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A's take free-swinging Higley in 13th round

Justin Higley finished the 2013 season with a .252 batting average in 210 at-bats for Sacramento State.

The A's 13th-round pick also hit 10 home runs, but he struck out 55 times with just 22 walks.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound outfielder bats lefty and throws righty. He's stated that one of his professional aspirations is to become a police officer.

Higley was used in multiple spots in the lineup while at Sacramento State, batting in the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth spots in the order.

Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for
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