A's Ink 7th Rounder Krol

Senior Editor
Posted Aug 17, 2009


For the second time on Monday, the Oakland A's have signed a high school draft pick. Earlier in the day, it was catcher Max Stassi. Now, the A's have come to terms with seventh-round pick Ian Krol, a high school lefty out of Illinois. The contract is believed to be an over-slot signing.

Ian Krol's signing means that the Oakland A's have inked all of their top eight picks, with the exception of their first pick. The A's have 45 more minutes to come to terms with first-rounder Grant Green.

Krol was considered the top high school talent in the state of Illinois before the high school season, but he saw his draft status dip when he was suspended for his senior season. He was committed to the University of Arizona.

The lefty went 9-1 with an 0.94 ERA with three no-hitters as a junior at Neuqua Valley High School. This season, Krol pitched for traveling teams in Wisconsin and at high school prospect showcases while missing the high school season.

Fun fact: Krol, a native of Naperville, Illinois, threw out the first pitch at a Kane County Cougars game on his ninth birthday. The Cougars weren't an A's affiliate at that time.

Camdendepot.com had a nice scouting report with video included on Krol that can be accessed here.

Baseball America reports that Krol signed for $925,000, an over-slot amount for a seventh-rounder, although less than the A's spent on their seventh-round pick last season: Brett Hunter. Hunter signed for a record $1.7 million out of that round in 2008.



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