Oakland A's 2008 Draft In Review, Part Two

It has been nearly three months since the June 2008 draft. With most of the 2008 season now in the books, we are checking in with the Oakland A's 2008 draft class to see how they are faring thus far. In part one of the two-part series, we take a look at the A's picks 21 through 50.

21 Mathieu Leblanc Poirier: The French-Canadian right-hander began his career with the A's Rookie League club. He was hit around in his 11 appearances in the AZL, posting a 7.89 ERA and allowing 34 hits in 21.2 innings. Despite those struggles, Leblanc Poirier was promoted to short-season Vancouver on August 15th. He has looked more comfortable in front of his countrymen, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings in his first four appearances. He has walked six in those 5.2 innings, but his six strike-outs have limited the damage.

22 Preston Guilmet: Did not sign.

23 Christopher Rusin: Did not sign.

24 Kenneth Smalley: The right-hander out of John A. Logan College has been impressive out of the Vancouver Canadians' bullpen since signing. In 18 appearances, the Illinois native is 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA. In 27 innings, he has allowed only 19 hits and nine walks with 33 strike-outs.

25 Trey Barham: The lefty out of VMI has recently been stretched out from a relief role into a starter's role. As a starter, he is 1-3, but Barham has a solid 3.33 ERA in 27 innings. As a reliever, Barham had a 3.15 ERA in 20 innings. Overall, Barham hasn't struck-out a lot of batters (33 in 47 innings), but he has allowed only one homerun and 13 walks.

26 Ryan Doolittle: After getting off to a slow start to his pro career, Doolittle has seemingly found his groove the past few weeks. The 20-year-old right-hander, who was drafted out of a New Jersey junior college, has allowed only three runs on 12 hits over his last 20 innings pitched. Overall, he has a 4.44 ERA in 46.2 innings for the A's Rookie League club. Doolittle, who like his older brother Sean was a two-way player in college, has appeared more comfortable as a starter (1.98 ERA) than as a reliever (7.91 ERA). His control has been excellent as a starter (23 strike-outs and only three walks in 27.1 innings).

27 Brent Warren: Did not sign.

28 Dusty Coleman: Coleman was an August signing, as the A's brought in the talented shortstop out of Wichita State with an above-slot signing bonus. Before he signed, Coleman excelled in the Cape Cod League this summer. He began his pro career with the A's Rookie League team and he hit .222 in a seven-game stint. Coleman was then sent up to Vancouver, where he is working on a seven-game hitting streak. In 13 games for the C's, Coleman is batting .273 with six doubles. He has the shortstop position to himself in Vancouver now that Jason Christian has been promoted to Kane County.

29 Justin Murray: Murray became the first A's 2008 draft pick to advance past A-ball when he was promoted from the A's Rookie League club to Double-A Midland, where he has been filling in as a swingman on the Olympics-deprived Rockhounds' pitching staff. Murray has pitched well in both the AZL and the Texas League. In 10.2 innings in the AZL, the right-hander allowed six hits and two runs on two walks with seven strike-outs. With Midland, Murray has a 3.86 ERA in 11.2 innings. He has only struck-out three, but the 21-year-old from Kansas State is holding Texas League hitters to a .220 average.

30 Ryne Jernigan: The 23-year-old out of South Alabama was sent to Vancouver at the outset of his pro career. The second baseman got off to a slow start with the Canadians, batting only .111 with one double in 45 at-bats. He was sent back to the Rookie League in late July. He has done much better with the AZL A's, batting .321 with four extra-base hits in 53 at-bats. He has walked 13 times in 94 at-bats between the two leagues.

31 Mickey Storey: Storey, a right-hander out of Florida Atlantic, has worked exclusively in the AZL A's bullpen since signing. In 13 appearances, he has a 3.43 ERA. In 21 innings, Storey has allowed only 17 hits and six walks while striking out 22. He has been very tough against right-handers, limiting them to a .196 average.

32 Ben Hornbeck: The left-hander from Kansas State was sent to Vancouver to start his career. Hornbeck made 18 relief appearances with the C's, posting a 4.88 ERA, but striking out 40 in only 31.1 innings. The 21-year-old was recently promoted to Low-A Kane County, where he made his debut on Wednesday night. He allowed one run on three hits in two innings, striking out four. Hornbeck will need to limit his walks (he walked 18 with the C's), but the strike-out totals thus far are quite impressive.

33 Shawn Haviland: The right-hander out of Harvard University was the only Ivy Leaguer selected by Oakland in this year's draft. Haviland began his pro career in the C's bullpen, but he has been in the rotation for his last seven appearances. As a reliever, Haviland had a 1.04 ERA with a 16:5 K:BB ratio in 17.1 innings. As a starter, Haviland has a 6.08 ERA in 26.2 innings. In his last two starts, Haviland has allowed a total of six runs in nine innings, but he has struck-out 15. Overall, he has 48 strike-outs and 16 walks in 44 innings.

34 Riley Welch: Did not sign.

35 Virgil Hill: Did not sign.

36 Jonathan Berti: Did not sign.

37 Ryan Doiron: Did not sign.

38 Robert Crocker: Did not sign.

39 Dennis Clement: Did not sign.

40 Jeffrey Dennis: Did not sign.

41 William Hawn: Did not sign.

42 Kent Walton: Did not sign.

43 John Maronde: Did not sign.

44 James Messer: Did not sign.

45 Derek Benny: Did not sign.

46 Jonathan Graham: Did not sign.

47 Coley Crank: Did not sign.

48 Brett Holland: Did not sign.

49 Matt Bowman: Did not sign.

50 Derek Wiley: Did not sign.


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