7 Oakland A's Prospects to Be Excited About

Natasha ArtaviaContributor IJune 7, 2012

7 Oakland A's Prospects to Be Excited About

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    The Oakland Athletics made some pretty interesting choices during the 2012 MLB draft. Whether it was their choosing of high school players in the first and compensation rounds or their selection of pitcher, the state of Green Collar baseball seems to be heading in the right direction—at least, we hope.

    Here is a look at the seven Oakland A's prospects we can be excited for.

Addison Russell

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    The shortstop from Pace High School in Florida was drafted in the first round by the Athletics.

    Eleventh overall, Addison shows great potential as a prospective major leaguer.

    During the 2011-2012 season, Addison was batting .358 and had an on-base percentage of .532. During the same season, the 18-year-old right-handed hitter scored 40 runs and 33 RBI in 81 at-bats and had an impressive slugging percentage of .815.

Daniel Robertson

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    Although Daniel Robertson was chosen in the Compensation Round A, make no mistake that the Upland High School alumnus has what it takes to grow with the team.

    For three years the 18-year-old played at third base on his school’s varsity team before switching over to shortstop during his senior year.

    During the 2011-2012 season, Robertson batted a .560 with a .696 on-base percentage and a 1.00 slugging percentage.

    On top of this, Robertson was named his team’s MVP during 2012.

    His scouting report also shows his athleticism. According to the MLB.com scouting report, the Upland, CA native has a “good approach and mechanics” at the plate while also being a “smart, aggressive base runner.”

Matt Olson

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    Another Compensation Round A selection, the Parkview High School senior has a .353 batting average and a .421 on base percentage.

    Olson, who plays at first base, also has a .765 slugging percentage.

    Olson is also being recruited by Vanderbilt.

Bruce Maxwell

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    The No. 62 draft pick, Bruce Maxwell, is a left-handed hitter out of Birmingham Southern College in Alabama.

    The junior has been named this year’s American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings National Player of the Year and also led his team to their first Southern Collegiate Athletic Championship.

    This season, Maxwell batted a .471 with a .619 on-base percentage.

    Although Maxwell hails from a Division III school, there is no denying that the Toney, AL, native is a prospect to watch out for.

Nolan Sanburn

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    Nolan Sanburn was the No. 74 draft pick overall.

    A relief pitcher with starting capabilities, Sanburn has a fastball that clocks in at the 95-mph-and-up range, along with a curveball which his scouting report claims “has some serious bite” to it.

    The sophomore from the University of Arkansas went 2-1 this season with a 2.45 ERA in 14 games and had 30 strike-outs in 25 and 2/3 innings.

    The Kokomo, Indiana native was ranked the 17th best prospect nationally in the sophomore class by Baseball America and was also named Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball in 2011.

Kris Hall

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    One of the best decisions the Athletics made during their selection process was choosing right-handed pitcher, Kris Hall.

    Hall, a junior at Lee University, went 12-0 this past season with a 1.71 ERA. The Round 8 draft pick also struck out 122 batters in 100 innings.

    Hall has a fastball that reaches 97mph and is consistently in the low to mid-90s.

Max Muncy

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    Max Muncy, a junior at Baylor University, is a left-handed hitter from Keller, TX.

    According to his scouting report, Muncy “has a short, compact swing and makes consistent contact.”

    Although he batted only a .317 this past season with an on-base percentage of .420, Muncy can definitely develop into a hard hitter for the Athletics.

    Muncy broke records at Baylor as a freshman with 11 homeruns and 53 RBI in 2010. In his sophomore year, he broke more records, recording 527 putouts during the season.