Oakland A's MLN: Carter Heading West

Texas League pitchers can sleep easier tonight. The nightmare of facing Chris Carter has been passed on to Triple-A hurlers. The Oakland A's promoted the first baseman after Tuesday night's Midland win. He leaves Midland with some impressive numbers.

Carter Promoted To Sacramento

It began as a typical evening for Chris Carter and the Midland Rockhounds. Another win for the Rockhounds and another dominating performance from their big slugger, who went 3-5 with two runs scored, a double, a homer, a walk and three RBIs. The evening ended with a twist, however, as Carter was informed after the game that he was being promoted to Triple-A Sacramento.

Carter leaves a big hole in the Midland line-up, which is currently the best in the Texas League. In 125 games for Midland this season, Carter has hit a remarkable .337 with 41 doubles, 24 homers, 165 hits, 101 RBIs, 82 walks and 13 stolen bases.

Carter leaves the Texas League as the favorite to take home the league's Player of the Year honors. He currently ranks second in batting average, first in OPS (1011, nearly 100 points higher than the second-best total), first in slugging percentage (.576), walks (82) and runs scored (108), tied for first in homers and hits and tied for second in RBIs.

Midland will have to try to make their way into the playoffs without their best hitter. They currently hold a three-game lead in the South division with 13 games to play. Sacramento, on the other hand, saw its magic number dip to two on Tuesday night and can clinch the PCL's Pacific South division title as soon as tonight.

Carter has played mostly at first base for Midland this season, although he had been seeing significant time in the outfield in recent weeks. He figures to get time at first, in the outfield and at DH with the River Cats, who are likely to lose some players to promotion to the big leagues on September 1st when big league rosters expand.

Three A's Prospects On Preliminary AFL Rosters

The Arizona Fall League announced their preliminary rosters on Tuesday. The A's are currently sending three prospects to the annual showcase - outfielders Corey Brown and Grant Desme and second baseman Jemile Weeks. Each team is required to send at least six prospects to the AFL, so the A's will be adding players to the roster over the coming weeks.

Brown and Weeks will be heading to the AFL looking to make-up for at-bats lost this season thanks to injuries. Brown has spent the season with Midland, but he has only appeared in 55 games thanks to a knee issue. He is hitting .258 with eight homers, 38 RBIs and an 818 OPS over that stretch. Brown hit 30 homers in 134 games for the A's two full-season A-ball affiliates last season.

Weeks missed the first month-and-a-half of the season dealing with leg injuries related to a hip flexor tear he sustained with Low-A Kane County in 2008. He has split his time this season with High-A Stockton and with Midland and is hitting a combined .280 with eight homers and an 801 OPS in 67 games for the two teams.

Desme missed virtually all of the 2008 season with injuries, but he has been healthy - and productive - in 2009. Playing for Kane County and Stockton, Desme has hit .285 with 30 doubles, six triples, 28 homers, 85 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. He has a 913 OPS for the season.

Brown and Desme were the A's third and fourth selections in the 2007 draft (supplemental first round and second round, respectively), while Weeks was the A's top pick in 2008.

A's Sign Sattler

According to the website of the independent Northern League, the A's have signed right-hander Daniel Sattler to a minor league contract. He is expected to report to the Stockton Ports. Sattler is a former Texas Rangers farmhand and he spent the 2008 season pitching for the Rangers' Low-A and High-A affiliates. The Purdue alum has a 3.51 ERA in 105.1 career minor league innings. He had been pitching with the Kansas City T-Bones of the Northern League.

Mitchinson Done For Season

Stockton right-hander Scott Mitchinson is officially done for the season. The Australian native appeared in only nine games for Stockton this season thanks to arm problems. He recently underwent a blood plasma replacement procedure on his elbow to help with healing. It is a similar procedure to the one that A's prospect Sean Doolittle had on his knee earlier in the season. Mitchinson has struggled with arm problems throughout his career.

Rookie Watch

As the major league season enters its final month, the A's have two candidates for the American League Rookie of the Year award: reliever Andrew Bailey and starter Brett Anderson. Both are likely to be hurt in the voting thanks to the struggles of the A's club, but both are putting up some compelling numbers.

Bailey was the A's All-Star representative this season, so he is already on the radar for most of the voters. He leads all rookies in ERA (1.99) and all rookie relievers in strike-outs (75) and saves (18). Among all AL relievers, Bailey is fifth in ERA, second in strike-outs and ninth in saves.

Anderson ranks 10th among AL rookie starters in ERA with a 4.35 mark, second in starts (24) and innings pitched (140.2), first in strike-outs (117) and seventh in WHIP (1.30). Since the All-Star break, Anderson has ranked third among AL rookies in ERA (3.88), first in K/9 ratio and second in K/BB ratio and third in WHIP.


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