The Oakland A’s have called up 27-year old righty starting pitcher Zach Neal. Neal pitched in 6 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He has given up 33 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 20 batters in his first 36 2/3 innings this year. He has now pitched in 148 games (131 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 49-47 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. No one has said what his role with the team will be, but I would be shocked if he’s not starting the next time that 24-year old lefty Sean Manaea‘s spot comes up, as he was brutal last night against the Red Sox. He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 11.37 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP!
UPDATE: (5/13/2016) – The A’s have sent Zach Neal to AAA. He pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the A’s this time around and he was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He should be back later this year.