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2013 A's Draft Update: Rounds 11-24
For part one of this series, click here. Round 11, Pick 13, Lou Trivino: The 6'5'' Trivino has put together a solid first professional campaign thus far for short-season Vermont. A reliever for his first four outings, Trivino has slid into the Lake Monsters' rotation and has pitched well in that role. After walking six in 11.2 innings as a reliever, Trivino has a 24:9 K:BB and a 2.60 ERA in 27.2 innings as a starter. Trivino has a solid fastball that can touch 94 and an assortment of secondary offerings, including a cutter, change-up, curveball and slider. His arsenal along with his stature should allow Trivino to remain a starter when he makes the jump to full-season ball, likely next year. Round 12, Pick 14, Dakota Freese: Freese signed with the A's out of Des Moines Area Community College. The right-hander has yet to make his official professional debut and has been rehabbing a shoulder injury at the A's minor league complex in Phoenix. Freese can rush his fastball up to the mid-90s and was a starter in college, although his stuff could play well in the back-end of the bullpen, as well. Round 13, Pick 15, Justin Higley: Although Higley was drafted out of a four-year collegiate program, he was considered something of a project pick. The A's have followed Higley's progress for sometime. The Sacramento area native and Sac State alum is very toolsy, but those tools didn't always translate to great numbers with the Hornets. The A's have started Higley's pro career off slowly, keeping him in the Arizona Rookie League for his pro debut. In 27 games, Higley has done a good job getting on-base (.358 OBP) and he has hit for some power (three homers and a .418 SLG), but he has also struck-out 33 times. Whether he is able to make the jump to full-season ball at the start of next year will depend on the progress he makes this fall at Instructs. Round 14, Pick 16, James Lomangino: Did not sign. Round 15, Pick 17, Edwin Diaz: Diaz was the A's only selection out of Puerto Rico this year. The 17-year-old infielder made his pro debut in early July and has been an everyday player for the AZL A's ever since. Diaz has struggled to control the strike-zone thus far, striking out 16 times and walking just twice in 61 at-bats. He has been hitting better of late, however, posting a .273/.314/.455 line over his last 10 games. Overall, he is hitting .246 with a homer and a 659 OPS. Diaz won't turn 18 until the end of August, and his development is likely to be a gradual one, especially early on in his professional career. Round 16, Pick 18, Junior Mendez: Mendez was one of two pitchers from Southern New Hampshire to be taken by the A's in this year's draft. The New York state native began his career in Arizona, but after he struck-out 21 in 20 innings, he was sent back to his home region and the New York-Penn League. Mendez has had two scoreless two-inning outings for the Lake Monsters since joining them earlier this week. He has been used almost exclusively as a reliever as a pro, but Mendez was a starter in college and could return to that role next season. Round 17, Pick 19, Jaycob Brugman: Brugman, a BYU alum, has been an everyday player for the Lake Monsters since he signed with the A's shortly after the draft. The Phoenix native, like many of his Vermont teammates, got off to a slow start at the plate, although he has picked up the pace of late. He hit only .214 in 10 games in June but rebounded with a .273 average in July. Brugman's K:BB is an ugly 43:5, which is something he will likely focus on fixing this fall and next spring. Round 18, Pick 21, Sam Bragg: It's early, but Bragg looks like a steal as an 18th-round pick. The Georgia Perimeter alum has been dominant thus far in stops with the AZL A's and the Vermont Lake Monsters. In 22 innings, he has allowed just one earned run and he has a 30:8 K:BB. Bragg has been even better than that, as four of those walks came in one poor outing. Bragg pitched a lot this season as an amateur, so the A's have limited his innings this season, but look for him to move into a full-season affiliate rotation next year. Round 19, Pick 22, A.J. Vanegas: Did not sign. Round 20, Pick 23, Iolana Akau: Akau was the last A's pick to sign. The Hawaiian high school backstop was one of the best high school catchers available in the draft, but he had a hand injury that hampered him early during his senior season. That, combined with a perceived strong commitment to attend college, caused Akau to fall to the A's in round 20. When Overton signed for under-slot, the A's were able to find the money to bring in Akau on an over-slot deal. Akau is just getting his feet wet with the AZL A's. Through six games, he has three hits in 17 at-bats. Akau will get plenty of work this fall in Instructs. Round 21, Pick 23, Scott Masik: The Cal-State, Los Angeles alum was a senior selection by the A's. A lead-off hitter for much of his final season in college, Masik has proven to be one of the most patient hitters on the AZL A's roster. The right-hander got off to a slow start, but he has been working his way on-base at a prodigious pace lately. He has walked 10 times over his last 10 games and he is also batting .346 during that stretch. Masik hasn't shown any power yet, but if he can add power to his patient approach, he should be able to compete for a spot in Low-A next year. Round 22, Pick 24, Trevor Bayless: Bayless was the second pitcher selected by the A's out of USD. Dylan Covey made quick work of the New York-Penn League, and his collegiate teammate Bayless has found similar success for Vermont. Bayless was a standout reliever with USD and he has continued that work in the pros. Bayless allowed two runs in 16.1 innings of relief work for Vermont. He struck-out 21, walked five and saved seven games. Bayless was named to the New York-Penn League All-Star game, but he won't be participating, as he was promoted to Low-A on Friday. He joins Covey as the only two members of the 2013 draft class in a full-season league. Round 23, Pick 25, Josh Miller: Since signing with the A's after being selected out of USC-Aiken, Miller has shared the catching duties for short-season Vermont with Ryan Gorton. Miller has done a solid job behind the plate, helping to handle a top-flight pitching staff and throwing out a third of all potential base-stealers. At the plate, he has struggled, posting a .158/.247/.197 line in 76 at-bats. Round 24, Pick 26, Kevin Johnson: Johnson, a college senior pick out of the University of Illinois, battled an injury late in the Big 10 season and he has yet to recover from the injury sufficiently for the A's to sign him. As a college senior, Johnson isn't subject to the signing deadline. The A's have indicated that they remain interested in signing Johnson if he is able to get healthy.
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