For the second time in three weeks, the Oakland Athletics have re-united with a former draft pick. On Sunday, the A’s traded first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Boog Powell. Powell was originally a 20th-round pick of the A’s in 2012. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays before the 2015 season in the deal that netted the A’s Ben Zobrist and he went from the Rays to the Mariners in November 2015 in the deal that landed Logan Morrison with Tampa.
The A’s re-acquired 2011 seventh-round pick Blake Treinen from the Washington Nationals in the Sean Doolitte/Ryan Madson trade earlier this month.
Alonso heads to Seattle after an All-Star season with the A’s during which he hit a career-high 22 homeruns. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Powell joins an A’s organization that could use his defensive skills in centerfield and his plus speed. He made his major league debut with Seattle earlier this season and hit only .194 in 36 at-bats, although his OBP was .310. In 58 games with Triple-A Tacoma, Powell was hitting .340 with a .416 OBP. He is a career .306 hitter with a .391 OBP in the minor leagues. Powell, 24, is in his second option season.
The move will allow the A’s to promote first baseman Matt Olson to the big leagues. Olson didn’t play in the Nashville Sounds’ 5-4 win over Reno on Sunday. Olson has three homers in his last four games and 23 in 79 Triple-A games this season. He has homered four times in 18 games with the A’s.
— Renato Nunez set a career-high with his 30th homerun of the season for Nashville on Sunday. Nunez hit 29 homers for High-A Stockton in 2014. He reached 29 with about a month to play that season, but slumped while trying to get to 30. Nunez also walked in the game and has four walks in his last five games. He’s three away from matching his career-high in walks.
— The A’s overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 11-10, and take the series over the Angels. Chad Pinder had four hits and finished a triple short of the cycle. Mark Canha and Khris Davis also homered and Matt Chapman had two hits and a walk. Bruce Maxwell had the game-winning hit, a two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the eighth.
— Casey Meisner threw seven shutout innings in the Midland RockHounds’ 6-0 win over San Antonio. Meisner allowed three hits and he struck-out six while walking one. B.J. Boyd had three hits in the win.
— The RockHounds announced after Sunday’s game the James Naile was re-joining the RockHounds’ pitching staff from Stockton, where he had made two starts as part of his rehab from an oblique injury. Midland will also get back outfielder and clean-up hitter Tyler Marincov, who has been out since June 22 with a broken hand. Marincov had an 823 OPS at the time of his injury, which was sustained on a hit by pitch.
— Dalton Sawyer struck-out seven in five innings, but the Stockton Ports committed five errors in a 5-3 loss to the Visalia Rawhide. Seth Brown had two hits and a walk for Stockton.
— The Beloit Snappers scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 5, but the Quad Cities River Bandits earned a walk-off win with a run off of Ty Damron in the bottom of the ninth. Miguel Mercedes, Mike Martin and Luke Persico each had two hits.
— Vermont scored six in the top of the ninth to blow open a close game and earn a 9-1 win over Hudson Valley. Hunter Hargrove and Payton Squier each had two hits.
— The AZL A’s dropped a slugfest, 9-7, to the AZL Royals. Jake Lumley had four hits in the loss. Two were doubles and one was a triple. Lumley is batting .356 on the year. Marcos Brito had two hits. He is batting .282 over his last 10 games.
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