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Hiroyuki Nakajima has been decent in AAA-ball for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 August 2013 at 7:41 am

It will be interesting to see if the A’s decide to promote 31-year old righty swinging SS Hiroyuki Nakajima when rosters expand in September.  The A’s signed him last winter with the idea that he would be their starting SS in 2013.  He didn’t play well in spring training and then he got injured, ending any shot he had of making the team.  He has played in 83 games in AAA-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 93 of 320 (.291 avg, .715 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 4 homers, 30 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.

The Oakland A’s have signed Mike Zagurski

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 19 August 2013 at 1:28 pm

The A’s have signed 30-year old lefty reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal.  Zagurski pitched in 6 games (0 starts) earlier this year with the Pirates and he was 0-0 with a 15.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He also has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Pirates and Yankees in which he is 6-3 with 2 saves, a 2.66 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Zagurski has now pitched in 88 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 1-0 with a 6.84 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.  Zagurski will start his career in AAA-ball for the A’s and he has a September 1st opt out clause in his deal.

UPDATE:  (9/2/2013) - The A’s have released Mike Zagurski, at his request.  He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s and he was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s designate Vinnie Catricala for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 July 2013 at 12:14 pm

The A’s have designated 24-year old righty swinging 3B/OF Vinnie Catricala for assignment.  He came into this season as the Mariners’ #26 prospect according to Baseball America.  Catricala has played in 81 games in AA-ball for the A’s and Mariners in 2013 in which he is 72 of 302 (.238 avg, .635 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 4 homers, 39 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 530 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 576 of 2,001 (.288 avg, .821 OPS) with 318 runs scored, 64 homers, 324 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.  The A’s need Catricala’s roster spot for Adam Rosales.

UPDATE:  (7/26/2013) - Vinnie Catricala has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AA.

When will Jemile Weeks get another shot with the Oakland A’s?

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 22 July 2013 at 6:39 am

Eric Sogard and Grant Green are sharing 2B for the A’s right now.  Are they really better than Jemile Weeks?  26-year old switch-hitting 2B Jemile Weeks has played in 90 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 98 of 355 (.276 avg, .757 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 2 homers, 28 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  In his first two years with the A’s, Weeks has played in 215 games in which he is 221 of 850 (.260 avg, .681 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 4 homers, 56 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.  Weeks could be prime trade bait if the A’s don’t plan on giving him another shot in the near future.

The Oakland A’s have released Scott Moore

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 19 July 2013 at 6:05 pm

The A’s have released 29-year old lefty swinging 2B/3B/OF Scott Moore, likely at his request.  Moore played in 80 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 81 of 293 (.276 avg, .839 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 11 homers and 56 RBIs.  Moore last played in the majors with the Astros in 2012.  Moore has played in 152 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 93 of 385 (.242 avg, .712 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 16 homers, 53 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Moore was quickly snapped up by the Padres on a minor league deal.  He will have a better shot of getting back to the show in San Diego.

The Oakland A’s call up Sonny Gray

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 July 2013 at 4:23 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 23-year old righty starting pitcher Sonny Gray.  Gray pitched in 16 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 8-5 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  He has given up 96 hits and 34 walks while whiffing 107 batters in his first 102 1/3 innings this year in the minors, which is impressive.  Gray has now pitched in 49 games (all starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 15-15 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Gray came into this season as the A’s #5 prospect according to Baseball America.  Gray will start his career with the A’s working out of the bullpen.

The Oakland A’s have called up Grant Green

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 8 July 2013 at 2:17 pm

The A’s have called up 25-year old righty swinging IF/OF Grant Green for his first shot at the show.  Green has played in 81 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 112 of 352 (.318 avg, .874 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 11 homers, 49 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Green has now played in 469 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 601 of 1,973 (.305 avg, .821 OPS) with 319 runs scored, 55 homers, 276 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.  Green came into this season as the A’s #8 prospect according to Baseball America.  He will likely start his career with the A’s platooning at 2B with Eric Sogard.

The Oakland A’s release Justin Thomas

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 1 July 2013 at 5:09 pm

The Oakland A’s have released 29-year old lefty starter/reliever Justin Thomas at his request, as he used his opt out clause in his contract.  Thomas pitched in 16 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 3-6 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  Thomas last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the Red Sox and Yankees.  He has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 0-2 with a 6.93 ERA and a 2.11 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the A’s moving forward.

Max Muncy is looking good in the minors for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 7:05 pm

22-year old lefty swinging 1B Max Muncy is looking great in the minors for the A’s this year.  He has played in 76 games in A-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 87 of 288 (.302 avg, .951 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 19 homers, 65 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Muncy is a Moneyball type of player as he has walked 55 times while whiffing 51 times so far this year.  Muncy has now played in 140 games in his first two years in the minors for the A’s and he is 150 of 517 (.290 avg, .891 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 23 homers, 88 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  The A’s are likely getting ready to move Muncy up to AA.

The Oakland A’s release Mike Ekstrom

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 15 June 2013 at 4:40 pm

The A’s have released 29-year old righty reliever Mike Ekstrom.  Ekstrom pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 1-1 with 3 saves, a 5.10 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.  He has pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  This is not much of a loss moving forward for the A’s.

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