Cooperstown graduate Phil Pohl is sporting a batting average over .300 with the Arizona League Athletics _ the Rookie League affiliate of the Oakland A's.
Pohl, a catcher, was drafted by the A's in the 28th round of the First Year Player Draft in June. He started his career with the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League before being sent to Arizona. In 23 games out west, Pohl is hitting .301 with three doubles, two triples, two home runs, 10 RBIs and 16 runs.
He has a seven-game hit streak.
In his team's game against Padres' Rookie League affiliate Tuesday, Pohl went 2-for-6 with a triple, two runs and one RBI in the A's 13-4 victory.
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 in 2008 but opted to attend Division I power Clemson University.
Pohl graduated from Clemson this past spring.
Former Oneonta State pitcher Filak has continued his up-and-down season.
A fourth-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2010, Filak is 5-9 with a 5.23 ERA for the Rome Braves of the South Atlantic League. He's appeared in 22 games this season _ 18 starts. The four relief appearances have come recently. As a reliever, Filak is 1-0 with 0.93 ERA and one save.
On Saturday, Filak allowed one run on three hits over two innings against Greensboro.
For the season, Filak _ a 6-foot-4 right-hander _ is averaging better than a strikeout per inning. He's struck out 97 and walked 45 over 94 2/3 innings.
Filak, 22, led O-State to its only appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament in 2010, going 8-1 with a 2.00 ERA.