On Day 2, A's keep focus on collegians
Speedster Brown first prep player selected in 12th round
The Oakland A's had eight picks in the first five rounds on Day 1 of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, and they took eight collegiate players.
That trend continued on Day 2 as Oakland selected six more college players with its first six picks, making it 14 consecutive before drafting a player from the high school ranks.
This was widely considered to be a draft rich in high school talent, but Gary Brown was Oakland's first prep player selected. He was the 26th player taken in the 12th round on Friday afternoon.
Brown (6-foot, 170 pounds) is an 18-year-old center fielder out of Diamond Bar High School in California and was believed to be one of the fastest players in the Draft. He is known for being very instinctive and aggressive on the diamond.
The A's are known for taking college players, and Brown was one of the few exceptions to the rule this time around.
In all, Oakland drafted 45 players on Friday and 53 for the entire 50-round Draft, and took only 11 high school players. Seven of those 11 picks came after the 37th round.
In the 33rd round, Oakland selected a local college player, John Quine, a right-handed reliever from the University of San Francisco.
Quine was 4-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 24 relief appearances for the Dons in 2007.
The A's did not buy into the trend of drafting big players, and in fact did the opposite quite a few times and gave some undersized guys a chance. They drafted 12 players who are listed under six feet.
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
The smallest of the group is 5-foot-8 lefty Aaron Jenkins from the University of Northern Iowa.
Jenkins put up impressive numbers this year, going 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA to go along with three complete games and a shutout. He also struck out 126 batters in fewer than 95 innings.
The A's didn't go completely small, taking 6-7 righty Brent Lysande out of Sonoma State. Lysander posted a 10-2 record with a 1.48 ERA for the Seawolves this season, earning Division II first team All-America honors. He was also named CCAA and West Region Pitcher of the Year. They also selected Kevin Rath, a 6-5 lefty from Silverado High School in Nevada.
In all, the A's took 21 pitchers on the final day and 25 over the Draft. They took 12 outfielders and seven catchers.
The only position the A's did not draft was at second base. Catcher not included, they took just nine infielders.
Matt Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.