The A's added a sweet-swinging outfielder with their first-round pick in Thursday's Major League Baseball Draft.
Plano West (Texas) High School outfielder Billy McKinney was taken by the A's with the 24th pick. McKinney was the 27th-ranked player entering the draft by Baseball America. The left-handed hitter batted .372 with four home runs and 17 RBIs. He also walked 36 times and had a .585 on-base percentage, surely catching general manager Billy Beane's eye.
"My dream is to become a big-league ballplayer, and hopefully I can start that dream soon," McKinney said, according to MLB.com. "I know the college coaches would love to have me there, but I'm just going to try to achieve my dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player."
McKinney is the second straight high school player selected by the A's in the first round, following shortstop Addison Russell last year. Russell was the first high school player taken by the A's in the first round since 2001.
With their second-round pick, the A's took Oklahoma left-hander Dillon Overton, who went 9-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 15 games, 13 of which were starts.
He struck out 76 and walked 22 in 86²⁄³ innings. The Sooners are still alive in the NCAA super regionals, facing LSU this weekend.
In the new competitive balance portion of the draft, the A's picked Virginia Tech shortstop Chad Pinder with the 71st pick. He hit .321 with eight homers and 50 RBIs in 60 games.