Pinder to Oakland
With Marcus Semien hitting the disabled list with a bruised wrist, the Oakland A's called on infielder Chad Pinder to take Semien's place on the roster. Pinder was off to a solid start for the Nashville Sounds, with 12 hits over his first 37 at-bats (.324 BA). He is expected to serve as a back-up middle infielder to Adam Rosales and Jed Lowrie while Semien is sidelined.
Taking Pinder's place on the Nashville roster was super-utilityman Melvin Mercedes, who was promoted from Double-A Midland. Mercedes had five hits and four walks in 17 at-bats for the RockHounds and he didn't strike-out in five games. He appeared in Sunday's game for Nashville and went 0-for-1 with two walks. He can play all over the field, but with the Sounds down to only two middle infielders, Mercedes should see the bulk of his time at second and short.
Mercedes' spot in Midland was taken by 21-year-old infielder Jean Carlo Rodriguez, who had been at Extended Spring Training. Rodriguez spent last season with Low-A Beloit, where he hit .232/.303/.358. Rodriguez can play third, second and short. The RockHounds are still without infielder Yairo Munoz, who continues to rehab a hamstring injury at Extended.
Pimentel activated, Bolt to the DL
The Stockton Ports had a roster shift this weekend, as first baseman Sandber Pimentel was activated from the disabled list. He took the place of outfielder Skye Bolt, who landed on the 7-day DL. Pimentel went 0-for-4 with a walk in his 2017 debut on Saturday. The Ports were off on Sunday.
Bolt was one of the most productive hitters on the Stockton roster before he was hurt. In nine games, he hit .304/.407/.435 with four walks, four strike-outs and one stolen base.
Decker joins the A's; Canha optioned
Looking to add some offense, the Oakland A's selected hot-hitting outfielder Jaff Decker from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and optioned Mark Canha to Triple-A. Decker made an immediate impact on Saturday, collecting three hits -- including a triple -- and driving in a run. He also stole a base. He had a huge spring and was batting .387 in eight games for the Sounds at the time of his promotion.
Canha, who missed most of last season with a hip injury that required surgery, struggled with the A's. He had two hits in 19 at-bats for Oakland and committed two fielding errors in the outfield. Canha had a double in four at-bats for Nashville in his Sounds' debut on Sunday.
Maxwell to Oakland?
The A's may be adding another top prospect to their big league roster on Monday. San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser reports the A's will recall Maxwell on Monday and likely send down a pitcher to make room for him on the roster. Maxwell is batting .208 in seven games with the Sounds, but he had a productive spring training and would provide the A's with some power off of the bench. He would join Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley as catchers on the A's active roster. Matt McBride would likely take-over as the second catcher for Nashville, joining Ryan Lavarnway.
- The Sounds have hit a skid this week and will need to try to get back to their winning ways without two of their key bats. Nashville dropped their fifth game in a row on Sunday and are 3-8 to start the season.
- Midland pulled out a win on Sunday and J.P. Sportman had another big game, collecting three hits. He has hit safely in all nine games he has played this season and is batting .351/.400/.459 with a homer.
- Grant Holmes earned his first Double-A win on Sunday. He worked 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk. Holmes struck-out six. He has 15 strike-outs and only two walks over 11.1 innings to start the season. Holmes' outing on Sunday was his first for Midland where he allowed fewer hits than innings pitched.
- OF Brett Vertigan is also red-hot for Midland. In seven games, he has 11 hits in 27 at-bats and he has hit safely in six of the seven games. He has a .407/.484/.593 line going into next week.
- Brett Graves put together another scoreless outing this weekend, tossing four scoreless innings against San Jose. In 11.1 innings over three appearances, Graves has allowed just eight hits and one walk. He has struck-out 11 and has yielded just one run for Stockton.
- Through two outings for Stockton, 2016 first-round pick A.J. Puk is living up to the hype. He has allowed just one run in eight innings. Puk has struck-out 13, walked one and allowed three hits during those two appearances.
- 2016 second-round pick Logan Shore has had similar success through two outings for Stockton. In eight innings, he has allowed one run on six hits and one walk. He has struck-out 11.
- IF Edwin Diaz homered three times last week for Beloit and is off to a fast start for the Snappers. His 3-for-5 game on Saturday raised his slashline to .290/.353/.677 through nine games. Diaz is one of the top defensive infielders in the A's system. Miguel Mercedes has also homered three times for Beloit and catcher Collin Theroux went deep twice in one game last week.
- 2B Nate Mondou is ripping the cover off of the ball early this season for the Snappers. The Wake Forest alum has 10 hits over his first 28 at-bats, including three extra-base hits. His slashline is currently .357/.424/.500.
- Brendan Butler, Ty Damron and Dalton Sawyer have found early success in the Snappers' eight-man rotation. Butler has a 2.25 ERA and a 16:1 K:BB in 12 innings over his first three appearances. Damron has 12 strike-outs and only two walks in 12.2 innings over his first two appearances, while Sawyer has an 11:4 K:BB in 7.2 innings over two appearances.