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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Edwin Diaz, Luis Barrera on the move

On a news-filled Wednesday in the Oakland A’s system, several players changed teams, Renato Nunez took home a trophy, an A’s affiliate turned a triple play and much more…

Edwin Diaz / Photo by Chris Lockard
Edwin Diaz jumps to High-A for the first time in his career. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Several Oakland A’s prospects were on the move on Wednesday. Below is a rundown of the player movement, which stretched from Triple-A down to Rookie ball.

— Veteran Jermaine Curtis was sent from Nashville to Midland, adding reinforcements to a thin RockHounds’ roster that was down to 21 healthy and available players earlier this week. Curtis missed the start of the season with an injury and made his regular season debut with Midland. He appeared in 13 games with the RockHounds before joining Nashville. In 22 games with the Sounds, he hit .254/.359/.284. After a 1-3 night with Midland on Wednesday, Curtis has a .367/.458/.510 line in Double-A.

— The Stockton Ports added infielder Edwin Diaz and outfielder Luis Barrera from Low-A Beloit on Wednesday. Second baseman Josh Vidales went from Stockton to Beloit. Diaz, 21, hit .278/.366/.453 with eight homers and 30 walks in 63 games for the Snappers. Barrera, also 21, hit .277/.320/.406 with seven triples and 13 stolen bases. Vidales played well defensively for Stockton, but he lost playing time to Nate Mondou, who was batting .316 for Stockton going into Wednesday night. Vidales hit .206/.272/.247 with 23 walks in 62 games for the Ports.

— In addition to Vidales, the Snappers added infielder Jesus Lopez from short-season Vermont. Lopez, 20, split last season between Vermont and Beloit, as well. This year, Lopez was batting .227/.277/.341 in 12 games for the Lake Monsters before the promotion. Lopez went 3-4 in his 2017 Snappers’ debut.

— Taking Lopez’s roster spot in Vermont was outfielder Logan Farrar, who joins the Lake Monsters after tearing up the Arizona Rookie League. The A’s 2017 36th-round pick hit .486/.561/.800 in nine games for the AZL A’s before the promotion.

Nunez goes deep in Triple-A All-Star game

Playing the entire game as the Pacific Coast League’s left-fielder, Renato Nunez showed off his power with a three-run homerun in the Triple-A All-Star game. The homer came in the fourth inning and gave the PCL a 5-1 lead. They would go on to win the game, 6-4, and Nunez was named the PCL’s team MVP for the game (each team gave out an MVP award).

Hurlbutt solid again in RockHounds’ win

The Midland RockHounds got a much-needed win behind a strong pitching effort from Dustin Hurlbutt in a 7-1 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks on Wednesday night.

Hurlbutt threw 5.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks. He struck-out four. Since walking six and allowing four runs in 4.1 innings in his Midland debut, Hurlbutt has thrown 11.1 scoreless innings with a 7:5 K:BB. His ERA stands at 3.46 and he has 85 strike-outs in 88.1 innings across three levels this season.

Batting out of the leadoff spot, Jordan Tarsovich had three hits, including a double. He is batting .319 in July. Tyler Ramirez had a double and two RBI and Viosergy Rosa reached twice, scored twice and turned a nifty unassisted double-play. B.J. Boyd singled and walked to raise his average back up to .300.

Brandon Mann threw a scoreless inning in relief and Cody Stull finished off the game with two innings. He allowed an unearned run on two hits and one walk. He struck-out two.

Loehr, Snappers bring out big bats in rout

Trace Loehr collected four hits and the Beloit Snappers rode a six-run first inning in an 11-1 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts.

Loehr finished a homer short of the cycle. The 22-year-old is batting .389 over his last 10 games and .257 overall. Kyle Nowlin hit a first-inning, three-run homer (his 7th of the year) and he had two hits. Luke Persico also had two hits and he drove-in three. Jesus Lopez had a three-hit game in his first start with the Snappers this season. Josh Vidales also debuted for Beloit on Wednesday. He subbed in for Lopez late in the game and he doubled in his only at-bat. Jason Goldstein had a two-hit game, as well. Every Snappers’ hitter had at least one hit.

Miguel Romero got the start and he worked three scoreless innings in his third outing for the Snappers. He allowed two hits and a walk and he struck-out three. In eight innings for the Snappers thus far, Romero has allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Seth Martinez took over for Romero and earned the win with another solid five-inning outing. He allowed a run on five hits and one walk. The right-hander struck-out three and lowered his ERA to 2.75. Mitchell Jordan worked a perfect ninth to close out the game.

Down early, Ports’ comeback falls short

The Stockton Ports fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and couldn’t crawl all the way back from that deficit, falling to the Inland Empire 66ers, 7-5.

In his seventh rehab outing, Chris Bassitt allowed four runs on six hits in 1.1 innings. All six hits he allowed were singles. He didn’t walk a batter and he struck-out one. Bassitt threw 31 pitches, 22 for strikes.

Brandon Bailey took over for Bassitt with one out in the second inning. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. Bailey struck-out six. Brendan Butler gave the Ports a chance to mount a comeback with four scoreless innings in relief of Bailey. He allowed only three hits and he struck-out four.

Brett Siddall had another strong game, hitting a solo homer (13) in the ninth and walking twice. His OPS is up to 851 on the year. Mikey White came in for Sandber Pimentel mid-game and White went 2-3. Pimentel left after being thrown out trying to go first-to-third in the third inning. Luis Barrera and Edwin Diaz each went 1-3 in their Stockton debuts. Both also walked. Diaz’s walk came with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

Poche’ strong in debut, but Lake Monsters fall

Jared Poche’ threw two scoreless innings in his professional debut, but the Vermont Lake Monsters lost a close game, 3-2, to the Staten Island Yankees.

Poche’, the A’s 2017 9th-round pick, allowed three hits but didn’t walk a batter in his two innings. The lefty struck-out two. Oscar Tovar took over in the third and he had an up-and-down outing. In four innings, he allowed two runs on three hits and five walks. He struck-out two. Logan Salow allowed a run in 1.2 innings of relief and Michael Danielak threw a scoreless third of an inning, stranding three inherited runners in the process.

Greg Deichmann, Poche’s college teammate, had two hits in his third game as a pro. Deichmann has four hits in 10 at-bats over those three games. One of the hits on Wednesday was a double and he scored a run. Will Toffey and Ryan Gridley also had two-hit games. Toffey also walked. Jack Meggs walked twice and Logan Farrar went 1-4 in his Vermont debut.

AZL A’s turn a triple play, but lose 1-0

Jordy Barley solo homer in the bottom of the second inning would be the only scoring in a 1-0 AZL Padres 1 win over the AZL A’s. However, it was a defensive play by the A’s that stole the show.

In the bottom of the third, Richard Morban took over from starter Josh Falk. Morban allowed a single and a walk to the first two batters he faced, but got some good fortune with the next hitter. Jeisson Rosario hit a line-drive to second base. Marcos Brito snared the liner for the first out, fired to shortstop Nick Allen for the second out and Allen then fired back to first baseman Alonzo Medina to complete the triple play. Allen, Brito and Medina would also turn a double-play in the game.

Medina had a good game on offense, as well, going 2-3 with a walk and a double. Lazaro Armenteros and Jhonny Rodriguez each had 2-4 games, with Lazarito doubling and Rodriguez tripling. Ben Spitznagel had a bunt base hit and stole the first base of his pro career.

Morban threw three scoreless innings, striking out four and walking two. Brandon Marsonek had five strike-outs in an impressive two-inning stint and Adam Reuss struck-out one in a scoreless inning of work.

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