The Oakland A's 2012 draft class has already produced five major league players and at least two more that look poised to make their debuts this season. The A's failed to sign only one of their top-10 round picks that season, Southern California high school left-hander Kyle Twomey, who was the team's third-round selection. Twomey elected to go to college rather than sign with Oakland. He would spend three seasons at USC and entered professional baseball in 2015 as a 13th-round pick of the Chicago Cubs.
Twomey pitched two seasons in the Cubs organization and put up solid numbers for the team's short-season (Eugene) and Low-A (South Bend) affiliates. During his pro debut season, the left-hander was one of four pitchers to combine on the first no-hitter in the Emeralds' team history since 1968. In 96.1 innings with the Cubs' organization, Twomey had a 3.18 ERA and a 97:41 K:BB with a .237 BAA. Despite those numbers, Twomey was released by the Cubs late in the spring. The A's were quick to sign their 2012 third-round pick.
According to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Twomey is currently pitching at the A's Mesa complex as part of Extended Spring Training. While the organization waits for a spot to come available for him on a full-season affiliate roster, Twomey is working on his fastball command and on his change-up. Lieppman says Twomey's velocity has been mostly in the high-80s, but the A's think he is capable of more.
Twomey did spent six weeks on the disabled list with South Bend in two separate stints last season. He turned 23 in December. He is a three-pitch pitcher: fastball, breaking ball and change-up. Twomey's command was his biggest issue during his time with the Cubs, but it was improving last season before he landed on the DL. He has been more effective versus left-handers during his career and could find a role as a lefty specialist down-the-road.