The Oakland A's used their third overall pick (71st) to select Virginia Tech infielder Chad Pinder. Pinder began the year as the Hokies third baseman but finished the season at shortstop and could be given a chance to stick at that position in the pros.
Pinder is a 6'2'', 195-pound right-hander with good hands and a strong arm defensively and gap power that could develop into more as he matures.
This season, Pinder hit .321 with eight homers and a .404 OBP. He walked 21 times in 60 games and was hit by 14 pitches. Pinder was also five-for-nine in stolen base attempts.
Kiley McDaniel, Scout.com's MLB Draft Expert, wrote about Pinder in a recent draft notebook:
"Pinder brings a loose swing with some bat speed, fringy current power and solid defense with a projectable frame at third base that could work at second base in the short term. He likely goes somewhere in the 2nd round to early third round depending on how he finishes the season."
To access McDaniel's complete write-up on Pinder, as well as video of the 21-year-old, click here.