A's Press Release
A's Agee to Terms with 1st Round Draft Pick CF Billy McKinney
A's Also Agree to Terms with Competitive Balance Pick SS Chad Pinder
The Oakland A's have agreed to terms with center fielder Billy McKinney and shortstop Chad Pinder, two of their top three selections from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
McKinney was the A's first round pick from Plano West High School in Plano, Texas, where he batted .372 with four home runs and 17 RBI as a senior. He added 36 walks and was hit by a pitch eight times for a .585 on-base percentage. The 24th overall selection in the draft, the left-handed hitting McKinney struck out just six times and stole seven bases in eight attempts. This marks the second consecutive season the A's selected a high school player in the first round as Oakland drafted shortstop Addison Russell from Pace HS last year.
Pinder was selected as a competitive balance pick following the second round. He was a was a First Team All-ACC selection at Virginia Tech after batting .321 with eight home runs and 50 RBI in 60 games with the Hokies. The 71st selection overall, Pinder added 21 walks and was hit by a pitch 14 times for a .404 on-base percentage.
The A's have now signed or agreed to terms with 27 of their 42 picks from the draft, including four of the first six.