1. Michael Choice, OF, Univ. Texas, Arlington
After a strong professional debut with short-season Vancouver and an impressive showing at big league spring training camp, Choice was expected to put up huge numbers for High-A Stockton this season. He is hitting for excellent power with 11 homers and a .508 SLG and he is drawing a fair number of walks (28 in 191 at-bats), but his 64 strike-outs are preventing him from having a truly standout season for the Ports currently. The good news is that Choice is showing improvement from one month to the next. He hit .247/.354/.481 in April and .264/.364/.527 thus far in May.
2. Yordy Cabrera, SS/3B, Lakeland (Fla.) HS
Cabrera was considered a possible steal as a second round pick after his name was mentioned in connection with the first round before the draft. He signed with the A's on the final day of the signing period to an above-slot contract. The late signing meant that he got only a handful of at-bats in Rookie ball before the end of the 2010 season. Despite not having much short-season experience and being a high school draft pick, Cabrera was sent out for full-season ball on Opening Day. He struggled in the early going with Low-A Burlington in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League, but he has been one of the Bees' best hitters in May, posting a .301/.379/.479 line. The 20-year-old has a 767 OPS in 34 games thus far.
3. Aaron Shipman, OF, Brooks County HS (Ga.)
Like Cabrera, Shipman - a high school draft pick - inked on the final day of the signing period and got into only a handful of games with the AZL A's before the end of the 2010 season. The speedy outfielder played well during the A's Instructional League, but the team decided he would be best served receiving some additional instruction at the A's extended spring training before starting his official 2011 campaign. He will be on the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters' Opening Day roster at the start of the New York-Penn League season.
4. Chad Lewis, 3B, Marina HS, (Calif.)
Lewis, another high school draft pick, has followed an identical career path to Shipman thus far. The third-baseman has been in Arizona during the first part of this season, honing his skills at extended spring training. He is likely to be on the Lake Monsters' Opening Day roster, as well.
5. Tyler Vail, RHP, Notre Dame HS (Pa.)
Vail was the fourth high school player in a row that the A's drafted in the early rounds. The right-handed pitcher inked early in the signing period and he made 13 appearances (10 starts) for the AZL A's last season. Vail impressed with a 3.13 ERA in 31.2 innings and he posted a 29:8 K:BB ratio. This season, the A's kept Vail back in Arizona for the first few weeks of the 2011 season but he joined the Bees at the start of May. He has made six starts for Burlington. Vail has been uneven thus far. He has a 5.54 ERA in 26 innings with 16 strike-outs and 11 walks. Vail's stuff has improved over last season, however, as his velocity is up to 92-95 MPH.
6. Tony Thompson, 3B, Univ. Kansas
Thompson's debut season in 2010 was a disappointment, as he hit only .246 with a 651 OPS in 62 games for Vancouver. The Big 12's Triple Crown winner in 2009 had a knee injury early in the 2010 season with Kansas and never got 100 percent back on track. He got off to a fast start with Burlington this season, hitting .316 with an 852 OPS in April, but he has slumped in May, thanks in part to a bad bout with the flu, to the tune of a .236 average and a 618 OPS.
7. Jordan Tripp, OF, Golden West JC (Calif.)
Tripp had a rough pro debut after signing early with the A's. In 31 games with Vancouver and the AZL A's, Tripp hit .186 with a 565 OPS. Those poor numbers may have partly been caused by a sore wrist, which was surgically repaired during the off-season. He is healthy now and is at extended spring training. He is expected to be on the Lake Monsters' roster when that season opens.
8. Blake Hassebrock, RHP, UNC, Greensboro
Like Tripp, Hassebrock had a less-than-impressive pro debut in 2010. He had a 5.96 ERA in 22.2 innings, almost all in relief, for the AZL A's and Vancouver. Hassebrock has been a different pitcher in 2011. In 10 starts for Burlington, Hassebrock has a 1.46 ERA and 51 strike-outs in 55.2 innings. His velocity has jumped into the 93-95 MPH range and he has been clocked as high as 97 this season. Hassebrock could find himself pitching in High-A by sometime in July.
9. A.J. Kirby-Jones, 1B, Tennessee Tech
Kirby-Jones was one of the standouts of the draft class last season when he hit 14 homers in 75 games for Vancouver. His 2011 season hasn't gone according to plan thus far, however. The first-baseman was involved in a collision during the second game of the season and he missed the rest of April and the first week of May with a knee injury. Since he has returned, Kirby-Jones has posted only a .185 average and he has yet to homer. He has walked nine times in 21 games this season, however.
10. Josh Bowman, RHP, Univ. Tampa
Bowman had a strong debut with Vancouver and the AZL A's last season, striking out 25 and walking only five in 22.2 innings in relief. He has been a starter this season and has pitched well for Burlington. Bowman is currently 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 53.2 innings. He has an average 26:23 K:BB ratio, but he has allowed only two homeruns.
11. Wade Kirkland, 3B, Florida Southern
Kirkland hit .271 in 68 games for Vancouver last season, but he walked only nine times in 280 at-bats. This season, he has already walked nine times in 108 at-bats, but his average has slipped to .231. He has hit his first two pro homers this month and his OPS has gone up from 568 in April to 704 in May. Kirkland has been sharing time at shortstop with Cabrera in Burlington.
12. Matt Thomson, RHP, Univ. San Diego
Thomson was a star last season, posting a 1.94 ERA and striking out 71 while walking only 10 in 51 innings for Vancouver and Stockton. Unfortunately, Thomson hasn't been able to build on those numbers yet this season. He had a shoulder injury pop up during the off-season and wasn't healthy enough to pitch during spring training. He has been throwing in extended spring training and is likely to be sent out to a team as a reliever sometime in the next week or two.
13. A.J. Griffin, RHP, Univ. San Diego
Griffin was also a star in his first pro season. He was named to the post-season Northwest League All-Star team last season when he saved 15 games and he struck-out 27 in 21.1 innings for Vancouver last season. This year, Griffin has made the successful transition to starting rotation. He began the year with Burlington and almost threw a no-hitter in his first outing of the season. In eight starts for the Bees, he went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and he struck-out 46 while walking only five. Griffin was promoted to High-A Stockton on May 21 and almost threw a no-hitter in his first outing for the Ports. In two starts for Stockton, he has allowed two runs in 14 innings. He has walked two while striking out 15 and allowing only seven hits.
14. J.C. Menna, RHP, Brookdale CC (NJ)
Menna had a rough 2010 pro debut out of a New Jersey community college. He had a 5.79 ERA in 23.1 innings for the AZL A's. The right-hander walked 13 and allowed 25 hits. He is currently in Arizona at extended spring training and he is a candidate for the Lake Monsters' Opening Day roster.
15. Scott Woodward, 3B, Coastal Carolina
Woodward, who is hearing impaired, played in the Cape Cod League after being drafted last season and he played well in the wooden bat league, but finished the season with an injury and went unsigned by the A's. The infielder hit .363 with four homers and a .496 OBP for Coastal Carolina this season. He swiped 30 bases in 34 chances. Woodward is Coastal Carolina's all-time leader in on-base percentage.
16. Ryan Hughes, LHP, Nebraska
Hughes, an East Bay native and former Chabot College hurler, threw only 10 innings for Nebraska in 2010. He got 13.1 innings in with the AZL A's last season and struck-out 13 in 13.1 innings. The left-hander has been at extended spring training and is likely to make his 2011 debut in the New York-Penn League with Vermont.
17. Drew Tyson, RHP, Reinhardt (Ga.)
Tyson dominated out of the bullpen for the AZL A's last season, striking out 41 and walking only three in 27 innings. The right-hander has been pitching for the Bees this season. In 21 innings, he has a 3.43 ERA. His control hasn't been as sharp this season. He has walked eight and has struck-out only 14.
18. Jose Macias, RHP, Franklin Pierce College
Macias was one of the more interesting stories among the A's 2010 draftees. An infielder until 2010, Macias posted one of the lowest ERAs in the nation (0.87) and he struck-out 118. Macias had a 3.00 ERA for the AZL A's and the Kane County Cougars in 21 innings, but he finished the year with an arm injury. He began the year at extended spring training but he was recently sent out to Burlington. Macias has been spectacular in two starts for the Bees. He has allowed only four hits and one earned run in 11 innings with 10 strike-outs and two walks.
19. Logan Chitwood, RHP, Univ. Texas, Tyler
Chitwood split his debut season with the AZL A's and the Vancouver Canadians. In 15 relief appearances with a 3.94 ERA and 16 strike-outs against seven walks in 16 innings. He has been in Arizona at extended spring training at the start of this season and is a candidate for the Lake Monsters' bullpen.
20. Rashad Ramsey, OF, Chattooga HS (Ga.)
Ramsey, a toolsy outfielder, signed with the A's out of a Georgia high school. He hit only .152 in 25 games and had knee surgery after the season. Ramsey, who just turned 19, is expected to be a project, so it isn't a surprise that the A's are taking it slow with him. He is currently at extended spring training preparing for the short-season.
21. Michael Anarumo, LHP, LeMoyne
Anarumo elected to go back to college. The left-hander is currently 4-1 with a save and a 25:15 K:BB ratio in 33.1 innings for LeMoyne.
22. Mike Strong, LHP, Oklahoma State
Like Anarumo, Strong went back for his senior year of college. The lefty is 5-1 with a 3.61 ERA in 72.1 innings for Oklahoma State. He has 70 strike-outs and is likely to be drafted again this season.
23. Zach Thornton, RHP, Oregon
The right-hander had a 4.39 ERA in 26.2 innings for Vancouver, but he struck-out 29, showing signs that his ERA was likely to get better in 2011. It has done just that with Burlington this season. In 31.1 innings, he has a 2.30 ERA and an impressive 34:5 K:BB ratio. He also sports a 1.21 groundout-to-flyout ratio.
24. Ryan Lipkin, C, Univ. San Francisco
Lipkin was a repeat draft pick by the A's, who originally took him in the 43rd round in 2009. The USF grad started off slowly for Vancouver, but finished the year on a hot streak that continued into the A's Instructional League season. He was slated to start the year with the Burlington Bees, but an emergency appendectomy set him back for a few weeks. He joined High-A Stockton in late April. After a very slow start, Lipkin has been hitting better of late. Over his last 10 games, the catcher has hit .295 with a 782 OPS and his first homerun of the season.
25. Josh Whitaker, 3B, Kennesaw State
Whitaker didn't put up impressive numbers with the AZL A's and Vancouver last season, batting .254 with a 701 OPS in 53 games. His bat opened a lot of eyes during the A's Instructional League, especially with his power. The corner infielder/outfielder spent the first few weeks of the season in Arizona, joining the Bees in late April. After a slow start, Whitaker has become one of Burlington's best hitters. In 33 games, he is batting .301/.370/.513. Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .387 with six extra-base hits.
26. Jake Brown, LHP, Georgia Southern
Brown pitched out of the Vancouver bullpen last season, but he shifted to the rotation this season with Burlington. He breezed through eight outings with the Bees, posting a 4-0 record and a 1.62 ERA with 39 strike-outs and six walks in 50 innings. Brown was promoted to Stockton last week and has struggled in his first two starts with the Ports. He allowed eight runs in 2.2 innings in his Stockton debut, but he improved in his second outing, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings.
27. Seth Frankoff, RHP, UNC, Wilmington
Frankoff posted a 2.81 ERA in 15 outings (11 starts) for the A's two short-season clubs last season. He had 66 strike-outs and 27 walks in 57.2 innings. This year, he began the season with Burlington, but was roughed up in five relief appearances. He allowed 21 hits and 15 runs in 12 innings before he was sent back to extended spring training. Frankoff is likely to resurface with Vermont.
28. Ryan Pineda, 2B, Cal State Northridge
Pineda signed with the A's halfway through the signing period after competing in the wood-bat Alaska Summer League. He hit .211 with a 629 OPS in 30 games for the A's two short-season teams. Pineda has been with the Bees throughout this season. He struggled early but has been heating up of late. Over the past 10 games, he is batting .280/.406/.520.
29. Zachary Hurley, OF, Ohio State
Hurley was a college senior when he was selected by the A's last season, so he signed early and was on the Canadians' Opening Day roster. In 19 games, he hit .271 with a 668 OPS before he was suspended for 50 games for violating baseball's policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Hurley was suspended for testing positive for Methylhexanemine.
30. Jeff Urlaub, LHP, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
Urlaub spent the 2010 season in his home with the A's Arizona League. The former Arizona State Sun Devil had a 2.39 ERA and a 26:3 K:BB ratio out of the AZL A's bullpen. He broke camp with the Burlington Bees and has been in their bullpen all season, save for a short stint on the DL. In 15 innings, he has a 3.00 ERA and a 19:5 K:BB ratio.
31. Aaron Judge, 1B, Linden HS (Calif.)
Judge elected to go to college at Fresno State rather than sign with Oakland. Thus far, that is looking like a wise decision for the first-baseman/outfielder. He hit .367 with 24 walks and 11 stolen bases in 53 games during his freshman season for the Bulldogs.
32. Todd McInnis, RHP, Southern Mississippi
McInnis also chose not to sign, electing to go back for his senior season with Southern Miss. The right-hander is the most storied pitcher in the Golden Eagles' history. This season he was named the Conference USA pitcher of year for the second time after posting a 2.79 ERA in 80.2 innings. McInnis will likely hear his name again during this year's draft.
33. Sean Murphy, RHP, Keystone (Pa.)
34. Aaron Larsen, RHP, Bethany (Kan.)
Murphy had a solid professional debut with the AZL A's, posting a 2.57 ERA 21 innings with a 32:8 K:BB ratio. The 6'6'' right-hander is in Arizona at extended spring training and should be on the Vermont roster.
After signing, Larsen pitched so well for the A's AZL squad (2.89 ERA and 31 strike-outs in 37 innings) that the A's sent him to Kane County to finish the season. He struggled in two starts for the Cougars, however. The right-hander has yet to debut this season, as he has been at extended spring training. Larsen should surface on the Vermont roster.
35. Andrew Bailey, RHP, Concord (W.Va.)
At one point last season, the AZL A's had two Andrew Baileys on the roster, as the A's closer was on the team on a rehab assignment while the A's newest Bailey was on the active roster. They didn't pitch in the same game, to the delight of all scorekeepers everywhere. The younger Bailey appeared in only seven games for the AZL A's, as he experience some arm trouble. The 6'5'' right-hander has been in Arizona at extended spring training thus far this year and should debut when the short season begins.
36. Bobby Geren, 3B, San Ramon Valley HS (Calif.)
The son of A's manager Bob Geren, Bobby Geren elected to go to Princeton rather than sign with the A's. Geren appeared in 19 games for the Tigers during his freshman year and the catcher hit .152 with two RBIs in 46 at-bats.
37. Daniel Petitti, C, North Georgia
Petitti was considered a polished defensive catcher coming out of college and he has been just that thus far as a pro. He hasn't hit much, batting .123 last season with Vancouver and .143 in 56 at-bats this season for Burlington, but his glove has kept him on a full-season affiliate roster this year.
38. Mike Fabiaschi, 2B, James Madison
Fabiaschi appeared in 31 games for the Canadians last season and while he hit only .234, Fabiaschi did post a solid .374 OBP after walking 17 times. The infielder is currently in extended spring training waiting to make his 2011 debut.
39. John Nester, C, Clemson
Like Petitti, Nester was drafted based on his defensive prowess and he has played well behind the dish as a pro. Nester and Petitti have handled the Bees' catching duties this season, with Nester serving as the starter, appearing in 35 games thus far. He is batting only .152, but has helped the Bees' pitching staff put up some of the best numbers in minor league baseball.
40. Andrew Smith, RHP, Roswell HS (Ga.)
Smith had a standout high school career for Roswell High School, but he had a strong commitment to North Carolina and wasn't selected until late in the draft. As expected, he elected to go to college. During his freshman season for the Tar Heels, he had a 3.00 ERA and 26 strike-outs in 24 innings, mostly in relief.
41. Andrew Knapp, C, Granite Bay HS (Calif.)
Knapp elected to follow his father's footsteps and play baseball for Cal. The switch-hitting catcher appeared in 27 games for Cal during his freshman season and he hit .219. For a time, it appeared Knapp would be looking for a new school in 2012, but with baseball being reinstated at Cal, he should return to Berkeley for his sophomore season.
42. Louie Lechich, OF, St. Mary's HS (Calif.)
One of Knapp's teammates at Cal is fellow A's drat pick Lechich, who was a star in the Stockton area in high school. Lechich had a solid freshman campaign for the Golden Bears, batting .314 in 23 games.
43. Spencer Haynes, SS, Brandon HS (Fla.)
Haynes went to the University of Central Florida after turning down the opportunity to go pro after high school. The infielder didn't appear in a game for the Knights this season.
44. Lonnie Kauppila, SS, Burbank HS (Calif.)
Kauppila went to Stanford and he appeared in 51 games as a freshman. He hit .288 with 20 RBIs in 184 at-bats this season for the Cardinal.
45. Krey Bratsen, OF, Bryan HS (Texas)
Bratsen chose Texas A&M over an immediate pro career. The outfielder had an excellent freshman campaign for the Aggies. In 60 games, he hit .339 with 26 stolen bases.
46. Tyler Skulina, RHP, Walsh Jesuit HS (Ohio)
Skulina suited up for the Virginia Cavaliers this season, but didn't appear in a game.
47. Tony McClendon, OF, Fullerton College
McClendon spent the 2011 season at Liberty University. He played two seasons for Fullerton CC before transferring to Liberty. McClendon appeared in five games and didn't get a hit in seven at-bats for the Flames this season.
48. Zach Johnson, 3B, Ohlone JC (Calif.)
Johnson elected to go to Oklahoma State after a junior college career and he made All-Big 12 second team in his first year at a four-year school. The San Ramon native hit .358 with 13 homers and was also named the conference's Newcomer of the Year.
49. Nicholas Rosso, OF, Lincoln HS (Calif.)
Rosso, another Stockton native, elected to head to the East Bay for 2011, but not to the A's. He suited up for the Saint Mary's Gaels instead. He didn't appear in a game this season, however.
50. T.J. Walz, RHP, Univ. Kansas
Walz returned for his senior season at Kansas. He has been a workhorse for the Jayhawks, posting a 3.97 ERA in a team-high 90.2 innings.