A's Finish Day One With Pinder As Third Pick

After selecting a high school centerfielder with their first pick, the Oakland A's went the collegiate route for the next two selections, taking Dillon Overton with their second pick and Chad Pinder with their third pick. Pinder is a shortstop from Virginia Tech.

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.

OaklandClubhouse.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


Tweets