With Opening Day only a half month away, the Oakland A's re-assigned eight players to minor league camp, bringing the total in big league camp to 40.
Several top prospects were among the group of eight, including top prospect Franklin Barreto, infielder Chad Pinder, first baseman/right fielder Matt Olson, starting pitcher Daniel Gossett, second baseman Max Schrock and catcher Sean Murphy. Veterans Chris Smith and Matt McBride were also sent back to minor league camp.
Barreto had an impressive camp. He hit .481 with two extra-base hits in 27 at-bats. Olson hit only .167 but had four extra-base hits and five walks in 30 at-bats. Pinder had a similar camp, batting only .158 but with a .474 SLG. Schrock and Murphy didn't get a lot of playing time in their first big league camps. Schrock had two hits in 10 at-bats and Murphy had one hit in seven at-bats. Gossett pitched fairly well in his first big league camp. He walked six in 6.1 innings, but he allowed only two hits.
Smith allowed three runs in eight innings. He didn't allow a walk and he struck-out five. McBride only had eight at-bats and he collected one hit. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway returned to camp this weekend after a successful run with Team Israel in the WBC.
The A's outfield depth took a hit last week when Jake Smolinski had surgery on his right labrum. He will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Non-roster invitee Jaff Decker is also fighting an oblique injury that could sideline him for Opening Day.