Jason LaRue's value as a backup catcher can be derived in these two statistics: Todd Wellemeyer,…
MLB Draft History: The 13th Overall Pick
By the Numbers Number of Picks Discussed: 10 Number of Pitchers: 2 Number of Players Taken out of College: 7 Number of Picks to Make the Major Leagues: 4 2008: Brett Wallace, IF Last season, the 13th pick came one slot after the A's made their first selection, and it is a pick that Oakland fans have been debating ever since. With that number 12 pick, the A's took second baseman Jemile Weeks from the University of Miami. Many A's fans were hoping that the team would instead take Arizona State (and Napa, California, native) Brett Wallace instead. Both were polished collegiate players with excellent plate patience. However, the similarities between the two ended there. Weeks is an athletic, lead-off hitter-type who switch-hits and steals bases by the bushel. Wallace is a classic slugger with an unusual build. Wallace has been a stud since draft day. Only questions about his defense at third base have kept him from breaking through to the major leagues already with the Cardinals...
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