The second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft was fast and furious, and the Oakland A's were very busy, making 17 picks during rounds two through fifteen. The Athletics' first day's picks were highlighted by SS Addison Russell, SS Daniel Robertson, and 1B Matt Olson, with day two starting off with C Bruce Maxwell, and RHP Nolan Sanburn. Here's the entire list of Day 2 draft picks, including what MLB.com scouts had to say about a few of them:
No. 62: C Maxwell, Bruce Birmingham Southern Col, AL
No. 74: RHP Sanburn, Nolan Arkansas, AR
While fellow Arkansas sophomore pitcher Ryne Stanek narrowly misses being Draft eligible, Sanburn does qualify. And he's been getting plenty of attention. Sanburn has seen most of his action on the Razorbacks out of the bullpen and while he has started a few games, most see his future as a short reliever. That's probably because of his outstanding two-pitch power arsenal. Sanburn can crank it up into the upper-90s, sitting comfortably at around 95 mph. He complements the plus fastball with a hard, slurvy curve that has some serious bite when he stays on top of it. He generally is around the strike zone, occasionally having trouble keeping the ball down in the zone. He does go right after hitters with a closer-like mentality, a role he could potentially fill at the next level.
No. 106: LHP Kyle Twomey, El Dorado HS, CA
Projectable lefties will always draw interest, especially one who performs well as the Draft approaches and gets high marks for his makekup. He'll throw both a two- and four-seam fastball, a big, sweeping curve and a changeup. He started adding a cutter late in the year, and it looks like it might have the chance to be a decent offering. While the fastball tops out at 90-91 mph and his secondary stuff is a bit behind the fastball, the upside is what will have teams interested in the early stages of the Draft.
No. 139 CF - Boyd, B.J. Palo Alto HS,
Boyd possesses great athleticism and speed in the outfield and has shown good instincts on the base paths. He has an average arm, but it should become better with more work and better mechanics. He should be able to hit for a decent average and could hit for some power with his very muscular frame. Boyd has always split time between baseball and football, so when he starts to focus on just baseball, he could develop into a very good player.
No. 169 1B - Muncy, Max Baylor, TX
In a year with few advanced college bats, Muncy could be one of the first ones off the board. Muncy has a short, compact swing and makes consistent contact. Muncy has shown good power in his three years at Baylor and also has above average speed for a first baseman. Some scouts wonder if the power will translate to the pro game, but if it doesn't, Muncy has the athleticism to be able to move to a new position. Most teams covet advanced college bats that are also signable, and this could allow Muncy to be picked within the first few rounds.
No. 199 RHP - Streich, Seth Ohio University, OH
Streich mostly started at Ohio but might have to move to the bullpen at the next level. His stuff -- a fastball that can touch the mid-90s and a power slider -- could play up in a relief role. His command has been inconsistent, another reason why shorter stints out of the pen might make more sense.
No. 229 RHP - Kurz, Cody Oxnard College, CA
No. 259 RHP - Hall, Kris Lee University, TN
After transferring from Cleveland State, Hall has become NAIA Lee's ace. The right-hander has hit 97 mph with his fastball and consistently sits in the low-to-mid 90's. He also has a plus pitch in his slider, and he throws a hard curveball. Some scouts think that with his frame he could be a relief pitcher, but the team that drafts him will definitely give him a chance to start after he posted a 1.52 ERA and struck out 115 in 94 2/3 innings as a starter. His profile may limit his Draft stock a bit, but there's no question teams will be interested in his size and arm strength.
No. 289 RHP - Bacus, Dakota Indiana State, IN
No. 319 CF - Vertigan, Brett University of California - Santa Barbara, CA
No. 349 SS - Gonzalez, Alex Harrison HS, GA
No. 379 3B - Caputo, John No School
No. 409 RHP - Pudenz, Stuart Dallas Baptist U, TX
No. 439 RHP - House, Austin New Mexico, NM
No. 469 RHP - Voiro, Vincent Pennsylvania, PA
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