A Look At Day 2 Of The Oakland A's 2008 Draft

On Day One of the 2008 MLB draft, the Oakland A's selected six players, five of which were from four-year colleges and the sixth from a junior college. On Day Two, the A's were more varied with their picks, taking players from high school, junior college and four-year schools. We take a look at the second day of the A's draft inside…

Vital Stats For Round Two
On Day One of the draft, the Oakland A's selected five college juniors and one junior college player. Below is the break-down for the A's 44 Day Two picks.

College Juniors – 13
College Seniors – 9
College Draft-Eligible Sophomores – 1
Junior College – 6
High School – 15

Full List of Oakland A's Second-Day Draft Picks

7 Brett Hunter, RHP Jr. Pepperdine / Moorpark, CA
8 Jeremy Barfield, OF JC San Jacinto Col. / Spring, TX
9 Mitchell LeVier, C JC Fullerton Col / Whittier, CA
10 Rashun Dixon, OF HS Terry HS / Terry, MS
11 Christopher Berroa, OF JC Chipola JC / Camden, NJ
12 Zachary Elgie, 1B HS Minot HS / Minot, ND
13 Daniel Thomas, RHP Sr. Univ. of South Florida / Lakeland, FL
14 David Thomas, OF Sr. Catawba Col. / Winston Salem, NC
15 Nino Leyja, SS HS Houston Christian HS / Houston, TX
16 Matthew Fitts, RHP Sr. Lewis-Clark St. Col. / Moreno Valley, CA
17 Bradley Glenn, 3B Jr. Univ. of Arizona / Tulsa, OK
18 Rayan Gonzlaez, RHP HS Antonio Luchetti HS / Arecibo, PR
19 Michael Hart, RHP Jr. Texas State / Staten Island, NY
20 Rodney Rutherford, 3B Sr. Columbus State / Columbus, GA
21 Mathieu Leblanc-Poirier, RHP Jr. Ahuntsic Col / Laval, Quebec
22 Preston Guilmet, RHP Jr. Univ. of Arizona / Roseville, CA
23 Christopher Rusin, LHP Jr. Univ. of Kentucky / Canton, MI
24 Kenny Smalley, RHP Jr. Delta State / Mt. Morris, IL
25 Trey Barham, LHP Sr. Virginia Military Institute / Portsmouth, VA
26 Ryan Doolittle, RHP JC Cumberland County Col./ Tabernacle, NJ
27 Brent Warren, OF HS Xavier HS / Robins, IA
28 Dustin Coleman, SS So. Wichita State / Portsmouth, VA
29 Justin Murray, RHP Jr. Kansas State / Manhattan, KS
30 Kevin Jernigan, 2B Sr. Univ. of South Alabama / Milton, FL
31 Mickey Storey, RHP Sr. Florida Atlantic / Pompano Beach, FL
32 Benjamin Hornbeck, RHP Sr. Kansas State / Phoenix, AZ
33 Shawn Haviland, RHP Sr. Harvard / Farmington, CT
34 Riley Welch, RHP HS Desert Mountain HS / Scottsdale, AZ
35 Virgil Hill, OF JC Mission Col. / Canyon Country, CA
36 Jonathan Berti, SS HS Troy HS / Troy, MI
37 Ryan Doiron, RHP HS Barbe HS / Lake Charles, LA
38 Robert Crocker, OF HS Aptos HS / Aptos, CA
39 Dennis Clement, RHP HS Cascia Hall HS / Bartlesville, OK
40 Jeffrey Dennis, LHP Jr. Binghamton Univ. / North Syracuse, NY
41 William Hawn, 3B JC Walters State CC / Knoxville, TN
42 Kent Walton, 2B Jr. Brigham Young Univ. / Mesa, AZ
43 John Maronde, LHP HS Lexington Catholic HS / Lexington, KY
44 James Messer, RHP HS South Caldwell HS / Hudson, NC
45 Derek Benny, RHP HS Roseville HS / Roseville, CA
46 Jonathan Graham, RHP HS Livermore HS / Livermore, CA
47 Coley Crank, C HS Pinole Valley HS / Pinole, CA
48 Brett Holland, RHP Jr. Univ. of Texas-Tyler / Lindale, TX
49 Matt Bowman, 2B Jr. Nevada-Reno / Dayton, NV
50 Derek Wiley, IF Jr. Belmont Univ. / Dublin, CA

Selected Draft Pick Tid-bits
Rayan Gonzalez was the A's only selection out of Puerto Rico this season. The high school right-hander was the ace of Puerto Rico's junior national team in 2008. He was expected to go higher than the 18th round, where the A's selected him, but he fell on draft boards because of a drop in velocity at a prospect showcase right before the draft. Gonzalez is committed to Bethune-Cookman college.

Brent Warren overcame a congenital heart defect and an aortic bypass surgery to continue his high school baseball career and be drafted by the A's in 27th round. Warren has often been compared to A's outfielder Ryan Sweeney in Iowa high school baseball circles and has a scholarship offer to Oregon State.

Nick Maronde was expected to go in the first few rounds of the draft, but fell because of a strong commitment to the University of Florida. The left-hander starred for Lexington (KY) Catholic High School. Maronde is a Scott Boras client, which may have also scared off a few teams in the earlier rounds of the draft.

Zac Elgie is a rare selection from a North Dakota high school. The power-hitting first-baseman was taken in the 12th round by Oakland. He hit .473 with 34 homeruns in only 65 games for the Minot, ND American Legion baseball team last summer. Elgie was a three-sport star for Minot High School, playing football and basketball, in addition to baseball. He has a scholarship to Kansas should he choose not to sign with the A's.

Brett Hunter was the A's first pick on Day Two. Hunter was projected by many pundits as a first-round pick, but teams shied away from him on Day One because he missed much of the year with an arm injury. Hunter did return for two starts towards the end of the year and he hit 92 on the radar gun in those outings. When healthy, Hunter's fastball sits in the mid-90s and can touch the high-90s on occasion.

Chris Berroa, an outfielder from New Jersey, received early-round interest from the Los Angeles Angels and the Cincinnati Reds before the A's snatched him up in the 11th round. Berroa spent the 2008 season with Chipola Junior College in Florida. The outfielder was selected in the 25th round by the Washington Nationals out of high school last year, but didn't sign. There is a video on YouTube of Berroa making a highlight reel catch for Chipola. Berroa is a speedy centerfielder with a good eye. He had 18 stolen bases and a .490 OBP for Chipola this season. Berroa was a UNC-Greensboro recruit before last season, but he decided to go the junior college route to re-enter the draft this season and improve his stock by 14 rounds.

Jeremy Barfield, the A's eighth-round pick, comes from a major-league background. His father was outfielder Jesse Barfield, who starred for the Blue Jays and Yankees in the 1980s, and his brother is Indians second baseman Josh Barfield. Josh was promoted back into the major leagues on Monday for the first time this season. Jeremy was a ninth round pick of the New York Mets in 2006, but he elected to attend junior college powerhouse San Jacinto. Other alums of the San Jacinto program include Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Mike Gonzalez and Jesse Crain.

Rashun Dixon will have to choose between a scholarship to play football and baseball at Mississippi State and signing with the A's. Dixon actually played catcher at Terry High School, but he was announced as an outfielder during the draft. He hit 15 homers and batted .511 during his senior high school season. Dixon's older brother is a running back at Mississippi State. Rashun was named the Gatorade Mississippi High School Player of the Year for 2007-2008.

Ryan Doolittle will probably look familiar to fans of the A's current farm system. He is the younger brother of Sean Doolittle, the A's supplemental first-round pick in 2007. Ryan starred for Cumberland County College, a junior college, this season as both a right-handed pitcher and first baseman. He spent the 2007 season with UNC-Wilmington. The A's announced Doolittle as a pitcher during the draft, meaning that if he signs, Doolittle is likely to be kept on the mound, rather than in the field, the opposite of what the A's asked his brother to do when they took him last year.

Riley Welch is the son of former Oakland A's starter Bob Welch. Riley, who was born the same year that Bob won 27 games for Oakland (1990), is a right-handed pitcher, like his dad. Welch has signed to play for Yavapai Community College next year, the same school that current A's farmhand Shane Keough attended.

Virgil Hill is the son of two former US Olympic silver medalists: Virgil Hill, who won his medal as a boxer in 1984, and Denean Howard-Hill, who earned her medal as part of the US 4x400-meter relay team. Hill Sr. was a WBA light-heavyweight champion boxer and went 44-3 with 21 career knockouts during his illustrious career. Virgil Hill Jr. was a three-sport start in high school, running track and playing football in addition to baseball at Valencia High School. He played in the same junior college conference as A's sixth-round pick Tyreace House. Hill batted .391 for Los Angeles Mission Community College in his first season of junior college baseball.

Matthew Fitts is only the second pitcher in Lewis-Clark State history to post a 13-0 record. He was part of a Lewis-Clark State pitching staff that threw a NAIA-record 55 straight scoreless innings before allowing an unearned run. Fitts threw seven of those scoreless innings.

David Thomas, the A's 14th round pick, went from being lightly recruited out of high school to winning the MVP of the Coastal Plains League, a summer wooden bat league, last summer. Former participants in the CPL include Dallas McPherson, Ryan Zimmerman, Kevin Youkilis and Russ Adams. Thomas is an outfielder who holds his school's (Catawba College) records for hits, runs, stolen bases and triples.

Nino Leyja, a Texas high school shortstop who has a commitment to Sam Houston State, is likely to sign according to the Huntsville Item. Leyja was a 15th round pick of the A's. He won't turn 18 until October 2. He is very fast, having stolen 74 bases over his final two years of high school.

Shawn Haviland was taken in the 33rd round by the A's out of Harvard University. He was the A's only Ivy League pick and he is the eighth Harvard player in the last four years to be drafted in the amateur draft or offered a professional contract as a free agent signee. Haviland was the 2006 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and he had nearly a 9:1 K:BB ratio this season.

Dusty Coleman, the A's 28th round pick, was the first South Dakota native drafted since 2003. It took awhile for the draft-eligible sophomore to find out that he was selected, however. He was competing in an NCAA Super Regional game when his name was called. Coleman had two hits in Wichita State's win over Florida State that day.


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