A’s Select Aussie Pitcher in Rule 5 Draft

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By Charlie O. Mallonee

The Oakland Athletics have selected right-handed pitcher Tim Atherton in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. In 2013, Atherton pitched for Single-A Cedar Rapids – a Minnesota Twins affiliate.

Atherton is 24 years old and is from New South Wales, Australia. He was signed by the Twins in 2007 as free agent outfielder. He made the transition to being a pitcher in 2011.

Atherton’s career record is 12-7 with a 2.54 ERA in 67 appearances (16 starts). In 2013, he pitched in 31 games (11 starts) recording an 8-5 record with a 2.54 ERA. He struck out 102 hitters in 95.2 innings of work.

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