Name: Brett Siddall
Height/Weight: 6’1’’, 210
How Acquired: Selected in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB Draft
The Oakland A’s used several of their top-20 picks in this year’s draft to select position players with athletic frames that project to add strength as the players mature. One such player was 13th-round pick Brett Siddall, who made a strong impression his first season in professional baseball.
Siddall came to the A’s from a baseball family. His father, Joe Siddall, played 73 games in the big leagues and is currently a member of the Toronto Blue Jays’ broadcast team. Brett, a native of Windsor, Ontario, played his collegiate ball at Canisius College in upstate New York. Canisius is a member of the MAAC and has drawn several high school prospects from Canada in the past, including former A’s prospect Sean Jamieson.
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Siddall starred for three years at Canisius. In 152 games, he hit .339/.404/.529. Siddall homered just four times combined over his first two seasons, but his power emerged in a big way during his junior season. He hit 12 homers for the Griffs and earned the MAAC Player of the Year award. Canisius also won the MAAC championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
After the draft, Siddall was assigned to the A’s Rookie League team. He played 19 games for the AZL A’s and was promoted to short-season Vermont after it became apparent his skills were too advanced for the AZL. Siddall hit .342/.424/.575 with 10 extra-base hits and a 10:9 BB:K.
With Vermont, he endured some ups-and-downs but finished the season on an up note. He hit .343 with two homers and four walks over his last 10 games. Siddall’s overall line with the Lake Monsters (.264/.324/.421 in 43 games) was above-average for the pitcher-friendly New York-Penn League. Among the players who logged more than 20 games with the Lake Monsters, Siddall’s OPS ranked third on the team and he was third on the team in doubles and tied for second in homers.
Between the AZL and the New York-Penn League, Siddall hit six homers and slugged .470 in 62 games. Oakland A’s minor league field coordinator and 2015 Vermont manager Aaron Nieckula believes Siddall’s power will only continue to grow as he develops. He also liked what he saw from Siddall defensively in the corner outfield spots.
“He has a swing where he is going to be able to knock the ball out of the yard,” Nieckula said. “I think he’s going to play good defense for you. Here’s another guy who comes to the park ready to play.”
Oakland A’s Assistant General Manager Billy Owens said that Siddall reminds him of former A’s prospect Jake Goebbert, who made his major-league debut with the San Diego Padres in 2014 and had an 848 OPS for the Padres in Triple-A in 2015.
“[Siddall has a n]ice, efficient left-handed stroke,” Owens said in a late-season interview. “He is going to have some power, probably in that 15 homer range, and he can control the ‘zone. He has a really good idea of what to do at the plate.”
Video: Get to know Brett Siddall (by Kimberly Contreras)
Siddall, who turned 21 in October, has the tools to be a solid corner outfielder. His arm strength should be good enough for either spot. Although he isn’t a burner, Siddall covers a decent amount of ground in the outfield, but he is limited to the corners. He is a solid base-runner, although stealing bases probably won’t be a huge part of his game. Siddall struggled some with strike-outs with Vermont, but he has a history of good contact rates dating back to college.
With a good spring, Siddall should be on the Low-A Beloit Opening Day roster next April. His history playing in cold weather climates could give him an advantage in the early months of the Midwest League season when hitters from warmer locales often struggle to deal with freezing temperatures. Siddall was one of the younger juniors in the 2015 draft and he will be 21 throughout the 2016 season.