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I wish I could say I was satisfied with this season but I really wasn't. The Angels are not 6 games better than the A's but the A's played poorly enough in September to make it seem like it. I think it's safe to say the best part of the year was watching the rookies and even Danny Haren learn on the job and become very good players early in their career. As I've said, contunue checking back here all off season. I will have BaseballAmerica's top prospects for the Cal, Texas and Coast Leagues as soon as they're out. Starting on October 1st I will have a top 31 prospect countdown. Thanks for reading. Keep supporting the site.
Position: SS Born: 2/1/86 Height:: 5'10" Weight: 155 Bats/Throws: R/R High School: Marina located in Huntington Beach, CA Drafted: 2005, 6th round, 191st overall Bonus: $150,000
In a draft that saw the A's make headlines by selecting Craig Italiano, Jared Landsford and Vince Mazzaro with consecutive picks in the first 3 rounds, Justin Sellers was the first prep position player taken. Sellers was the earliest prep position player taken by the A's since Austin Nagle also went 191st in 2001.
Sellers from the outside didn't have that great of a pro debut. He hit a decent .274 with a solid .368 OBP, but his SLG was just .331 with 8 doubles and a triple in 175 at bats. It turns out, Sellers actually did pretty well for himself in Vancouver. Prep middle infielders often take time to adjust to professional pitching:
Matt Bush, the first overall pick in 2004 posted much worse numbers in his pro debut, even with the majority of his time spent 1/2 a level lower than Sellers. In 96 at bats Bush posted a .195 BA, .304 OBP, .265 SLG with 4 doubles and a triple. Bush to the surprise of many was terrible in 2005 as well, but he's still seen as a top prospect.
CJ Henry was the first prep middle infielder taken in 2005. While playing 1/2 a level lower than Sellers, hit .249 with a .333 OBP and .381 slugging with 9 doubles, 3 triples and 3 home runs in 181 at bats.
Paul Kelly was the 54th pick last season and spent the majority of his time 1/2 level lower than Sellers. Kelly hit .277 with a .358 OBP and .365 SLG in 137 at bats
PJ Phillips went 74th last season and played 1/2 a level lower than Sellers. Phillips hit .291 with a .328 OBP and .407 SLG in 182 at bats.
Sellers has slightly lesser numbers than his listed 2005 peers, but he was the only of the four to spend all his time above Rookie Ball. Sellers is by no means a top prospect at the moment, but the numbers he posted in Vancouver look fairly impressive in contrast to similar players. Sellers will likely start next season in Kane County, but considering the A's were willing to start him in Vancouver right off the bat, there is a slight chance we may see Sellers start the year in Stockton.
To finish, here is BaseballAmerica's scouting report:
Sellers is a tremendous baseball player in a small package. His tools, instincts and style of play compare to former Arizona State All-America shortstop Dustin Pedroia, who pound-for-pound may have been the best player in college baseball in 2004 and is rapidly climbing the ladder in the Red Sox system. Scouts say Sellers is the best defensive shortstop in Southern California, combining sure, soft hands with excellent range. At the plate, he’s wiry strong and swings the bat well, but his power potential is negligible, especially with wood. He was hitting .407-4-16 in 86 at-bats this spring. Beyond his tools, his greatest strength is an advanced knowledge of how to play the game—not surprising because his father is former big league pitcher Jeff Sellers, who played for the Red Sox from 1985-88. Sellers is considered signable in spite of his commitment to Cal State Fullerton.
Jason Ray - 2 innings, 1 earned (2 total), 2 hits, 0 walks, 2 k's
Notes: Vancouver loses game 5 of the best of 5.
This was the last game of the year for the A's minor league teams. Keep coming back though and supporting the site. As I said yesterday, I will update frequently during the offseason. Thanks for reading all year, I appreciate it.
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Sacramento, loss 5-2
Andre Ethier - 3 for 5, run, k Jairo Garcia - 2/3 innings, 2 earned (3 total), 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 k
Notes: Jermaine Clark hit a 2-out 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 2. Sacramento is eliminated.
Vancouver, loss 2-0
Jason Ray - 1/3 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 k
Vincent Mazzaro RHP Rutherford (N.J.) HS NJ New Jersey had three premium high school arms that jockeyed much of the spring for the distinction of being the first player drafted, and Mazzaro looks like the winner. Not only was his power stuff slightly more appealing than the others, but Mazzaro is considered far more signable. He has a live arm, with a fastball at 88-92 mph that touches 93. He gets exceptional movement on the pitch because he throws across his body from a high three-quarters angle. He has a difficult time controlling his slider from that slot, but it’s also a potential put-away pitch. Mazzaro has had several high-pitch games this year, which is a concern to scouts, and his makeup bothers some. But he was 7-1, 0.27 with six walks and 91 strikeouts in 52 innings. While he has committed to St. John’s, he is expected to sign if he's drafted in the first three to five rounds