Oakland A's MLN: Draft Update

One month removed from the 2007 MLB Draft, the Oakland A's have officially signed 30 of their 53 picks. We take a look at the progress of those picks thus far inside...

Note: The number before the draft pick's name is the number pick that he was in the A's draft, not the round in which he was selected.

1. James Simmons, P: Simmons, the A's top pick, signed fairly quickly. After completing a throwing program at the A's minor league facility in Arizona, Simmons joined the Double-A Midland roster last week. Simmons has yet to make his debut for the Rockhounds, but it is expected that his professional debut will come soon. Simmons is the first A's draft pick to go directly to Double-A in some time. After throwing a lot of innings for UC-Riverside this season, the A's are going to work to keep Simmons' work load fairly light for his first pro season.

2. Sean Doolittle, 1B: Doolitte wasted no time coming to terms with the A's after being drafted out of the University of Virginia. He was originally sent to short-season Vancouver, where he hit .283 with three doubles and a 9:10 BB:K ratio in 13 games. He was promoted to low-A Kane County on July 3rd. In five games, the first baseman is batting .267 with an RBI and a 4:3 BB:K ratio.

3. Corey Brown, OF: Brown signed on the same day as Simmons and was immediately assigned to short-season Vancouver. He has been manning centerfield regularly for the C's. Brown hasn't hit much for average yet (.222), but he has hit for a lot of power (.519 SLG with two homers, two triples and six doubles) and has shown good plate patience (13:18 BB:K ratio). He has also stolen two bases and has 13 RBI in 15 games played.

4. Grant Desme, OF: Desme recently came to terms with the A's, but he won't be suiting up for a little while longer. Desme suffered a broken wrist during his final season at Cal-Poly and he is still rehabbing the injury. Before being hurt, Desme was a College All-American this season. He is expected to start his career in Vancouver and could be ready to swing the bat as soon as two weeks from now.

5. Josh Horton, SS: Horton was a late sign by the A's after he helped his UNC Tar Heels make the College World Series finals. The athletic shortstop batted better than .300 during the CWS tournament. He will likely get a little time off before starting his pro career in Vancouver.

6. Sam Demel, RP: Demel, who was one of the top closers in the NCAA this season, signed last week and was immediately assigned to High-A Stockton. He has made three appearances since joining the Ports. His first two were rough – he allowed three runs in 1.1 innings of work – but he recovered on Saturday to throw a scoreless inning, striking out two. Demel is considered to be a very polished reliever and could move quickly if he gets on a hot streak with Stockton.

7. Travis Banwart, P: Banwart signed early but the A's held him back from live game action for a few weeks to build up his arm strength after the lay-off between his collegiate season at Wichita State and draft day. He made his pro debut with Kane County on July 4th and was outstanding, throwing three scoreless innings and earning his first professional save. He struck out four, walked none and allowed only two hits. Banwart will likely transition to the starting rotation before the end of the season.

8. Andrew Carignan, RP: Carignan isn't officially signed by the A's, but according to the Norwich Bulletin, the North Carolina closer has come to terms with the A's and will be reporting to low-A Kane County in roughly 10 days. Carignan became the all-time CWS saves leader this season and had 18 regular season saves for the Tar Heels. He had a heavy workload for UNC this season, so the A's will likely be careful with him this season.

9. Scott Hodsdon, P: Hodsdon was an early sign for the A's and he has been with short-season Vancouver since he inked his deal. Hodsdon has made four appearances for the C's, with one start, and he has a 1-0 record with a 4.50 ERA.. He has struck out nine and walked four in 10 innings of work.

10. Lance Sewell, P: Sewell was signed this week after a strong season with San Diego State. He was pitching for the Cape Cod League's Wareham team at the time that he inked his deal with Oakland. He had thrown 1.2 innings for the Gateman at the time of his signing with the A's.

11. Daniel Schlereth, RP: Unsigned.

12. Eric Berger, P: Unsigned.

13. Danny Hamblin, IF: Hamblin was a re-draft for Oakland in 2007. He spurned the A's offer in 2006, when the team took him in the ninth round, but signed quickly in 2007 after being signed in the 10th round. He has been with Vancouver since his signing and has been the big bat in the C's line-up. The power-hitting corner infielder has seen time at first and at third and already has three homers in 71 at-bats in the notoriously power-sapping Northwest League. Hamblin was a third baseman in college before injuring his right shoulder, which necessitated a move to first. The A's would love to see him back at third permanently if his shoulder can handle the load, but, for now, he will see most of his time at first.

14: Michael Richard. SS: The dynamic Prairie View A&M shortstop has been with Vancouver since signing his pro contract. In 35 at-bats, Richard has a .314 BA, although his 8:0 K:BB ratio has made him a tough fit for the top of the order. He already has 11 stolen bases in 11 chances and if he can start getting on-base via the walk a bit, he could be a terror at the top of the line-up for the C's. He might be the best stolen base prospect the A's have had in some time.

15. Gary Brown, OF: Unsigned.

16. Justin Friend, P: Friend, a college teammate of Corey Brown at OK State, has been coming out of the bullpen for the Vancouver Canadians since signing with the team. He is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in three appearances. He has seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings and has allowed two walks and six hits.

17. Matt Smith, C: Smith, the first catcher selected by Oakland in the 2007 drafted, became the first 2007 A's draft pick to play for a full-season affiliate this season when he was added to the Kane County roster on June 26. He has been playing regularly for the Cougars, appearing in 11 games already. Smith has a .205 BA with three RBI and a 10:2 K:BB ratio thus far, although he is three for his last nine with three RBI for the Cougars.

18. Brad Hertzler, P: The Maine-Orono alum joined the Canadians roster on July 3rd and has since made two appearances. He has thrown 4.2 innings for the C's, allowing only one unearned run. He has struck out seven and walked one and allowed three hits.

19. Brent Lysander, P: The 6'7'' right-hander has been a workhorse for the Canadians since he arrived in Vancouver in late June. He has made four appearances and has thrown at least 2.2 innings in all four outings. Lysander has allowed two earned runs in 11.2 innings and he has a 5:4 K:BB ratio thus far.

20. Stephen Hunt, P: Unsigned.

21. Matt Ray, SS: Ray was an early sign and he has already appeared in 14 games for the Canadians. He has struggled at the plate thus far, batting .171 with one homer in 41 at-bats. He has nine walks in those 14 games. The switch-hitter has been much more effective as a left-handed hitter (.240 BA/ 787 OPS) than as a right-handed batter (.063 BA/ 313 OPS) thus far.

22. Dusty Napoleon, C: The Iowa alum has appeared in six games since signing. He is batting .211 for the Canadians with one RBI and a 5:7 BB:K ratio.

23. Dan Wentzell, OF: The George Fox alum has been playing with the A's Rookie League team in Arizona. He is batting .270 with a .426 OBP for the Rookie League A's.

24. Stephen Porlier, P: Unsigned.

25. Aaron Jenkins, P: The all-time strikeout leader for Northern Iowa signed early and has been coming out of the Vancouver bullpen ever since. He has continued his high strikeout ways in the pros, whiffing 12 in only 6.2 innings of work. He has yet to allow a run and has given up only two hits. The only blemish on his record thus far: five walks.

26. J.D. Pruitt, OF: Pruitt has been an on-base machine for the Canadians. Despite batting only .190 in 42 at-bats, Pruitt has an unreal .547 OBP thanks to a 22:16 BB:K ratio and a penchant for being hit by pitches. Pruitt has one homer and five RBI in 16 games for the C's.

27. Raymond Rodriguez, C/OF: The Puerto Rico Baseball Academy alum is the highest high school draft pick to sign with the A's thus far. Rodriguez made his debut for the A's Rookie League team on July 3rd and went 0-3.

28. Jareck West, OF: West officially signed with the A's on Friday and has yet to make his pro debut. He had been playing with the Rochester Honker of the Northwoods Summer League and was leading his team in homers, RBI and had a 903 OPS at the time of his signing.

29. Tobias Streich, C: Unsigned.

30. Justin Frash, 3B: Frash signed early with the A's and has appeared in 14 games for the Canadians. The Hawaii alum in batting .200 with a 7:10 BB:K ratio and five RBI in 14 games.

31. Lee Land, P: Unsigned.

32. Collin Cowgill, OF: Unsigned.

33. Chad Kerfoot, P Kerfoot was an early sign and he has appeared in five games out of the bullpen for the Canadians. In 10.2 innings, Kerfoot has struck out 10 and walked two, while allowing 15 hits and five earned runs. He has one save. Four of the five runs came in one appearance on July 5.

34. Fabian Gomez, P: The Rockford alum has made two starts and two relief appearances for Vancouver. He is 2-1 with a 6.10 ERA. The lefty has allowed seven runs in 10.2 innings and has a 4:4 K:BB ratio.

35. Bryan Collins, P: Collins has made four relief appearances for the Canadians, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings. He has four strikeouts and three walks over that span.

36. John Quine, P: The USF alum has battled some control problems since joining the Canadians on June 20. He has allowed seven walks in 11.1 innings of work and has struck out three. His ERA sits at 4.76 thus far.

37. Ryne Tacker, P: Unsigned.

38. Herbert Hudson, OF: The junior college pick has been tearing up the Arizona Rookie League since signing. The outfielder is batting .333 in 39 at-bats with a .435 OBP.

39. Trent Abbot, P: Unsigned.

40. Nick Longmire, OF: Unsigned.

41. Kevin Rath, P: Unsigned.

42. Stan Widmann, SS: Unsigned.

43. Daniel Magante, C: Unsigned.

44. James Wernke, P: Unsigned.

45. Jonathan Johnston, C: Unsigned.

46. Stephen Cochrane, C: Unsigned.

47. Ben Barrone. C: Barrone has appeared in five games for the A's Rookie League team since signing out of Winona State. He is batting .143 with a homer in 14 at-bats.

48. Jeremy Wise, IF: Unsigned.

49. Conner Bernatz. OF: Unsigned.

50. Seth Blair, P: Unsigned.

51. Adam Klein. OF: The Cal-State LA product has been the J.D. Pruitt of the A's Rookie League team. Klein has a .242 BA but sports a .576 OBP. He has one extra-base hit in 33 at-bats, however, but has shown good speed, swiping six bases in seven tries.

52. Josh Bowman, P: Unsigned.

53. Steve Hagen, 3B: Unsigned.

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