Person A hit the reset button this spring by eliminating a handful of stars with a forward-looking vision. Hold one of the names of the 2022 Trading Term inFrankie MontasThe rebuilding continues Monday, with the right arm going to the Yankees along with the relieverLou TrivinoFor four people rating small.
Montas, whose growing commercial stock took a hit after experiencing low back pain just before the All-Star break, redefined his worth with a solid pair of outings during the come back. During the season, Montas was 4-9 with 3.18 ERAs in 19 starts and 109 hits in 104 2/3 innings. His WHIP 1.14 ranks 10th among American League starters.
Montas was under the team’s control throughout the 2023 season, which A’s general manager David Forst has cited multiple times as a reason why there is no rush to trade him. Person A wanted a fair return for what they felt was supposed to be the top seller in the market, and they received a package from left-hander Ken Waldichuk – a product of Saint Mary’s University. nearby of California in Moraga, who was rated as the Yankees’ Lead #5 and 70th overall outlook in the most recent MLB Pipeline rankings. Also from New York are right-hander Luis Medina (prospective No. 10 for the Yankees), left-hander JP Sears (no. 20) and second-back Cooper Bowman (no. 21).
All four made the Top 30 of the A chart on the MLB Pipeline: Waldichuk at #3, Medina at #7, Sears at #19 and Bowman at #29.
“We have three very close pitchers, if not already, Major League is ready,” Forst said. “Sears has been in the big leagues and we saw him up close and personal in New York a few months ago. All three boys we think are close to making it to the Major League, and Bowman is one guy who’s having a great first year out of the Draft. Happy to add them all to our system. “
The A received great interest from several Spring Training teams about Montas, who is seen as Oakland’s next star after Chris Bassitt, Matt Chapman, Matt Olson and Sean Manaea were transferred during the period. three weeks. Despite the encouraging improvement in gameplay over the past month, the focus is on continuing to strengthen an existing farm system that has some promising prospects that are expected to help lead Team A back into the playoffs in the next few years.
Montas, 29, originally converted from the Dodgers to the A’s in August 2016 and battled some ups and downs as a young pitcher before fully evolving from a difficult pitcher to a professional pitcher. hand thrown with the top stuff. In six seasons with Oakland, Montas has gone 35-30 with a 3.70 ERA in 114 games (89 starts) and has developed a splitter that has emerged as one of the more dominant pitches in the game. play.
Trivino, who was drafted by Team A in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, started the year as Oakland got closer but eventually lost that role after an uneventful start. He has an ERA of 6.47 with 10 saves in 39 appearances this season.
Waldichuk, 24, will report for Triple-A Las Vegas. He was picked by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2019 MLB Draft after starting at Saint Mary’s and has an ERA of 3.00 in 50 Minor League games of his career (48 starts) with 328 shots in 215 2/3 innings. After dominating at Double-A Somerset to start the 2022 campaign with a 1.26 ERA in six starts, Waldichuk quickly earned promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he owned 3. .59 ERA in 11 starts with 70 hits over 47 2/3 rounds.
Waldichuk delivers a four-seam fast ball that’s around 92-95 mph with impressive performance in the area resulting in many missed shots. His swing lows and ’80s sweep slider are also appreciated when they’re at their best, and the left arm is also working to add more depth to his curves. . All in all, it was a four-court mix that got him ready to make it into Oakland’s starting rotation.
Sears, 26, has split his time between Triple-A and Major Leagues this season, playing well in seven games (two starts) against the Yankees by posting an ERA of 2.05 in 22 innings. He is drawing 1-1 with an ERA of 1.67 in 11 games (nine starts) in Triple-A. With his 5-foot-11 frame, which weighs 180 pounds, Sears is seen as more of a multi-round pain reliever than a rotation. Sears will also report for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Medina, 23, is a fast-ball big hand that has a speed of 96-99 mph and has hit speeds as high as 103 mph with cutting action. He is battling commanding issues at Double-A Somerset this season, where he’s 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 81 strikes with 40 walks in 72 innings. If Medina can get past his leadership issues, he’s seen as a potential front-line starter. If not, the bullpen is his possible destination as a leaper. For now, he’ll be on the rotation starting at Double-A Midland.
Between spring deals and Monday’s migration, transactions A significantly enhanced their ad depth throughout the system. Five of their top 10 leads are now pitchers (Waldichuk, Medina, Gunnar Hoglund, JT Ginn, Ryan Cusick) that they have acquired in deals since March.
“I wouldn’t say in any of the deals we’ve done since March that we necessarily target pitches,” Forst said. “Ultimately, with the organizations we’re dealing with, that’s where we land. Certainly after this deal you look at the pitchers that have been added to our system over the last few months and I feel really, really good about our depth going forward. … You add these three people, it’s an interesting in-depth team for our system. “
Bowman, 22, was selected by New York in the 4th round of the 2021 MLB. He hit lightning plus speed in the High-A Hudson Valley, where he skimmed 35 facilities while slashing .217 /.343/.355 with eight home players and 15 doubles in 80 matches.
The A still keep a few players whose names have recently swirled around in commercial rumors, including midfielder Ramón Laureano and main catcher Sean Murphy. With Tuesday’s 3pm PT deadline fast approaching, Forst said he expects trade talks to heat up around the league, including his current discussions with players. other clubs.
“We will look at the opportunities that are available,” Forst said. “As with everything, we are balancing the players who are here currently contributing with what we think we can achieve for future teams. I don’t have a checklist of things to get done before [the Trade Deadline.] We will continue to stick to the opportunities that are available.
“There is a chance for anything. Speed usually increases over the last 24 hours with any deadline in this game. We will be ready for anything. “