More draft-pick capsules
Here are more A's draft picks as of this writing. The further we get in the draft, the less likely it is that I'll be telling you the truth about a particular pick.
100: Ryon Healy, a 6'5" 225-pound first baseman out of Oregon (the university). He used to play third, but the move to first base sounds permanent. Allan Simpson called him the top power bat in the draft. He's a third-rounder because power bats only take you so far if you're limited to first or DH. Healy is already halfway to being 22. I'm curious to see how aggressive the A's are with his minor-league assignments.
106: Chris Kohler, high-school lefty pitcher from Rancho Cucamonga. At 6'3" 190 there's probably a hope that he'll fill out and add velocity—he apparently touches 90 now. Kohler just turned 18 a month ago. With someone so young and, per MLB, who hasn't actually pitched that much, you've got to be thinking 2018.
131: Dylan Covey, U. San Diego right-handed pitcher. Covey has one of the more interesting back-stories of the legit draft prospects. (There's always some 13th rounder with a nutty story, but those aren't guys who you expect to ever hit the bigs anyway.) Covey was a first-rounder in 2010 but then was diagnosed with diabetes. Here's a Jesse Behr piece at Baseball Prospectus about it. He's got a four-pitch mix with a sinker. Kevin Goldstein had his velocity higher out of high school than MLB has him now, but that's probably to be expected. The A's had actually been on Covey in 2010 and there was even some thought they'd pop him all the way up at number 10, so it's no surprise to see them take a second shot this year. As late as April, Allan Simpson had Covey as a top-100 prospect.
161: Bobby Wahl, U. Mississippi right-handed pitcher. He was Ole Miss's Friday starter and he's got good stuff and a nice pitcher's frame (6'3" 200). Even with concerns that he could end up in the bullpen, Allan Simpson had him at no. 39 overall the day before the draft. Per Twitter buddy @leokitty, he fell this far because of signability concerns. If the A's can manage to reel him in, this could wind up looking like a steal.
191: Kyle Finnegan, Texas State right-handed pitcher. Simpson had Finnegan just inside his top 100 in January, but he later fell out. Big-time velocity, small-time durability means he's headed to the bullpen sooner rather than later.
221: Dustin Driver, Washington high-school right-handed pitcher. Big-time velocity for an 18-year-old, but everything else is, as you'd expect, especially from the Pacific Northwest, where you can't play as often as you can in West Covina, is a work in progress. Still, Simpson had Driver 56th on his board before the draft. Conor Glassey tweeted that he was "considered signable out of UCLA" but presumably money is still a major issue. (Glassey also said he was considered a third-rounder, so Simpson's ranking might have been more positive than others'.)
251: Tyler Marincov, U. North Florida outfielder. He's probably just a guy. Right-handed. Majored in criminal justice.
281: Matt Stalcup, Pittsburg State (in Kansas) left-handed pitcher. This is the ninth round, so it's where you start taking fifth-year seniors who will sign for $1 so you can allocate his money to the signability players you picked (like Wahl and Driver). Stalcup turns 23 in early July. He never answers his phone. His college team's mascot is the Gorillas.
311: Jerad Grundy, U. Kentucky left-handed pitcher. He's another senior. He was apparently Kentucky's number-two starter, so that's something. He's not an overly tall gentleman, and here are the rounds in which he was drafted out of high school, junior college, and as a Kentucky junior: 46, 42, 26. Getting picked in the 10th won't net him any more money, but at least he gets to say he was a 10th-rounder. He actually started out at Miami before transferring to JC and then Kentucky.
341: Lou Trivino, Slippery Rock U. (PA) right-handed pitcher. Six-five and 225 is nice size. He tweets about Domonic Brown a fair amount.
371: Dakota Freese, Des Moines Area Community College right-handed pitcher. Tall and skinny but apparently pitches like Tim Lincecum.
401: Justin Higley, Sacramento State outfielder. Bats left, throws right, born on Christmas. You know who that is, right? You've seen that before.
431: James Lomangino, St. Johns right-handed pitcher. He's a senior, but he redshirted after transferring from junior college, so he could still go back to school. He was a reliever in 2012 but started this season. He does appear to have been St. Johns' ace, but they weren't a very good team.
461: Edwin Diaz, Puerto Rico high-school shortstop. His dad played seven games in the majors. His Perfect Game profile makes me surprised that he dropped all the way to the 15th round, as he's apparently a legit shortstop with some potential in the bat. No clues in my googling as to why he's here.
491: Junior Mendez, Southern New Hampshire U. right-handed pitcher. There's a football/soccer player named Junior Mendes. That's not this guy. Southern New Hampshire is a Division II school.
521: Jaycob Brugman, BYU outfielder. He's from Arizona and is already married. His parents are Jayson and Jaylene and all his siblings' names start with "Jay." I just refuse to believe any of this. He might have a cannon for an arm.
551: Sam Bragg, Georgia JC right-handed pitcher. He's a switch-hitter.
581: A.J. Vanegas, Stanford right-handed pitcher. Closed for the Cardinal this year and missed part of the season with a back injury. He's apparently been highly regarded for a while but wasn't highly drafted out of high school because of his Stanford commitment and reportedly turned down $2 million. The injury has obviously hurt him: John Sickels has some talk here about him being drafted as high as the middle of the first round. That was January, though, before Vanegas missed time and pitched as a reliever. Who knows what the story is with his injury, but grabbing someone like this in the draft is sort of like grabbing an Erik Bedard at the major-league level. The talent was there once upon a time, and most of the time things won't work out, but it's worth trying 10 times for the once that it does.
It's a lot of pitching.
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