The Oakland A’s DFA Nick Tepesch

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 7:20 pm

The Oakland A’s have designated 27-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tepesch for assignment.  Tepesch pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 1-1 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.  Tepesch has pitched in 43 games (40 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 9-18 with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  The A’s needed a roster spot for 3B/1B Ryon Healy and that is why Tepesch lost his spot on the 40-man roster.

UPDATE:  (7/18/2016) – The A’s have lost Nick Tepesch on waivers to the Royals.

The Oakland A’s call up Ryon Healy

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 6:43 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 24-year old righty swinging 3B/1B Ryon Healy.  Healy came into this season as the A’s #22 prospect according to Baseball America.  Healy played in 85 games in AA+AAA-ball so far this year and he was 110 of 337 (.326 avg, .940 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 14 homers, 64 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 392 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 463 of 1,579 (.293 avg, .785 OPS) with 212 runs scored, 46 homers, 238 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Healy is starting at 3B for the A’s tonight in what will be his Major League debut.

Tucker Healy of the Oakland A’s has been pretty solid in the minors so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 July 2016 at 1:35 pm

26-year old righty reliever Tucker Healy of the Oakland A’s is looking good in the minors so far this year.  Healy has pitched in 30 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 2-0 with 5 saves, a 2.80 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  He has given up 23 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his first 35 1/3 innings so far this year.  Healy has now pitched in 175 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 11-6 with 23 saves, a 2.71 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Healy could get his first shot at the show later this year for the A’s.

Stephen Vogt of the Oakland A’s is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 9:53 am

31-year old lefty swinging catcher Stephen Vogt of the Oakland A’s has been selected to the All Star Team for the second year in a row.  Vogt has played in 72 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 72 of 260 (.277 avg, .763 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 7 homers and 27 RBIs.  Vogt has now played in 357 games in his first five years in the show and he is 297 of 1,134 (.262 avg, .745 OPS) with 132 runs scored, 38 homers, 149 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Vogt will be the A’s lone representative in the Mid-Summer Classic this year.

Get ready for a wild ride to the trade deadline this month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were G.M. by joelapinski on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 9:04 pm

The Oakland A’s are going to be sellers once again this year.  It will be interesting to see if they are willing to trade their biggest chips.  If I were running the show, I would trade almost everyone with value.  But, I wouldn’t wait until July 31st to get things done.  The best trade chips the A’s have are Danny Valencia, Josh Reddick, Khris Davis, Sonny Gray, Rich Hill, Ryan Madson, John Axford and Marc Rzepczynski.  Let me make this perfectly clear, I wouldn’t trade Khris Davis or Sonny Gray without getting a huge haul for them.  The Indians, Royals, White Sox, Mets and Giants will like be after Davis and Josh Reddick.  A lot of those same teams (Indians, Royals and Giants) would likely be interested in Valencia too.  Maybe the A’s can make a package deal for a lot of good prospects from one of those three teams.  It was a master stroke to sign lefty Rich Hill to a 1-year deal.  The A’s essentially rented him for half a season, hoping that he would pitch well and he has.  The Orioles and Red Sox are really desperate for starting pitching and the A’s could stick it to them for Hill.  The Tigers, Royals, Rangers, Mariners, Mets, Marlins, Pirates and Dodgers will also likely be after Hill later this month.  Gray will have the same teams chasing him, but the price tag will be a lot higher than the one placed on Hill.  The Tigers, Cardinals and Mariners will likely be after righty relievers Ryan Madson and John Axford.  Lefty Marc Rzepczynski could also net a decent prospect for the A’s, as the Indians, Blue Jays, Royals, Astros, Marlins, Cubs, Cardinals and Giants could use a guy like him.  I would also make Stephen Vogt, Yonder Alonso, Jed Lowrie, Billy Butler, Billy Burns and Coco Crisp available in package deals or by themselves.  The A’s need to be busy this month.

The Oakland A’s place Fernando Rodriguez on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 4 July 2016 at 1:45 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed 32-year old righty reliever Fernando Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right shoulder.  Rodriguez has pitched in 34 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He has given up 30 hits and 17 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 40 2/3 innings for the A’s so far this year.  The A’s have called up 27-year old righty reliever Andrew Triggs to replace Rodriguez in the pen.  Triggs has pitched in 13 games (1 start) for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 6.20 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s call up Pat Schuster

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 4 July 2016 at 12:41 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 25-year old lefty reliever Pat Schuster.  He has pitched in 28 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 1-0 with 5 saves, a 1.30 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  He has given up 26 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 34 2/3 innings this year in the minors, which are pretty impressive numbers.  He has now pitched in 286 games (31 starts) in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 22-18 with 6 saves, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  This will be Schuster’s first shot at pitching in the show.  To make room on the roster for Schuster, the A’s have sent 26-year old lefty reliever Daniel Coulombe to AAA.  Coulombe has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s place Josh Phegley on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 1:25 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed 28-year old righty swinging catcher Josh Phegley on the 15-day disabled list due to right knee inflammation.  He has played in 26 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 20 for 78 (.256 avg, .686 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer and 10 RBIs.  The A’s have called up 31-year old righty swinging catcher Matt McBride to replace Phegley on the active roster.  He played in 8 games earlier this year for the A’s and he was 4 for 18 (.222 avg, .541 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.

The Oakland A’s activate Rich Hill

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 2 July 2016 at 4:04 pm

The Oakland A’s have activated 36-year old lefty starting pitcher Rich Hill off the D.L.  Hill has pitched in 11 games (all starts) so far this year for the A’s and he is 8-3 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  He has given up only 48 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 74 batters in his first 64 innings pitched this year!  To make room on the active roster for Hill, the A’s have sent 27-year old righty reliever Andrew Triggs back to AAA.  Triggs has pitched in 13 games (1 start) for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 6.20 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  The A’s hope that Hill can stay healthy this time around as he has been easily their best starting pitcher so far in 2016.

The Oakland A’s send Dillon Overton to the minors

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 1 July 2016 at 11:14 pm

The Oakland A’s have sent 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Dillon Overton to AAA.  Overton pitched in 2 games (both starts) in his first taste of the show for the A’s this year and he is 1-1 with a 11.42 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP.  He has given up 15 hits (5 homers) and 5 walks while whiffing 4 batters in his first 8 2/3 innings for the A’s…….so he got hit really hard.  The A’s have called up 28-year old righty swinging IF/OF Tyler Ladendorf to replace him on the active roster.  Ladendorf played in 26 games earlier this year for the A’s and he was 2 for 25 (.080 avg, .195 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.

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