Collins' season two weeks early, but the Georgetown alum had a solid pro debut before then. He earned a spot in the mid-season New York-Penn League All-Star game and he hit .256/.333/.325 in 34 games. Collins BB:K was 13:14, as he demonstrated a strong ability to control the strike-zone and make consistent contact.

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Jared Lyons
Yorktown, Va. / 6’0 / 180 lbs
  • P
  • 9
  • Liberty

Analysis

It was a rough pro debut for Lyons, who never got comfortable pitching for Vermont this year. The left-hander allowed 20 runs in 14.2 innings. He gave up 32 hits and seven walks, although he allowed just one homerun and he did strike-out 15. Lyons may have been worn down after throwing 99.2 innings during the college season. He will get a fresh start next spring.

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Steven Pallares
Corona, Ca. / 6’2 / 180 lbs
  • OF
  • 10

Analysis

Pallares had a break-through senior season at SDSU, and he continued to open eyes during his pro debut. The versatile Pallares played all three outfield positions and impressed with his range. He also showed a good eye at the plate, walking more than he struck-out (40 walks against 39 strike-outs). His final line for the Lake Monsters was .246/.363/.317. He will look to continue to open eyes at the A's fall Instructs.


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