For a second straight day, the Oakland A's sent players down to minor league camp. On Monday, it was three players making the move from Hohokam to Fitch: Joey Wendle, J.B. Wendelken and Andrew Triggs.
Wendle appeared in eight games in his second big league camp. He had three hits and scored four runs in 14 official at-bats. Two of those three hits went for extra bases (a double and a triple). Wendle was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, and he should see the majority of the playing time at second base for the Sounds for a second straight year. Wendle was a member of the post-season All-PCL team last season and he set a Nashville franchise record for doubles.
Wendelken and Triggs both head to minor league camp never having appeared in an A's big league spring game. Wendelken has battled a sore throwing shoulder this spring and wasn't cleared to pitch in a game. Triggs was claimed by the A's off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Both relievers are likely to join the Sounds' bullpen at the start of the year, health permitting.
- The A's played the San Francisco Giants in a televised night game at Hohokam on Monday night. A's prospects put on a show defensively, with Franklin Barreto, Matt Olson and Chad Pinder all making excellent defensive plays. CF Billy Burns also made two diving plays in center and the A's played their one of their best defensive games of the spring. Oakland won 10-3.
- UT Tyler Ladendorf crushed a three-run homer off of Giants' reliever Hunter Strickland in the game. Ladendorf is batting .375 and is having another outstanding spring training. He faces an uphill battle to make the A's Opening Day roster, but if Oakland makes a deal or two before the end of camp, Ladendorf could make his second straight Opening Day roster.
- Sonny Gray became the first A's starter to pitch into the fifth inning. He went 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck-out four, walking none and allowed a solo homer to Matt Duffy.
- Ryan Dull relieved Gray with two-outs and a runner on in the fifth and stranded that runner. He recorded another out in the sixth and extended his scoreless streak this spring to 3.2 innings.
- Felix Doubront continues to make a bid for a spot in the starting rotation. He threw three innings to close out the game, allowing a run on two hits. The lefty struck-out two and walked none, although he did hit a batter. He was a beneficiary of the A's prospects' good defense late in the game.