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April 24, 2014

Pohl called up to Triple-A

STAFF REPORT
The Daily Star

---- — Phil Pohl sits one step away from a big-league roster.

A 2008 Cooperstown graduate, Pohl was recently promoted to the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s.

But it appears Pohl’s stay in Triple-A could be a short one. He was promoted April 13 after Sacramento placed No. 1 catcher Stephen Vogt on the seven-day disabled list. Vogt has played in the major leagues in each of the last two seasons and is on the Oakland’s 40-man roster.

Pohl, 23, has appeared in three games as a catcher for the River Cats. Through Monday’s games he was batting .273 after going 3-for-11, and had two doubles and four RBIs.

In his first Triple-A game Sunday, Pohl went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts. The hit was a two-run double off of Robert Carson in the sixth inning of Sacramento’s 8-2 victory.

Before his promotion, Pohl played for the Beloit Snappers, Oakland’s mid-level Class A squad. He played in five games for the Snappers, going 2-for-16 with one run scored and one RBI.

Pohl is in his third professional season since being drafted by the A’s in the 28th round of the 2012 draft.

Last season, Pohl hit nine home runs for Stockton, Oakland’s highest Class A affiliate.

Overall in the minors, Pohl has hit .246 with 12 home runs.

Pohl earned Daily Star Player of the Year honors in 2007 and 2008. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 44th round of the 2008 draft but opted to attend to Clemson University.

Pohl hit 15 home runs and had 113 RBIs over four seasons with Clemson (2009-12).