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MOD A's 2.5



The Oakland A's hold picks number 11, 34, 47, 62, 74, and 106.

Three notes to keep in mind about their draft budget:

1) They have a maximum of just under $8.9 million to spend on 13 picks in the top 10 rounds without losing a pick the next year.

2) The slot-amount for the #11 pick is $2.625 million

and 3) In 2011, they spent just over $2.6 million on 8 picks (failing to sign their 9th round pick, a high schooler ) in the top 10 rounds.

What this definitely means: They'll have a lot more room to spend on a high school player or two if they decide to go with a similar drafting strategy as last year (mostly college juniors, plus a college senior or two), therefore they can take a risky high school pick (Jameis Winston, Anthony Alford) and come within budget. Now, I'm not saying they will draft those guys, but they could potentially take a strong college commit and sign him.

Jim Callis had the A's taking Max Fried in his recent mock draft. While I wouldn't mind that pick, I don't think they go with a high school arm.

Here's a list of possible players I would be looking at for the first two picks.

#11: Andrew Heaney, Richie Shaffer, Michael Wacha, Gavin Cecchini, Albert Almora, Addison Russell, Deven Marrero

#34: Nolan Fontana, Travis Jankowski, Chris Beck/Chris Stratton, Duane Underwood, Nick Williams.

I'm thinking the A's take a high schooler with one of their 3rd, 4th, and 5th picks, but I wouldn't mind seeing them take one with their 2nd pick. One thing I keep in mind, while I'd always go for the BPA, two things the A's do very much lack are LHP's and MIF's.

Also, thanks to PadresGM for being on top of the first two MOD's.

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