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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notes: Lazarito heading to the States

Lazaro Armenteros is coming to Arizona, Matt Olson plays hero, Grant Holmes spins a gem and much more news in this Oakland A’s Minor League Notebook.

Lazaro Armenteros / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Lazarito will be arriving in the US on Wednesday. / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

Although he has been sidelined with a slight ankle sprain for the past eight days, Lazaro Armenteros is on his way to the Oakland Athletics’ minor league complex in Mesa, Arizona. According to A’s Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Lazarito will be flying from the Dominican Republic to the US on Wednesday.

Before suffering his ankle sprain on June 12, Lazarito was 3-for-18 with three walks and nine strike-outs in six Dominican Summer League games. He scored six runs.

Lieppman also gave us the following injury updates:

Daniel Mengden is in Arizona rehabbing a lat strain.

— Chris Kohler has made progress in his rehab from shoulder surgery and he is on track to pitch in the Arizona Rookie League.

— Skylar Szynski is still rehabbing a forearm injury he suffered during spring training. There isn’t a timetable yet for his return.

— Dustin Driver has been placed on the 60-day DL. He isn’t likely to return soon.

Other Notes

— The A’s officially signed 31 of their 41 2017 draft picks on Tuesday, including top pick Austin Beck and number two pick Kevin Merrell. Of the A’s top-35 picks, only Greg Deichmann (2nd round), Nick Allen (3rd round), Brian Howard (8th round), Jared Poche’ (9th round), Garrett Mitchell (14th round) and Nate Webb (26th round) haven’t signed. Deichmann, Howard and Poche’ are currently participating in the College World Series.

Matt Olson (17) crushed a walk-off, three-run homer to give the Nashville Sounds a split of their Tuesday double-header against New Orleans. Nashville entered the sixth inning of the seven-inning game down 3-0. Joey Wendle‘s (6) three-run homer in the sixth tied the game and Olson won it one inning later. Franklin Barreto had four hits over the two games. He is heating up again after a long slump. In game one, Corey Walter threw another seven-inning complete game, but was the tough-luck loser in a 3-0 loss. Walter struck-out three, walked two and allowed three runs. He has a 3.15 ERA for the Sounds and a 2.75 ERA between Midland and Nashville.

— Grant Holmes was brilliant once again for the Midland RockHounds, but he lost a duel with Texas Rangers’ prospect Yohander Mendez, 1-0. Holmes allowed just one unearned run in six innings. He scattered eight hits and he didn’t walk a batter. Holmes struck-out seven. Over his last six starts, Holmes has posted quality starts in four of them. He has a 3.38 ERA and a 26:4 K:BB in 24 innings in June.

— After rain interrupted their season opener on Monday, the Vermont Lake Monsters officially got their season underway on Tuesday. Vermont won game one of a double-header with the Lowell Spinners and then lost game two. Javier Godard had two hits, two walks and three RBI in game one. Jeramiah McCray had three hits over the two games. Oscar Tovar worked 1.1 scoreless innings in game one to earn his first professional save.

— Norge Ruiz worked five more scoreless innings in the DSL A’s 3-0 win over the DSL Dodgers. Ruiz allowed only four hits and he didn’t walk a batter. He also struck-out five. Over 19 innings in the DSL, Ruiz has allowed just one run on nine hits and one walk. He has 14 strike-outs. The A’s are still waiting for Ruiz’s visa issues to be resolved so he can pitch in the US.

— Nate Mondou and Heath Bowers made appearances for the Midwest League’s West All-Star team in their 5-2 win over the East All-Stars. Mondou went 0-2 and Bowers threw a scoreless third of an inning.

— Tyler Ramirez had a double, two walks and two RBI in the Cal League North team’s 5-3 win over the Cal League South team. Seth Brown also had a hit and an RBI. Skye Bolt and Sean Murphy each got an at-bat off the bench in the game.

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