Oakland A's Picks Rounds 21-30
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AnalysisTomasovich had a very solid pro debut. He spent most of his first season on the Vermont Lake Monsters' roster. In 20.1 innings with Vermont, the left-hander had a 2.21 ERA and a 17:7 K:BB. New York-Penn League hitters batted only .192 against him and he allowed just one homerun. He was particularly effective down-the-stretch, allowing just one run and 14 base-runners over his last 17.1 innings. The lefty fared better against righties than he did lefties, but he saw twice as many right-handed hitters. Tomasovich was a starter in college and could be stretched out again next season. He is currently at the A's fall Instructional League camp.
AnalysisBramlett was a Saturday starter for Ole Miss last season and he could take on their Friday starter role in 2016. The right-hander elected to return to college for his redshirt junior season rather than sign with the A's. A big season could see him fill one of those back-end top-10 round pick slots so often used on productive seniors (or redshirt juniors) since the new draft slot rules came into effect.
AnalysisThe A's were unable to sign the dynamic talent Senior, who offers a big arm from the outfield as well as speed and power potential. The A's will be able to keep an eye on Senior next season without too much trouble, however. The Toronto native will play at Midland College, not far from where the A's Double-A affiliate makes its home. Since Midland College is a two-year school, Senior will be eligible for the draft again in 2016.
AnalysisBowers spent his entire pro debut season with Vermont. Although his command was a bit shaky at times, he had an overall impressive debut with the Lake Monsters. The right-hander posted a 2.52 ERA in 35.2 innings, striking out 31 and walking 16. He was an extreme groundball pitcher, posting a GO/AO of 2.08, and he allowed just one homerun. Bowers is a candidate to start for Beloit next season.
AnalysisManarino got off to a fast start to his pro debut with Vermont, allowing just one run over his first five outings (11 innings). His run total jumped up from there and he finished with a 5.59 ERA in 38.2 innings. Manarino's peripherals were solid. He walked only six and allowed just two homeruns while striking out 28. A flyball pitcher, Manarino gave up 46 hits. Manarino is a command lefty with pitchability. He will compete for a spot on the Beloit roster next spring.
AnalysisAn injury cut into Tracy, California, native Devencenzi's playing time with Vermont. He appeared in 11 games with the Lake Monsters and posted a .243/.317/.270 line with three walks and only two strike-outs in 37 at-bats. As a hitter, Devencenzi has a remarkable ability to make contact. He struck-out just 27 times in 366 at-bats in two years at Nevada. Defensively, Devencenzi has a strong arm and quick feet behind the plate. The A's are crowded at the lower levels behind the plate, but Devencenzi's glove gives him a decent chance of landing on a full-season roster at the start of next season.
AnalysisAltamirano spent the short-season with the Arizona Rookie League squad. The right-hander logged 36.1 innings in the desert. He posted a 3.22 ERA and a .237 BAA. He struck-out 23 and walked eight. Altamirano did a good job of inducing groundballs, although he did allow four homeruns. A Phoenix native, Altamirano won't have to travel far from home to continue his pro debut at Instructs this fall.
AnalysisBerube began playing baseball later than most, picking up the game in his last few years of high school. He spent two years in junior college and a season at Pitt before going to the A's in the draft. Oakland was careful with Berube during his pro debut, limiting him to short-inning outings every five days. He had solid peripherals (11:3 K:BB in 12.2 innings), but he allowed 27 hits and had a 7.11 ERA. Berube will continue his baseball education this fall at the A's Instructional League.
AnalysisAlthough only 5'9'', Ruiz pitches like a much bigger man, aggressively attacking batters with his fastball. As he did in college, Ruiz served in a relief role for the AZL A's in his pro debut. He had a 4.32 ERA in 16.2 innings, striking out well more than a batter an inning (24), although he did walk 10. Batters hit only .212 against Ruiz and he had a 2.11 GO/AO. If he can clean up the walks, Ruiz should find his ERA trending downwards with his ability to get groundballs and miss bats. He is currently in Mesa for the A's fall Instructs.
AnalysisButler was teammates with Ruiz in the AZL A's bullpen this season. The 6'3'' right-hander only struck-out 11 and he walked eight in 18.2 innings, but he had a remarkable 4.71 GO/AO. Of the 64 balls put into play against Butler in the AZL, 46 of them were on the ground. He will be working on tightening his command during the A's fall Instructs.