A's Acquire Cody Martin; Designate Nate Freiman
The Oakland A's were quiet on the first day of the international free agent signing period. They didn't announce any signings. Oakland did make a trade, however, dealing their international bonus slot 53 to the Atlanta Braves for right-hander Cody Martin. Martin, a member of the 40-man roster, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. To make room for Martin on the 40-man roster, the A's designated first baseman Nate Freiman for assignment.
Martin began the year on the Braves' 25-man roster and made his major-league debut this season. He had a 5.40 ERA in 21.2 innings. He struck-out 24 and walked seven, but he allowed four homeruns and 24 hits. Since being sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett, Martin had moved back into the starting rotation. He had a 2.10 ERA in 34.1 innings with a 34:9 K:BB.
Martin was a seventh-round pick out of Gonzaga by the Braves in 2011. He rose steadily through the Braves' system, reaching Triple-A by 2013. He has a 3.00 ERA in 468 career minor league innings. He has a career 9.31 K/9 and a 2.99 K/BB. Martin throws a fastball that sits in the low-90s and a slider, curveball and change-up.
Freiman has had a rough season. The first-baseman missed most of spring training and the start of the season with a back injury. Since returning to the active roster, he hasn't been himself at the plate. In 117 at-bats, Freiman has a .171/.225/.188 with no homers and 24 strike-outs. This is the first time Freiman has been designated for assignment in his career, so if he clears waivers, the A's can outright him to Triple-A.
Richie Martin, Dakota Chalmers Debut
Oakland A's first-round and third-round picks Richie Martin and Dakota Chalmers made their professional debuts on Thursday night. Martin had two hits and an RBI for short-season Vermont, while Chalmers threw two scoreless innings for the AZL A's.
Martin had two singles in Vermont's 9-2 win over Quad Cities. He started the game at shortstop, while second-round pick Mikey White started at DH.
Chalmers allowed a hit and walk and he struck-out one. The 18-year-old right-hander signed for an above-slot bonus of $1.2 million. He had been committed to the University of Georgia.
A's Acquire Parker Frazier
The A's acquired RHP Parker Frazier from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday and sent him to Triple-A Nashville. Frazier took the spot on the Nashville roster from Andy Parrino, who was placed on the inactive list so he could play for Team USA in the PanAm Games.
Frazier was an eighth-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2007. He has a career 4.67 ERA in 808 minor league innings. He has played in the Rockies, Reds, White Sox and Diamondbacks chains.
Frazier made his A's debut on Thursday for Nashville as the starting pitcher. He allowed four runs on 12 hits in 4.1 innings in the Sounds' 4-3 loss to Colorado Springs.
- Joey Wendle hit his sixth homer of the season and drove-in two in Nashville's loss. It was his first homerun since June 1.
- Renato Nunez, Matt Olson, Bruce Maxwell and Ryon Healy each had two hits in Midland's 4-0 win over Arkansas. Jake Sanchez (6 IP), Tucker Healy, Seth Frankoff and Omar Duran combined on a five hit shutout.
- Shawn Duinkerk homered twice and Trent Gilbert connected on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give Beloit a 5-4 win over Wisconsin. Brett Graves allowed three runs in six innings and was in-line for a win before an error allowed the tying run to score in the top of the ninth. Iolana Akau had two hits and a walk in his 2015 Beloit debut.
- The AZL A's scored five runs in the top of the eighth to mount a comeback, 9-6, win against the AZL Cubs. Luis Barrera had a pinch-hit RBI single and Brett Siddall, Miguel Mercedes and Robert Mullen each had two RBIs. Rehabbing A's prospect Rangel Ravelo played the entire game and had two hits to raise his AZL average to .444 in 17 official at-bats. He has yet to strike-out and he has walked five times. Ravelo also has three extra-base hits. He is recovering from a wrist injury that required surgery this spring.
- Matt Chapman hit his A's system leading 13th homerun of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Ports fell to the SJ Giants, 7-3. Chapman also walked twice. B.J. Boyd had two hits and he now has five hits over his last two games.