Oakland A's MLN: Straily Recovers

Dan Straily's first outing for the Sacramento River Cats was one to forget, but he recovered nicely in his second outing. We have notes on his outing, as well as news on the A's international signing front and more in the latest edition of the Oakland A's Minor League Notebook.

Straily pitches well in second start
After a rough first start with Triple-A Sacramento, Dan Straily rebounded in his second outing with seven strong innings. He allowed one run on two hits and three walks. Straily struck-out eight in the 2-1 Sacramento victory. Brooks Conrad's solo homerun was the only run allowed by Straily.

Two A's International signings made official
The Oakland A's have officially signed two international prospects and both will make their professional debuts in a few weeks when the Dominican Summer League season opens. The A's inked Nicaraguan centerfielder Gean Rigby and Venezuelan catcher Jesus Monserratt. Both players were part of the 2013 July 2nd signing class and both turned 17 this January.

According to A's International Scouting Coordinator Sam Geaney, Rigby "is a very athletic kid who can run and throw. He should make quick strides at our complex." Nicabaseball.com posted this video of Rigby taking BP.

Monserratt is a right-handed hitting catcher with advanced defensive skills and good athleticism, according to Geaney.

Robertson gets the walk-off
Daniel Robertson hit an infield single to drive-in Bobby Crocker with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th to give the Stockton Ports a 6-5 win. Robertson collected three hits and a walk in the game and is now batting .298/.388/.427.

Shipman heating up
Aaron Shipman also had three hits in the Ports' win on Monday. The outfielder, finally healthy after struggling with injuries off and on for the past few seasons, has a .297/.458/.432 line over his last 10 games. He hit his first professional homerun on May 15.

Ynoa hitting his stride
Michael Ynoa tossed a season-high three innings on Monday in the 6-5 win. The right-hander walked a batter but didn't allow a hit in those three frames. He struck-out two. Over his last 11 innings, Ynoa has allowed five hits, one run, one walk and he has 15 strike-outs.

Alcantara's surgery
Top A's pitching prospect Raul Alcantara had Tommy John surgery on May 14. He will be out for 12-18 months rehabbing the injury.

Vail debuts
After an aborted debut last week that saw him leave the game after throwing a warm-up pitch with numbness in his throwing hand, Tyler Vail finally debuted officially for the Beloit Snappers on Monday. He tossed a scoreless inning and he struck-out two. Those strike-outs are the first two for Strikeouts4Sam, a fundraiser Vail is organizing this season in honor of his late cousin, Samantha Pesaresi.

Releases
Outfielder Matt Hillsinger and pitcher Jensi Peralta have both been released by the A's in recent weeks. Hillsinger was the A's 22nd-round pick out of Radford in 2012. He missed all of last season with injury. Peralta was once a highly regarded international free agent signing who was converted from shortstop to pitcher in 2012. He had a 5.50 ERA in 18 innings for the A's AZL club last year.


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