The Oakland Athletics selected 30 players on the final day of the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft. In three days, the A's selected 40 players, highlighted by their first pick, shortstop Logan Davidson, who was the 29th overall selection in the draft.
Oakland selected 20 pitchers, including 3 left-handers, 4 catchers, 10 infielders (1 1B, 2 2B, 4 SS, 3 3B), and 6 outfielders. Of the 20 position players selected, 8 are right-handed hitters, 8 are left-handed hitters and 4 are switch hitters. The A's selected 35 college players and 5 high school players.
Draft picks with local ties include: Patrick McColl (10th round) out of Harvard University, from Los Altos, CA, whose father played for the 49ers, Austin Wahl (23rd round) out of Cal State Monterey Bay, from Hollister, CA, and Michael Woodworth (29th round) out of University of Connecticut, from Alameda, CA. The A's selected Derek Lee out of University of Richmond with their 39th round selection; he is the son of Oakland scout Derek Lee.
Dustin Harris, 19 (20 on July 8), batted .373 (75x201) with 11 doubles, nine triples, 33 RBI and 18 walks with a .423 on-base percentage for St. Petersburg College this season. The Land O'Lakes, Florida, native was selected to First Team All-State for his high school senior season, in which he batted .473 (44x93) with a .515 on-base percentage and a.688 slugging mark.
T.J. Schofield-Sam, 17 (18 on June 20), is the No. 7-ranked Canadian draft prospect by Baseball America. The Ontario native was a member of Canada's Junior National Team and contributed to Canada's bronze medal in the 2018 U18 Pan Am baseball championship, successfully executing a double steal to tie the game. He batted .250 (10x40) with two doubles, a triple, a home run and 11 RBI with the Canadian Junior National Team on its 2019 Dominican Summer League Tour. Prior to his senior season, Schofield-Sam was selected as a Perfect Game Pre-Season High Honorable Mention.
Sahid Valenzuela, 21 (22 on Sept. 16), batted .288 (42x146) with seven doubles, one triple, one home run, 24 RBI and 23 walks in an injury-shortened junior season for the Titans. Despite the abbreviated season, Valenzuela was tied for second-most walks on the team. The switch-hitting shortstop started all 61 games as a sophomore, batting .272 with 14 doubles, four triples and 22 RBI. He played high school baseball at St. Francis Central Coast Catholic in Watsonville, CA and was named first-team All-League in all four of his high school seasons.
Peyton Miller, 20, was 3-2 with two saves, a 3.86 ERA (17 ER in 39.2 IP) with 54 in 14 games (six starts) for Tyler JC this season. He did not allow an earned run through his first 10 appearances this season (21.0 IP).
Josh Watson, 22 (23 on Sept. 10), batted .324 (81x250) with 21 doubles, 10 home runs, 42 RBI and 36 walks for the Horned Frogs this season. He holds the TCU record for most games played, starting in every game since his freshman season in 2016. The switch-hitting outfielder was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 for 2019 and was selected Second-Team All-Big 12 for his junior effort. Watson ranked second on his team in average, on-base percentage (.424) and on-base-plus-slugging (.952) and led the team in total bases (132).
Brady Basso, 21 (22 on Oct. 8), was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA (2 ER in 10.1 IP) with 15 strikeouts in 13 relief appearances for the Cowboys this season. He played for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League prior to his junior season, posting a 3.05 ERA (6 ER in 17.2 IP) with 13 strikeouts in nine games (two starts). Basso's father, Mike, played nine minor league seasons in the Padres system and has served as a minor league manager and a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Vince Coletti, 22, was 4-2 with one save and a 4.21 ERA (27 ER in 57.2 IP) and 62 strikeouts in 35 relief appearances for Florida Atlantic this season. Made a team-leading 15 starts as a junior in 2018 and ranked second with 78.1 innings pitched. Prior to transferring to FAU in 2018, pitched at Palm Beach State College, going 5-0 with a 2.95 ERA as a sophomore.
Jorge Romero, 19, was named Perfect Game Pre-Season High Honorable Mention and selected to the Pre-Season Canada/Puerto Rico Region All High School Senior First Team for 2019.
Jared McDonald, 22, batted .362 (54x149) with six doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 39 RBI and 18 walks in 41 games, all starts, for Western Oregon this season. He was named First-Team D2CCCA All-West Region and First-Team All-GNAC for his senior year efforts. Ranks third all-time in program history with 18 home runs and sixth in career slugging percentage (.606).
Jack Weisenburger, 21 (22 on Oct. 8), was 3-1 with one save and a 4.50 ERA (14 ER in 28.0 IP) with 29 strikeouts in 22 appearances for the Wolverines this season. In his sophomore season last year, the 6'3", 220-pound right-hander posted a 3.58 ERA (11 ER in 27.2 IP) in 15 outings. As a high schooler, he was All-Conference, All-District and All-Region all four years, and was selected All-State twice. Weisenburger's father and grandfather also played baseball at Michigan.
Shane Selman, 22 (23 on Aug. 30), batted .264 (62x235) with 16 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 31 RBI and 25 walks in his senior campaign for McNeese State. He was named to the Nashville Regional All-Tournament Team after batting a team-leading .444 with three RBI in the regional. Selman finished his collegiate career ranked third in program history in games played (218), doubles (51) and home runs (38) while ranking fourth in hits (236) and RBI (150).
Jack Cushing, 22, was 4-5 with a 3.06 ERA (27 ER in 79.1 IP) with 87 strikeouts in 15 games (12 starts) for the Hoyas this season. He pitched a complete game on April 13 at Villanova, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six batters. Cushing struck out a program-record 16 batters in 7.0 innings vs. Mount St. Mary's on March 5. The Texas native was named Second Team All-Big East as a senior, and his 236 career strikeouts set a program record. Overall, he ranks in the program's top 10 in wins (15), strikeouts per nine innings (7.47), innings pitched (284.1) and games started (46).
Austin Wahl, 24, was 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA (12 ER in 24.1 IP) and 21 strikeouts in 13 appearances (one start) for Cal State Monterey Bay this season. He previously earned his degree from Cornell University, where he walked onto the baseball team after playing two seasons of football. Wahl recorded 11 straight scoreless outings from March 31-May 12, 2018 and did not allow an extra-base hit in eight games of Ivy League play. In his senior season, the Hollister native posted a 2-0 record with a 2.61 ERA (6 ER in 20.2 IP) while holding opponents to a .197 average.
Trayson Kubo, 21 (22 on Sept. 26), was 3-4 with a 6.05 ERA (43 ER in 64.0 IP) with 64 strikeouts in 19 appearances (10 starts) last season. He was 3-2 with a 4.29 mark in conference play, and he pitched at least 6.0 innings in five of his last six starts. Kubo tallied a career-high 11 strikeouts over six innings against Army on March 13. His father played baseball at Hawaii Pacific University and his sister played softball for Weber State.
Ty Duvall, 21 (22 on July 11), batted .294 (47x160) with nine doubles, five home runs, 40 RBI and 35 walks for the Commodores this season. He hit a two-out grand slam to open up scoring in Vanderbilt's NCAA Regional final matchup against Indiana State on June 2. Duvall has not committed an error in 250 chances this season. Overall in his collegiate career, the left-handed hitter has put up a .296 average (73x247) with a .435 on-base percentage and a .462 slugging mark.
Elvis Peralta, 22, batted .357 (80x224) with 15 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 42 RBI, 21 walks and 12 stolen bases in 56 games for Marshall University this season. Prior to Marshall, he attended Crowder College where he was named First-Team All American and earned the Most Outstanding Hitter Award at the Junior College World Series. Peralta recorded a .381 batting average with 11 home runs, 74 RBI and 30 stolen bases. Last week, the shortstop was named First-Team C-USA All-Tournament for his performance in the tournament, in which he slashed .429/.529/.571 and had an 11th-inning, game-saving diving stop up the middle to prevent a potentially game-winning run.
Gavin Jones, 20 (21 on July 19), batted .325 (54x166) with eight doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, 50 RBI and 31 walks in 52 games for the Roadrunners. He led the team with a .602 slugging percentage, home runs, hits and RBI while ranking second in average and third in on-base percentage (.439). Jones was named First-Team All-Region 16 as an infielder, was selected as a member of the Region 16 Baseball All-Defensive Team at shortstop and was named to the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference All-Conference Team.
Wil Jensen, 21 (22 on Sept. 2), was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA (2 ER in 5.1 IP) in limited play in 2019 after sustaining a season-ending injury in April 2018. Prior to being shut down, was 5-0 with a 0.74 ERA (4 ER in 48.1 IP) and 33 strikeouts in seven starts. The Utah native made 14 startss as a freshman in 2017, posting a .461 ERA with 43 strikeouts. In high school, Jensen was named to the All-State Team as both a junior and senior. His father Brett played college baseball at Utah.
Michael Woodworth, 21 (22 on Aug. 5), batted .325 (81x249) with 10 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 42 RBI and 29 walks in 63 games, all starts, for the Huskies this season. He earned Second-Team All-Conference honors. The Alameda native played two seasons at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA prior to transferring to UConn and earned First-Team All-Conference honors in his sophomore season. He spent the 2018 summer in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League and batted .287 with three doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 26 games before his play was curtailed by injury. Woodworth was named First-Team All-League in his junior and senior seasons at Alameda High School.
Edward Baram, 22, was 7-2 with a 1.32 ERA (11 ER in 75.0 IP) and 79 strikeouts for the Panthers this season. He was named NCBWA First-Team All-American, D2CCA Second-Team All-American and ECAC Pitcher of the Year for his senior season. Over the course of his four-year collegiate career, Baram posted an 18-13 record with a 2.62 ERA and 226 strikeouts, fifth-most in program history.
Matthew Koehler, 23, batted .361 (74x205) with 10 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs, 45 RBI and 23 walks for Western Carolina this season. He led the team and the Southern Conference in average and slugging percentage (.649). The left-handed hitter was named First-Team All-Southern Conference in the outfield and was named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week for the week of April 8 after hitting a career-high three home runs for six RBI at Marshall. His father played baseball and his mother was a diver for North Carolina State.
Marty Bechina, 22, batted .260 (51x196) with 17 doubles, five home runs, 35 RBI and 21 walks in 54 games (52 starts) for the Spartans this season. His 45 career doubles are tied for fifth-most and his 35 career stolen bases are ninth-most in program history. Bechina led the team with 25 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. His 124 assists ranked sixth in the Big 10 and 16th with 25 fielding double plays.
Charles Hall, 24 (25 on Sept. 6), was 4-3 with a 4.42 ERA with 71 strikeouts and two saves in 17 outings (nine starts) for Tusculum this season, including a 3.83 ERA in conference play. He was named Second-Team All-SAC as well as First-Team D2CAA All-Southeast Region as a utility pitcher for his senior season. He played two seasons at Catawba Valley Community College prior to transferring to Tusculum, going 5-4 with a 5.37 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 2016.
Kumar Nambiar, 21, was 3-2 with a 3.90 ERA (26 ER in 60.0 IP) and 57 strikeouts for Yale this season. His last two starts of the season were both complete-game shutouts. He allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out five as he shut out Penn on April 21 and held Dartmouth hitless until the fifth inning on April 28. In that game, Nambiar allowed just three baserunners (two hits, one strikeout-wild pitch) while striking out nine batters. He earned Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors for two straight weeks as a result. The southpaw was named First-Team All-Ivy for his senior season.
Zach Rafuse, 22, was 8-0 with a 4.07 ERA (36 ER in 79.2 IP) and 86 strikeouts in 16 appearances (15 starts) for the Pacers this season. He was named Second-Team All-Conference and struck out six or more batter in nine of his 16 outings. For his collegiate career, Rafuse was 13-3 with a 3.78 ERA (69 ER in 164.1 IP) with 171 strikeouts.
Jake Walkinshaw, 22 (23 on July 7), was 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA (22 ER in 98.2 IP) and 102 strikeouts for the Penmen this season. His performance earned him First-Team D2CCA East All-Region and First-Team Northeast-10 All-Conference honors. He led the league in innings pitched and strikeouts while ranking second in wins, seventh in ERA and 11th in strikeouts per game. Walkinshaw was 23-5 with 16 saves and 1.93 ERA over 76 career appearances, and his 234 career strikeouts rank fourth in program history.
Chase Wheatcroft, 22, was 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA (22 ER, 75.0- IP) and 53 strikeouts in 15 games (11 starts) for the Warriors this season. He threw a 99-pitch complete-game shutout vs. Cal State East Bay on March 1, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. Wheatcroft was named First-Team All-CCAA and was a pre-season All-American selection. In 2018, the right-hander served as the closer, recording 11 saves in 16 outings with a 0.93 ERA (2 ER in 19.1 IP).
David Leal, 22, was 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA (21 ER in 55.1 IP) in 14 outings (eight starts) for Louisiana Tech this season. He pitched a 9.0-inning complete game on May 4 at Old Dominion, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out seven batters. Additionally, he pitched 8.0- and 7.0-inning complete games in two of his final three games of the season. The lefty finished his collegiate career with a 7.10 strikeout-to-walk ratio (135 K, 19 BB). Among active NCAA Division I players, Leal's 1.20 walks-per-9.0-innings ratio is second lowest. He earned Second-Team All-Louisiana and All-Conference USA honors in 2018.
Derek Lee, 22 (23 on July 15), batted .275 (38x138) with seven doubles, one triple, five home runs, 32 RBI and 28 walks in 39 games for the Spiders this season. He led the team with 19 stolen bases in 2018 and ranked second with eight in 2019. Lee is the son of Oakland Athletics scout Derek Lee.
Sam Romero, 22, was 3-2 with two saves, a 4.23 ERA (21 ER in 44.2 IP) with 39 strikeouts in 25 outings (eight starts) for the Sun Devils this season. He transferred to ASU after spending two seasons at Phoenix College where he posted a 5-5 record with a 4.73 ERA in 85.2 innings.
DAY ONE AND TWO OF MLB FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT BELOW:
Logan Davidson, 21, hit .291 (69x237) with 55 runs, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 15 home runs, 55 RBI and a .574 slugging percentage in 61 games, all starts during his junior season with Clemson University.
"We're extremely excited that Logan was available when we made our selection," said A's Scouting Director Eric Kubota. "He's a two-way shortstop that is able to contribute offensively at a premium position and we're looking forward to seeing him in Green & Gold."
The switch-hitter entered the 2019 First-Year Player Draft as the No. 23 prospect by Baseball America. He was also listed as a preseason ACC Player of the Year by D1Baseball, and a preseason first-team All-ACC by Perfect Game.
In three seasons with the Tigers, he hit .290 (211x728) with 171 runs, 45 doubles, 2 triples, 42 home runs and 142 RBI in 187 games. After his sophomore season, he was a third-team All-America selection by Baseball America, a second-team All-Atlantic Region by ABCA, a second-team All-ACC selection and was the Mitchell Award winner, given to the team's most valuable player.
Tyler Baum, 21, went 7-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 86.2 innings pitched during his junior season with the University of North Carolina, including 92 strikeouts, 25 walks, 90 hits, and five home runs allowed in 16 appearances, 15 of which were starts.
The 6'3" starting pitcher entered the 2019 First-Year Player Draft as the No. 77 prospect by Baseball America. In three seasons with the Tar Heels, he went 18-4 with a 3.73 ERA in 214.2 innings pitched, including 213 strikeouts and a .242 opponents batting average in 50 appearances, 42 of which were starts.
Ranked as the No. 91 overall prospect coming out of high school by Baseball America in 2016, Baum went undrafted coming out of West Orange High School. His father, Derek, played football at Cornell University, his mother was a two-sport athlete at Endicott College, and his sister, Torey, plays volleyball at Boston College.
Marcus Smith, 18 (19 on Sept. 11), is the No. 3-ranked player in the state of Kansas by Baseball America. He is the Pembroke Hill High School record holder for career hits (112), runs (112), triples (12), stolen bases (76), home runs (13) and RBI (79). His .607 on-base percentage in 2019 was the sixth-best single-season OBP in program history, and his .534 career on-base mark is a school record. He was named a Perfect Game Pre-Season High Honorable Mention and was a member of the 18u Royals Scout Team in the summer prior to his senior season.
Kyle McCann, 21, hit .299 (66x-221) with 12 doubles, one triple, 23 home runs, 70 RBI and a .468 on-base percentage in 62 games, all starts, at catcher for the Yellow Jackets this season. The 6'2", 217-pound junior led the Atlantic Coast Conference in home runs and ranked third in RBI, walks (62) and on-base percentage. A 2019 All-ACC first teamer, McCann entered the 2019 First-Year Player Draft ranked as the No. 135 prospect by Baseball America. Yesterday he was announced as a finalist for the Buster Posey Award, given annually to the nation's best collegiate catcher. McCann's father, Joe, was drafted by the New York Mets and played five seasons in the minor leagues (1989-1993).
Jalen Greer, 17 (18 on July 19), is the top-ranked shortstop in the state of Illinois by Baseball America. He batted .314 (16x51) with four doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBI in 18 games in his senior season. He was named a Perfect Game Pre-Season High Honorable Mention for 2018-19.
Seth Shuman, 21, was 6-5 with a 3.83 ERA (39 ER in 91.2 IP) and 114 strikeouts in 16 starts for the Eagles as a junior this season. His 114 strikeouts led the Sun Belt Conference and were tied for 19th among all NCAA Division I pitchers. The 6-foot-1 right-hander was named Pre-Season All-Sun Belt Conference in 2018 and 2019. He threw three complete games as a sophomore in 2018, including in an elimination game of the Sun Belt Tournament. Shuman's father played baseball at Valdosta State and his brother pitched at Auburn University.
Drew Millas, 21, batted .275 (56x204) with 11 doubles, two triples and five home runs and 25 RBI in 51 games, all starts, in his junior season with the Bears. As a sophomore, Millas batted .321 (68x212) with a .416 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging mark, earning second-team All-America honors. The switch-hitting catcher earned first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in both 2018 and 2019. Prior to his junior season, he played for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League, batting .274 (32x117) with five doubles, one triple, 11 RBI and nine walks in 34 total games.
Jose Dicochea, 18, is the No. 6-ranked player and the highest-ranked high schooler in the state of Arizona by Baseball America. He was 6-3 with a 1.30 ERA (10 ER in 54.0 IP) and 86 strikeouts in his senior season. The right-handed pitcher threw a no-hitter in the state championship semifinals and allowed two runs in 6.0 innings while striking out 10 batters in the state championship final game.
Colin Peluse, 20 (21 on June 11), was 3-8 with a 5.74 ERA (51 ER in 80.0 IP) with 71 strikeouts in his junior season with the Demon Deacons. In 2018, the right-hander recorded a team-leading 6-2 record and 3.87 ERA (36 ER in 83.2 IP) over 16 games (14 starts). He is the No. 12-ranked arm out of North Carolina and is ranked 236th overall by Baseball America. Prior to his junior season, Peluse allowed two runs over 7.0 innings in two appearances with the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League.
Patrick McColl, 21 (22 on June 22), batted .387 (70x181) with 16 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs, 47 RBI and 17 walks in his senior season for the Crimson. He hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning against Yale to complete a nine-run comeback for Harvard on April 6. The left-handed hitter led the team in hits, doubles, on-base percentage (.448) and slugging (.707), and he led the Ivy League in hits, home runs and slugging. He is the top-ranked position player out of Massachusetts by Baseball America.