June 22 - A day after making his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers, former McLean High School standout Josh Sborz was placed on the 10-day injured list yesterday.
In Thursday’s 9-8 win over the San Francisco Giants, Sborz came on in relief in the eighth inning and retired Tyler Austin, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt in order. His second inning didn’t go as well, as he was replaced after giving up a two-run double to Brandon Crawford and was charged for three runs before Kenley Jensen came on to get the final three outs and earn the save.
Los Angeles put Sborz on the 10-day injured list yesterday with lower back soreness.
Sborz, 26, is in his fifth professional season since being drafted in the second round by the Dodgers in 2015. He was the Most Outstanding Player after helping Virginia win the College World Series that June. At McLean, he was named The Washington Post’s All-Met Player of the Year in 2012.
MLB Draft Update: 10 of 11 Area Draftees Have Signed Pro Contracts
Three weeks since the conclusion of the Major League Baseball Draft, 10 of the 11 area players who were taken have signed professional contracts and many have joined minor league clubs with their respective organizations.
Logan Driscoll (Lake Braddock), who became the highest-ever pick from George Mason when the catcher was taken 73rd overall by the San Diego Padres, inked a $600,000 signing bonus and has joined the Tri-City Dust Devils of the short-season Single-A Northwest League.
Two area players taken in the fourth round, outfielder Brenton Doyle (Kettle Run) and left-handed pitcher Jake Agnos (Battlefield), have also reported. Doyle signed a $500,000 bonus with Colorado and is off to a blazing start with the advanced rookie-level Grand Junction Rockies, hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two home runs and seven RBI though his first five games. Agnos inked a $411,500 bonus with the New York Yankees and has reported to their spring training complex in Tampa, FL.
Fifth-round pick Conor Grammes (McLean) signed with Arizona for $300,000 earlier this week and the right-hander is expected to receive his assignment soon. Right-handers Sam Ryan (Fairfax) and Jared DiCesare (Chantilly), who were taken by Toronto in the 12th and 17th rounds, respectively, have both signed and reported to the Blues Jays’ spring training facility in Dunedin, FL.
Others who have signed and received rookie-ball assignments include: right-hander Kevin Kelly (Paul VI Catholic), a 19th round pick of Cleveland who has reported to one of their Arizona League affiliates; right-hander Jamie Sara (West Potomac), a 25th round selection by Philadelphia who is with one of their affiliates in the Gulf Coast League; right-hander Charlie Hall (Forest Park), a 33rd round pick by Oakland who is with the A’s Arizona League club; and left-hander Carter Bach (Centreville), a 34th round pick by Tampa By who has joined their Appalachian League affiliate in Princeton, W.V.
The area’s lone high school senior taken in the draft, Woodgrove pitcher Nick Lockhart, has not signed with Texas after being selected in the 11th round. Wolverines coach Rusty Smith said earlier today that Lockhart plans to make his decision whether to sign or pitch at Virginia Tech in the next few days.
Lachance Signs Minor League Deal with Diamondbacks
Kevin Lachance (Centreville) earlier this month signed a minor league free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, completing a journey back to affiliated ball after the former Dodgers draft pick spent the past year-plus playing in the independent Frontier League.
Lachance, 24, has been assigned to the Missoula Osprey of the advanced rookie-level Pioneer League after the Diamondbacks purchased his contract from the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent American Association. He was hitting .372 with a .509 on-base percentage, two homers and seven RBI in 13 games with Winnipeg.
The middle infielder was a 10th round pick by Los Angeles out of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, but a shoulder injury prevented him from making his pro debut until 2017. He hit .258 in 50 games in rookie ball that year, then hit .267 in 37 games with Lake Erie during his indy ball stint last year.
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Photos of, clockwise from left, Josh Sborz by Keith Birmingham via Pasadena Star-News, Brenton Doyle courtesy of KKCO in Colorado Springs, and Kevin Lachance courtesy of the Winnipeg Goldeyes