NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Northeastern Oklahoma A&M outfielder Ramón Laureano was called up by the Oakland A’s Wednesday, Aug. 1.
He celebrated by belting his 14th home run of the season as the Nashville Sounds beat the Fresno Grizzlies — who have former Norseman Dean Deetz in the bullpen.
Laureano played at NEO in 2013 and 2014 and was a 16th round pick by the Houston Astros in the ’14 MLB Draft.
Norse coach Roger Ward said he talked to Laureano shortly after receiving the news.
“He is excited,” Ward said in a text. “Flies out tomorrow and is supposed to play Friday.”
The A’s begin a three-game weekend series with Detroit on Friday, Aug. 3.
Laureano was in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak with the Sounds before getting the call-up.
His homer, a solo shot to deep left field to lead off the fifth inning, forged a 2-2 tie.
Laureano was hitting .500 (22-for-44) during his streak.
He was acquired by Oakland in a minor-league trade with Houston in November 2018.
He’s already on the A’s 40-man roster.
Laureano got a late start on the season, breaking a finger in spring training.
He returned to action in May then had a dynamic July, hitting .373 with eight home runs in 129 plate appearances.
Laureano could be part of a three-player platoon in center field, according to SBNation.
This marks the second time a former Norseman has been brought up to the major leagues.
Reliever Jake Jewell joined the Los Angeles Angels in June, but his season came to a premature end when he broke his right fibula in a game at Boston.
Ward anticipates former Norse pitcher Dean Deetz getting his shot in September with the Houston Astros.