Draft picks for A's have mixed results
Seven Oakland Athletics' draft picks entered the weekend hoping to put off their pro baseball careers for at least a few more days.
At least three saw their collegiate careers extended for at least a couple more games by winning NCAA Super Regional best-of-three playoffs Saturday.
Two of Oakland's draftees, pitchers Barry Zito and Charles Lehr of Southern California, saw their collegiate days end Saturday when Stanford completed a two-day sweep of the Trojans.
Zito, a left-hander, allowed just two hits in eight innings Friday in a 1-0 loss to the Cardinal, striking out eight and walking two. Unfortunately for him, both hits were doubles and came in the sixth inning.
Zito finished with a 12-3 record in 17 starts and compiled a 3.35 ERA, while striking out 154 batters. He was Pac-10 pitcher of the year and earned All-American honors.
Lehr, a right-hander who was taken by the A's in the eighth round, was roughed up for five earned runs in six innings during Saturday's 5-3 loss to Stanford. He wound up 8-3 with a 4.25 ERA.
On the reverse side, Stanford third baseman Joshua Hochgesang, a seventh-round selection, and center fielder Edmond Muth, a 22nd-round pick, are headed to the June 11-19 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Muth stroked a run-scoring triple and scored twice Saturday. Hochgesang was 0-for-5 in the series.
The other two draft choices playing for schools still in the NCAA tournament are left-handed pitcher Mario Ramos of Rice, taken in the sixth round, center fielder Gary (G.W.) Keller of Alabama, chosen in the 18th round, and center fielder Michael Lockwood of Ohio State in the 23rd round.
Ramos and the Owls dropped a 12-8 decision to Southwestern Louisiana Friday. Ramos was touched for six runs on 10 hits in 6 innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Ramos is now 13-2 with a 2.25 ERA, two saves and 142 strikeouts. Rice bounced back for a 10-1 triumph Saturday and needs a win today to advance to the CWS.
Keller played a major role in Alabama's 13-6, 13-5 sweep of Louisiana State. He was 6-for-10, scored four runs and stole five bases, giving him 43 in 65 games.Lockwood has hit .341 with 15 home runs _ second best for Ohio State _ with 55 RBIs as the Buckeyes' leadoff hitter. Ohio State divided its first two games with Cal State Fullerton, winning 10-7 and losing 11-5, and thus needs a win today to reach the CWS.
Medford product Jeff Barry was hitting .368 in 46 games for the AAA Colorado Springs SkySox of the Pacific Coast League through Friday.
This is the outfielder's 10th professional season. He was in the Expos, Mets and Padres organizations prior to signing with Colorado in 1997. He played in 15 games with the New York Mets in 1995 and 15 for the Colorado Rockies in 1998.
Right-hand pitcher Bob Wolcott started 52 games for the Seattle Mariners, 1995-1997. He was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the November 1997 expansion draft.
The 1992 North Medford High graduate was 1-3 in six starts last year and spent the balance of the season in Tucson where where he was 8-6 in 23 appearances.
He was traded to the Red Sox in the offseason and is 4-5 at AAA Pawtucket of the International League. He has a 2.91 ERA in 14 appearances, two saves and one complete game. He has 35 strikeouts in 52 innings.