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A’s 2017 Non-Roster Invitees

The A’s announced their list of non-roster invitees to major league spring training camp on Thursday. A number of them are recently-signed minor league free agents, but many spent last season with the organization as well.

NON-ROSTER INVITEES

–New Position Players–

rl543432C Ryan Lavarnway

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 21 after playing in the Atlanta and Toronto farm systems in 2016. He combined to hit .266 with six home runs and 48 RBI in 91 games with Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A New Hampshire.

3B-2B Jermaine Curtis

Signed as a minor league free agent after hitting .291 with nine home runs and 50 RBI in 89 games with Triple-A Louisville in the Reds organization. He added 42 walks for a .404 on-base percentage.

OF-1B Chris Parmelee

Went 4-for-8 with two home runs and four RBI in six games with New York (AL) last year and is a .248 career hitter with 30 home runs and 98 RBI in 311 games over six seasons in the majors. He spent most of 2016 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he hit .248 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 64 games. He signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 19.

OF Jaff Decker

Hit .154 in 19 games with Tampa Bay last year and is a .162 career hitter in 60 games over four seasons in the majors. He also batted .255 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 99 games with Triple-A Durham. He signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 22.

OF Kenny Wilson

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 15. He combined to hit .255 with three home runs, 32 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 125 games with Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans in the Miami organization.

UPDATE:

OF Alejandro De Aza

Free agent outfielder Alejandro De Aza signed a minor league contract, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, and was added to the list of non-roster invitees to the A’s major league spring training camp. He spent the entire 2016 season with the New York Mets and hit .205 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 130 games.  He is a .261 career hitter in 810 games in nine Major League seasons with Florida (2007, 09), Chicago-AL (2010-14), Baltimore (2014-15), Boston (2015), San Francisco (2015) and New York-NL (2016).

 

–Returning Position Players–

mm473724bC-OF Matt McBride

Hit .209 with two RBI in 20 games with Oakland last year. He also batted .267 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 70 games with Nashville.

C Sean Murphy

Was the A’s third round selection in the 2016 draft and batted .228 with two home runs and seven RBI in 23 games in his professional debut with short-season Vermont and the A’s affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

2B-SS Josh Rodriguez

Returns for his second straight camp with the A’s as a non-roster invitee. He played for Midland and Nashville in 2016 and hit .263 with nine home runs and 53 RBI in 88 games.

3B Matt Chapman

The A’s first round pick in the 2014 draft returns for his second straight big league camp. He combined to hit .237 with 36 home runs and 96 RBI in 135 games with Double-A Midland and Nashville. He ranked third in all of minor league baseball in home runs and tied for 10th in RBI.

SS Richie Martin

The A’s first round pick in the 2015 draft returns for his second consecutive big league camp. He combined for a .235 average, three home runs, 38 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 91 games with Stockton and Midland.

2B Max Schrock

Was acquired from Washington for Marc Rzepczynski Aug. 25. He led all of minor league baseball with 177 hits after batting .331 with 32 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 71 RBI in 129 games with Stockton, Midland, Single-A Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown.

OF Andrew Lambo

Appeared in one game with Oakland and also hit .255 with four home runs and 30 RBI in 56 games with Nashville before missing the last half of the season following a diagnosis of testicular cancer.

UPDATES:

1B Rangel Ravelo

First baseman Rangel Ravelo cleared waivers, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, and was added to the list of non-roster invitees to the A’s major league spring training camp. He spent the entire 2016 season at Nashville, where he batted .262 with eight home runs and 54 RBI in 106 games.

1B-3B Max Muncy

Infielder Max Muncy cleared waivers, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, and was added to the list of non-roster invitees to the A’s major league spring training camp. He appeared in 51 games for Oakland and 64 games at Nashville in 2016.

 

–New Pitchers–

mb572728RHP Michael Brady

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 15. He combined for a 3-6 record and a 2.89 ERA in 18 games (12 starts) with Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in the Washington organization in 2016.

RHP Cesar Valdez

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 17 after going 12-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 30 games (18 starts) with Triple-A Fresno in the Houston organization. He ranked third in the Pacific Coast League in ERA and tied for fourth in wins. He walked 13 and struck out 114 in 138 1/3 innings.

RHP Josh Smith

Was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati Nov. 4 and outrighted to Nashville Nov. 18. He went 3-3 with a 4.68 ERA in 32 games (two starts) with the Reds. He was also 4-4 with a 3.80 ERA in nine games (eight starts) with Triple-A Louisville.

RHP Tyler Sturdevant

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 11. He went 0-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 16 relief appearances in his major league debut with Tampa Bay last year. He was also 3-2 with four saves and a 3.66 ERA in 34 games with Durham.

RHP Simon Castro

Signed as a minor league free agent after going 0-5 with 10 saves and a 3.38 ERA in 50 relief appearances with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Colorado farm system.

 

–Returning Pitchers–

fd467094LHP Felix Doubront

Missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing UCL reconstruction surgery April 12.

RHP Chris Smith

Was a non-roster invitee with the A’s last year. He went 6-8 with a 3.93 ERA in 22 starts at Nashville before joining Oakland Aug. 7. He had no decisions, a 2.92 ERA and .165 opponents batting average in 13 relief appearances with the A’s.

RHP Daniel Gossett

The A’s second round pick in the 2014 draft pitched for Stockton, Midland and Nashville in 2016 and combined for a 10-6 record and a 2.69 ERA in 27 appearances, all starts. He led the A’s farm system with 151 strikeouts.

RHP Heath Fillmyer

Oakland’s fifth round pick in the 2014 draft combined for a 7-6 record and a 3.29 ERA in 26 games, including 24 starts, with Single-A Stockton and Midland.

RHP Tucker Healy

A 23rd round selection in the 2012 draft, he spent the entire 2016 season at Nashville where he went 4-3 with eight saves, a 3.61 ERA and .202 opponents batting average in 44 relief appearances. He struck out 76 in 52 1/3 innings.

RHP Ryan Brasier (sold to Hiroshima Carp)

Second straight season as a non-roster invitee with the A’s. He was 5-3 with a save, a 3.56 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings over 46 relief appearances with Triple-A Nashville. (UPDATE: Ryan Brasier has been sold by the A’s to the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League.)

RHP Aaron Kurcz

Combined for a 9-1 record, five saves, a 3.03 ERA and .211 opponents batting average in 46 appearances with Midland and Nashville. He was acquired by the A’s from Atlanta for international bonus slot 4 on July 6, 2015.

RHP Trey Cochran-Gill

Was acquired from Seattle for Evan Scribner following the 2015 season and went 4-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 42 relief appearances with Midland in 2016. He added a 1.84 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.

LHP A.J. Puk

Was the A’s first round choice in the 2016 draft and went 0-4 with a 3.03 ERA and .185 opponents batting average in 10 starts with Vermont in his professional debut. He struck out 40 in 32 2/3 innings.

UPDATE:

LHP Ross Detwiler

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler signed a minor league contract, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, and was added to the list of non-roster invitees to the A’s major league spring training camp. He was acquired by the A’s from Cleveland in a minor league deal July 17 and combined for a 2-4 record and a 6.10 ERA in 16 major league games, including seven starts.  He was also 6-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 16 games, including 15 starts, with Triple-A Columbus and Nashville. Detwiler appeared in 9 games for Oakland and 4 games at Nashville in 2016.

(Information provided by A’s Media Relations)

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Monday, July 25th: Sounds Win behind Alcantara’s Big Bat while Seddon Pitches Hounds to Victory and Snappers Sweep Doubleheader

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Designated Hitter Arismendy Alcantara (4 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Designated Hitter Arismendy Alcantara (4 for 5 / HR / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Omaha Storm Chasers  5

Nashville Sounds       12

WP – Detwiler 2-0 / 4.09

HR – Nunez (15), Alcantara (8), Ravelo (6)

Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Arismendy Alcantara

(4 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

Designated hitter Arismendy Alcantara had a big game in his return to Nashville on Monday. The 24-year-old collected 4 hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in 4 runs, while third baseman Renato Nunez singled, hit his team-leading 15th home run and drove in 2 runs, and first baseman Rangel Ravelo homered and drove in a pair. Starter Ross Detwiler allowed 4 runs over 6 innings of work to earn his 2nd win for the Sounds. And with Oakland optioning RHP Jesse Hahn back to Nashville on Monday, Max Muncy was recalled by the A’s.

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Wednesday, July 6th: Biegalski & Bracewell Lead Snappers & Hounds to Shutout Victories while Sounds Suffer Loss in a Walk-Off

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Boomer Biegalski (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Boomer Biegalski (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K)

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers                2

Quad Cities River Bandits  0

WP – Biegalski 5-4 / 3.03

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Boomer Biegalski

(6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

Beloit starter Angel Duno tossed 2 shutout innings in his return from the disabled list on Wednesday, while RHP Dustin Driver failed to allow a run in his 1 inning of relief. RHP Boomer Biegalski then came on in the bottom of the 4th inning and dominated the rest of the way, allowing just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 6 scoreless innings of work to complete the Snappers’ 5-hit shutout and pick up his 5th win on Wednesday. Left felder Justin Higley doubled with two outs in the top of the 3rd, and shortstop Trace Loehr’s RBI double brought him home for Beloit’s first run, while first baseman Ryan Howell doubled and scored on catcher Jose Chavez’s sacrifice fly in the 5th. Meanwhile, catcher Andy Paz was reassigned from the RockHounds to the Snappers on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, June 28th: Chris Smith K’s 10 in Sounds’ Victory while Snappers Celebrate Walk-Off Win in 12th

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Smith (8 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Smith (8 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Omaha Storm Chasers  1

Nashville Sounds         5

WP – Smith 5-6 / 4.18

HR – Wendle (7)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Smith

(8 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / Win)

RHP Chris Smith turned in an impressive start for the Sounds, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 10 on Tuesday. Smith earned his 5th win and also took back the Pacific Coast League strikeout lead with 90 on the season. Second baseman Joey Wendle walked twice and slugged his 7th home run, while right fielder Matt Olson singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice. Left fielder Tyler Ladendorf collected a pair of hits, and shortstop Chad Pinder and center fielder Jaycob Brugman both singled and drove in runs for the Sounds. And with Josh Reddick returning from the disabled list for the A’s, Max Muncy was optioned back to Nashville on Tuesday.

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Friday, June 10th: Overton Tosses 6 Shutout Innings and Pinder, Brugman & Maxwell Homer to Help Sounds Win while Hounds Prevail in Extras

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds         10

Oklahoma City Dodgers  0

WP – Overton 6-4 / 3.63

HR – Pinder (5), Brugman (3), Maxwell (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dillon Overton

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

LHP Dillon Overton delivered another solid start for the Sounds, throwing 6 shutout innings to earn his 6th win on Friday. And the former 2nd-round draft pick has now notched a nifty 2.05 ERA over his last 5 starts for Nashville. After appearing for Stockton on Tuesday, RHP Liam Hendriks tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in his first rehab appearance for the Sounds, and RHP Ryan Doolittle got the final six outs to complete the 5-hit shutout. Center fielder Jaycob Brugman had a big night at the plate, belting his 3rd home run for the Sounds while also collecting a pair of doubles and driving in 3 runs. Catcher Bruce Maxwell and shortstop Chad Pinder both homered, doubled and drove in a pair to help Nashville maintain its 5-game lead in the Pacific Coast League American Southern division over rival Round Rock. In other news, Nashville’s Zach Neal and Max Muncy were both recalled by the A’s on Friday, while Oakland starter Jesse Hahn was optioned back to the Sounds. And Beloit starter James Naile was reassigned to Nashville to make Saturday’s start for Daniel Mengden, who is expected to make his major league debut for the A’s on Saturday.

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Thursday, June 9th: Sounds Split Doubleheader while Hounds Drop 6th in a Row & Stockton Suffers 9th Straight Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Catcher Matt McBride (2 for 2 / 2 Doubles / Walk / RBI)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Catcher Matt McBride (2 for 2 / 2 Doubles / Walk / RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

GAME #2

Nashville Sounds          4

Oklahoma City Dodgers  1

WP – Alvarez 1-0 / 0.00

Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Matt McBride

(2 for 2 / 2 Doubles / Walk / RBI)

After going 4 for 4 with a home run in Nashville’s last game on Tuesday, catcher Matt McBride came back to go 2 for 2 with 2 doubles and a walk to help the Sounds win the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader. And McBride has now failed to record an out in his last 8 plate appearances. Center fielder Jaycob Brugman singled and drove in a pair for the Sounds. RHP Eduard Santos came out of the bullpen to start the second game of the twinbill and performed well, allowing just 1 run while striking out 5 over 3 innings of work. After appearing in two games with Stockton, RHP R.J. Alvarez struck out 3 over 1 2/3 perfect innings of relief in his first rehab appearance for the Sounds, and LHP Patrick Schuster got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 5th save for Nashville. In other news, the A’s traded Chris Coghlan to the Cubs on Thursday in return for second baseman Arismendy Alcantara, who was assigned to the Sounds. And since Max Muncy did not appear in either game of Thursday’s doubleheader, it seems safe to assume that he may be set to take Coghlan’s roster spot with the A’s.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of May 30-June 5: Nashville Prospects Are Hot, Hot, Hot!

Nashville's hot-hitting Ryon Healy

Nashville’s hot-hitting Ryon Healy

Nashville has been the hottest team in the Pacific Coast League over the past few weeks, winning 18 of its last 21 games. The team’s rise has been fueled by impressive performances from some of the system’s top prospects – players like Renato Nunez, Matt Olson, Chad Pinder, Ryon Healy, Jaycob Brugman, Joey Wendle, Max Muncy, Daniel Mengden and Dillon Overton. Fortunately for the struggling A’s, things have been looking up down on the farm lately! A version of this weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Sunday, May 29th: Muncy Has 3 Hits to Help Sounds Win 7th Straight while Pimentel Homers in Ports Victory & Gossett Moves up to Midland

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Right Fielder Max Muncy (3 for 5 / Triple / Double / RBI)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Right Fielder Max Muncy (3 for 5 / Triple / Double / RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  7

Salt Lake Bees        4

WP – Naile 1-0 / 5.06

Prospect Of The Game:

Right Fielder Max Muncy

(3 for 5 / Triple / Double / RBI)

The Sounds bested the Bees to win their seventh straight on Sunday and Nashville now leads rival Round Rock by 2 ½ games in the Pacific Coast League’s American Southern Division. Right fielder Max Muncy tripled in the Sounds’ first run then came in to score the tying run in the top of the 4th inning. Muncy also singled, doubled and scored another run in the game, while third baseman Renato Nunez singled, doubled and drove in a pair for Nashville. With LHP Eric Surkamp held out of his scheduled start on Sunday so that he can start for Oakland on Tuesday, RHP James Naile was promoted from Beloit to make the start for the Sounds, and the 23-year-old ended up allowing 3 runs over 5 1/3 innings to earn the win in his Triple-A debut.

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Thursday, May 26th: Joey Wendle Leads Hit Parade as Sounds Score 13 in 4th Straight Win while Stockton Surrenders 29 Runs in Loss to Lancaster

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Second Baseman Joey Wendle (4 for 4 / 2 Doubles / Triple / Walk / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Second Baseman Joey Wendle (4 for 4 / 2 Doubles / Triple / Walk / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  13

Las Vegas 51s          2

WP – Smith 3-5 / 4.19

HR – Muncy (7), Healy (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Joey Wendle

(4 for 4 / 2 Doubles / Triple / Walk / 3 RBIs)

The Sounds scored a season-high 13 runs on a season-high 19 hits as they won their fourth straight to sweep their 4-game series with Las Vegas on Thursday. Second baseman Joey Wendle led the hit parade with 4 hits, including a pair of doubles and a triple, and also walked and drove in 3 runs in the game. Left fielder Max Muncy and first baseman Ryon Healy each had 3 hits and homered, while shortstop Chad Pinder also collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair. Starter Chris Smith allowed 2 runs in 6 innings of work to earn his 3rd win for the Sounds, who now lead the American Southern Division by a game and a half over rival Round Rock.

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Wednesday, May 25th: Matt Chapman’s 2 HRs Help Hounds Win while Daniel Mengden Impresses Again in Sounds’ Extra-Innings Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  5

Springfield Cardinals     2

WP – Jensen 3-4 / 5.89

HR – Chapman 2 (13), Marincov (1), Nogowski (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Base Matt Chapman

(2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Third baseman Matt Chapman smacked 2 home runs to take back the Texas League home run lead and help the Hounds win their second straight against Springfield on Wednesday. Chapman slugged a solo shot with two outs in the top of the 1st to give Midland an early lead and then tagged a 2-run homer in his next trip to the plate in the 4th. Right fielder Tyler Marincov immediately followed that up with his 1st Texas League home run as he and Chapman went back-to-back, and designated hitter John Nogowski then notched his 1st home run since joining the RockHounds in the 5th. Starter Chris Jensen had a solid outing, allowing just 1 run over 5 innings of work to earn his 3rd win, and RHP Ben Bracewell got the final three outs to post his 2nd save for Midland.

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