A’s Swap Slot for Right-hander
The Oakland A’s traded an international signing bonus slot worth $339,000 to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Rodolfo Fernandez. The 24-year-old Cuban had been pitching at the Low-A level for the Wisconsin Timber-Rattlers.
Fernandez left Cuba at 19 and fled to Mexico before settling in the Dominican Republic to establish residency and gain eligibility to sign with a major-league organization. He made his US professional debut last season with the Timber Rattlers and pitched 61.1 innings, mostly in relief. He had a 2.35 ERA and a 50:11 K:BB. Despite those strong numbers, Fernandez returned to Wisconsin this season. At the time of the trade, he had a 2.87 ERA in 31.1 innings, all in relief. He has struggled a bit more with his command this season, walking 14 and striking out 25.
Fernandez isn’t a hard thrower, but he generally spots his fastball well. He can also throw his change-up and breaking ball for strikes. Fernandez uses some deception with his delivery to make his fastball look harder than it really is. It hasn’t yet been announced whether Fernandez will be sent to Low-A Beloit or to another level.
A’s Claim Wilson Off Waivers;
The A’s added two outfielders to their upper-levels on Monday, claiming Kenny Wilson off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and outrighting Nick Buss to Triple-A Sacramento. Buss was designated for assignment by the A’s over the weekend. He returned to the River Cats’ line-up on Monday night.
Wilson was the Blue Jays’ 2008 second-round pick out of a Tampa-area high school. The centerfielder was considered a project when he signed with Toronto and he has developed gradually during his seven-year minor league career. Wilson’s development was also slowed by a shoulder injury in 2011 that cost him half the season and another injury last year that limited him to 60 games.
Known for his speed on the bases and ability to run down balls in the outfield, Wilson was batting .234 in 78 games this season. He has 22 stolen bases in 32 chances. Wilson has spent nearly all of his career in the Blue Jays’ chain, save for a few weeks earlier this season when he was claimed by the Minnesota Twins and appeared in 11 games at Double-A for the Twins. The Blue Jays re-claimed Wilson mere weeks after they lost him to Minnesota the first time.
The 24-year-old outfielder was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. He had been playing for Triple-A Buffalo in what was his first stint at that level in his career.
Buss re-joins the River Cats after being away from the team for just a day. He had two RBI in the River Cats’ 6-4 win versus Fresno on Monday.
Mills Designated For Assignment
As expected the A’s designated left-hander Brad Mills for assignment on Monday to make room for the recently acquired Jason Hammel. Mills made three starts with the A’s, posting a 4.41 ERA in 16.1 innings. He struck-out 14, walked seven and allowed two homeruns. Mills was acquired by the A’s for cash considerations from the Milwaukee Brewers in mid-June. He had a 1.56 ERA in 75 innings for Triple-A Nashville before the A’s acquired him. There figures to be some interest from other teams in Mills over the next 10 days.
Outfielder Boog Powell’s breakout season has come to a halt and may be over, as he was hit with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines. The suspension was announced on Monday. Powell was batting .396 in 11 games with the High-A Stockon Ports and .344/.453/.440 in 80 games overall for Stockton and Low-A Beloit. Powell’s suspension will run until there are just 12 games left in the season.
The Ports officially welcomed outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the roster on Monday. He joined the Ports from Low-A Beloit, where he had an 855 OPS. He went 1-for-4 in his Ports’ debut. Stockton won the game versus San Jose, 7-0. Renato Nunez homered twice in the game, his 19th and 20th of the season. Nunez joins teammate Matt Olson as the only players in the California League with 20 or more homeruns.
Tim Atherton also returned to the Stockton roster after making a spot start for Sacramento over the weekend.
Granier Returns to Midland
After making a spot start for the Sacramento River Cats on Sunday, Drew Granier returned to the Midland RockHounds’ rotation on Monday. Granier allowed seven runs in four innings in a game the River Cats led big early and won, 14-7.