The Oakland A’s have dealt Marc Rzepczynski to the Washington Nationals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 25 August 2016 at 3:33 pm

The Oakland A’s have dealt 30-year old lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations to the Washington Nationals for 21-year old lefty swinging SS/2B Max Schrock.  Rzepczynski pitched in 56 games (0 starts) for the A’s this year and he was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.  He gave up 38 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his 36 innings for the A’s this year.  Schrock played in 121 games in A-ball for the Nationals this year and he was 167 of 502 (.333 avg, .834 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 9 homers, 68 RBI and 22 stolen bases.  Shrock has now played in 167 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 220 of 674 (.326 avg, .826 OPS) with 107 runs scored, 11 homers, 82 RBI and 24 stolen bases.  This was a great deal for the rebuilding A’s, as Schrock is a legit prospect.

Gene Tenace was a solid player for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 8:26 am

Righty swinging C/1B Gene Tenace was a rock solid player for the Oakland A’s!  Tenace played in 805 games in his 8 years with the A’s and he was 603 of 2,458 (.245 avg, .809 OPS) with 369 runs scored, 121 homers, 389 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  He also played in 37 games in the playoffs for the A’s in which he was 18 of 108 (.167 avg) with 10 runs scored, 4 homers, 14 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Still, he helped the A’s win the World Series in 1972, 1973 and 1974.  In 1972, Tenace was the World Series’ MVP when the A’s defeated the Cincinnati Reds in 7 games!  Tenace played in 7 games in the 1972 World Series in which he was 8 for 23 (.348 avg, 1.313 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 4 homers and 9 RBIs.  Tenace’s best season for the A’s was in 1975, when he was an All-Star for the only time with them.  Tenace played in 158 games for the A’s in 1975 and he was 127 of 498 (.255 avg, .859 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 29 homers, 87 RBIs, 7 stolen bases and 106 walks.  Tenace led the American League in walks in 1974 with 110 of them!  Tenace is still #17 in A’s history with his 121 homers!  He is also #20 in OBP (.374), tied for #36 in SLG (.435), #27 in OPS (.809), #48 in games played (805), #42 in RBIs (389) and #21 in walks (475) in A’s history!

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.

Ryan Madson has been so-so lately for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 8:50 am

35-year old righty closer Ryan Madson has been having a rough time lately for the Oakland A’s.  He has pitched in 26 games (0 starts) since June 1st for the A’s and he is 2-3 with 13 saves, a 4.44 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Madson has pitched in 49 games (0 starts) overall this year for the A’s and he is 4-4 with 25 saves, a 3.51 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  He has given up 45 hits and 15 walks while whiffing 39 batters in his first 48 2/3 innings for the A’s so far this year.  The A’s would probably be better served to use Madson as a set-up man and give Ryan Dull a shot to close.

Ross Detwiler was very impressive in his Oakland A’s debut last night

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 11:47 am

30-year old righty starter/reliever Ross Detwiler had a very impressive debut for the Oakland A’s last night.  He was the winning pitcher in a 1-0 win over the impressive Baltimore Orioles.  He held their potent lineup to a measly 6 hits and no walks or runs while whiffing 2 batters in 8 innings pitched!  He has now pitched in 8 games (1 start) overall this year for the A’s and Indians in which he is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  Detwiler has pitched in 181 games (77 starts) in his first 9 years in the show and he is 22-37 with 1 save, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  The A’s are going to give Detwiler a chance to get his career going back in the right direction.

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.

Casey Meisner is having a tough time in the minors this year for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 11:34 am

21-year old righty starting pitcher Casey Meisner came into this season as the Oakland A’s #9 prospec according to Baseball America.  He is a tall pitcher at 6’7″, 190 pounds and he has been having control problems for the first time in his minor league career in 2016.  He has pitched in 23 games (15 starts) in A-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-12 with 1 save, a 4.20 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  Meisner has given up 107 hits and 47 walks while whiffing 76 batters in his first 96 1/3 innings in the minors so far this year.  He has now pitched in 71 games (57 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 19-23 with 1 save, a 3.25 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has given up 326 hits and 115 walks while whiffing 284 batters in his first 337 1/3 innings in the minors so far in his career.  If Meisner can tighten up his control a bit, he will get back on the right track for the A’s.

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.

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