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Athletics Nation 3 hours ago
Farm Report: Chapman, Wendle & Bolt Are Back, Barreto’s Hot and Jefferies Is Out

Farm Report: Chapman, Wendle & Bolt Are Back, Barreto’s Hot and Jefferies Is Out

The good news this week is that Matt Chapman returned to action for Nashville, while Joey Wendle also got back on the field for the Sounds, and Skye Bolt brought his game back to Stockton. Franklin Barreto’s bat has started heating up again but, unfortunately, one of the team’s top young pitching prospects, Daulton Jefferies, is headed for Tommy John surgery. You can always stay up to date on the A’s top prospects and all the daily action in the A’s minor league system on my Athletics Farm site, and you can get the latest on who’s been doing what in the early going right here on...
Athletics Nation 4 hours ago
The Weekly Bernie, 4/24/17: Sonny shines in Stockton, nearing return to Oakland A’s

The Weekly Bernie, 4/24/17: Sonny shines in Stockton, nearing return to Oakland A’s

Sonny Gray dominated in his first rehab start with the Stockton Ports, and injuries have led to some changes to the A’s roster, among other news. Welcome back to The Weekly Bernie! It’s the best dance in the game, so let’s get rolling once more! Young ace Sonny Gray was dominant in his minor league rehab start for the High-A Stockton Ports on Saturday night. As Chris Biderman of MLB.com writes, the 27-year-old was originally scheduled for only four innings, but instead made it through five, allowing only one hit, no walks, no runs, and striking out six. He could be back in Oakland...
Athletics Nation 13 hours ago
Oakland A’s prospect watch: Daulton Jefferies out for year with Tommy John surgery

Oakland A’s prospect watch: Daulton Jefferies out for year with Tommy John surgery

The Oakland A’s farm system took a hit last week with the loss of pitcher Daulton Jefferies, who will undergo Tommy John surgery, via Melissa Lockard of Oakland Clubhouse, and team beat writer Jane Lee. Jefferies, one of the A’s top picks in last summer’s draft, will miss the rest of the season. The 21-year-old out of UC Berkeley already had health concerns when he turned pro, having missed time in college due to his shoulder and calf. Oakland gambled on him anyway, but unfortunately the injury bug won this round. Jefferies was voted the A’s No. 12 prospect in our Community Prospect...
Athletics Nation 17 hours ago
Game #19: A's Lose to Seattle 11-1

Game #19: A's Lose to Seattle 11-1

Athletics lose big. Being served meals on airplanes. The California Golden Seals. Mad Men. The entire decade known as the 1990s. Alas, all good things must come to an end. And so it was with the A's five-game win streak on Sunday afternoon. Oakland starting pitcher Andrew Triggs had the game's opening batter, Jarrod Dyson, down in a 1-2 count. Unfortunately, this was the high-water mark for the A's. Triggs plunked Dyson with the next pitch. Dyson immediately stole second and came around to score on a Robison Cano single. The second inning was better, and Triggs looked like he had settled...
Athletics Nation Apr 22, 2017
Game #18: A's Win for Earth

Game #18: A's Win for Earth

It’s Earth Day, and thousands of some of the most intelligent and enthusiastic citizens of the nation took to the streets to celebrate baseball’s greenest, greatest team on the Earth, our Oakland A’s. Much like the Earth, the A’s have been getting hotter as of late, winning four consecutive games coming into today’s matchup, and with Jharel Cotton taking on Ariel Miranda the A’s were looking to push that streak to five. The A’s did a lot of recycling this offseason, reusing the likes of Adam Rosales, Santiago Casilla, and more, and many of the recycled A’s products would...
Athletics Nation Apr 22, 2017
Game #18: Athletics vs Mariners

Game #18: Athletics vs Mariners

The A's are going streaking, having won four consecutive games to move one game above .500 at 9-8 and firmly in second place in the AL West, just three games back of first place Houston. Last year, the A's had a similar early season streak that pushed the team to three games over .500 on this date in 2016, before injuries and mediocrity took full effect and the team went into a tailspin from which it would not recover, last seeing a record over .500 on April 30th. However, unlike last year's roster, there is more talent on the big league level and waiting in the wings at AAA, and while the...
Athletics Nation Apr 22, 2017
Game #17: Manaea Leads A's to Fourth Straight Win

Game #17: Manaea Leads A's to Fourth Straight Win

Well, color me shocked. The A's actually win a Friday night drinking thread game, and not only that, but they win their fourth in a row behind a strong start from Manaea and a multi-homer display on offense. Baseball is fun again! So...I guess we're glad we're not Giants' fans after the day they have had, amiright? I mean, are you kidding me? Meanwhile, in this rebuilding year, after losing their best two starting pitchers, their starting shortstop and one of their best prospects, the A's and their barely-MLB team, reminiscent of the old "Island of Misfit Toys" they used to field, have had...
Athletics Nation Apr 21, 2017
Oakland A’s call up Matt Olson, option Cesar Valdez

Oakland A’s call up Matt Olson, option Cesar Valdez

The Oakland A’s made yet another roster move on Friday, calling up first baseman Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville, the team announced. To make room, they optioned starting pitcher Cesar Valdez back down to the minors. Olson made his MLB debut last year as a September callup, racking up seven walks in 28 plate appearances. He had a somewhat disappointing 2016 season in Triple-A but still managed a decent enough 102 wRC+, and this year he’s off to a similar start through 13 games. In the Cactus League this spring, he hit two homers and posted a .752 OPS. Valdez made a spot start last...
Athletics Nation Apr 20, 2017
Oakland A’s option Bruce Maxwell to Triple-A to make room for Cesar Valdez

Oakland A’s option Bruce Maxwell to Triple-A to make room for Cesar Valdez

The Oakland A’s optioned catcher Bruce Maxwell to Triple-A on Thursday, the team announced. The move makes room for the promotion of pitcher Cesar Valdez, who will start the day’s game against the Mariners in place of the injured Kendall Graveman. To make room for Valdez on the 40-man roster, injured shortstop Marcus Semien was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Maxwell was recalled on Monday when Graveman went on the DL, but apparently it was just a quick stop for a couple days while there was a free spot open on the squad. The catcher started two games (Monday and Tuesday),...
Athletics Nation Apr 20, 2017
Introducing Athletics Nation's new 2017 Game Threaders!

Introducing Athletics Nation's new 2017 Game Threaders!

The 2017 season is underway, and somehow the Oakland A’s are in second place after the first two weeks. Even if they fall back down into the cellar, though, Athletics Nation will be here every day to watch the game with you and analyze every possible angle. This spring, we held our fifth annual Game Thread auditions, and as a result of that program we’re adding three new names to the gameday roster. If you tried out and didn’t get picked, fear not — like with a pitching rotation, life happens and sometimes more spots open up over the course of the season. And if not, there’s...
Athletics Nation Apr 20, 2017
Athletics vs Mariners: Series Preview #6

Athletics vs Mariners: Series Preview #6

With a record of 7-9, the Mariners come to Oakland tied with the Angels for third place in the wild western division, just a half of a game behind the A’s in second, and 3.5 games behind the first place Astros. The A’s usual opening day opponents made a ton of trades and small signings throughout the entire offseason to try and finally push the underachieving franchise over the edge. The Mariners improved just about every single aspect of their roster during their busy offseason. Players like Danny Valencia, Mitch Haniger, and Jean Segura were traded for to deepen their already-powerful...
Athletics Nation Apr 19, 2017
Game #14: Triggs Dazzles Again in 4-2 Win

Game #14: Triggs Dazzles Again in 4-2 Win

Another error set up 2 more unearned runs, but Triggs’ great pitching kept the A’s poised to mount a comeback and win 4-2. Andrew Triggs managed another start with 0 earned runs and the A’s finally delivered a win to snap the 4-game losing streak. A’s win 4-2. Recap to come.
Athletics Nation Apr 18, 2017
Oakland A’s expected to call up RHP Cesar Valdez, per report

Oakland A’s expected to call up RHP Cesar Valdez, per report

The Oakland A’s are expected to call up right-handed pitcher Cesar Valdez this week, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPN. The team hasn’t announced a move yet, but Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle notes that Valdez has been removed from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds’ schedule after previously being listed as their starter for Wednesday. The A’s placed fellow right-hander Kendall Graveman on the 10-day disabled list on Monday, but the word is that he hopes to return quickly and miss only one start. Oakland currently has eight relievers including Raul Alcantara, who began the year in the...
Athletics Nation Apr 18, 2017
Statcast Week 3: Khrush Davis

Statcast Week 3: Khrush Davis

Khris Davis hit two home runs on opening day and hasn’t stopped hitting since. Compared to the Khris Davis we saw last April (.636 OPS), he is a completely new player. He is hitting with more power, even though that is likely to decline some — I think. He’s also hitting for a better average, which isn’t completely unsustainable as evidenced by just a .313 BABIP. Davis has also knocked a few points off of his K% from where it was at this time last year. All that is to say that Davis is looking more like an MLB star as opposed to just a low-OBP slugger. There are 201 Major League...
Athletics Nation Apr 18, 2017
Jesse Hahn has made a change

Jesse Hahn has made a change

And that’s neat, hopefully Jesse Hahn started the season in AAA Nashville. Then, baseball things happened and now Hahn is roughly the A’s number three because baseball is so stupid and everyone is injured and frankly I’m not sure why I like this sport. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Hahn’s upside is palpable, he was a bonafide #2 for about a year of his short career, and the stuff is still there. It was obvious after a wild 2016 that Hahn wasn’t quite right and needed to make a change, but the raw stuff never departed. In his first start this season, Hahn looked...
Athletics Nation Apr 17, 2017
Game #13: Athletics vs. Rangers

Game #13: Athletics vs. Rangers

If the A's and Rangers are not washed out tonight, Jharel Cotton takes on A.J. Griffin. Well, it's been an interesting few days. We may or may not be rained out tonight, and at the time this pregame was written and scheduled to publish, the game was still on. The rain is scheduled to decrease between 7 and 8 PM and be complete by 9 PM. So just listen to the game or check your social media for updates. If I'm out of the commute in time, I will certainly update status here. Or possibly another AN writer will jump on to be sure you know. Update: A's confirm 7:15 start time. — Jane Lee...
Athletics Nation Apr 17, 2017
Marcus Semien will have surgery on wrist, miss some time for Oakland A’s

Marcus Semien will have surgery on wrist, miss some time for Oakland A’s

Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien will have surgery on his right wrist, the team announced. The procedure will be performed on Tuesday, and he’ll be reevaluated in six weeks. Beyond that there is no timetable for his return. Semien has been the A’s iron man the last two seasons, playing 155 games and then 159 games, respectively. Although he’s struggled at times defensively, he’s been a consistent presence at one of the most important positions at the diamond, while also providing solid production with the bat. This year he was drawing walks like never before, helping him get on...
Athletics Nation Apr 17, 2017
Oakland A’s put Kendall Graveman on 10-day DL

Oakland A’s put Kendall Graveman on 10-day DL

The Oakland A’s placed starting pitcher Kendall Graveman on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to a strained shoulder, the team announced. The move is retroactive to Saturday, the day after he last pitched, which means he’s eligible to return on April 25. To replace him on the roster, catcher Bruce Maxwell was recalled from Triple-A. Graveman looked dynamite in his first two games of the season, with increased velocity and a bump in his strikeout rate, but he struggled through his third outing and exited after only five innings and 74 pitches. There is no official word on the...
Athletics Nation Apr 17, 2017
Athletics vs Rangers: Series Preview #5

Athletics vs Rangers: Series Preview #5

After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on Saturday afternoon against the Astros, the rain came on Sunday to usher the talented team from Houston out of the Bay Area and allowed the players on the A’s to spend an extra day thinking about what they did wrong throughout the entirety of the shortened two-game series. Rain has the ability to wash away unsightly dirt and filth, the world emerging brighter and crisper the day after the rain moves on, and during their rain-induced-day-off yesterday, the A’s did their best to remove the unsightly grime from their roster. Along with Chad...
Athletics Nation Apr 17, 2017
Farm Report: Barreto’s Up & Down, Chapman’s Out & Puk, Shore & Jefferies Are Tops

Farm Report: Barreto’s Up & Down, Chapman’s Out & Puk, Shore & Jefferies Are Tops

Well, it’s the start of a brand new minor league season, and there are already plenty of interesting storylines for A’s fans to follow. Franklin Barreto started off blazing hot but has cooled off considerably, as has his team, while Matt Chapman has been sidelined with a wrist injury, and Stockton’s trio of top pitching prospects has so far been living up to the hype. You can always stay up to date on the A’s top prospects and all the daily action in the A’s minor league system on my Athletics Farm site, and you can get the latest on who’s been doing what in the early going...

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