Oakland A's MLN: Additions And Releases

Oakland A's minor league spring training is in its final days and team rosters are starting to take shape. The A's have also made several moves, releasing three minor leaguers and adding three more. We take a look at those moves inside...

Article Updated: 3:40pm Friday, March 29

A's Release Three

In a second wave of spring camp releases, the Oakland A's have let go three minor leaguers: RHP Daniel Petitti, RHP Chaz Mye and OF Royce Consigli.

Petitti was the A's 37th-round pick in 2010 out of North Georgia College & State. Originally a catcher, Petitti was converted to the mound last season and had success in his first taste of professional pitching. In 12 appearances for the Arizona Rookie League A's, Petitti posted a 4.02 ERA, but he had a 29:7 K:BB ratio in 15.2 innings. He drew praise from 2012 AZL A's pitching coach Jimmy Escalante for how quickly he learned the nuances of pitching.

Mye was an undrafted free agent signing of the A's out of SUNY-Buffalo in 2010. Used exclusively in relief during his time in the A's organization, Mye pitched for every one of the A's six US affiliates. He spent most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons in short-season ball, but did make one appearance for both the High-A Stockton Ports and the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. However, last season Mye spent the entire year in full-season ball, making 44 appearances for the Low-A Burlington Bees. He posted a 4.15 ERA and a 47:23 K:BB ratio in 60.2 innings.

Consigli, a 30th-round pick of the A's out of high school in 2009, spent the past two seasons with the Bees. The left-handed hitting outfielder hit .247 with seven homers in 127 games for Burlington in 2011, but saw his playing time decrease in 2012, when he appeared in only 78 games. He hit .211 with five homers for Burlington last season. Consigli, a native of Welland, Ontario, is still only 21 years old. He hit .340 with an 893 OPS in 2010 for the AZL A's and has shown the ability to hit for power and run well on the bases during his career.

A's Add Several Arms

With the trades of A.J. Cole, Ian Krol, Zach Thornton and Blake Treinen and the suspension of Gary Daley, Jr. and the injury to Shawn Haviland over the off-season, the A's found themselves a little thin on pitchers at the Double-A level. They have added several pitchers during spring training who could fill that void at Double-A this season. In addition to the recently acquired Darren Byrd and Sergio Perez, the A's have also picked up four more pitchers with experience at the Double-A level or higher.

The A's claimed two pitchers off of waivers on Friday and optioned them to the minor leagues. Right-hander Josh Stinson was claimed from the Milwaukee Brewers and was optioned to Double-A Midland. Right-hander Danny Otero was claimed off of waivers from the New York Yankees and optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

To make room for Otero and Stinson on the 40-man roster, the A's designated Daric Barton and Travis Blackley for assignment. The A's also optioned LHP Jordan Norberto to Triple-A Sacramento.

A's Assistant GM David Forst told the SF Chronicle's Susan Slusser that Stinson would be part of the Double-A Midland Rockhounds' starting rotation this season. The right-hander has appeared in 20 games in the major leagues, including six games last season for Milwaukee. He has gone back-and-forth between the rotation and the bullpen in his career.

In 2012, Stinson posted a 3.16 ERA in 145.1 innings for Double-A Huntsville. He made 24 starts and five relief appearances and he struck-out 91, but walked 71. A groundball pitcher, he allowed just seven homeruns. The 25-year-old Stinson was originally a member of the New York Mets' organization. A 37th-round pick in 2006, Stinson rose steadily through the Mets' organization, reaching Triple-A in 2010 and the big leagues in 2011. He was released by the Mets at the end of the 2012 spring training and claimed by the Brewers.

A big-bodied pitcher, Stinson has generally been a pitch-to-contact-style pitcher throughout his career. He has a solid fastball with good movement that sits in the high-80s to low-90s and a sharp slider that sits in the mid-80s.

Otero was claimed off of waivers for the second time this spring. He was originally with the San Francisco Giants, but was designated for assignment on March 26 by the Yankees. Otero was a 21st-round pick of the Giants in 2007 out of South Florida.

The Miami native made 48 relief appearances for Triple-A Fresno last season. He had a 2.90 ERA and a 45:8 K:BB ratio. Otero allowed just four homeruns. A groundball pitcher with excellent command, Otero has been a reliever throughout his career. He made his major league debut with the Giants last season, appearing in 12 games. He had a 5.84 ERA with eight strike-outs and two walks in 12.1 innings.

Mike DeMark is a 29-year-old right-hander out of Marietta College in Ohio. DeMark began his professional career in the independent leagues before signing with the San Diego Padres in 2007. He spent the 2007-2010 seasons with the Padres, reaching as high as Triple-A. In 2011, he began the year in independent ball before landing with the Arizona Diamondbacks. DeMark pitched well for the D-Backs at the Double-A and Triple-A levels that season, earning another shot with Arizona in 2012.

Last season, he spent the entire year in the Triple-A Reno bullpen (save one start) and posted a 4.19 ERA in 53 games. He struck-out 63 and walked 20 in 68 innings. DeMark has 444 strike-outs and a 3.00 ERA in 426 minor league innings.

Zach Neal was a 17th-round pick of the Miami Marlins in 2010 out of Oklahoma. The 6'3'', 220-pound right-hander spent the past three seasons in the Marlins' organization. Last season, the now 24-year-old split the year between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. He made 12 relief appearances and 18 starts, posting a 2.78 ERA with 78 strike-outs and 22 walks in 113.1 innings pitched. Neal allowed only six homeruns.

Neal may be best known as the pitcher who yelled at Bryce Harper in a 2011 South Atlantic League game, which led to Harper blowing kisses to Neal as he crossed homeplate after a homerun.

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