It was just the third no-hitter in Arizona Fall League (AFL) history and it was history made by two Oakland Athletics’ prospects and one Miami Marlins’ prospect on Tuesday, while most of the rest of the world was gearing up for Game 6 of this year’s World Series. Right-hander Dylan Covey, 25, who was first drafted in the first round out of high school by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010 but decided to continue on to college at San Diego State University, was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the third round of the 2013 amateur draft. He started Tuesday’s AFL […]

One Marlins’ and two A’s prospects combine for AFL’s third ...

Rookies Manaea, Mengden and Overton may be key to A’s future  The Oakland Athletics have historically been at their best when their starting rotation led the way for the rest of the team.  The importance of a strong, healthy starting rotation helps even a mediocre bullpen or offense not be a crucial as they would be without a good rotation. The A’s have won with stellar starting rotations, decent bullpens and decent offenses. The majority of the time it’s been pitchers from the A’s farm system that have come up to the majors to end up leading the team to […]

Trio of rookies pitchers could be the key to A’s ...

A’s use 11th different starter of the year: Call up Dillon Overton Saturday the Oakland Athletics used their 11th starting pitcher of the season. With their rotation decimated by injuries, the A’s have had to be creative to make sure that they had a pitcher to start a game every five days. In Saturday’s contest against the Los Angeles Angels, the A’s called upon rookie Dillon Overton from Triple-A Nashville to make his major league debut. First drafted out of high school in the 26th round by the Boston Red Sox, the then-18-year-old left-hander decided to attend the University of […]

Dillon Overton gets win for A’s in first MLB start

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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 […]

Could we see A’s pitching prospect Daniel Mengden in 2016?

Left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea‘s road to playing in the Oakland Athletics’ organization as well as this year’s Arizona Fall League All-Star game on Saturday had been long and painful. Yet he’s made it through. Although A’s vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane has said he has no plans to rush Manaea to the majors “just to fill a hole” in the starting rotation Manaea is MLB ready and still could be called up sometime during the 2016 season. Raised in Indiana, he had to transfer high schools after his junior year in order to be able to qualify for […]

A’s prospect Sean Manaea’s path to the big leagues (almost) ...

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This is a (733 words!!! WHAT??!) comment on a story about the A’s and the Josh Donaldson trade and why it will look better in the long run. You can find the story on Today’s Knuckleball … by clicking HERE. I think it could have been a bit more thorough, however, the overall sentiment is what I have been saying about all the trades, only to hear people whine and complain. I’m kind of sick of it to be honest.  That said, I understand people’s frustration but not their shortsightedness!!! My response is directly cut and pasted from where it was […]

Oakland’s future looks bright, sooner than you’d think

Taylor Ward, Angels, top draft pick
Not many agreed with the Los Angeles Angels’ decision to draft catcher Taylor Ward with their first pick in the 2015 draft, but thus far, he’s proving the naysayers wrong. A lot of people, from the fans to other baseball executives, scoffed when the Los Angeles Angels took 21-year-old Fresno State catcher Taylor Ward as their first round pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. Why? To begin with, Ward was not expected to be a first-rounder. He was predicted to go anywhere from the third to fifth round by most experts, ranked number 70 by Baseball America and […]

Angels’ top pick Taylor Ward is 2015 Draft’s biggest surprise

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The Oakland Athletics are very likely out of the postseason race this season. For the first time in the last three years their season will end in September and not the – well – beginning of October. Due to this fact A’s general manager Billy Beane decided to re-evaluate what he was trying to do with his team. Instead of “re-tooling” he decided that maybe “re-building” wasn’t such a bad word after all and he began re-building the teams’ farm system. He traded pending free agents Scott Kazmir, Tyler Clippard and Ben Zobrist to the Houston Astros, New York Mets […]

A’s deadline trades already paying off

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Update: June 9, 2015 9:55 pm PT Houston Astros rookie shortstop Carlos Correa hit his first big league home run on Tuesday off of Chicago White Sox reliever Zach Duke. Correa also stole his first base in the major leagues but his efforts and the efforts of Astros’ ace Dallas Keuchel couldn’t hold off the White Sox. Jose Abreu hit a two-run blast off of Keuchel and the White Sox added another two run in the eighth off of Chad Qualls to make the score 4-0. Correa’s two-run shot cut the White Sox lead in half in the ninth but […]

Update: Carlos Correa hits 1st big league home run, Astros ...

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Houston Astros prospect Derek Fischer had an unbelievable, almost unheard of game on Saturday in his debut with Class-A Advanced Lancaster. He set a California League record by logging 14 total bases and 12 RBI. Fischer, ranked the organization’s 11th top prospect by, even recorded one strikeout in his fourth at-bat of the game. He began his night on another note though with a solo shot in the first inning. In the second inning, he went yard for his first grand slam of the game. Yes, his first grand slam. Just one inning later he clubbed his third home […]

Astros’ prospect records 12 RBI in a single game

Dodgers’ top prospect Corey Seager got the call on Friday. Ok, it was not THE call as into the major leagues, but he was promoted from Double-A Tulsa to Triple-A Oklahoma City. #Dodgers are promoting blue chip prospect Corey Seager to Triple A OKC. Hit .372 with 1.039 OPS in 19 games at Double A Tulsa this year — Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 1, 2015 As Plunkett notes Seager literally destroyed Double-A so far this season! Baseball-Reference has his stats listed now that as of playing 20 games in Double-A he is hitting .375 with a 1.082 OPS. In 80 […]

Dodgers’ Corey Seager gets the call

Saturday a new billboard was unveiled by Adidas right across the street from the Chicago Cubs‘ Wrigley Field. Oddly enough it featured a player in the Cubs’ organization who did not make the 25-man roster for tonight’s opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. Of course that player was slugging third baseman Kris Bryant who was sent down to the minors on Monday despite having belted more home runs than anyone else all spring. So what’s the deal? Find out what the deal is on Baseball Hot Corner using the link below: Adidas mocking the Cubs with new billboard? Brought to […]

Adidas unveils Kris Bryant billboard across from Wrigley