Marcus Semien is turning up the power for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 1:21 pm

26-year old righty swinging SS Marcus Semien is pounding the ball this year for the Oakland A’s.  Semien has played in 153 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 127 of 546 (.233 avg, .723 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 26 homers, 70 RBI and 9 stolen bases.  Semien is second currently on the A’s in both homers and RBI.  He is also #3 in run scored for the A’s right now.  Semien has now played in 308 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 270 of 1,102 (.245 avg, .719 OPS) with 133 runs scored, 41 homers, 115 RBI and 20 stolen bases.  The A’s hope that Semien can bring his batting average up 20-30 points in 2017, without sacrificing any power.

Sean Manaea has been outstanding lately for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 1:16 pm

24-year old lefty starting pitcher Sean Manaea came into this season as the Oakland A’s #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  The A’s got him in the deal last July that sent Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals.  Manaea has pitched in 24 games (23 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 6-9 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He has given up 130 hits and 36 walks while whiffing 119 batters in his first 138 2/3 innings for the A’s overall this year.  Manaea has pitched in 12 games (11 starts) for the A’s since the All-Star break and he is 3-4 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Manaea looks like a possible future #1 starting pitcher for the Oakland A’s!

Sean Doolittle is an outstanding reliever for the Oakland A’s, when healthy!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 1:12 pm

30-year old lefty reliever Sean Doolittle has downright nasty stuff and he is a outstanding reliever for the Oakland A’s, when he is healthy.  He has pitched in 42 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 2-3 with 4 saves, a 2.68 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He has given up 29 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 43 batters in his first 37 innings for the A’s so far this year.  Doolittle has now pitched in 229 games (0 starts) in his first five years with the A’s and he is 12-13 with 33 saves, a 2.98 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.

Ryon Healy is locked in at the plate for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 18 September 2016 at 8:30 am

24-year old righty swinging rookie 3B Ryon Healy came into this season as the Oakland A’s #22 prospect according to Baseball America.  He is proving that he was too far down on that list.  Healy has played in 58 games since the A’s called him up and he is 66 of 212 (.311 avg, .877 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 10 homers and 29 RBI.  Since September 1st, Healy has played in 15 games for the A’s in which he is 23 of 59 (.390 avg, 1.115 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers and 12 RBI.  It looks as if he has already won the A’s starting gig at 3B for the 2017 season.  That being said, the A’s hope Healy keeps raking the last couple weeks of the 2016 season!

Dave Revering was a solid player for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 15 September 2016 at 7:06 am

Lefty swinging 1B Dave Revering was a solid player for the Oakland A’s.  He played in 414 games for the A’s in his four years with the team and he was 406 of 1,456 (.279 avg, .777 OPS) with 172 runs scored, 52 homers, 195 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  His best season for the A’s came back in 1979.  He played in 125 games for the A’s in 1979 and he was 136 of 472 (.288 avg, .817 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 19 homers, 77 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Revering is still tied for #39 in batting average (.279), #26 in SLG (.452) and he is #42 in OPS (.777) in Oakland A’s history!

The Oakland A’s have released Billy Butler

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 11 September 2016 at 6:09 pm

The Oakland A’s have released 30-year old righty swinging DH/1B Billy Butler.  Butler played in 85 games for the A’s this year and he was 61 of 221 (.276 avg, .733 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 4 homers and 31 RBI.  Butler played in 236 games in his two years with the A’s and he is 196 of 759 (.258 avg, .719 OPS) 87 runs scored, 19 homers and 96 RBI.  He has now played in 1,402 games in his first 10 years in the show and he is 1,469 of 5,076 (.289 avg, .795 OPS) with 589 runs scored, 146 homers, 724 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  The A’s weren’t going to bring him back next year, so it made sense to just let him go right now.

Khris Davis is turning in an outstanding season for the Oakland A’s in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 11:02 am

28-year old righty swinging outfielder Khris Davis is turning in an outstanding season for the Oakland A’s in 2016.  Davis has played in 129 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 121 of 481 (.252 avg, .819 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 35 homers, 86 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He has whiffed 143 times so far this year, but that is a small price to pay for the power he has shown in 2016.  Since the All-Star break, Davis has played in 48 games for the A’s in which he is 45 of 175 (.257 avg, .919 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 16 homers and 31 RBI.  The A’s hope he finished strongly, as it would be cool to see Davis get up to 40 homers in 2016.

The Oakland A’s claim Donn Roach off waivers from the Tigers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 5 September 2016 at 9:11 pm

The Oakland A’s have claimed 26-year old righty reliever/starter Donn Roach off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.  Roach pitched in 4 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Mariners and he was 2-0 with a 8.44 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP.  Roach also pitched in 27 games (22 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Tigers and Mariners in which he was 9-7 with 1 save, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Roach has now pitched in 21 games (2 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 3-1 with a 5.77 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP.  This is just a case of the A’s taking a flier on a young pitcher to see what he has up close.

The Oakland A’s call up Joey Wendle

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:32 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 26-year old lefty swinging 2B Joey Wendle for his first shot at the show.  Wendle came into this season as the A’s #17 prospect according to Baseball America.  Wendle came to the A’s in the deal that sent 1B/OF Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians.  Wendle played in 125 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 137 of 491 (.279 avg, .776 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 12 homers, 61 RBI and 14 stolen bases.  Wendle has now played in 523 games in his first five years in the minors in which he is 601 of 2,084 (.288 avg, .799 OPS) with 320 runs scored, 50 homers, 273 RBI and 45 stolen bases.

The Oakland A’s deal Coco Crisp to the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:26 pm

The Oakland A’s have dealt 36-year old switch-hitting Coco Crisp and cash to the Cleveland Indians for 31-year old lefty reliever Colt Hynes.  Crisp played in 102 games for the A’s this year and he was 92 of 393 (.234 avg, .698 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 11 homers, 47 RBI and 7 stolen bases.  Crisp played in 734 games in his seven years with the A’s and he was 701 of 2,771 (.253 avg, .718 OPS) with 405 runs scored, 69 homers, 304 RBI and 169 stolen bases.  Crisp also played in 11 games in the playoffs for the A’s in which he was 13 of 46 (,283 avg) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 5 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Crisp is #10 in Oakland A’s history with his 169 stolen bases.  He is also #45 in runs scored (405), #46 in doubles (139), #43 in triples (26), tied for #45 in homers (69) and he is also #42 in walks (293) in A’s history!

Hynes pitched in 38 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Blue Jays and Indians this year and he was 3-1 with 2 saves, a 3.99 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has given up 53 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his first 47 1/3 innings in the minors so far this year.  Hynes last pitched in the majors in 2015 for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Hynes has pitched in 27 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-0 with a 8.55 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP.

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