New in Oakland, Part 1: Pitchers

This is the first installment of a 3 part series introducing the newest members of the Oakland Athletics. These players were either signed as a free agent or traded for during the off season.  This first installment will introduce the new pitchers on Oakland’s 40-man roster.  These players may or may not make the opening day lineup, but figure prominently in Oakland’s future.

Scott Kazmir, starting pitcher – Scott was signed as a free agent to a 2 year contract in December. The 30 year old missed the entire 2012 season and made a comeback with the Cleveland Indians last year. In 2013 he went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA, 162 strikeouts and 1.32 WHIP in 29 games.  Scott figures to be the Athletics’ No. 2 started behind Jarrod Parker.

Jim Johnson, closer – Jim was acquired by the Athletics in exchange for the struggling Jemile Weeks and catcher David Freitas. Jim was a league leader in saves last year as he earned 50 in 59 opportunities. Jim has a 2.94 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP. Jim will take over the closer role previously occupied by Grant Balfour.

Eric O’Flaherty, relief pitcher – Eric was signed as a free agent to a 2 year contract in January. You can see our post about it here: A’s sign O’Flaherty. While Eric is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will not be available until mid-season, Eric was an anchor of the bullpen for the Atlanta Braves over the past 5 years. In his MLB career Eric is 20-9 with a 2.85 ERA, 245 strikeouts in 343 games with the Braves and the Seattle Mariners.

Fernando Abad, relief pitcher – Fernando was dealt by the Washington Nationals to the Athletics for Minor League outfielder John Wooten. In 2013 Fernando was 0-3 with a 3.35 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 39 relief appearances

Luke Gregerson, relief pitcher – Luke was dealt to the Athletics by the San Diego Padres for outfielder Seth Smith. In 2013 Luke was a workhorse on the Padres staff compiling a 6-8 record with a 2.71 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 73 relief appearances.

Josh Lindblom, relief pitcher – Josh was a part of the trade that brought Chris Gentry from the Texas Rangers to the Athletics for Michael Choice and Chris Bostick. It is likely that Josh will start the season with the Sacramento River Cats, but he could figure prominently in the bullpen later in the season. In limited duty with the Rangers Josh went 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in 8 games, 5 of which were starts.

Drew Pomeranz, starting pitcher – Drew was acquired by the Athletics along with minor leaguer Chris Jensen in the trade that sent Brett Anderson to the Colorado Rockies. Drew will begin the year with the Sacramento River Cats and figures to be a starter with the Athletics some time in the next year or two. Drew pitched in 8 games, 4 starts, last season for the Rockies and compiled an 0-4 record, 6.23 ERA in 21.2 innings.


Snappers win Game 2 advance to 2nd Round

The Beloit Snappers defeated the Clinton LumberKings on Thursday night by the score of 6-2.  With the win the Snappers sweep the 1st Round of the Midwest League Playoffs and advance to the 2nd Round.  The Snappers will take on the Quad Cities River Bandits starting on Saturday in Quad Cities.

Dylan Covey earned the win as he allowed just 1 earned run in 6 innings pitched.  The offense was led tonight by John Wooten who doubled in 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th putting the Snappers up 5-1.  John would score two batters later when Brett Vertigan reached on an error by the shortstop Brock Hebert.

The pitching match up for Round 2 has yet to be decided.  Games 2 & 3 will be played at Pohlman Field home of the Snappers.

Game Notes: The regular season series between the Beloit Snappers and the Quad Cities River Bandits is tied 7-7.  The most recent series was August 31-September 2.  Quad Cities won that 3 game series 2-1.

Snappers win Game 1 in 10 innings

The Beloit Snappers won game 1 of the 1st round of the Midwest League Playoffs over the Clinton LumberKings 9-6.  The offensive charge was led by Chris Bostick who was 4 for 5 with a double, home run and 4 RBIs.

After scoring 3 runs in the top of the 9th, the Snappers took a 5-2 lead going into the bottom half of the inning, but the LumberKings would not go quietly.  They scored 3 times in the bottom of the 9th off Snappers’s reliever Austin House to tie the game.  In the 10th inning the Snappers’s bats would come alive once again.  The Snappers would load the bases with no outs on 2 singles and a walk.  Second baseman Chris Bostick smashed a double to left field scoring Daniel Robertson, Matt Olson and John Wooten.  With 2 outs Nick Rickles would single to drive in Bostick.  Austin would pitch the 10th to, this time, wrap up the game for the Snappers.  The only hiccup for Austin in the bottom of the 10th was a solo home run hit by Marcus Littlewood.

The series continues tonight in Beloit at Pohlman Field at 6:30 p.m. CT.  It’s the battle of the Dylans to night as Dylan Covey (1-1, 4.75 ERA) takes the mound for the Snappers.  He will face off against Dylan Unsworth (4-1, 2.32 ERA) gonig for the LumberKings.

Notes: The Beloit Snappers won the regular season series against the Clinton LumberKings 9-8