The East Bay has produced some outstanding major league pitchers over the past 30 years. The Oakland…
A's 2008 Draft Analysis: Day One
Overview For the second straight year, the Oakland A's talked a lot about picking players from the prep ranks rather than their traditional selection of college players. And for the second straight year, the A's leaned heavily towards four-year college players with their first day draft selections. The six selections that the A's took on Thursday don't all fit what has become the "traditional Oakland A's pick": a polished, four-year collegiate player who is more about performance than athletic projection, however. The A's took four position players out of their first six picks, and three of the four grade high for their athletic abilities. The other is a strong defensive catcher. The A's other two picks were more traditional Oakland selections: polished, collegiate pitchers, the types of picks that have given the A's strong results over the past 10 years. Over the past few years, the A's have been looking to add speed on the offensive-side of their system and velocity on the mound...
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