Oakland A's Picks Rounds 31-40
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AnalysisSave 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.
AnalysisThe 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.
AnalysisHarvard 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.
AnalysisA 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.
AnalysisThe 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.
AnalysisThe 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.
AnalysisThe 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.
AnalysisThe 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.
AnalysisAlthough 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.
AnalysisA standout high school shortstop from the Chicagoland area, Maton will be suiting up for Eastern Illinois this season.