We’re on to Day 2 of the 2019 MLB Draft. The Oakland A’s made two selections on Monday, one each in the first two rounds. (Click here to revisit the Day 1 thread.)
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, Max Muncy, Sean Murphy, Tyler Ramirez, Nick Allen, Parker Dunshee, Brian Howard, and Alfonso Rivas are all names the A’s have recently plucked from this range.
This is also the section of the draft where we sometimes see a highly ranked high school player fall due to signability concerns, only to be snatched up with an over-slot bonus (like Nick Allen in 2017).
This post will be updated throughout the day as the picks are announced.
3rd round (No. 104): Marcus Smith, CF
Pembroke Hill High School (MO)
Smith did not get mentioned on the MLB Pipeline Top 200 pre-draft board. He was ranked No. 212 by Baseball America, who said this about him:
“Smith is not a prospect who is going to entice every scout or every team. But certain teams that love plus defenders with plus speed in center field, like the Royals, will find a lot to like in Smith. The 5-foot-10 lefthanded hitter slashes the ball instead of looking to lift it, and the concern is that in pro ball he will not drive the ball regularly enough to let his 70-grade speed fully play. He shows solid barrel skills, however, and he is extremely athletic. Smith is committed to Michigan.”
Indeed, Royals Review mentioned Smith in one of their pre-draft posts, referring to his 70-grade speed and plus defense in CF, with a nod to the similarly sized Jarrod Dyson. Here’s some brief video from MLB’s site, and a local news story about him from last month.
4th round (No. 134): Kyle McCann, C
Here’s a full scouting report from MLB Pipeline, where he ranked No. 88 on their big board:
Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 30 | Arm: 50 | Field: 45 | Overall: 45
McCann committed to Georgia Tech as a high school junior even though the Yellow Jackets had two premium catching prospects, Tyler Stephenson and Joey Bart, in the recruiting class ahead of him. Stephenson signed with the Reds as a first-round pick but Bart made it to campus, which meant McCann spent his first two college seasons playing first base while Bart blossomed into the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 Draft. McCann has returned behind the plate this spring while ranking fourth in Division I with 23 homers at the outset of NCAA tournament play.
McCann’s best tool is his plus raw left-handed power, and he uses the strength and leverage in his 6-foot-2 frame to drive the ball to all fields. There’s some swing and miss in his game and he has yet to have much success with wood bats, so he probably won’t hit for a high average. But he compensates by working deep counts and drawing plenty of walks to fuel healthy on-base percentages.
There are mixed reviews of McCann’s defensive prowess, though a team that believes in his ability to catch and loves his lefty pop could take him as high as the second round. While he’s improving as he gets more time behind the plate, he may never be more than a fringy receiver. He has solid to plus arm strength, though his long arm stroke means it plays closer to average.
Amazingly, this catcher from Georgia named McCann doesn’t appear to be related to Brian. Here’s more from Talking Chop, who did a profile on him before the draft. Here’s video of him hitting a bunch of dingers, and a couple more scouting videos. You can also see his college stats. Baseball America ranked him at No. 135 on their big board.
5th round (No. 164): Jalen Greer, SS
St. Rita High School (IL)
Greer did not get mentioned on the MLB Pipeline Top 200 pre-draft board. He was ranked No. 309 by Baseball America, who said this about him:
A physical, 6-foot-3, 187-pound shortstop committed to Missouri, Greer has a few exciting tools including above-average raw power, a strong arm and plus running ability. After his play last summer, scouts were concerned about the quality of his hit tool. He swung and missed frequently and didn’t show much ability to handle top competition, but Greer has worked hard over the offseason and has looked much better with the bat this spring. He added weight and became more physical over the offseason as well. Defensively, Greer has solid actions and enough arm strength for the left side of the infield, but his glove can be shaky at time and scouts think he is better when he simply reacts to the ball rather than on plays where he has time to overthink things. Because of his frame, most think he’ll move to the hot corner at the next level. If he continues adding polish Greer could turn into a solid offensive and defensive player, but his overall game is still a bit raw. Scouts praise Greer’s work ethic and passion for the game.
Here’s some video of the right-hander swinging in the cage.
6th round (No. 194): Seth Shuman, RHP
Georgia Southern University
Reports on Shuman’s stuff mention 88-92 mph velocity, and a couple secondary offerings that are either “a little bit behind” or “solid.” In his junior season this year in the Sun Belt Conference (a top-10 baseball conference), he struck out 104 batters in 81⅔ innings, against just 23 walks (full stats here). Back in high school, he threw a no-hitter, and here’s a video about his time as a two-sport athlete in college (also a quarterback). Last season the A’s picked another Georgia Southern pitcher, Chase Cohen, in the 9th round.
7th round (No. 224): Drew Millas, C
Missouri State University
Here’s a full scouting report from MLB Pipeline, where he ranked No. 120 on their big board:
Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 45 | Run: 45 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45
Missouri State is known for producing pitchers -- a dozen big leaguers selected in the last 18 years -- but also has had a position player selected in the top five rounds of three of the previous four Drafts. Millas should extend that streak this June, following Tate Matheny (Red Sox, fourth round, 2015), Jake Burger (White Sox, first, 2017) and Jeremy Eierman (Athletics, second, 2018). He rivals Baylor’s Shea Langeliers as the best defensive catcher in college baseball.
Millas is extremely athletic for his position, flashing above-average run times and moving around behind the plate like an infielder. He has soft hands and excels at blocking and receiving. He also has a strong and accurate arm, the leadership skills desired in a catcher and calls his own game -- a rarity in college.
Millas offers some raw power, but he has gotten too wrapped up in trying to lift and drive the ball during a rough junior season offensively. He’s a switch-hitter who’s significantly better from the left side, and some evaluators wonder if he’d be better off giving up batting right-handed. Besides his swing-and-miss issues, there’s also some concern that he’s often nicked up with mild injuries, including a hamstring strain this spring and hip and shoulder woes in the past.
As noted above, the A’s also made a pick out of Missouri State last year, with shortstop Jeremy Eierman in the late-2nd round (Comp B round). Baseball America ranked Millas at No. 167 on their big board.
8th round (No. 254): Jose Dicochea, RHP
Sahuarita High School (AZ)
Here’s Athletics Farm with some info: “Committed to University of Arizona. He’s 6’3 with a strong arm but funky delivery that may need adjustment. Fastball gets up to 95 mph & has a good breaking ball.” Another report has him up to 95 mph, and another has him topping out at 96/97 mph this past spring. Here are a couple of videos of the funky delivery. He threw a no-hitter this season, the second member of this class to have done so in high school.
9th round (No. 284): Colin Peluse, RHP
Wake Forest University
Scouting report from Aaron Fitt of D1Baseball last fall: “90-92 with sink, causing hitters to beat the ball into the ground. Typical good slider at 82-84 with tilt, and making progress with his change.” Another report from Michael Lananna last spring: “Keeping his fastball low in zone and getting lots of grounders on it. Has great running action at 91-93, especially in on righthanders.” Here are his college stats, and here’s a video.
The last player the A’s chose out of Wake Forest was Parker Dunshee in 2017, a mid-rounder who has broken out to reach the Top 10 of our Community Prospect List. Here’s an article from Baseball America about the pitching lab that Wake Forest put together, which reportedly helped Peluse improve his command and reduce the stress on his elbow.
10th round (No. 314): Patrick McColl, 1B
Leading off with a fun fact: He broke Harvard’s single-season record for hits, which had previously been held by none other than David Forst, now the general manager of the A’s. Here are his full stats, including a monster 2019, albeit in the weak Ivy League. D1Baseball did a profile of him in April. Here’s a video of him hitting a dinger, and another going the other way for a double.