Oakland A's MLN: Richie Martin Signs

The Oakland A's officially signed their top pick from the 2015 draft on Tuesday, bringing shortstop Richie Martin into the fold. That news and more in this edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook.

Top Pick Martin Signs

The Oakland A’s announced on Tuesday that they had signed their first-round pick for the 2015 draft, SS Richie Martin. Martin was the 20th overall selection in the June First-Year Player Draft. The University of Florida standout hit .291 with six homers and 36 RBI in 70 games this season for the Gators, helping to lead them to the College World Series.

The A’s have now signed all of their top-10 round picks. Those are the picks that make-up the bonus pool cap. Overall, the A’s have signed 31 out of 40 picks and all of their first 13 selections. Only Florida State RHP Boomer Biegalski (round 14) and USC RHP Brent Wheatley (round 17) remain unsigned among the A’s top-20 selections.

Martin is expected to join short-season Vermont to begin his professional career.

Several Draft Picks Assigned to Vermont

The A’s promoted several of their 2015 draft picks from the Arizona Rookie League to short-season Vermont on Tuesday. LHP Kevin Duchene (5th round), RHP Bubba Derby (6th round), C Nick Collins (eighth round), 1B/OF Seth Brown (19th round), RHP James Naile (20th round), LHP Andrew Tomasovich (21st round), C Jordan Devencenzi (26th round) and RHP John Gorman (31st round) all joined the Vermont roster. Robert Martinez, Jordan Schwartz, Victor Veliz, Tyler Willman and Jesus Rivas were all sent back to the Arizona Rookie League.

Bassitt Recalled; Muncy Optioned to Triple-A

Oakland A’s Tuesday scheduled starter Sonny Gray was hospitalized on Monday night with flu-like symptoms, so the A’s turned to RHP Chris Bassitt to make a spot start on Tuesday. Bassitt did his best Gray impression in the outing, allowing just a run on five hits and no walks in five innings. Bassitt struck-out three. He was stuck with a tough-luck loss in the A's 2-1 defeat to the Colorado Rockies.

Bassitt had appeared in five games for the A’s this season prior to Tuesday’s outing, but all of those previous appearances had been in relief. Bassitt has been a starter for Triple-A Nashville this season and he has a 3.71 ERA and a 64:18 K:BB in 63 innings for the Sounds. Opposing batters are hitting just .216 against Bassitt in the minors this year and he has a 1.20 GO/AO. On Tuesday in Oakland, Bassitt recorded five outs on the ground and three in the air.

To make room for Bassitt on the active roster, the A’s sent infielder Max Muncy back to Triple-A. Muncy spent more than two months on the A’s roster, but he accumulated just 79 at-bats during that time. He should get more regular playing time with the Sounds. For the A’s, Muncy hit .203/.273/.367 with two homers and eight walks. He returns to Nashville with a .293/.408/.466 Triple-A line for the season. These 34 games were Muncy’s first taste of the big leagues. He was thrust into a difficult situation, often being asked to play third base, a position he hadn’t played professionally until late last season. He should get another look with the A’s at some point this season.

Other News and Notes

- A’s 2014 second-round pick Daniel Gossett put together the best start of his season in the second game of a double-header for the Beloit Snappers. Gossett threw a seven-inning complete game in the Snappers’ 4-1 victory over Quad Cities. He allowed just that run on four hits and three walks. Gossett struck-out four. Gossett finishes the month of June with a 4.67 ERA and a 23:9 K:BB in 27 innings.

- Game one of Beloit’s double-header versus Quad Cities was scheduled to go seven innings, as well, but it went 12 thanks to a seventh-inning rally by Beloit that tied the game at 1. The Snappers would lose the game, 2-1, in 12. Jose Brizuela had the Snappers’ only RBI.

- A’s 2015 15th-round pick Ryan Howell hit his first professional homerun on Tuesday night in Vermont’s 7-6 loss to Lowell. Howell also walked in the game and he had two RBI. A's 2015 10th-round pick Steven Pallares had two more hits on Tuesday and is now 10-for-24 with seven walks and no strike-outs over the first eight games of his career.

- Several members of the Midland roster participated in the Texas League All-Star game on Tuesday. Infielder Ryon Healy hit a homerun in the game, which was won by the North team, 9-4. Matt Olson went 0-for-4 as the DH and Colin Walsh went 0-for-4 as the second baseman, while Chad Oberacker had a hit and an outfield assist and Chad Pinder had a walk. Carson Blair had an RBI sac fly. On the mound, reliever Ryan Dull threw a scoreless inning for the South team.

- A’s 2014 top pick Matt Chapman hit his 12th homerun of the season in the Stockton Ports’ 6-3 loss to the San Jose Giants. Chapman leads all A’s minor leaguers with those 12 homers despite missing a month at the start of the year with a knee injury. Branden Cogswell, the A’s seventh-round pick from a year ago, hit his third homer of the year. Dylan Covey got the start and he worked in and out of trouble all game. He didn’t walk a batter, but he allowed 11 hits and hit two batters in 5.1 innings. He was charged with three runs and earned a no decision. Sam Roberts and Phil Coke combined to allow three runs in 2.2 innings. Roberts was hung with the loss. Former Atlanta Braves star Tommy Hanson got the start for the Giants.

- Brad Mills allowed six runs in seven innings in the Sounds’ 9-2 loss to Colorado Springs. Millers gave-up three in the first and three in the third before settling down. He struck-out six and walked one over seven frames. Nashville managed just seven hits, with two coming off the bat of Ryan Roberts.

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