The 2023 MLB Draft got going on Sunday, July 9, with the Oakland Athletics slotted in the sixth-overall position after coming out as losers of the draft lottery held at the end of the 2022 calendar year.
With the no. 6 selection, and following a chalky start to the event in which all five players expected to get off the board did so, the A's selected Jacob Wilson, a shortstop from Grand Canyon University.
They followed that up with the selections of shortstop Myles Naylor from St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School (Ontario, Canada) with the 39th pick, and the A's then selected outfielder Ryan Lasko from Rutgers with the 41st overall pick.
Oakland Athletics: MLB Draft Day 2 Picks
Then, yesterday arrived and with it the second day of draft selections, of which the A's made eight to fill their farm system. That brought the total selections made by the Athletics to 11 players through the first two days of the draft.
Entering Tuesday, the A's have picked 11 players coming from different universities, three prospects coming out of high school, and from a positional angle they've selected five position players (three outfielders, two infielders) to go with six pitchers.
Here's a breakdown of the Day 2 picks, with some quotes extracted from the analysis written by Martin Gallegos of MLB.com in his breakdown of the A's draft selections.
Rd 3, 72nd: RHP Steven Echavarria (Millburn HS)
"Echavarria brings a four-pitch mix that features a fastball that consistently hits 96 mph and has reached up to 98 mph."
Rd 4, 103rd: RHP Cole Miller (Newbury Park HS)
"Miller's plus fastball stands out; [it] has been clocked at 96 mph [and] also carries impressive movement down in the zone. In addition to the fastball, Miller also throws a hard slider in the 81-84 mph range and a low-80s changeup."
Rd 5, 139th: Nathan Dettmer (Texas A&M)
"Dettmer [has thrown] fastballs flashing 99 mph of late. That fastball velocity ticked down a bit this season, maxing out at 96 mph. He also throws a slider and changeup as part of a three-pitch mix."
Rd 6, 166th: OF Jonah Cox (Oral Roberts)
"Cox slashed .412/.470/.646 with 11 homers and 28 steals in 66 games this season. His 114 hits were the most among all NCAA Division I players. He also had a 47-game hitting streak (third-longest in D-I history.)"
Rd 7, 196th: OF Nate Nankil (Cal State Fullerton)
"Nankil hit .317 with 21 doubles and five homers in 55 games this season. He is an above-average defender who can throw well and projects as a corner outfielder."
Rd 8, 226th: RHP Jackson Finley (Georgia Tech)
"Finley was a two-way player at Georgia Tech, though the A’s drafted him as a pitcher. He posted a 6.47 ERA in 14 games last year."
Rd 9, 256th: RHP Corey Avant (Wingate University)
"Avant throws a fastball that topped out around 96 mph at Wingate. He also brings a curveball that leads to a good amount of swing-and-miss."
Rd 10, 286th: RHP Tom Reisinger (East Stroudsburg University)
"Reisinger was up to 95 mph last fall. He went 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 17 games last year, [earning him a selection to the] All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East First Team."