Twenty of the 32 first-rounders remain unsigned today, 13 days before the Aug. 17 deadline. At the same point last year, all but 11 of the 2008 first-rounders had agreed to terms.■ Trebelhorn tossed as Volcanoes fall in 9th (StatesmanJournal.com)
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Fort Worth Cats righthander Aaron Crow (No. 12, Royals), Southern California shortstop Grant Green (No. 13, Athletics) and North Carolina righty Alex White (No. 15, Indians) are seeking deals more in line with the top-five picks they once projected to be.
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Missouri righthander Kyle Gibson (No. 22, Twins) had a chance to be a top-five pick before coming down with a stress fracture in his forearm shortly before the draft. His negotiations hinge on how well he’ll be able to throw for the Twins before the deadline.
Despite the loss, the Volcanoes' defense was nearly perfect, making plays from the routine to the spectacular.■ Boise balks, AquaSox win 6-4 (HeraldNet.com)
The highlights included a leaping catch at the wall by right fielder Ryan Lollis (06-09) to save a run, and a catch on a foul ball by third baseman Drew Biery in which he reached over the waist-high third-baseline fence to make the catch.
The AquaSox took their first lead Tuesday in the eighth inning when Boise pitcher Ryan Sontag’s balk allowed Mario Martinez to score. The odd sequence was the key play in Everett’s 6-4 victory over the Hawks in a Northwest League baseball game at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Everett’s Trevor Coleman (07-09) was waiting on deck when home plate umpire Javier Cantu called the balk. Coleman didn’t see what happened but loved the result, which helped the AquaSox (27-17) win their third consecutive game and move within three games of first-place Salem-Keizer (30-14) in the West Division.
“I didn’t see (the balk),” said Coleman, Everett’s catcher. “I actually had my head down when I heard the umpire yell, ‘Time.’ I knew what that meant and looked up.”
Did it feel weird to go ahead on a freebie? “It doesn’t matter,” Coleman said. In other words, any win is a good win.