Oakland A's 2006 Draft: Live Blog

Draft day is finally here and at OaklandClubhouse.com, we have comprehensive coverage of the Oakland A's 2006 draft. Check back with us throughout the day and in the ensuing weeks to get day-of live draft coverage, in-depth analysis of the A's selections, draftee interviews and more...

Last Updated: June 7 - 1:25 p.m. PST


For the first time since 2000, the Oakland A's will not have a first round draft choice. Oakland's first selection comes with the 66th overall pick, a second round choice. After that, the A's will have the 22nd selection of every round.

Last season, the A's went with two polished collegiate position players with their first two picks and then selected six high school players (five pitchers and one position player) out of the next seven selections.

All told, the A's went heavy on right-handed pitching in the 2005 draft, selecting 14 right-handed hurlers. In contrast, the A's only picked three left-handed pitchers and four outfielders.

If the A's end up drafting for need, look for them to stock up on left-handed pitching and power-hitters. They have already made two pre-draft signings that could potentially address their lack of power-hitting in the system in fifth-year senior signee Carlos Gutierrez and junior college draft-and-follow Shane Keough.

However, since the A's don't have a first round pick, they may look to draft the best available player regardless of need, at least in the early going. The A's should have some money to play with if a prospect drops to the second round due to signability issues because the team won't be paying for two or more first round bonuses, as they usually do.

Check back all day Tuesday and Wednesday for complete live coverage of the A's draft!

Live Blog

9:35 a.m. It looks like Luke Hochevar is not in danger of being another Matt Harrington story. Hochevar took a big risk last season by driving a hard-line on his signing price, and it looks like that risk will pay off big-time for him. Buzz around the draft has Hochevar going as high as number one to Kansas City, and he certainly won't slip out of the top-ten. Hochebar is a polished arm who could move quickly through the minor leagues once he does get his name on the dotted line. He currently has been pitching (with Harrington) on the independent league Fort Wayne Cats.

9:55 a.m. MLB.com radio is reporting that Luke Hochevar will be the first pick in the draft. Ironically, Hochevar may have moved into the top spot because of the signability issues of another player, left-hander Andrew Miller. Miller was expected to go number one, but he has been reportedly asking for a lot of money.

It isn't clear where Miller will fall after not going number one. Baseball America has him falling all the way to Arizona at spot 11. We'll find out in about ten minutes!

10:05 a.m. It's official. Luke Hochevar has been tapped as the first pick of the 2006 draft. The Rockies have followed with Greg Reynolds from Stanford. Reynolds was a highly-regarded recruit for the Cardinal, but had a somewhat disappointing college career. A strong 2006 season pushed him back into the spotlight and he has a lot of polish coming from the Farm. Another Bay Area prospect, Brandon Morrow of Cal, shouldn't be too far behind.

Evan Longoria becomes the first position player taken. He went to Tampa as the third pick. Longoria was the consensus top offensive player in this draft and comes from the same program as the A's Bobby Crosby.

Brad Lincoln, a Tim Hudson-clone, goes to Pittsburgh at number five. Pittsburgh passes over former star Pirate Doug Drabek's son Kyle.

Morrow goes to Seattle at number five. He is a starter now, but his fastball could project as a reliever later on.

10:15 a.m. Detroit pulls the first surprise in the draft, taking Andrew Miller instead of Clayton Kershaw. Miller was the consensus number one pick, but he could be a difficult sign. If the Tigers do sign him, Miller should be a good value pick at number six.

10:20 a.m. Kershaw becomes the first high school pick with the LA Dodgers at number seven. He was the top left-hander in high school. Drew Stubbs, the best five-tool prospect in the draft, goes to Cincinnati at number eight. Stubbs projects to be very similar to former Red Mike Cameron, a high strikeouts/high production offensive player. He is also a potential future Gold Glover in center.

Baltimore takes a potential future replacement for Miguel Tejada with high school shortstop Billy Rowell. Rowell is very big (6'5'') and could eventually move to third, although the Orioles were the first to use a big shortstop with Cal Ripken.

The cross-bay San Francisco Giants finally have a first round pick and they use it this year on Washington right-hander Tim Lincecum. Lincecum is a small right-hander with a big arm and an unusual delievery. He could move quickly into the Giants pourous bullpen.

The Diamondbacks took Max Scherzer at 11 and the Texas Rangers went with a high school arm at 12, passing on Kyle Drabek and taking lefty Kasey Kiker instead. Kiker won't help the Rangers right away, but he has a great arm, although his size has been questioned by scouts at 5'11''.

10:30 a.m. Sandy Alderson's return to the front office is culminated with a typical Sandy draft choice in collegiate star Matt Antonelli from Wake Forest. Antonelli had been projected to go to Theo Epstein in Boston, but Alderson stepped in and took him at 17. Antonelli could fill the Padres' hole at third fairly quickly.

The Phillies bit the bullet on Kyle Drabek at 18. Drabek could come back to haunt the Pirates in the same state for years to come if he lives up to his potential. He is expected to go as a pitcher, although he was an excellent shortstop and hitter in high school, as well.

At 22, the Washington Nationals took Colton Willems, a high school right-handed pitcher from Florida, with the A's draft pick that was given for the signing of Esteban Loaiza. Likely not the pick the A's would have made in the same situation.

10:45 a.m. The first round ends with 13 high school picks taken. The Angels took Southern California high school catcher Hank Conger who has tremendous power and has drawn comparisons to the A's top prospect Daric Barton. Power-hitter Matt LaPorta is still on the board. The draft was expected to break a record for the most number of pitchers in the first round, but that didn't come to pass.

11:00 a.m. The Dodgers start the supplemental round with a surprise by taking Preston Mattingly, the son of former Yankees star Don Mattingly. Mattingly wasn't expected to go this high. Mattingly is a high school shortstop. Mattingly is a big guy (6'3'') and could move to third or first later in his career.

The Giants went with speed with the third pick in the supplemental first round, Emmanuel Burriss, a shortstop at Kent State. He is a solid lead-off hitter who had a big season in the Cape Cod League last summer.

11:10 a.m. The supplemental round ends with nine pitchers going in the abbreviated round. Notable pitchers going were Pedro Beato (a draft-and-follow from the New York Mets who re-entered the draft) going to Baltimore, Cory Rasmus (brother of Cardinals prospect Colby) who went to Atlanta and David Huff, left-hander from UCLA to Cleveland.

11:25 a.m. The Brewers took an appropriate pick at 60, shortstop Brent Brewer. The Padres got a player who many thought would go higher, left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc. A crafty left-hander and another typical Alderson pick.

11:30 a.m. The A's make their first selection and it is a bit of surprise. For the second straight season, the A's have taken a high school pitcher. Trevor Cahill from Vista High School is the pick. Cahill is extremely bright and is signed to go to Dartmouth College. One would assume that the A's have had assurances that Cahill will by-pass the Ivy Leagues to take Cahill this high. More on Cahill to come...

11:35 a.m. Trevor Cahill is another San Diego standout, similar to A's GM Billy Beane and A's star Eric Chavez. Cahill was ranked at the 15th best California prospect by Baseball America. Cahill doesn't over-power anyone, but he tends to sit in the low-90s and can get up to 93 on occasion. He has a good curveball that reportedly has a dramatic drop to it, which he uses to get hitters to swing and miss. Cahill joins Ryan Webb, Craig Italiano, Jared Lansford, Vince Mazzaro, Kevin Bunch and Scott Deal as high school right-handers that the A's have picked over the past three drafts.

11:40 a.m. As we move into the supplemental second round and the third round, we see that a number of college sluggers are still on the board, with Florida's Matt LaPorta being at the top of that list. Perhaps the A's will still be able to grab some power in the third round.

11:45 a.m. With the last pick in the abbreviated supplemental second round, the first college power hitter goes to St. Louis in Mark Hamilton of Tulane.

The third round begins with three pitchers being taken off of the board, Blake Wood of Georgia Tech to KC, Keith Weiser of Miami of Ohio to Colorado and Nicholas Fuller of Kell HS in Georgia to Tampa.

11:55 a.m. The Orioles before taking Zachary Britton with their third round pick request that their second round pick, Ryan Adams, be listed as a shortstop instead of a third baseman, as he was listed earlier.

Arizona grabs well-known Pac-10 right-hander Dallas Buck, a right-hander. He fell as a pre-season first rounder because his velocity was well down this season.

Despite grabbing Taylor Teagarden last season, the Rangers grab Chad Tracy, a catcher from Pepperdine University, in the third round. Tracy is the son of Pirates manager Jim Tracy and was one of the top college catchers this season.

The Giants go local with their third round pick, selecting Clayton Tanner from De La Salle High School in Concord, CA. The Marlins followed that selection by taking high school catcher Torre Langley. Langley was named after Yankees manager Joe Torre. Undersized, but a great defensive player.

With seemingly their 100th pick in this draft, the Washington Nationals take Stephen King from Florida. King is considered a tough sign coming out of high school, but a first or second round talent. A great defensive player.

12:00 p.m. The A's continue to buck their reputation and take a Texas high school outfielder with their third round pick. Matt Sulentic out of Hillcrest High School in Dallas was the pick. Sulentic was one of the top offensive performers in the high school ranks last season. He is only 5'10'', 170 pounds, so it remains to be seen whether his high school power will translate to a wooden bat. He won the Dallas area triple-crown in 2005. He is a high make-up prospect.

Baseball America had Sulentic as the 12th best Texas prospect this season. He is a left-handed hitter, but throws right-handed. Sulentic has played mostly outfield, but has seen some time at short. He has average speed and an average arm, but good baseball instincts.

12:25 p.m. The fourth round has a decidedly college feel to it, as college pitchers and position players are well represented in this round early. The Pirates grab Jared Hughes from Cal State Long Beach with the 110 pick and the Tigers take Ryan Strieby, a power-hitting first baseman from the University of Kentucky. That makes two power-hitting college first-basemen picked ahead of Matt LaPorta.

12:30 p.m. For the second time in the draft, the Rangers go with baseball bloodlines, and take Marcus Lemon, the son of former Tigers outfielder Chet Lemon. Marcus is a high school shortstop with good speed and power. In a moment of levity, the Rangers announced before taking Lemon that their previous pick, Chad Tracy, is the son of Jim Tracy. They then neglected to mention that Marcus Lemon is the son of Chet.

12:35 p.m. The A's go back to the right-handed pitching pool with their fourth round pick, taking Chad Lee from Barton County Community College. The A's have yet to select a four-year college player. Lee is commited to Oklahoma State. Lee missed last season with a torn ACL, but he has been throwing a mid-90s fastball with a good curve in recent showings. Lee is a big bodied pitcher (6'4'', 200 pounds).

1:05 p.m. The Chicago Cubs take a risk in the fifth round that could have huge rewards. They selected Jeff Samardzija out of Notre Dame. Samardzija is a consensus first round talent as a right-handed pitcher, but he is also the star of the Notre Dame football team and he could be a first round pick in football next fall. The Cubs have only had two picks thus far and could throw a lot of money to Samardzija.

1:15 p.m. With their fifth round pick, the A's select their first four-year college player. Jermaine Mitchell is a centerfielder from UNC-Greensboro who is highly athletic and he has a good build at 6'0'', 200 pounds. Mitchell attended Texarkana College before heading to UNC-Greensboro. He is a left-handed hitter and thrower with some pitching experience, as well, although he projects as an outfielder.

Mitchell led the Greensboro squad in hitting with a .397 batting average in 2006. He stole 24 bases in 30 opportunities and walked 42 times against 43 strikeouts. He also led his team in homeruns (five), triples (seven) and doubles (11). He projects as a top-of-the-order hitter.

1:30 p.m. Things speed along now that we have reached the sixth round. Picks will move fast and furious.

1:35 p.m. The Chicago Cubs select Josh Lansford in the sixth round out of Cal Poly. Lansford, of course, is the older brother of A's prospect Jared Lansford and son of Carney Lansford.

1:40 p.m. The A's have selected Andrew Bailey, a (suprise!) right-handed pitcher out of Wagner College, a four-year school. Bailey is a big pitcher (6'3'', 220 lbs) with a projectable body. He was the top prospect in the NEC conference. He was drafted last season by Milwaukee but returned to Wagner on a medical redshirt after an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.

Bailey went 3-1 in 12 games (six starts) for Wagner in 2006. He had two complete games, three saves and 53 strikeouts in 44.1 innings. Bailey continues a trend for the A's this draft to take players who are either not in a four-year school or at a small-profile four-year program.

1:55 p.m. In the seventh round, the A's have selected another high school pitcher, Michael Leake, a right-hander from Fallbrook HS in California. Leake is another San Diegan. He has signed on with Arizona State. He was an accomplished pitcher and lead-off hitter for Fallbrook High. Leake actually squared off against A's second round pick Trevor Cahill in the Avocado League championship game and beat Cahill. Leake threw a complete game in that contest.

2:05 p.m. The Phillies select Terrance Warren, an outfielder from Bethel HS in Vallejo, CA.

2:10 p.m. The A's take another center fielder with their eighth round pick, Angel Sierra of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy. Sierra was part of his high school's 4X100-meter relay team that won a number of races in Puerto Rico. He is 6'0'', 165 and he appeared in the World Wood Baseball Association Championship Series last winter. He is right-handed.

2:13 p.m. The New York Mets take Jeremy Barfield with their ninth round pick. Barfield is the brother of Padres' infielder Josh Barfield and the son of former Toronto Blue Jay Jesse Barfield.

2:15 p.m. In the ninth round, the A's take first baseman Daniel Hamblin from the University of Arkansas. Hamblin is a power-hitting first baseman. He hit .289 with 17 HR and 68 RBI for Arkansas in 2006.

2:20 p.m. Hamblin was a third baseman before damaging his throwing shoulder during his freshman season. He is a good athlete with soft hands and good power and decent speed. Hamblin could move to outfield in the future. He could be a difficult sign unless the A's over-pay at this slot, as he is coming off of a down season in 2006.

2:25 p.m. With their tenth round pick, the A's selected Christian Vitters, a shortstop from Fresno State. Fresno State is also where 2004 first round pick Richie Robnett attended. Vitters hit .340 with 11 homers and 58 RBI for Frenso in 2006. He stole 10 bases in 14 chances. He was the WAC Player of the Year in 2006. Vitters broke his thumb in May and missed the WAC championship tournament.

2:45 p.m. The A's went back to the right-handed pitching pool again with their 11th round pick, selecting Jason Fernandez of the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Fernandez went 9-2 with a 2.86 ERA for the Ragin' Cajuns in 2006. He threw 91.1 innings and struck out 101 against only 37 walks.

2:55 p.m. The A's selected right-handed pitcher Shane Presutti from Franklin Pierce College in the 12th round. Presutti is 6'3'', 185. Presutti went 9-2 with a 2.64 ERA for Franklin Pierce in 2006. He had two complete game shut-outs this season.

3:05 p.m. In the 13th round, the A's continued their trend of taking players from smaller schools. The A's selected Ben Jukich, a left-handed hurler, from Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota. He was an NAIA All-American in 2006 and he went 10-5 with an ERA of 1.90. The Minnesota native had nine complete games and three shut-outs. He set a school record with 144 strikeouts in 94.2 innings pitched. Opposing batters hit only .214 against him.

3:15 p.m. In the 14th round, the A's selected Toddric Johnson, a centerfielder from Southern Mississippi. He is highly athletic and has above-average defensive skills. Johnson attended Meridian Community College before joining the Golden Eagles. He is a left-handed hitter. Johnson was all-Conference USA in 2006. He got on-base at a .451 clip and had 10 homeruns for Southern Miss.

Of note, the Red Sox selected Matt LaPorta in the 14th round. It seems unlikely that LaPorta would sign this low.

3:25 p.m. Kyle Christensen, a right-handed high school pitcher out of Millikan HS in Southern California, is the A's 15th round pick. He had a 1.71 ERA during his senior season for Millikan. He's 6'1'', 175 and went 7-5 during his senior year. He struck out 58 in 49 innings.

3:45 p.m. With their 16th round pick, the A's went local, taking left-handed pitcher Branden Dewing from San Jose State. Dewing is a junior and is 6'0'', 165. He is from Modesto, CA and he went 7-6 in 17 appearances (16 starts) for the Spartans in 2006. He had a 3.14 ERA and 72 K in 114 innings.

3:47 p.m. In the 17th round, the Tigers selected Benjamin Petralli out of Sacramento Community College. Petralli is the son of former Rangers catcher Geno Petralli.

3:55 p.m. In the 17th round, the A's selected Michael Affronti, a shortstop from Le Moyne College in New York. Le Moyne is a four-year college. He is from Dix Hills, NY and is 6'2'', 200 lbs. He hit .389 with 12 homers and 17 stolen bases in 52 games for Le Moyne in 2006. A broken forearm during his junior season ended his 2005 campaign early and had him returning for a senior year at Le Moyne.

4:05 p.m. With their final pick of the day, the A's selected Michael Ambort, a switch-hitting catcher from Lamar University in Texas. He was a pre-season NCBWA All-American after hitting .338 with a school record 18 homeruns as a sophomore. He played in only six games as a junior, hitting .391 with five RBI after an elbow injury sustained in the Cape Cod League lingered into the regular season. He could be a huge value pick if signed, as Ambort was a first-round talent before losing most of his junior season to injury. He has tremendous power and good skills behind the plate.

Check back tomorrow for continuing updates and coverage of the A's 2006 draft!

Day Two

9:05 a.m. We are back, a little weary and ready to tackle the second day of the Oakland A's draft. Be sure to check out our early scouting reports on the Day One A's picks and to tune in tonight for the first our our interviews with the Oakland A's draft picks.

9:15 a.m. The A's went back to their Moneyball roots with their first second-day pick, tabbing Georgia Southern first baseman Greg Dowling with the 19th round pick. Dowling with a first-team All-Southern Conference performer this past season, when he hit .377 with a .511 on-base percentage and 11 homeruns in 58 games for Georgia Southern. The left-hander is 6'3'', 240 lbs.

9:25 a.m. The A's 20th round pick is a right-handed pitcher from the College of Charleston, Josh McLaughlin. McLaughlin was originially at Georgia, but transferred in 2005. He is a little under-sized at 5'11'', 190 lbs, but he was a workhorse in Charleston's bullpen. He appeared in 31 games this season, posting a 1.27 ERA and striking out 71 in 56.2 innings. He had 15 saves and could have a future as a closer in the pros.

9:35 a.m. With their 21st round pick, the A's selected East Carolina catcher Jake Smith. Smith was a second-team Louisville Slugger All-American this season. He hit .344 with 13 HR and 65 RBI for the Pirates. Smith was the first Pirate since 2004 to earn All-American honors.

9:50 a.m. With their 22nd round pick, the A's selected Academic All-American Patrick Currin from UNC Greensboro. Currin was a teammate of A's fifth round selection Jermaine Mitchell, and Currin wemt 10-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 38 games for UNC Greensboro. He also had eight saves. Currin is a six-foot tall right-hander from Chapel Hill, NC.

10:00 a.m. Since variety apparently isn't the spice of life, the A's selected yet another right-handed pitcher with their 23rd round pick. Scott Moore of Texas State was the pick this time. Moore is a big guy at 6'3'', 250 lbs, and he went 10-4 with a 3.34 ERA for Texas State this season. He struck out 118 in 102 innings pitched.

10:05 a.m. With their 24th round pick, the A's once again dipped into the right-handed pitching pool, taking Earl Oakes of Pace University. Oakes is a 6'3'', 225 lb right-hander from Bristol, CT so he'll be an instant Chris Berman favorite if he ever makes the bigs. Oakes was the Setters closer, saving 13 games and posting a 1.47 ERA in 35.2 innings. He struck out 49 batters.

10:15 a.m. In the 25th round, the A's decided to switch it up a little and they selected a left-handed pitcher from Texas Tech, Aaron Odom. Odom is a 6'0'', 165 lb lefty from Lumberton, Texas. He was a top junior college prospect from Angelina College before transferring to Texas Tech. He went 3-6 with a 6.75 ERA in 56 innings during his one season with the Red Raiders.

10:30 a.m. In the 26th round, the A's stuck with left-handed pitching, picking up Derrick Gordon from Lamar University. He is the second Lamar University player taken by the A's during this draft. Gordon struck out more than a batter an inning this season and went 4-4 with a 5.32 ERA in 21 games for Lamar.

10:40 a.m. With their 27th round selection, the A's added a position player to the mix by taking Larry Cobb of the College of Charleston. Cobb is a small, but speedy centerfielder and a right-handed hitter. He stole 20 bases this season and hit .351 with seven homers. He is the second College of Charleston player taken by Oakland today.

10:50 a.m. In the 28th round, the A's selected Mt. San Antonio College (community college) outfielder Lorenzo Macias. Macias was a first team All-South Coast Conference performer in 2006. He is a 6'2'' freshman who hits right-handed. He may be a draft-and-follow candidate.

11:00 a.m. The A's went local with their 29th round pick and selected Matt Manship from Stanford University. Manship was the Cardinal closer for much of his first three seasons on the Farm, but he moved into their weekend rotation for his senior season. Manship went 2-6 with a 5.59 ERA. It is likely that he will move back to the bullpen, where he had more success, when he joins the A's organization. Manship has lots of big game experience, including a trip to Omaha in the College World Series. He was in Baseball America's top 35 best seniors coming into the 2006 season. Manship has an unusual delivery, which makes him hard to pick-up.

11:10 a.m. With their 30th pick, the A's selected two-way player Josh Morgan from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Morgan was the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year and a All-North Central Region First Team seletion this year. Morgan hit .344 with six homers, six doubles and two triples. He also stole 18 bases. On the mound, Morgan went 5-3 with a 1.86 ERA and two saves. He struck out 54 batters in 48.1 innings.

11:30 a.m. In the 31st round, the A's went back to the high school ranks and took Florida HS outfielder Jonathan Pigott. He is a five-tool prospect with a compact and powerful swing. He is an early signee with Florida and likely a near impossible sign at this position.

11:45 a.m. The A's went back to pitching in the 32nd round, taking Florida HS left-hander Nick Hernandez from Hialeah, FL. Hernandez is an early commit to Tennessee.

In the 33rd round, the A's selected Burke Lieppman, a 6'5'' HS first baseman from Prescott, AZ and the son of A's farm director Keith Lieppman, himself an A's draft pick some years back. It's not clear if Burke has selected a college yet, but he could develop into a draft-and-follow, similar to Shane Keough last season.

12:15 p.m. Things are moving along at a rapid-fire pace now. To get you caught up, the A's selected switch-hitting high school catcher Stephen Cochrane from Mission Viejo HS in the 34th round. He hit .346 with three homers for Mission Viejo this season. They then selected left-handed pitcher Carlos Hernandez from West Valley College (community college in Saratoga) in the 35th round. With their 36th round selection, Oakland took Jean Diaz from Academia Perpetuo Socorro. Diaz is a third baseman and the A's second pick from Puerto Rico.

12:25 p.m. The A's selected David Fry, a HS outfielder from Bishop Gorman HS in Nevada, with their 37th round pick. Fry played both football and baseball for Bishop Gorman, lining up as a wideout on the gridiron. In the 38th round, the A's selected local prospect Rylan Sandoval of Chabot Community College. He was All-Coast Conference selection at Chabot this year and is a graduate of Castro Valley HS. He suffers from diabetes, but it hasn't stopped him from performing on the field.

1:00 p.m. With the A's 39th round selection, Oakland picked Dante Love, a six-foot tall infielder from San Diego Community College. The A's went local again with their 40th round pick, selecting right-handed pitcher Goldy Simmons from Monte Vista High School.

1:15 p.m. We are now reaching the final stretch of the 2006 draft. In the 41st round, the A's selected Iowa HS catcher Jeremy Weih. Weih is a strong defensive catcher with a line-drive bat. He has signed with the University of Northern Iowa.

1:25 p.m. The A's elected to pass at round 42, meaning that they will have no further picks for the rest of the draft.

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