A's Ink 18 Picks
The Oakland A's announced the signing of 18 draft picks on Friday. Second-round pick Mikey White was the highest pick among the group. The others to sign were LHP Kevin Duchene (5th round), RHP Bubba Derby (6th-round), RHP Kyle Friedrichs (7th-round), C Nick Collins (8th-round), LHP Jared Lyons (9th-round), OF/1B Steven Pallares (10th-round), OF Brett Siddall (13th-round), RHP James Naile (20th-round), RHP Heath Bowers (24th-round), LHP Evan Manarino (25th-round), RHP Marc Berube (28th-round), RHP Armando Ruiz (29th-round), RHP Brendan Butler (30th-round), RHP John Gorman (31st-round), RHP Mike Murray (32nd-round), CF Michael Martin (33rd-round) and 1B Shane Conlon (34th-round).
Venditte Lands on the DL
The Oakland A's bullpen took another blow on Friday when it was announced that switch-pitcher Pat Venditte was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. Venditte had thrown 5.2 shutout innings over three appearances since being added to the A's major-league roster last Friday. He is the only switch-pitcher currently in affiliated baseball, although another switch-pitcher was drafted this week. Venditte told A's beat reporters before the game that he is hopeful that he will miss only the minimum 15-days. RHP Arnold Leon was recalled from Nashville to take Venditte's spot on the roster.
Griffin Struggles in Nashville Debut
After two strong rehab outings with High-A Stockton, A.J. Griffin struggled in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Nashville. The right-hander allowed four homeruns in 4.1 innings and was hung with the loss. He was charged with five earned runs (six total) The Sounds would lose a slugfest, 11-7, to Oklahoma City.
A's first-baseman Ike Davis made his first rehab appearance since going on the DL with a strained quad. He had a double in three at-bats. Anthony Aliotti took over for Davis and went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Jason Pridie hit his sixth homer of the season and had three hits.
Covey Named to the California League All-Star Team
Right-handed starter Dylan Covey will represent the Stockton Ports in the annual California League-Carolina League All-Star game. Covey has a 3.28 ERA and a 43:23 K:BB in 68.2 innings. He has a 2.39 GO/AO and has been one of the most consistent starters in the Cal League this season. Over his last 10 starts, Covey has allowed more than two runs just twice. He was an A's fourth-round pick in 2013.
Other News and Notes
- Matt Chapman hit a double and a triple, but the Stockton Ports fell to Rancho Cucamonga, 5-1. Dillon Overton allowed four runs in five innings. He struck-out four and didn't walk anyone. It is Overton's second rough outing after two straight one-hit, five-inning outings. His ERA for the season is 4.03, although he has an impressive 44:11 K:BB and has allowed just five homeruns in 46.1 innings.
- Justin Higley hit a two-out triple to drive-in Joe Bennie in the top of the 12th inning to give the Beloit Snappers a 4-3 lead they would keep in a win over Bowling Green. Trent Gilbert, who was added to the Midwest League All-Star roster this week, had two hits in the game. One of those hits was his fourth homer of the season. Sandber Pimentel connected on his 10th homer of the year, a two-run shot. Daniel Gossett had a solid start, allowing two earned runs in five innings. He struck-out five and walked three. Kevin Johnson (two innings), Jose Torres (three innings) and Rob Huber (two innings) combined to throw seven scoreless innings in relief.