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Flashback: Oakland A's 2002 Draft

While an organization can be built in many different ways, the Oakland A's have always been a team that has built its core through the minor league system. The lifeblood of any minor league system is the draft. Over the next few weeks, we will take a look back at the A's drafts in 2002-2006 to see what Oakland got out of those drafts. In the first of this series, we take a look at the 2002 draft.

Number of Draft Picks: 52 Number Signed: 45 Number of Drafted Players to Reach Majors: 12* (note that fifth-round pick Mark Kiger appeared in a major league post-season game (2006 ALCS), but has yet to appear in a regular season major league game. He is not included in this total.) Number of Signed Players to Reach Majors: 8 Number of First-Round Picks: 7 Best Player Drafted: Jonathan Papelbon...

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