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 ...

Arizona Fall League, Franklin Barreto, infield
**Seven Oakland Athletics’ prospects have been named to play in this year’s Arizona Fall League with the A’s affiliate the Mesa Solar Sox. Four pitchers and three** infielders will represent the Athletics on the Solar Sox, one of six teams in the league. Each team consists of prospects from five big league clubs. They will play alongside prospects from the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. The Solar Sox will face off beginning on October 11 with the Glendale Desert Dogs, Peoria Javelinas, Scottsdale Scorpions, Salt River Rafters and the Surprise Saguaros. The league runs through […]

Seven* A’s prospects to play in Arizona Fall League

Zach Neal
Zach Neal made, what has so far been, the most important start of his seven year professional career on Monday. It wasn’t a playoff start or an all-star game start, it wasn’t even his first start in the big leagues and it definitely wasn’t a start for a 2016 contender. This start may change the course of his career, if the Oakland A’s decide to give him another start this season. After Monday’s night’s performance against an extremely potent and highly charged AL East leading Baltimore Orioles’ lineup, he’s earned one. Well, the Orioles were tied atop the AL East […]

A’s should give Zach Neal a real shot at starting

Ryon Healy, prospects
Ryon Healy makes his MLB debut The A’s 16th rated prospect started the year playing with Double-A Midland. Corner infielder Ryon Healy probably didn’t think he’d have a chance to play third base for Oakland’s big league team for the second half of the season. He started for the A’s at third Friday night, playing third and batting in the ninth position. Prior to the start of Friday’s game the A’s talked to third baseman Danny Valencia who will have his playing time cut and no longer be playing third base. This job is basically Healy’s to lose. He’ll be […]

Ryon Healy is being given his chance at third for ...

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?

winter meetings
Winter Meetings Recaps  *Each day I will be updating this with as many transactions as I can up to a certain time – between 8-9:00 pm Eastern Time! But stay with me for updates all throughout the week! 12/10: Angels/Nationals: The Los Angeles Angeles made a trade on the final day of the 2015 MLB Annual Winter Meetings with the Washington Nationals. The Angels have acquired shortstop-turned-third baseman Yunel Escobar. He’ll likely takeover at the hot corner unless talks with former third baseman David Freese turn a corner. If the Angels re-sign Freese, Escobar can slide over to play at […]

Winter Meetings Recaps (updated daily) as of 9pm ET 12/10/15

Jed Lowrie, hot stove
Lowrie, Lawrie and the reasons it all makes sense The trade made Wednesday that sent Brendan McCurry, a 23-year-old pitching prospect from the Oakland Athletics’ organization, to the Houston Astros for utility-infielder Jed Lowrie will not be one of the offseason’s biggest impact trades. It almost certainly will be seen, as Lowrie himself put it, “weird, right?” Given Lowrie’s career path over the past four years, using the word “weird” to describe this trade is legit. I can quite honestly attest to this as someone who openly follows the A’s and, as a result, the rest of the American League West. […]

Lowrie, Lawrie and why bringing Jed back to the A’s ...

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) ...

Matt shoemaker, angels, Joe Smith
The Los Angeles Angels are likely currently praying that they can stop their 6-16 game skid tonight against the Kansas City Royals or at the very least, when they begin a four-game series against the 55-60 Chicago White Sox on Monday night. They currently sit three games, three and a half should they lose tonight, behind the Houston Astros in the American League West. The Rangers are creeping up on them in the West sitting only a game (or potentially a half-game) behind them and the Angels are clinging to a Wild Card spot tied, just above the Rangers and […]

Angels demote Matt Shoemaker, now what?

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

mound, breakout, positives, Kendall Graveman, Oakland A's, promotions, success, hahn,Burns, donaldson
Oakland A’s rookie starter Kendall Graveman struggled in April after ascending to through the Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league system in a single season, doing well after being called up in September and having an amazing spring training after being traded to the Athletics as part of the move that sent All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to Toronto. Then out of nowhere, after having no troubles at all and making it into the A’s starting rotation, Graveman’s ERA skyrocketed in his first four starts. He was sent down to Triple-A Nashville for the month of May. Upon his return Graveman […]

Graveman’s vast improvement since minors stint