A's sign 23 draft picks
Just days removed from the 2016 MLB Draft, and the Oakland A's have already signed more than half of their picks. The A's announced on Tuesday that they had agreed to terms with 23 draft picks, including their second overall pick Daulton Jefferies. In addition to Jefferies, the A's signed RHP Brandon Bailey (6th round, Gonzaga), LHP Will Gilbert (8th, North Carolina State), LHP Dalton Sawyer (9th, Minnesota), RHP Mitchell Jordan (10th, Stetson), SS Eli White (11th, Clemson), OF Luke Persico (12th, UCLA), 2B Nate Mondou (13th, Wake Forest), RHP Seth Martinez (17th, Arizona State), C Skyler Weber (18th, Georgia), RHP Sam Gilbert (19th, Kansas), OF Kyle Nowlin (21st, Eastern Kentucky), C Roger Gonzalez (22nd, Winthrop), OF Robert Bennie (24th, East Stroudsburg), OF Jeramiah McCray (25th, Martin Luther King HS), 1B Charley Gould (26th, William and Mary), OF Cole Gruber (27th, Nebraska-Omaha), 2B Josh Vidales (28th, Houston), RHP Matthew Milburn (29th, Wofford), RHP Nick Highberger (30th, Creighton), RHP Sam Sheehan (31st, Westmont), C Jarrett Costa (33rd, Westmont), SS Casey Thomas (34th, Texas A&M) and SS Brett Bittiger (40th, Pace). Bittiger is the son of longtime A's scout Jeff Bittiger. The A's are expected to sign C Sean Murphy (3rd round, Wright State) and IF JaVon Shelby (5th round, Kentucky) tomorrow.
Manaea placed on DL
A's rookie left-hander Sean Manaea was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, a day after he left a start in the fifth inning with left forearm pain. Manaea's initial diagnosis is a left pronator strain. The doctors didn't find any ligament damage in Manaea's MRI on Tuesday, and the A's are hopeful that he will miss just 15 days. LHP Eric Surkamp was recalled to Oakland to replace Manaea. The A's will need another starter on Saturday on Manaea's next turn.
The Midwest League added Beloit left-hander Evan Manarino to the Midwest League All-Star game on Tuesday. Manarino, who sports a 1.87 ERA in 67.1 innings, joins Jose Chavez, Boomer Biegalski, Skye Bolt and Angel Duno as Snappers who received All-Star honors. Bolt and Duno have been ruled out of the game due to injury, however. Chavez was also placed on the DL this week. It isn't clear if he will be healthy in time to participate in the mid-season classic.