After selecting three pitchers on Day One last season, the Oakland Athletics went all-in on position players for Day One in 2017. The A’s used their first pick on outfielder Austin Beck, their second pick on infielder Kevin Merrell and with their third pick (second round), the A’s took LSU outfielder Greg Deichmann.
Deichmann was a draft-eligible sophomore last season and he was selected in the 26th round by the Minnesota Twins. He elected to return to school and improved his draft stock significantly. Deichmann was one of the top power hitters in college baseball this year. He hit 19 homeruns and posted a .614 SLG. Deichmann also hit for average (.322) and posted a 47:52 BB:K, a significant improvement over the 19:41 BB:K he had in 2016.
Deichmann has a prototypical right fielder’s build at 6’2”, 195. He has a lot of strength and is a good athlete. A left-handed swinger and right-handed thrower, Deichmann has above-average arm strength and should be able to stick in right. He was a BaseballAmerica first-team All-American this season. Deichmann is already 22, so he is a little old for a college pick, but he is polished and should move fairly quickly.
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