Two More Draft Picks Sign
The Oakland A's have come to terms with two more of their 2009 draft choices. According to A's Director of Scouting Eric Kubota, the team has inked 12th rounder Connor Hoehn and 25th rounder Chris Mederos.
Hoehn is a right-handed pitcher from St. Petersburg College, who also had experience pitching for the University of Alabama before transferring to St. Pete. Hoehn had a 2.72 ERA in 39.2 innings for St. Petersburg in 2009. He was previously drafted out of high school in 2007 by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 21st round. He is a Maryland native and his fastball has been clocked in the mid-90s. Coming out of high school, he was projected as a fourth round pick, but fell in the 2007 because of perceived signability issues.
Mederos is also a right-handed pitcher. He was selected out of Georgia Southern University. The 6'3'' starting pitcher went 11-1 with a 3.83 ERA in 94 innings this season. He struck-out 113 and walked only 29. Mederos was quoted on the Georgia Southern Athletics Web site as saying that he is already in Arizona working out at the A's minor league facility and that he will begin his career with the A's Rookie League team.
Mid-season is always a time of roster moves in the minor leagues, and the A's have had their share, as well. In addition to those reported last week, there were a few other moves over the weekend:
* Right-hander Mike Madsen has been added to the Double-A Midland Rockhounds roster from High-A Stockton. Madsen, a member of the US team in the 2007 Futures Game, missed virtually all of last season with arm problems. He made one appearance for Stockton before the promotion, pitching three hitless innings. He struck-out three and walked two. He swapped places with left-hander Carlos Hernandez, who was sent back to High-A Stockton. Hernandez went 6-1 with a 4.50 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) for Midland. He is a combined 8-5 with a 4.93 ERA in 76.2 innings for Midland and Stockton this season.
* Relievers Chris Farley (Midland) and Patrick Currin (Stockton) have been released by the A's. Farley, who signed with the A's as a minor league free agent before last season, was 1-3 with a 9.22 ERA in 27.1 innings this season. He had a 3.61 ERA in 87.1 innings for four A's affiliates in 2008. Currin, a 22nd round pick of the A's in 2006, was 2-3 with a 4.93 ERA for Stockton at the time of his release. He had 30 strike-outs in 38.1 innings. Currin was a Cal League All-Star in 2007 and helped the Ports win a Cal League championship in 2008.
* The Ports, who had a disappointing first half of the season, received some reinforcements at the start of the second half. Steve Kleen, Grant Desme, Jason Ray and Mickey Storey were all promoted from Low-A Kane County. David Thomas and Mathieu LeBlanc Poirier were sent to Low-A Kane County in a corresponding move. Desme, the A's second round pick in 2007, has already homered twice in four games for Stockton. He has 13 homers in 73 games this season. Kleen is off to a good start for Stockton, as well, collecting five hits - including three doubles - in his first 14 at-bats for the Ports. All three of his doubles came on Sunday in Stockton's 18-2 drubbing of Lancaster.
* In addition to Thomas and LeBlanc Poirier, the Cougars added two players from the A's Rookie League team - 2009 draft picks Stephen Parker and Michael Spina. Spina made a strong impression on the Cougars on Sunday, homering twice in a win over Quad Cities. They are the first two A's 2009 draft picks to play for a full-season affiliate.
* Short-season Vancouver added a few more 2009 draft picks over the weekend. Michael Gilmartin, Anthony Aliotti and Ryan Ortiz were all sent to Vancouver after being selected by Oakland in the draft.
Outman To Go Under Knife Tomorrow
The A's announced in a press release on Monday that left-hander Josh Outman would be undergoing elbow surgery on Tuesday. No details were given on what the surgery will entail, but it is being performed by Tommy John expert Dr. James Andrews. It is a disappointing development for Outman, who was one of the American League's most impressive rookie pitchers in 2009. Outman, who was acquired last season in the Joe Blanton trade, was 4-1 with a 3.48 ERA and 53 strike-outs in 67.1 innings. If he has Tommy John surgery, Outman will be shelved for 12-18 months.
Other News And Notes
* The injury news also isn't good for promising right-hander Daniel Thomas, who has been out since being injured in April while with Stockton. The right-hander has a torn labrum and is likely to miss the rest of the season. Thomas came to the A's as a 2008 draft pick. He has a high-90s fastball and an assortment of wicked off-speed pitches, but has also had a long list of arm troubles throughout his career.
* A's 2008 top pick Jemile Weeks extended his hitting streak to 22 games on Sunday with a three-for-six performance. Weeks has hit safely in every game he has played this season and is batting an even .400 with seven homers, five doubles, a triple and 23 RBIs in 90 at-bats for the Stockton Ports. His OPS is an eye-popping 1192. He is batting .475 over his last 10 games.
* Tom Everidge also had three hits on Sunday and he is now batting .357 in 18 games for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. The corner infielder has a 987 OPS and three homers in 70 at-bats.
* Chris Carter is heating up. The Midland first-baseman has hit two homeruns in his last three games and is six-for-his-last-12 with nine RBIs. On the season, Carter is batting .299 with 13 homers, 59 RBIs and a 923 OPS for Midland. He and Weeks will represent the A's at the MLB Futures Game later this month.
* Michael Spina wasn't the only A's minor leaguer with a two-homer night on Sunday. Catcher Matt Smith of the Stockton Ports had two homers. He drove-in seven, also had a double and walked twice in the 18-2 victory.
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