When Tucson Padres outfielder Travis Buck started in right field for the Oakland A’s on Opening Day in 2007, he was ecstatic. Baseball America rated him as the top prospect in the Oakland organization, but it still came as a surprise.

“It was an unbelievable feeling,” Buck said before Friday night’s game against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

First baseman Dan Johnson was injured, so Nick Swisher shifted from right field to first base and Buck got his first career MLB start, less than two years after he was drafted in the first round out of Arizona State.

Read more in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star