Godfrey Named PCL All-Star Starter
Graham Godfrey was the only member of the Sacramento River Cats to be named to the Pacific Coast League's All-Star team. Godfrey was named the starter for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star game, which pits the PCL's best against the International League's All-Stars. The game will be in Buffalo on July 11.
Godfrey has been nearly untouchable with the River Cats this season. In 11 starts, he is 7-0 with a 2.18 ERA and a 46:12 K:BB ratio in 66 innings. He has allowed only three homeruns. Godfrey began the year on the A's Opening Day roster and he is 0-4 with a 6.43 ERA in 21 innings for Oakland this year.
Other News and Notes
- Argenis Raga is making a name for himself in the Dominican Republic. The soon-to-be 18-year-old first baseman is off to a red-hot start for the DSL A's. In 18 games (62 at-bats), Raga is batting .323/.403/.532. He has walked seven times against eight strike-outs and he has homered twice.
- Reliever Jeff Urlaub has been promoted to High-A Stockton. He will take the place of reliever Anthony Capra on the Stockton Ports' roster. Capra was released by the A's on Wednesday. This will be Urlaub's first stint above Low-A ball. He had a 2.60 ERA and a remarkable 27:1 K:BB ratio in 34.2 innings pitched for the Burlington Bees this season.
- On Wednesday, the Ports placed infielder Nino Leyja on the disabled list. Infielder Ryan Pineda, who began the year with the Ports, was promoted from Low-A Burlington to take Leyja's spot on the roster. Michael Fabiaschi was bumped up from short-season Vermont to Low-A Burlington to take Pineda's spot on the Bees' roster.
- The Texas League All-Star Game took place on Thursday and the North Division took home a 3-1 win over the South Division. Six members of the Midland Rockhounds appeared in the game for the South Division. The South had only two hits in the game and Midland's Jeremy Barfield had one of them. Murphy Smith threw a scoreless inning and Jonathan Ortiz didn't allow a run in two-thirds of an inning of work.
- A's 2012 second round pick Bruce Maxwell was promoted from the AZL A's squad to short-season Vermont on Wednesday and he made his Lake Monsters' debut on Thursday. Starting as the Lake Monsters' DH, Maxwell went 1-3 with an RBI and two walks. He also struck-out once. In 24 professional at-bats thus far, Maxwell is batting an even .500 with a .613 OBP and a .667 SLG. He has walked seven times.
- Phil Pohl, the A's 28th round pick, was sent back to the AZL to make room for Maxwell on the Lake Monsters' roster. Pohl had one hit in seven at-bats with the Lake Monsters.
- A's 37th round pick John Wooten had three more hits on Thursday to raise his slash line with the Lake Monsters to .429/.435/.714 in 42 at-bats. Wooten has 11 RBIs in 11 games and has homered twice.
- The A's Arizona Rookie League team had the day off on Thursday, which was probably a relief to the rest of the league. The AZL A's have been a juggernaut early on. They are 7-0 and lead the league with 67 runs scored. They lead the league in walks and have a team slash line of .324/.407/.496. AZL A's pitchers are second in the league in team ERA with a 3.29 mark. They have a 1.14 WHIP and 65 strike-outs in only 63 innings.
- Josh Whitaker had three hits and homered for the fourth time this week in the Ports' 10-1 thrashing of Visalia. He has 12 homers and is batting .277 on the year. Dusty Robinson doubled twice and Beau Taylor had three RBIs. B.A. Vollmuth went 1-for-2 with three walks. He is batting .308 in six games with the Ports since being promoted from Low-A. Jake Brown and Connor Hoehn combined to limit the Rawhide to one run on eight hits. Brown lowered his ERA to 3.18 with seven scoreless innings.