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A’s select two players on Day 1 of 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft

June 4, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics selected two players on Day 1 of the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft:

  • SS Logan Davidson, 29th overall out of Clemson University
  • RHP Tyler Baum, 66th overall out of the University of North Carolina With the 66th overall selection in the 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics selected two players on Day 1 of the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft:

  • SS Logan Davidson, 29th overall out of Clemson University
  • RHP Tyler Baum, 66th overall out of the University of North Carolina

With the 66th overall selection in the 2019 MLB First-Year player Draft, the Oakland A’s selected right-handed pitcher Tyler Baum out of the University of North Carolina.

Baum, 21, went 7-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 86.2 innings pitched during his junior season with the Tar Heels, 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.

Earlier in the Draft, the Athletics selected shortstop Logan Davidson out of Clemson University with the 29th overall selection in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft.

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 the Tigers.

“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.

The Draft will resume at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, June 4, when selections will be made for rounds 3-10, with one minute intervals between selections. Day three of the Draft on Wednesday, June 5 will begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET), featuring picks in rounds 11-40, with no time delay between selections.