A's Acquire Rule 5 Pick; DFA Peterson

The Oakland A’s 40-man roster was full at the start of the Rule 5 draft, but they still managed to get involved.

After the Rule 5 draft was completed, the Oakland A’s acquired Rule 5 pick Mark Canha from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for relief prospect Austin House and cash considerations. Canha was selected by the Rockies from the Miami Marlins during the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft.

The A’s did not make any selections during the major league or minor league portions of the Rule 5 draft and didn’t lose anyone in the draft. Oakland designated outfielder Shane Peterson for assignment to make room for Canha on the roster.

Because Canha is a Rule 5 pick, he will need to remain on the A’s 25-man roster all season or be offered back to his original organization (the Marlins). Canha is a versatile player who appeared in 40 games at first, 18 at third and 61 in left for Triple-A New Orleans last season. A right-handed batter, he will compete with Nate Freiman this spring to serve as the A’s primary right-handed bench bat.

Canha was born in San Jose and attended Bellarmine Prep. He played collegiately at Cal, where he was a teammate his freshman season with former A’s pitcher Tyson Ross and was a teammate his sophomore and junior seasons with new A’s acquisition Marcus Semien. Canha was a seventh-round pick by the Marlins in 2010 after posting a 943 OPS during his junior season.

Canha has made a steady rise through the Marlins’ system, moving up a level a year. He has a career .285/.375/.474 line in six minor league seasons. Last year was his first at the Triple-A level, and he hit .303/.384/.505 with 20 homers and 28 doubles. Canha has maintained at least a .449 or higher slugging percentage in every season except his second full season, which was played in the extremely pitcher-friendly Florida State League.

Although a right-handed hitter, Canha hasn’t had any trouble hitting right-handed pitching. In fact, he hit slightly better versus same-side pitchers in 2014. Canha is a below-average runner with average arm strength and soft hands. He isn’t an everyday option at third base, more than likely, but he can fill-in at that spot and can handle first base and left field without issue. Canha could share left field with Sam Fuld next season.

The A’s gave up right-hander Austin House, who was our 31st-best A’s prospect going into the 2015 season. House, a 14th-round pick in 2012 out of New Mexico, had one of the best change-ups in the A’s system. He also has a solid sinking fastball that can touch 93. House did a bit of starting his first full season in the A’s system, but he was in the bullpen full-time in 2014 and should remain there moving forward. He spent most of the year with High-A Stockton, where he had a 3.46 ERA and a 79:19 K:BB in 54.2 innings. He also threw seven shutout innings in a brief stint in Triple-A. House served as the Ports’ closer for much of the year, saving 19 games.

The A’s designated Shane Peterson, who was our 19th-best A’s prospect going into the 2015 season. Peterson was a PCL All-Star in 2014, when he hit .308/.381/.460 in 137 games. Peterson wasn’t given a September call-up despite those great numbers, however. Acquired in the trade that sent Matt Holliday to the St. Louis Cardinals, Peterson has been a steady performer for the A’s in the minor leagues, but he hasn’t received much of an opportunity at the big league level. He appeared in two games for the A’s in 2013 and had a hit and a game-saving play at first. Peterson can play all three outfield positions and first base. He is an excellent base-runner and has a good eye at the plate. Peterson probably doesn’t have enough power to be an everyday outfielder or first baseman in the big leagues, but he could be a valuable bench player for a major league club. If Peterson isn’t traded and clears waivers, he could be outrighted to Triple-A by the A’s.

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