A’s pick college catcher Maxwell in second round
With their first choice on the second day of the First-Year Player Draft, the A’s selected Bruce Maxwell, a catcher from Birmingham Southern College, with the 62nd overall pick.
The drafting of Maxwell marks the first college selection for Oakland in this draft, as the organization picked three high schoolers on Monday in the first and compensation rounds.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Maxwell is a bit of an oddity in baseball circles as a left-handed-hitting backstop, but that status hasn’t affected his hitting ability for Division-III Birmingham Southern. The Toney, Ala. native led his team in hitting at .471 and slugging at .928, and collected 15 home runs, 25 doubles and 48 RBIs.
Maxwell was made with a pitch that the A’s received as compensation for losing free agent Josh Willingham to the Twins.
Here are the rest of the team’s picks in the 2nd through 5th rounds on the second day of the draft, which goes through round 30:
Round 2, 74th overall: RHP Nolan Sanburn, University of Arkansas
Sanburn is a hard-throwing, draft-eligible college pitcher. Checking in at a relatively slight 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Sanburn is still able to throw very hard, getting his fastball into the high 90s. He compliments it with a sharp breaking ball that is more of a slurve than anything else.
Though he started some games for the Razorbacks this year, the Kokomo, Ind. native is likely ticketed for the bullpen in his professional career. Sanburn was rated 44th in MLB.com’s Top 100 draft prospects.
Round 3, 106th overall: LHP Kyle Twomey, El Dorado High School, Calif.
Committed to USC, Twomey is a projectable pitcher given his 6-foot-3, 165-pound frame. Twomey went 8-3 with a 0.76 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 73 2/3 innings pitched.
Twomey throws four pitches, including a 90-91 mph fastball, though his secondary offerings still require some work. He worked on adding a cutter to his repertoire this season.
Round 4, 139th overall: OF BJ Boyd, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, Calif.
A two-sport athlete, Boyd likely could have earned a football scholarship as a running back if he so desired, but has stated his desire to play baseball and concentrated mostly on that sport.
Boyd isn’t a very powerful hitter but is extremely athletic. The left-handed-hitter hit .507 this season for Palo Alto.
Round 5, 169th overall: 1B Max Muncy, Baylor University
A 41st-round pick out of high school in 2009 by the Indians, Muncy elected to go to Baylor where’s had a solid three-year career. This season, Muncy hit .313 with seven home runs and 54 RBIs.
The question for Muncy is whether his power will translate to the pros, but if it doesn’t, he is athletic enough to possibly move to a different position.