The A's used their first two selections of the Major League Baseball draft Thursday to take a pair of college players.
In the first round, the A's tapped Cal State Fullerton third baseman Matt Chapman with the 25th overall selection. Oakland followed that pick up by taking Clemson pitcher Daniel Gossett in the second round (No. 65 overall).
In 6-foot-2, 215-pound Chapman, the A's added an infielder who also has experience pitching out of the bullpen and throwing 98 mph. For now, Chapman will be putting any thoughts of pitching on the backburner.
"[Pitching] is something I have in my pocket, but my goal is to hit and play the infield every single day," Chapman told MLB.com.
Chapman, who is the sixth position player the A's have drafted in the first round in the past seven seasons, hit .312 with six home runs and a team-leading 48 RBI this season for the Titans. He also hit 16 doubles and stole six bases in eight attempts.
As for Gossett, the 6-1, 195-pounder went 7-2 with a 1.93 ERA for Clemson this season. The right-hander struck out 107 batters in 107¹?³ innings.