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2016 Oakland A's Year in Review: A's Draft Class, part four

How did the Oakland A's 2016 draft class fare during their pro debuts? We take a look at the class, 10 rounds at a time. Last up, picks from rounds 31-40.

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Pick 32: Sam Sheehan, RHP, Westmont: Sheehan was the first of two players the As selected out of Westmont during the final day of the draft. The right-hander was the closer for the NAIA squad in 2016, racking up 12 saves and posting a 1.48 ERA in 30.1 innings. The 23-year-old spent his pro debut season in the Arizona Rookie League, continuing his role as a reliever. He threw 19.2 innings for the AZL As, posting a 3.20 ERA with three saves in five opportunities. He walked 12 but struck-out 29 and held opposing batters to a .230 average. Sheehan isnt a hard-thrower, but he is able to pitch backwards effectively and mix his pitches well. He should continue in a relief role next season and challenge for a spot on the Beloit staff. Pick 33: Collin Theroux, C, Oklahoma State: Theroux joined the As late in the signing period after he and his Oklahoma State team reached the College World Series in Omaha. The Northern California native played one season at OK State after two years at San Joaquin Delta College and one season at Nevada. Theroux struggled offensively for much of his season at OK State, but he was an important part of their team, managing the pitching staff and playing solid defense behind home plate. Theroux appeared in 14 games with the AZL As and then spent the final week of the season with Low-A Beloit. He hit a combined .094 in 53 at-bats with 29 strike-outs and six walks. Strike-outs were an issues for Theroux in college, as well, something he will need to work on as he develops. Defensively, Theroux played very well, throwing out 50% of would-be base-stealers and showing agility and soft hands behind the plate.

Pick 34: Jarrett Costa, C, Westmont: Costa was the other Westmont alum to land with the As on Day Three of the draft. Costa moved around a lot during college before settling in at Westmont. Costa split his pro debut season with the AZL As and the Vermont Lake Monsters. He hit only .194 in 24 games but posted a .317 OBP thanks to 10 walks. Another strong defender, Costa threw out 44% of would-be base-stealers and provided strong leadership on the field. Pick 35: Casey Thomas, SS, Texas A&M, Corpus Christi: The son of As scout Tom Thomas, Casey signed with the As after a solid two-year stint at Texas A&M-CC. Thomas was a regular with the AZL As during his pro debut, logging 37 games – mostly at shortstop – for the As. Thomas hit .258/.300/.275 with a 25:6 K:BB and three stolen bases. A good athlete with a strong arm, Thomas played well defensively at all three spots he saw time (short, third and second).

Pick 36: Danny Rafferty, LHP, Bucknell: Did not sign

Pick 37: Brady Schanuel, RHP, Parkland College: Did not sign

Pick 38: Michael Farley, OF, Chico HS (Calif.): Did not sign 39: Matthew Fraizer, OF, Clovis North HS (Calif.): Did not sign

Pick 40: Shane Martinez, SS, Riverside North HS (Calif.): Did not sign

Pick 41: Brett Bittiger, SS, Pace: Bittiger was the As final selection and the As only re-draft (he was selected by the As in 2011 in the 41st round out of high school). Bittiger is the son of longtime As scout Jeff Bittiger, who pitched four seasons in the big leagues and has signed major-leaguers such as Andrew Bailey, Vin Mazzaro and Anthony Recker for the As. Brett came to pro baseball as a shortstop, but he appeared in just three games before an errant pitch changed the course of his career. He was hit in the ribs in his third game and missed the rest of the regular season. While rehabbing the injury, it was determined that he would continue his career as a pitcher rather than a position player. Bittiger will report next spring as a pitcher and will have the benefit of his fathers experience and a very strong arm.

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