Report: Tommy John surgery for A's second round pick Overton

Report: Tommy John surgery for A's second round pick Overton
June 26, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Dillon Overton went 23-10 with a 2.89 ERA in 61 career appearances over three seasons with the Sooners. (AP IMAGES)

OAKLAND -– While the A's announced they had agreed to terms with second-round draft pick Dillon Overton Wednesday evening, a Yahoo! Sports report said the former Oklahoma left-hander will have Tommy John Surgery within two weeks.

 

The A's did not immediately respond to the report.

Oakland, though, was aware of the 6-feet-2, 160-pound Overton's physical malady -- described as a strained forearm in April that cost him two starts -- when it used the No. 63 overall selection on him almost three weeks ago.

"We know that he has had some issues but we are confident as to where he's at medically," A's director of scouting Eric Kubota said in a conference call with reporters after the selection.

"We feel like his athleticism helps to compensate for (his slight build)," Kubota added. "We really don't have a huge issue with it. I mean, thats the body he's been given and he's pitched with it and we feel like that will not be an issue as he moves forward. He's a very athletic kid and he's just more wiry than thick."

Overton, 21, pitched in the NCAA Super Regionals and finished the season 9-3 with a 3.02 ERA in 16 games, including 14 starts, striking out 79 and walking 23 in 92 1/3 innings. In three years with the Sooners, the lefty went 23-10 with a 2.89 ERA in 61 appearances. He had 264 strikeouts and 80 walks in 289 1/3 innings.

"He's a guy that pitches anywhere from probably 88 (mph) to 94," Kubota said. "He can really pitch with his fastball. He has a plus-breaking ball. I know he doesn't necessarily physically look like a power pitcher, but he can pitch that way at times. But he's also just got a feel to pitch and he's got a very good change-up and he's polished and he's got upside to his stuff."

Baseball America had Overton as the 11th-ranked left-hander in the draft, falling out of the first round in its scouting report of him: "Overton has topped out at 95 mph and shown three plus pitches at times. His slider can be a wipeout pitch and his fading changeup also can elicit swings and misses. He has a loose arm and fills the strike zone with ease."

The A's have announced the signing or agreeing to terms with 32 of their 42 draft picks, including each of the first 15 and 19 of the first 20 selections.

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