Kubota: 'McKinney was one of the best high school hitters in the draft'
Third-round draft pick Ryon Healy is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound first baseman from the University of Oregon. (AP)
A's 2013 MLB Draft Picks:
Round 1 (24th overall): Billy McKinney -- Outfielder -- Plano West Senior High School (Texas)
DOB: 8/23/94 -- 6-foot-1 -- 195 pounds -- L/L
There are few, if any, high school bats better than McKinney's. With a balanced approach and a smooth swing from the left side, he projects to be a plus hitter with above-average power. He's an average runner, at best, and will be limited to a corner outfield spot, but that's just fine, as his bat will play there without question. The only thing that might be better than his hitting skills is his makeup. He plays the game the right way and is very competitive. McKinney's character combined with his bat should get him off the board fairly early.
Round 2 (63rd overall): Dillon Overton -- Left-handed Pitcher -- Oklahoma University
DOB: 8/17/91 -- 6-foot-2 -- 172 pounds -- L/L
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Oklahoma's Saturday starter, behind Jonathan Gray, Overton fits the mold of the college lefty, one who has average stuff but with some knowledge of pitching. Overton's fastball will touch 91 mph, though there is some room for growth in his frame, meaning he could gain a tick or two with some maturity. His curve has been inconsistent but has the potential to be an average breaking ball. He doesn't throw his changeup enough, and it will have to improve as he moves to the next level. Generally around the plate, if Overton can develop three average pitches, he has the chance to be a big league starter in the future.
Round 2 Compensation (71st overall): Chad Pinder -- Shortstop -- Virginia Tech
DOB: 3/29/92 -- 6-foot-2 -- 192 pounds -- R/R
Pinder went undrafted out of high school, but there's no danger of that happening this time around. The Virginia Tech third baseman has gotten bigger and stronger during his college career. He uses the whole field at the plate with an advanced approach. While he has mostly gap power now, he has the chance to clear some fences in the future. He has fringy speed, but he's a solid and reliable defender at third and should have no trouble staying there. It isn't a great class in terms of college bats, so Pinder's performance will be watched very carefully all spring and he's bound to do pretty well on Draft day.
Round 3 (100th overall): Ryon Healy -- First Baseman -- University of Oregon
DOB: 1/10/92 -- 6-foot-5 -- 225 pounds -- R/R
Healy arrived at Oregon as a third baseman, but moved across the diamond to first base as a freshman. He has blossomed into an excellent defender at first base with the potential for plus power. Healy has continued to play third base in the summer and he may get a chance to try the position again as a professional. Listed at 6-foot-5, 227 pounds, Healy is a physical player, but still fairly athletic for his size. Healy has consistently been one of the best college hitters for three years and is a candidate for the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Round 3 Compensation (106th overall): Chris Kohler -- Left-handed Pitcher -- Los Osos High School (California)
DOB: 5/4/95 -- 6-foot-3 -- 190 pounds -- L/L
Kohler hasn't done a lot of pitching until the last two high school seasons, something done by design to keep his arm fresh. It seems to be paying off, as the projectable left-hander was getting attention for his three-pitch mix and his loose, easy arm. Kohler will touch 90 mph with his fastball, but there could be more in the tank. He mixes in a downer curve and a fairly deceptive changeup to give him two secondary pitches that should be at least Major League average. Projectability, size and pitching know-how is usually a combination that leads to plenty of Draft day interest.
Round 4 (131st overall): Dylan Covey -- Right-handed Pitcher -- University of San Diego
DOB: 8/14/91 -- 6-foot-2 -- 205 pounds -- R/R
Covey was a first-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010, but when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, he headed to the University of San Diego to learn how to pitch with the disease. It's now under control, and Covey is once again a legitimate Draft prospect. Covey can run his fastball up to 94 mph, sitting in the 90-91 mph zone with some heavy life. His power curve is a solid average offering with the potential of being an out pitch, his changeup gives him a third usable weapon and he even has a slider to boot. He goes right after hitters and is especially effective when he can keep his fastball down in the zone.
Round 5 (161st overall): Bobby Wahl -- Right-handed Pitcher -- University of Mississippi
DOB: 3/21/92 -- 6-foot-3 -- 200 pounds -- R/R
Wahl had an impressive sophomore season as a starter at Ole Miss then had a successful turn pitching in relief for Team USA over the summer. He returned as Ole Miss' Friday starter and continued to use his power repertoire successfully. He has a good pitcher's body and plenty of arm strength, cranking his fastball up to 95 mph with good life to it. He couples that with an average to sometimes plus curve, more than enough for the bullpen. Throw in a feel for the changeup and any team that takes him should probably send him out as a starter when he enters the pro game. The only thing that could hold Wahl back is his command and control and any team taking Wahl can take comfort in knowing he does just fine in short relief. But that might just be a backup plan because many think he'll be just fine to start.
Round 6 (191st overall): Kyle Finnegan -- Right-handed Pitcher -- Texas State
DOB: 9/4/91 -- 6-foot-2 -- 180 pounds -- R/R
Arm strength is always a valuable tool and that's why scouts were trying to evaluate Finnegan, a starter for Texas State most see as a short reliever in the future. There's no question about the velocity. Finnegan can crank it up to 97 mph in short stints, but he doesn't maintain it deep into starts. Beyond that, he's a bit of a work in progress. He'll flash an average slider, but not consistently, and he doesn't always command it well. He has a fringy changeup, but if he moves to the bullpen, he can shelve it and work on developing a two-pitch power combination. A team that sees that as his future could take him off the board relatively early.
Round 7 (221st overall): Dustin Driver -- Right-handed Pitcher -- Wenatchee High School (Washington)
DOB: 10/11/94 -- 6-foot-2 -- 220 pounds -- R/R
It's always interesting to see what talent comes out of the Pacific Northwest, and Driver has the chance to be one of the best from the region this year. Driver has some good stuff, with a fastball that's already touching 93-94 mph and a power breaking ball to go along with it. He threw very well at the Area Code Games, showing a good feel for mixing his fastball, breaking stuff and even a changeup. And while some feel he may be a reliever when all is said and done, there's plenty to like about this young right arm. As good as his raw stuff is, he gets equally strong, if not better, marks for his mound presence, instincts and competitiveness, all of which add up to a very bright future.
Round 8 (251st overall): Tyler Marincov -- Outfielder -- University of North Florida
DOB: 10/20/91 -- 6-foot-2 -- 205 pounds -- R/R
While Marincov doesn't have a standout tool, his overall package makes him an intriguing prospect. A former star high school quarterback, Marincov still plays with an aggressive football mentality and earns high marks for his hustle. Marincov's strong 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame produces good power, though it doesn't always carry over into games. He makes good contact and has been mostly a gap-to-gap hitter at North Florida. Marincov is an average runner and takes advantage of his speed on the basepaths. Marincov can play center field, but his profile fits best in right field.
Round 9 (281st overall): Matt Stalcup -- Left-handed pitcher -- Pittsburg State University
DOB: 7/6/90 -- 6-foot-2 -- 195 pounds -- L/L
Round 10 (311th overall): Jerad Grundy -- Left-handed pitcher -- Kentucky
DOB: 9/11/90 -- 6-foot-1 -- 200 pounds -- L/L
Round 11 (341st overall): Lou Trivino -- Right-handed pitcher -- Slippery Rock University (Pennsylvania)
DOB: 10/01/91 -- 6-foot-5 -- 225 pounds -- R/R
Round 12 (371st overall): Dakota Freese -- Right-handed pitcher -- Des Moines Area Community College
DOB: 05/09/92 -- 6-foot-3 -- 190 pounds -- R/R
Round 13 (401st overall): Justin Higley -- Outfielder -- Cal St. Sacramento
DOB: 12/25/92 -- 6-foot-4 -- 200 pounds -- L/R
Round 14 (431st overall): James Lomangino -- Right-handed pitcher -- St. Johns (New York)
DOB: 10/05/91 -- 6-foot-0 -- 205 pounds -- R/R
Round 15 (461st overall): Edwin Diaz -- Shortstop -- Ladislao Martinez High School (Puerto Rico)
DOB: 8/25/95 -- 6-foot-2 -- 180 pounds -- R/R
Diaz's father was a second round pick in 1993 and although he may not go as high as his father did, he shouldn't have to wait too long to hear his name called. Diaz is a reliable defender at short with solid actions but scouts are split on whether he can remain at short due to fringy range and arm strength. At the plate, he projects to be an average hitter who should add more power as he fills out. A team that thinks he can stick at short should take him off the board.
Round 16 (491st overall): Junior Mendez -- Right-handed pitcher -- Southern New Hampshire University
DOB: 9/20/92 -- 6-foot-1 -- 210 pounds -- R/R
Round 17 (521st overall): Jaycob Brugman -- Right fielder -- BYU
DOB: 1/18/92 -- 6-foot-0 -- 195 pounds -- L/L
Round 18 (551st overall): Sam Bragg -- Right-handed pitcher -- Georgia Perimeter College
DOB: 3/23/93 -- 6-foot-1 -- 190 pounds -- S/R
Round 19 (581st overall): A.J. Vanegas -- Right-handed pitcher -- Stanford
DOB: 8/16/92 -- 6-foot-3 -- 215 pounds -- R/R
Vanegas has always received good reviews for his pure stuff, starting back in high school when he was a solid prospect who slid to the seventh round because of his commitment to Stanford. The right-hander can sit in the mid-90s easily and was throwing harder than that on the Cape this past summer. He has a slider and started throwing a cutter on the Cape. He needs to refine his command to be more effective, as he's been more stuff than results throughout his career. His junior season was delayed as he recovered from a back injury. Upon his return, he did settle in as the team's closer, once again showing the raw stuff that has intrigued scouts since he was in high school.
Round 20 (611th overall): Iolana Akau -- Catcher -- Saint Louis High School (Hawaii)
DOB: 8/31/95 -- 5-foot-11 -- 180 pounds -- R/R
Hawaii, not known as a hotbed for talent in the past, is starting to grow in recognition. While Akau won't get the kind of attention 2011 first-rounder Kolten Wong received, he's gotten some looks this year. Akau is a great defender behind the plate thanks to an above-average arm, soft hands and agility behind the plate. He's not a bad hitter either, with a quick stroke and some power potential. He is committed to Hawaii and may be a tough sign as he is a good student and has shown a preference to attend college.
Round 21 (641st overall): Scott Masik -- Center fielder -- Cal St. Los Angeles
DOB: 1/10/91 -- 6-foot-2 -- R/R
Round 22 (671st overall): Trevor Bayless -- Right-handed pitcher -- University of San Diego
DOB: 10/6/1991 -- 6-foot-3 -- 210 pounds -- R/R
Round 23 (701st overall): Josh Miller -- Catcher -- University of South Carolina Aiken
DOB: 5/11/91 -- 5-foot-9 -- 195 pounds -- R/R
Round 24 (731st overall): Kevin Johnson -- Right-handed pitcher -- University of Illinois
DOB: 4/5/91 -- 6-foot-3 -- 210 pounds -- R/R
Round 25 (761st overall): Jon Massad -- Right-handed pitchers -- Southern New Hampshire University
DOB: 4/19/91 -- 6-foot-1 -- 200 pounds -- R/R
Round 26 (791st overall): Kyle Wheeler -- Catcher -- Belhaven College (Mississippi)
DOB: 10/16/90 -- 5-foot-10 -- 175 pounds -- R/R
Round 27 (821st overall): Ryan Huck -- First baseman -- Western Kentucky
DOB: 2/24/91 -- 6-foot-5 -- 245 pounds -- R/R
Round 28 (851st overall): Joe Bennie -- Second baseman -- East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania)
DOB: 5/7/91 -- 6-foot-0 -- 200 pounds -- R/R
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Round 29 (881st overall): Blake McMullen -- Right handed pitcher -- Science & Arts of Oklahoma
DOB: 2/15/91 -- 6-foot-1-- 205 pounds R/R
Round 30 (911th overall): Benjamin McQuown -- Center fielder -- Campbell University (NC)
DOB: 2/6/90 -- 5-foot-10-- 175 pounds R/R
Round 31 (941st overall): A.J. Burke-- Right handed pitcher -- Western Oregon State
DOB: 7/12/90 -- 6-foot-3-- 225 pounds R/R
Round 32 (971st overall): Dominique Vattuone -- Right handed pitcher -- UNC Greensboro
DOB: 2/12/91 -- 6-foot-4-- 175 pounds R/R
Round 33 (1001st overall): Joseph Michaud -- Right handed pitcher -- Bryant University
DOB: 4/4/91 -- 6-foot-4-- 200 pounds R/R
Round 34 (1031st overall): Austin Kubala -- Third baseman -- Arlington Country Day School (FL)
DOB: 6/7/94 -- 6-foot-- 205 pounds R/R
Round 35 (1061st overall): Austin Puckett -- Right handed pitcher -- De La Salle High School (Concord, CA)
DOB: 5/27/95 -- 6-foot-3-- 175 pounds R/R
Round 36 (1091st overall): Cooper Goldby -- Catcher -- Yuba City High School (CA)
DOB: 1/18/95 -- 5-foot-9-- 160 pounds R/R
Round 37 (1121st overall): Francis Christy -- Catcher -- Casa Grande High School (Petaluma, CA)
DOB: 9/1/95 -- 6-foot-2-- 220 pounds L/R
Round 38 (1151st overall): Hunter Mercado-Hood -- Outfielder -- De La Salle High School (Concord, CA)
DOB: 2/16/95 -- 6-foot-- 180 pounds L/R
Round 39 (1181st overall): Hayden Howard -- Left handed pitcher -- Seward County Community College (KS)
DOB: 3/26/94 -- 6-foot-4-- 185 pounds R/L
Round 40 (1211th overall): Dominic Miroglio -- Catcher -- Bishop O'Dowd High School (Oakland, CA)
DOB: 3/10/95 -- 6-foot -- 185 pounds R/R