Re-Evaluating the Oakland Athletics' Top Picks from the Past Decade

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Re-Evaluating the Oakland Athletics' Top Picks from the Past Decade
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Two former first round picks: Jemile Weeks and Cliff Pennington.

Between last week's look at disappointing prospects and the upcoming amateur draft on June 5, it seems appropriate to look back at the Oakland Athletics' last decade's worth of first-round picks.

Take one look at the names in order and you'll notice something: The A's didn't do so well in the early goings. OK, you'll notice one more thing: The A's really nailed it in the last few years.

From Landon Powell to Billy McKinney, we'll check in on the last nine first-round picks.

This group has literally everything in it. There's an ace among them, as well as the textbook definition of a bust. There's a top-prospect-turned-trade-chip, a top prospect who got hurt and a top prospect who couldn't find his rhythm. There's even one who had it, but lost it.

Check out the list of players, complete with their pick selection, what they're doing now and a current grade (that's the beauty of hindsight).

Note: There was no 2006 first-round draft pick for the A's.

All statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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