Overton to face Chacin, Angels in big league debut
The A's will promote left-handed prospect Dillon Overton from Triple-A Nashville to start against the Angels on Saturday night at Angel Stadium in his Major League debut.
Overton will be the third A's pitcher to start in his big league debut this season. He'll also be the 11th pitcher to start a game for Oakland, the most of any American League club this year and second only to the Reds (12).
Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 5.56 ERA) gets the ball for the Angels in the third game of a four-game series. Chacin has faced the A's only once before, pitching seven innings of two-run ball in a no-decision last Aug. 29 as a member of the D-backs.
A second-round pick by the A's in the 2013 Draft, Overton went 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) with Nashville in his first season in Triple-A. He's pitched well recently, going 7-0 with a 1.40 ERA over his last seven outings.
"I was trying to throw well enough to where I was making the people in the front office think about it for a minute," Overton said, "and I've been blessed enough to throw good and they ended up giving me a call."
Things to know about this game
• Angels slugger Albert Pujols is one home run shy of passing Harmon Killebrew (573) for 11th on the all-time list. Pujols homered in the first inning on Friday to tie the Hall of Famer.
• A's catcher Stephen Vogt is 2-for-2 lifetime against Chacin with one home and one walk. Vogt went deep in the first inning off Jered Weaver on Friday.
• Angels pitchers lead the Majors with 15 pickoffs. No other team has more than nine this year.