Early Scouting Reports: Day Two Draftees

The 2006 Major League Baseball Draft is now officially in the books. The Oakland A's selected 23 more players on the draft's second day and made some interesting choices. We have the preliminary reports on all 23 picks inside...

The A's continued to stockpile pitching on Day 2 of the Amateur Draft. After taking a college first baseman with the 578th pick, their first of the day, they used six of their next seven picks on college pitchers. They chose 23 players on Day 2 before they passed in the 42nd round, effectively ending their draft.

The A's must have spent a lot of time this year scouting smaller schools for players they thought would have bright futures. In addition to signing Carlos Gutierrez from ECSU prior to the draft, they chose a lot of award-winning players from lesser-known schools.

Day 2 Breakdown

College players taken – 15
High school players taken – 8
College pitchers taken – 9
High school pitchers taken – 2
College infielders taken – 4
High school infielders taken – 4
College outfielders taken – 2
High school outfielders taken – 2

578th pick
Gregory Dowling, 1B L/L

6'3" 240 lbs 11/15/1983
Georgia Southern

Dowling had good numbers at GSU and was First Team All-Southern Conference as a senior. He joined current Giant Todd Greene as the only players in school history to amass 300 hits, 200 RBI and 185 runs scored. He hit .377 with 11 home runs and 50 RBIs last season, the average and homer total leading his team. He was second in the conference in average and first with a .511 OBP. His K:BB ratio immediately jumps out at you like most of the A's draft picks this season. He had 53 walks to only 20 strikeouts to complement a 1.096 OPS and hits lefties (.453) better than righties (.336). With the future of the first base position still cloudy in Oakland, Dowling could have a chance to win the position in a few years.

608th pick
Josh McLaughlin, RHP

5'11" 190 lbs. 11/23/1983
College of Charleston

The A's stuck to the SoCon with this pick by drafting the College of Charleston's closer. McLaughlin finished the season tied for the conference lead in saves with 15. He had an 11.3 K/9 ratio and only allowed one home run in 56.2 innings pitched. He held lefties to a .236 average against and dominated righties, allowing a .151 average against. He throws his fastball in the high 80s and touches 90 and complements it with a plus 80 mph curve and exhibits good command, allowing only 23 walks while striking out 71.

638th pick
Jacob Smith, C R/R

6'2" 220 lbs. 6/5/1983
East Carolina University

The A's drafting a catcher who has had a knee injury shows you that they were doing overtime evaluating medical reports for some of their picks to make sure that the player hasn't had any lingering effects from the injury. Smith missed the last nine games of his junior season because of the injury. He also worked through an injury in his sophomore season, but was limited to 41 games. His 13 homers were good enough for ninth in Conference USA and his .606 slugging percentage put him sixth. He showed tremendous plate discipline in high school with 60 walks while only totaling five strikeouts and was an equal opportunity producer, putting up good numbers both in and out of the conference.

668th pick
Patrick Currin, RHP

6'0" 190 lbs. 5/12/1984
UNC Greensboro

A teammate of the A's 158th pick, centerfielder Jermaine Mitchell, Currin only made three starts, but amassed 38 appearances and led his team in opponents' batting average (.227), ERA (2.93), saves (8) and record by going 10-3 out of the pen. Those are great numbers from a reliever. The ERA was also good for third and the appearances were first in the SoCon. He is better with the bases empty (.154 average against) as opposed to having runners on (.298), but his total average against (.227) and his win total were 2nd in the conference. He could be a pitcher used in long relief or stretched out to be a fifth starter.

698th pick
Scott Moore, RHP

6'2" 245 lbs. 12/4/1983
Texas State University

The A's took another righthanded workhorse, this time a big one. Moore went 10-4 at TSU in 15 starts with one shutout and threw 102.1 innings, a total which led his team by far, while keeping his ERA at 3.34. This was a great improvement over his junior season where he went 4-6 with an ERA of 3.93. He showed decent command by walking 62 while striking out 118 (30 looking), another total which led his time by a large margin. His ERA, Ks, Wins, innings pitched, average against and starts were all good for seventh or better in the Southland Conference, the wins and Ks leading the conference.

728th pick
Earl Oakes, RHP
6'3" 225 lbs. 9/3/1985
Pace University

Another shutdown college closer taken by the A's on Day 2. Oakes emerged as a sophomore and broke the school single season record with nine saves. As a junior, he expanded that record by saving 13 games, adding to his already school-high 11 career saves. He allowed only 14 hits in 35.2 innings and struck out 49 (23 looking) while walking 15. Oakes led the Northeast-10 conference in saves and was third in appearances.

758th pick
Aaron Odom, LHP
6'0" 165 lbs. 9/24/1984
Texas Tech

Odom was one of the top JUCO prospects coming out of Angelina JC as a sophomore after being named to the All-American Second Team. The A's might have drafted him because of his performance in JC as opposed to D-1. After going 11-2 with a 1.32 ERA over 81.2 innings and totaling 99 strikeouts as mostly a starter at Angelina, he struggled in D-1. Working mostly out of the bullpen he was 3-6 with an ERA was 6.75 and only 42 Ks in 56 innings. The A's might decide to put him back into a starters' role to see if he can rediscover what made him successful.

788th pick
Derrick Gordon, LHP
5'10" 190 lbs. 10/16/1983
Lamar University

Gordon throws with an easy delivery and has good arm action on both his high 80s fastball and his low 70s changeup. He is another pitcher whose 2005 was better than his 2006. After being chosen for the 2005 Pre-Season All-Conference team, he posted a 4-7 record with a 3.95 ERA and striking out 102 batters, good for third in the Southland Conference. Gordon then struggled as a junior by going 4-4 with a 5.32 ERA and striking out only 65 batters. In his defense, if a reliever has a bad game or two, the ERA is one of the hardest stats for him to bring down.

818th pick
Larry Cobb, OF R/R
5'10" 175 lbs. 7/10/1985
College of Charleston

Sticking with Southern Conference standouts, the A's chose a right-handed hitting outfielder that finished seventh in the nation in batting average (.361) as a junior. Cobb also has good speed and stole 20 bags in 28 attempts.

848th pick
Lorenzo Macias, OF R/R

6'2" 190 lbs. 8/17/1985
Mt San Antonio College

The community college freshman hit third and played right most of the season. He hit .390 with six homers, 40 RBIs, and 27 walks and was named to the All-South Coast Conference First Team.

878th pick
Matthew Manship, RHP

6'4" 205 lbs. 11/25/1983

This tall righty throws a mid-high 80s 4-seamer with a decent 2-seamer and a low 70s curve with sharp break. He also appears to have a sharp downward breaking slider that runs in the high 70s. He exhibited good control by striking out 49 and walking only 14. Manship comes from a baseball-oriented family: his brother pitches at Notre Dame, his father pitched at Arizona and an uncle and a cousin both pitched for the Brewers' and Reds' organizations, respectively. He spent his first three seasons at Stanford as their closer, notching 17 saves and generally being successful. This season, he was moved into the rotation and struggled before being moved back to the bullpen and regaining his previous form.

908th pick
Joshua Morgan, RHP
6'2" 200 lbs. 7/15/1984
University of Missouri-St. Louis

The Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year, Morgan was as a pitcher even though he finished fourth in the conference in average (.344), second in homers (six) and ninth in stolen bases with 18 in 20 chances. He was dominant on the mound as well, going 5-3 with a team-best 1.86 ERA and struck out 54 to 20 walks in 48.1 innings. He was also named to the All-Conference First Team for the second straight season.

938th pick
Jonathan Pigott, RF R/R
6'2" 181 lbs. 10/25/1987
Seabreeze High School, Florida

The athletic outfielder has above-average tools across the board and his arm should play in right. He is quick (3.9 second 30-yard dash) and hard-working. Pigott has a short, but powerful swing. The Florida recruit ranked seventh in the East Coast Showcase against some of the top competition in the Eastern United States. He is likely to be a tough sign.

968th pick
Nicholas Hernandez, LHP

6'3" 172 lbs. 7/30/1988
Hialeah Senior High School, Florida

The A's stuck to Florida high schoolers and chose Hialeah's best starting pitcher. Hernandez throws in the mid-upper 80s with his fastball and has some deceptive arm action in his delivery. He brings the ball behind him and then whips it across his body after releasing the ball. He's not afraid to throw inside to righties. Hernandez went 13-3, including two shutouts, with a 0.72 ERA in 77.1 innings. He struck out 118 batters while walking only nine. Hernandez has a commitment to play at Tennessee next season.

998th pick
Burke Lieppman, 1B R/R

6'5" 215 lbs. 10/31/1987
Prescott High School, Arizona

The A's once again showed loyalty to their own by drafting the son of their Director of Player Development, Keith Lieppman. Burke is a big, athletic first baseman with a twin sister, Lauren. He also played center on the Prescott HS basketball team.

1028th pick
Stephen Cochrane, C S/R

6'0" 180 lbs. 7/12/1988
Mission Viejo High School, San Diego

Another SoCal player taken by the A's, this time another switch-hitting catcher. Cochrane hit .346 with three homers and 17 RBIs. He also played a little bit of third base in high school.

1058th pick
Carlos Hernandez, LHP

5'11" 155 lbs. 3/4/1987
West Valley College

Hernandez went 11-1 in 14 appearances (12 starts) and struck out 77 while walking 17 in 71.1 innings pitched as the ace of the Vikings staff.

1088th pick
Jean Diaz, 3B R/R

5'11" 7/27/1988
Academia Perpetuo Socorro (High School), Puerto Rico

Diaz is the second player from Puerto Rico taken by the A's in this draft. The lanky infielder appears tentative in the field, but his approach to the ball and his footwork should improve with experience and coaching. He has an even stance and good swing mechanics and opens his hips quickly.

1118th pick
David Fry, CF R/L

6'0" 180 lbs. 10/27/1987
Bishop Gorman High School, Nevada

Fry has good opposite field power and good speed. He stole 16 bases and hit nine homers while hitting .491 and driving in 44 runs to help lead team to Nevada 4-A Championship. Fry is also a decent, if raw, pitcher.

1148th pick
Rylan Sandoval, IF R/R

5'10" 185 lbs. 8/10/1987
Chabot College, Hayward

Nominated to 2006 California Community College All-America First Team-Northern California roster, Sandoval hit .443 with 20 doubles, eight home runs and 53 RBIs. His OPS was an outstanding 1.261 and he walked 25 times while striking out only 18. Sandoval has diabetes, but that hasn't hampered his ability to compete.

1178th pick
Dante Love, C R/R

5'11" 195 lbs. 4/8/1987
San Diego City College (CC)

Love might be the A's best-named draft pick. He hit .321 with 21 walks to 15 strikeouts and drove in 22 runs as a freshman infielder. Love was named to the Pacific Coast All-Conference Team as an infielder, and he could be a good draft-and-follow candidate.

1208th pick
Goldy Simmons, RHP

6'4" 220 lbs. 10/29/1988
Monte Vista High School

Simmons was a football and baseball player at Monte Vista and an All-Academic Team member in 2004 and 2005.

1238th pick
Jeremy Weih, C R/R

6'1" 195 lbs. 10/15/1987
Wilton High School, Iowa

The A's took another catcher, this time a high-schooler, to finish off their draft. Weih also ran track and played football in high school. He is committed to Northern Iowa. Weih has a mature build and a strong arm from both the outfield and behind the plate, touching 80+ mph. He has made improvements defensively while using an advanced, powerful swing to drive balls to all fields. He is lithe and nimble for a catcher, and is a hard-working, instinctual baseball player with power potential as a catcher and possibly in the outfield as he has good speed.


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