Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A New Addition to the Team

Yesterday Major League Baseball opened up their First-Year Player Draft. With the 18th pick the Athletics selected Vanderbilt pitcher Sonny Gray who just completed his junior season with a record of 11 -2 and a 2.01 ERA. At 5-11 he is being compared to former Athletics ace Tim Hudson (currently with the Atlanta Braves) and Philadelphia’s Roy Oswalt. Given the pitching talent the Athletics currently have on their roster, Sonny Gray would be a great addition, as according to Athletics scouting director Eric Kubot, Gray is an “incredible competitor”. With talent running thin in the Athletics farm system, Baseball America ranked the system 28th, there is defiantly room for improvement throughout the system. The next pick for the Athletics won’t be until third round (105th overall), having traded this year’s second pick to the Tampa Bay Rays for Grant Balfour.

In other Athletics related news…

If you are planning on attending an upcoming game at Overstock.com Coliseum, you’ll have a hard time finding the stadium as beginning today it will be known as O.co Coliseum. Don’t fret though, Overstock.com hasn’t reneged on the six year deal it signed at the end of April, it’s just part of a shift in branding by the company.

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