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Round 25, Pick 27, Jon Massad: Massad was the second of two Southern New Hampshire right-handers to be selected by the A's this year. Like his collegiate teammate Junior Mendez, Massad began his career in the Arizona Rookie League. Mendez was recently promoted to Vermont, but Massad is still plugging away in the rookie league. His time in the New York-Penn League may be coming soon, however. In 20.1 innings, Massad has a 20:2 K:BB. He has allowed runs in only three of his last 10 outings.
Round 26, Pick 28, Kyle Wheeler: Wheeler came from a small collegiate baseball program (Belhaven College), so the A's have kept him in the Arizona Rookie League despite his collegiate experience. Wheeler has done well in his first pro experience, handling the AZL staff well and posting a solid .276/.323/.517 line in limited at-bats (29). He will battle for a chance to make the Low-A Beloit roster next spring.
Round 27, Pick 29, Ryan Huck: Huck had a storybook senior season with Western Kentucky, coming out of relative obscurity to post one of the best seasons in school history. He has continued that level of play since turning pro, breezing through the Arizona Rookie League and continuing to hit well in the New York-Penn League. The first baseman hit .475 with two homers in 10 games in the AZL before receiving a promotion to Vermont. In 25 games for the Lake Monsters, Huck has an 845 OPS and three homeruns. He has shown the ability to work the count as well as hit for authority. Huck recently returned from a two-week injury absence, but he should be in the middle of the Lake Monsters' line-up from here on out.
Round 28, Pick 30, Joe Bennie: Bennie, a middle infielder from East Stroudsburg University, has had limited playing time since signing with the A's after the draft thanks to hamstring issues. Bennie has had only 40 at-bats for the AZL A's thus far and is carrying a .200/.304/.325 line. He has homered once and tripled once. Bennie, when healthy, has excellent speed, but his leg problems haven't allowed him to put that speed to game use just yet.
Round 29, Pick 31, Blake McMullen: McMullen came to the A's from a little-known baseball program at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. McMullen was a late bloomer, pitching sparingly for much of his high school career before adding velocity as a senior and then again in junior college and at USAO. McMullen can now hit the mid-90s with his fastball, but he is still learning to command his stuff, as evident by his nine walks in 18.1 innings, including four in his last one-inning outing. McMullen will likely get plenty of work in at Instructs this fall and will compete for a spot in Beloit next spring.
Round 30, Pick 32, Ben McQuown: McQuown set all kinds of speed records at Campbell University and the A's hope that the native of Hawaii will be able to be a top-of-the-order factor in the pros. McQuown has thus far filled that role well with the AZL A's during his pro debut season. An everyday player for the AZL A's, McQuown is batting .298 with a .394 OBP. He has seven stolen bases and 14 walks in 26 games. The Vermont outfield is a bit crowded at the moment, but McQuown could see time in the New York-Penn League by the end of the year.
Round 31, Pick 34, A.J. Burke: Burke is a burly right-hander from Western Oregon University, the same school that produced another burly right-hander for the A's: Dan Straily (Straily began his career at Western Oregon and later transferred to Marshall). Burke has been used as a reliever for the AZL A's since signing with Oakland, although his appearances have been spaced out every three-to-five days. In 10 appearances (13 innings), Burke has a 9.00 ERA. He has struck-out 12 and walked five, but he has allowed 19 hits.
Round 32, Pick 35, Dominique Vattuone: It has been relatively smooth-sailing through the pros thus far for Vattuone. The UNC-Greensboro alum posted a 21:4 K:BB in 16.1 innings with the AZL A's before earning a promotion to short-season Vermont. In three outings with the Lake Monsters, the slim right-hander has tossed 5.2 scoreless innings. He walked three in an admittedly jittery New York-Penn League debut, but Vattuone has struck-out five and walked none in four subsequent innings for the Lake Monsters. Vattuone was a reliever for much of his time at UNC-G, and, with his command, he could move quickly through the A's system in that role.
Round 33, Pick 36, Joseph Michaud: Michaud has been brought along slowly, making only six outings for the AZL A's since signing. The last four of those outings have been of the one-inning variety. In 8.2 innings in total, he has struck-out 12 but has also walked six. Michaud has been an extreme groundball pitcher, with a 6.00 GO/AO and a 66.7% GB% thus far.
Round 34, Pick 37, A.J. Kubala: Kubala, a high school pick out of Florida, signed with the A's quickly despite being picked late in the draft. The corner infielder is a bit of a project, but the A's liked his power potential. True to form, Kubala has four homers in 25 games (most homeruns on the AZL club), but he is batting only .138. Kubala has 39 strike-outs in just 65 at-bats. He will be brought along slowly by the A's and should receive plenty of instruction during fall camp.
Round 35, Pick 38, Austin Puckett: Did not sign.
Round 36, Pick 39, Cooper Goldby: Did not sign.
Round 37, Pick 40, Francis Christy: Did not sign.
Round 38, Pick 41, Hunter Mercado-Hood: Did not sign.
Round 39, Pick 42, Hayden Howard: Did not sign.
Round 40, Pick 43, Dominic Miroglio: Did not sign.
The 2013 MLB draft was two months ago and those draft picks who signed with the Oakland A's are well into their professional careers. Over the next few days, we will be looking at how the A's 2013 draft class is faring early on in their pro careers. In part three, we look at the A's final 15 rounds of picks.
We check-in with the A's round 25-40 picks from the 2013 draft.
Huck has swung a potent bat thus far as a pro.