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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MLB.com beginning at noon ET.