OAKLAND — The A’s held an individual workout late Saturday afternoon with North Carolina prep outfielder Austin Beck, considered to be a potential top-10 overall pick in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft.
All of the team’s top baseball officials were watching at the Coliseum as Beck took swings in the batting practice cage, including executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane, general manager David Forst, scouting director Eric Kubota and director of player personnel Billy Owens.
The A’s have the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, which begins June 12. Baseball America ranked Beck the No. 9 overall draft prospect for this year’s class, with projections ranging from him going in the top five to down in the bottom of the first round.
The outfield is an obvious area the A’s would be looking to upgrade given their lack of depth in the farm system, center field in particular, and Beck projects as a center fielder according to scouting reports.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Beck attends North Davidson High School in Arcadia, N.C.
On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they reportedly reached an agreement with a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth.
Oakland agreed to a one-year, Major League deal with Trevor Cahill pending the results of a physical, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee.
Cahill, a 2006 A's second-round draft pick, pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams.
The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.
The A's will be without starting pitcher Jharel Cotton for the entire 2018 season as he is set to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Cotton, 26, went 9-10 with a 5.58 ERA in 2017 after a rookie season in which he went 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts. Leading up to the injury, he was 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA over four appearances in spring training.
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