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It took until the draft signing period's final day, but the Oakland A's can now officially assess their 2010 MLB draft haul. Nearly a month after coming to terms with their number one pick, Michael Choice, the A's signed second-round selection Yordy Cabrera, third-round pick Aaron Shipman and fourth-rounder Chad Lewis. All three players were drafted out of high school and had commitments to four-year colleges.
The A's were looking to add power and athleticism in this draft, and Cabrera, Shipman and Lewis will bring the A's system just that.
Along with A's top pick Choice, Cabrera was considered one of the top power prospects in this year's draft class. He also rates highly for arm strength. A big, strong infielder, Cabrera is more than a full year older than most graduating high school seniors, but he had a college commitment to the University of Miami that he strongly considered. He is a native of the Dominican Republic and his father was a minor league prospect in the Tigers organization and he has served as a professional hitting coach.
After the draft, A's Scouting Director Eric Kubota had this to say about Cabrera: "He's another guy whose power is really his calling card. He is a very good athlete. He runs very well for his size. He's a big, strong kid who is only going to get bigger and stronger. He can really throw. We think he has a chance to play the infield and have very good power down the road."
Cabrera signed for $1.25 million according to Baseball America.
Shipman, a Georgia prep outfielder, is highly athletic with plus speed and the instincts to play in centerfield. The A's see Shipman as a future lead-off man and, while he is considered a "toolsy" prospect, Oakland likes the polish that Shipman already has to his offensive game.
Kubota compared Shipman to Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson.
"He's just a really good athlete. A well above-average runner. A guy who can fill out and maybe come into some power. A true centerfielder," A's Director of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi told OaklandClubhouse after the draft.
"Our guys really like the swing. One of the phrases our scouting staff uses a lot is that they have a knack for the barrel and manage to square up the ball with high frequency. This guy does that."
Baseball America had Shipman's bonus at $500,000.
Lewis is a graduate of Marina High School in Southern California, the alma mater of former A's draft pick Justin Sellers and current A's first-baseman Daric Barton. Lewis, like Sellers and Barton, is an infielder. Lewis is a third-baseman with a powerful build and a line-drive stroke. A top performer at many of the high school showcases, Lewis had a commitment to San Diego State University.
"[Lewis is] a guy that we saw in the summer showcases and we've seen a lot of him. He's got profile corner, third base tools. He's got power potential," Kubota said after the draft.
"He's a very good athlete and he's a very good defender."
Lewis' bonus was reportedly $300,000 according to Baseball America.
All three players will report to the A's minor league complex in Phoenix and could see game action with the AZL Athletics in the coming days.
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