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Ka’aihue Outrighted, Ross and Sogard Up; Rosie and Scribner Down

June 16, 2012

The A’s made a flurry of moves today. Firstly Kila Ka’aihue passed through waivers and was outrighted to Sacramento. This wasn’t entirely surprising. The roster move that saw Manny Ramirez left go probably left room for Ka’aihue in Sacramento that otherwise would not have expected so in a sense he is a winner in that respect.

The A’s also needed a starting pitcher up today as Brandon McCarthy is still sidelined but will not be going onto the disabled list – he is expected to get the start Tuesday against the Dodgers. Getting the call was Tyson Ross, who in two stints with the River Cats combined for 22 innings of 4.5 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and 0.4 HR/9 baseball with a 2.45 ERA and 3.61 FIP. Not numbers that I think would warrant calling him up, but better than starting the service clock on Brad Peacock, I suppose. In Oakland, the middling K/9 numbers have been there for Ross (4.4 K/9) along with the discovery that MLB hitters are more selective than those of the Pacific Coast League (4.0 BB/9) while giving up a decent amount of home runs (1.2 HR/9). All these bad numbers added up to a bad 6.51 ERA and a more forgiving 5.27 FIP. Until he can miss bats and gain some control I don’t anticipate much out of the young East Bay native and can’t say I am particularly excited with having to watch him take on the Triple-A-esque Padres today. The corresponding move was the demotion of Evan Scribner who earned the three inning save in yesterday’s ballgame. I assume that this move was purely of the “he is the most tired arm in the bullpen” variety as in very limited time (four and a third innings) with Oakland he has yet to allow a run, has walked just one and has struck out five.

The other move is sort of inconsequential to me as the A’s promoted Eric Sogard and in a corresponding move sent Adam Rosales back to Sacramento. Since being demoted, Sogard hit .304/.429/.406 with the River Cats good for a .396 wOBA and 135 wRC+ in 84 plate appearances. Most impressive perhaps was his great ratio of BB/K (2.14) to go with the great 17.9% BB% and tiny 8.3% K%. The BABIP is a bit high at .328 but nothing alarming that would lead one to truly discount the numbers as the PCL playing like the PCL. But the thing is, Sogard hasn’t ever had trouble hitting minor league pitching and there is a long line of players who have proven very adept at hitting MiLB pitching but looking equally mystified against MLB pitching. Rosales meanwhile has been Rosales, a .167/.394/.167 slash line to go with a .283 wOBA and 78 wRC+ in 33 plate appearances. This move seems a wash, but could signify a lack of belief in Rosales by the organization who are rumored to be high on Sogard despite his giving them no reason at the MLB level to have such faith.

Can’t see anything big coming from these moves that is either positive or negative. Three big yawns from me.

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