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A's agree to terms with four more players from 2017 First-Year Player Draft

The Oakland A's have agreed to terms with four players from the 2017 First-Year Player Draft, including outfielder Greg Deichmann (2nd round, Louisiana State), infielder Nick Allen (3rd, Francis Parker HS), right-handed pitcher Brian Howard (8th, Texas Christian) and left-handed pitcher Jared Poche (9th, Louisiana State).

Deichmann started all 72 games for LSU this year, helping lead the Tigers to a College World Series berth. The 6-2, 209-pound junior hit .308 with 19 home runs and 73 RBI en route to All-America honors. The Metairie, La. product led the state of Louisiana in home runs for three straight years at Brother Martin High School.

The Oakland A's have agreed to terms with four players from the 2017 First-Year Player Draft, including outfielder Greg Deichmann (2nd round, Louisiana State), infielder Nick Allen (3rd, Francis Parker HS), right-handed pitcher Brian Howard (8th, Texas Christian) and left-handed pitcher Jared Poche (9th, Louisiana State).

Deichmann started all 72 games for LSU this year, helping lead the Tigers to a College World Series berth. The 6-2, 209-pound junior hit .308 with 19 home runs and 73 RBI en route to All-America honors. The Metairie, La. product led the state of Louisiana in home runs for three straight years at Brother Martin High School.

Allen garnered 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason First Team All-American honors as a high school senior and went on to bat .303 with 10 doubles and one home run in 23 games. A four-year varsity player, Allen posted a .469 batting average during his junior season while only committing three errors.

Howard had a 3.77 ERA in 19 starts this season and led the Horned Frogs in innings pitched (105.0) and strikeouts (113). As a junior in 2016, he ended the season on the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team and on the NCAA Fort Worth All-Regional team. He was drafted in 2016 by the Houston Astros in the 17th round but did not sign.

Poche went 12-4 with a 3.17 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) with Louisiana State and set the school record for wins on June 21 in a College World Series win over Florida State. He finished his LSU career with a record of 39-12 in four seasons. In 2014, he was a Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball), Second Team Freshman All-American (Baseball America, Perfect Game, NCBWA) and a member of the SEC All-Tournament team.

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