2009 A's In Review: The Draft, Rounds 16-50

We continue our review of the 2009 season for the Oakland A's organization by concluding our look at the 2009 draft. In Part Two of our draft review, we check the performances of the A's picks in rounds 16 through 50.

Round 16: Josh Leyland - A relatively unknown baseball prospect early in his high school career, Leyland burst onto scouts' radars over the past year with an impressive display of power out of San Dimas High School. He shined at prospect showcases, both in batting practice and during tournament games, and put together an outstanding senior season. Before the draft, he was expected to be a tough sign, but the A's were able to sign him away from Washington State with their 16th round pick without paying much over slot. The well-built catcher was hampered by a few minor injuries after signing and appeared in only seven games with the AZL A's, collecting three hits and four walks in 20 at-bats. He is considered a skilled hitter despite coming from the high school ranks, but is raw defensively. Leyland is working with the A's coaching staff in Arizona at Instructs currently. If he stays at catcher, look for Leyland to start next season in short-season Vancouver. If he moves to first base, he could begin the year with Low-A Kane County.

Round 17: Pat Stover - Did not sign.

Round 18: Max Peterson - Peterson was the second A's draft pick taken out of a Bay Area college (in his case, San Jose State). The lefty went 7-1 with a 4.55 ERA as a starter for the Spartans in 2009. He signed with the A's quickly and, after tossing four shut-out innings with the A's Rookie League team, he was sent to Vancouver, where he spent the rest of the season. Peterson pitched mostly out of the C's bullpen, appearing in 17 games and making only one start. In 21 innings, he struck-out 25 batters, but struggled at times with his command, allowing 16 walks and 30 hits. Peterson's best pitch is his fastball, which sits at 89-91 but gets on hitters quicker than that. The A's are likely to work with Peterson on his secondary pitches during Instructs.

Round 19: Daniel Tenholder - Tenholder was selected by the A's out of Austin Peay State, where he was the all-time career saves leader. After signing with Oakland, Tenholder was assigned to the Arizona Rookie League, where he would stay for the rest of the year. He got off to a rough start with the AZL A's, posting a 10.03 ERA with 22 hits allowed in 11.2 innings in July. However, he finished up on a strong note, allowing only nine hits and two earned runs in 14 innings in August. He struck-out 17 and walked only four over that stretch. Tenholder utilizes a three-quarters arm slot that helps him induce groundballs, and the A's have always liked pitchers with unusual deliveries. He is currently in Arizona for Instructs.

Round 20: Tyler Bernard - Did not sign.

Round 21: Mike Faulkner - Did not sign.

Round 22: Ryan Quigley - Like Tenholder, Quigley was another collegiate draft pick that the A's chose to keep in the Arizona Rookie League for his first pro season. The lefty from Northeastern University appeared in 17 games for the AZL A's, all out of the bullpen. He came to Oakland with a reputation for having good stuff and deception, but inconsistent command, and that seemed to hold true during his first taste of pro ball. In 25.1 innings, he allowed 16 walks and 25 hits, but he struck-out 31 and didn't give up a homer. Quigley is continuing his work in Arizona at Instructs.

Round 23: Kent Walton - Walton was actually a re-draft by the A's, who took him in the 42nd round in 2008. The BYU outfielder was limited defensively in 2009 thanks to shoulder surgery that he had to correct a torn labrum in the fall of 2008. However, it didn't limit him at the plate, as he dominated for the Cougars and then hit .294/.344/.400 in 67 games for the Vancouver Canadians after signing with Oakland. He hit better than .300 for the majority of his time with the C's before a late season slump caused his average to dip a bit. Walton was limited to DH with Vancouver because of the shoulder, but he should be ready to move back into the field next season.

Round 24: Daniel Straily - After being selected by the A's out of Marshall University, Straily was sent north to Vancouver, where he would be one of the C's most valuable pitchers in 2009. The right-hander made 11 starts and five relief appearances for Vancouver, posting a 4.12 ERA with 66 strike-outs and 18 walks in 59 innings. Straily finished the season with a bang, earning the Northwest League's Pitcher of the Week honors for the season's final week, when he won two games and struck-out 15 in 11.2 innings. He was outstanding in general in August, posting a 2.59 ERA in six starts with a 39:8 K:BB ratio in 31.1 innings. Straily's fastball has been clocked in the low-90s and he has a solid four-pitch mix (fastball, curveball, change-up and slider) that should allow him to stay in the starting rotation next season. He is looking to extend his solid August with a good performance at Instructs this month.

Round 25: Chris Mederos - Mederos was selected out of Georgia Southern University after going 11-1 for the Golden Eagles. The right-hander signed a little late, and he spent the season with the AZL A's, where he made 11 appearances, nine out of the bullpen. He acquitted himself well in the desert, posting a 2.14 ERA and striking out 26 while walking only two in 21 innings. The 22-year-old's best pitch is a cut fastball, a favorite of A's minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson. Patterson also noted during the season that Mederos' curveball was a solid pitch. Mederos, who is 6'3'', 175, has a similar build to A's reliever Brad Ziegler. He has remained in Arizona for Instructs.

Round 26: Nathan Long - Long was selected out of the University of Texas – Arlington after he broke the UT-A single-season strike-out record. Long was a starter for UT-A, but he came out of the Vancouver bullpen in his first pro season. In 22 appearances, he had a 6.69 ERA and a 1-2 record. He allowed 45 hits and 14 walks in 36.1 innings and he struck-out only 25.

Round 27: Michael Gilmartin - Gilmartin, a switch-hitter out of Wofford College, spent his entire pro debut season with Vancouver. The infielder appeared in 60 games for the C's, batting .232/.320/.325 in 228 at-bats. Although his OPS was only 645, he did finish second on the team with three homers and third on the team with 34 runs scored. Gilmartin, who was the team's everyday shortstop, committed 13 errors, which tied him for second-most on the team. He is in Arizona at Instructs.

Round 28: Conner Crumbliss - Crumbliss came to the A's with little fanfare as a later round pick from tiny Emporia State, but he finished the year as one of the better known draft picks for the A's in 2009. The versatile Crumbliss earned team MVP honors with Vancouver by hitting .293/.425/.405 in 57 games with the C's. He also stole 11 bases and scored 40 runs. Crumbliss finished the season with Kane County, where he made a big impact in only 14 games. He hit .280/.438/.400 with 11 runs scored while batting at the top of the Cougars' line-up. Crumbliss isn't an imposing guy at 5'8'', but he hit for decent power in two leagues not friendly to power hitters. His plate discipline was outstanding and he brought defensive versatility to the table by playing both in the infield and the outfield. He is currently in Arizona at Instructs.

Round 29: Michael Zunino - Did not sign.

Round 30: Royce Consigli - Consigli, like Leyland, was somewhat of a surprising sign for the A's. A high school outfielder from Welland, Ontario, Consigli had a commitment to the University of Pittsburgh and was believed to be leaning towards taking it. Instead, the A's were able to bring him on-board at the same time Leyland signed. Consigli, an outfielder, spent his pro debut season in Arizona, where he appeared in 26 games and got 94 at-bats. He hit only .202, but thanks to 16 walks, he sported a respectable .330 on-base percentage. He also stole three bases in three opportunities. Consigli has stayed on in Arizona, where he is participating in Instructs, and he is likely to play in his native country for Vancouver next year.

Round 31: Ian Texidor - Did not sign.

Round 32: Garett Claypool - Did not sign.

Round 33: Mike Bolsinger - Did not sign.

Round 34: Dylan Brown - Did not sign.

Round 35: Paul Smyth - The A's have had success taking relievers in the late rounds lately. Jeff Gray, Connor Robertson and Brad Kilby are all late-round picks by Oakland who made it to the big leagues over the past few years. Smyth may be the next in this line. The Kansas alum was thoroughly dominant in his first pro season, not allowing a run in 36.1 regular season innings for Vancouver and Kane County (he did allow a run in a playoff game with the Cougars). Smyth gave up only 14 hits and four walks and he struck-out 44 while saving 11 games. He isn't a hard thrower, but he uses a sidearm motion that is very effective against both righties and lefties. He is at Instructs now and could be a quick mover in the A's system over the next few years.

Round 36: Jeremy Wells - Wells was taken out of tiny Patten College in Oakland. The Chula Vista, California, native was assigned to the AZL A's, where he appeared in 45 games. A speedster, Wells hit .291/.398/.345 with 15 stolen bases in 18 chances. At 23, he was older than most of his competition in the desert, but if he can continue to get on-base and steal bags at a high rate, he'll find his way moving up the system. He is currently in Arizona at Instructs.

Round 37: Colin Bates - Did not sign.

Round 38: Tristan Archer - Did not sign.

Round 39: Ryan Lockwood - Did not sign.

Round 40: Chris O'Dowd - Did not sign.

Round 41: Justin Hilt - Did not sign.

Round 42: Blake Crosby - The younger brother of A's infielder Bobby Crosby, Blake was selected after a standout year at Sacramento State. He was assigned to the A's Rookie League team, and he appeared in 20 games with the AZL A's, batting .217/.295/.217. Crosby didn't appear in a game after August 4th.

Round 43: Ryan Lipkin - Did not sign.

Round 44: A.J. Huttenlocker - Huttenlocker was another surprise in the late rounds for the A's. A lefty from Missouri Western State, Huttenlocker began his pro career in the Arizona Rookie League, where he allowed four earned runs in 13.1 innings with 17 strike-outs and one walk. He was bumped up to Kane County in the middle of August, and became a valuable reliever for the Cougars. In 23 innings, he gave up only 13 hits and struck-out 28 while walking only three. Huttenlocker showed a good breaking ball to go along with his outstanding command.

Round 45: Anthione Shaw - Shaw was selected out of St. Augustine's College in North Carolina after winning the CIAA's Player of the Year award. He spent his pro debut season in the AZL, where he hit .199/.280/.270 in 43 games.

Round 46: Joel Eusebio - Eusebio was the lowest round pick by the A's to sign. A third-baseman, Eusebio is a native of the Dominican Republic and the son of A's Dominican scout Angel Eusebio. Joel spent his pro debut season with the AZL A's, with whom he appeared in 33 games, batting .189 with a homer and seven RBIs. He had the unusual distinction of walking more often than he collected hits (22 walks and 18 hits).

Round 47: Kyle Roller - Did not sign.

Round 48: Addison Johnson - Did not sign.

Round 49: Anthony Giansanti Did not sign.

Round 50: Tanner Biagini Did not sign.


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