Oakland A's Notes: Gray, Vogt All-Stars

The Oakland A's will have two representatives in baseball's mid-season classic in Cincinnati.

Gray, Vogt Named to the All-Star Team

Last season, the Oakland A's were the talk of the All-Star team, with seven members of the A's on the All-Star roster. This year, the A's will take a much lower profile in the mid-season classic, but they will still be represented.

Oakland A's Opening Day starter Sonny Gray and catcher Stephen Vogt are heading to their first All-Star games. Gray, the A's 2011 first-round pick, has a 9-3 record and a 2.09 ERA in 16 starts this season. The right-hander has 97 strike-outs against 26 walks in 107.2 innings. He has allowed just five homeruns. His WHIP is 0.994. Gray has already been worth 3.8 WAR, .6 WAR more than he was worth all of last season.

Although Gray would be a strong candidate to start the All-Star game, it appears that he won't make an appearance in the game. Gray had to miss his last two starts after a bout with salmonella and he is now scheduled to start on Sunday, which would make him ineligible to appear in the game.

Vogt should make an appearance in the game. The catcher/first baseman began last season in the minor leagues, but this year, he has been the undisputed key to the A's line-up. In 80 games, Vogt has a .290/.380/.502 line with a 145 OPS+. Vogt has already established career-highs for homeruns (13), RBI (53) and walks (40). He has been worth 3 WAR already this season.

Vogt's rise to All-Star status is remarkable. The former Tampa Bay Rays prospect appeared in 18 games for Tampa in 2012 but failed to pick-up a hit. He was traded to the A's in April 2013 for cash considerations. Vogt eventually played his way into a prominent role with the A's in 2013, collecting the walk-off hit in Game Two of the ALDS (a game in which Gray threw eight scoreless innings in his post-season debut). In 2014, Vogt played through several major injuries -- including a foot injury that required post-season surgery -- and still hit .279/.321/.431 with nine homers in 84 games.


Freiman Outrighted to Triple-A

First baseman Nate Freiman was designated for assignment last week. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to Nashville. Freiman had two hits and a walk for the Sounds on Monday in one of his best games of the year.


Crocker Retires

Midland Rockhounds outfielder Bobby Crocker was placed on the voluntarily retired list in early June. Crocker had been on the Midland DL since April with a shoulder injury. Crocker was the A's fourth-round pick in 2012 out of Cal-Poly. In 410 minor league games, Crocker hit .274/.342/.413 with 31 homers and 81 stolen bases. Crocker told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that he had been playing through a shoulder injury for the past three years.


Other Notes

- Chad Pinder (8) and Chad Walsh (9) each homered in Midland's 5-4 win over Northwest Arkansas. Jonathan Joseph threw seven strong innings (1 R allowed, no walks and six Ks) to earn the win. Ryan Dull collected his seventh save of the year with two-thirds of a scoreless inning. He came into the game with the bases-loaded and one out and he secured the win.

- The Nashville Sounds dropped a 6-4 decision to Round Rock on Monday. Nate Freiman and Joey Wendle each had two htis in the loss. Brad Mills allowed six runs on 10 hits in six innings. Dan Otero threw two scoreless innings and he now has 11 consecutive scoreless innings for the Sounds.

- Iolana Akau and Jose Brizuela each had two hits, but the Beloit Snappers fell to Cedar Rapids, 7-5. Akau seven hits in his first 14 at-bats for the Snappers and he is 15-for-41 with two homers since starting his season with short-season Vermont.

- The Vermont Lake Monsters managed just five hits in the 7-0 loss to the Connecticut Tigers. Second-round pick Mikey White got his first start at second base, with first-round pick Richie Martin getting the start at shortstop. Martin went 0-for-4 in the game to break his streak of multi-hit games to start his career at four.

- Franklin Barreto went 3-for-3 with a double, but the Stockton Ports fell to the Bakersfield Blaze, 4-1, on Monday. Tyler Marincov (two hits) was the only other Ports' hitter with a multi-hit game. Barreto is now batting .289 on the season.


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