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A’s Select Billy McKinney to Head 2013 Draft Class

June 7, 2013

The A’s had the 24th selection in this year’s draft and used it to select Plano West High School outfielder Billy McKinney to head up the draft class of 2013 for the club. As often seems to be the case (I assume this is somehow coached to these kids) McKinney despite growing up in the shadow of the Texas Rangers apparently grew up an A’s fan and is expected to forgo his commitment to Texas Christian University. Though the numbers are meaningless, the center fielder who can play all three outfield spots hit .394 (39-for-99) with six home runs and a .585 on base percentage. In his 130 trips to the plate he struck out just six times, so while he says he models his swing off of Josh Hamilton, he clearly does not model his patience off of him. The A’s made two more picks on the first day, selecting LHP Dillon Overton from the University of Oklahoma with the 63rd pick and third baseman/shortstop Chad Pinder of Virginia Tech with the A’s competitive balance pick at 71.

The last time the A’s had the 24th overall pick they selected Landon Powell back in 2004. The most recent A’s pick to have any MLB experience is Jemile Weeks, selected 12th overall in 2008. The only first round pick by the A’s presently on the MLB roster is Sean Doolittle who was picked in 2007 (though he was the A’s second pick in that draft). A’s first round picks currently on MLB rosters are: Eric Chavez (1996, 10th overall), Barry Zito (1999, 9th overall), Jeremy Bonderman (2001, 26th overall), Nick Swisher (2002, 16th overall), Joe Blanton (2002, 24th overall), Omar Quintanilla (2003, 33rd overall), Huston Street (2004, 40th overall), Cliff Pennington (2005, 21st overall) and Doolittle (2007, 41st overall).

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