A’s sign top draft pick Matt Chapman


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The Oakland A’s have officially come to terms with their top pick of the 2014 MLB draft. The A’s took Chapman as the No. 25 pick in the first round. 

Chapman was drafted as a third baseman but rumor has it he can also pitch, having a dominant fastball. Chapman comes to the A’s from Cal State Fullerton. In 54 games during his junior year he batted .312 with .412 on-base percentage, hit six home runs and drove in 48 runs. 

Chapman was named to the All-America third team by Baseball America. He was also named to the third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball. 

According to MLB.com, Chapman signed a $1.898 million deal worth just below his pick value but it included a $1.75 million signing bonus.

It’s interesting that they took a third baseman which has some A’s fans startled about current third baseman Josh Donaldson’s eventual fate with the organization. For now I wouldn’t worry too much. I’m guessing at the percentage here but it seems like most draft picks, even ones in the first round, spend several years in the minors. So taking the optimistic point of view, I’d say don’t worry about Donaldson – at least not just yet. 

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