A's back to 'Moneyball' on Day 2 of draft

A's back to 'Moneyball' on Day 2 of draft
June 7, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Dillon Overton is a 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher from Oklahoma University. (AP)

For the second year in a row, the A's seemed to surprise observers by taking a high school player with their first pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. In fact, it was just the second time the A's, under general manager Billy Beane, had ever used their initial first-round pick on a high school player as Oakland selected outfielder Billy McKinney out of Plano West High in Texas with the No. 24 overall selection a year after taking shortstop Addison Russell.

"I've always said that we take the best player on our board, regardless of class," A's director of scouting Eric Kubota said on a conference call late Thursday evening. "I mean, certainly there was a long stretch of time where we favored college players but I never thought it was a conscious effort not to take high school players.

"But it's just the way that the board has fallen the last few years that it's worked out that way."

Well, through two days, 10 rounds and 12 picks, things seemed to shift back to the "Moneyball" days, as nine of their 12 picks were college players.

[RELATED: A's 2013 draft picks]

Position-wise, eight were pitchers, two were infielders and two were outfielders.

The draft concludes Saturday with rounds 11 through 40.

Oakland A's 2013 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

[RELATED: A's take high school outfielder McKinney 24th]

Round 2 (63rd overall): Dillon Overton -- Left-handed Pitcher -- Oklahoma University
DOB: 8/17/91 -- 6-foot-2 -- 172 pounds -- L/L

[RELATED: A's add pitcher, shortstop in draft]

Round 2 Compensation (71st overall): Chad Pinder -- Shortstop -- Virginia Tech
DOB: 3/29/92 -- 6-foot-2 -- 192 pounds -- R/R

Round 3 (100th overall): Ryon Healy -- First Baseman -- University of Oregon
DOB: 1/10/92 -- 6-foot-5 -- 225 pounds -- R/R

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

Round 4 (131st overall): Dylan Covey -- Right-handed Pitcher -- University of San Diego
DOB: 8/14/91 -- 6-foot-2 -- 205 pounds -- R/R

Round 5 (161st overall): Bobby Wahl -- Right-handed Pitcher -- University of Mississippi
DOB: 3/21/92 -- 6-foot-3 -- 200 pounds -- R/R

Round 6 (191st overall): Kyle Finnegan -- Right-handed Pitcher -- Texas State
DOB: 9/4/91 -- 6-foot-2 -- 180 pounds -- R/R

Round 7 (221st overall): Dustin Driver -- Right-handed Pitcher -- Wenatchee High School (Washington)
DOB: 10/11/94 -- 6-foot-2 -- 220 pounds -- R/R

Round 8 (251st overall): Tyler Marincov -- Outfielder -- University of North Florida
DOB: 10/20/91 -- 6-foot-2 -- 205 pounds -- R/R

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

 

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