The draft begins at 9:50 am PST.
The A's have six picks in the first two rounds.
Of Note: San Diego took high school prospect Matt Bush with the first pick. Of note, the Anaheim Angels are once again doing their best to resemble the New York Yankees by taking the expensive college pitcher and local SoCal product Jered Weaver with their first pick.
With their first pick (#24 in the draft), the A's selected a right-handed hitting catcher, Landon Powell of University of South Carolina. Powell is a catcher in the Jermey Brown mold, without Michael Lewis' hype. It is somewhat surprising the A's would take another catcher, considering they have a great deal of depth in that area.
With their second pick (#26 in the draft), the A's have taken Richard Robnett, an outfielder from Frenso State. The A's have by-passed Danny Putnam of Stanford for the more athletic Robnett. Robnett is a centerfielder with above-average speed and a good bat. Probably the closest the A's will get to a 5-tool player this early in the draft.
Taylor Tankersley, a lefthanded pitcher the A's were rumored to be targeting for the second-round, has been taken by the Florida Marlins.
With their third pick, the A's have selected Stanford outfielder Danny Putnam. Putnam is an excellent hitter, but a mediocre fielder. He could make an excellent DH for the A's down the road. The A's were rumored to be interested in Putnam in the first round, so they have to be pleased to have gotten him in the supplemental round.
The A's fourth pick is the highly regarded righthanded closer Huston Street, from the University of Texas. Street was named the 2003 USA Baseball Team player of the year for posting a 0.00 ERA in 14 innings for the US National Team. This is the second player the A's have picked up in the supplemental round that they were rumored to be taking in the first round. Seems like a good value draft for the A's so far.
With the 49th pick in the draft, the A's have selected RHP Michael Rogers of NC State. So far, the A's have stayed true to their mantra of taking college players first.
The A's once again are able to grab a player they had been publically linked to with their next pick, taking Cal State Fullerton catcher Kurt Suzuki. Billy Beane has been reported to love the Hawaii-native's bat. As this is the second catcher the A's have taken in their first six picks, look for some of the catchers in the A's chain to start playing different positions. Look for the A's to start targeting some left-handed pitching and more offensive prospects (especially outfielders) in the later rounds.
The next three A's picks are as follows:
The A's used pick 97 to draft Jason Windsor, a RHP also out of Cal State Fullerton. Windsor is a powerfully built pitcher with strong legs and good command of his fastball down in the zone.
The A's bucked their normal history and spent their 4th round pick (#127) on Ryan Webb, a tall, rangy righthanded high school pitcher Clearwater Central Catholic HS in Florida. Webb is only 18 and will have a longer development curve then the A's other draft choices. He features a slurve and is the son of former Major Leaguer Hank Webb. The A's must not like any of the lefthanders on the board this year, as they have yet to add any southpaws to a system that is somewhat devoid of them.
The A's added to their middle infield depth with their Round 5 pick Kevin Melillo, a secondbaseman from South Carolina. Melillo has hit well at South Carolina (.311/.357/.543 in his senior year), but has not shown great patience at the plate (12 BB to 33 K this past year).
The A's finally nabbed a lefthander with their sixth round pick, Derek Tharpe from the University of Tennessee.Tharpe works both sides of the plate well and features four pitches, although none are overwhelming. He is small (5'11'', 188), but the A's have had success with pitchers of his build before (Tim Hudson, Kirk Saarloos, and Mario Ramos are three currently with the team).
7)Jarod McAuliff, RHP, Oklahoma. McAulifff was the closer for Oklahoma and carries with him an excellent K:9 ratio.
8) Myron Leslie, 3B, South Florida. Leslie also played shortstop for South Florida. He was named C-USA's fifth best prospect by Baseball America. Leslie is a switch-hitter with good patience and good gap power.
9) Chad Boyd, OF, El Camino Real HS (CA), L/L, 5'10", 180, age 19.
10) Thomas Everidge, 1B, Sonoma State. Everidge has displayed good power in college and has posted consecutive seasons of +.420 OBP.
11) Steven Sharpe, RHP, Central Missouri State. Sharpe features a low 90s fastball and a hard slider. The tall righty also has a good change-up.
12) Nicholas Blasi, OF, Wichita State. Blasi was a Community College All-American before attending Wichita State. He hit .321 for Wichita State in 2003.
13) Scott Drucker, RHP, Tennessee. Drucker was primarily a middle reliever for the Vols.
14) Jorge Chari, RHP, Puerto Rican Baseball Academy. The Puerto Rican righty has a good circle change-up and lots of room for growth on his frame.
15)Ryan Ford, LHP, Eastern Michigan. The Ford was a starter for EMU. He was named pitcher of the week for the MAC West three times during 2004.
16)Tyler Best, C, Lewis & Clark College. A's select yet another catcher. Best is a strong defensive catcher with a mediocre bat. He also played for the Alaskan Goldpanners in summer league action. The A's have stockpiled catchers in this draft, which may lead to speculation that some of their current catching prospects could be on the block.
17) Clay Tichota, RHP, Regis University. Tichota was a starter for Regis. He sports an average fastball and a slider/curve combination.
18) Jeremy Slayden, OF, Georgia Tech. Slayden is a left-handed hitter who missed all of this season with a rotator cuff injury. However, he was an excellent hitter in 2003, posting a .348 BA with 18 homers. Slayden will play in the Cape Cod league, according to Baseball America, and will be a draft-and-follow for the A's. He could be the sleeper pick of the draft for Oakland.
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