Dillon Overton

Position: LHP
Born: 8/17/1991
Height: 6'2
Weight: 175
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Drafted in the second round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (OAK).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 14 games at Nashville (Triple-A) including one complete game, striking out 72 and walking 22 while allowing 85 hits in 83.2 IP.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Nashville June 25 when LHP Eric Surkamp was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 6/25/2016

Debut Details
June 25, in a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. The starting pitcher, he earned the win with 5.2 innings of work, in which he allowed three runs, all earned, on seven hits, walking two and striking out three. All three runs came on solo home runs, including back-to-back shots in the first inning. After retiring the first batter he faced, Johnny Giavotella, on a ground out, Overton gave up a solo homer to right field by Kole Calhoun followed by a blast to left by Mike Trout. After that, Overton settled in, retiring Albert Pujols on an infield grounder and striking out Jefry Marte swinging. Though he never got through a 1-2-3 inning, he worked out of some small jams, including the third inning in which both Giavotella and Trout reached on singles but a called strikeout of Pujols and an infield grounder by Marte ended that threat. He also had a pair of runners on in the fourth inning, on a double from Andrelton Simmons and a walk to Shane Robinson, before inducing a line out from Giavotella. In the fifth, though, Pujols came through for the Angels with a solo homer to left field. In his final trip to the mound, in the sixth, Overton retired the first two batters before Gregorio Petit singled to left field, at which point he was lifted for reliever Liam Hendriks who retired Robinson to end the threat.

Player Notes
Overton underwent Tommy John surgery right after he signed with Oakland out of Oklahoma so did not make his pro debut until 2014, and even then it was somewhat sparingly. He combined that summer for just 12 starts between the Athletics’ two short-season clubs in the Arizona Rookie League and the New York-Penn League, going 0-3 but with a 1.95 ERA and 53 strikeouts against just four walks in 37 innings, allowing 30 hits. His control is, as you may have guessed, among the best in the system. In 2015 the reins were loosened more and he combined to go 7-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 27 games, including two complete games, between Stockton (High A) and Midland (Double-A), fanning 100 while walking 27 in 126 innings, allowing 127 hits. He finished the year with a 19-inning shutout streak in the Texas League. Although he has not yet regained the pre-surgery heat he had on his fastball, he can still pitch with a capital P.

2080 Notes
2080’s Nick J. Faleris was able to catch Overton in action and you can read his report here.