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Athletics Nation 14 hours ago

Athletics 2015 Community Prospect List #13: Rangel Ravelo wrangles top vote

In the last installment, Rangel Ravelo made his long-awaited entrance onto our Oakland A's prospect list. The current list, with ranks from MLB.com, Baseball America (revised), Baseball Prospectus, Athletics Farm, Keith Law, and Fangraphs in parentheses (strikethrough font means he didn't make that list): 1. Matt Olson, 1B (MLB #1, BA #2, BP #2, AF #1, KL #1, FG #2)2. Franklin Barreto, SS (MLB #2, BA #1, BP #1, AF #2, KL #2, FG #1)3. Matt Chapman, 3B (MLB #4, BA #3, BP #10, AF #3, KL #3, FG #3)4. Renato Nunez, 3B (MLB #3, BA #4, BP #4, AF #4, KL #4, FG #4)5. Dillon Overton, LHP (MLB...
Athletics Nation 22 hours ago

Eyeballs All Packed, Socks Not So Much

It's just that really, what's the point in worrying about socks if you can't find your pants anyway? My annual sojourn down to the Cactus League is coming up on Friday, with games Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for me to do all the "eyeball scouting" I can. You know all the various predictions I have made about who is the best comp for Newey McSniny and whether or not Shiny Newsmith will reach his potential? I reserve the right to change every prediction I have made, and replace them with new ones, once I have the opportunity to actually watch these guys play. Stats, other scouts' ideas,...
Athletics Nation Feb 28, 2015

Oakland A's spring training: Athletics win! A's 1, A's 0

The Athletics shutout the A's in an intrasquad game on Saturday. Plus, Susan Slusser profiles how Tyler Clippard overcame some adversity of his own doing, and other news and notes from Mesa and around the web. The Oakland Athletics played the first of two pre-pre-season intrasquad games at Fitch Park. Max Muncy drove in Billy Burns to score the game's only run, the A's winning 1-0. First lineup picture of the year, for today's intrasquad game: pic.twitter.com/BWg54JfmYn — Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) February 28, 2015 Bullpen catcher Casey Chavez was the umpire for the four-inning...
Athletics Nation Feb 28, 2015

Put It On The Board...Yes!

An annual tradition -- like Mardi Gras, or an outbreak of chlamydia! What, that's not the case for everybody? Each spring, when the A's major and minor league landscapes finally come into focus, I create two poster boards. One is the "major league landscape" and the other is the "minor league landscape". They can be found below and should slow the load time of this page down to "Billy Butler foot speed" levels. The boards are not supposed to represent every single player worth knowing about, but rather the key pieces, as far as we know, at the time the board was made. As you know, with the...
Athletics Nation Feb 27, 2015

Oakland A's spring training: Brad Mills will start Hohokam Stadium inaugural

Dollar Bills Mills will get the start in his hometown's newly renovated stadium. Plus, which team won the Athletics' situational hitting competition, Coco Crisp debuted his iPhone game, four more years at 95.7 The Game, and other news from Mesa and around the web. Mesa, Arizona native Brad Mills will start the Oakland Athletics season opener and Hohokam Stadium inaugural, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Mills was eager to return to the A's for the 2015 season, raving about his brief time starting for Oakland, ""I told my wife that my time with the A's last year was...
Athletics Nation Feb 27, 2015

Athletics 2015 Community Prospect List #12: R.J. Alvarez zooms onto the list

In the last installment, R.J. Alvarez wasted no time drawing attention, edging out holdover Rangel Ravelo by five votes (55-50) in his first appearance on the ballot. Oh man, bernie_till_i_die is gonna be pissed. The current list, with ranks from MLB.com, Baseball America (revised), Baseball Prospectus, Athletics Farm, Keith Law, and Fangraphs in parentheses (strikethrough font means he didn't make that list): 1. Matt Olson, 1B (MLB #1, BA #2, BP #2, AF #1, KL #1, FG #2)2. Franklin Barreto, SS (MLB #2, BA #1, BP #1, AF #2, KL #2, FG #1)3. Matt Chapman, 3B (MLB #4, BA #3, BP #10, AF...
Athletics Nation Feb 27, 2015

Oakland A's rumors: Dayan Viciedo? Might as well

If you dramatically lower your expectations, the Athletics absolutely should sign Dayan Viciedo on a minor league deal. We are at the stage of the offseason where free agent signings for all but the best available players are going to be on minor league deals. With that in mind, Ken Rosenthal tweeted Friday that the Athletics and Blue Jays are "among teams talking to [Dayan] Viciedo." Just a little bit later, the Blue Jays got word that Michael Saunders will miss much less time than initially feared and the team will stick with internal options, writes Sportsnet.ca's Shi Davidi: [T]he...
Athletics Nation Feb 27, 2015

Oakland A's claim Alex Hassan off waivers again, this time from Baltimore Orioles

The Athletics placed A.J. Griffin on the 60-day disabled list to clear space on the 40-man roster. The Athletics claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers again, this time from the Baltimore Orioles. Hassan, 26, was previously claimed from the Boston Red Sox on November 17, and waived on November 20 to allow Renato Nunez to be protected from last December's Rule 5 draft. The Orioles designated Hassan for assignment on February 25 after the team signed infielder Everth Cabrera. The A's placed A.J. Griffin on the 60-day disabled list to open a roster space as he recovers from Tommy John...
Athletics Nation Feb 27, 2015

Talking Oakland Athletics Prospects on the Phil Naessens Show

Alex Hall makes his weekly visit to the Phil Naessens Show and the guys talk Oakland A's prospects. Hey Athletics Nation! Alex joined me for his weekly appearance on my daily show and with Spring Training games beginning next week we talked about the top ten prospects in the Oakland Athletics organization. As a Fantasy Baseball owner prospects matter to me and if you play Fantasy Baseball they should matter to you as well. I know prospects matter to Oakland Athletics fans and I think you will enjoy today's show as Alex runs down the top ten in the organization. Alex leads off the show and...
Athletics Nation Feb 26, 2015

Oakland A's spring training: Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir will rest for 1st week

Neither Athletics starter is injured, but both pitchers threw high innings loads last season. Plus, other news and notes from Mesa and around the Internet. Starters Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir will not make starts for the first week of spring games, writes Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser notes that Gray threw a career high 219 innings in 2014, which is a 20% increase from the 182⅓ regular season innings he tossed in 2013. Kazmir "threw 190 innings, his most since 2007." Slusser also says, "This is not entirely unusual for the A's, who have reduced innings for...
Athletics Nation Feb 26, 2015

Eric Chavez officially joins Oakland A's television team

The former Athletics Gold Glove-winning third baseman will be the color commentator for 20 games on CSN California in 2015. Comcast Sportsnet California announced that former A's third baseman Eric Chavez will join the broadcast booth for 20 televised games this year as color commentator. Chavez will additionally have a role as a studio analyst for some A's pre- and post-game shows. Chavez's first game as color commentator will come Friday, April 24 when the A's host the Houston Astros. Ray Fosse will continue as the main color commentator, broadcasting 126 games on CSN California...
Athletics Nation Feb 26, 2015

Oakland A's claim Chad Smith from Detroit Tigers

The Oakland Athletics claimed right-handed relief pitcher Chad Smith off waivers from the Detroit Tigers, tweets Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Smith, 25, was designated for assignment after the Tigers re-signed reliever Joba Chamberlain, Fenech tweeted on Tuesday. The A's have not confirmed the claim, and no 40-man roster move has been announced. However, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser tweets that Taylor Thompson's right shoulder tightness could have been the tipping point for making the claim. This story will update.
Athletics Nation Feb 26, 2015

Tom Pom, and other Oakland A's names that could have been

As you may have heard, Braves outfielder and strikeout artist B.J. Upton will play the 2015 season as Melvin Upton Jr., his given name, rather than using the Bossman Junior nickname he'd inherited from his father and used throughout his career. With the topic of player monikers making brief headlines, a user on Imgur hosted an album of pictures from Reddit detailing an extensive list of all MLB players who don't go by their given first names. Let's see, it's late February, we've got a week until fake baseball games, and over a month until real ones ... yeah, let's explore this. Which...
Athletics Nation Feb 25, 2015

Former Oakland A's second baseman Mark Ellis retires

Former Oakland Athletics second baseman Mark Ellis will retire, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1999, Ellis played for the A's from 2002-2011 after arriving with Cory Lidle in a three-team trade for Angel Berroa, A.J. Hinch, and Ben Grieve. In my memory and probably yours too, Ellis's defense is what stands out. Slusser writes, "Ellis retires with a .991 fielding percentage, fifth all time among second baseman." Above him? Craig Counsell, Dustin Pedroia, Jose Oquendo, and Placido Polanco. His big range for popups were always my...
Athletics Nation Feb 25, 2015

Oakland A's spring training: Stephen Vogt lives in a van down by the river

The Athletics catcher put on his worst-fitting pants and gave everyone a pep talk on the new pace of play rules. Plus, other news following the first full day in spring camp. The A's held their first full team meeting today, with position players and pitchers all in camp. After Lew Wolff entered to the tune of "Louie, Louie," Josh Reddick went over the team rules, and Stephen Vogt introduced the new MLB rules as Chris Farley character motivational speaker Matt Foley, writes Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Unfortunately, the performance took place behind closed doors, so...
Athletics Nation Feb 25, 2015

Athletics 2015 Community Prospect List #11: Joey Wendle rounds out the Top 10

In the last installment, we had perhaps our closest race yet. Three players received at least 20 percent of the vote, the other two each got at least 12 percent, and nobody hit 30 percent. However, Joey Wendle pulled away from the pack in the last 24 hours, and so he rounds out our list of the Top 10 A's prospects. The current list, with ranks from MLB.com, Baseball America (revised), Baseball Prospectus, Athletics Farm, Keith Law, and Fangraphs in parentheses (strikethrough font means he didn't make that list): 1. Matt Olson, 1B (MLB #1, BA #2, BP #2, AF #1, KL #1, FG #2)2. Franklin...
Athletics Nation Feb 25, 2015

A's abound with spring training questions

Spring training might usually be meaningless, but this year it seems like it actually matters. At this point last year, the A's were bringing back most of the roster that had won the AL West in 2014. Of course, two Tommy John victims threw a bit of a twist into the rotation selection, but for the most part the A's were figuring out the 25th man on the roster. One of the silver linings of trading away most of your core is that you set yourself up for an interesting spring. Rotation The rotation is the most intriguing aspect of the team. The A's really only have two fifths of their rotation...
Athletics Nation Feb 24, 2015

Athletics 2014 season review: Luke Gregerson, unsung goat

We're on to the second of our three 2014 Oakland A's villains, and next up is No. 44, Luke Gregerson. Player profile Name: Luke Gregerson, aka Greg LukersonPosition: RHP, reliefStats: 72 games, 2.12 ERA, 72⅓ innings, 59 Ks, 15 BB, 8 blown saves*WAR: 1.7 bWAR, 0.9 fWARHow he got here: Acquired from San Diego Padres prior to 20142014 Salary: $5.065 million2015 Status: Free agent, signed with Houston Astros (3yr/$18.5M)2015 Salary: $6 million * tied for MLB lead, accrued in 33 saves situations Season summary Last winter, the A's found themselves with a crowded outfield and nowhere to put...
Athletics Nation Feb 24, 2015

Sean Doolittle out of Face of MLB: The art of losing an unfair game

Sean Doolittle's journey through the Face of MLB contest comes to an end, which means you can unmute all of your A's fan friends on Twitter now. Giants catcher Buster Posey moves on to face Mets third baseman David Wright, though A's fans did not go down without a good effort. A's Twitter vs. count the rings, no the recent ones @athleticsnation @JessPaoli2 How many in the past 5 years? oh 0...? — Seth Stewart (@RocketLauncher_) February 24, 2015 Eric Sogard beat Buster Posey last year in the quarterfinals, but the Giants pulled out all the stops this year for the their 753,000...
Athletics Nation Feb 24, 2015

Oakland A's spring training: Ike Davis can replace Brandon Moss, says David Forst

As Athletics position players report, the A's assistant general manager makes his strongest statement on the qualities of Ike Davis and Joey Wendle. Plus other news and notes from Mesa and around the web. Assistant General Manager David Forst spoke extensively to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto about the trade sending Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians. Forst told Pluto, "We believe we found a replacement in Ike Davis, and he won't cost as much." It's probably the strongest statement Forst has said in terms of Ike Davis replacing Brandon Moss. Forst also said the A's are really...

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