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A’s In The AFL – Nov. 3-8 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: RHP Ryan Doolittle

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: RHP Ryan Doolittle

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 3 – 8)

Monday, November 3rd:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 4, while RHP Ryan Doolittle struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in Mesa’s 1-0 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, November 4th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run, while center fielder Boog Powell went 0 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 3-1 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 5th:

RHP Drew Granier tossed 2 scoreless innings, while RHP Austin House pitched 1 perfect inning of relief in Mesa’s 11-2 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 6th:

Left fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, while shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with an RBI, and RHP Ryan Doolittle allowed 1 run and struck out 2 in 2 innings of relief in Mesa’s 4-2 10-inning win on Thursday.

Friday, November 7th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run, while left fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 5 in Mesa’s 5-2 loss on Friday.

Saturday, November 8th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3, and designated hitter Boog Powell went 0 for 4, while RHP Tanner Peters allowed 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss, RHP Drew Granier gave up 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings, and RHP Austin House also allowed 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 11-4 loss on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – November 8)

Daniel Robertson (SS)

63 AB / 1 HR / 11 BB / 16 K / .333 AVG / .436 OBP / .397 SLG / .833 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

60 AB / 2 HR / 11 BB / 9 K / .333 AVG / .437 OBP / .483 SLG / .920 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)
35 AB / 4 HR / 10 BB / 9 K / .257 AVG / .435 OBP / .686 SLG / 1.120 OPS

Tanner Peters (RHP)

13 1/3 IP / 15 H / 6 ER / 6 BB / 14 K / 4.05 ERA / 1.58 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

13 1/3 IP / 15 H / 10 ER / 9 BB / 9 K / 6.75 ERA / 1.80 WHIP

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

12 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / 1.50 ERA / 0.75 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

10 1/3 IP / 8 H / 5 ER / 6 BB / 5 K / 4.35 ERA / 1.35 WHIP

 

In Other News…

First baseman Matt Olson has not appeared in an AFL contest since exiting a game on October 28 with a shoulder injury after a collision at first base. Over the past month, the A’s have acquired four arms (LHP Brad Mills and RHPs Jorge De Leon, Kevin Whelan and Taylor Thompson) along with one outfielder (Andrew Brown), all of whom are expected to provide depth for the team at Triple-A Nashville next season. Meanwhile, last season’s River Cats saves leader, RHP Jeremy McBryde, signed a major league contract with the Angels after becoming a minor league free agent this week. And A’s assistant general manager Farhan Zaidi was named the Dodgers’ new general manager on Thursday. We spoke often with Farhan about the A’s farm system and wish him well in his new position. You can check out our last interview with him here.

Below you’ll find a list of all the A’s minor league players who declared free agency this week. These players are now free to sign with any organization, or to re-sign with the A’s organization if they choose to.

Catchers: Luke Montz, Luis Martinez

Infielders: Jose Martinez, Dusty Coleman, Jefry Marte, Darwin Perez, Luis Baez

Outfielders: Nick Buss, Jeremy Barfield, Kenny Wilson, D’Arby Myers

Pitchers: Matt Buschmann, Joe Savery, Philip Humber, Jeremy McBryde, Jose Flores, Deryk Hooker, Marcus Walden, Tim Sexton, Shawn Haviland, Frank Gailey, Omar Duran, Tim Alderson, Manny Correa, Fernand Cruzado

 

 

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Thursday, August 28th: Luke Montz Hits 3 HRs as AZL A’s Win Finale while Daric Barton & Tyler Marincov Both Homer Twice for Cats & Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Catcher Luke Montz (3 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Catcher Luke Montz (3 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Cubs  3

AZL A’s    6

WP – Navas 6-5 / 3.30

HR – Montz 3 (5)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Luke Montz

(3 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

After missing most of the season, catcher Luke Montz appears to be raring to go down in the desert. Montz smashed 3 home runs – a 3-run shot in the 1st inning followed by a solo shot in the 3rd and another in the 8th – and ended up driving in 5 of his team’s 6 runs to help the A’s win their Arizona League finale on Thursday night. Starter Carlos Navas allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 6 innings of work to earn his 6th win, while RHP Tyler Willman gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief, and RHP Jesus Rivas pitched a perfect 9th to post his 7th save for the A’s.

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Wednesday, August 27th: Dylan Covey Tosses 7 Shutout Innings in Ports Victory while Nate Long Notches League-Leading 13th Win for RockHounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Dylan Covey (7 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Dylan Covey (7 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Bakersfield Blaze  2

Stockton Ports    5

WP – Covey 3-4 / 6.00

HR – Healy (15)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dylan Covey

(7 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / Win)

Stockton starter Dylan Covey had a no-hitter going through 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday until giving up a single with 2 outs in the top of the 7th inning. It was the only hit that Covey would allow over 7 shutout innings as he earned his 3rd win for the Ports. RHP Michael Ynoa came on to strike out the side in a spotless 8th, but RHP Bobby Wahl surrendered 2 solo home runs before retiring the side in the 9th. Designated hitter Ryon Healy hit his 15th home run, while first baseman Matt Olson had a pair of doubles, and catcher Beau Taylor and outfielder Tyler Marincov drove in a pair of runs apiece for the Ports.

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Monday, August 25th: Shawn Haviland Pitches Hounds into Playoffs while Zach Neal Wins as Sacramento Scores 20

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Shawn Haviland (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Shawn Haviland (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders        1

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Haviland 7-7 / 3.75

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Shawn Haviland

(8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

RockHounds starter Shawn Haviland delivered an impressive outing on Monday to help Midland clinch a Texas League playoff berth in the Hounds’ last home game of the regular season. Haviland allowed just 3 hits over 8 shutout innings to earn his 7th win this season. And Midland will now face Frisco in a first-round playoff series next week in the team’s first playoff appearance since 2010. Shortstop Dusty Coleman doubled in 2 runs and scored twice, while second baseman Conner Crumbliss had 2 hits and drove in a pair. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield singled, doubled, walked and scored a run, and designated hitter D’Arby Myers had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the RockHounds.

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Wednesday, August 13th: Chad Pinder’s 3-Run Homer Leads Ports to Victory while Luke Montz Homers and Doubles Twice in AZL Doubleheader

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Chad Pinder (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Chad Pinder (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   5

Visalia Rawhide   2

WP – Bowman 6-7 / 5.11

HR – Pinder (13)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

After going 0 for his last 18, shortstop Chad Pinder stepped to the plate in the top of the 4th with two men on and the game a scoreless tie and slugged a 3-run homer to provide the Ports with all the runs they would need on Wednesday night. Catcher Beau Taylor doubled in a run in the 5th, while outfielder Bobby Crocker and designated hitter Renato Nunez had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports. Starter Josh Bowman allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 6 innings of work to earn his 6th win, while RHPs Kris Hall and Rodolfo Fernandez each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief, and RHP Austin House pitched a perfect 9th to post his 17th save.

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Sunday, August 10th: Jaycob Brugman Hits Pair of Homers in Ports Victory while Sacramento Wins Slugfest in Reno

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (2 Home Runs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (2 Home Runs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts       2

Stockton Ports  6

WP – Alderson 3-0 / 2.76

HR – Nunez (29), Brugman 2 (7), Taylor (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman

(2 Home Runs)

The Ports once again upheld their reputation for hitting home runs by slugging 4 round-trippers on Sunday night. Outfielder Jaycob Brugman belted 2 home runs to give him a total of 5 over Stockton’s last 5 games. Catcher Beau Taylor homered for the third straight night, while third baseman Renato Nunez hit his 29th home run in the 3rd inning to give Stockton the lead, and shortstop Daniel Robertson singled, doubled and walked to extend his hitting streak to 16 games and raise his batting average to .307. RHP Tim Alderson turned in his fourth straight quality start for Stockton, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 6 over 7 innings of work to earn his 3rd win for the Ports.

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Friday, June 20th: Nunez’s Big Bat Leads Ports to Victory while Cats Win and A’s Top Draft Pick Matt Chapman Makes Pro Debut

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (3 for 5 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (3 for 5 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Bakersfield Blaze  5

Stockton Ports    9

WP – Duran 1-2 / 3.21

HR – Nunez (11)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Renato Nunez

(3 for 5 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

A big night from designated hitter Renato Nunez helped Stockton overcome an early 4-run deficit and best Bakersfield on Friday. Nunez collected 3 hits in the game, and he homered for the second straight night to put the Ports on the board in the 4th. He then singled in the tying run in the 5th, and also drove in a pair of runs in Stockton’s 5-run 6th. Thursday night’s hitting star, first baseman Matt Olson, drew 3 walks, while outfielders Dusty Robinson and Billy McKinney and second baseman Chad Pinder had a pair of hits apiece and each drove in a run for the Ports. Starter Chris Lamb had a rare rough outing, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits over 4 innings of work, while LHP Omar Duran struck out 5 in 2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up his 1st win for Stockton.

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A’s & River Cats Roster Outlook

Scott Kazmir - the A's $22 million dollar man

Scott Kazmir – the $22 million dollar man

It appears that most of the A’s off-season work is done. The team has found capable replacements for departing free agents Bartolo Colon, Grant Balfour and Chris Young and filled a few other holes as well. It’s possible that someone like Alberto Callaspo, who’s set to earn close to $5 million and doesn’t have a full-time position, could still end up being traded before spring training is through. It’s possible that a few younger players with major league experience who are out of options like outfielder Michael Taylor or reliever Evan Scribner could be dealt as well. But for the most part, barring any unforeseen injury issues, it looks like the A’s are now holding most of the cards they’ll be playing to start the 2014 season. And it’s becoming increasingly clear who most of the players are that Sacramento River Cats fans can expect to be seeing at Raley Field in 2014 as well.

 

2014 OAKLAND A’S

One area that seems to be most clearly set for the team is the outfield, with Josh Reddick in right, Coco Crisp in center, Yoenis Cespedes in left and newcomer Craig Gentry serving as the fourth outfielder. The left side of the infield will also remain in place for the A’s, with the team’s most valuable player in 2014, Josh Donaldson, manning the hot corner and the team’s best-hitting shortstop in recent memory, Jed Lowrie, returning to shortstop.

The other four positions in the lineup – second base, first base, catcher and designated hitter – are the areas where the A’s will deploy their patented platoons. Free agent infielder Nick Punto is likely to take over for Adam Rosales and Callaspo as Eric Sogard’s platoon partner at second base. And based on manager Bob Melvin’s comments, it seems like that might push Callaspo into the role of Brandon Moss’s platoon partner at first base, which would then push Nate Freiman to Sacramento along with fellow first baseman Daric Barton.

Craig "Kitten Face" Gentry

Craig “Kitten Face” Gentry

Melvin’s recent comments also make it sound like John Jaso is likely to get most of the DH at-bats, replacing the departed Seth Smith in that position, while against left-handers, Craig Gentry would join the lineup in left field with Yoenis Cespedes moving into the DH spot. With Jaso getting most of the DH at-bats, that requires the A’s to carry a third catcher, and that’s most likely to be Stephen Vogt, who got plenty of valuable experience last year down the stretch and in the postseason for the A’s. And his left-handed bat is the perfect complement to righty-swinging backstop Derek Norris, who hit just .149 against right-handed pitching last year.

Basically, Vogt would be replacing Jaso in the catching platoon, just as he did late last year, with Jaso moving out from behind the plate to replace Seth Smith in the DH platoon, while Punto replaces Callaspo in the second base platoon, Callaspo replaces Freiman in the first place platoon and Craig Gentry takes Chris Young’s place in the lineup against left-handers.

As far as the pitching staff goes, the plan seems pretty clear. Free agent lefty Scott Kazmir will take over for Bartolo Colon as the veteran presence in the team’s starting rotation, while young righty Sonny Gray appears set to take lefty Tommy Milone’s spot in the rotation, just as he did late last season, with Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily rounding out the starting five.

Meanwhile, in the bullpen, Jim Johnson will take over for Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, while top-notch setup man Luke Gregerson will take the roster spot that Pat Neshek occupied most of last season and lefty Fernando Abad is likely to take Jerry Blevins’ spot on the left side of the bullpen, with fellow lefty Sean Doolittle and righties Ryan Cook, Jesse Chavez and Dan Otero rounding out the rest of the A’s bullpen – though it’s possible that, since he’s out of options, the team could also decide to have Evan Scribner take Otero’s spot to start the season. The A’s will also likely start the season with two relievers who are both recovering from Tommy John surgery on the disabled list – recently-signed free agent lefty Eric O’Flaherty and righty Fernando Rodriguez, who was acquired from the Astros in the Jed Lowrie deal.

 

2014 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

If we make the preceding assumptions about the major league roster, then the River Cats roster starts to fall pretty clearly into place. Of course, there are a few players who are out of options, and it’s quite possible that at least one of them won’t end up clearing waivers.

Daric Barton: Back in River City?

Daric Barton: Back in River City?

The A’s have two veteran minor league catchers to handle the River Cats pitching staff, returning backstop Luke Montz along with Chris Gimenez, who was recently claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, the team looks to be overloaded with first basemen, with Daric Barton, Nate Freiman and Anthony Aliotti all looking for playing time – unless the A’s end up trading Callaspo and opening up a roster spot for Freiman as Brandon Moss’s platoon partner. If not, there could still be plenty of playing time to be found for all three between the first base and the designated hitter spot.

Returning River Cat Andy Parrino appears to be set at shortstop. Hiro Nakajima is likely to get the majority of starts at third base while also picking up at-bats at other positions around the infield, while free agent signees Jose Martinez and Alden Carrithers should get most of the playing time at second base. Shane Peterson is set to return to Sacramento’s outfield, along with Jake Goebbert and, if they clear waivers, veteran minor leaguers Michael Taylor and Corey Brown (who was recently designated for assignment).

The River Cats should have plenty of worthy contenders for their starting rotation. If the A’s other five starters are all healthy to start the season, then Tommy Milone is likely to anchor Sacramento’s starting five, along with recently-acquired righty Josh Lindblom and lefty Drew Pomeranz. Returning River Cats Andrew Werner and Arnold Leon will also be competing for a spot as well as free agent signees Phil Humber and Matt Buschmann, with those don’t make the rotation starting the season in the River Cats bullpen. If he clears waivers, they’re likely to be joined there by Evan Scribner, along with returning River Cats Paul Smyth and Fernando Nieve and free agent signees Deryk Hooker and Jose Flores as well as Triple-A Rule 5 draftee Tim Atherton.

So that’s how things seem to be shaping up for both the A’s and the River Cats, assuming everyone clears waivers and Billy Beane doesn’t have any last-minute surprises up his sleeve!

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A’s Eager to Deal Prospects to Win Now!

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Billy Beane’s been a busy boy!

A’s general manager Billy Beane has had a busy week – and it ain’t over yet! On Monday, the team signed free agent left-handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year $22 million deal. And later that same day, the A’s acquired right-handed closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore in return for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later.

Then on Tuesday, the team traded two of its top minor league prospects, outfielder Michael Choice and second baseman Chris Bostick, to Texas for outfielder Craig Gentry and right-handed starter Josh Lindblom. The A’s then followed that up just hours later by sending outfielder Seth Smith to San Diego for right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson.

Just the previous week, the team dealt minor league outfielder John Wooten to Washington for left-handed reliever Fernando Abad. And two weeks prior to that, the A’s signed utility infielder Nick Punto as a free agent.

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Craig “Kitten Face” Gentry

The A’s new outfielder, Craig Gentry – who was nicknamed “Kitten Face” in Texas – is a right-handed hitting outfielder who can play all three outfield positions. He brings excellent defense and speed and hits lefties well, so he figures to take Chris Young’s place as a right-handed platoon player and fourth outfielder who could take over full time in center field for the A’s when Coco Crisp becomes a free agent after next season.

In order to acquire Gentry, the A’s gave up their top outfield prospect, who also happened to be the team’s top major-league-ready hitting prospect, former 1st-round draft pick Michael Choice. After hitting .302 at Triple-A Sacramento in 2013, many had hoped that Choice would be given the chance to fill Young’s role on the A’s roster in 2014. But instead, he’ll get the chance to battle for a starting spot in the Rangers’ outfield this season.

Top talent evaluators are divided on Choice’s chances for success as a major league slugger. But the A’s have a history of undervaluing and trading away talented young outfielders who’ve gone on to become successful major league hitters elsewhere. And A’s fans have to hope that Choice doesn’t turn out to be the next Andre Ethier, Nelson Cruz or Carlos Gonzalez in Texas.

With Choice now gone, Shane Peterson and Michael Taylor are now the most major-league-ready outfielders at the upper levels of the A’s minor league system, while 20-year-old B.J. Boyd and 19-year-old Billy McKinney are the team’s top outfield prospects at the lower levels of the system.

The A’s also traded away their top second base prospect, Chris Bostick, in the deal. And it looks increasingly likely that shortstop Daniel Robertson might have to try to make the move to second base to provide a future double play partner for top shortstop prospect Addison Russell. With fellow second baseman Jemile Weeks now gone as well, Sacramento’s 2014 infield could be comprised of Daric Barton or Anthony Aliotti at first base, minor league free agent signee Jose Martinez at second base, Andy Parrino at shortstop, Hiro Nakajima at third base and Dusty Coleman as the utility infielder filling in at second, short and third.

Meanwhile, RHP Josh Lindblom is likely to start the season in Sacramento’s starting rotation, along with River Cats returnees Arnold Leon and Andrew Werner as well as recent minor league free agent signees Phil Humber and Matt Buschmann.

Scott Kazmir - the $22 million dollar man

Scott Kazmir – the $22 million dollar man

At the major league level, new acquisitions Scott Kazmir and Jim Johnson are clearly intended to take the place of free agents Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour on the A’s pitching staff. With Kazmir guaranteed $11 million this season, Johnson expected to net $10-11 million in arbitration and seven starting pitchers currently on the staff, the A’s second-highest-paid starter, Brett Anderson at $8 million, is expected to be the A’s most appetizing bit of a trade bait to be dangled at next week’s Winter Meetings. And rumors already have the Blue Jays, Twins, Royals, Yankees, Indians and Mariners licking their lips over the left-hander.

Assuming the A’s are able to complete a deal for Anderson, the team’s 2014 rotation would then be comprised of five of the following six starters: Scott Kazmir, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily and Sonny Gray. Given the general health of starting pitchers, it wouldn’t be surprising if one out of any group of six starters wasn’t 100% healthy to start the season, so I wouldn’t bother spending too much time worrying about which five of the six will end up making the opening day cut – it’ll surely sort itself out by the end of spring.

As far as the A’s bullpen goes, new closer Jim Johnson, who has saved at least 50 games in each of the last two seasons, and new RHP Luke Gregerson, who has been one of the best setup men in the National League over the past couple of years, are set to join LHPs Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins and RHPs Ryan Cook and Jesse Chavez, who is out options and whom the A’s value as a long man and spot starter.

Since the team typically likes to carry seven relievers, there’s room for one more arm in the A’s pen, and RHP Dan Otero is clearly the most deserving candidate for the final spot. But since Fernando Abad, Evan Scribner, Pedro Figueroa and Fernando Rodriguez are all out of options, it’s possible that Otero could start the season being stashed at Sacramento, waiting for someone to hit the DL while one of the others is given a shot.

Over the past week and a half, the A’s farm system has suffered the loss of outfielder Michael Choice, second baseman Jemile Weeks, second baseman Chris Bostick and outfielder John Wooten. And in the last six months, the team lost its 2007 #1 draft pick James Simmons as a minor league free agent and traded away 2008’s #1 pick Jemile Weeks, 2009’s #1 pick Grant Green and 2010’s #1 pick Michael Choice. 2011’s #1 pick Sonny Gray has already made it to the majors, while 2012’s #1 pick Addison Russell should be starting the season at Double-A Midland and 2013’s #1 pick Billy McKinney is expected to start the year at Class-A Beloit.

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Brett Anderson – next up on the trading block?

As previously mentioned, LHP Brett Anderson is the most likely member of the A’s roster to be the next one to find himself on Billy Beane’s trading block, with infielder Alberto Callaspo not far behind. With six other starters on the staff, a long injury history and an $8 million salary attached to his name, Anderson is clearly expendable. And with a salary close to $5 million and no definite spot in the A’s lineup, Callaspo seems to just be taking up roster and salary space at this point.

Outfielders Seth Smith, Chris Young and Michael Choice have all recently departed, with Craig Gentry being the only outfielder the A’s have acquired to take their place. So it certainly seems like there could be room for one more big OF/DH bat to be added to the A’s lineup to help boost the team’s offensive output, possibly as the result of an Anderson deal.

It’s also been reported that the A’s have been inquiring about middle infielders and catchers in trade talks for Anderson. So the team could be looking for a second baseman to take the place of Eric Sogard, or a shortstop who would then enable Jed Lowrie to make the move to second, or possibly a catcher who would allow John Jaso to take over for Seth Smith in the designated hitter role.

The A’s major league roster currently shapes up with Jaso and Norris as the catching platoon, Donaldson, Lowrie, Sogard, Punto, Moss and Freiman serving around the infield, and Cespedes, Crisp, Reddick and Gentry making up the outfield. Since the team typically likes to carry thirteen position players, that leaves one last roster spot open. At this point, it would most likely be filled by Callaspo. But if he ends up being traded, then it would be Barton, unless, of course, the A’s acquire another big bat who would end up pushing Barton back to Sacramento.

With all the current question marks, one thing seems certain – Beane and company aren’t done dealing just yet, and the A’s roster is far from set. There are surely more changes to come. But for the time being, here’s how things are shaping up for the 2014 A’s and River Cats, assuming everyone who’s out of options can clear waivers.

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Tuesday, June 11th: Murphy Pitches Hounds to Victory while Beloit Wins Behind Bostick’s Big Bat and Cats & Ports Both Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Sean Murphy (6 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds RHP Sean Murphy (6 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  1

Reno Aces                         4

LP – Gray 6-4 / 2.48

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 6 K)

 

Top pitching prospect Sonny Gray made his 9th straight quality start on Tuesday, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 6 over 6 innings of work, but he still ended up taking the loss. The River Cats managed just 5 games in the game, with catcher Luke Montz doubling in the Cats only run of the night.

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