Oakland A's Draft Review: Rounds 31-40

We review the Oakland A's 2016 draft class, rounds 31-40.

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Pick 32: Sam Sheehan, RHP, Westmont


Analysis: With 12 saves during his senior year, Sheehan set the Westmont program's all-time single season save record. The previous best was 11. Sheehan finished with 16 in his career. His final season with the Warriors was by far his best; he posted a 1.48 ERA and struck-out 48 in 30.1 innings (although he did walk 18). Opposing hitters batted just .118 against him. He is likely to continue in a relief role as a pro.

Pick 33: Collin Theroux, C, Oklahoma State


Analysis: Theroux took a circuitous path to the draft day. The San Mateo native began his collegiate career at the University of Nevada, but he transferred to San Joaquin Delta College after just one year with the Wolfpack. Theroux played two seasons at San Joaquin Delta and drew enough interest from MLB teams to hear his name called in the 33rd round of last year's draft (Minnesota). Theroux elected to go to a four-year program -- Oklahoma State -- rather than turn pro. Theroux hit only .173 in 58 games for the Cowboys this year, but he walked 34 times and hit six homers. Theroux hit much better in junior college and has some power potential in his 6'1'', 220 pound frame. Despite the offensive struggles, Theroux has been a key member of the Omaha-bound OSU squad, shining as a leader behind the plate. He technically has another year of collegiate eligibility, but he is already 22 and if he plans to turn pro, he is likely to sign after the Cowboys finish their post-season run.

Pick 34: Jarrett Costa, C, Westmont


Analysis: Costa is another catcher with Bay Area ties, having grown up in Fremont. A teammate of A's 31st-round pick Sheehan, Costa began his collegiate career at the College of San Mateo. After two years there, he transferred to UCSB but spent only one season with that program before transferring to Westmont. In 2016, Costa hit .333 with five homers and 49 RBI in 53 games. He played well defensively, flashing a strong arm and handling the pitching staff well. He caught Daniel Butler's no-hitter in March.

Pick 35: Casey Thomas, SS, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi


Analysis: Thomas spent two seasons playing in the Southland Conference with TAMU-Corpus Christi. He proved he could hit for average, batting .302 over those two season. He didn't show any power (0 homers and only 16 extra-base hits), but he got on-base at a .361 clip. The Phoenix native was a 41st round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 out of high school. Thomas spent two years in junior college before joining TAMU-Corpus Christi. He is a strong defender and a good athlete with a strong arm and quick feet.

Pick 36: Daniel Rafferty, LHP, Bucknell


Analysis: Rafferty is a two-way player at Bucknell, but he was announced by the A's as a pitcher. He served as the Bisons' left fielder and closer this season. Rafferty's ERA was 5.87 in 23 innings, but he struck-out 24. In 2015, Rafferty struck-out 24 and walked only one in 12.1 innings of relief work. Rafferty isn't tall (5'11''), but he is well built. He hides the ball well and has a good breaking ball. Rafferty is a bit raw as a pitcher given the time he has spent as a position player, so he is a potential project. Rafferty has another year of collegiate eligibility and could elect to return to Bucknell.

Pick 37: Brady Schanuel, RHP, Parkland


Analysis: Schanuel was one of the top pitchers on the JUCO circuit this year. The hard-throwing right-hander had a 1.83 ERA and 131 strike-outs in 83.2 innings for Parkland. He is an Ole Miss commit and would likely need top-10 round money to sign. His fastball can touch 95 and he has a good slider.

Pick 38: Michael Farley, OF, Chico HS (Calif.)


Analysis: Farley hit .453 with a .543 OBP in 24 games for Chico HS this season. Farley has above-average speed and some pop in his bat. He was on the A's Area Code team in 2015. Farley also played basketball in high school. The San Jose State commit is old for a high school senior (19). He is reportedly open to signing and will visit the A's complex in Mesa, Arizona, this week.  

Pick 39: Matt Fraizer, OF, Clovis North HS (Calif.)


Analysis: Fraizer's father, Terance Frazier (last name spelled differently) was an Oakland A's farmhand in the early 1990s. Fraizer is an Arizona commit and he has stated publicly that he intends to play for the Wildcats. He hit .392 this season and he has a strong glove in centerfield. Fraizer has above-average speed and will be a player to follow during his collegiate career.

Pick 40: Shane Martinez, SS, John W. North (Calif.)


Analysis: Martinez is another Arizona commit who is expected to head to Tucson in the fall. One of Scout's top-20 California HS draft prospects, Martinez is an excellent athlete who has a strong chance of sticking at shortstop. He has a strong arm and some feel for the barrel of the bat. Whether he adds power as he matures will determine what kind of prospect he is when he leaves UA.

Related: California's top-20 HS draft prospects

Pick 41: Brett Bittiger, SS, Pace


Analysis: Bittiger is the son of longtime A's scout Jeff Bittiger. Brett was a 41st-round pick of the A's out of high school in 2011. He split his collegiate career between Fairleigh Dickinson and Pace. Bittiger hit only .204 as a collegiate, but he was an excellent defender at shortstop. He has signed with the A's already and is in Mesa to participate in the A's rookie mini-camp.

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