Oakland A’s prospect watch: Frankie Montas dominating Arizona Fall League

The Oakland A’s have seven prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League, and several others spread among the various international winter leagues. Let’s see how they’re doing! Arizona Fall League The AFL is through its first two weeks of games, and so far the standout of Oakland’s contingent has been pitcher Frankie Montas. The right-hander, acquired at the deadline in...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

Wheat/Chaff Analysis On The Throwing People

Pitchers, that’s it. When I wrote the title I couldn’t think of the word and who has time to edit? I certainly, don’t even if, placement of the commas is, wrong. So once upon a time, I gave my updated analysis of several young position players and today I look at several of the A’s young pitchers who showcased their wares during the 2016 season... Sean Manaea: Wheat! When...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

Offseason Outlook: Oakland Athletics

MLBTR is publishing Offseason Outlooks for all 30 teams.  Click here for the other entries in this series. Having amassed fewer than 70 wins both in 2015 and this season, the Athletics are mired in their worst stretch since the late 1970s. While the 2016 A’s picked up one more victory than last year’s version (69 to 68), their run differential actually declined by 73. Only...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Forecasting Sonny Gray's future using historical comps

Will he be more like Charles Nagy, or Ricky Romero In 2015, Sonny Gray was the A's lone shining light. After a rookie season in which Gray's electric stuff lit up the playoffs and a second season in which he took another step forward, Gray seemed to solidify himself as an ace in 2015, finishing third in Cy Young voting. There were some questions regarding Gray's ability to miss bats...
Via Athletics Nation
3 days ago

Chip Hale rejoins Bob Melvin's coaching staff in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is returning to the Oakland Athletics organization as third base coach on manager Bob Melvin's staff.Hale replaces Ron Washington, who took the same position with the Atlanta Braves to be closer to his home in New Orleans.In two seasons as Arizona manager, Hale went 148-176 before being fired Oct. 3, one day after the...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chip Hale Returns To Athletics As Third Base Coach

The Athletics announced today that Chip Hale has been re-hired by the organization and will fill the role of third base coach that was vacated when Ron Washington took the same title with the Braves earlier this month. Hale, whose talks with the A’s were first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, has spent the past two seasons managing the D-backs but was...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
5 days ago

Athletics hire Chip Hale as third base coach; rest of staff to return

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the Oakland Athletics are hiring Chip Hale to be their third base coach. The rest of the coaching staff will return next season, as well. Hale was fired by the Arizona Diamondbacks on October 3 after serving as their manager for two seasons. He went 148-176 at the helm with the D’Backs, but was dismissed on the...
Via Today's Knuckleball
5 days ago

Pair of A's prospects impress in return to mound

A pair of Oakland Athletics pitching prospects impressed in their respective returns to the mound on Friday in Arizona Fall League action, as right-handers Dylan Covey and Frankie Montas combined to toss seven strong innings to help Mesa defeat Surprise, 10-4.
9 days ago

Athletics scouting report: Stockton Ports Sandber Pimentel

SANDBER PIMENTEL Organization: Oakland Athletics || 2016 club: Stockton Ports (A-Adv.)Position: 1B/DH || Age: 22 || DOB: September 12, 1994 || Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DRAcquired: November 1, 2011 (int’l free agent) || 2016 prospect rank: None2016 stats: 117 games, 417 AB, .237/.342/.436/.779, 18 2B, 21 HR, 60 BB, 145 K, 1 SB Pimentel’s 2016 He may have been...
Via Today's Knuckleball
12 days ago

Athletics scouting report: Stockton Ports catcher Argenis Raga

ARGENIS RAGA Organization: Oakland Athletics || 2016 club: Stockton Ports (A-Adv.)Position: C || Age: 22 || DOB: July 22, 1994 || Birthplace: Maracay, VenezuelaAcquired: July 22, 2010 (undrafted free agent) || 2016 prospect rank: None2016 stats: 84 games, 289 AB, .263/.329/.356/.686, 19 2B, 2 HR, 29 BB, 62 K, 5 SB Raga’s 2016 A converted infielder that has the build...
Via Today's Knuckleball
14 days ago

Athletics Outright Henderson Alvarez, Jarrod Parker, Felix Doubront

The Athletics have outrighted pitchers Henderson Alvarez, Jarrod Parker and Felix Doubront to Triple-A Nashville, reports’s Jane Lee (Twitter link). Each of the three was a likely non-tender candidate, as Alvarez recently underwent shoulder surgery, while Parker underwent a UCL/flexor tendon repair back in April and Doubront underwent Tommy John surgery in April as well...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
16 days ago

A's remove 9 from 40-man, lose Alcantara to Reds

The A's have removed nine players from their 40-man roster in 24 hours, outrighting eight of them to Triple-A Nashville, while letting infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara go on waivers to the Reds.
17 days ago

Injury-plagued Athletics win one more game, still last place

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sonny Gray showed up at spring training eight months ago with big aspirations for himself and the Oakland Athletics this season. None of it worked out. He struggled and got injured more than once. That's just the kind of year the A's had, another similar story for the small-budget franchise hit by the injury bug time and again. ''I'm not happy with the way...
Via Associated Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Manaea, Vogt lead Oakland to 3-2 win over Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) During the final few weeks of the season, Sean Manaea provided the Oakland Athletics a glimpse of what they hope to see over a longer haul starting next season. Manaea continued his solid close to 2016 by throwing six innings and allowing two runs as Oakland finished the year with a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Since coming off the disabled list in...
Via Associated Press
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Oakland’s Mount Davis Killing Fly Balls?

My favorite part of my job is when players ask me questions. It’s difficult enough to come up with questions on a daily basis, so it’s great to get a free piece — and it’s even better when the question came from someone who plays the game every day. Once you make it to the Show, it’s all about staying in the Show, and that means making the most of your athletic talents...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Jharel Cotton: the next Oakland Athletics ace?

When selling players at the trade deadline, teams do not receive an ace pitcher in return. In 2016, the Oakland Athletics rewrote this rule. On Aug. 1, the A’s moved left-handed pitcher Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, Oakland acquired three unknown players. One was named Jharel Cotton, a right-handed pitcher that possessed no Major League...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

A Dialogue on the Urgent Matter of Jharel Cotton’s Cutter

In light of Oakland right-hander Jharel Cotton‘s minor-league success, his major-league success (which includes a 1.50 ERA over three starts) isn’t an entirely surprising development. More surprising, perhaps, is how he’s achieved that success — less by means of his celebrated changeup and more by means of his barely-ever-mentioned-once cut fastball. Curious as to what might...
Via Fangraphs
September 23, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Farewells: Oakland Athletics

It is that part of the year where pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is time to say an early goodbye to some of our summertime friends who will not be joining us in the fall–up next are the 2016 Oakland Athletics. Moneyball didn’t work…again. Most people didn’t expect anything...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
September 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Here’s why the Oakland Athletics love Khris Davis

Several years into the 21st century, the Oakland Athletics finally have their second player in this millennium to reach a home run milestone. His name is Khris Davis, and he became the fourth outfielder in the history of the franchise and only the second A’s player in the 21st century, to acquire 40 home runs. The last player to accomplish this feat was Jason Giambi, who slugged...
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics weren’t expected to contend for an AL West title or wild card spot in 2016, based mostly on the competition they faced within their division. The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners all looked like potential contenders, while the A’s were building for the future and likely to spin off veteran pieces like Sonny Gray, Rich Hill and Josh Reddick...
Via The Comeback
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Billy Butler signs with Yankees

Billy Butler’s unemployment stint did not last very long. The DH signed with the New York Yankees on Wednesday, just days after being released by the Oakland A’s. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal says the Yankees will use Butler against lefties. They got him as a platoon guy specifically for the next few weeks, as they will face multiple southpaws. Source confirms: #Yankees sign Billy...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Projecting Oakland Call-Ups Renato Nunez and Matt Olson

On Monday, the Oakland Athletics promoted a couple of hitting prospects from Triple-A: Renato Nunez and Matt Olson. Both Nunez and Olson came off the bench on Monday to make their big-league debuts. With Billy Butler out of the picture, and Danny Valencia likely soon to follow, Nunez and Olson might see a decent chunk of playing time these next two weeks. Olson’s numbers have trended...
Via Fangraphs
September 13, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every A's MLB player to hit 30 home runs in a season

A member of the Athletics has hit 30 or more home runs in a season 60 times. This includes all MLB iterations of the A's from Philadelphia to Kansas City to Oakland. The 27 sluggers on this impressive list include some Hall of Famers. How many of them can you name? Clue: Number of Home Runs-A's location-Year
September 10, 2016  |  Discuss

The Oakland Athletics recall Mengden and his scary stats

Halloween is more than one month away. But the Oakland Athletics have already experienced a season of scary performances from their rotation. Now, the A’s are feeling further discomfort by management’s recent recall of starting pitcher Daniel Mengden. On Sept. 3, the Athletics recalled Mengden from the Nashville Sounds. Not surprisingly, A’s GM David Forst, scouts, and fans...
September 05, 2016  |  Discuss

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