We’re on to Day 2 of the 2018 MLB Draft. The Oakland A’s made three selections on Monday, one each in the first two rounds and the Competitive Balance B round (click here for full Day 1 analysis):
- No. 6: OF Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (full coverage)
- No. 50: OF Jameson Hannah, Dallas Baptist (full coverage)
- No. 70: SS Jeremy Eierman, Missouri State (full coverage)
Now they’ll make eight more selections on Tuesday, covering the 3rd round through the 10th round. This section of the draft doesn’t have the same level of hype, but there are still top prospects to be found: Ryon Healy, Bobby Wahl, Max Muncy, Sean Murphy, Tyler Ramirez, Nick Allen, Parker Dunshee, and Brian Howard are all names the A’s have recently plucked from this range.
This post will be updated throughout the day as the picks are announced.
3rd round (No. 85): Hogan Harris, LHP
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Here’s a full scouting report from MLB Pipeline, where he ranked No. 110 on their big board:
Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45
Scouts noticed Harris at St. Thomas More High (Lafayette, La.) while scouting eventual Royals supplemental first-rounder Chase Vallot in 2014, and he developed into the state’s best prep prospect for 2015. He went undrafted, however, because he wanted to attend his local college. Three years later, he should become the first Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher selected in the first five rounds since the turn of the century.
Harris created a stir by hitting 98 mph in mid-March after missing a month with an oblique injury, though he usually pitches at 91-94 with some run and angle on his fastball. He has aptitude for spin, throwing a curveball with power and depth and morphing it into a slider at times. He also has an effective changeup to combat right-handers.
While he possesses four pitches, Harris also has a lot of work to do to remain a starter at the next level. He lacks reliable command, and he loses velocity and location on his fastball at times when he falls in love with his breaking pitches. He also has a history of nagging injuries, leading to questions about his durability.
4th round (No. 113): Alfonso Rivas, 1B
University of Arizona
Here’s a full scouting report from MLB Pipeline, where he ranked No. 132 on their big board:
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 40 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
Rivas went undrafted after a solid high school career in La Jolla, Calif., but a lot has changed in his three years at Arizona. A three-year starter, two spent as a two-way player, Rivas’ bat really started coming around as a sophomore. Focusing solely on his hitting as a junior, he’s been an outstanding performer putting him into top-five-round consideration.
The left-handed hitter’s calling card is his bat. He can flat-out hit and makes a ton of contact at the plate while showing solid on-base skills, both for the Wildcats and last summer in the Cape Cod League. The one knock on him offensively has been his power, which hasn’t shown up consistently from his solid 5-foot-11 frame, but some think more can come. That will be important for him to profile at a corner position. He’s playing first base currently, and has good footwork, solid hands and an above-average arm there, but he’s also played the outfield and might prefer playing right field if given the choice.
In either spot, his ability to be a run producer will be important for him to profile as an everyday player there. If it does, a team taking him early on Day 2 of the Draft could be getting an outstanding bargain.
5th round (No. 143): Brady Feigl, RHP
University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
Feigl was not ranked in the Top 200 on the MLB Pipeline pre-draft board. Here’s a scouting report from 247Sports, who noted that he was elected as a team captain this season:
Ole Miss junior Pitcher Brady Feigl’s shock of red hair and bushy red beard screams “temper,” but he breaks the stereotype of “tempestuous redhead.”
Feigl is softspoken, at least with the media, intelligent and thoughtful. If he weren’t 6-4, 230-pounds, one might believe him to be on the chess team rather than the Saturday starter - in the opening series against Winthrop this weekend at the very minimum- for the Rebels. ...
“He pitched this fall like a Friday starter,” said [his coach]. “Going into spring, I even had thoughts of him being the Friday guy. His stuff has always been electric. Brady is a three-pitch guy - fastball around 92-95, a slider and a change - and the difference between him last year and this fall is that he’s become way more consistent throwing all three pitches for strikes.”
Although he was technically a junior this year, Feigl is really the age of a senior pick. He redshirted his first year of college in 2015 due to Tommy John surgery before returning to pitch for three years at Ole Miss.
As chance would have it, pro baseball already has a pitcher named Brady Feigl. He’s a lefty in the Rangers system, currently in Triple-A. To make the coincidence even more amazing, the other Fiegl also had TJS in 2015, which may have cost him his first chance at the bigs (then with the Braves). Eat your hearts out Jeff D’Amico, both of you.
6th round (No. 173): Lawrence Butler, OF
Westlake High School (Georgia)
Butler was not ranked in the Top 200 on the MLB Pipeline pre-draft board. Here’s a brief scouting report from Perfect Game, who noted him as a “riser” among the high school ranks:
A lean 6-foot-4 athlete with a fluid lefthanded swing and good speed is a sure sign of a player with lots of upside. That is what Butler brings to the table for Westlake High School as well as the ability to play multiple positions both in the outfield and at first base. At a recent PG event, the 2018 May 6 Pre-Draft Game at East Cobb, Butler really showed off his ability in batting practice and in the game as well.
Long and loose athletic build, very projectable physically. Left handed hitter, deep hand load, stays balanced and directional well and explodes into his swing, creates barrel whip and lots of bat speed, lofted swing with big power potential as he fills out and matures physically. 6.84 runner, moves well in the outfield and shows his athleticism, makes accurate throws with left field arm strength, has also played first base in the past. Verbal commitment to West Virginia.
This is Oakland’s first high school pick of this draft class, after six straight college players. As a point of interest, Butler went to the same Atlanta high school as recent NFL MVP Cam Newton. Here’s a short get-to-know-you video from late-2017.
7th round (No. 203): Charlie Cerny, RHP
University of Illinois at Chicago
Cerny was not ranked in the Top 200 on the MLB Pipeline pre-draft board. The 6’5 junior pitched almost exclusively as a reliever in college.
8th round (No. 233): JJ Schwarz, C
University of Florida
Here’s a full scouting report from MLB Pipeline, where he ranked No. 196 on their big board:
Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 30 | Arm: 45 | Field: 45 | Overall: 45
Schwarz seemed like a slam-dunk first-round pick for the 2017 Draft after his freshman season in 2015, but that dunk has somewhat gone off the back of the rim since with up-and-down sophomore and junior seasons. His bat has bounced back in his return for his senior campaign, but there are still questions about his future defensive home.
Schwarz’s best tool remains his tremendous raw power to all fields and his home run output kicked back up in 2018, and while he does draw walks, there is a good amount of swing and miss to his game. The son of one-time big league pitcher Jeff Schwarz does have some tools to catch, but his arm and receiving are fringe-average.
A team looking to draft him in June will be buying the bat, with the hopes things can work out behind the plate enough for him to be an offensive-minded backstop, or in the belief he’ll hit enough to play first base at the next level. While he is a senior, this may not be the kind of senior discount that has become de rigeur on Day 2 of the Draft.
It wouldn’t be an A’s draft without a pick from the Florida Gators. SB Nation’s Alligator Army gave him a glowing report, mentioning him as the team captain and raving about his makeup (they also note that he dealt with a broken hand this season). The right-handed batter was drafted in the 38th round last year (by the Rays) but returned to school for his senior season.
9th round (No. 263): Chase Cohen, RHP
Georgia Southern University
10th round (No. 293): Clark Cota, RHP
That’s a wrap for Day 2!
The draft will conclude with Day 3 on Wednesday (Rounds 11-40), beginning at 9 a.m. PT.