The Oakland A's got an early start on the September call-up period, adding eight players from Triple-A Nashville to their active roster. Two of the new call-ups -- catcher Carson Blair and reliever Ryan Dull -- will be making their major-league debuts this month with Oakland.
In addition to Blair and Dull, the A's recalled relievers R.J. Alvarez, Dan Otero, Arnold Leon, starter Cody Martin, infielder Tyler Ladendorf and outfielder Jason Pridie. To make room for Blair, Dull and Pridie on the A's 40-man roster, Oakland moved pitchers Jesse Hahn and A.J. Griffin to the 60-day disabled list and designated reliever Angel Castro for assignment.
Among this group, all but Blair, Dull, Pridie and Martin have played in games for the A's this season. Martin spent the first six weeks of the season in the Atlanta Braves bullpen. He was sent down to Triple-A by Atlanta in late May and moved into the starting rotation at that point. Martin has a 4.08 ERA and an 89:34 K:BB in 88.1 innings in Triple-A this season. He will start his first game at the big league level on Tuesday in Oakland against the Los Angeles Angels. Martin was a mid-season acquisition by Oakland in a deal that sent an international signing bonus slot to the Braves.
Blair, who we profiled yesterday, would have been eligible for minor league free agency if the A's didn't add him to their 40-man roster this off-season. He signed with the A's as a minor league free agent this off-season and had a breakout year, hitting .252/.348/.437 with nine homers in 88 games between Double-A and Triple-A. Blair had only 17 games of experience above the A-ball level before this season.
Dull, who we profiled earlier today, reaches the big leagues for the first time after an outstanding season that saw him post an 0.74 ERA with 73 strike-outs in 61 innings. Dull, a 32nd-round pick of the A's in 2012, has a career 2.07 ERA in 209 minor league innings. He has struck-out 259 and has walked just 49.
Pridie joins the A's big league roster for the first time after a year to remember with the Sounds. A mid-season PCL All-Star, Pridie hit .310/.380/.515 with 20 homers, 20 stolen bases and 89 RBI. The veteran outfielder also played outstanding defense in center. He has 127 games of major-league experience with the Twins, Mets, Phillies, Orioles and Rockies.
Ladendorf re-joins the A's roster after a long rehab from a serious ankle injury he suffered in Nashville in April. Ladendorf made his major-league debut with the A's this April and had two hits and a walk in 10 at-bats. He is a longtime A's farmhand who has been in the Oakland system since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins in 2009. Ladendorf can play all over the field defensively and should give the A's plenty of options off of the bench.
Alvarez, Otero and Leon have beaten a path between Nashville and Oakland this season. All three will be pitching for a leg-up in the competition to earn a spot in the A's bullpen for 2016.
The A's may call-up more players once the Pacific Coast League season comes to an end. The Sounds play their last game on September 7.