After finishing up Day Two with a run on college seniors, the Oakland Athletics draft class added several juniors and two prep players in rounds 11-20. Learn more about the A’s 2017 11-20 round picks below.
Round 11: Ryan Gridley, SS, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.
Bio details: 5’8’’, 180, R/R, Birthdate: 05/04/1995
Analysis: Gridley had a breakout season at the plate in 2017, batting .327/.393/.457 with six homers in 67 games. His previous career high in homeruns was two and he had never posted an OPS above 690 heading into this season. Gridley earned All-SEC honors for his 2017 season.
Gridley isn’t big, but, like A’s third-round pick Nick Allen, Gridley has plenty of arm strength and range at shortstop. He has always had a solid eye at the plate. According to an article in the Clarion-Ledger, Gridley had surgery to remove a bone chip in his knee in August that contributed to his success this season. Gridley told the paper that he was unable to do much lower body work before the surgery. Once he was healthy, he was able to add strength in his lower half and hit for more power. Gridley is a junior, so the A’s will need to convince him to bypass his senior season with the Bulldogs.
Round 12: Aaron Arruda, 1B, Fresno State University, Fresno, Calif.
Bio details: 6’3’’, 215, R/R, Birthdate: 06/21/1995
Analysis: A two-time All-Mountain West Conference player, Arruda hit 26 homers over the past two seasons with the Bulldogs. Arruda was the top hitter on the FSU team the past two seasons, as he hit for power and average. He struck-out a lot, but he walked a decent amount, as well (111:52 in 114 games). Arruda played some outfield early in his career but moved to first base this season.
At 6’3’’, 215 pounds, Arruda has a slugger’s build. He has some defensive versatility having played both outfield and first base, but it is his bat that will carry him in the pros. Arruda can go back to Fresno State for his senior season, but he is likely to sign. He said in an interview posted earlier this year on the Fresno State athletics site that the A’s were his favorite team.
Round 13: Wyatt Marks, RHP, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Lafayette, La.
Bio details: 6’3’’, 200, R/R, Birthdate: 06/28/1995
Analysis: Marks put up eye-popping numbers this season for UL, posting a 2.28 ERA and striking out 100 in 59.1 innings out of the bullpen. Marks was primarily a starter his first two seasons, and he posted solid numbers in that role, but his stuff took a leap forward in shorter stints. Jeff Ellis of Scout.com took a deep dive into Marks’ season.
Marks has a live arm. His fastball sits in the 92-94 MPH range and he can touch 96. But his best pitch is his slider, which he used with frequency out of the bullpen. The pitch is almost unhittable. Marks doesn’t have an effective third pitch, so he is likely will stay in the bullpen. His fastball command can escape him at times, although it was much better out of the bullpen. He could move quickly as a reliever in the pros.
Round 14: Garrett Mitchell, OF, Orange Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.
Bio details: 6’1’’, 200, L/R, Birthdate: 09/04/1998
Analysis: Mitchell was one of the highest ranked players left on the board at the start of Day Three. The Southern California high school star had first-round buzz going into this season, but an inconsistent senior season and a strong commitment to UCLA dropped him down on draft boards. Mitchell has stated publicly that he intends to go to college, but the A’s will likely keep in touch with Mitchell this summer just in case he changes his mind.
Mitchell is heavy on tools, and if he puts everything together, he could be a star. He is still unpolished, especially at the plate. Mitchell has type 1 diabetes, but that hasn’t slowed him down during his high school career. Below is video of Mitchell, courtesy of Scout.com’s Taylor Blake Ward.
Round 15: Josh Reagan, LHP, University of South Carolina, Columbia, Columbia, SC
Bio details: 6’1’’, 185, S/L, Birthdate: 10/02/1994
Analysis: A four-year letter-winner at USC, Reagan was a key member of the Gamecocks’ bullpen the last two seasons. As a junior, Reagan saved 11 games and he posted a 2.08 ERA in 56.1 innings. This season, Reagan also threw 56.1 innings, posting a 2.72 ERA and striking out 51.
Reagan is a finesse lefty, but he attacks the strike-zone aggressively and uses two different arm slots to create deception. He’s the sort of pitcher who likes the big moment and generally rises to the occasion. Reagan, in some ways, is the left-handed version of current A’s prospect Joel Seddon, who was the Gamecocks’ closer in 2014 before going to the A’s that year in the draft.
Round 16: Payton Squier, OF, UNLV, Las Vegas, Nev.
Bio details: 6’0’’, 185, L/R, Birthdate: 10/29/1995
Analysis: Squier joins the A’s organization three years after Oakland selected him in the 39th round out of a Phoenix-area high school. Squier had a strong three-year career with the Runnin’ Rebels, batting .330 with a .388 OBP. As a sophomore, Squier hit .375/.439/.431. His numbers slid a little bit, but were still solid as a junior (.329/.398/.410).
Squier controls the strike-zone extremely well. He walked 28 times and only struck-out 14 times this season in 222 at-bats. Defensively, he defines versatility, having seen time at catcher, second base, third base and left field. Squier doesn’t have a lot of foot speed, but he is a good athlete and he has a strong arm. He has a similar profile defensively to current A’s veteran minor leaguer Matt McBride.
Round 17: Josh Falk, RHP, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Bio details: 6’2’’, 215, R/R, Birthdate: 05/19/1995
Analysis: Falk spent two years pitching in junior college before joining the Panthers’ staff in 2016. He was a starter for most of those two seasons. His senior year, Falk made 14 starts and posted a 3.92 ERA in 85 innings. He struck-out 75 and walked 31. Falk allowed just six homeruns and he held opposing batters to a .228 average.
A sturdy right-hander, Falk can throw all three of his pitches for strikes. His breaking ball is especially effective. Falk mixes his pitches well and had some big starts against top-level competition this season.
Round 18: Mickey McDonald, CF, University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Bio details: 6’3’’, 170, S/R, Birthdate: 06/02/1995
Analysis: The San Mateo, Calif. native comes to the A’s after a three-year career at UIC. A top-of-the-order hitter, McDonald stole 30 bases over the last two seasons. He hit .305 with a .383 OBP as a sophomore but slipped to .260 with a .329 OBP as a redshirt junior. He missed the entire 2016 season after he had surgery to remove a rib to address thoracic outlet syndrome. Before the injury, McDonald was a third baseman/shortstop for the Flames.
McDonald is an impressive athlete who handled centerfield well this season despite never playing the position before this season. He has a strong arm and has experience on the mound. McDonald also has above-average speed and the ability to hit for average. The A’s may take a look at him again on the left side of the infield once he turns pro.
Round 19: Michael Danielak, RHP, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Bio details: 6’4’’, 215, R/R, Birthdate: 03/06/1994
Analysis: Danielak moved up 10 rounds in the draft after going to the Pirates in the 28th round last year. Danielak chose to finish his degree at the Ivy League school before turning pro, and that decision paid off as he moved up in the draft. The big right-hander posted a 2.64 ERA in 58 innings this season. He struck-out 55, walked 10 and he threw two complete games.
Danielak’s senior season was his first fully healthy campaign for the Big Green. He battled a patella injury for three years and missed the entire 2015 season with the injury. Danielak’s best pitch is a change-up.
Round 20: Osvaldo Berrios, RHP, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, PR
Bio details: 6’2’’, 200, R/R, Birthdate: 11/29/1999
Analysis: Berrios joins A’s fifth-round pick Santi Sanchez as the A’s only selections from Puerto Rico this year. A well-built right-hander, Berrios isn’t a hard thrower yet, but there is projection left in his frame. His secondary pitches are still raw, but he has plenty of time to develop them.
Berrios is a commit to Alabama State. He has a quick arm and will benefit from professional instruction.
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