Oakland A's MLN: Pan Dinged Up; Draft Update

This edition of our Oakland A's minor league notebook brings news of an injury to Vermont infielder Zhi Fang Pan, the latest A's draft signing, a walk-off throw and more.

A's Ink 44th Rounder

The Oakland A's came to terms this week with their 44th round pick, infielder Chris Bostick from Aquinas Institute high school in Rochester, New York. Bostick had spent the summer participating in the New York Collegiate Baseball League and impressed the A's scouting department with his play against mostly college-aged players.

"He is very athletic and was having a great summer, playing against mostly college kids in the NYCBL," A's Scouting Director Eric Kubota said.

"We think he has a lot of upside."

At the time of his signing, Bostick was second in the NYCBL in hitting with a .413 average in 36 games. He had six doubles, six triples and five homeruns in 138 at-bats, and maintained a 23:18 BB:K ratio. Bostick also stole 18 bases in 23 chances. He had a double and a triple in three at-bats in the NYCBL All-Star game, as well.

Bostick was a two-sport star in high school and received interest from colleges for both baseball and football. He had a baseball commitment to St. John's University in New York that Bostick turned down to sign with Oakland. Although he was a two-sport athlete in high school, Bostick did not receive a dual-sport contract. The financial terms of his contract were not released. He has been sent to Phoenix and is expected to debut with the A's Rookie League team.

Pan Battling Injury

The Vermont Lake Monsters have been without one of their top hitters of late, as infielder Zhi Fang Pan has been sidelined with a hand injury since July 14. Pan is expected to return within the next few days. The native of Taiwan is batting an even .300 in 80 at-bats for the Lake Monsters.

Taylor's Throw, Carter's Wheels Win It For Sacramento

There are walk-off hits, but rarely in baseball are there walk-off throws. Michael Taylor and the Sacramento River Cats got to experience one on Thursday. Up 5-3 at the start of the ninth inning against the Tacoma Rainiers, Sacramento closer Willie Eyre had allowed a run and had loaded the bases with one-out when Rainiers' second baseman Kyle Seager stepped to the plate. Seager sent a flyball to left field that Taylor caught and fired home in time to nail Johan Limonta and end the game.

Taylor had a strong night at the plate, as well, going 2-4 with a walk and two RBIs. He raised his OPS for the month of July to 908. Chris Carter also had a big night at the plate and on the bases. The slugging first baseman went 3-4 with a triple and an RBI. He also stole his second base of the season. Kevin Kouzmanoff and Adam Rosales also chipped in multi-hit games for the victorious River Cats.

Carlos Hernandez earned the win with 6.1 innings of work. He allowed three runs on five hits and four walks and he struck-out three. Vinnie Chulk worked 1.2 scoreless innings of relief before giving way to Eyre in the eventful ninth.

Huttenlocker's Streak Ends

Stockton Ports' reliever A.J. Huttenlocker's streak of scoreless innings pitched came to an end on Thursday night at 20.2 innings. Huttenlocker allowed the run on a solo homer at Visalia. He earned the win on Thursday with 2.2 innings of one-run relief. He struck-out four and allowed two hits.

Huttenlocker has a 1.58 ERA and a 45:8 K:BB ratio for the Stockton Ports this season. He was the A's 44th-round pick in 2009 out of Edmonds Community College.

A's 2007 first-round pick James Simmons started the Thursday game for Stockton and put together his best outing since returning from shoulder surgery. The right-hander tossed four scoreless frames. He allowed two hits and no walks and he struck-out three. Simmons' ERA is 6.35 in 17 innings with the Ports, but he has walked only two and has struck-out 15.

Steverson Named To Fall Post

Sacramento River Cats' hitting coach Todd Steverson has been named the manager of the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the prestigious Arizona Fall League prospect showcase. The Desert Dogs' squad makes its home at the A's spring training facility in Phoenix and will feature prospects from the A's, Blue Jays, Indians, Reds and Yankees.

Steverson managed in the A's system from 2005-2008 and was the A's first base coach in 2009 and 2010 before returning to the minor leagues to oversee the hitting for Oakland's Triple-A affiliate. The River Cats have a team OPS of 830 and are fourth in the league in homeruns and first in walks.

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