OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's today selected left-handed pitcher Jay Marshall with the 14th pick in today's Rule 5 draft. The A's also announced that they have acquired outfielder Ryan Goleski from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for cash considerations. Goleski was selected by the Devil Rays with the 1st pick in the Rule 5 draft today.
Marshall pitched for Single-A Winston-Salem in the Chicago White Sox organization last year and was 5-1 with four saves and a 1.02 ERA in 58 relief appearances. He walked just eight and struck out 44 in 62.0 innings and allowed a .210 opponents batting average, including .096 against left-handers. The 23-year old left-hander was originally selected by the White Sox in the 25th round of the June, 2002 draft.
Goleski played in the Cleveland Indians organization last year and batted a combined .306 with 27 home runs and 106 RBI in 125 games for Single-A Kinston and Double-A Akron. He added 61 walks for a .391 on-base percentage. The 24-year old outfielder tied for sixth in all of the minor leagues in RBI and he led the Cleveland farm system in home runs and RBI while ranking fourth in batting. Goleski began the year by hitting .331 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 38 games at Kinston before he was promoted to Akron on May 27. He batted .296 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI in 87 games with the Aeros. Goleski was originally drafted by Cleveland in the 24th round of the June, 2003 draft.
The A's lost one player in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft, right-handed pitcher Jared Burton, who was 6-5 with a save and a 4.14 ERA in 53 relief appearances for Double-A Midland. Burton was selected by Cincinnati with the eighth pick. Players selected in the Rule 5 draft must remain on the active roster for the entire year or be offered back to his original organization