A's Sign 14th-Round Pick
The Oakland A's announced on Friday that they had come to terms with 2015 14th-round pick Boomer Biegalski. Biegalski was a sophomore at Florida State, so he had two more years of eligibility remaining (he was eligible for the draft because he turns 21 on July 13). According to Tallahassee.com, Biegalski signed for an above-slot bonus of $300,000. Two-hundred thousand dollars of that bonus counts towards the A's top-10 round bonus pool.
Biegalski was the ace of the FSU staff in 2015, his first year at the school. The right-hander spent a year at College of Central Florida, a junior college, before enrolling at FSU. In his one season in the ACC, Biegalski struck-out 120 in 107 innings and posted a 3.17 ERA. He allowed just 84 hits and he had a 1.13 WHIP.
Biegalski is a prototypical A's pitching prospect. He has above-average command and an outstanding change-up that ranked among the best in the NCAA. His fastball can reach 92 and he commands the pitch well.
With Biegalski in the fold, the A's have now signed 32 of their 40 picks and 20 of their first 21 picks.
A's Announce Three International Signings
On the second day of the international amateur free agent signing period, the Oakland A's announced three signings: RHP Abdiel Mendoza from Panama, SS Christopher Quintin from the Dominican Republic and OF Rafioby Ureña from Dominican Republic. All three are 16.
Quintin and Ureña hail from the Dominican Prospect League. The DPL's Twitter account (@DPL) said that Quintin's bonus is $300,000 and Ureña's is $275,000. No details have been published on Mendoza's bonus.
- The A's two top picks in this year's draft -- Richie Martin and Mikey White -- each hit their first homeruns of the season on Friday. Martin's was a solo blast and White's was a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth. White's homer scored Martin, who had bunted for a base-hit ahead of White. The Lake Monsters would eventually lose, 7-6, in 11 innings. Martin has four hits and two walks in his first two pro games. White has five hits in his last two games and is batting .317 over 11 games.
- A's 19th-round pick Seth Brown had two hits and three RBI in the Vermont loss. Brown is batting .462 with six RBI and two extra-base hits in three games for Vermont. 10th-round pick Steven Pallares had two more hits and is batting .342 with a .449 OBP in 11 games for the Lake Monsters. He has nine walks and one strike-out in 38 official at-bats.
- Nashville LHP Barry Zito threw seven strong innings and the Sounds scored a go-ahead run in the eighth inning in a 2-1 victory over Colorado Springs. Zito needed just 95 pitches to get through seven innings of one-run ball. He allowed four hits and one walk and he struck-out four. Dan Otero tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Zito and earned the win. Jake Smolinski homered and walked and has 14 hits in 36 at-bats for the Sounds since joining the A's organization.
- LHP Dillon Overton had a strong Double-A debut for Midland. He allowed a run on four hits and one walk in five innings. Overton struck-out four and earned the win in Midland's 6-2 victory. Renato Nunez hit his 11th homerun of the season and Matt Olson, Nick Rickles and Chad Oberacker joined Nunez with two-hit nights. Olson has a six-game hitting streak and three multi-hit games in his last four outings.
- Justin Higley homered and the Snappers scored single runs in the ninth and 10th innings for a come-from-behind, walk-off win over Wisconsin. Iolana Akau had two hits and two RBI. Jose Torres threw two scoreless innings, striking out four, and Carlos Navas worked a scoreless 10th to earn the win.
- Franklin Barreto had three hits, a homer and a stolen base and Matt Chapman homered for the 14th time and in his second straight game in the Stockton Ports' 5-2 win over San Jose. Chapman's OPS is up to 895 on the season, while Barreto's sits at 760 despite an April that saw him post an OPS under 500. Raul Alcantara got the start and allowed two runs in four innings. He allowed six hits, including a two-run homer to Angel Vilallona, and he struck-out one while walking one. Ben Bracewell, Sam Roberts, Corey Walter and Brendan McCurry combined on six shutout innings.
- Eric Marinez and Luis Barrera each had two hits, but the AZL A's fell to the AZL Cubs, 10-4, on Friday. Miguel Mercedes had two RBI. Branden Kelliher allowed six runs (five earned) in 1.1 innings.