The Oakland A’s re-sign Aaron Kurcz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 17 November 2016 at 12:10 am

The Oakland A’s have re-signed 26-year old righty reliever Aaron Kurcz to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 46 games (1 start) in AA+AAA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 9-1 with 5 saves, a 3.03 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  He gave up 52 hits and 17 walks while whiffing 55 batters in 68 1/3 innings in the minors for the A’s last year.  Kurcz has now pitched in 216 games (13 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 28-16 with 28 saves, a 3.01 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  This was a good depth signing for the A’s.

The Oakland A’s re-sign Ryan Brasier

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 9:59 am

The Oakland A’s have re-signed 29-year old righty reliever Ryan Brasier to a minor league deal.  Brasier pitched in 46 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 5-3 with 1 save, a 3.56 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  He gave up 50 hits (6 homers) and 19 walks while whiffing 70 batters in his 60 2/3 innings for the A’s in AAA-ball last year.  Brasier’s only experience in the show came back in 2013.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Angels in 2013 and he was 0-0 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  Brasier might get a chance with the A’s in 2017 to get back to the show!

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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