BURLINGTON, VT --- The Oakland Athletics announced today they have selected infielder Chad Pinder from Triple-A Nashville, making the 2013 Lake Monsters shortstop the 85th former Vermont player to reach the Major Leagues all-time.
Pinder began his professional career with the Lake Monsters in 2013 after being drafted in the competitive balance round out of Virginia Tech. An injury-plagued season limited Pinder to just 42 games with the Lake Monsters, hitting .200 (28-for-140) with 14 runs, four doubles, three homers and eight RBI including home runs in both Vermont's season opener and season finale.
He followed his Vermont season by hitting .288 with 32 doubles, 13 homers and 55 RBI in 94 games with High Single-A Stockton in 2014, then was named Double-A Texas League Player of the Year after hitting .317 with 32 doubles, 15 homers and 86 RBI over 117 games in 2015. This season at Triple-A Nashville Pinder was hitting .253 with 23 doubles, 14 homers and 51 RBI in 107 games before the callup to Oakland.
With the addition of Pinder, there have been six former Lake Monsters on the Oakland roster this season including Ryan Dull, Ryon Healy, Bruce Maxwell, Jake Smolinski and Dillon Overton (currently at Triple-A). In all, 20 former Vermont players have played at least one game in the Major Leagues this season.