Oakland A's MLN: Extended Spring Rosters

In this edition of our Oakland A's Minor League Notebook, we take a look at the A's extended spring training rosters, as well as other news and notes from around the organization.

Oakland A's Extended Spring Training Rosters

In addition to the 100 minor leaguers currently competing for the Oakland A's on the rosters of their four full-season minor league affiliates, the A's have more than 50 players at their minor league complex at Papago Park participating in extended spring training either as a member of the team's active extended spring roster or as a rehabbing player.

The A's extended spring team is taking on teams from the Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs organizations.

Below is the complete list of the A's extended spring training rosters.

Active Extended Spring Roster

Pitchers
Rony Acevedo, RHP
Andres Avila, RHP
Drew Bailey, RHP
Logan Chitwood, RHP
Nate Eppley, RHP
Drew Gagnier, RHP
Ryan Hughes, LHP
Deyvi Jimenez, RHP
Chris Lamb, LHP
J.C. Menna, RHP
David Mota, RHP
Argenis Paez, RHP
Tanner Peters, RHP
Eric Potter, RHP
Cecil Tanner, RHP
Pedro Vidal, RHP
Kurt Wunderlich, RHP
Michael Ynoa, RHP

Catchers
Seong-Min Kim
Diomedes Lopez
Reynaldo Mateo
Rhett Stafford

Infielders
Luis Baez
Austin Booker
Shane Boras
Chris Bostick
Franklin Contreras
Miguel Marte
Hiram Martinez
Renato Nunez
Jensi Peralta
Wilfredo Solano
Sam Roberts
Jacob Tanis

Outfielders
Dayton Alexander
Vicmal De La Cruz
Shawn Duinkerk
Xavier Macklin
Rashad Ramsey
Kelvin Rojas
Jordan Tripp

Rehabbing or Disabled List Roster
Pitchers
Anthony Capra, RHP
Chris Mederos, RHP
Daniel Pettiti, RHP (note: Pettiti is converting from catcher to pitcher)
Julio Ramos, LHP
Travis Schlichting, RHP
Daniel Tenholder, RHP
Matt Thomson, RHP
Tyler Vail, RHP

Infielders
Yordy Cabrera

Outfielders
Manny Ramirez
Matt Sulentic


News and Notes

- Longtime Oakland A's minor league instructor Ron Plaza passed away at the age of 77, the A's announced on Monday. Plaza was instrumental in the development of generations of A's minor leaguers and was widely respected throughout baseball. He had a large role in the development of the A's Dominican Academy. Plaza spent more than 60 years in professional baseball and 30 of those years with the A's.

In a statement issued by the A's, GM Billy Beane said: "On behalf of the A's, I send my deepest condolences out to the Plaza family.

Ron was a great baseball man and a wonderful person. His love of the game and dedication to teaching were unmatched during his 30 years with the A's. All of us – front office, staff, and players – are richer for having been around Ron for so long. He will be missed by everyone in the organization."

- Outfielder Aaron Shipman has been sent out from extended spring training to join the Low-A Burlington Bees' roster. No corresponding roster move has been announced by the Bees yet. Shipman had a minor injury towards the end of spring training that delayed his debut with the Bees, but he is expected to spend the season with Burlington.

- Right-hander A.J. Griffin was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the first week of the season. Griffin made two starts during the timespan considered for the award. He didn't allow a run and gave-up only two hits and two walks while striking out 16. Griffin made his third start of the season on Monday night. He allowed his first two runs of the season with two outs in the sixth inning of his outing. He finished the outing with two runs allowed and nine strike-outs against one walk. Griffin's 25 strike-outs lead the Texas League. The Rockhounds would fall to the Springfield Cardinals by a score of 5-3.

- Right-hander Bruce Billings was promoted from Double-A Midland to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. Billings had two wins for the Rockhounds in relief, allowing two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.

- Sacramento right-hander Jarrod Parker turned in an impressive performance against his old organization on Monday night, earning the win in the River Cats' 2-1 victory over the Reno Aces. Parker lasted six innings versus the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A club, allowing a run on Ryan Wheeler's solo homerun. He gave up six hits and two walks and he struck-out seven. The win was Parker's first of the year and he lowered his ERA to 2.50. Pedro Figueroa was impressive in relief, tossing two scoreless innings. He allowed only a walk and he struck-out three. Jim Miller worked a scoreless ninth to earn his second save. Sacramento managed only six hits - three from Michael Taylor - but had just enough offense to move to 9-3 on the year.

- The Stockton Ports fell in game one of their series against Lake Elsinore by a score of 4-0. Josh Bowman had a strong start for the Ports, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck-out six. Reliever Sean Doolittle allowed his first run of the season, but had another strong outing overall. In two innings, he allowed a run on one hit and one walk with four strike-outs. He has 15 strike-outs in 7.1 innings and he has walked only one batter.



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