A's Ink Nine More Picks
The Oakland A's are making quick work of locking up their 2015 draft class. Oakland officially agreed to terms with nine more picks on Saturday, including third-round pick Dakota Chalmers. Jim Callis of MLB.com reports that Chalmers will receive an above-slot bonus of $1.2 million. Chalmers is a hard-throwing right-hander from Georgia who can reach 98 MPH with his fastball. He had a commitment to play at the University of Georgia.
In addition to Chalmers, the A's signed 1B Chris Iriart (12th-round), UT Ryan Howell (15th-round), RHP Dustin Hurlbutt (16th-round), C Brett Sunde (18th-round), OF/1B Seth Brown (19th-round), LHP Andrew Tomasovich (21st-round), C Jordan Devencenzi (26th-round) and SS Tim Proudfoot (35th-round). Richie Martin (1st-round) and Skye Bolt (fourth-round) are the only two remaining top-10 round picks that are unsigned for the A's.
A's Activate, Option Griffin to Triple-A
The Oakland A's activated RHP A.J. Griffin off of the 60-day disabled list on Saturday and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville. To make room for Griffin on the active 40-man roster, the A's moved closer Sean Doolittle from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.
Griffin is returning from Tommy John surgery and he missed all of the 2014 season. He has thrown three rehab starts, two with High-A Stockton and one with Triple-A Nashville. With the A's starting rotation currently pitching well, there isn't any reason to rush Griffin's return. He was up to 80 pitches as a pitch-limit in his last start.
Other News and Notes
- Matt Chapman had three hits (including two doubles) and two walks to lead the Stockton Ports in a 14-2 rout of Rancho Cucamonga. Raul Alcantara (Tommy John surgery) made his second start since joining the Ports from extended spring training. He allowed two runs in the first, but then threw 1.1 scoreless innings before giving way to Louis Trivino. Trivino allowed just a hit and a walk in 4.2 scoreless innings. He struck-out five. Brett Vertigan also had three hits, while Michael Soto drove home three and Beau Taylor had a two-hit, two-RBI night.
- Nashville dropped its third straight to Oklahoma City on Saturday, losing a 6-4 decision. Rehabbing A’s first baseman Ike Davis went 1-for-4. Jason Pridie (7) homered for a second straight game and had two hits. Bryan Anderson also had two hits. Zach Neal took the loss, allowing six runs in four innings. Dan Otero had a scoreless 2.2 inning outing. It was his second outing since being sent down to Triple-A.
- The Midland RockHounds were two-hit by the Frisco RoughRiders on Saturday. Jonathan Joseph struck-out six in a strong five-inning start, but got the tough-luck loss. Joseph’s ERA is down to 2.35 on the year.
- Beloit Snappers’ RHP Brett Graves allowed five runs in the fourth inning and the Snappers lost to Dayton, 6-0. Graves had thrown three scoreless frames before running into trouble in the fourth. Jerad Grundy struck-out six in a three-inning relief appearance. No Beloit batter had more than one hit.