The Oakland A’s place Tyler Ladendorf on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 1:33 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed 28-year old righty swinging 2B/OF Tyler Ladendorf on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained left wrist.  Ladendorf has played in 45 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 4 for 48 (.083 avg, .185 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  He has now played in 54 games in his first two years in the majors (both with the A’s) and he is only 8 of 65 (.123 avg, .303 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  I don’t see why the A’s keep giving Ladendorf chances, as he is a horrible hitter.

The Oakland A’s call up Chad Pinder

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 8:36 am

The Oakland A’s have called up 24-year old righty swinging 2B Chad Pinder.  Pinder came into this season as the A’s #7 prospect according to Baseball America.  Pinder played in 107 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 110 of 426 (.258 avg, .735 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 14 homers, 51 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Pinder has played in 360 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 405 of 1,446 (.280 avg, .782 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 45 homers, 200 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  Pinder will get a shot to replace Jed Lowrie (out for the season due to injury) as the starting 2B for the A’s for the rest of the way in 2016, if he can handle it.

The Oakland A’s DFA Patrick Schuster

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 8:05 am

The Oakland A’s have designated 25-year old lefty reliever Patrick Schuster for assignment.  Schuster pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the A’s this year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.  He gave up 9 hits, 8 runs (all earned) and 6 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 6 2/3 innings pitched.  He also pitched in 32 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 1-0 with 7 saves, a 1.16 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  They could very well lost Schuster on waivers, despite him getting lit up for the A’s, because he is a young lefty reliever.

UPDATE:  (8/12/2016) – The Oakland A’s have lost Patrick Schuster on waivers to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Oakland A’s call up Chris Smith

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 12:37 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 35-year old righty starter/reliever Chris Smith.  Smith pitched in 22 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 6-8 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He gave up 120 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 121 batters in his 130 2/3 innings in the minors for the A’s this year.  Smith last pitched in the show way back in 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers.  Smith has pitched in 50 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s place Sonny Gray on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 12:26 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed 26-year old righty starting pitcher Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right extensor muscle.  Gray has pitched in 21 games (all starts) so far this year for the A’s and he is 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has given up 132 hits (18 homers) and 42 walks while whiffing 93 batters in his first 116 innings for the A’s so far this year, as he has been getting hit really hard.  Since July 1st, Gray has started 7 games for the A’s in which he is 2-5 with a 7.23 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Gray has now pitched in 97 games (95 starts) in his first four years with the A’s and he is 38-31 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Gray has looked nothing like the pitcher he was last year (All-Star, 3rd in Cy Young voting) or the first three years of his career.  Maybe the A’s should bite the bullet and shut hit down for an extended rest in an effort to get him healthy.  It’s not like the A’s are going to the playoffs this year.

The Oakland A’s place Jed Lowrie on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 5 August 2016 at 7:46 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed 32-year old switch-hitting 2B Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4th, due to a bunion on his left foot.  If he has surgery on it, it will end his 2016 season.  Lowrie has played in 87 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 89 of 338 (.263 avg, .637 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 2 homers and 27 RBIs.  25-year old lefty swinging Max Muncy will likely take over as the A’s starting 2B until Lowrie returns to action.  Muncy has played in 19 games so far this year for the A’s and he is 12 of 47 (.255 avg, .725 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  The A’s have called up 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Brett Eibner to replace Lowrie on the active roster.  Eibner played in 4 games in AAA-ball for the A’s after coming over from the Royals in deal for Billy Burns, and he was 4 for 13 (.308 avg, 1.192 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.

UPDATE:  (8/16/2016) – The A’s have lost Jed Lowrie for the rest of the 2016 season after having surgery to remove the bunion from his left foot.

Jesse Hahn gets called back up by the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 4 August 2016 at 3:09 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 27-year old righty starting pitcher Jesse Hahn and he will start tonight against the Los Angeles Angels.  Hahn pitched in 8 games (all starts) earlier this year for the A’s and he is 2-4 with a 5.53 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  He has given up 50 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 42 1/3 innings for the A’s so far this year.  Hahn has also pitched in 13 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he is 1-6 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  Hahn has now pitched in 24 games (all starts) in his first two years with the A’s and he is 8-10 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  The A’s hope that Hahn is better this time around for them.

UPDATE:  (8/5/2016) – The A’s have placed Jesse Hahn on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right shoulder.  Hahn has pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 2-4 with a 6.02 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  The A’s have called up 27-year old righty reliever Andrew Triggs to replace Hahn on the pitching staff.  Triggs has pitched in 17 games (1 start) so far this year for the A’s and he is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s deal Josh Reddick and Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 11:49 am

The Oakland A’s have dealt 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Reddick and 36-year old lefty starting pitcher Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 24-year old starting pitcher Jharel Cotton, 23-year old righty starter/reliever Frankie Montas and 20-year old righty starting pitcher Grant Holmes.

Reddick played in 68 games for the A’s this year and he was 72 of 243 (.296 avg, .816 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 8 homers, 28 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  He played in 596 games in his five years with the A’s and he is 546 of 2,128 (.257 avg, .761 OPS) with 292 runs scored, 84 homers, 300 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.  Reddick won a Gold Glove for the A’s in 2012.  He is tied for #33 in homers (84) and he is #34 in SLG (.440) in A’s history.  Reddick was a fan favorite and he is going to be missed.  Hill is currently on the D.L. due to a blister problem.  Hill pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the A’s this year and he was 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He gave up 55 hits and 28 walks while whiffing 90 batters in his 76 innings for the A’s this year.  He was far and away the best pitcher on the A’s pitching staff this year.

Cotton came into this season as the Dodgers’ #9 prospect according to Baseball America.  Cotton has pitched in 22 games (16 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Dodgers and he is 8-5 with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  Cotton has given up 80 hits and 32 walks while whiffing 119 batters in his first 97 1/3 innings in the minors so far this year.  Cotton has now pitched in 94 games (59 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 23-24 with a 3..77 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Montas came into 2016 as the Chicago White Sox’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America before he was dealt to the Dodgers last winter.  Montas pitched in 7 games (4 starts) in AA+AAA-ball this year for the Dodgers and he was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  He has given up 14 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 22 batters in 16 innings in the minors so far this year.  Montas pitched in 7 games (2 starts) for the White Sox last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.  Montas has now pitched in 99 games (84 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 16-25 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Holmes came into this season as the Dodgers’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America.  Holmes pitched in 20 games (18 starts) in A-ball this year and he is 8-4 with 1 save, a 4.02 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He gave up 103 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 100 batters in his 105 1/3 innings in the minors this year for the Dodgers.  Holmes has now pitched in 55 games (52 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 16-11 with 1 save, a 3.61 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

I know that A’s fans’ don’t want to hear this, but this was a deal that they just couldn’t refuse making!

The Oakland A’s have acquired Brett Eibner from the Royals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 31 July 2016 at 6:24 am

The Oakland A’s have acquired 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Brett Eibner from the Royals for 26-year old switch-hitting outfielder Billy Burns.  Eibner came into this season as the Royals’ #17 prospect according to Baseball America.  Eibner got his first taste of the show for the Royals this year, when he played in 26 games in which he was 18 of 78 (.231 avg, .709 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers and 10 RBIs.  He did whiff 23 times against only 6 walks for the Royals, so he isn’t the most selective hitter.  Burns struggled in 2016 for the A’s.  He played in 73 games for the A’s this year and he was 64 of 274 (.234 avg, .573 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 0 homers, 12 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  Burns played in 211 games in his three years with the A’s and he was 218 of 800 (.273 avg, .671 OPS) with 106 runs scored, 5 homers, 54 RBIs and 43 stolen bases.  Burns was #5 in the voting for the Rookie of the Year Award in 2015.  Eibner probably has a higher upside than Burns does, so I like this deal for the A’s.

The Oakland A’s have released Carson Blair

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 July 2016 at 2:59 pm

The Oakland A’s have released 26-year old righty swinging catcher Carson Blair.  Blair played in 23 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 27 of 81 (.333 avg, .888 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 3 homers and 14 RBIs.  Blair got his first taste of the show with the A’s last year, when he played in 11 games for them and he was 4 for 31 (.129 avg, .454 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  He did whiff 18 times last year with the A’s, so he was overmatched.  This isn’t much of a loss for the A’s.  At the same time, Blair should have little problem finding a new team to play for.

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