Ynoa and Russell to the Futures Game; Nunez On Final Vote
The Oakland A's will have at least two prospects representing them at the upcoming MLB Futures Game. Beloit Snappers right-hander Michael Ynoa and Stockton Ports shortstop Addison Russell were named to the rosters of the Futures Game, which will take place during the MLB All-Star game festivities at Citi Field in New York.
Ynoa will be part of the World Team. The 6'7'' starting pitcher has had a strong start to his first season pitching for a full-season affiliate. Ynoa has a 1.95 ERA and a 46:17 K:BB ratio in 50.2 innings for the Snappers this season. He has allowed just two homeruns and 38 hits.
Ynoa was signed to a record-breaking bonus in 2008 when he was 16. The native of the Dominican Republic struggled with elbow problems in 2009 before eventually having Tommy John surgery late in the 2010 season. He would return in 2012, throwing 30.2 innings for the A's two short-season squads. Ynoa's 50.2 innings this season are more innings than he had pitched in his entire career coming into this season.
Russell was the A's top pick last season out of Pace High School in Florida. Despite being just 19-years-old, Russell was sent to High-A Stockton for his first full professional season. The talented shortstop got off to a slow start this season, but he has been red-hot in June. In 18 games, he has a .370/.400/.712 line. For the year, Russell is batting .256 with nine homers, 10 stolen bases and an 835 OPS.
Russell came into this season as the A's top prospect after he hit .369/.432/.594 with seven homers and 16 stolen bases in 55 games for the AZL A's, Vermont Lake Monsters and Beloit Snappers last season.
The A's could have a third prospect in the game, as Renato Nunez has been named to the Final Vote list for the World Team. For the first time, MLB is allowing fans to vote for the final members of the USA and World Futures Game teams. To vote for Nunez, fans can go to this page.
Nunez signed with the A's to a seven-figure signing bonus out of Venezuela as a 16-year-old in 2010. He made his US debut last season in the AZL and posted a 953 OPS in 42 games. The 19-year-old has spent the entire 2013 season with Beloit. He has a .281/.325/.485 line with 13 homers in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League.
Overton, A's Agree To Terms
The A's announced on Wednesday that they had agreed to terms with their second-round pick from the 2013 draft, Oklahoma left-hander Dillon Overton. With Overton in the fold, the A's have now signed all of their top-15 picks and 19 of their first 20 picks. The only player among the A's top-20 picks who has yet to sign is 14th-round pick James Lomangino, a right-hander from St. John's.
A.J. Vanegas (19th-round, Stanford), Iolana Akau (20th-round, St. Louis HS (HI)), Kevin Johnson (24th-round, Illinois), Austin Puckett (35th-round, De La Salle HS (CA)), Cooper Goldby (36th-round, Yuba City HS (CA)), Francis Christy (37th-round, Casa Grande HS (CA)), Hunter Mercado-Hood (38th-round, De La Salle HS (CA)), Hayden Howard (39th-round, Seward County CC) and Dominic Miroglio (40th-round, Bishop O'Dowd HS (CA)) also remain unsigned.
Overton had a standout career at Oklahoma, although his junior year was marred by injury issues. The left-hander had a 9-3 record and a 3.02 ERA in 16 games with the Sooners. He struck-out 79 and walked 23 in 92.1 innings. For his career at Oklahoma, Overton had a 2.89 ERA and 264 strike-outs in 289.1 innings.
Jeff Passan has reported on Twitter that Overton will have Tommy John surgery in two weeks and that Overton's signing bonus was significantly less than the slot assigned for his draft slot. A's Scouting Director Eric Kubota told OaklandClubhouse in a post-draft Q&A that the A's took Overton knowing that there were some injury risks involved with the selection. If Overton has the surgery, he likely won't make his professional debut until July or August of next season.
For more information on Overton, visit his profile page here.
Streich Named MWL Pitcher of the Week
After a slow start to the season, Seth Streich has started to hit his stride for the Beloit Snappers. The A's sixth-round pick from last season has a 1.86 ERA in five starts in June. He was honored on Monday for his work last week as the Midwest League's Pitcher of the Week.
With the All-Star break on the schedule, Streich made only one start during the week, but it was a good one. He tossed seven scoreless innings against Peoria. Streich allowed just four hits and one walk and he struck-out six. Streich followed that start with another strong outing on Tuesday. In 6.1 innings, he allowed two earned runs, striking out seven and walking none.
Other News and Notes:
- Beloit second baseman Chris Bostick reached base three times (two hits and a walk) in the Snappers' win on Wednesday. He is hitting .298/.377/.498 with 10 homers and 14 stolen bases in 255 at-bats for the Snappers this season. He has an eight-game hitting streak.
- Midland infielder Tyler Ladendorf returned from the disabled list with a bang on Wednesday night. After missing 22 days, Ladendorf connected on a three-run homer and drew a walk in his first game back. It wasn't enough to help Midland earn a win, however, as they lost, 9-5. Ladendorf has an 832 OPS for the RockHounds this season.
- A.J. Kubala, the A's 34th-round pick this season, connected on his first professional homerun in the AZL A's game on Wednesday. Kubala came in late in the game to replace a rehabbing Jefry Marte and connected on a two-run blast in the top of the eighth inning. The homer gave the A's a 5-3 lead, but they went on to lose, 6-5.
- Max Muncy connected for his 20th homerun of the season and Bruce Maxwell went 1-for-3 in his High-A debut in the Stockton Ports' 6-2 loss to Visalia on Wednesday. Muncy now has 11 homeruns in 23 games this month.