Lewis Assigned To Beloit
Held back at extended spring training for the start of the season, Oakland A's 2010 fourth-round pick Chad Lewis has been assigned to the Low-A Beloit Snappers. Lewis will replace infielder Jake Tanis on the Snappers roster. Tanis, a 13th-round pick in 2011, was released by the A's.
Lewis is coming off of a difficult 2012 season. He began that year with Low-A Burlington but was sent back to extended spring after appearing in only eight games with the Bees. Lewis stayed at extended until the start of the short-season leagues, when he was assigned to Vermont. Lewis also struggled with the Lake Monsters, posting a 582 OPS in 39 games. He finished the year in the Arizona Rookie League.
Over the off-season, Lewis was sent to the A's Dominican fall instructional league and he earned praise from A's minor league hitting coordinator Todd Steverson for his work in that camp. Lewis, a native of Huntington Beach, Calif., was one of three consecutive high school position players selected by the A's in rounds two-through-four in 2010. Yordy Cabrera (now in the Marlins' chain) and Aaron Shipman (a teammate of Lewis' in Beloit) were the other two.
Although Lewis has struggled in his first two seasons as a pro, he still has time to realize his potential, having only turned 21 in December.
Tanis, an alum of Mercer, spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with short-season Vermont. In his full-season debut, Tanis hit .182/.217/.341 with a homer in 12 games for Beloit.
Alcantara Continues To Shine
After struggling through most of his first season as part of the Oakland A's organization, Raul Alcantara appears to be hitting his stride with the A's in 2013. The right-hander had another strong start for the Beloit Snappers on Monday night and he could be inching towards a promotion to High-A Stockton.
Alcantara earned the win in the Snappers' 6-1 victory with 6.1 strong innings. He allowed just a run on six hits. He walked none and struck-out a season-high eight batters. Alcantara has now allowed five runs over his last 24.2 innings of work. He has walked only four in 28.1 innings this season.
The native of the Dominican Republic received plenty of backing from his teammates on Monday. Matt Olson (2) and John Wooten (4) each went deep, while Daniel Robertson picked up two RBI and played spectacular defense at shortstop. Sam Roberts and Brett Vertigan each added doubles and Vertigan stole his second base of the season.
Right-hander Ryan Dull earned his third save with 2.2 perfect innings of relief. He struck-out four.
Barton Sets Mark In River Cats' Loss
Like their big league brethren, the Sacramento River Cats mounted a ninth-inning comeback last night to force extra-innings. Unlike the A's, however, the River Cats were unable to pull off the win against Fresno.
The game was a historic one in River Cats' franchise history, as first-baseman Daric Barton moved into the top spot for runs scored in franchise history. Barton scored twice in the game, including on a ninth-inning homerun. He reached base four times in the game and now has a .320/.459/.493 slashline in 22 games for Sacramento.
Barton reached Sacramento originally as a 20-year-old in 2006. The former A's top prospect spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons in Sacramento before he made his major-league debut in September 2007. He had a brief rehab assignment with the River Cats in 2008, but spent nearly half of the 2009 season with Sacramento. After playing in the big leagues for all of the 2010 campaign, Barton spent parts of the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the River Cats. He is a career .270/.392/.425 hitter in Triple-A.
Second baseman Grant Green had a big game for Sacramento. He collected four hits, including a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth. He finished a double short of the cycle. Green has a six-game hitting streak and is now batting .337/.409/.525 with four homers in 101 at-bats for Sacramento.
Roster Shuffle Likely For Oakland
The A's won a dramatic game on Monday night/Tuesday morning, overcoming a five-run deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 10-8. The game lasted more than 6.5 hours and went 19 innings before Brandon Moss ended the marathon with a walk-off homer.
The game was costly from a healthy perspective for both the A's and the Angels. CF Peter Bourjos strained his hamstring and will be placed on the Angels' DL. Oakland saw two outfielders leave with injuries, CF Coco Crisp and RF Chris Young. Young's injury - a strained quad - is believed to be the more serious injury of the two.
In addition, the A's had to use starter Brett Anderson in relief. Anderson had been scratched from starting the game that day because of a sore ankle. He threw 5.1 innings of one-run ball in extra-innings, but left with renewed soreness in the ankle. He is expected to be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
If the A's have to place Young or Crisp on the DL, they could turn to Michael Taylor even though he was sent down less than 10 days ago (the 10-day rule isn't applied if a player is replacing an injured player). The A's could also bring back Shane Peterson, who provides more positional flexibility than Taylor. Green, who has been red-hot, is another possibility, especially given his ability to play both the infield and the outfield.
Since the A's have an open roster spot, they could consider adding Michael Choice, especially if they are concerned that they won't have a true centerfielder if both Crisp and Young are hurt. The A's would only add Choice if he was going to play everyday, however, so he is likely only a possibility if both Young and Crisp have to go on the DL.
If the A's do promote a Sacramento outfielder or two to Oakland, the A's will have several candidates to replace those outfielders. Midland Rockhounds' outfielders Jake Goebbert and Jeremy Barfield, in particular, have been playing well enough for a promotion to Triple-A.
Goebbert saw his 14-game hitting streak end last night in the RockHounds' 8-7 loss, but he is still batting .308/.386/.513 on the season. Goebbert was acquired from Houston earlier this year for Travis Blackley.
Barfield had two hits on Monday and is batting .274/.357/.521 with five homers in 73 at-bats.
Dan Straily, who started the game on Monday, struggled in his second big-league start of the season and is likely to be sent back to Sacramento on Tuesday for relief help, unless Anderson is placed on the DL. Straily allowed two homeruns and six runs overall in 4.2 innings of work. He did strike-out six but struggled with his fastball command within the strike-zone, leaving too many balls up.
With the A's bullpen thin thanks to their 19-inning marathon, Oakland could consider promoting veteran left-hander Hideki Okajima. Okajima threw two innings on Monday night and has now not allowed a run in six consecutive outings. He has 15 strike-outs and only two walks in 13.2 innings this season and has allowed just nine hits.
Okajima would have to be added to the A's 40-man roster, but they have an open spot after they traded OF Casper Wells to the Chicago White Sox on Monday. The native of Japan has an opt-out in his contract on June 1 if he isn't in the big leagues by then.
Evan Scribner is another logical choice for promotion and he didn't work on Monday, making him a fresh arm. If Anderson does go on the DL, the A's could bring back Jesse Chavez, who was sent down to Sacramento on Monday to make room for Straily on the roster. Danny Otero is another possibility for the A's. The former Giants reliever has yet to allow a run in 12.2 innings this season. He has nine strike-outs and one walk.