The start of the post-All Star break portion of the season is traditionally a time for player movement in every minor league system. The A’s had plenty of transactions up and down their system on Wednesday, many of them involving catchers.
The Nashville Sounds welcomed two new players to the roster on Tuesday: RHP Nate Long and C Carson Blair. Long made the start on Tuesday and threw seven shutout innings in the Sounds’ 2-0 win over Colorado Springs. He allowed just two hits and one walk and Long struck-out five. Blair didn’t appear in the game. He played in the Texas League All-Star game on Tuesday night.
Two former Stockton Ports players moved up to Midland to take the place of Long and Blair. LHP Dillon Overton, the A’s 2013 second-round pick, earned a promotion, as did C Nick Rickles. Overton is pitching his first full season after having Tommy John surgery in July 2013. Rickles missed all of last season with a shoulder injury.
The Ports welcomed a new catcher on Wednesday. Jose Chavez, who had been with Beloit, moves up to Stockton to take Rickles’ place on the roster.
The Snappers got two new catchers on Wednesday, as Chavez moved to Stockton and Andy Paz was sent back to Arizona. Iolana Akau and Argenis Raga were both promoted to Beloit from short-season Vermont. 2015 draft picks Nick Collins and Jordan Devencenzi were added to the Vermont roster on Tuesday.
- OF Jason Pridie was named as a reserve to the PCL All-Star team on Wednesday. The veteran centerfielder is batting .294/.350/.454 for Nashville this season.
- Jose Brizuela hit a double and a homerun and Justin Higley connected on a grandslam in Beloit's 9-3 win over Quad Cities. Junior Mendez threw six innings, allowing three runs, to earn the win. He didn't walk a batter and he struck-out two.
- Franklin Barreto doubled twice and John Nogowski and B.J. Boyd each had three hits to pace the Stockton Ports in their 6-3 win over the San Jose Giants on Wednesday night. Matt Stalcup got the start in place of Dillon Overton, who was promoted to Midland, and Stalcup allowed just a solo homerun in the first over four innings. Lou Trivino tossed three shutout innings in relief of Stalcup to earn the win. Brendan McCurry worked a scoreless ninth for his 15th save of the season.