Oakland A's first-round pick Matt Chapman and 11th-round pick Joel Seddon are the first members of their A's draft class to reach full-season ball. The A's promoted the pair from the Arizona Rookie League to the Midwest League on Monday. Both players should see plenty of playing time with Beloit.
Chapman comes to Beloit with the reputation for being a plus defensive third baseman, as well as a player with the potential to hit for significant power. Chapman appeared in each of the AZL A's first three games, and he collected two hits in each of those games (six-for-14). Chapman had a double and a triple and he walked once. He struck-out only once.
Chapman will be filling a big void in the Snappers' line-up, as Beloit said good-bye to Boog Powell, who is the team's leading hitter. Powell, who also leads the Midwest League in batting, has been moved up to High-A Stockton. He will take the roster spot of outfielder Dusty Robinson, who was released by Oakland on Sunday.
Robinson, a popular figure during his two-plus years with Stockton, put up impressive power numbers with the Ports, but he wasn't able to develop enough plate discipline to jump to the next level of the A's system. He led all A's minor leaguers in homeruns in 2012 with 27, but his OBP was just .310 that year. In 2012, Robinson hit 21 homers, but he had only a .279 OBP. Through Sunday, Robinson had eight homers, but he had a .301 OBP for Stockton. With Robinson's power, his ability to run the bases (double-digit steals in 2012 and 2013 and nine this year) and strong throwing arm, he figures to get another chance in affiliated baseball with a different organization.
Seddon comes to Beloit after making one appearance with the AZL A's. The former South Carolina closer allowed a run in two innings on Sunday. He struck-out four and walked two. Seddon will fill the roster spot of Stuart Pudenz, who was released by the A's on Sunday. Pudenz spent the past two seasons with Beloit, although he was limited by injury during each of the past two years. In 2013, he had a 2.40 ERA and a 35:15 K:BB in 41.1 innings, but this year his ERA for the Snappers was 6.04 and his K:BB was just 18:17 in 22.1 innings. He was the A's 13th-round pick in 2012 out of Dallas Baptist University.
The A's also released left-hander Brent Powers. He will be replaced by right-hander Hunter Adkins, who was moved down from High-A Stockton to Low-A Beloit on Monday. Powers, the A's 18th-round pick in 2011, was a mid-season All-Star for short-season Vermont last year. He had a 2.43 ERA in 14 starts for the Lake Monsters. However, he struggled in three separate stints at the Low-A level in each of the past three seasons. Powers leaves Beloit with a 6.21 ERA and a 31:24 K:BB in 37.2 innings this season.
Adkins made 12 appearances (11 starts) for Stockton before being moved onto the Beloit roster. The right-hander, who was an undrafted free agent signing last year, had a 5.74 ERA in 58 innings with Stockton. His K:BB was 37:27 and he had allowed 10 homeruns. Adkins had been pitching pretty well for Stockton until his last three starts, during which he allowed 16 runs in 13.2 innings.
Veteran right-hander Yeiper Castillo recently joined the Stockton staff after signing with the A's as a minor league free agent. Castillo had been in the Angels' organization earlier this year. He appeared at three different levels for the Angels (Triple-A, Double-A and High-A), although the bulk of his work came in the Double-A Texas League. He was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic. Castillo joined the Chicago Cubs' organization in 2013 as a minor league free agent and spent that season at High-A and Double-A. Castillo debuted with Stockton on Sunday and allowed four runs in an inning of work.
In other transaction news, outfielder Aaron Shipman was activated off of the Stockton DL on Sunday. He had two hits in his return from the DL and is now batting .288/.412/.411 with a 30:30 K:BB and 12 stolen bases in 13 chances this season. Beloit right-hander Dylan Covey was placed on the disabled list on Monday after being hit around in his last start for the Snappers. After two starts in which he allowed just five runs in 17 innings, Covey allowed seven runs in 1.1 innings on Saturday. He has a 4.98 ERA, although he has been very unlucky. His FIP is 3.41 and he has a better than 57% groundball rate.
In draft signing news, RHP Tyler Willman announced on Twitter over the weekend that he had agreed to terms with the A's. Willman, a junior out of Western Illinois, was the A's 12th-round pick. He is considered raw, but he has a plus fastball. Willman will report to Arizona. The A's have now signed all but two (Brett Graves, third round, and Heath Fillmyer, fifth round) of their first 13 picks in the draft.
A's manager Bob Melvin told 95.7TheGame on Monday that the A's will place 1B/OF Kyle Blanks on the 15-day DL with a calf strain. OF Josh Reddick, who has been rehabbing with the Sacramento River Cats, will take Blanks' spot on the A's roster. Blanks left the A's game on Sunday early with the calf injury. Reddick is recovering from a knee injury he suffered on June 3.