Oakland A's pitchers have never been known for plus velocity, but that has been changing in recent years through the draft and trades. Arguably the hardest thrower in the A's system is right-hander Frankie Montas, who was acquired in late July from the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization. Montas routinely touches triple digits with his fastball. Montas was injured at the time the A's acquired him from LA, but he has rehabbed and is now fully participating in the Arizona Fall League. On Friday, he made his A's debut as a member of the Mesa Solar Sox. Video from that debut is above.
Montas went three scoreless innings in relief on Friday. He allowed three hits and walked none while striking out one. Montas' fastball was clocked as high as 102 MPH and he uncorked a 92 MPH slider. He was a strike-throwing machine, tossing 23 strikes out of 26 pitches in an efficient three innings. It was a solid performance from 23-year-old native of the Dominican Republic.
A's prospect Dylan Covey started the game, his first start since injuring his oblique with Double-A Midland on May 8. He had a strong performance, as well, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk in four innings. Covey earned the win in Mesa's 10-4 victory over Surprise. He struck-out five and flashed a fastball in the mid-90s, as well as a curveball and a slider. He recorded four outs on the ground and threw 41 of 62 pitches for strikes.
Franklin Barreto had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI in the game. Yairo Munoz is still looking for his first hit, but he had a walk and a couple of impressive defensive plays at third base. Trey Cochran-Gill allowed two runs in the ninth inning but finished off the game.