The Oakland A’s will call up Eric Surkamp to start on Tuesday

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 29 May 2016 at 12:46 pm

The Oakland A’s will call up 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Eric Surkamp to start Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.  Surkamp has pitched in 5 games (all starts) already this year for the A’s and he is 0-3 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.  Surkamp has also pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  The A’s hope that Surkamp is better this time around.

The Oakland A’s have activated Josh Phegley off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 5:22 pm

The Oakland A’s have activated 28-year old righty swinging catcher Josh Phegley off the D.L.  Phegley will go back to platooning with Stephen Vogt behind the plate for the A’s.  Phegley has played in 13 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 10 for 37 (.270 avg, .632 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  He has now played in 86 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 66 of 262 (.252 avg, .733 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 9 homers and 37 RBIs.  The A’s have sent 31-year old righty swinging C/1B Matt McBride back to AAA.  He has played in 8 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 4 for 18 (.222 avg, .541 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.

The Oakland A’s will call up Zach Neal on Wednesday

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:54 pm

The Oakland A’s will call up 27-year old righty starting pitcher Zach Neal on Wednesday and he will get the first shot to replace Sonny Gray in the starting rotation.  Neal has pitched in 7 games (all starts) in AAA-ball so far this year for the A’s and he is 5-1 with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  He has given up 36 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 42 2/3 innings in the minors.  Neal has pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s call up Jake Smolinski

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 20 May 2016 at 11:28 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Jake Smolinski.  Smolinski has played in 39 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he is 36 of 145 (.248 avg, .717 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 3 homers, 15 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He played in 41 games for the A’s last year and he was 24 of 106 (.226 avg, .750 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 5 homers and 20 RBIs.

The Oakland A’s call up Max Muncy

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 2:38 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 25-year old lefty swinging 1B/3B Max Muncy.  Muncy has played in 37 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the A’s and he is 34 of 122 (.279 avg, .858 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 6 homers, 15 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Muncy played in 45 games for the A’s last year in his first taste of the majors and he is 21 of 102 (.206 avg, .660 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBIs.

The Oakland A’s call up Jesse Hahn

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 9:22 am

The Oakland A’s have called up 26-year old righty starting pitcher Jesse Hahn and he will start tonight’s game for them.  He has pitched in 5 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  He has also pitched in 2 games (both starts) for the A’s so far this year in which he is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  Hahn might get to stay a while longer this time around if he pitches well.  To make room on the roster and in the rotation, the A’s have sent 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Eric Surkamp to AAA.  Surkamp has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-3 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.

Boomer Biegalski is looking good in the minors for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 12:13 pm

21-year old righty starting pitcher Boomer Biegalski is looking sharp in the minors so far this year for the Oakland A’s.  Biegalski has pitched in 8 games (6 starts) in A-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He has given up 30 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 40 batters in his first 39 innings pitched, which are pretty impressive numbers.  Biegalski has now pitched in 14 games (10 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.

Skye Bolt is off to a solid start in the minors for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 12:09 pm

22-year old switch-hitting outfielder Skye Bolt came into this season as the Oakland A’s #23 prospect according to Baseball America.  Bolt has played in 25 games in A-ball so far this year and he is 25 of 86 (.291 avg, .805 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Bolt has now played in 77 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 68 of 267 (.255 avg, .739 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 6 homers, 30 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  I want to see him get to the majors with the A’s because of his cool name!

The Oakland A’s call up Matt McBride

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 3:22 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 30-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Matt McBride for the second time this year.  He didn’t play for them the first time around.  McBride has played in 20 games in AAA-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 11 of 63 (.175 avg, .532 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  He has played in 72 games in his first three years in the show and he is 30 for 151 (.199 avg, .532 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers and 17 RBIs.  I don’t see much upside here.

The Oakland A’s call up Zach Neal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 12:21 pm

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.

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