On Wednesday Jed Lowrie was traded by the Houston Astros to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Oakland’s number 30 prospect Brendan McCurry. Jed returns to the Athletics after signing a 3 year deal with the Astros after the 2014 season. He played in 290 games with Oakland during the 2013 and 2014 seasons and batted .271 with 74 doubles and 125 RBIs. In 2015 Jed was limited to 69 games with Houston.
The arrival of shortstop Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve at 2nd base, made Lowrie expendable in Houston. Barring any subsequent moves. in Oakland he will have the chance to platoon with Marcus Semien at shortstop, Brett Lawrie at second and Danny Valencia at third.
Brendan was drafted in the 22nd round of the June 2014 draft. In 2015 he split time with the Stockton Ports and Midland RockHounds. He posted a 1.86 ERA in 50 games, converting 27 out 28 save opportunities. McCurry was selected to pitch in the Arizona Fall League this year and posted a 4.73 ERA in just over 13 innings. He was selected as the reliever on Oakland’s organizational All-Stars for the 2015 season.
This week’s featured card is the 2015 Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor Autograph of Carlos Rodon. This card is numbered 69/250. I pulled this card out of a hobby box of Bowman Jumbo that I picked up from my local card store.
Carlos Rodon Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor Auto #69/250 – Front
Carlos was drafted by the Chicago White Sox as the 3rd overall pick in the June 2014 Draft. He shot up though the Minor Leagues and made his Major League Debut on April 21, 2015, just over 10 months after being drafted. In his first full season Carlos went 9-5 with a 3.75 in 26 games, 23 of which were starts. It looks like Carlos will be a mainstay in the White Sox rotation for years to come.
Carlos Rodon Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor Auto #69/250 – Back
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Following the blockbuster trade that sent the Oakland Athletics top 2 prospects, Addison Russell and Billy McKinney (along with Dan Straily) to the Chicago Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel the Top 20 Prospect list needed to be updated. Here is the updated list as compiled by MLB.com.
New to the list is Tucker Healy at No. 18 who is having a breakout year pitching at three levels with the Stockton Ports (High A), Midland RockHounds (AA) and currently with the Sacramento River Cats (AAA). Arnold Leon returns to the list at No. 19 as he is hiving a strong year posting a 9-2 record with a 4.47 ERA in 17 games for the River Cats.
This list will be changing over the next few months as Draft Pick from the 2014 June Draft are evaluated and other prospects have their seasons re-evalutaed.
1. Daniel Robertson
2. Raul Alcantara
3. Matthew Olson
4. Renato Nunez
5. Bobby Wahl
6. Dillon Overton
7. Billy Burns
8. Nolan Sanburn
9. Michael Ynoa
10. B.J. Boyd
11. Dylan Covey
12. Chris Kohler
13. Max Muncy
14. Bruce Maxwell
15. Chad Pinder
16. Seth Streich
17. Miles Head
18. Tucker Healy
19. Arnold Leon
20. Dustin Driver
To be eligible for the list the player must have rookie eligibility. Players cannot exceed 130 at bats or 50 innings pitches with a Major League club. Also the player cannot be on the active roster for more than 45 days during the 25 player limit period.
With the 2014 First-Year Player Draft wrapping up we wanted to recap the players the Oakland Athletics drafted in rounds 21-40. Here are the names of The New Herd that could be wearing a minor league affiliate very soon.
||St. Marys (CA)
||University of West Florida
||Colegio Hector Urdaneta (PR)
||Central Connecticut State University
||Belmont Abbey College (NC)
||USC Aiken (SC)
||Capital Christian HS (CA)
||Junipero Serra HS (CA)
||Venice HS (FL)
||Bishop Allen Academy (ON)
||Fountain Valley HS (CA)
||Sam Houston State (TX)
||Greenway HS (AZ)
||Valley Christian HS (CA)
Note: For results on Rounds 1-20 click here: 2014 Draft: Rounds 1-20
With the 2014 First-Year Player Draft wrapping up we wanted to recap the players the Oakland Athletics drafted in the first 20 rounds. Here are the names of The New Herd that could be wearing a minor league affiliate very soon.
||Cal State Fullerton
||Mercer County CC (NJ)
||Rex Putnam HS (OR)
||Lake Stevens HS (WA)
||Polk State College (FL)
||Missouri State University
||Oklahoma City University
||Bryant University (RI)
||Cal State Fullerton
Note: Rounds 21-40 will be included in a different post.
In the 2nd Round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft the Oakland Athletics draft RHP Daniel Gossett out of Clemson University. With the 65th overall pick the Athletics opted to stick with a collegiate player in Gossett.
For the Tigers, Gossett went 7-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 15 starts. He stuck out 107 batters in 107.1 innings holding his opponents to a .202 AVG. In addition, Gossett threw 2 complete game shutout.
Daniel Gossett was the 87th ranked prospect coming into the draft. Gossett was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 16th round of the 2011 June Draft. He did not sign and went to pitch for Clemson University.
The Oakland Athletics select 3B Matt Chapman in the 1st round of the 2014 First Year Player Draft. Chapman, the 25th overall pick, comes out of Cal State Fullerton. He is the first college player drafted by the Athletics with their first pick since Sonny Gray in 2011.
Chapman was ranked by MLB.com as the 82nd top prospect entering the draft. In 2014 for the Titans he batted .312 with 16 2B, 6 HR and 48 RBI in 54 games.
The Oakland Athletics will have on more pick this evening. They will have the 65th overall pick, a round 2 selection.