A's claim Triggs, place Parker on 60-day DL
In the aftermath of Jarrod Parker's latest elbow injury, the Oakland A's made a roster move on Sunday, placing Parker on the 60-day disabled list and claiming reliever Andrew Triggs off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Triggs takes Parker's spot on the active 40-man roster.
Triggs was designated for assignment by the Orioles late in the week when the Orioles signed first baseman Pedro Alvarez to a free agent deal. The right-handed Triggs was in his first big league camp, having been added to the Orioles' 40-man roster during the off-season to protect him from the 40-man draft.
Triggs spent his entire professional career in the Kansas City Royals' organization before being traded to the Orioles in a cash deal at the start of the 2015 season. He has put together eye-popping minor league numbers over the past four seasons. In 236 innings, he has a 2.02 ERA with a 232:51 K:BB. A groundball pitcher, Triggs has allowed just seven homeruns and he has a 2.78 GO/AO.
A native of Nashville, Triggs played his college ball at USC. He was drafted after his sophomore and junior seasons before finally turning pro after being selected in the 19th round by the Royals in 2012. Triggs spent virtually all of the last two seasons at the Double-A level. In 2014, he had a 2.93 ERA in the Texas League and last season he had a 1.03 ERA and 17 saves in 17 chances in 61 innings for Bowie of the Eastern League.
Triggs doesn't throw particularly hard, topping out in the low-90s, but he has thrived in the late innings of games. He has a low three-quarters delivery that offers plenty of deception. Triggs has a two-seam and a four-seam fastball, as well as a cutter, a slider and a change-up. He has always had good command.
In his first option year, Triggs offers the A's plenty of roster flexibility, as they will be able to move him up and down from Triple-A to the big leagues for the next three seasons. He should join the A's camp early this week and will join the competition for the final spots in the A's bullpen.
A's make first cuts of big league camp
With the A's full minor league camp now in swing, Oakland made their first cuts from big league camp of the spring. The A's optioned Renato Nunez and Rangel Ravelo to Triple-A Nashville and Raul Alcantara to Double-A Midland and re-assigned non-roster players Richie Martin, Beau Taylor, Daniel Coulombe, Josh Rodriguez, Dillon Overton, Taylor Thompson, Ryan Doolittle and Chris Smith to minor league camp.
Nunez had three hits and two RBI in 15 at-bats in big league camp. He will likely share time with Ravelo at first, third and DH with Nashville this season. Ravelo had only one hit and a walk in eight at-bats. It was a quiet camp for Ravelo after a huge winter during which he won the Rookie of the Year award for the Venezuela Winter League.
Alcantara figures to be a key member of the Midland RockHounds' rotation this season. After getting back on the mound last season after 2014 Tommy John surgery, Alcantara should be pitching with few restrictions this season. He had a solid big league camp, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. Alcantara struck-out four.
Overton, who was also on an innings limit last season after his 2013 Tommy John surgery, had an outstanding first big league camp. He didn't allow a run in six innings over three appearances. Overton struck-out seven, walked one and he allowed five hits.
Thompson, Coulombe, Doolittle and Smith all struggled in their big league games. Thompson walked four in 1.2 innings, Smith allowed eight runs in 2.2 innings, Coulombe walked four and allowed six earned runs in 3.1 innings, while Doolittle gave up five earned runs and 10 base-runners in 2.2 innings.
Martin, the A's top pick last season, didn't have a hit in three at-bats, but he did walk once. Taylor struck out in his only at-bat, while Rodriguez went hitless in five at-bats.