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So that is a wrap for us on this live blog. Thank you for joining us! Stay tuned over the next several weeks for continuing coverage of these draft picks and of the A's minor league system, in general.
With their 50th and final pick, the A's select infielder Derek Wiley of Belmont University. Wiley hit 17 homers for Belmont in 2008. He is currently playing for Thunder Bay of the Northwoods wood-bat league, so the A's will likely keep an eye on him over the summer before deciding whether to sign him. Through yesterday, Wiley was hitting .412 for the Border Cats.
More teams are starting to pass. The Dodgers are done, joining the Padres and Blue Jays. The A's take Brett Holland, a right-hander from UT-Tyler in the 48th round. Holland was named a second-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He had a 2.76 ERA and 113 strike-outs in 91.1 innings this season for Texas-Tyler.
In round 49, the A's took Nevada-Reno second baseman Matt Bowman. Bowman hit .355 with four homers and a .454 OBP for the Wolf Pack this season.
In round 46, the Blue Jays become the first team to pass. The Padres soon follow suit. The A's take a local product, Livermore HS right-hander Jonathan Graham. Graham, who goes by J.R., is a hard thrower who also played shortstop for the Cowboys. He is a Santa Clara recruit, where he will likely be teammates with fellow 2008 draftee Kevin Eichhorn.
In round 47, the A's stayed local once again, this time taking Pinole Valley HS catcher Coley Crank. Crank is planning to head all the way out to Ann Arbor and play for Michigan. He is very strong and projects to be a power-hitter down the road.
Last season, the A's went 50 rounds, so we might be getting close to the end of the A's run. A team can pass at any time to end their draft day.
In rounds 44 and 45, the A's took high school right-hander James Messer from North Carolina and high-school right-hander Derek Benny from Roseville, California.
Messer is a UNC recruit who is profiled by Scout.com's Inside Carolina in this article. IC compares Messer's demeanor on the mound to current A's prospect and former Tar Heels' closer Andrew Carignan. He was a high school teammate of 2007 San Francisco Giants' top pick Madison Bumgarner.
Benny is a Fresno State recruit. The tall right-hander stands 6'5'' and he throws in the low-90s. He struck out 72 in 52.1 innings for Roseville High School this season.
In rounds 42 and 43, the A's took BYU second baseman Kent Walton and Kentucky HS lefty John Maronde.
Walton had an interesting year at BYU, to say the least. He was temporarily kicked out of school when his church bishop said that he hadn't attended church enough, and later reinstated after the Salt Lake-area media got wind of the story. Walton was the Cougars star centerfielder. A California native, he was a second-team All-Mountain West Conference player this season and batted .373 in conference play.
Maronde, who goes by Nick, is a highly regarded high school pitcher in the Lexington, Kentucky, area. The 6'3'' lefty has an above-average fastball and good size. Some pegged Maronde as the best high school draft prospect in the blue grass state. He is committed to Florida.
Clement put together quite a career as a high school running back, linebacker and wrestler in Oklahoma. He signed a baseball scholarship with Texas A&M. Clement, who goes by Denny, has a mid-90s fastball and a good slider.
Dennis is a 6'6'' lefty who played in the same small conference as Stockton's Mike Affronti. Dennis had a 3.97 ERA in 81.2 innings and one complete game for the Bears this season.
Hawn, who goes by Cody, had a huge year for Walters State, a year after tearing his ACL and missing his senior season in high school. Hawn went in the 23rd round last season to Milwaukee. He signed with Arkansas coming out high school, but elected to go the junior college route instead. He hit 20 homers for Walters this season.
Sorry for the delay. Just got off of the phone with Jeremy Barfield, who is very excited about starting his professional career with the A's. He was one of those intriguing picks from the start of Day Two and it looks like we'll get to see him in the system very soon. Excellent news.
Getting caught-up, in rounds 39, 40 and 41, the A's took high school right-hander Dennis Clement, Binghamton left-hander Jeffrey Dennis and junior college third baseman William Hawn. More on them in a second.
Almost six hours into day two and we are still going strong! In the 37th and 38th rounds, the A's selected high school right-hander Ryan Doiron and Robert Crocker, a high school centerfielder from Aptos, California.
Doiron is a Tulane recruit. He was named Outstanding Player for 2008 by the Louisiana Sports Writers Associations for Class 5-A schools. Doiron had an 11-1 record and a 1.17 ERA for Barbe-Lake Charles HS this season.
Crocker has committed to Cal-Poly. He is a right-handed hitting outfielder who has also pitched for Aptos. He has good size and made the list for California's Best of 2008, put out by the California Coaches Association.
In the 35th and 36th rounds, the A's have taken Mission (Junior) College centerfielder Virgil Hill and high school shortstop Jonathan Berti.
Hill is from Valencia, California, and he is a right-handed hitter and thrower. Hill was taken in the 22nd round by the Florida Marlins last season. He was a track runner in addition to a baseball player in high school.
Berti is a Bowling Green State University recruit. A 5'10'' infielder, Berti is from Oakland -- County in Michigan, that is. He attended Troy High School and has good speed and a good arm.
The A's connected with their past in the 34th round, taking former A's ace Bob Welch's son Riley. Riley is a high school right-hander from the Phoenix area. Riley was born the same year that Bob won an amazing 27 games for the A's en route to the team's third consecutive World Series appearance. And now I feel old.
In rounds 32 and 33, the A's took left-hander Benjamin Hornbeck of Kansas State and Harvard right-hander Shawn Haviland.
Hornbeck is the second K-State Wildcat to go to the A's in this draft. The southpaw worked mostly as a reliever in 2008, posting a 3.22 ERA in 22.1 innings. Hornbeck was a high school quarterback in the Phoenix area and was drafted out of high school by Philadelphia. He is a tall lefty, at 6'5''.
Haviland is the first Ivy League player taken by Oakland in the draft. The Harvard senior had a 52:6 K:BB ratio in 57.2 innings for the Crimson this season. He pitched as both a starter and a reliever. In four years at Harvard, Haviland had a 4.20 ERA in 237.2 innings. A's Assistant GM David Forst is a Harvard baseball alum himself.
In rounds 30 and 31, the A's selected Ryne Jernigan, a second baseman from South Alabama, and Mickey Storey, a right-handed pitcher from Florida Atlantic University.
Jernigan hit .348 with 16 homers and 71 RBIs for South Alabama. He was originially a Florida State recruit, but he transferred to South Alabama. He is a senior pick.
Storey finished the year with a sore arm, and was shelved with a sore elbow in 2007. When healthy, he has a low-90s fastball and a solid curveball. He was Collegiate Baseball's National Freshman Pitcher of the year in 2005. He struggled, probably because of the sore arm, this season, posting a 7.39 ERA. Storey is a flier pick for the A's at this stage in the draft. If he can regain his freshman year form, he could be a steal for Oakland.
We are continuing to move a rapid pace. For rounds 28 and 29, the A's took two players from Kansas: Wichita State shortstop Dusty Coleman and Kansas State right-hander Justin Murray.
Coleman is the second Shocker to be selected by the A's this year. He is a draft-eligible sophomore who hails from South Dakota. He hit .319 with eight homers and 71 RBIs for Wichita State this season, and he swiped 12 bags. Coleman also appeared in six games on the mound, allowing six runs in five innings.
Murray was the Texas Collegiate League Pitcher of the Year in 2007 after an outstanding performance in the summer league. In 2008, he went 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 72.2 innings for K-State. Murray is 6'4'', 215 and was the 2005 high school Kansas Pitcher of the Year.
For round 27, the A's selected high school outfielder Brent Warren. Warren is a feel-good story. An Iowa native, Warren was diagnosed in 2006 with a congenital heart condition. He was originally told he could never play sports again, but after aortic bypass surgery performed at the Mayo Clinic, Warren was able to return to the field. He participated in the AFLAC game in 2007, just eight months after the surgery.
He was a second-team pre-season All-American going into his senior year at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Warren is an Oregon State recruit who hits left-handed and has drawn comparisons to fellow Iowan high school star and current Oakland A's outfielder Ryan Sweeney.
After a little break, we are on to the 26th round! In that round, the A's took right-hander Ryan Doolittle of Cumberland County College. A first baseman and pitcher, Doolittle is the younger brother of A's prospect and 2007 first-round supplemental pick Sean Doolittle.
Ryan, like his brother, was a two-way player in college. He began his career at UNC-Wilmington, but competed for Cumberland County College this season. He won Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of March 10th for Division III players. Doolittle had a 0.67 ERA and 59 strike-outs in 40 innings for Cumberland County this season and hit .390 with 38 RBIs in 25 games played.
In rounds 24 and 25, the A's took right-hander Kenny Smalley of Delta State University and left-hander pitcher Trey Barham of the Virginia Military Institute.
Smalley had a 3.72 ERA with a 9-2 with 94.1 innings this season for Delta State. An Illinois native, Smalley was named to the Rawlings/ABCA South Central Region Second Team this season.
Barham is VMI's career leader in wins. The 6'0'', 215 pound lefty had a 3.84 ERA and one complete game this season for the Cadets.
For rounds 22 and 23, the A's selected their second Arizona Wildcat, right-hander Preston Guilmet, and Kentucky left-hander Christopher Rusin.
Guilmet was the Pac-10's Pitcher of the Year in 2007. At 6'2'', 200, he has good size for a starting pitcher and an unorthodox delivery that makes him hard to pick-up. He doesn't throw hard, but he has a good pitch-mix and solid control. Guilmet is a junior, so he has the option of returning to UA if he wants another crack at being drafted higher.
Rusin has a solid curveball that is his best pitch. He was a weekend starter for Kentucky this season. Rusin had some bicep soreness that kept him out for a time this season, but it wasn't deemed serious. The Michigan native had a 3.33 ERA and 65 strike-outs in 83.2 innings this season for the Wildcats.
In rounds 20 and 21, the A's took third baseman Rodney Rutherford of Columbus State and Ahuntsic College right-hander Mathieu Leblanc Poirier.
Rutherford was a two-way player in college, but the A's announced him as a position player. He had Tommy John surgery in 2006. Rutherford hit .373 with 26 homers and 89 RBIs for Columbus State this year. On the mound, he appeared in only two games, allowing two earned runs in 1.2 innings.
Poirier is a French-Canadian from Montreal. He is 6'1'', 175 pounds and 21 years old. He posted a 1.31 ERA for the Montreal Orioles of the Quebec Baseball League this season, and he has a career mark of 12-8 with a 2.85 ERA in five seasons in that league.
In the 19th round, the A's selected Texas State right-hander Michael Hart. Texas State is the alma mater of Midland starter Scott Moore. A native of Staten Island, Hart led his team with a 3.88 ERA in 102 innings this season. He had a 7-3 record, four complete games and 89 strike-outs.
In rounds 17 and 18, the A's took Arizona utilityman Brad Glenn and high school right-hander Rayan Gonzalez.
Glenn will be taking on A's first-round pick Jemile Weeks in today's NCAA tournament game between Arizona and Miami. Glenn is a versatile player who has handled the corner infield and the outfield for the Wildcats this season. He hit .303 with 14 homers and 53 RBIs in 2008. Glenn is a native of Oklahoma who hit .333 as a sophomore with UA.
Gonzalez was considered one of the top prep arms from Puerto Rico going into this season, but he saw a drop in velocity recently that scared away a number of teams. He is committed to Bethune-Cookman college. He is the first player from Puerto Rico drafted by the A's this season. He struggled at a recent Puerto Rican prospect showcase, but was the ace of the Puerto Rico junior national team this season.
After a little break, the draft has resumed. In the 16th round, the A's have taken Lewis-Clark State College righty Matthew Fitts. Lewis-Clark State is the alma mater of A's set-up man Keith Foulke. It is an NAIA program, but it has a reputation for producing good professional pitchers. For his career, Fitts was 23-1 with six complete games and a 2.63 ERA in 168 innings. He struck-out 184 and walked 50 in his two seasons at Lewis-Clark State. His team went 58-6 in 2008 and was the NAIA national champion.
A draft-eligible sophomore last season, Fitts was selected in the 15th round by Houston but didn't sign. He is a Bay Area native (Cardinal Newman HS) and throws his fastball in the low-90s with a good slider and a change-up. Fitts was expected to go in the top-six rounds, so he could be a value pick for the A's in the 16th round.
In the 14th round, the A's took Catawba College senior David Thomas, a centerfielder. A first-team All-South Atlantic Conference Player and Player of the Year, Thomas hit .442 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs in 2008. He is a switch-hitter from Winston-Salem, NC. The A's have done very well selecting players with connections to the states of North and South Carolina in recent years.
In the 15th round, Oakland selected Houston high school shortstop Nino Leyja. He is a recruit of Sam Houston State University. A 5'11'', 170 pounder, Leyja stole 31 bases in 2008 and he can play all over the infield and outfield.
Brett Mooneyham, son of former A's pitcher Bill Mooneyham and Stanford recruit, finally goes off of the board at round 15 with the San Diego Padres. With a scholarship offer to Stanford and a 4.0 high school GPA, Mooneyham -- who has top two-round talent -- was thought to be a difficult sign.
In rounds 12 and 13, the A's take high school first baseman Zachary Elgie and Daniel Thomas, a right-handed pitcher from the University of South Florida.
Elgie, a Kansas University recruit, is arguably the best power prospect to come out of North Dakota in a long time. He can play both first base and right-field and he hit 34 homeruns for the Minot, ND, summer American League team last year and 61 in his three-year career. He also is a three-sport star, playing basketball and quarterbacking the football team in Minot. Elgie is the first player drafted from North Dakota since 1992 (Darin Erstad).
Thomas, a Tampa, Florida, native, is a senior draft pick, the first one for Oakland so far this season. He was a 44th round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals last year after his junior season with the Bulls. Thomas had a 2-4 record and a 4.21 ERA in 57.2 innings for the Bulls this season. He struck-out 55 in 57.2 innings. Thomas has a strong right-arm with good velocity. His best pitch is a power sinker, a pitch that the A's have been seeing more and more in their system of late.
More on Berroa. He was a UNC-Greensboro recruit who didn't wind-up at the school, but the connection is interesting. The A's have done well with UNC-G in recent years, taking Jermaine Mitchell and Patrick Currin in 2006. Berroa was a top-25 prospect in the Northeast coming out of high school, according to Perfect Game USA. Berroa was a 25th round pick of Washington in 2007, and he has a good throwing arm along with above-average speed and a body that should develop power as he gets older.
A pattern for the A's may be emerging early in Day Two. The team takes its third straight player not from a four-year school in Christopher Berroa, a JC outfielder from Chipola JC, in the 11th round. Berroa, a New York City native, hit .389 with three homers and 18 stolen bases this season, his first at the junior college.
Thus far on Day Two, all of the A's picks have been interesting talents who might not be easy to sign. Perhaps some of the money that wasn't needed on Day One because the A's had no extra picks will go towards bringing in some of these dynamic Day Two talents. We shall see.
In rounds nine and 10, the A's take junior college CF Mitchell LeVier from Fullerton JC and Texas high school outfielder Rashun Dixon.
LeVier was a 33rd round pick of the White Sox last season. He was the California State Co-Player of the Year this season with Fullerton. He hit .405 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs in 2008.
Dixon is a football recruit as a wide receiver and running back. Scout.com's SuperPrep.com profiled Dixon as a baseball player back in May. Dixon will have to turn down a scholarship to play football for Mississippi State to play baseball. Another athletic player for the A's if he signs.
A's 2007 9th round pick Eric Berger goes off of the board to the Indians in round 8. Berger is a Sacramento native.
Hunter is a 6'4'' righty from Moorpark, CA. Hunter has a mid-90s fastball with a change-up and a good slider. He has been a closer and a starter for Pepperdine, but many see him as a closer because of his max-effort delivery and velocity. He was considered a first or second-round arm, but then fell because of an injury that kept him out much of the year. He could be a tough sign if he thinks he can go back to college, get healthy and land in the top rounds next year, but Hunter would be a quality talent if the A's can get him in the door.
Barfield is a huge guy at 6'5'', 240 pounds. He is the son of former Blue Jays star Jesse Barfield and brother of Indians second baseman Josh Barfield. The younger Barfield was a 9th round pick of the Mets in 2006, but didn't sign and was involved in some controversy when he was in an alteraction with his father that year. Barfield has talent, and he hit 14 homers with a .351 average for San Jacinto this year. Two interesting picks for the A's to start off the day.
For the A's first pick on Day One, they take Pepperdine right-hander Brett Hunter. With their second pick, Oakland selects San Jacinto JC outfielder Jeremy Barfield. More on both in a moment.
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