Hey, everyone, grover wanted to make sure that (even while he was off in the far north wilderness battling the thousands of wildfires that are endangering your mountain vacation homes) we all remained well-informed with the latest minor league news. So, thanks to him, we've got some info about the draft bonuses of several of the A's top picks:
-2nd rounder Tyson Ross was signed for $694,000
-3rd rounder Petey Paramore signed for $430,000
-5th rounder Jason Christian signed for $182,000
-8th Rounder Jeremy Barfield signed for $92,000
-9th Rounder Mitchell Levier signed for $75,000
-10th Rounder Rashun Dixon signed for $600,000
Grover emphasized the importance of the A's going WAY overslot for Dixon. The guy is uber-athletic and talented (and hit his 1st professional homer last night in an A's Rookie League Game) and it sure is nice to see Beane/Wolf going ahead and splurging and deviating from Selig's grasp by offering overslot money for once. Perhaps this is the start of new SOP for the team?
The team also announced the signing of 3 more draft picks this week:
-4th Rounder LHP Anthony Capra, Wichita State
-13th Rounder RHP Daniel Thomas, U of Southern Florida
-32nd Rounder RHP Ben Hornbeck, Kansas State
- Second round draft pick, Cal-alum & Oakland-native Tyson Ross made his professional debut last night for the Kane County Cougars. He tossed 2 scoreless innings, retiring every batter he faced via 2 strikeouts, 2 ground outs and 2 flyouts. Encouraging debut for the right-hander. It'll be interesting to see if he'll be handled like James Simmons was last year and used only in relief for the rest of this season.
- Craig Italiano (of 7-0, a gazillion strikeouts in Kane County-fame) has been promoted up to High-A Stockton for the second half of the season - presumably to bolster the Stockton rotation that lost Cahill & Anderson to promotion and Travis Banwart to injury earlier this week.
LET'S GET THE SERIES WIN TONIGHT!!!!!!!!