Oakland A's MLN: Pitcher Promotions

In this edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook, we cover roster movement, the continued domination of the Arizona Rookie League A's and more...

On The Move

Blake Treinen's trip to the disabled list has impacted the rosters for three of the Oakland A's affiliates. The A's placed the Stockton Ports' right-hander on the disabled list on Thursday. He last pitched on June 26 and had his worst outing of the season, allowing six runs and three homeruns in 5.2 innings pitched.

Taking Treinen's place on the Stockton roster is right-hander Max Perlman, who was promoted from Low-A Burlington. Perlman had a 3.92 ERA and a 43:16 K:BB ratio in 64.1 innings for the Bees this season. The Harvard alum split his time with Burlington between the rotation and the bullpen.

Perlman's promotion created an opening on the Burlington roster for left-hander Chris Lamb, who had been pitching with short-season Vermont. The Berkeley native was the A's 11th-round pick last season. He had a strong extended spring training camp and was off to a fast start with the Lake Monsters. In 18 innings, he had allowed only three earned runs (1.50 ERA) and had posted a 12:3 K:BB ratio.

Arizona A's Stay Red-Hot

The temperatures may be cooler than normal in Phoenix right now, but the AZL A's are scorching. After a 10-0 thumping of the AZL Giants on Thursday, the AZL A's moved to 10-2 on the season.

Right-hander Michael Ynoa made his second appearance for the AZL A's in less than a week. As he did in his first outing, Ynoa made the start but threw only one inning. Using 14 pitches, Ynoa struck-out one, walked one and induced a flyout and a groundout.

Greg Paulino earned the win with five shut-out innings in relief of Ynoa. He struck-out five and walked one while allowing three hits. Fernando Cruzado and Lee Sosa combined to toss three perfect innings to close out the game.

A's 2012 top pick Addison Russell continued his torrid start to the season. He had three more hits to raise his average to .448. He also stole his fifth base. In nine games, Russell has a .448/.600/.724 line, and that doesn't include his homerun from Wednesday's game, which was rained out before the game was official.

Fellow 2012 first-round picks Daniel Robertson and Matt Olson also had big games on Thursday. Both players doubled twice in the win. Olson is batting .351 with seven extra-base hits in nine games, while Robertson has seven walks in seven games.

Fourth-round pick B.J. Boyd is also off to a fast start, with fast being the operative word. The Palo Alto native stole his 10th base of the season on Thursday and collected three hits. He is batting .371 and is a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases in 10 games.

Reynaldo Mateo hit his first homerun of the season on Thursday and Boog Powell added two hits in the rout.

Other News and Notes

- The A's have signed former Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers prospect Beau Jones to a minor league deal and have assigned him to Double-A Midland. The left-hander had a 7.54 ERA and 20 walks in 22.2 innings for Triple-A New Orleans this season before being released by the Miami Marlins. He has made one appearance for the Rockhounds and he allowed one hit and one walk in a scoreless 1.1 inning outing.

- Josh Whitaker hit a one-out grand-slam in the top of the ninth inning to give the Stockton Ports a come-from-behind victory over Bakersfield. Whitaker's blast gave the Ports a 6-3 lead and they would eventually win the game by a score of 6-5. The grand-slam was Whitaker's 15th homerun of the season and his seventh in the past 11 games. He has a nine-game hitting streak. Ian Krol got the start for Stockton and allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck-out five and walked one. T.J. Walz earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief of Krol. Reds' prospect Billy Hamilton stole two bases in the game, bringing his season total to 103. He stole 103 last season in Low-A ball.

- The River Cats pounded out 17 hits and scored eight runs, but they lost a heart-breaker to Fresno on Thursday night. Sacramento coughed up the lead in the ninth and the 10th after taking the lead in the eight inning on a three-run homer by Luke Hughes. Josh Donaldson also homered in the game (his 10th in 24 games with the River Cats) and he had three hits and a walk. He finished a double short of the cycle. Grant Green, playing third base, led the team with four hits, while Eric Sogard added three hits of his own. Merkin Valdez and Pedro Figueroa each blew saves, with Figueroa being hung with the loss. Graham Godfrey struggled, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings. He didn't strike-out a batter in what was arguably his worst start of the season.

- The Midland Rockhounds also lost in extra-innings, dropping a 2-1 affair in 10 innings to the Arkansas Travelers. Fabio Castro had his best start since joining the Rockhounds, allowing a run on five hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck-out six. Josh Horton had three hits, including a double. The double was Horton's 21st of the season. His career-high for doubles is 23.

- A.J. Cole had another outstanding start for Burlington, but it was in a losing effort, as the Bees dropped a 2-1 decision to the Peoria Chief. Cole struck-out nine and allowed only four hits and two runs (one earned) in six innings. He walked three and allowed a homerun. Cole's ERA with Burlington is now 2.44 and he has a 52:9 K:BB ratio in 44.1 innings. It was Cole's second straight start with nine strike-outs. Wade Kirkland had three hits and Bobby Crocker had two, but the Bees weren't able to muster much offense on Thursday night. Crocker's two hits raised his average on the season to .291. The A's 2011 fourth-round pick has recovered from a slow start to his season. He had a 957 OPS in June and is six-for-18 (.333) thus far in July. On the year, Crocker's OPS is at 793 after sitting in the mid-600s for the first two months of the season.

- The Vermont Lake Monsters were blanked by the Hudson Valley Renegades on Thursday night. A's 2012 second-round pick Bruce Maxwell had two hits, as did 2011 draftee Austin Booker, but that was pretty much the extent of the Lake Monsters' offensive output. It was Maxwell's first multi-hit game since joining the Lake Monsters on June 28th. He hit .524 with a 1330 OPS in six games with the AZL A's before being promoted to Vermont.

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