The A's selected Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson with the 29th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Davidson slashed .291/.412/.574 with 15 home runs, 55 RBI, and 17 stolen bases this past season as a junior, earning a spot on the All-ACC second team. The 21-year-old throws right-handed and is a switch hitter. He is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina.
"We’re extremely excited that Logan was available when we made our selection," A’s scouting director Eric Kubota said in a team release. "He’s a two-way shortstop that is able to contribute offensively at a premium position and we’re looking forward to seeing him in Green and Gold."
MLB Pipeline ranked Davidson as the No. 22 prospect in this year's draft. He likely would have gone significantly higher in the draft had he performed better with wooden bats. In his two summers in the Cape Cod League, he recorded a .570 OPS, compared to a .939 OPS at Clemson.
Davidson has excellent speed and is considered a solid defender with a very good arm. His father Mark also attended Clemson and played six major league seasons from 1986 to 1991, winning a World Series with the Minnesota Twins in 1987. Davidson's older sister Taylor played tennis for Stanford from 2013 to 2017.
Last year, the A's famously drafted Kyler Murray with the ninth overall selection. Murray ultimately chose to pursue a professional football career and leave baseball behind. He was drafted first overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL Draft.
This year's 29th selection represented the A's lowest first-round pick in franchise history, excluding supplemental picks. Oakland will draft one more player Monday night in the second round with the 66th overall selection.