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Mengden promotion leads to rotation shifts

Daniel Mengden’s promotion to the big leagues caused a ripple effect within the Oakland A’s minor league system.

Evan Manarino / Photo by Chris Lockard
Evan Manarino is moving up a level. / Photo by Chris Lockard

On Monday, the Oakland A’s promoted right-hander Daniel Mengden to the major leagues to take the rotation spot of Kendall Graveman, who was placed on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder. Mengden’s promotion caused a ripple effect in the A’s system, with Joel Seddon moving up from Double-A Midland to Triple-A Nashville and Evan Manarino getting the call from High-A Stockton to Midland.

Seddon moves up to Triple-A for the first time after logging 181.1 innings with the RockHounds the past two seasons. The right-hander had a 4.42 ERA over that stretch with the RockHounds with a 107:64 K:BB. This season, Seddon had a 4.50 ERA and a 32:16 K:BB in 38 innings for Midland. Seddon is a very versatile pitcher who has plenty of experience as a starter, a long reliever and a late-game stopper. The South Carolina alum was the A’s 11th-round pick in 2014.

Manarino joins the RockHounds’ rotation and he will start on Wednesday for Midland. The left-hander had a 3.21 ERA and a 41:3 K:BB in 47.2 innings for the Ports this season. Manarino also threw 28.1 innings for Stockton last year and has a collective 2.49 ERA and a 59:11 K:BB in 76 innings in the Cal League. The University of California, Irvine alum threw 13 scoreless innings over his final two starts for the Ports. He didn’t walk a batter, struck-out nine and allowed only seven hits. Manarino was the A’s 25th-round pick in 2015.

Other Notes

— On Monday, Nashville Sounds’ right-hander Daniel Gossett was named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week. He threw eight shutout innings in his only official start of the week. Gossett also threw a scoreless first inning in a game that was suspended by rain on Saturday.

— The Stockton Ports scored five runs in the top of the 12th to earn an 8-3 win over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Monday. Sean Murphy had three hits — including two doubles — to raise his average to .291. Tyler Ramirez continued to tear the cover off of the ball with two more hits. He also walked and now has a .312 average and a .409 OBP.

— Kyle Nowlin‘s fifth homerun wasn’t enough for the Beloit Snappers to overcome the Quad Cities River Bandits on Monday. The Snappers fell, 7-3. Nowlin went 3-for-3 with a walk. Edwin Diaz had two hits to raise his average to .289 and Nate Mondou raised his average to .321 with a 2-for-3 day.

— The Sounds were blanked on Monday, 6-0, by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The Sounds managed only six hits, with two of them coming from Jaycob Brugman, who is batting .323 on the year. Felix Doubront threw two scoreless innings in relief in his second appearance since being activated from Extended Spring Training.

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