A's agree to terms with five from First-Year Player Draft
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's agreed to terms with five more players from the 2012 First-Year Player draft including their two supplemental selections following the first round: shortstop Daniel Robertson from Upland High School and first baseman Matt Olson from Parkview High School. The A’s also agreed to terms with shortstop Melvin Mercedes (16th round, College of Central Florida), right-handed pitcher Derek DeYoung (18th, Oakton Community College), and right-handed pitcher Tyler Johnson (33rd, SUNY-Stony Brook).
Robertson was selected with the 34th overall pick as compensation for the loss of free agent Josh Willingham, who signed with the Minnesota Twins. He batted .560 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 27 games this year. Robertson added 29 walks for a .696 on-base percentage and struck out just six times. He also batted .545 as junior. Olson was drafted 47th overall as compensation for the loss of free agent David DeJesus, who signed with the Chicago Cubs.
The A’s have now signed or agreed to terms with 31 of their 43 picks, including each of the first four and 11 of the first 13. The deadline for signing drafted players is July 13.