The A’s just wrapped up the second day of the draft, with one day left to go. A’s scouting director Eric Kubota talked about the top four guys taken today, all drafted out of high school. Here’s a quick sketch of those players:
–SS Yordy Cabrera (2nd round, 60th overall):
Kubota describes Cabrera, out of Lakeland High in Florida, as a “toolsy” player who runs well. “We considered taking him in the first round.” Cabrera was born in the Dominican Republic but moved here as a teenager. His father was a prospect in the Tigers organization.
–OF Aaron Shipman (3rd round, 92nd overall): The A’s see Shipman, out of Brooks County High in Quitman, Ga., as a center fielder/leadoff type with athleticism and speed. Like Cabrera, Shipman was rated high on the A’s board and they were happy he fell to the 92nd pick.
–3B Chad Lewis (4th round, #125th overall): Lewis attends Marina High School in Huntington Beach, the alma mater of Daric Barton. “He’s a classic corner athlete — good defense, power bat,” Kubota said.
–RHP Tyler Vail (5th round, #155th overall): As A’s scouts were tracking Vail, he called to mind another A’s pitcher. “He reminds us of Vinny Mazzaro at the same age,” Kubota said. Vail attends Notre Dame High in Bethlehem, Pa.
OK, so those turned out to be very brief sketches But that’s all I’ve got right now. I’ll follow up with a post on the A’s news of the day …