Will the A’s call up Daniel Mengden in 2016?
With the recent struggles of the entire Oakland Athletics starting rotation, it’s time to take a look at some of the prospects the A’s may consider using in the future, maybe even this season.
Daniel Mengden may be one of those prospects. The 23-year-old right handed starter came to the A’s organization along with another prospect, catcher Jacob Nottingham, in the trade that sent left-handed starter Scott Kazmir to Houston at last season’s trade deadline.
Nottingham has since been traded, but Mengden has been brilliant at High Class-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels for Oakland. He’s moving quickly through the A’s system which is why it is a complete possibility that the team could call on him to try and help salvage the season.
Last season the A’s problem was in the bullpen, who were credited with 31 of the A’s 94 losses. The Athletics went into spring training with high hopes with a young, promising starting rotation and a bullpen that was completely overhauled over the offseason.
Unfortunately for Oakland, the roles of the two parts of the pitching staff have now been reversed. The bullpen has been brilliant. The starters, however, are allowing a massive number of home runs and every starter, with the exception of 36-year-old left-hander Rich Hill, seems to have trouble finding the strike zone. Last season 26-year-old right hander Sonny Gray placed third in the voting for the Cy Young Award. This season his ERA is 6.00 while he posted a 2.73 ERA over 31 starts in 2015.
The sad fact is that it appears they will need to try something new when it comes to the starting rotation, which is where Mengden comes in.
To learn more about Daniel Mengden and how he’s pitched so far in the Athletics farm system, you can read the rest of my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below: