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2011 MLB Draft: Oakland Athletics Draft Report

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The A's went heavy on college players though their draft has upside.

1-Sonny Gray-RHP-Vanderbilt

Gray was a somewhat divisive prospect. He is undersized-listed at 5'11-but has an explosive fastball and a power curveball that could play in the major leagues quickly if the A's decide to go that route, though it is expected that he'll remain a starter, at least initially. His mechanics are a bit rough and his change up lacks behind his fastball and curveball but he has the tools to eventually be near the top of the rotation. He was a steal at 18, in my opinion.

3-BA Vollmuth-3B-Southern Miss

Vollmuth has big power and an above average arm, but he has questions about his ultimate position-he started the year as the Golden Eagles SS and finished it playing 3B. His power also comes at the expense of a high strikeout rate-something he'll need to work on in pro ball.

4-Bobby Crocker-OF-Cal Poly

Crocker is an athletic (no pun intended) and projectable OF. He is an above average runner and has projectable power but has mainly been a punch and judy hitter to this point.

5-Beau Taylor-C-Central Florida

Taylor is a solid offensive catcher-and a rare catcher that hits from the left side. He is still fairly new to catching but he has an accurate arm and should have the tools to stay behind the plate.

6-Dayton Alexander-OF-Feather River JC

Alexander is the cousin of Phillies OF Shane Victorino, and like his cousin Alexander is an explosive CF with good speed and defense in CF, he has gap power but is a bit raw as a hitter.

7-Blake Treinen-RHP-South Dakota State-RHP

Treinen was one of the most remarkable stories in this draft. He started out on the Junior Varisty team of NAIA in 2007. He then attended Arkansas in 2008 but didn't play baseball. He then sat out 09 after transferring to South Dakota State. He was then drafted by the Marlins last year but they had concerns about his shoulder so he returned to SDSU, where he showed good arm strength and a good slider. He also has a raw change up and a very fresh arm.

8-Colin O'Connell-RHP-Cal State Fullerton

O'Connell got a bit overlooked in a rotation that included Noe Ramirez, Tyler Pill and Dylan Floro. He has a bit of a violent delivery but he has good control and a fastball that touches the mid 90's and a big slider.

9-Jace Fry-LHP-HS (Oregon)

Fry has a projectable 6'1 185 LB frame and a fastball that touches the low 90's to go with raw secondary offerings. He was the first HS pick taken by Oakland.

10-Dusty Robinson-OF-Fresno State

Robinson is a good runner who could play CF. He has good power, though he strikes out a lot. Robinson is also a fierce competitor and earns high praise for his work ethic, though he isn't extremely projectable.

11-Chris Lamb-Davidson

Lamb has a projectable 6'1 185 LB build and has a bit of a violent motion. He throws a fastball and a splitter as well as the raw makings of a curveball.

12-Xavier Macklin-OF-North Carolina A&T

Macklin hit 22 HR's last year.

13-Jacob Tanis-3B-Mercer

14-Nick Rickles-C-Stetson

Rickles improved his offense this season, making good contact and adding power. He actually has good speed, especially for a catcher and has a solid arm but inconsistent throwing mechanics.

15-TJ Walz-RHP-Kansas

Walz has a low 90's fastball and a good slider. He also set a bunch of Kansas records during his 4 years there.

16-Tanner Peters-RHP-UNLV

Peters posted a 1.50 ERA, but his stuff isn't as good as his results. He is also undersized, listed at 6'0 150 LBS.

17-Sean Jamieson-SS-Canisius

18-Brent Powers-LHP-Sam Houston State

19-Eric Potter-LHP-Maryland

20-Kurt Wunderlich-RHP-Michigan State

21-Brandon Magee-OF-Arizona State

Magee played LB on the Sun Devils football team, so he has good strength and athleticism. He played on the baseball team but the Sun Devils were so good and Magee so raw that he didn't get many AB's. He did show fantastic power in batting practice and he could be a steal if that power is able to translate into games.

22-Rhett Stafford-OF-Marshall

23-Cecil Tanner-RHP-Georgia

Tanner was projected to go higher in the draft, but he threw less than 5 innings this year.

24-Max Kuhn-SS-HS (Indiana)

25-Chad Oberacker-OF-Tennessee Tech

26-Chad Roberts-RHP-VMI

27-Derek Self-RHP-Louisville

28-Thomas Girdwood-RHP-Elon

29-Nate Eppley-RHP-Rider

30-Nathan Kilcrease-RHP-Alabama

The A's loaded up on undersized RHP's-Kilcrease is just 5'6

31-Sasha Kuebel-LHP-HS (Missouri)

32-Drew Granier-RHP-Louisiana-Monroe

Another undersized power arm-6'0 180 lbs.

33-Austin Booker-2B-California

34-Alfredo Unzue-LHP-HS (California)

35-Max Perlman-RHP-Harvard

36-Brenden Farney-SS-HS (California)

37-Eric Wood-3B-HS (Canada)

38-Alex Blandino-SS-HS (California)

Blandino was part of a loaded infield with Rays supplemental 1st round pick Tyler Goeddel and Blue Jays 16th round pick Richard Prigatano, Blandino is a Stanford commit who is a solid hitter with good arm strength and solid reactions at SS. He is a below average runner though he may need to shift to 2B or he could pitch.

39-Shane Boras-2B-USC

He's already signed!

40-Nic Coffman-3B-HS (Oregon)

41-Brett Bittiger-SS-HS (Pennsylvania)

42-Brett Geren-C-HS (California)

Sometimes nepotism can backfire...

43-Adam Frank-LHP-HS (Arizona)

44-Chris Bostick-SS-HS (New York)

45-CJ Jacobe-OF-HS (California)

Jacobe and Ferney (36th round) played together at Vacaville HS.

46-Nate Esposito-C-HS (California)

47-Jeriel Waller-OF-Grossmont JC

48-Travis Feeney-OF-HS (California)

49-Charles Sheffield-OF-HS (Florida)

50-Travis Pitcher-RHP-Cypress JC