A's Roster Update 6/30
by Brian Clark
Saturday, June 28, 2008
John Schiffner announced Saturday the pending arrival of five players to Chatham: Louisville LHP Justin Marks, North Carolina IF Kyle Seager, North Carolina RHP Adam Warren, North Carolina RHP Alex White, and North Carolina RHP Matt Harvey. This group will join the newest member of the A's, outfielder Cory Olson from UC Irvine.
With the new players arriving, Schiffner also announced the departure of several temporary players: Sacramento City College outfielder J.R. Higley has signed with the Washington Nationals, after being selected in the 9th round of this month's draft. LHP Kevin Scanlan from the University of Maine has departed Chatham. Sunday night saw three temporary A's play their final games, as Brown's Robert Papenhause concludes with a respectable .243 average. Connecticut pitcher John Folino leaves with the option of signing a professional contract with the New York Yankees. Barry University pitcher Bobby Hernandez has the opportunity to pitch professionally as well, as he was selected by the Boston Red Sox in this month's draft.
The A's made a coaching adjustment, as Bobby Malek has left the team to accept a position with the New York Mets organization. Malek will serve as a coach with the Gulf Coast Mets, New York's rookie league affiliate.
Justin Marks will arrive in Chatham after participating in the USA Baseball National Trials. The Owensboro, KY native was named first-team all Big East and second team All-American following the 2008 season, in which he went 9-2 with a 2.37 ERA.
Kyle Seager comes to Chatham for his second summer after his sophomore season at North Carolina. Like Marks, he participated in the tryouts for Team USA off of an impressive season on Chapel Hill. The infielder from Kannapolis, NC hit .347 with a team leading 75 RBI for the College World Series participants. Last summer, he played 31 games with the A's, hitting .274.
Joining Seager is the entire weekend rotation for the Tar Heels, led by sophomore Alex White, also back for his second season with the A's. White went 13-3 with a 2.83 ERA, and was named to the All-College World Series team after earning victories in each of the three Carolina wins in Omaha. Last season with the A's, he went 2-1 with an ERA of 2.10
Adam Warren, a seasoned Cape League pitcher, will spend his first summer in Chatham. The Tar Heels junior, who pitched for Brewster last summer, went 9-2 with a 4.23 ERA. He was selected in the 36th round of the draft by the Diamondbacks.
Rounding out the pitching triumvirate is freshman Matt Harvey. A native of Mystic, CT, Harvey started 16 games for the Heels, going 7-2 with an ERA of 2.79. He was a third round selection of the Anaheim Angels in the 2007 MLB Draft.
All four players are expected to suit up in Chatham pinstripes in the coming days and weeks