Healy gives A's power, glove at No. 100
Ryan Healy's living room erupted after learning he had been drafted by the A's with the 100th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
A small contingency of family and friends had gathered at the home of Oregon's junior first baseman, monitoring the computer screen as Friday's third round began. Picks came and went without his name being called. Finally, an Oakland scout responsible for the Pacific Northwest gave him a call.
If you're on the board, we're taking you, he told Healy.
"It was a waiting game," Healy said. "The longest three or four picks of my life."
Healy said the Giants, Pirates, Tigers and White Sox were other teams that had contacted him leading up to the Draft, but he felt confident the A's would select him and he'd be able to continue wearing green and gold.
"I knew the A's were hot on me," Healy said. "I had a lot of communication with them in the past week."
Healy headlined the crop of prospects taken by the A's on Day 2 of the Draft, which saw the rounds of three through 10 go by. After two days, the A's have selected college players with nine of their 12 picks - eight pitchers, two infielders and two outfielders.
"If you look at today, we probably put an emphasis on pitching, but that's partially because of what was available to us," said Eric Kubota, the A's scouting director since 2002. "You can't really force anything about a Draft. A Draft kind of dictates to you what's available to you with who you take."
"It's a great honor to be picked by them, with Billy Beane and everything" Healy added. "Obviously, they're not going through and picking blindly off the Draft board, so it's a great honor to be valued this high to them and it's a great opportunity to play for the organization."
Healy has consistently been one of the best college hitters for three years and was named to the Pac-12's All-Conference team after hitting .333 (76-for-228) with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs to go along with a .408 on-base percentage.
He arrived at Oregon as a third baseman, but moved across the diamond to first base as a freshman. He has blossomed into an excellent defender at first base with the potential for plus power.
Healy has continued to play third base in the summer and he may get a chance to try the position again as a professional. Listed at 6-foot-5, 227 pounds, Healy is a physical player, but still fairly athletic for his size.
"I've coached Phil Nevin and Mark Kotsay and Kurt Suzuki … and nobody's hitting the ball as hard, or as consistently, or at more opportune times than Ryon has this year," Oregon head coach George Horton told Baseball America in April. "He's had a spectacular year, no question about it."
Healy follows first-round pick Billy McKinney, second-rounder Dillon Overton and Chad Pinder, the A's competitive balance pick, all taken in Day 1 of the Draft.
"We're very excited about how things turned out," Kubota said. "There were a couple of guys who fell to us that we had evaluated as going higher prior to entering the Draft, and we're just happy with how everything turned out today."