The Oakland A's optioned four more players to Triple-A Nashville on Monday morning, bringing the A's total to 15 sent down to minor league camp since Sunday morning. The A's now have 48 players in big league camp.
Oakland optioned prospects Yairo Munoz, Jaycob Brugman, Bobby Wahl and Paul Blackburn to Nashville. Brugman, Wahl and Blackburn are likely to start the season in Nashville, but Munoz is probably ticketed for Double-A Midland.
Munoz and Brugman both impressed in their first big league camps. Munoz appeared in six games and had two hits in five at-bats and he walked twice. The versatile Munoz played a lot of third base in big league camp, but he will see time at third, short and second base this season. Brugman had five hits and three walks in 16 at-bats over 10 games. One of those hits was a triple. The A's top outfield prospect won the Nashville MVP award last year and is in good position to make his major-league debut sometime in 2017.
Wahl mixed explosiveness with a bit of wildness in his first big league camp. The hard-throwing late-innings reliever showed off his swing-and-miss stuff, striking out 10 in 5.1 innings. However, he also missed location on occasion, allowing two homeruns and walking three. He was charged with three runs. Wahl should be in the backend of the Nashville bullpen and could join the A's when they need a reliever. He will work on his location with the Sounds.
Blackburn pitched well at the start of camp but struggled in his last outing. All told, the East Bay native allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. He struck-out four. Blackburn is a strong candidate for the Nashville rotation after he pitched well at the Double-A level for the Cubs' and Mariners' organizations in 2016. Blackburn joined the A's over the off-season in a trade that sent Danny Valencia to Seattle.