Oakland A's MLN: Four More Sign; C's Set

With Opening Day for short-season affiliates just around the corner, the Oakland A's are quickly bringing more draft picks into the fold. The team came to terms with four more on Monday. In addition, the A's short-season A affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians, have announced their Opening Day roster. The A's also added yet another player from the Sacramento roster. Find out the details inside...

A's Sign Four More Picks

On Monday, the Oakland A's announced that they had come to terms with four more draft picks. The team has now signed 22 of their 53 draft selections. 1B Sean Doolittle, LHP Lance Sewell, RHP Justin Friend and C Matt Smith were the picks who came to terms with the team.

Doolittle, the A's supplemental first round pick, is the highest draft selection to sign with the A's thus far. Doolittle was a first baseman and pitcher for the University of Virginia, but he will be used strictly as a position player by the A's.

Sewell was the A's seventh round pick. A left-hander out of San Diego State University, Sewell was a draft-eligible sophomore. He is an Arizona native who went 5-6 with a 3.16 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 77 innings. Sewell has a pitching arsenal that is similar to that of former A's pitcher Barry Zito. He features an over-the-top delivery and a 12-to-6 curveball and a high-80s fastball.

Friend is a right-handed pitcher out of Oklahoma State. He was selected in the 13th round. Friend was a collegiate teammate of A's second round pick Corey Brown. Friend spent two seasons at local Chabot College before transferring to OSU. He served as the Cowboys' closer for much of the season and featured a high-80s fastball and a solid slider.

Smith is a catcher out of Texas Tech who was selected in the 14th round. He hit .282 with 11 homeruns in 195 at-bats this season. Smith had a .407 OBP for the Red Raiders. He was a solid defensive catcher for Texas Tech, committing only two errors all season.

Vancouver Sets Opening Day Roster

With the Northwest League opening its season tomorrow, the Vancouver Canadians have announced their Opening Day roster. Their roster will probably change in the coming days as more draft picks are signed and assigned to Vancouver. To view the roster as it stands now, please click here.

Some of the notable names on the Canadians' Opening Day roster include 2006 draft-and-follow signee Shane Keough, 2007 draft-and-follow signees Carlos Hernandez and Dante Love, 2007 sixth round pick Scott Hodsdon, 2006 eighth round pick Angel Sierra and 2007 10th round pick Danny Hamblin.

The Canadians begin their season on Tuesday at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. The game begins at 7:05 pm PST and there will be fireworks before the game.

Komine Added To Bullpen

After two games during which the A's bullpen was hit around by the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland dipped into its minor league system once again. This time, they added right-hander Shane Komine. Komine has been a career starter in college and in the minor leagues, but there had been talk for awhile about moving the right-hander into the bullpen.

Komine made two starts for Oakland in 2006. He allowed only one run in five innings in his first start and four runs in four innings in his second outing. Komine was 3-8 with a 5.31 ERA in 14 starts for the River Cats this season. He had 60 strikeouts and 28 walks. Komine features a low-90s fastball and a power curveball that is one of the best in the system.

Newly acquired right-hander Ruddy Lugo was optioned to Sacramento to make room for Komine. Lugo allowed seven runs in two-thirds of an inning on Saturday.

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