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Athletics Nation Feb 21, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #25: Bobby Wahl closing in on MLB chance

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #25: Bobby Wahl closing in on MLB chance

We’re nearing the end of our Community Prospect List, but there are still a few spots left! Bobby Wahl made his way onto the A’s 40-man roster this winter, and now he’s also made his way onto our CPL. Here’s the current list, including their winning margins (the difference between their % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%) A.J. Puk, LHP (+38%) Jharel Cotton, RHP (+60%) Frankie Montas, RHP (+12%) Grant Holmes, RHP (+27%) Matt Olson, 1B/OF (+10%) Bruce Maxwell, C (+9%) Daniel Gossett, RHP (+53%) Max Schrock, 2B...
Athletics Nation Feb 21, 2017
Athletics Nation 2017 Spring Game Thread Auditions

Athletics Nation 2017 Spring Game Thread Auditions

Athletics Nation thrives on the efforts of the community. When a spot opens up on the roster, we don't go out and sign a high-profile free agent writer, because we are a small-budget team. Instead, we promote from within, just like the A's do. The front page crew keeps a Game Thread schedule, and we’re starting to put together this year’s version. To help fill it up, we're holding our annual Spring Training Game Thread Auditions, via the FanPosts section. If you’re interesting in writing for AN, then this is the best way to get your foot in the door. In this case we’re specifically...
Athletics Nation Feb 21, 2017
The Weekly Bernie, 2/21/17: Pitchers and catchers report for Oakland A’s

The Weekly Bernie, 2/21/17: Pitchers and catchers report for Oakland A’s

Spring Training has finally arrived, with the A’s first Cactus League game coming this Saturday, and team president Dave Kaval gave a ballpark update this weekend, among other news. Welcome back to The Weekly Bernie: Spring Edition! It’s the best dance in the game, so let’s get rolling once more! Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Arizona this past week, meaning plenty of Athletics updates. First off, slugger Khris Davis has decided that he will not be playing for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Although...
Athletics Nation Feb 19, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #24: Raul Alcantara faces make-or-break spring

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #24: Raul Alcantara faces make-or-break spring

The next member of our Community Prospect List is yet another MLB-ready player on the cusp of making it. Raul Alcantara has been in the Oakland A’s system for years, and now he’s finally ready for his chance. Here’s the current list, including their winning margins (the difference between their % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%) A.J. Puk, LHP (+38%) Jharel Cotton, RHP (+60%) Frankie Montas, RHP (+12%) Grant Holmes, RHP (+27%) Matt Olson, 1B/OF (+10%) Bruce Maxwell, C (+9%) Daniel Gossett, RHP (+53%) Max Schrock,...
Athletics Nation Feb 18, 2017
Jesse Hahn is a dark horse to crack the A’s rotation

Jesse Hahn is a dark horse to crack the A’s rotation

Will moving back to his old arm slot make Jesse Hahn a good pitcher again? It’s time! Spring Training is upon us. Time to over-analyze ever nugget that comes out of Arizona in regard to the green and gold. Football is over, basketball is at its All-Star break, and golf is golf. That leaves the best sport of all to entertain us with tiny yet exciting rumors. Enter Jesse Hahn, along with all the other pitches and catchers. Hahn is a bit of the forgotten man; being injured or terrible for two consecutive years will do that. But outside Sonny Gray and Sean Manaea (and Frankie Montas, but...
Athletics Nation Feb 17, 2017
Oakland A’s spring training 2017: 5 early developments to follow

Oakland A’s spring training 2017: 5 early developments to follow

Spring training is here! Oakland A’s pitchers and catchers have reported, and position players are filing in before Saturday’s report date. You already know the big stories, like Sonny trying to regain his old form and the rookies auditioning. But here are some early new developments in lower-profile areas. 1. Jesse Hahn comeback bid Throughout the winter, we’ve talked a lot about Jharel Cotton and Andrew Triggs as top candidates for the last two spots in the rotation. Meanwhile, Jesse Hahn has been something of a forgotten man after his Sonny-esque off-year in 2016. However, the...
Athletics Nation Feb 17, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #23: Heath Fillmyer’s steep learning curve

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #23: Heath Fillmyer’s steep learning curve

The 2016 season was full of breakout performers in the Oakland A’s farm system, and Heath Fillmyer was yet another example. The RHP is the next player to join our Community Prospect List. Here’s the current list, including their winning margins (the difference between their % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%) A.J. Puk, LHP (+38%) Jharel Cotton, RHP (+60%) Frankie Montas, RHP (+12%) Grant Holmes, RHP (+27%) Matt Olson, 1B/OF (+10%) Bruce Maxwell, C (+9%) Daniel Gossett, RHP (+53%) Max Schrock, 2B (+9%) Richie Martin,...
Call to the Pen Feb 16, 2017

Oakland Athletics to Go With Closer By Committee?

The Oakland Athletics have a number of relievers on their roster that could be called upon to close out any given game. According to an A’s beat writer, Bob Melvin could be looking to go with a closer by committee in 2017. The baseball world isn’t expecting much from the Oakland Athletics in 2017. The […] Oakland Athletics to Go With Closer By Committee? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Athletics Nation Feb 15, 2017
Daniel Coulombe might be the Oakland A's best pitcher

Daniel Coulombe might be the Oakland A's best pitcher

Especially his curveball I’m here to spread the word — Daniel Coulombe is a really good reliever. In case you don’t remember, Daniel Coulombe is the left-handed reliever who pitched for the A’s and the Nashville Sounds last year. He’s going to be in the A’s bullpen again this year, and over the course of the offseason, I’ve seen a lot of people question whether the A’s need another left-handed reliever, or whether Coulombe deserves a spot in the bullpen. I’m here to show you that Daniel Coulombe is not only one of the best relievers on the team, but one of the best...
Athletics Nation Feb 15, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #22: Logan Shore could ride the fast track

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #22: Logan Shore could ride the fast track

We’re into the final 10 spots on our Community Prospect List, and next up is 2016 draft pick Logan Shore. Our electorate rose back over 100+ voters on this ballot, so let’s keep plugging away and finish strong! Here’s the current list, including their winning margins (the difference between their % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%) A.J. Puk, LHP (+38%) Jharel Cotton, RHP (+60%) Frankie Montas, RHP (+12%) Grant Holmes, RHP (+27%) Matt Olson, 1B/OF (+10%) Bruce Maxwell, C (+9%) Daniel Gossett, RHP (+53%) Max Schrock,...
Outside Pitch Feb 14, 2017

Khris Davis and Oakland Athletics salary arbitration has reached conclusion

The arbitration hearing regarding Khris Davis‘ salary with the Oakland Athletics has reached a conclusion. Davis defeated the Athletics in the hearing, earning a slight salary bump for the 2017 season and increasing his earning potential for the next few years. The victory has Davis bringing in an even $5 million for 2017, just $350,000 more […] The post Khris Davis and Oakland Athletics salary arbitration has reached conclusion appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 14, 2017

Oakland Athletics add two international Cuban free agents

The Oakland Athletics are continuing their pattern of investing in the market for Cuban talent. The A’s signed 22-year-old right-handed reliever Luis Miguel Romero and 18-year-old outfielder Enry Pantojas to minor league deals on Feb. 1. These signings are both part of a trend the A’s are all too familiar with in signing young talent out of […] The post Oakland Athletics add two international Cuban free agents appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 14, 2017

Plans for a new ballpark heating up for Oakland Athletics in 2017

Oakland Athletics fans have been hearing about plans for a new stadium for many years, but now it appears that those plans are now becoming a reality. Former co-owner Lew Wolff had previously attempted to move the A’s to a new facility more than once. A few of those attempts were met with negative backlash […] The post Plans for a new ballpark heating up for Oakland Athletics in 2017 appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 14, 2017

Can Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray return to All-Star form?

Sonny Gray will be returning to the top of the Oakland Athletics rotation for the 2017 season. After winning his arbitration hearing back in January, Gray received a substantial salary increase and signed a one-year contract that raises his 2017 income from $527,500 to $3.575 million. So far, 2017 is already looking like a much better […] The post Can Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray return to All-Star form? appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 14, 2017

Rickey Henderson to be honored by Oakland Athletics with field naming

Dave Kaval is continuing to show his respect and passion for Oakland Athletics in his latest motion, honoring all-time A’s great and major league legend Rickey Henderson, who enjoyed a 25-year career in baseball. The playing surface of the Oakland Alameda Coliseum will be named “Rickey Henderson Field” to honor the legend’s fourteen seasons in Oakland. […] The post Rickey Henderson to be honored by Oakland Athletics with field naming appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 14, 2017

Oakland Athletics’ Daniel Mengden faces setback in bid for starting rotation spot

Last week, Daniel Mengden fractured a bone in his right big toe during a bullpen session in Houston. Mengden is one of eight starting pitchers currently listed on the Oakland Athletics‘ depth chart and is likely fighting for the fifth spot at the bottom of the rotation. While no timetable has been provided for his recovery, […] The post Oakland Athletics’ Daniel Mengden faces setback in bid for starting rotation spot appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Athletics Nation Feb 14, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #21: Yairo Munoz stumbles in jump to upper minors

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #21: Yairo Munoz stumbles in jump to upper minors

You can tell we’re reaching the home stretch of our Community Prospect List, because our electorate took its first major drop in size — from the 130s down to the 80s in total number of votes. We have six total ballots remaining, so hang in there! Here’s the current list, including their winning margins (the difference between their % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%) A.J. Puk, LHP (+38%) Jharel Cotton, RHP (+60%) Frankie Montas, RHP (+12%) Grant Holmes, RHP (+27%) Matt Olson, 1B/OF (+10%) Bruce Maxwell, C...
Athletics Nation Feb 13, 2017
MLB Top 100 prospects: 6 Oakland A’s make at least 1 version of the 2017 list

MLB Top 100 prospects: 6 Oakland A’s make at least 1 version of the 2017 list

As we gear up for Oakland A’s pitchers and catchers to report to spring training on Wednesday, the full slate of national Top 100 prospect lists has been released. The key lists: MLB Pipeline (MLB.com) Baseball America Baseball Prospectus John Sickels (SB Nation) Keith Law (ESPN) In total, six A’s youngsters made at least one list. The names, and how many lists they made: Franklin Barreto, SS (5) A.J. Puk, LHP (5) Matt Chapman, 3B (3) Grant Holmes, RHP (2) Jharel Cotton, RHP (2) Frankie Montas, RHP (1) That includes all three pitchers acquired in the big Reddick/Hill trade last...
Athletics Nation Feb 13, 2017
Oakland A’s link roundup: Daniel Mengden injured, WBC rosters announced, free agency winds down

Oakland A’s link roundup: Daniel Mengden injured, WBC rosters announced, free agency winds down

Good morning Athletics Nation! Our friend Bernie is off this week, so here is a quick link dump in lieu of The Weekly Bernie. The MLB offseason is in its final days. The trades have mostly been made, free agency is winding down, and pitchers and catchers are preparing to report this week. Here’s what happened around the league in the last week, starting with A’s news: RHP Daniel Mengden will miss most (all?) of spring training after fracturing his right foot. The injury required surgery and he’ll be in a boot for six weeks. Mengden was in the running for the rotation, and his absence...
Athletics Nation Feb 12, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #20: Free Joey Wendle!

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #20: Free Joey Wendle!

Yet another member of Triple-A Nashville’s budding MLB-ready lineup has joined our Community Prospect List. Joey Wendle is the oldest player on the list at age 27 next season, but at least he did make his big league debut last summer — and came just a couple dozen at-bats short of graduating from prospect status. Here’s the current list, including their winning margins (the difference between their % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%) A.J. Puk, LHP (+38%) Jharel Cotton, RHP (+60%) Frankie Montas, RHP (+12%) Grant...

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