2013 A's Draft Update: Rounds 1-10

The 2013 MLB draft was two months ago and those draft picks who signed with the Oakland A's are well into their professional careers. Over the next few days, we will be looking at how the A's 2013 draft class is faring early on in their pro careers. In part one, we look at the A's top-10 round picks.

Round 1, Pick 1, Billy McKinney: The A's top pick has been playing in the Arizona Rookie League since signing with Oakland soon after the draft. The Texas high school star struggled early, but he has found his stroke of late. He hit .366 in July and has begun to add a little bit of power to his game. Overall through 31 games, McKinney has a .322/.373/.405 line. He has shown solid contact skills, striking out 21 times in 121 at-bats (15.7% K-rate/league average is 22.1%), and a line-drive swing (17.6% LD-rate/league average is 14.7%). McKinney may get a taste of the New York-Penn League before the season is done, although the real work for him will come in September during the A's fall Instructional League.

Round 2, Pick 2, Dillon Overton: The Oklahoma left-hander saw his draft stock fall this season when he struggled through a forearm strain late in the season. That strain turned out to be the start of a UCL tear. Overton was diagnosed with the tear during a post-draft physical and signed a below-slot deal with the A's with the understanding that he would under-go Tommy John surgery and miss the next 12-18 months. Overton had the surgery in July and has begun the long road back. Luckily for him and for the A's, Overton had a lot of polish to his game as an amateur. Assuming he makes a full recovery from the surgery, Overton's path through the minor leagues could be a relatively quick one once he returns.

Compensation Round, Pick 3, Chad Pinder: It has been a disappointing start to Pinder's professional career. The Virginia Tech infielder was assigned to the Vermont Lake Monsters after signing with the A's and he got off to a slow start at the plate, hitting only .167 over his first 18 games. Pinder last played on July 9 and was placed on the disabled list on July 10 with an oblique injury. Assuming he is healthy by the fall, Pinder will be looking to make up for lost time at Instructs.

Round 3, Pick 4, Ryon Healy: A minor back injury delayed Healy's signing with the A's, but Healy is now healthy and is swinging a hot bat for the Lake Monsters. The corner infielder joined Vermont in late July after an 11-game stint with the A's Rookie League team. Healy currently has a six-game hitting streak and he has homered in each of his last two games. In 45 at-bats with Vermont, Healy has a .333/.348/.533 line with two homers and three doubles. The Oregon alum has seen time defensively at both first base and third base.

Supplemental Round, Pick 5, Chris Kohler: Kohler, a left-hander out of a Southern California high school, was selected by the A's with the compensation pick they received for not signing high school left-hander Kyle Twomey last year. Kohler threw a lot of innings as an amateur over the past calendar year, so the A's have brought him along slowly as part of the staff of the AZL A's. The Rancho Cucamonga native has compiled 14.2 innings over nine appearances for the AZL A's. He has a 3.68 ERA and a 20:6 K:BB ratio. Kohler has allowed runs in just three of his appearances and only once has he allowed more than one run. He is a candidate to make the jump to full-season ball next year even though he will be 18 on Opening Day.

Round 4, Pick 6, Dylan Covey: Covey was a relatively well-known name in the draft despite not being a first-day pick. The University of San Diego right-hander was a first-round selection in 2010 out of high school, but he chose to go to college in order to learn to manage his Type 1 diabetes. Covey had an up-and-down collegiate career, but the A's loved his raw stuff and his make-up and were thrilled to get him in the fourth round. Thus far, he has not disappointed. He was the first member of his draft class to reach full-season ball and is still the only one currently at the Low-A level. Covey dominated the New York-Penn League, striking out 15 and walking one while not allowing an earned run in 12 innings. He has fallen back to earth some in the Midwest League, as inconsistent command has led to a 5.09 ERA and an 11:9 K:BB rate in 23 innings. Despite those numbers, the A's are still very encouraged by the stuff Covey has displayed and believe that once he can repeat his delivery consistently, he will begin dominating again.

Round 5, Pick 7, Bobby Wahl: Wahl was another draftee well-known to draft prospect watchers who the A's were thrilled to see still on the board in Round five. Wahl was arguably the best pitcher in the SEC for much of his last two seasons at Mississippi, but his draft stock fell thanks to injury concerns during his junior season. He missed a few starts with blister problems and there were whispers that some teams were scared off by scans of Wahl's shoulder. Wahl has been healthy with the A's thus far, although the team has been careful to manage his innings given his heavy college workload. He is throwing only two-to-three innings every five days for Vermont. In five outings, he has a 1.46 ERA and a 15:2 K:BB rate in 12.1 innings. Wahl has first-round stuff and an impressive demeanor on the mound. As long as he stays healthy, Wahl should be on a fast-track in the A's system starting next year.

Round 6, Pick 8, Kyle Finnegan: Coming out of Texas State, Finnegan was pegged by many scouts as a potential late-inning reliever because of his relatively small stature (6'0''), mid-90s fastball and hard breaking ball. The A's, however, viewed Finnegan as a potential starter and have been impressed with what they have seen from him as a professional thus far. The A's have been working with Finnegan on his change-up and have seen some promising results with the pitch. If he is able to make that pitch viable, Finnegan should have plenty of weapons to remain in the starting rotation. In nine starts thus far for Vermont, Finnegan has a 1.76 ERA and a 29:6 K:BB rate in 41 innings. Finnegan has drawn comparisons with Tim Hudson for his stature and raw stuff from A's minor league pitching coordinator Scott Emerson. Interestingly, Hudson, like Finnegan, was a sixth-round pick out of college by the A's.

Round 7, Pick 9, Dustin Driver: There weren't many draft pundits who believed the A's would be able to sign Driver when they took him in the seventh round out of a Washington high school. The right-hander was considered a top-two round pick going into the draft, but he fell thanks to a perceived strong commitment to go to college. The A's were able to find enough money in their draft pool to ink Driver to an above-slot deal, however. Driver has been in Arizona at the A's complex for nearly a month, but he has made only two official game appearances. Driver didn't throw after his high school season ended, so the A's designed a throwing program for him similar to one that would start spring training. He has made two appearances over the past week for the AZL A's, allowing three runs in two innings of work. Driver will get the majority of his meaningful work done this season at Instructs. Whether he makes the jump to full-season ball next year will depend on the progress he makes at Instructs and next spring.

Round 8, Pick 10, Tyler Marincov: Marincov was the only collegiate outfielder taken by the A's in their first 10 rounds of selections. The North Florida alum came to the pros with a promising set of tools and a lot of raw athleticism. A former high school football star, Marincov chose baseball over several Division I college football opportunities. The outfielder has been with Vermont since signing with the A's and he is off to a slow start at the plate in a league difficult for hitters. In 40 games, he is batting .213/.314/.316 with an 18:36 BB:K. Although his line is disappointing, it should be noted that the average slashline for the New York-Penn League is .243/.314/.340.

Round 9, Pick 11, Matt Stalcup: Stalcup was the first of two straight college seniors selected by the A's. Like many teams, the A's chose college seniors in the top-10 rounds who signed below-slot deals. The money saved on those deals was then used to sign above-slot signees such as Wahl and Driver. That isn't to say that Stalcup isn't talented, however. The left-hander flashed plus stuff at times at Pittsburgh State. A hard-thrower, Stalcup struggles with repeating his delivery, something he is working on with the A's coaching staff in Vermont. Stalcup has been used as both a starter and a reliever for the Lake Monsters and he has a 4.26 ERA in 19 innings. He has walked 10, although only one of those has come over his last 7.2 innings of work. If Stalcup can find a consistent release point, he could move quickly for the A's next season.

Round 10, Pick 12, Jerad Grundy: Grundy, a senior selection out of Kentucky, was certainly no stranger to the draft when his name was called in June. Since high school, Grundy has been drafted four times, but he finally took the plunge into professional ball this year with the A's. Like Stalcup, Grundy has been used in several roles with Vermont. In nine appearances, the left-hander has made three starts and six long relief outings. He has a 6.85 ERA, although much of that inflated ERA came over a two outing stretch in early July when he allowed 11 runs in 4.2 innings. Grundy is a finesse lefty with the ability to mix his pitches and out-think hitters. Since those two bad outings, he has allowed just five runs in 13 innings.


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