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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Lazarito’s big first week

Lazarito introduced himself to the Midwest League in loud fashion this week.

Lazaro Armenteros / Andrew Carlson, Beloit Snappers
Lazarito homered twice this week for Beloit. / Andrew Carlson, Beloit Snappers

It didn’t take long for Lazaro Armenteros to make his presence felt on the Low-A Beloit Snappers’ roster. In his first week with the club, Lazarito collected seven hits in 21 at-bats, including two long home runs and a ground-rule double. He also walked twice and reached base safely in all five games in which he played.

The 18-year-old outfielder began the season at extended spring training, as the A’s looked to avoid having him deal with the unseasonable weather in the Midwest League in April and early May. He made his full-season debut on Monday, going 1-for-5 with a double.

Lazarito signed with the A’s for $3 million on July 2, 2016. He made his professional debut last season in the Dominican Summer League and spent the majority of the year with the Arizona Rookie League A’s. In 41 games in the AZL, Lazarito hit .288/.376/.474 with four home runs.

Lazarito’s two home runs for Beloit this week leave him fourth on the team in home runs despite only playing in five games. He joins a potent Snappers’ outfield that includes 2017 top pick Austin Beck (currently batting .289/.333/.388), 2017 10th-round pick Jack Meggs (.279/.355/.471) and 2017 surprise riser and 36th-round pick Logan Farrar (currently holding a 10-game hitting streak).

Other Notes:

— A’s pitching prospect Gran Holmes (shoulder strain) tweeted on Monday that he threw a baseball for the first time since he was injured during spring training. Holmes threw 148.1 innings for Double-A Midland last season during the regular season and another 10.2 innings in the post-season. He could return to game action during the second half of the season.

— Dustin Fowler picked up his first major-league hit on Friday against Sonny Gray and the Yankees. Gray was the player Fowler was traded for last July.

— Former A’s top prospect Renato Nuñez was claimed by the Baltimore Orioles after being designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers late last week. Nuñez is 6-for-36 with a home run in the big leagues this season.

— Stockton Ports’ catcher Jonah Heim had his 19-game hitting streak come to an end on Sunday. The switch-hitting catcher is batting .319/.378/.467 this season for the Ports. He came to the A’s in the deal that sent Joey Wendle to Tampa this offseason.

— Former A’s farmhand Brandon Mann made his major-league debut on Sunday with the Texas Rangers. A 2002 draft pick of the Rays, Mann spent 17 years playing in the minor leagues, the independent leagues and overseas before making his debut. The left-hander won two Texas League titles with Midland the past two seasons as a valuable member of their staff.

— Go in-depth on the week that was in the A’s system in my weekly notebook for The Athletic ($): https://theathletic.com/353373/2018/05/14/down-on-the-farm-as-minor-league-injury-updates-neuse-heating-up/

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