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MLB Draft 2018: Oakland A’s select Jeremy Eierman with No. 70 overall pick

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The A’s ended up with three college hitters on Day 1 of the draft.

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The Oakland A’s selected Jeremy Eierman with the No. 70 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. The 21-year-old is a shortstop from Missouri State University.

With this pick, all three of the A’s selections on Day 1 were college hitters. In the 1st round they chose outfielder Kyler Murray, in the 2nd round they took outfielder Jameson Hannah, and now they’ve grabbed Eierman in the Competitive Balance B round. In an odd twist, Eierman was the highest ranked of the trio on MLB Pipeline’s pre-draft board.

Here’s a scouting report on Eierman from MLB Pipeline:

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 55 | Arm: 65 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Jake Burger became the first Missouri State position player ever drafted in the first round when the White Sox selected him 11th overall last June, and scouts considered his former partner on the left side of the Bears infield an even better prospect entering 2018. He was one of just two NCAA Division I players to total 20 homers and 15 steals in 2017, joining Mississippi State star and Twins supplemental first-rounder Brent Rooker, but Eierman’s stock has taken a hit after he changed his setup and hasn’t shown the same power this spring. Eierman comes from a baseball family, as his father John was a Red Sox 13th-round choice in 1991 and his brother Johnny was a Rays third-rounder two decades later.

Eierman’s bat speed and strength create natural power from the right side of the plate, but he has sold out for home runs this spring with negative results. He widened his setup, adopted more of a crouch and has been overly aggressive and pull-happy. Though he doesn’t always get out of the box quickly when he takes a big hack, he can show plus speed once he gets going.

Eierman may not have true shortstop quickness but he has a chance to stay at the position with his good body control, soft hands and cannon arm. He may wind up at third base, where his tools could make him a Gold Glover. His grinder makeup is another asset.

Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels praises his speed, power, defense, and work ethic, while noting he does have flaws to overcome in his approach and swing mechanics.