By Joe Stiglich
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 10:23 pm in 2009 regular season.
I’m not covering tonight’s A’s game, just showed up to write draft stuff. By now, I planned on being gone. But with this wacky bottom of the ninth still in progress, I’m afraid I’ll miss one of the greatest comebacks in A’s history if I leave. So while I’m still here …
–The A’s did a lot of talk about not using the draft to fill needs, then managed to fill a pretty big need by drafting a shortstop in the first round. That’s a position where they lack an absolute stud in the farm system, and Grant Green has the potential to be an impact player. As for the other shortstops in the system, the A’s are pretty high on Josh Horton, who’s currently in Double-A. He was a 2007 second-round pick out of North Carolina.
(Final out just made. Twins win 10-5, snapping A’s seven-game win streak).
Dusty Coleman, playing for low Single-A Kane County, is another player to keep an eye on. He was a 28th round pick last year out of Wichita State. He was one of seven Cougars named to the Midwest League All-Star Game.
–I didn’t get to squeeze much into tomorrow’s story about the A’s third-round pick, left-hander Justin Marks out of Louisville. According to scouting director Eric Kubota, he’s got four quality pitches. But he’s not a flame-thrower, as his fastball tops out at around 92 mph. “(A’s director of player personnel) Billy Owens scouted him and really liked him,” Kubota said. “He was a guy we really hoped we had a chance to take in the third round.”
Marks was the Big East Pitcher of the Year in 2009. In 18 games (16 starts), he was 11-3 with a 3.77 ERA. He had 129 strikeouts and 35 walks in 105 innings. Over three college seasons, Marks struck out 305 batters in 300 2/3 innings. He went 29-7 with a 2.96 ERA in 55 games (48 starts).
That’s all for now …