Oakland A's MLN: Vollmuth, Perlman Shine

Vollmuth hit his first pro homerun.

In the second-to-last weekend of the minor league regular season, there was lots of activity around the Oakland A's system. We take a look at some of the news of note inside...

Perlman Make Jump From Rookie Ball To Triple-A Look Easy

Perhaps no one in the San Francisco Giants' organization can hit a lick. Or perhaps Max Perlman is just that good. The Harvard alum and Oakland A's 35th-round pick in 2011 made the Triple-A Giants look foolish on Friday, as he one-hit the Fresno Grizzlies over five innings of work.

Before Friday night, the highest level the 23-year-old had pitched at was Rookie Ball. In 42.1 innings with the AZL A's, Perlman posted a 2.76 ERA with a 44:11 K:BB ratio. Those numbers gave the A's the confidence to send Perlman to Fresno to make an emergency start for the Sacramento River Cats. The River Cats lost two starters to promotions to the big leagues last week (Graham Godfrey and Josh Outman).

Perlman didn't look like a Rookie ball pitcher on Friday. He limited the Grizzlies, whose line-up included a number of players with major league time, to one hit and one walk in five innings. He struck-out three and earned the win.

Perlman was returned to the AZL A's after the game, although he could be sent to a different A's affiliate for the post-season, as the A's Rookie League club will not make the post-season.

Left-hander Charles Mye was also promoted from the AZL to Sacramento this weekend to give the depleted River Cats another arm in the bullpen. Mye has yet to appear in a game for Sacramento. He had previously split the season between the AZL and the short-season New York-Penn League. He had a 1.57 ERA and 28 strike-outs in 28.2 innings.


Vollmuth Finally Breaks Through

The A's second overall pick (third round) in this year's draft, B.A. Vollmuth, has been working to recapture his timing after sitting out most of the summer before signing days before the August 15th deadline. On Saturday, Vollmuth finally broke through, collecting two hits and two walks in three plate appearances. He hit his first professional homerun in the game versus the AZL Diamondbacks.

If the A's believe he is physically fit enough to play everyday, Vollmuth is likely to be sent to short-season Vermont for the post-season.


Leon's Rehab Progressing

After a minor set-back forced right-hander Arnold Leon to the sidelines for the month of July and the first half of August, Leon has been back on-track and is throwing well for the AZL A's in his rehab assignment. The native of Mexico has allowed one run on one hit and two walks over his last four innings with four strike-outs. On Saturday, he struck-out three in two perfect innings.

Leon had Tommy John surgery early on in the 2010 season. He is a candidate to be sent to High-A Stockton and Low-A Burlington should the Ports or Bees need reinforcements for the playoffs.


Wuertz Rehabs With Stockton

Oakland A's reliever Michael Wuertz made a rehab appearance in Stockton on Sunday, tossing a scoreless inning in relief. Wuertz struck-out three and allowed a base-hit. He has been on the disabled list with a thumb injury.

Michael Choice hit a grandslam in the Stockton victory, which lowered the Ports' magic number for clinching a playoff berth to one.


Hollingsworth Promoted

With the Midland Rockhounds out of the playoff race, ace Ethan Hollingsworth was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento for the final week of the season and the post-season. Hollingsworth made his Triple-A debut on Saturday and he allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in five innings versus Fresno.

Hollingsworth had a 3.61 ERA and a 66:23 K:BB ratio in 94.2 innings for Midland. He missed two months of the season with a hip injury. Hollingsworth is in his first season as a member of the A's organization. He was acquired from Colorado for Clayton Mortensen before spring training.


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