On Monday, the Oakland A’s made their first cuts from minor league camp this spring, releasing nine players. The A’s let go pitchers Carlos Diaz, Kris Hall, Branden Kelliher, Armando Ruiz and Kyle Twomey, infielders Chris Iriart, Jordan Tarsovich and Trent Gilbert and outfielder Kyle Nowlin.
Diaz was a minor league Rule 5 pick of the A’s this offseason. The left-hander threw only 6.1 innings last season in the Marlins’ organization.
Hall, the hard-throwing right-hander, missed all of the 2017 after having surgery on his back. The A’s eighth-round pick in 2012 has a career 3.89 ERA and 266 strikeouts in 252 innings pitched. He won Texas League championship rings with the Midland RockHounds in 2015 and 2016.
Kelliher, the A’s eighth-round pick in 2014, put together his best season as a pro in 2017 while pitching with the Vermont Lake Monsters. In 32 innings — all in relief — he had a 2.81 ERA, although his K:BB was 27:20. He turned 22 in December.
Ruiz was a 29th-round pick of the A’s in 2015. The reliever spent all of the 2017 season with Stockton, posting a 4.87 ERA in 44.1 innings. He struck-out 46 and walked 19. Ruiz has 120 strikeouts in 113 career innings.
Twomey joined the A’s organization as a minor league free agent last season. The left-hander was a third-round pick of the A’s out of high school in 2012, but he elected to go to USC. He turned pro in 2015 as a 13th-round pick of the Cubs. Twomey threw 67.2 innings for the Low-A Beloit Snappers last year after his release from the Cubs’ organization. He had a 4.12 ERA and a 60:20 K:BB.
Gilbert was a 15th-round pick out of Arizona in 2015. The second baseman played only 31 games last season with High-A Stockton, hitting .278/.308/.435. He is a career .260 hitter in 323 minor league games.
Iriart, the A’s 12th-round pick in 2015, hit 22 home runs in 2016, but he struggled with injuries in 2017. In 68 games with Stockton and the AZL A’s, Iriart hit 10 home runs but batted only .204. The first baseman has a career .422 SLG in two-and-a-half seasons as a pro.
Nowlin, a first baseman and outfielder, joined the A’s as a 21st-round pick in 2016. He spent all of 2017 with Beloit, hitting .248/.357/.394 with 11 home runs.
Tarsovich came over to the A’s from the Dodgers last January in a deal that sent Brett Eibner to LA. The third baseman was a big part of the RockHounds’ 2017 title run, appearing in 104 games. He hit .240/.336/.328 with Midland, but batted .272 during the second half of the year. He hit .281 during the Texas League postseason.
The A’s still have one week of minor league camp before teams head out for the start of the minor league regular season on April 5.
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