OAKLAND -- The A's have the sixth overall pick in the MLB Draft for the second consecutive season, a small consolation prize for an underwhelming 2016 season that saw them fall short of 70 wins.The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show
OAKLAND -- The A's have the sixth overall pick in the MLB Draft for the second consecutive season, a small consolation prize for an underwhelming 2016 season that saw them fall short of 70 wins.
The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 3 p.m. PT on Monday. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 10 a.m. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Wednesday, beginning at 9 a.m.
Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLBPipeline.com analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.
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Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the A's:
In about 50 words
The A's have promised to announce a new ballpark site by the end of the year, as they eye a better future amid another disappointing season. Oakland has few homegrown players on its current roster, a trend the club hopes to buck soon with help from several strong Draft classes.
The A's came away from the 2016 Draft with a pitching-heavy haul that helped them address organization needs. This time around, the outfield is a glaring area they would seemingly be looking to upgrade, given the lack of depth there in the farm system. Still, Oakland will never stop searching for pitchers.
MLB.com's experts have linked the A's to several players hailing from North Carolina, where Oakland's scouts have spent the majority of their time this spring: University of North Carolina right-hander J.B. Bukauskas, considered the top college arm in the state, and North Carolina prep players MacKenzie Gore, a left-hander, and outfielder Austin Beck. The A's are also believed to be interested in Virginia first baseman Pavin Smith.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.
Any team going up to 5 percent over its allotted pool will be taxed at a 75-percent rate on the overage. A team that overspends by 5-10 percent gets a 75-percent tax plus the loss of a first-round pick. A team that goes 10-15 percent over its pool amount will be hit with a 100-percent penalty on the overage and the loss of a first- and second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100-percent tax plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.
The A's have been assigned a pool of $11,407,500, which ranks fifth in the Majors. The value assigned to Oakland's first-round pick is $5,303,000.
Organizational holes aren't typically the No. 1 priority in the Draft, at least in the early stages, since needs are always changing because of injuries, promotions and trades, among other factors. Taking the best available player remains the priority.
Before the A's selected Florida left-hander A.J. Puk with their first pick of the 2016 Draft, they were on a run of four consecutive years -- and six out of seven -- of taking a position player with their top pick. Last year's haul included 35 college players, supporting a long organization trend. The year before, 35 of the Oakland's 40 selections came from the collegiate level.
Recent Draft history
Third baseman Matt Chapman, the A's first selection (25th overall) of the 2014 Draft and the team's No. 4-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, has reached double-digit home runs with Triple-A Nashville, and he's projected to be in the big leagues by the end of the season.
Reliever Ryan Dull was a 32nd-round pick by the A's in the 2012 Draft. The right-hander jumped two levels in '13 to reach Double-A Midland, where he remained until '15, when he needed just 12 appearances at the Triple-A level to convince Oakland he was big-league ready. Dull made his debut in September 2015, and he has been a significant bullpen piece for the A's since.
In The Show
Ryon Healy and Chad Pinder and pitchers Sonny Gray, Sean Doolittle and Dull are the only products of the A's Draft classes on their big league roster.
The A's recent top picks
2016: A.J. Puk, LHP, Class A Advanced Stockton
2015: Richie Martin, SS, Double-A Midland
2014: Matt Chapman, 3B, Triple-A Nashville
2013: Billy McKinney, OF, Double-A Trenton (New York Yankees)
2012: Addison Russell, SS, Chicago Cubs
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.