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A's begin Day 2 with prep righty Chalmers

UNC center fielder Bolt taken in fourth round; Illinois lefty Duchene on board in fifth

OAKLAND -- The A's dipped into the high-school pool for their third-round selection Tuesday, taking prep right-hander Dakota Chalmers with the No. 97 overall pick in the 2015 Draft.

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Oakland used its first two picks on a pair of collegiate shortstops: Florida's Richie Martin (No. 20) and Alabama's Mikey White (No. 67).

The 6-foot-3 Chalmers, a Georgia commit, has a powerful right-handed arm and has touched 98 mph with his fastball this spring, complementing a pair of quality breaking balls.

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Round 4: CF Skye Bolt, University of North Carolina
The switch-hitting Bolt batted .279/.391/.430 in three seasons for the Tar Heels, finishing his junior campaign with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 56 games.

Video: Draft Report: Skye Bolt, HS Outfielder

Though his power is limited, Bolt is seen as a polished hitter with enough plate discipline to find his way on base enough.

The Georgia native, considered extremely athletic, is a plus runner with a plus arm and can play above-average defense in all three outfield spots.

Video: Draft Report: Kevin Duchene, College Pitcher

Round 5: LHP Kevin Duchene, University of Illinois
Duchene went 10-1 with a 1.30 ERA in 13 starts for Illinois as a junior this year, striking out 85 in 89 2/3 innings.

He missed time in 2014 with a forearm injury but was otherwise extremely durable during his three years at Illinois, where he compiled 238 innings with a 2.12 ERA and 191 strikeouts to 63 walks. Though not overpowering, he boasts exceptional command.

The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 on beginning at noon ET.

Jane Lee is a reporter for
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