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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Mateo’s arrival causes shift

Jorge Mateo made his Oakland A’s debut on Tuesday and his arrival caused a ripple effect down the A’s system. We have notes on those moves and much more.

Richie Martin / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Richie Martin is on the move. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

The Midland RockHounds welcomed new Oakland A’s prospect Jorge Mateo and they crushed the Corpus Christi Hooks, 10-1, on Tuesday night.

Mateo had a triple in five at-bats. He also reached twice when Corpus Christi infielders tried to rush to retire him on groundballs. Mateo’s triple drove in a run and he scored twice. Below is video of Mateo’s triple.

Casey Meisner threw six shutout innings to earn the win. He allowed three hits and didn’t walk a batter and he struck-out three. It was Meisner’s second straight six-inning outing.

B.J. Boyd had three hits to raise his average to .317. Max Schrock had two hits and three RBI and J.P. Sportman and Sean Murphy each had two-hit games.

Before the game, the A’s sent 2015 first-round pick Richie Martin back to Stockton to make room for Mateo on the Midland roster. According to A’s Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Martin will play shortstop everyday for the Ports. Eli White will get the majority of his playing time at DH and in the outfield the rest of this season and Sheldon Neuse will get reps at third base.

Edwin Diaz was sent down from Stockton to Beloit, where he will play shortstop and third and get a little bit of time at second. He will share time in the infield with Eric MarinezJesus Lopez and Josh Vidales.

Other Notes:

— Brett Siddall, who is the reigning California League Player of the Week, kept his bat red-hot with four hits in the Stockton Ports’ 14-0 win over the Inland Empire 66ers. He hit his 18th homer of the year, singled and doubled twice. He is now batting .320 on the year. Luis Barrera (4) and Argenis Raga (3) also homered. Barrera, Raga, Seth Brown and Nate Mondou each had two hits. Dalton Sawyer and Kyle Friedrichs combined on the five-hit shutout. Sawyer allowed four hits and two walks and he struck-out seven in five innings. Friedrichs allowed one hit, no walks and he struck-out four. Martin will join the Ports’ line-up on Wednesday.

— The Vermont Lake Monsters were shutout for a second straight day, losing to Tri-City, 5-0. Greg Deichmann returned to the line-up after missing a week with a wrist injury. Lieppman said that the A’s will be cautious with Deichmann’s playing time the rest of the year to ensure the wrist injury doesn’t become more serious. Deichmann went 1-3 with a walk in the game. He is batting .333. Logan Farrar had two hits to up his average to .317. Brian Howard allowed three runs in three innings. He struck-out four. Hunter Hargrove made his Vermont debut after being promoted from the AZL on Monday. The A’s 25th-round pick went 0-4.

—  Deichmann isn’t the only Vermont player dealing with an injury. Kevin Merrell, the A’s second overall pick this season, is dealing with an Achilles injury, according to Lieppman. The injury flares up when he plays too many games in a row, so he plays a few games in a row and then sits for a few days. The A’s are hoping to avoid having to shut him down before the end of the year. The A’s sent 2017 10th-round pick Jack Meggs back to Arizona to have his knee evaluated. Meggs has a right patella subluxation. The A’s are waiting on MRI results. A’s 9th-round pick Jared Poche’ landed on the DL with a flexor tendon strain in his left forearm. Lieppman said Poche’ is likely done for regular season but will be on a throwing program in Arizona.

— The Sounds dropped their third straight to the Salt Lake Bees, 13-4. The Bees scored eight times in the third to run away with the game. Franklin Barreto had three hits and he is batting .341 over the last 10 games. Matt Olson hit his 21st homer of the year in the loss.

— The Beloit Snappers saw their five-game wining streak come to an end in a 7-2 loss to the Burlington Bees. Xavier Altamarino allowed only two runs (one earned) in six innings, but was stuck with the loss. Jason Goldstein had two hits in the losing effort.

— The AZL A’s lost a heart-breaker to the AZL Dodgers, 6-5, on Tuesday. The A’s scored three times in the eighth and once in the ninth to tie the game but lost on a passed ball with two-outs in the bottom of the ninth. Austin Beck left the game after one at-bat with a stiff neck. The injury isn’t considered serious. Lazaro Armenteros hit his fourth homer of the season, a three-run shot. He had two hits. Ben Spitznagel also had two hits after coming into the game for Beck. Spitznagel also had an outfield assist.

— The DSL A’s were on the wrong end of a pitcher’s duel in a 1-0 loss to the DSL Rays1. Kevin Richards had two of the A’s seven hits. Alexander Calderon threw five shutout innings. He allowed two hits and one walk.

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  1. Krak

    August 1, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks for all of the injury updates! I had so wondered about Poche’.

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