The Oakland A's began day one of the 2016 MLB Draft by taking a starter from the Florida Gators and ended the night the same way. In between, they took Daulton Jefferies, the right-hander from Cal. First pick A.J. Puk may be the biggest name of the A's day one haul, but his college teammate Logan Shore -- the A's third pick -- was the questionable ace for the Gators this season.
Shore, a 6'2'' right-hander, went 11-0 with a 2.44 ERA in 92.1 innings for the Gators this season. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but Shore has been one of the most effective starters in the NCAA the past three years. His career ERA is 2.46 and he has a 232:59 career K:BB. Shore walked only 15 in 92.1 innings this season. He should move quickly and could begin his pro career in Double-A.
Shore's best pitch is his change-up, which some scouts have already terms major-league ready. He commands his fastball well, and it generally sits at 88-92, occasionally tipping 94. His slider is his third-best pitch but it has improved significantly as his career has progressed at Florida. Like his teammate Puk, Shore is from the Midwest and has a little less mileage on his arm at this stage of his career than a pitcher who came from a warm weather state.