A's 2015 Year-In-Review: Draft Class, 31-40

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 draft class, picks 31-40

Oakland A's Picks Rounds 31-40

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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John Gorman
Norwood, Mass. / 6’1 / 235 lbs
  • P
  • 31

Analysis

Save for two appearances in the Arizona Rookie League, Gorman spent his pro debut season in the Vermont Lake Monsters' bullpen. The Boston College alum had a 5.40 ERA in 18.1 innings for Vermont, but that was a bit misleading. He allowed four runs in his final inning of the season, jumping his ERA up from 3.63. Gorman struggled with his command (13 walks), but he struck-out more than a batter an inning (21) and didn't allow a homerun. He was a starter for much of college, but Gorman's fastball can touch 93 as a reliever and he may profile best in a relief role moving forward. Gorman is continuing his pro debut season in Mesa at fall Instructs.

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Michael Murray
West Palm Beach, Fla. / 6’3 / 210 lbs
  • P
  • 32

Analysis

The A's were happy to get Murray at this spot in the draft and were even more excited to sign him. The right-hander was projected to be a top-10 round pick before a suspension and a down season dropped his draft stock. Unfortunately, Murray injured his elbow and wasn't able to make his pro debut this season.

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Mike Martin
Buffalo Grove, Ill. / 6’0 / 175 lbs
  • OF
  • 33

Analysis

Harvard alum Martin had an unusual pro debut season. He collected only 11 hits — all singles — in 75 at-bats in the Arizona Rookie League, but his OBP was still a solid .330 thanks to 14 walks and seven (!) hit-by-pitches, including two in his first pro game. The speedy Martin swiped eight bags in nine chances. He struck-out 25 times, a number he will need to reduce next season. Mostly an outfielder in college, Martin appeared in eight games in the outfield and 19 games as the DH.

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Shane Conlon
Naperville, Ill. / 6’1 / 180 lbs
  • 1B
  • 34

Analysis

A wrist injury cost Conlon three weeks and likely a shot to play with Vermont. However, the injury could have cost Conlon a lot more time, as it was originally thought he had a broken hamate bone. X-rays later determined it was a bone bruise. When he was healthy, he was very impressive with the Arizona Rookie League A's. In 30 games, he hit .327/.392/.421 with a 10:16 BB:K and seven extra-base hits. Conlon impressed with his glove at first and got into three games in left at the end of the season. The increased versatility could help Conlon land on the Beloit roster next season.

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Tim Proudfoot
North Bend, Wash. / 5’10 / 180 lbs
  • SS
  • 35

Analysis

The slick-fielding Proudfoot was the first member of the A's 2015 draft class to reach full-season ball. He appeared in two games with the AZL A's and then made his debut with Low-A Beloit on June 26. Proudfoot hit .208/.276/.253 with a homer and 12 walks in 154 official at-bats. He played very well defensively, moving around the Beloit infield, logging games at second, short and third. Proudfoot has a big league glove, so he will bear watching if his bat picks up next season.

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Troy Rallings
Carlsbad, Ca. / 6’2 / 210 lbs
  • P
  • 36

Analysis

The A's were unable to sign Rallings, who should return as the closer for Washington next season. Provided he stays healthy, Rallings is a strong bet to go in the draft once again next year.

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Andy Cox
Arlington, Tenn. / 6’2 / 160 lbs
  • P
  • 37

Analysis

The A's were unable to come to terms with Cox, who will return for his senior season at UT. Cox figures to be an important part of the Volunteers staff in 2016.

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Chris Cullen
Cumming, Ga.. / 6’5 / 200 lbs
  • 3B
  • 38
  • West Forsyth (Ga.) HS

Analysis

The 6'5'' Cullen was one of the most highly regarded high school catchers in the 2015 draft. He will be on the South Carolina roster this season and it won't be a surprise to hear his name in the top-10 rounds three years from now.

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Greg Fettes
Madison Heights, Mich. / 6’2 / 230 lbs
  • C
  • 39

Analysis

Although Fettes' college eligibility at Kentucky is up, he did not end up signing with the A's. They will still retain his rights until the next draft, so there is a chance he could land in the organization at a later date. He was a catcher in college, but the A's liked him as a possible conversion-to-the-mound candidate.

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Nick Maton
Chicago, Ill. / 6’2 / 165 lbs
  • SS
  • 40
  • Glenwood HS

Analysis

A standout high school shortstop from the Chicagoland area, Maton will be suiting up for Eastern Illinois this season.


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