A's Announce First Signed Picks
The first group of Oakland A's draft picks to come into the fold officially was announced on Friday. The A's officially added 18 new players to the organization, including five of their top-10 picks.
Second-round pick Daniel Gossett was the highest-drafted player to sign. Jordan Schwartz (4), Branden Kelliher (8), Michael Fagan (9), Corey Miller (10), Joel Seddon (11), Max Kuhn (13), Jose Brizuela (16), Michael Nolan (18), Koby Gauna (20), Brendan McCurry (22), Dawson Brown (24), Rob Huber (26), J.P. Sportman (27), Corey Walter (28), Cody Stull (29), Derek Beasley (30) and John Nogowski (34) also signed.
Of the 18 to sign thus far, Kelliher is the only signee who didn't attend a four-year college. All 18 will report to Arizona before being assigned to an affiliate.
Vermont Drops Opener
The Vermont Lake Monsters opened their season with a loss to the Lowell Spinners. Vermont lost by a score of 7-2. Vermont collected six hits and walked four times and had two batters hit by a pitch, but three base-runner caught stealing stymied the offensive attack.
Joe Michaud was hung with the loss after allowing five runs in five innings. He struck-out five and walked none. Jon Massad struck-out three in two scoreless innings. Jesus Rivas allowed two runs in one inning in his Vermont debut.
On offense, Yairo Munoz, Ryan Huck and Kyle Wheeler each had two hits. Munoz and Wheeler each had a double. Joe Bennie walked twice.
Parrino Joins A's In Callaspo's Absence
Infielder Andy Parrino was promoted to Oakland to take the place of Alberto Callaspo, who is on paternity leave for the weekend. Parrino was hitting .344 in 44 games for the Sacramento River Cats at the time of his promotion. He was a late insertion into the A's starting line-up at second base when Nick Punto was a late scratch.
Covey Tosses A Complete Game
Beloit Snappers' right-hander Dylan Covey threw a nine-inning complete game in the Snappers' 3-2 win over Kane County. Covey scattered seven hits in those nine innings, walking none and allowing one homerun. He struck-out five. Covey recorded 17 groundouts and just one out in the air.
After two poor starts on May 27 and June 1, Covey has put together two straight gems. On June 8, he allowed three runs in eight innings (which was also a complete game), only to better that effort on Friday night. He has a 4.28 ERA on the season and a 2.40 groundout-to-flyout.
Burns Reaches A Milestone
It was a dreary game for the Midland Rockhounds, but Billy Burns reached a personal milestone when he stole his 30th base of the season. The RockHounds lost, however, by a score of 9-1.
In 55 games this season, Burns has 30 stolen bases in 32 opportunities. He has also walked 28 times, although his OBP is just .338. The switch-hitter is batting .296 with a 793 OPS as a right-handed hitter, but he is hitting just .241 with a 610 OPS as a left-handed hitter.
Freiman's Big Blast Keys Comeback
Nate Freiman's two-out grandslam in the seventh inning was the key hit in a five-run outburst that gave the Sacramento River Cats a 7-5, come-from-behind win. The homer was Freiman's 10th of the season. He also doubled in the game.
Shane Peterson had two hits and a sacrifice fly, while Paul Smyth, Joe Savery and Jeremy McBryde each tossed scoreless innings in relief to hold off the Iowa Cubs. Marcus Walden had the start and he allowed five runs in five innings. He gave up just two hits, but he walked four while striking out five.
Ports Two-Hit Giants
Right-handers Seth Streich, Jonathan Joseph, Nolan Sanburn and Austin House combined to two-hit the San Jose Giants on Friday night. Renato Nunez and Bruce Maxwell each doubled in the 3-1 win.
Streich was kept on a short leash so he could participate in the Cal League-Carolina League All-Star game next week. Streich allowed just one hit in four innings. He struck-out four and walked none and tossed only 45 pitches. He lowered his ERA to 3.04.
Joseph allowed a run on one hit in two innings, while Sanburn threw 1.2 scoreless and House earned his ninth save with a 1.1 scoreless inning effort.