The Oakland Athletics are calling up Sean Manaea on Friday

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 2:39 pm

The Oakland Athletics are calling up 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Sean Manaea to start Friday against the Houston Astros.  Manaea came into this season as the A’s #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  Manaea has given up 16 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 18 innings in the minors so far this year.  Manaea has now pitched in 42 games (all starts) for the A’s in his first three years in the minors and he is 16-9 with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s call up Matt McBride

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 2:34 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 30-year old righty swinging C/1B/OF Matt McBride.  McBride played in 11 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 6 for 32 (.188 avg, .641 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  McBride has played in 72 games in his first three years in the show and he is 30 of 151 (.199 avg, .532 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers and 17 RBIs.  He has also whiffed 33 times against only 3 walks so far in the majors.  The A’s have sent down 27-year old righty reliever Andrew Triggs to make room for McBride on the roster.  Triggs pitched in 1 game for the A’s working a scoreless inning allowing no baserunners and whiffing one batter.

The Oakland Athletics send Eric Surkamp to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 2:26 pm

The Oakland A’s have sent 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Eric Surkamp to AAA.  Surkamp pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the A’s this year and he was 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 47 games (11 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 4-5 with a 6.25 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP.  The A’s have called up 27-year old righty reliever Andrew Triggs to replace him on the pitching staff.  Triggs pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 2-1 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Triggs has now pitched in 158 games (1 start) in his first five years in the minors and he is 13-10 with 50 saves, a 2.11 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  This will be Triggs’ first shot to pitch in the majors.

The Oakland A’s call up Tyler Ladendorf

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 3:58 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 28-year old righty swinging IF/OF Tyler Ladendorf.  Ladendorf has played in 12 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he is 12 of 50 (.240 avg, .629 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  He got his first taste of the majors in 2015 with the A’s.  Ladendorf played in 9 games for the A’s last year and he was 4 for 17 (.235 avg, .631 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  Ladendorf won’t likely get much P.T. for the A’s this time around.

Jesse Hahn is off to a good start in the minors for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:22 am

26-year old righty starting pitcher Jesse Hahn lost his rotation spot in spring training for the Oakland A’s.  Instead of sulking about it, he’s pitching his butt off in AAA, trying to work his way back to Oakland.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.63 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  Hahn pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 6-6 with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Hahn has now pitched in 30 games (28 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 13-10 with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  If Hahn keeps up the good work, he will be pitching again for the A’s in the near future.

Matt Olson could be playing for the Oakland A’s in the near future

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 8:18 am

22-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Matt Olson comes into the 2016 season as the Oakland A’s #6 prospect according to Baseball America.  Olson played in 133 games in AA-ball last year and he was 116 of 466 (.249 avg, .826 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 17 homers, 75 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Olson has now played in 455 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 411 of 1,647 (.250 avg, .851 OPS) with 294 runs scored, 86 homers, 310 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Olson has also walked 313 times so far in the minors, as he has bought into the A’s patient approach policy at the plate.  I see him playing for the A’s at some point in 2016.

The Oakland A’s send a pair of players to the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 4 April 2016 at 7:32 am

The Oakland A’s have sent 22-year old righty swinging 3B Matt Chapman and 27-year old lefty swinging Andrew Lambo to the minors.  Chapman comes into this season as the A’s #3 prospect according to Baseball America.  Chapman played in 80 games in A-ball last year and he was 76 of 304 (.250 avg, .907 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 23 homers, 57 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 134 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 127 of 511 (.249 avg, .821 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 28 homers, 77 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Lambo played in 20 games for the Pirates last year and he was 1 for 25 (.040 avg, .191 OPS) with 1 run scored.  Lambo has now played in 59 games in his first three years in the show and he is 18 of 94 (.191 avg, .530 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  Lambo has the better chance of playing for the A’s in 2016, but Chapman has a much higher upside.

UPDATE:  (4/4/2016) – The A’s have called up Andrew Lambo to replace Felix Doubront (DL) on the active roster.

The Oakland Athletics send Jesse Hahn to AAA

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 3:45 pm

The Oakland Athletics have sent 26-year old righty starting pitcher Jesse Hahn to AAA to start the 2016 season.  Hahn pitched in 4 games (all starts) this spring for the A’s and he was 0-0 with a 10.97 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP.  Hahn pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 6-6 with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Hahn has now pitched in 30 games (28 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he was 13-10 with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  If Hahn can get his act together in AAA, he will bump Felix Doubront out of the A’s rotation in short order.

The Oakland A’s send two players to the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 28 March 2016 at 3:28 pm

The Oakland A’s have sent 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Jake Smolinski and 26-year old righty swinging catcher Carson Blair to the minors.  Smolinski played in 21 games in spring training for the A’s and he was 12 of 38 (.316 avg, .849 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs.  He played in 76 games for the Rangers and A’s last year in which he was 32 of 166 (.193 avg, .649 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 6 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Blair played in 13 games this spring for the A’s and he was 4 for 18 (.222 avg, .541 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI.  Blair played in 11 games for the A’s last year and he was 4 for 31 (.129 avg, .454 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  Blair was overmatched by major league pitchers last year as he whiffed 18 times.

Franklin Barreto is rising for the Oakland Athletics

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 6 March 2016 at 8:14 am

20-year old righty swinging shortstop Franklin Barreto comes into this season as the Oakland Athletics‘ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  Barreto played in 90 games in A-ball last year and he was 102 of 338 (.302 avg, .833 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 13 homers, 47 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  He has now played in 222 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 255 of 855 (.298 avg, .842 OPS) with 149 runs scored, 23 homers, 134 RBIs and 47 stolen bases.  Barreto will always have his name associated with Josh Donaldson, as he was part of the return the A’s got for him.

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