Here’s a list of the 49 players Oakland selected in the 2011 MLB Draft, with some interesting tidbits. Also, Joe Ross was selected 25th overall by the Padres.
1. Sonny Gray, RHP Jr. Vanderbilt / Smyrna, TN
It sounds like everyone is loving this guy (pictured above). He’s a small righty (5-11, 200) with a good fastball, big curve and is working on a changeup. He been compared to Huddy and/or Roy Oswalt.
3. Bryan Vollmuth, 3B Jr. Southern Mississippi / Biloxi, MS
Brett Favre approved. He goes by B.A. Vollmuth.
4. Bobby Crocker, CF Jr. Cal Poly-SLO/ Aromas, CA
Went to Aptos HS, same alma mater as A’s director of scouting Eric Kubota. Oakland also picked him in 2008 in the 38th round.
5. Beau Taylor, C Jr. Central Florida / Rockledge, FL
6. Dayton Alexander, CF JC Feather River Col / Wailuku, HI
He’s from the same city as Kurt Suzuki. He’s also second cousins with Shane Victorino, according to the Maui News.
7. Blake Treinen, RHP Sr. South Dakota St. / Osage City, KS
8. Colin O’Connell, RHP Jr. Cal State Fullerton / Riverside, CA
9. Jace Fry, LHP HS Southridge HS / Beaverton, OR
10. Dusty Robinson, OF Jr. Fresno State / Bakersfield, CA
11. Christopher Lamb, LHP Jr. Davidson / Berkeley, CA
Went to Bizzerkely High and he loves the A’s.
12. Xavier Macklin, OF Jr. North Carolina A&T St. / Greensboro, NC
13. Jacob Tanis, 3B Jr. Mercer / Peachtree City, GA
14. Nicholas Rickles, C Jr. Stetson / Loxahatchee, FL
15. T.J. Walz, RHP Sr. Kansas / Omaha, NE
16. Tanner Peters, RHP Jr. UNLV / Simi Valley, CA
17. Sean Jamieson, SS Sr. Canisius College / Prince George, VA
18. Brent Powers, LHP Sr. Sam Houston State / Richardson, TX
19. Eric Potter, LHP Sr. Maryland / Odenton, MD
20. Kurt Wunderlich, RHP Sr. Michigan State / Des Peres, MO
21. Brandon Magee, OF Jr. Arizona State / Corona, CA
eBm covered him as a football player for two years at ASU. He’s a really friendly guy and a fast linebacker, but he didn’t play much baseball because ASU has one of the top programs in the country. The Rays picked him in the 29th round of the 2008 Draft.
Remember the name Vontaze Burfict, he’s going to be a legit NFL middle linebacker one day. Magee, Burfict and Shelly Lyons all played linebacker together at Corona (Calif.) Centennial HS and now they do it at ASU. The three of them are like brothers.
22. Rhett Stafford, OF Jr. Marshall / Cherau, SC
23. Cecil Tanner, RHP Jr. Georgia / Waycross, GA
24. Robert Kuhn, SS HS Zionsville Community HS / Zionsville, IN
25. Chad Oberacker, CF Sr. Tennessee Tech / Erie, PA
26. Sam Roberts, SS Sr. Virginia Military Inst. / Prince Georgia, VA
27. Derrek Self, RHP Jr. Louisville / Cove City, KY
28. Thomas Girdwood, RHP Sr. Elon University / Charlotte, NC
29. Nate Eppley, RHP Sr. Rider University / Dillsburg, PA
30. Nathan Kilcrease, RHP Sr. Alabama / Phenix City, AL
31. Nicholas Kuebel, LHP HS St. Louis Univ. HS / St. Louis, MO
32. Drew Granier, RHP Sr. Louisiana-Monroe / Thibodoux, LA
33. Austin Booker, 2B Sr. California / Fairfax, VA
Plays for the Golden Beers. He scored on Devon Rodriguez’s epic walkoff single to keep Cal’s season alive.
34. Alfredo Unzue, LHP — No school / Ciego De Avila, Cuba
Maybe he smuggled back some cigars for Kramer.
35. Maxwell Perlman, RHP Sr. Harvard / Longwood, FL
Nerd. Who does he think he is, Breslow?
36. Brenden Farney, SS HS Vacaville HS / Vacaville, CA
37. Eric Wood, 3B — No school / Oshawa, Ontario, CAN
38. Alex Blandino, SS HS St. Francis HS / San Jose, CA
39. Shane Boras, 2B So. USC / Newport Coast, CA
Son of super agent Scott Boras. His younger brother Trent was also drafted.
40. Nic Coffman, 3B HS Wilson HS / Portland, OR
Son of Oakland scout Jon Coffman.
41. Brett Bittiger, SS HS Pius X HS / Saylorsburg, PA
Son of Oakland scout Jeff Bittiger.
42. Brett Geren, C HS San Ramon Valley HS / Danville, CA
Son of Bobby G.
43. Adam Frank, LHP HS Williams Field HS / Gilbert, AZ
44. Christopher Bostick, SS HS Aquinas Institute / Rochester, NY
45. C.J. Jacobe, OF HS Vacaville HS / Vacaville, HS
46. Nathan Esposito, C HS Granite Bay HS / Granite Bay, CA
47. Jeriel Waller, OF JC Grossmont College / San Diego, CA
Nephew of Tye Waller.
48. Travis Feeney, OF HS Pinole Valley HS / Richmond, CA
Local native. Perhaps he’s related to Mr. Feeney.
49. Charles Sheffield, OF HS The Pendleton School / Columbus, GA
50. Travis Pitcher, RHP JC Cypress College / Yorba Linda, CA
His last name is pitcher and he’s a pitcher.
Pitchers – 21
Catchers – 4
Infielders – 13
Outfielders – 11
High school – 14
Junior college – 3
University – 32