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A's draft HS infielder in 1st round

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POSTED June 4, 2012 10:12 p.m.

OAKLAND (AP) — The Oakland Athletics drafted Florida high school infielder Addison Russell with the 11th pick of the first-year player draft on Monday.

This was the first time the A's picked a high school player in the first round since drafting Jeremy Bonderman in 2001. Eric Chavez (1996) and Ben Grieve (1994) are the only other high school players taken in the first round by Oakland since 1991.

Russell batted .358 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 32 games for Pace High School this year. He added 30 walks for a .532 on-base percentage and scored 40 runs. Russell hit .460 in his high school career with 37 homers.

Russell has a scholarship offer from Auburn and says he will talk with his family about his whether to sign professionally. A's scouting director Eric Kubota says the team is confident Russell will sign.

Oakland also used its two compensatory picks on high school hitters, taking shortstop of Upland High School in Southern California 34th overall and first baseman Matt Olson of Parkview High School in Georgia with the 47th pick.

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