UPDATE: The A's released Santiago Casilla.
To make room for Cassevah on their 40-man roster, previously full, the A's designated for assignment right-hander Santiago Casilla, who had been one of their five candidates to not receive a contract offer by Saturday night's tender deadline.
- With the 9th pick of the 2009 Rule V Draft, the A's selected Bobby Cassevah from the Angels.
- baseballamerica.com: Cassevah’s sinker tops out at 93-94 and helped generate 4.03-to-1 groundout-to-airout ratio in ‘09 at Double-A.
- mlb.com: A's scout Randy Johnson, after seeing Cassevah in July, called his slider one of the best he had ever seen.
- In the AAA phase, the A's selected Beau Vaughan from the Rangers.
Scouting Report: Aggressive righty has a fastball reaching 91 mph with good sinking movement. Vaughan is able to throw his biting slider for strikes often. Four strong pitches, but needs a little work on keeping a consistent delivery for all of his pitches. Gets a lot of groundball outs. Struggles against left-handed batters. Fierce with a good mound presence. Good control. Vaughan has moved through the system slowly but surely - he was actually drafted the round before Jonathan Papelbon in 2003. Despite being old for his leagues along the way, Vaughan still has a very good chance to be an effective MLB reliever.
- The A's did not lose any players in the MLB or AAA phases of the draft.
Rule V Notes:
- The Nationals take Jamie Hoffmann first overall, and he’ll be traded to the Yankees for Brian Bruney. The Pirates follow with speedster John Raynor out of the Marlins system.
- Orioles take lefty Ben Snyder from the Giants and will trade him to the Rangers in the Kevin Millwood trade. The Royals follow with lefty Edgar Osuna from the Braves.