Live Draft Coverage

OaklandClubhouse.com will give live updates on the June Amateur Draft throughout the day on Tuesday. Check back early and often.

Surprising no one, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected a shortstop for the second straight year, this time picking phenom Justin Upton. Upton projects to be as good or better then his brother BJ, who is one of the best infield prospects in baseball.

Mike Pelfrey, the talented right-hander from Wichita State, went to the NY Mets at number 9. Pelfrey could be a hard sign, as he is a Scott Boras client.

as of 10:16am PST

The Cleveland Indians take Trevor Crowe from Arizona at number 14. The A's were rumored to be interested in Crowe.

The New York Yankees take a high school shortstop, Carl Henry out of Oklahoma.

as of 10:22 am PST

The Texas Rangers take Stanford product and draft re-entry, John Mayberry, Jr. Mayberry's stock has fallen with a poor senior season.

Per the prediction of our own Todd Morgan, the A's have selected Texas A&M University shortstop Cliff Pennington with their first pick (number 21 overall). Todd said of Pennington: "Watching Pennington at shortstop reminds me of Khalil Greene. Both have graceful movements and can make acrobatic plays, and both are smart players with excellent baseball instincts, good arms and good range. Pennington plays hard at all times and has great gap power to go along with speed and savvy that could make him an annual threat to steal 20 bases. Greene was rumored to be an A's target back in 2002, and this year they might just take a similar player like Pennington."

as of 10:27 am PST

The Boston Red Sox use their second pick to draft Craig Hansen, a reliever from St. John's. Hansen is the most advanced reliever in the draft class and many have predicted that he will make a similar swift rise through the minor league ranks as A's reliever Huston Street.

At the end of the first round, a few players of note are still on the board, including Jed Lowrie from Stanford. The A's may rarget Lowrie for their next pick (36), if he is still on the board.

Of the top nine draft picks, only Justin Upton at number one was a high school pick. However, 10-13 were high school picks.

as of 10:33 am

Oakland has selected right-fielder Travis Buck of Arizona state with their second selection. Buck is a five-tool player with a lot of upside. Is a high on-base percentage guy, not surprisingly, and is very athletic. Buck hit .388 with 22 doubles and 23 stolen bases during the regular season in 2005 for the Sun Devils and will add speed to the A's system.

as of 11:03 am

Boston takes Jed Lowrie of Stanford at 45.

as of 11:10 am

With the 53rd pick, the A's buck their normal trend and select a high school pitcher, Thomas (Craig) Italiano from Flower Mound High School. He is a very hard-thrower who was projected originally to be drafted in the top 30. He was voted as having the best fastball amongst high school prospects by Baseball America going into the draft.

as of 11:18 am

The A's go high school again and dip into their past gene pool and selected South Bay high school star Jared Lansford, son of former A's star Carney Lansford. Lansford has committed to Santa Clara, but one would have to think the A's would have an inside track on Lansford. Lansford continues the A's trend of picking players whose fathers were professional ball players. Lansford was a star pitcher and second baseman/third baseman for Saint Francis High School.

as of 11:30 am

The Atlanta Braves take another Bay Area high school pitcher with the 77th pick, Monte Vista High School's Jeff Lyman.

as of 11:33 am

The A's seem to be cornering the market on high school pitching this draft, an interesting diversion from their normal pattern. With their third round selection, the A's take Vincent Mazzaro, a right-handed pitcher from Rutherford HS. Mazzaro has signed to play for St. John's next fall. As a junior at Rutherford, Mazzaro was 10-1 with an 0.83 ERA and 131 strike outs in only 74 innings. He only walked 11. He was a 2005 High School Pre-Season All-American.

as of 12:14 pm PST

In the fourth round, the A's went back to the college ranks and selected Cal Poly right-hander James Shull. Shull was taken by Arizona in the 8th round last season, but didn't sign.

as of 12:49 pm PST

In the fifth round, the A's selected another right-handed high school pitcher. Scott Deal of Curtis High in Washington was the pick.

In the sixth round, Oakland picked justin Sellars of Marina High School in California. In the seventh round, the A's went with another right-handed high school pitcher in Kevin Bunch of Serrano High in California.

Perhaps the A's emphasis on high school players in this draft indicates that they are fairly satisfied with the depth of their current farm system at the mid and upper levels and are willing to take some risks on some talent that will take longer to develop.

as of 2:12 pm PST

With the 247th pick, the Philadelphia Phillies selected Jeremy Slayden of Georgia Tech. Slayden, an outfielder, was drafted in the later rounds by the A's last year as a draft and follow.

In the eighth round, the A's selected another right-handed pitcher, Jason Ray of Azusa Pacific University. He is a high-velocity pitcher and a former junior college star at San Diego City College. Ray has only been pitching for two years (was an outfielder before that) and he has been a quicker developer on the moung. Could be a bit of a sleeper pick.

as of 2:21pm PST

The A's may be looking to break the record for most number of right-handed pitchers taken in one draft. In the eighth round, the A's grabbed another: William ("Trey") Shields of the University of Alabama.Shields in another junior college veteran who missed the 2004 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was a 15th round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins in 2004 (despite being injured) and a 22nd round selection by the Atlanta Braves in 2002. Shields is big and has a power forward's frame (6'7'', 230).

as of 2:32pm PST

Keeping in form with the rest of the picks they've made this draft, the A's have selected another right-handed pitcher, John Herrera of Lubbock Christian University (NAIA). Herrera is best known for striking out 20 batters in a Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament game this past May. He is 6'6'' and features a low-90s fastball and a slider.

as of 2:46pm PST

In the eleventh round, the A's nabbed pitcher (right-handed, of course) and first baseman Steve Kleen of Pepperdine University. The big right-hander (6'4'') throws a fastball, curveball and change-up. He was the Waves closer in 2005, as well as their starting first baseman. He had a .374 batting average (team-high) and a .447 on-base percentage for the Waves in 2004. He was one of the Waves most highly-touted prospects coming into college.

as of 3:14pm PST

For a change of pace, the A's used their 12th round selection on a third baseman, Jeffrey Baisley of South Florida. Baisley played at USF with his twin brother, Brian. He is a strong defensive player who was among the league leaders in the C-USA conference in hits, doubles, RBI and average. He broke his foot early in the 2004 season and suffered through a sub-par, injury-marred season. He was a teammate of Kane County third baseman Myron Leslie at USF. Leslie was named to the Midwest League Western Division All-Star team today.

as of 3:33pm PST

After taking right-handed pitcher Vic Mazzaro earlier in the draft, the A's have selected left-handed pitcher/centerfielder Michael Massaro in the 13th round. Massaro, not to be confused with the teenaged Mazzaro or the NASCAR beat writer Mike Massaro, is a college pitcher from Colorado State - Pueblo. He made the 2005 RMAC All-Tournament Team and was an excellent hitter in addition to being an effective starter for Pueblo.

as of 3:41pm PST

In the 14th round, the A's selected Bradley Davis, a left-handed pitcher from Lewis & Clark State College. Lewis & Clark State is the alma mater of former A's closer Keith Foulke. Clark also plays the outfield and is a former Alaska Gold Panner of the Alaska Summer League. He hits right-handed and throws left.

as of 3:49pm PST

In the 15th, 16th and 17th rounds, the A's selected OF Jeff Bieker of Fort Hays State, switch-hitting first baseman Jeff Smoak of Stratford HS, and catcher Isaac Omura of the University of Hawaii.

as of 4:35pm PST

The A's final pick of Day 1 was used on catcher Anthony Recker of Alvernia College. He is a big body behind the plate and is advanced defensively. He is a gap hitter with occasional homerun power.

Day Two saw the A's make 21 more selections. The final draftees in order were:

C Anthony Recker
C Julio Rivera
RHP Stephen Bryant
RHP Michael Madsen
C Shawn Callahan
OH James Bennett
SS Benjamin Ingold
SS Ezekiel Parraz
LHP Ronald Madej
RHP Jess Lecasse
2B Michael Klug
LHP Brad Kilby
RHP Tom Franco
RHP Joshua Kay
C Jake Hammons
C Matthew Singleton
RHP Edwin Mieles
SS Steven Braun
SS Shane Keough
LHP Anthony Huttenlocker
C Nicolas Pulos

Shane Keough, drafted in the 36th round, is the son of former A's pitcher and current A's Special Assisant to the GM Matt Keough. Shane's grandfather Marty was also a major league baseball player, so if Shane makes the major leagues, the Koeughs will join the ranks of the Bells and Boones in terms of multiple generation baseball families. Koeugh is a senior at Northwood High School and is a shortstop.

The A's drafted a total of 40 players, including 29 collegians and 11 high school athletes. The breakdown includes 19 pitchers, six catchers, 11 infielders and four outfielders.


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