A's re-assign seven
The Oakland A's re-assigned seven non-roster players to minor league camp on Sunday, bringing their total to 41 players in big league camp with two weeks left in the spring. Top prospects Matt Olson, Franklin Barreto and Chad Pinder joined Ryan Brasier, Bryan Anderson, Eduard Santos and Angel Castro in moving down to minor league camp.
Olson got the start for the A's on Sunday and he had an RBI single in the game. He finished big league camp with three hits in 23 at-bats. He walked six times and struck-out nine times in 16 games. Olson played impressive defense at first base. He is expected to start the season with Triple-A Nashville.
Barreto homered over the weekend, his third in big league camp. He had five hits in 23 at-bats in his first big league camp. Barreto is expected to start the season with Double-A Midland.
Pinder, also in his first big league camp, had four hits in 17 at-bats. He walked twice, homered once and finished with an 821 OPS. Pinder should start the season with Triple-A Nashville.
In their first spring training camps with the A's, Brasier and Santos each posted a 9.00 ERA in five appearances. Brasier allowed four earned runs and he walked four in four innings. Santos allowed four runs in four innings. He walked one and struck-out two.
Anderson had a hit in seven at-bats over six games in his second spring with the A's. Castro, also in his second A's spring training, allowed five earned runs in 6.2 innings. He walked four and struck-out six.
- The A's told beat writers on Sunday that OF Sam Fuld is expected to miss at least three weeks with a sprained left shoulder. Fuld will miss Opening Day.
- A's closer Sean Doolittle is also battling an injury, although A's manager Bob Melvin told beat reporters that Doolittle should be ready for Opening Day if he doesn't have any additional set-backs. Doolittle is dealing with a left triceps injury.
- A's prospects up from minor league camp made a strong impression over the weekend. Tyler Marincov hit a two-run homer and made a diving catch in left field on Saturday in the A's 9-1 win over the Giants. J.P. Sportman had a double and scored the winning run in the A's come-from-behind victory over the Reds on Saturday. Jaycob Brugman had a hit and an RBI in the game, as well, and Ryon Healy tripled and scored a run.
- Sean Manaea had another impressive outing in the A's 6-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday. Manaea allowed a two-run homer to Jerry Sands in the first, but he settled down to strike-out seven in 3.2 innings. Manaea has a 2.61 ERA in 10.1 innings this spring. Manaea has struck-out 15 and he has a 1.16 WHIP.