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Cal 1B Andrew Vaughn caps monster season by winning Golden Spikes Award

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Cal 1B Andrew Vaughn caps monster season by winning Golden Spikes Award

LOS ANGELES – One of the most prolific seasons in Cal baseball history has earned Andrew Vaughn a spot among the elite names ever to play the game on the amateur level as he has been named the Golden Spikes Award winner by USA Baseball and the Rod Dedeaux Foundation.

The award, which has been given to the nation’s top amateur player annually since 1978, is considered one of the highest honors a college baseball player can earn. The announcement came as part of ESPN’s SportsCenter telecast on Thursday afternoon with three of the four finalists – Vaughn, Texas infielder Kody Clemens and Auburn pitcher Casey Mize – in studio at ESPN Los Angeles.

Vaughn is the first Cal baseball player to earn the honor and is only the second to be named a finalist, joining Lance Blankenship (1984). He is the eighth Pac-12 player to bring home the award and joins a group that includes UCLA’s Trevor Bauer (2011), Washington's Tim Lincecum (2006), USC's Mark Prior (2001), Arizona State's Mike Kelly (1991), Oddibe McDowell (1984) and Bob Horner (1978) and Arizona's Terry Francona (1980). 

The announcement came live on SportsCenter at ESPN’s Los Angeles studios. After being announced as the winner, Vaughn was joined on set by his parents, Toby and Diana, along with his sister, Madison, and Cal head coach Mike Neu. 

From a statistical standpoint, the award is certainly deserved for the native of Santa Rosa, Calif. after he turned in one of the greatest single seasons in Cal baseball history.

A sophomore first baseman, Vaughn started all 54 games and hit .402, a mark that ranks third in Cal single-season history. His 23 home runs tied the single-season record set by Xavier Nady in 1999 and his slugging percentage of .819 is the best in school history. 

He also drove in 63 runs, walked 44 times, got hit by a pitch 12 times and struck out only 18 times. His on-base percentage of .531 ranks fourth in the nation. Vaughn was also one of the conference's best defenders at his position, compiling a fielding percentage of .992 and earning a spot on the Pac-12 All-Defensive team.

The announcement came as part of a two-day trip to Los Angeles for Vaughn, who has stayed busy since the end of the collegiate season. Beginning the summer as a member of the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League, Vaughn left New England as the league leader in both home runs (5) and RBI (14) after 14 games played.

Before heading to Southern California, he moved down the East Coast to Cary, N.C. to begin his second stint with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. International play begins for Team USA on June 28 when Chinese Taipei visits for a five-game series. The team will also take on Japan and Cuba as play extends into mid-July.

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A's place Matt Chapman on DL; call up top prospect

A's place Matt Chapman on DL; call up top prospect

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s placed third baseman Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to yesterday with a right thumb contusion, the club announced Saturday.  The A’s also recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas and infielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville and optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Ramirez to Nashville.

Chapman was batting .250 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI and had played in all 69 of the A’s games prior to yesterday.  This is his second career stint on the DL as he missed time last year from June 19 to July 2 with left knee cellulitis.  Chapman played in 149 consecutive games in between the two DL stints.  He is batting .368 in June after hitting .186 in May and leads all Major League third basemen in total chances (247), putouts (54) and assists (182).

Barreto joins the A’s for the third time this year and is 0-for-6 with a walk in five games over his previous two stints.  He was recalled for the first time April 7 and played in one game without an at bat before he was optioned back to Nashville April 16.  Barreto went 0-for-6 in four games, including three starts, during his second stay with Oakland from May 23 to 31.  The 22-year-old right-handed hitter batted .238 with a home run and four RBI in 11 games with the Sounds following his most recent option and is hitting .236 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 43 games overall at Triple-A. Barreto has appeared in 31 games at second base and nine at shortstop.

Lucas is 0-0 with a 2.89 ERA and .250 opponents batting average in four games, including one start, with Oakland and begins his fourth stint with the club today.  He was recalled most recently on May 30, pitched 0.2 scoreless innings the next day against Tampa Bay, and was optioned to Nashville June 5.  The 27-year-old right-hander pitched four times for the Sounds following his most recent option and did not allow a run in 5.1 innings.  Overall, he has three saves, a 1.50 ERA and .167 opponents batting average in 14 games at Triple-A.

Ramirez was recalled from Nashville Thursday and appeared in each of the A’s two games since then (4.0 ip, 1 h, 2 r, 2 er, 3 bb, 2 so).  He has a 3.00 ERA in three games over two stints with Oakland and a 3.24 ERA in five games overall in the majors.

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A's agree to terms with first-round pick Kyler Murray

A's agree to terms with first-round pick Kyler Murray

OAKLAND, – The Oakland Athletics agreed to terms with seven players from the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, including their first round selection outfielder Kyler Murray from the University of Oklahoma.

Murray, 20 (21 on Aug. 7), hit .296 (56-for-189) with 46 runs, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs, 47 RBI, a .398 on-base percentage, and a .556 slugging mark in 51 games with the University of Oklahoma during the 2018 season.  In two seasons with the Sooners, the redshirt sophomore hit .261 (62-for-238) with 62 runs, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs, 53 RBI and a .466 slugging mark despite getting just 49 at-bats during the 2017 season.

The ninth overall selection in the draft, Murray appeared in seven games for the Sooners football team in 2017 after sitting out the 2016 season following his transfer from Texas A&M.  Before transferring to the University of Oklahoma prior to the spring 2016 semester, the 5-foot-11 outfielder was a quarterback at Texas A&M where he appeared in nine games during the 2015 season.

Also agreeing to terms were shortstop Jeremy Eierman (competitive balance round B, Missouri State), right-handed pitcher Gus Varland (14th round, Concordia), right-handed pitcher Calvin Coker (15th, Auburn), outfielder Devin Foyle (17th, Kansas), third baseman Jonah Bride (23rd, South Carolina) and outfielder Alonzo Jones (25th, Vanderbilt).

Eierman hit .287 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 56 games with Missouri State and earned All-MVC honors for a second straight year.  Varland was 7-1 with a 1.04 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 60.1 innings in 10 games for Concordia.  Coker was 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 29 relief appearance and one start for Auburn and pitched in 61 games over two seasons with the Tigers.  Bride hit .307 with South Carolina, Foyle hit .324 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 50 games with Kansas and Jones batted .236 with 16 stolen bases for Vanderbilt.

The A’s have now signed or agreed to terms with 33 players from the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, including each of their first eight picks and 22 of the first 24.

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