Warriors Form Professional Battery

Submitted by: Ron Smith - July 18th, 2016


Jarrett Costa (left) and Sam Sheehan, playing for the Arizona League Athletics.(Photo courtesy Kim Contreras)

Jarrett Costa (left) and Sam Sheehan, playing for the Arizona League Athletics.
(Photo courtesy Kim Contreras)

Photo courtesy Kim Contreras

Photo courtesy Kim Contreras

For the first time in history, two former Warrior baseball players have become batterymates in a professional game. Last month, Sam Sheehan and Jarrett Costa were both drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Both were assigned to the Athletics’ Arizona Rookie League team.

Last Friday, the two were on the field at the same time. Costa started the game behind the plate. With the A’s up 7-5 over the visiting Arizona League Rangers, Sheehan was called on to take the mound in the top of the eighth.

With Costa providing the target, Sheehan struck out the side in order in the eighth inning. Unfortunately, Sheehan did not fare as well in the ninth, giving up three runs before being removed from the game. The A’s would go on to win 9-8 and Sheehan was credited with a hold.

Costa has appeared in nine games and has posted a .333 batting average. His six hits in 18 at bats includes two doubles for a slugging percentage of .444. With five walks, Costa has an on base percentage of .520.

Sheehan has appeared in seven games for the A’s and has compiled an ERA of 2.70 in 10 innings of work. Opposing pitchers are batting .152 against him and have struck out 14 times against seven walks. Sheehan has an 0-0 record with one save.

Also selected in the 2016 MLB draft was Westmont’s Michael Rishwain. The right-handed pitcher was selected by the Washington Nationals and was assigned to play rookie ball in the Gulf Coast League. Rishwain has played in five games for the Nationals and has posted a record of 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA. Opposing hitters have posted a .286 batting average. Rishwain has struck out five and walked three.

Selected in the 2015 draft by the Nationals was Russell Harmening. His second year of professional baseball is being spent with the Auburn Doubledays, a Class A short season team that competes in the New York-Penn League.

In eight games this season, Harmening has posted a 3.86 ERA in 11 2/3 innings of work. He has struck out seven and walked four. His opponents are hitting .227 against him.

Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2015 were Andrew Vasquez and Hector Lujan. Vasquez started the season playing for the rookie league Elizabethton Twins. After a 2-0 start and an ERA of 0.90 over four games, Vasquez was moved up to the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Lujan is playing for the Elizabethton Twins and has a record of 1-0 in seven appearances. He has tallied an ERA of 4.76 over 11 1/3 innings. Opposing pitchers are batting .261.

Also in his second year in the minor leagues is Will Barring, who signed with the Mets after graduating from Westmont in 2015. Barring is playing for the Kingsport Mets, a rookie team with the Appalachian League. This season, Barring is batting .273 with six hits in 22 at bats. Barring has a double, a triple and two RBIs to his credit, giving him a slugging percentage of .409.