OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with 17 of their 20 selections in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft, the club announced today. The players who have signed or agreed to terms include first round pick Max Muncy, third round selection Mason Miller and each pick from the sixth through 20th rounds. The A’s also signed non-drafted left-handed pitcher Jack Owen from Auburn and first baseman Nick Brueser from Stanford.
Muncy was the A’s first round pick out of Thousand Oaks High School. He hit .459 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI in 28 games to help Thousand Oaks to a 29-1 record and the Southern Section Division 2 championship. The shortstop was named the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News Baseball Player of the Year and was CIF Southern Section Division 2 Player of the Year.
Miller went 8-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 15 games, including 14 starts, for Gardner-Webb University to earn Big South All-Conference honors. He led the Big South and ranked 21st in the nation with 121 strikeouts. The 22-year-old right-hander held the opposition to a .210 batting average, which was the best mark in school history. Miller also spent four seasons at Waynesburg and went 18-12 with a 3.92 ERA and 306 strikeouts in 239.0 innings at the collegiate level.
Owen went 2-5 with a 5.47 ERA in 11 appearances for Auburn as a senior last year. He helped lead the Tigers to the College World Series as a sophomore with a team-leading 2.75 ERA. The 23-year-old left-hander was 11-10 with a 4.26 ERA in four seasons at Auburn.
Brueser hit .304 with 11 home runs, 34 RBI and a .914 OPS in 52 games for Stanford to earn First Team All-Pac-12 honors. He had a .265 average, 13 home runs and 59 RBI in four seasons with the Cardinal. The 22-year-old right-handed hitter was the National High School Home Run Derby Champion at the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.