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Saturday, June 14th: Dan Straily Pitches Sacramento to Victory while Midland Falls, Stockton, Beloit & Vermont All Win and Michael Taylor Is Traded

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Dan Straily (7 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 9 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Dan Straily (7 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Iowa Cubs                           4

Sacramento River Cats  9

WP – Straily 4-1 / 3.55

HR – Freiman (11), Ladendorf (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dan Straily

(7 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 9 K / Win)

RHP Dan Straily turned in an impressive start for Sacramento on Saturday, allowing just 1 run while striking out 9 over 7 innings to earn his 4th win for the River Cats. First baseman Nate Freiman had another big night at the plate, hitting his 11th home run and his 19th double and driving in 2 runs, while shortstop Tyler Ladendorf homered and had a pair of doubles. Left fielder Colin Walsh and third baseman Jose Martinez each drove in a pair of runs, and second baseman Wade Kirkland went 0 for 4 with a stolen base in his debut for Sacramento. In other news, the River Cats’ all-time hit-leader, outfielder Michael Taylor, was traded to the White Sox in exchange for RHP Jake Sanchez. This year for Class-A Kannapolis, Sanchez has posted an ERA of 2.80 and struck out 66 batters in 61 innings of work. And word has it that RHP Zach Neal is set to be promoted from Midland to Sacramento to take Michael Taylor’s place on the River Cats roster.

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Tuesday, June 10th: Taylor Drives Home Winning Run for Cats while Snappers Win in 17 and Hounds Go Down to Defeat

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Michael Taylor (2 for 3 / 2 RBIs / GWRBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Michael Taylor (2 for 3 / 2 RBIs / GWRBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Omaha Strom Chasers      2

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Lindblom 3-3 / 6.50

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(2 for 3 / 2 RBIs / GWRBI)

With 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th and Sacramento down by a run, outfielder Michael Taylor smacked his second single of the night to drive in 2 runs and provide the margin of victory for the River Cats on Tuesday. Shorstop Andy Parrino and second baseman Jake Elmore, in his second game back from the disabled list, had a pair of hits apiece for Sacramento. Starter Josh Lindblom allowed 2 runs and struck out 6 over 6 1/3 innings to earn his 3rd win, while RHP Evan Scribner got the final 3 outs for his 9th save, and LHP Justin Marks came in to get the last out of the 8th in his River Cats debut.

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Saturday, May 31st: Buschmann & Atherton Pitch Cats & Ports to Victory while Snappers Win in Extras and Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Matt Buschmann (7 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Matt Buschmann (7 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  12

Fresno Grizzlies                    3

WP – Buschmann 4-0 / 4.28

HR – Taylor (5), Vogt (3), Barton (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Matt Buschmann

(7 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

RHP Matt Buschmann delivered an impressive start for Sacramento on Saturday, allowing 3 runs, just 2 earned, while walking none and striking out 9 over 7 innings of work to earn his 4th win for the Cats. Catcher Stephen Vogt continued his hot hitting, notching a double along with a 3-run homer, while outfielder Michael Taylor homered and drove in 3, and first baseman Daric Barton belted his 1st home run for the River Cats. With Saturday’s victory, Sacramento has now won 10 of its last 11 games.

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Monday, May 5th: Snappers Win behind Covey’s Stellar Start while Hounds & Ports Fall and Cats Come Up Short Despite Taylor’s Slam

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Dylan Covey (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

 Beloit Snappers Pitcher Dylan Covey      (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  1

Peoria Chiefs         0

WP – Covey 2-2 / 3.97

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dylan Covey

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

RHP Dylan Covey, the A’s 4th-round pick in last year’s draft, had his best start for the Snappers this season, allowing just 3 hits over 8 scoreless innings to earn his 2nd win, while RHP Andres Avila got the final 3 outs for his 3rd save. Beloit batters had just 5 hits in the game. First baseman Michael Soto doubled, outfielder B.J. Boyd had a pair of hits, and second baseman Sam Roberts singled in the only run of the game for the Snappers.

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Thursday, May 1st: Freiman’s Big Bat Leads Cats to Victory while Hounds Win, Ports & Snappers Fall and Pinder & Streich Named April Players of the Month

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Nate Freiman (3 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats 1B Nate Freiman (3 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tacoma Rainiers                 7

Sacramento River Cats  11

WP – Leon 2-1 / 4.34

HR – Taylor (3), Matthes (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Nate Freiman

(3 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

RHP Arnold Leon had a rocky start for the River Cats, allowing 4 runs on 10 hits over 5 innings of work, but he still managed to pick up his 2nd win for Sacramento on Thursday. With RHP Josh Lindblom having made the start on Wednesday, both he and Leon would be in a position to possibly make a start for the A’s in next week’s scheduled doubleheader against Seattle. First baseman Nate Freiman had 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in 4 runs in the game, including the go-ahead run, while outfielder Michael Taylor singled, homered and drove in 3, and designated hitter Kent Matthes doubled, homered and drove in a pair for the Cats.

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Sunday, April 27th: Long Pitches Hounds to Victory while Ports Win, Cats Fall and Snappers Put on Hold

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Nate Long (5 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 2 K / Win)

 Midland RockHounds RHP Nate Long  (5 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 2 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  9

San Antonio Missions     2

WP – Long 3-0 / 4.32

HR – Coleman (3), Oberacker (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Nate Long

(5 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 2 K / Win)

RHP Nate Long, making his second start since RHP Tanner Peters was placed on the disabled list, turned in an impressive performance on Sunday, allowing just 1 hit over 5 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win for the RockHounds. Outfielder Chad Oberacker had 3 hits, including his 1st home run, and drove in 3 runs, while first baseman Max Muncy doubled, had a pair of singles and drove in 3, shortstop Dusty Coleman hit a 3-run homer in the 9th, and third baseman Jefry Marte singled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

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Thursday, April 10th: Pinder Helps Ports Prevail in 18-Inning Marathon while Cats, Hounds & Snappers All Fall as Vogt Hits DL

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Second Baseman Chad Pinder (Home Run / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

Stockton Ports Second Baseman Chad Pinder (HR / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Visalia Rawhide   5

Stockton Ports  6

WP – Robinson 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Nunez (2), Pinder (2), Crocker (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chad Pinder

(Home Run / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

It was a big night for Stockton second baseman Chad Pinder, who played a key role in the Ports’ 18-inning win on Thursday night. Last year’s 3rd overall draft pick for the A’s hit a 2-run homer in the 5th inning to tie the game, and doubled to lead off the bottom of the 18th and ultimately scored the winning run when outfielder Billy McKinney singled to bring him home from second and finally bring an end to the 5 hour and 27 minute home opener for Stockton on Thursday. McKinney had previously struck out 3 times in the game, as did designated hitter Ryon Healy, who went 0 for 8. Catcher Bruce Maxwell collected 3 hits, while first baseman Matt Olson singled, doubled and walked twice, third baseman Renato Nunez hit his second homer in as many games to put the Ports on the board in the 1st, and outfielder Bobby Crocker homered in the 9th to send the contest to extra innings. RHP Manny Correa started the game and allowed 4 runs in 6 innings of work, while RHP Nolan Sanburn surrendered 1 run in 2 innings of relief, RHPs Tucker Healy and Kris Hall each tossed 2 scoreless innings, converted outfielder Jeremy Barfield struck out 5 in 3 scoreless innings in his third pitching appearance for the Ports. Infielder Wade Kirkland came in to toss a scoreless 16th and 17th and outfielder Dusty Robinson, who’d doubled twice and driven in a run, pitched a scoreless 18th inning to earn the win.

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Saturday, April 5th: Taylor Homers to Lead Cats to Victory while Ports Win, Hounds Lose & Snappers Split Twinbill

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Michael Taylor (Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Michael Taylor (HR / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  12

Salt Lake Bees                    7

WP – Blanton 1-0 / 9.00

HR – Taylor (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

River Cats’ all-time hit-leader Michael Taylor tagged a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning to give Sacramento the lead, and the team never looked back, tacking on ten more runs before the night was through. Taylor doubled in another run, while shortstop Tyler Ladendorf singled, doubled and drove in 3, outfielder Jake Goebbert tripled, doubled and drove in 2, and third baseman Alden Carrithers collected 3 hits and drove in a pair. Joe Blanton, making his first start since returning to the A’s organization, allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, on 9 hits over 5 innings of work to pick up the win for the Cats.

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Unexpected Injuries & Surprising Spring Performances Could Change the Face of the A’s Opening Day Roster

Bob Melvin

A’s manager Bob Melvin might end up with a few tricky decisions to have to make.

This was originally expected to be a rare spring where most of the A’s roster was pretty much set, with very few roster questions left to be answered. Possibly the biggest question when camp opened was – who would be the 13th position player to make the squad?

For much of the offseason, there was some uncertainty surrounding John Jaso’s physical status and manager Bob Melvin frequently mentioned his name as a likely candidate to get lots of at-bats as the team’s designated hitter. So it was expected the A’s would probably need to carry three catchers, meaning that lefty-swinging backstop Stephen Vogt, who ably filled in for Jaso when he went down last season, would likely make the team.

Once games got going though, it started to look like Jaso was ready to reclaim his spot behind the plate and it seemed that first baseman Daric Barton, who is out of options, was emerging as the favorite to claim the final roster spot. That wasn’t the only new development to shake up the A’s roster picture though.

Reliever Ryan Cook reported to camp with a sore shoulder that kept him off the mound, newly-acquired outfielder Craig Gentry arrived in Arizona with a strained back that kept him out of the lineup and, just this weekend, first baseman Barton had to be pulled from Saturday’s contest against Colorado after straining his left hamstring – and as we all know, hamstring issues can be notoriously tricky.

Prior to tweaking his hamstring though, Barton had been garnering attention as one of the A’s hottest hitters in the early spring, posting a .444/.643/.667 slash line in his first 7 games. But a number of other players had also been busy putting themselves on the map by coming out of the box with strong spring performances, including Barton’s chief competitor for the final roster spot, catcher Stephen Vogt, along with a trio of outfielders – veteran Sam Fuld, former top prospect Michael Taylor and young speed-burner Billy Burns – while right-handed reliever Evan Scribner was also doing his best to impress out of the bullpen.

Clearly, between some unexpected injuries and some surprising early spring performances, there could be a few changes to the face of the A’s opening day roster. So let’s take at how things are shaping up with a little over three weeks to go until opening day…

THE INJURED

Ryan Cook

rc77-19452-JCounted on as one of the A’s key setup men, Cook arrived in camp with a sore shoulder and, more than three weeks after pitchers first reported, he still hasn’t faced live batters. Even if the right-hander is able to get into a game in the next week, and doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he’s clearly behind schedule. And it’s entirely possible that Cook could end up needing a little extra time in extended spring training before the team feels he’s totally game-ready.

Craig Gentry

cg849bb723307cc864df6eb3f99430e6f4bOne of the A’s key offseason acquisitions, the team is expecting Gentry  to be a force in the lineup against left-handed starters and to do a better job filling in for the A’s starting outfielders than Chris Young did in that role last year. But the player who was known as “Kitten Face” in Texas reported to camp with a lower back strain and, after a week and a half’s worth of games, he still hasn’t been cleared to make an appearance in the field. The A’s are counting on Gentry to lend a dynamic presence to the lineup but, if his back is still bugging him in a couple of weeks, then he might just end up starting the season on the sidelines.

Daric Barton

dbimagesA long-serving presence in the A’s picture, the team’s on-again/off-again first baseman appeared to be on-again after a strong early spring performance and Jaso’s seeming return to normal behind the plate, minimizing the need for the team to carry three catchers and enabling the A’s to avoid having to expose Barton to waivers. But after this weekend’s hamstring strain, he could very well be off-again. There’s no report yet on the severity of the strain, but hamstrings are always a tricky issue, and it’s rarely wise to expect a quick or smooth road to recovery.

THE OPPORTUNISTS

Evan Scribner

es1275311bScribner started the spring as essentially the 8th man in a 7-man bullpen. Manager Bob Melvin has all but said that Jim Johnson, Luke Gregerson, Dan Otero, Jesse Chavez, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook are set. But with only one left-hander in that group and one of the team’s most promising left-handers, Fernando Abad, out of options, it’s been expected that Scribner, who is also out of options, would be the odd man out. But probably the only pitchers who’ve been more effective than Scribner so far this spring would be Chavez, Doolittle and possibly right-hander Arnold Leon. With Doolittle and Chavez already locks and Leon slated to start the season in the River Cats rotation, if Cook is unable to be in the A’s bullpen on opening day, then Scribner is obviously the A’s go-to guy. His strong performance so far this spring and the fact that he’s out of options should make the choice an easy one.

Stephen Vogt

sv9147When camp opened, the assumption was that Vogt was likely to claim the A’s final roster spot. With manager Bob Melvin repeatedly mentioning that John Jaso might be getting a lot of at-bats as the team’s designated hitter this year, the need for the team to carry a third catcher seemed obvious. And Vogt did a great job of endearing himself to A’s fans and staff alike when he filled in for Jaso late last season and in the playoffs, where he started every game and came up with the key hit for the A’s in their Game #2 victory. But as spring games got going and Jaso seemed ready to re-establish himself behind the plate and Daric Barton was busy getting on base about two-thirds of the time, carrying a third catcher seem to decrease in importance and protecting Barton from waivers seemed to increase in importance, leaving Vogt destined for a spot behind the plate in Sacramento. But if Barton’s strained hamstring keeps him out of action for a few weeks, then Vogt, who’s been one of the team’s best hitters early this spring, posting a .467/.529/.667 slash line, could have a shot at reclaiming his roster spot with the A’s.

Sam Fuld

sfSamSigned fairly late in the game to a minor-league contract, there originally didn’t appear to be much opportunity for Fuld to make the team. The outfield was set with Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and John Reddick, with Craig Gentry as the fourth outfielder and first baseman Brandon Moss also available to fill in in the outfield. But Fuld has been one of the team’s hottest hitters so far this spring, with a .304/.360/.565 slash line, and has impressed manager Bob Melvin and his staff with his play in the field. And if either Gentry or Barton isn’t ready to go by opening day, Fuld is well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunity. Like Barton, he’s a left-handed hitter and, like Gentry, he can also play center field if needed. So if the A’s end up needing a replacement for either of those two players, Fuld is well-suited to fill the bill. His hot spring and the fact that he has an opt-out clause that he can exercise if he doesn’t make the opening day roster, don’t hurt his chances either.

Michael Taylor

mtMichael+Taylor+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+dBTGnNudkqnlThe A’s former top prospect and the River Cats’ all-time hit leader, Taylor appeared to be nearing a dead end with the A’s this spring as he was out of options and seemingly without a major league roster spot available to shoot for. But after a heart-to-heart talk with manager Bob Melvin early this spring, he suddenly started looking like a new man in the batter’s box. And Taylor has been one of the A’s most productive hitters thus far, posting a .333/.379/.556 slash line while playing every day this spring. With Fuld’s ability to play center field though, it might take both Barton and Gentry being unavailable on opening day for Taylor to have a shot at making the roster. But if both of them are out and Fuld claims one of the available spots, then Taylor might make the most logical replacement for Gentry’s right-handed bat against left-handers, while the A’s put off exposing the former top prospect to waivers and give him one last shot to show what he can do.

Nate Freiman

nfNate+Freiman+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+CFUGtYuCl4Ll2The right-handed half of the A’s first-base platoon in 2013, it’s been assumed that Freiman was ticketed for Sacramento in 2014. But could he have the chance to hang on to his roster spot if fellow first baseman Barton starts the season on the shelf? It’s possible, but the problem with Freiman is that he’s essentially a one-trick pony. He can only play first base and he can only hit left-handed pitching, so he’s basically cut out to be the right-handed half of a first base platoon. But with the team seemingly intent on installing Alberto Callaspo in that position at this point, there’s really not much room for Freiman on the roster. Besides, his .167/.286/.333 slash line so far this spring hasn’t been particularly impressive. And even if both Barton and Gentry aren’t ready to go on opening day, and the team wants to fill one of those spots with a right-handed bat to replace Gentry’s, why wouldn’t they go with Taylor, who’s out of options, while they can stash Freiman at Sacramento? Freiman’s best shot at making the roster would most likely come not as a result of injury but rather as the result of a trade, namely of the man who’s most likely to take his job – Mr. Callaspo.

Billy Burns

bbu1275322bThe player who baseball columnist Ken Rosenthal called “the most intriguing player in the A’s camp” could be the wild card in all this. Acquired from the Nationals in the Jerry Blevins deal, Burns has excited A’s fans and staff alike this spring with his ability to get on base and his blazing speed. After a week and a half’s worth of spring games, he sports a .406 OBP. And at one point, his 7 stolen bases not only led all players but led all teams in the Cactus League. Burns has clearly generated a lot of excitement and impressed a lot of the right people this spring, but it’s important to remember that the young switch-hitter is still relatively inexperienced, having played just 30 games above Class-A in his career. So while he undoubtedly has the skills to impress and excite, the stars might really have to be aligned perfectly for Burns to get his shot at this point.

Stay tuned for our on-the-scene reports from spring training next week!

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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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