Athletics get Jed Lowrie back

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.

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Card of the Week: Carlos Rodon Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor

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 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

Carlos Rodon Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor Auto #69/250 – Back

 

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Top 20 Prospects – Updated July 2014

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.

The New Herd: 2014 Draft Results, Rounds 21-40

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.

Round Pick Player Position School
21 642 Proudfoot, Tim SS Texas Tech
22 672 McCurry, Brendan RHP Oklahoma State
23 702 Ferguson, Collin 1B St. Marys (CA)
24 732 Brown, Dawson RHP University of West Florida
25 762 Estrada, Joseph CF Colegio Hector Urdaneta (PR)
26 792 Huber, Rob RHP Duke (NC)
27 822 Sportman, J.P. CF Central Connecticut State University
28 852 Walter, Corey RHP West Virginia
29 882 Stull, Cody LHP Belmont Abbey College (NC)
30 912 Beasley, Derek LHP USC Aiken (SC)
31 942 Schimpf, Tyler RHP Capital Christian HS (CA)
32 972 Chapman, Denz’l CF Junipero Serra HS (CA)
33 1002 Rivera, Michael C Venice HS (FL)
34 1032 Nogowski, John 1B Florida State
35 1062 Swift, Austen CF Bishop Allen Academy (ON)
36 1092 Spoon, Tyler OF Arkansas
37 1122 Lundquist, Brock OF Fountain Valley HS (CA)
38 1152 Atwood, Colt CF Sam Houston State (TX)
39 1182 Squier, Payton 2B Greenway HS (AZ)
40 1212 Brigman, Bryson SS Valley Christian HS (CA)

Note: For results on Rounds 1-20 click here: 2014 Draft: Rounds 1-20

The New Herd: 2014 Draft Results, 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.

Round Pick Player Position School
1 25 Chapman, Matt 3B Cal State Fullerton
2 65 Gossett, Daniel RHP Clemson University
3 101 Graves, Brett RHP Missouri
4 132 Schwartz, Jordan RHP Niagara
5 162 Fillmyer, Heath RHP Mercer County CC (NJ)
6 192 Loehr, Trace SS Rex Putnam HS (OR)
7 222 Cogswell, Branden SS Virginia
8 252 Kelliher, Branden RHP Lake Stevens HS (WA)
9 282 Fagan, Mike LHP Princeton University
10 312 Miller, Corey RHP Pepperdine University
11 342 Seddon, Joel RHP South Carolina
12 372 Willman, Tyler RHP Western Illinois
13 402 Kuhn, Robert 2B Kentucky
14 432 Schroeder, Casey C Polk State College (FL)
15 462 Gilbert, Trent 2B Arizona
16 492 Brizuela, Jose 3B Florida State
17 522 Cheray, Eric C Missouri State University
18 552 Nolan, Michael LHP Oklahoma City University
19 582 Gavitt, Tom C Bryant University (RI)
20 612 Guana, Koby RHP Cal State Fullerton

Note: Rounds 21-40 will be included in a different post.

Daniel Gossett Drafted by Athletics in 2nd Round

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.

Matt Chapman is the Athletics 2014 #1 Draft Pick

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.