The Oakland A's Triple-A depth got a little bit stronger on Monday when Colin Walsh returned to the A's organization after being designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers. Walsh, a 2015 Texas League post-season All-Star, was a Rule 5 selection by Milwaukee in December. Walsh had only four hits in 47 at-bats for the Brewers, but he walked 15 times to post a .317 OBP. Walsh hit .302/.447/.470 in 134 games for Double-A Midland in 2015.
Walsh was a 13th-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010 out of Stanford. He played in the Cardinals system until the spring of 2014, when he was released. The A's picked him up as a minor league free agent during the first week of the 2014 season, when Addison Russell landed on the disabled list and the A's needed another middle infielder in Midland. Walsh played at three levels for the A's that year, hitting .290/.375/.371 in 78 games. He is a career .278/.395/.422 hitter in 564 minor league games. Walsh has appeared in just 47 games at the Triple-A level before this season. He joins a Nashville team that is one of the hottest in the minor leagues right now. The Sounds are in the middle of a four-game series at Omaha.
With Walsh's return to the organization, the A's moved utilityman Josh Rodriguez back to Midland. He spent the past five weeks with the Sounds but appeared in just 14 games. Rodriguez hit .211/.400/.342 for Nashville. He began the year with the RockHounds and was hitting .286/.405/.457 in 10 games at the time of his promotion to Triple-A.
First baseman John Nogowski returns to Stockton to make room for Rodriguez on the Midland roster. Nogowski hit .130 in seven games with Midland. OF Alex Glenn was released by the A's to make room for Nogowski. Glenn has been dealing with knee problems since the start of spring training.