The Oakland A’s have dealt 30-year old lefty swinging OF/2B/3B Chris Coghlan to the Chicago Cubs for 24-year old switch-hitting 2B/OF Arismendy Alcantara. Coghlan played in 51 games for the A’s this year and he was 23 of 158 (.146 avg, .487 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 5 homers, 14 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Alcantara has played in 53 games for the Cubs in AAA-ball this year and he was 52 of 197 (.264 avg, .751 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers, 21 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. He has played in 81 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 59 of 304 (.194 avg, .594 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 10 homers, 30 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has also whiffed 104 times so far in the majors, so he swings a lot. That being said, I like this deal for the A’s, as Coghlan had been struggling for them this year. Alcantara will start out in AAA-ball for the A’s, but he could be called up in the near future.
The Oakland A’s have placed 36-year old lefty starting pitcher Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right groin. Hill has pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year 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 this year….which are very impressive numbers. He has also hit 7 batters so far this year. Hill was signed to a 1-year, $6 million dollar deal last winter which raised some eyebrows. But it appears that the A’s got a bargain when everyone thought they overspent on Hill. The A’s need Hill to get healthy soon, as he has been their best starting pitcher in 2016….by a huge margin!
22-year old lefty swinging 1B Matt Olson came into this season as the Oakland A’s #6 prospect according to Baseball America. Olson has struggled in AAA-ball so far this year. He has played in 53 games in AAA-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 40 of 181 (.221 avg, .744 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 6 homers, 29 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Olson has also walked 32 times which is good, but he has also whiffed 59 times so far this year which is awful. Olson has now played in 508 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 451 of 1,828 (.247 avg, .840 OPS) with 317 runs scored, 92 homers, 339 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
The Oakland A’s have activated 26-year old righty starting pitcher Sonny Gray off of the disabled list. Gray has pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. The A’s hope that the rest Gray has gotten the last couple of weeks will have gotten him healthy and ready to pitch like he has before this season!
The Milwaukee Brewers have returned 26-year old switch-hitting infielder Colin Walsh to the Oakland A’s. The Brewers took Walsh in the Rule 5 Draft away from the A’s last December. Walsh was overmatched in his first show at the majors. He played in 38 games for the Brewers this year and he was 4 for 47 (.085 avg, .424 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. One a bright note, Walsh walked 15 times for the Brewers….but he also whiffing a stunningly awful 22 times. He will have to work his way to Oakland by playing well in the minors first.
The Oakland A’s have called up 26-year old lefty reliever Daniel Coulombe. Coulombe pitched in 3 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the A’s and he was 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. The A’s have sent 27-year old righty Andrew Triggs to AAA to make room on the roster for Coulombe. Triggs has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 8.00 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. Triggs will have to pitch good in AAA before he gets another shot with the A’s.
29-year old lefty swinging 1B Yonder Alonso could be running out of time with the Oakland A’s. Alonso has played in 52 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 33 of 157 (.210 avg, .557 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base. In his last 11 games, Alonso is only 4 for 31 (.129 avg, .390 OPS) with 4 runs scored. The A’s need Alonso to start hitting, or he’s just taking up space on the roster.
The Oakland A’s have called up 23-year old righty reliever J.B. Wendelken. Wendelken pitched in 2 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the A’s and he was 0-0 with a 19.29 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. He gave up 5 hits (1 homer), 2 walks and he whiffed 2 batters in only 2 1/3 innings for the A’s this year. He has also pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he is 1-2 with 4 saves, a 4.58 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.
UPDATE: (6/5/2016) – The A’s have sent J.B. Wendelken to AAA. He didn’t pitch for the A’s this time around.
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.
UPDATE: (5/31/2016) – The A’s have sent 27-year old righty starter/reliever Zach Neal to AAA to make room on the roster for Surkamp. Neal has pitched in 3 games (1 start) for the A’s so far this year and he was 0-1 with a 11.25 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
UPDATE II: (6/2/2016) – The A’s have sent Eric Surkamp back to AAA. Surkamp has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP.
Righty swinging SS Bert Campaneris used his speed to help the Oakland A’s win three World Series Championships (1972, 1973 and 1974) in his 13 years with the team! He played in 1,795 games in his 13 years with the Kansas City/Oakland A’s and he was 1,882 of 7,180 (.262 avg, .662 OPS) with 983 runs scored, 70 homers, 529 RBIs and 566 stolen bases. Campaneris had his best season with the A’s in 1970 when he played in 147 games in which he was 168 of 603 (.279 avg, .769 OPS) with 97 runs scored, 22 homers, 64 RBIs and 42 stolen bases. He finished #24 in the MVP voting in 1970, which was the only year in his Major League career that he hit more than 8 homers! Campaneris was an All-Star five times for the A’s. He had 7 years where he stole at least 51 bases while with the A’s. He led the American League in steals six times and he led the Major Leagues in steals twice in his time with the A’s! Campaneris played in 36 games in the post-season for the A’s and he was 35 of 144 (.243 avg, .638 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. In the three World Series the A’s won in 1972, 1973 and 1974….Campaneris played in 19 games in which he was 20 for 76 (.263 avg, .664 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 5 RBIs and 4 stolen bases! Campaneris is the A’s all-time leader in both games played (1,795) and hits (1,882)! He is also still #3 in runs scored (983), #10 in doubles (270), #12 in triples (70), #44 in homers (70), #27 in RBIs (529), #19 in walks (504) and #2 in stolen bases (566) behind only Rickey Henderson!