Today is Day 2 of the MLB Draft, which is less exciting than Day 1 of the MLB Draft, which is less exciting than the draft of pretty much any other sport since baseball prospects take years to develop, but the A's just got swept by a bad Red Sox team so we need something else to think about for a couple days. Perhaps one of these new players will be the next Sonny Gray, or will fetch Oakland an established MLB star via trade.
First, a quick reminder of what happened in the first two rounds yesterday.
Round 1 (No. 20): Richie Martin, SS, University of Florida (Link)
Round 2 (No. 63): Mikey White, SS, University of Alabama (Link)
Today, we will see Rounds 3-10. We will fill in the new A's picks (and any available info about them) as they come in.
Round 3 (No. 97): Dakota Chalmers, RHP, North Forsyth HS (GA)
Round 4 (No. 128): Skye Bolt, CF, University of North Carolina
Round 5 (No. 158): Kevin Duchene, LHP, University of Illinois
Round 6 (No. 188): Bowdien "Bubba" Derby, RHP, San Diego State
Round 7 (No. 218): Kyle Friedrichs, RHP, Cal State Long Beach
Round 8 (No. 248): Nick Collins, C, Georgetown University
Round 9 (No. 278): Jared Lyons, LHP, Liberty University (VA)
Round 10 (No. 308): Steven Pallares, CF, San Diego State
More info on the new guys
RHP, 18 years old, 6'3, 175
Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50
Chalmers, a Georgia commit, played well on the showcase circuit last summer and was the winning pitcher in the championship game of the WWBA World Championship in October. But it was his performance this spring in the Georgia high school ranks that sent him shooting up Draft boards.
Chalmers has a powerful right arm and has touched 98 mph with his fastball this spring. He more typically works in the low to mid 90s but has room for additional strength gains in his lean frame. He has a pair of quality breaking balls, and his changeup has made strides to round out his full arsenal.
Despite there being some effort in his delivery, Chalmers generally works around the strike zone with all his pitches. He has a loose arm and good athleticism, which should help him clean up his delivery and pitch with better command as he gets more experience.
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CF, 21 years old, 6'2, 180
Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45
When Bolt hit .392/.509/.648 in his first two months as a North Carolina freshman in 2013, he looked like a lock to go near the top of the Draft two years later. But he hasn't been nearly as productive at the plate since breaking a bone in his foot that April, and though he'll still flash four plus tools, evaluators aren't sure what to make of him.
A switch-hitter, Bolt has more bat speed and swings with more authority from the left side of the plate. Some scouts wonder if he'd be better off batting strictly left-handed. He has trouble catching up to quality fastballs and producing versus good pitching, and his pitch recognition needs a lot of work.
If Bolt can figure things out at the plate and fully tap into his raw power, he'd be an easy first-round pick. He has an athletic 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame and solid speed and arm strength. He chases down balls in the gaps and should be able to handle center field as a pro.
LHP, 21 years old, 6'2, 210
Scouting grades: Fastball: 45 | Curveball: 50 | Cutter: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 60 | Overall: 45
The epitome of a crafty left-hander, Duchene has done nothing but win during his college career. He's the No. 1 starter on an Illinois team that closed the regular season with 26 straight victories, and he carried a 22-3 career record into postseason play. He also played a key role in Yarmouth-Dennis' Cape Cod League title last summer, tossing a one-hitter in a decisive semifinal game and winning the championship clincher.
Duchene lacks a plus pitch but he might have the best command in college baseball. His go-to offering is his low-80s cutter, and he has two more reliable secondary pitches in his curveball and changeup. He'll vary the speed on his curve from 72-78 mph and fades his change away from right-handers.
Duchene's fastball parks around 88 mph and tops out at 91, playing up because it has some running life and he locates it so well. Scouts love his creativity and competitiveness, as well as how easily he repeats his sound mechanics. There are some makeup concerns, however, as off-field issues resulted in a two-week suspension early in the season.
RHP, 21 years old, 5'11, 190
Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 45 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45
An undersized right-hander who has served capably as San Diego State's Friday night starter, Derby could fast track it to the big leagues should a team draft him and move him to the bullpen.
That doesn't mean a team should give up on him starting just yet. While he isn't tall and projectable, he is fairly physical and athletic. As a starter, he'll throw his fastball anywhere in the 89-95 mph range, sitting comfortably in the 91-92 mph range. When he closed games for the Aztecs as a freshman, he touched 96-97 mph in those shorter stints. His changeup is his best secondary offering and he has a really good feel for it, though he does throw it too frequently at times. He mixes in a slider as well.
A team could send Derby out as a starter to allow him to build up his feel for his three-pitch mix, but he could move quickly, with an up-tick in his stuff, in a relief role.
What do you think of the A's picks through the first 10 rounds? We'll be back tomorrow with one last update for the final day of the draft, featuring lots of rounds full of hundreds of guys who won't make it to the Majors and then one or two who randomly become All-Stars.