A's 2015 Year-In-Review: Draft Class, 11-20

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 year-in-review with a look at the Oakland A's 2015 draft class, picks 11-20.

Oakland A's Picks Rounds 11-20

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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James Terrell
Vallejo, Ca. / 6'0 / 165 lbs
  • OF
  • 11
  • St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS

Analysis

A hamstring injury kept Terrell off of the field for most of August. Before the injury, the East Bay native appeared in 21 games for the AZL A's. He hit just .153/.295/.194, but Terrell impressed with his work ethic and his raw athleticism. He also showed a solid understanding of the strike-zone and the ability to track down balls in the gap in the outfield. Terrell's hamstring has healed and he will participate in the A's fall Instructs, where he will continue to work on making more consistent contact.

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Chris Iriart
Chino Hills, Ca. / 6’2 / 230 lbs
  • 1B
  • 12

Analysis

Iriart had a yo-yo debut season, mixing together spurts of high production with struggles. All told, he finished the year with a .230/.304/.359 line. He was an RBI machine, driving in 45 in 69 games. Iriart also punished left-handed pitching to the tune of a .296/.387/.481 line. Iriart has a slugger's build and the swing to match. He will be looking to tighten his strike-zone at Instructs this fall. If he can do that, Iriart could be a dangerous bat next season.

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Brett Siddall
Windsor, Ont. / 6’2 / 205 lbs
  • OF
  • 13
  • Canisius

Analysis

Siddall opened a lot of eyes with a strong pro debut season. He began the year in the AZL and hit .342/.424/.575 in 19 games before being promoted to Vermont. With the Lake Monsters, he put together an above league-average line of .264/.324/.421. Siddall is a solid overall player with gap power, the ability to hit for average, good base-running instincts and the mobility to play a solid corner outfield and some center in a pinch. He will be working with the A's minor league coaching staff this fall at Instructs.

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Boomer Biegalski
Tallahassee, Fla. / 6’2 / 165 lbs
  • SP
  • 14

Analysis

Biegalski was a redshirt sophomore this year at Florida State, so he had plenty of leverage during post-draft negotiations. He signed with the A's late in the signing period. Because he had so much time off between the end of his season and the start of his pro debut, he was kept on a tight leash in terms of innings. He made six appearances and had a 3.18 ERA in 11.1 Arizona Rookie League innings. Biegalski showed excellent command, striking out 12 and walking just two. He has an excellent feel for pitching already and could move quickly next season when the innings leash is loosened. He will get an opportunity to add a few more innings to his season total this fall at Instructs.

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Ryan Howell
Brentwood, Ca. / 6’2 / 210 lbs
  • 2B
  • 15
  • Nevada

Analysis

Howell had a dream season at the plate with Nevada before going to the A's in the draft. His pro debut was a struggle, however, as he finished with a .199/.278/.337 line. Howell did show some pop (five homers in 166 at-bats). It isn't uncommon for players to struggle during their pro debut, especially in the New York-Penn League. If Howell makes adjustments during Instructs, he should still have a strong shot at starting next season with Beloit.

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Dustin Hurlbutt
Coffeyville, Ks. / 6’2 / 195 lbs
  • P
  • 16
  • Tabor

Analysis

Hurlbutt spent his pro debut season with the AZL A's, although A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman said Hurlbutt had pitched well enough to move up to Vermont and only the high number of pitchers on that Lake Monsters' staff was keeping him in Arizona. The right-hander served as a late-inning reliever for the AZL A's, converting five-of-six save chances and striking out 20 in 14.1 innings. He walked 10, but four of those came over his last three innings. Hurlbutt is in his first full year after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He is a candidate to move back into a starter's role next year. He is another fall Instructs participant.

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Brent Wheatley
Villa Park, Ca. / 6’4 / 210 lbs
  • P
  • 17

Analysis

The A's failed to sign Wheatley, who should be a prominent member of the USC pitching staff next season. This year, he had a 4.50 ERA and a 63:34 K:BB in 70 innings for the Trojans while pitching in both a starter's and reliever's role.

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Brett Sunde
Royal Oak, Mich. / 6’0 / 195 lbs
  • C
  • 18

Analysis

Sunde was a victim of the sheer number of catchers the A's had on their AZL A's roster. He appeared in just 18 games during his pro debut despite signing early on in the post-draft period. With that uneven playing time, Sunde hit only .196/.255/.275. He played well defensively, showing a strong arm and a quick release behind the plate. Sunde will get plenty of additional instruction during the A's fall camp. He is the only catcher from the A's 2015 draft class going to Instructs.

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Seth Brown
Medford, Ore. / 6’3 / 220 lbs
  • 1B
  • 19
  • Lewis-Clark State

Analysis

Of the hitters taken by the A's in 2015, Brown may have done the most to raise his profile during his pro debut season. He opened eyes as both a hitter and a defender with his play for the Lake Monsters. Brown hit .282/.352/.432 with 28 extra-base hits in 62 games for the Lake Monsters. He also played well defensively at all three OF positions and showed versatility by playing eight games at first base. He showed gap power and a solid understanding of the strike-zone. Brown should be able to hit for more homerun power as he gains experience. He also has good speed. Brown was named the Lake Monsters' team MVP for 2015. He will continue to try to open eyes during the A's fall Instructs.

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James Naile
Charleston, Mo. / 6’4 / 180 lbs
  • P
  • 20

Analysis

Naile spent the majority of his pro debut with the Vermont Lake Monsters, and he settled nicely into a late-inning relief role with Vermont. The UAB alum saved six games and posted a 1.93 ERA in 23.1 innings for Vermont. He struck-out 17 and held opposing batters to a .218 average. Naile also posted a 2.06 GO/AO and didn't allow a homerun. Like Hurlbutt, Naile is in his first full season after completing Tommy John rehab. Between the pros and college, he threw more than 130 innings this season. He will add a few more at Instructs and could move back into a starter's role next year.


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