A day after the conclusion of the 2017 MLB Draft, the Oakland Athletics have made a significant change to their big league coaching staff. The A’s announced on Thursday that they had relieved longtime pitching coach Curt Young of his duties and had replaced Young with bullpen coach Scott Emerson.
Young spent nearly 13 years as the A’s pitching coach, spread over two different stints (2004-2010 and 2012-2017). The former A’s pitcher also coached for eight seasons in the A’s minor league system. Young pitched for the A’s from 1983-1991 and again in 1995, winning a World Series with the club in 1989.
Emerson is also a longtime member of the A’s organization. He joined the A’s as a minor league pitching coach in 2003, coaching at High-A from 2003-2006, Double-A from 2007-2011 and Triple-A in 2012. In 2013, Emerson became the A’s minor league pitching coordinator, a job he held until the 2015 season, when he was named the A’s bullpen coach. This is Emerson’s first big league pitching coach experience.
Current A’s minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson is serving as the A’s interim bullpen coach for the weekend series against the New York Yankees
Plouffe to be DFA’d
The A’s have designated third baseman Trevor Plouffe for assignment, clearing space on the A’s 25- and 40-man rosters for Matt Chapman. Chapman, the A’s 2014 first-round pick, will make his major-league debut this weekend against the Yankees.
Plouffe signed a one-year, $5.25 million free agent deal with the A’s before the 2017 season. He hit only .214/.276/.357 with seven homers in 182 at-bats. The A’s will have 10 days to trade Plouffe before he can be claimed by another organization. If he isn’t claimed, the A’s will likely release him, although they could offer him a spot in Triple-A as a non-roster player. Either way, they will be responsible for the rest of his contract for this season.
Jermaine Curtis, a minor league free agent signing this off-season, has been promoted from Double-A Midland to Triple-A Nashville to take Chapman’s place. Curtis missed the first two months of the season rehabbing a leg injury he sustained during spring training. He was batting .370/.455/.522 in 13 games for Midland. The A’s also re-assigned Ivan Andueza to Extended Spring Training off of the Midland roster. The RockHounds are currently two players under the Texas League limit of 25, but left-hander A.J. Puk will be joining the Midland staff before his next turn in the rotation.
RickRod headed to the All-Star game
The Pacific Coast League announced that Nashville Sounds’ pitching coach Rick Rodriguez will serve in that capacity for the PCL All-Stars in the Triple-A All-Star game. The manager for the PCL All-Stars will be Tony DeFrancesco, the former longtime A’s minor league manager, who skippered several teams with Rodriguez as the pitching coach in the A’s system.
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