Draft picks debut
Spread out between short-season Vermont and rookie-level Arizona, 17 Oakland A's 2016 draft picks made their professional debuts on Monday. Left-handers Will Gilbert (8th round) and Dalton Sawyer (9th round) each pitched an inning for the Lake Monsters in Vermont's 5-3 loss to Connecticut. Gilbert tossed a scoreless 1.1 innings, striking out two, while Sawyer allowed a run on a hit and a walk in one inning. He struck-out one. The Lake Monsters are still looking for their first win of the season, as they have lost their first four games out of the gate.
In Arizona, the AZL A's dropped their first game of the season, 4-1, to the AZL Angels. Fifteen members of the A's newest draft class played in the game. Kyle Nowlin got his career off to a strong start, doubling twice and drawing a walk in three official at-bats. JaVon Shelby went 2-for-3 and drove home the AZL A's only run of the game. Casey Thomas picked up the only other hit of the game for the AZL A's in his only at-bat. Seth Martinez was the only 2016 draft pick to take the mound for the AZL A's on Monday. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk in one inning of work. Martinez, an Arizona State alum, struck-out two.
The AZL A's roster will be in flux over the next few weeks, as draft picks continue to sign and/or advance in the system. The current roster can be seen here.
Shane Conlon retires
2015 34th-round pick Shane Conlon announced his retirement. The Kansas State alum struggled to stay healthy during his brief pro career. Conlon was productive when on the field, posting a .327/.392/.421 line for the AZL A's in 30 games last season. Conlon began his collegiate career as a pitcher, but arm trouble moved him out into the field. He was a productive four-year player for the Wildcats, hitting an even .300 in 196 games.
Overton continues to make his case
Left-hander Dillon Overton is putting himself in a strong position to be considered for a promotion to the Oakland A's starting rotation. Overton threw a career-high 7.1 scoreless innings for the Nashville Sounds in their 4-0 win over a talented Round Rock club on Monday night. The A's 2013 second overall pick hasn't allowed an earned run in each of his past three starts. On Monday, he allowed just five hits and one walk, striking out six. Overton's ERA sits at 3.01 in 83.2 innings for the Sounds. In his first season at the Triple-A level, Overton has a 72:22 K:BB and he has allowed just two homeruns. He is third in the league in ERA, third in innings pitched and fifth in strike-outs.