Player Notes

  • Getting look at third base
    Hernaiz has been seeing action at third base this spring and could get a shot to start there for the Athletics, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Advice: Hernaiz has predominantly been a shortstop in the minors, and the A's aren't exactly set at that position with Nick Allen as the incumbent. However, it sounds like his better shot at a starting gig might come at third, particularly with Aledmys Diaz (groin) likely to require a stint on the injured list. Jordan Diaz, Brett Harris and Abraham Toro are also in the mix at the hot corner. For what it's worth, on Thursday Gallegos projected Hernaiz to win the third base job. 19 minutes ago
  • Strong showing this spring
    Lopez has yielded just one run over his first five innings during Grapefruit League action as he bids for the fifth spot in Atlanta's rotation.

    Advice: The word from Mark Bowman of heading into camp was that Lopez might be in the pole position for the No. 5 spot and if anything he's enhanced his status so far. The righty was particularly effective Saturday versus the Blue Jays, spinning three scoreless frames with a 3:1 K:BB. Bryce Elder -- who is Lopez's chief competition for the fifth spot -- has permitted five runs on eight hits, a walk and a hit batter through his first 4.1 innings during Grapefruit League play. 29 minutes ago
  • Leading pack for fifth spot
    Boyle looks to be in the driver's seat for the fifth spot in the Athletics' rotation, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Advice: Boyle has impressed in his first two Cactus League outings, yielding just one earned run with a 5:0 K:BB over 5.1 innings of work. The big right-hander's stuff has never been in question, but he's sported an ugly 18.7 percent walk rate in the minors. However, Boyle walked just five in 16 frames during a late-season audition with the A's and the improved control has carried over into spring training this year. He has plenty of bat-missing upside if he can keep the walks to an acceptable level. 41 minutes ago
  • Maikel Garcia reaches three times as Royals roll
    Maikel Garcia doubled, walked twice, drove in a pair of runs and scored a run as the Royals eked out a one-run victory over the Guardians in Cactus League competition on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: The most surprising part of the day for Garcia wasn’t that he reached base in each of his three plate appearances — it’s that he never even attempted a stolen base. He led off the game with a walk and advanced to second on a ground ball, but the Royals couldn’t cash him in. Garcia then smacked a two-run double off of Bradley Hanner in the second inning and raced around to score on an RBI knock by Nelson Velazquez. The 23-year-old worked another walk to start the fourth inning and was replaced by a pinch-runner. He has been sizzling at the plate in Arizona, hitting .500 (5-for-10) with one stolen base and a 2/2 K/BB ratio in his first four games. Rotoworld 47 minutes ago
  • Seth Lugo torched for five runs against Guardians
    Seth Lugo was obliterated in Saturday’s Cactus League start against the Guardians, surrendering five runs on five hits in his 2 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander also issued a pair of walks while striking out three in the contest. The Guardians jumped on him right out of the gate, as Bryan Rocchio drew a leadoff walk and Tyler Freeman followed with a two-run blast. Angel Martinez also added an RBI single in the frame. Lugo also served up solo homers to Martinez and Dom Nunez before exiting in the third inning. He has plenty of time to get back on track before the regular season begins, but this is going to taint his ratios for the remainder of the spring. Rotoworld 47 minutes ago
  • Shane Bieber shows increased velocity on Saturday
    Shane Bieber struggled in Saturday’s Cactus League start against the Royals, allowing two runs on one hit and three walks across 1 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The good news, is that the 28-year-old hurler showed increased velocity in the start — hitting 94 mph in the first inning after averaging 91.3 mph on the pitch in 2023. His command wasn’t quite there though. After working his way out of a jam in the first inning, Bieber allowed a two-out walk to Sandy Leon and a single to Dairon Blanco before turning the ball over to the bullpen — who proceeded to allow both of the inherited runners to score. If the increased velocity on his fastball is enough to create more separation between his other pitches, it could lead to a rebound season for Bieber in 2024. His current average draft position sits just inside the top-150 picks overall. Rotoworld 47 minutes ago
  • IL stint looking likely
    Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said Friday that it would be "optimistic" to think Diaz (groin) could return before the end of the Cactus League schedule, reports.

    Advice: Diaz is dealing with a strained left groin and is expected to miss at least the next 2-to-3 weeks of action. Barring a rapid recovery, it sounds like an injured list stint should be expected. Diaz is competing for Oakland's third base job, but his injury opens up more chances for Darell Hernaiz, Jordan Diaz and Brett Harris. 57 minutes ago
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  • Seth Brown drives in two as A’s defeat Mariners
    Seth Brown went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI on Saturday, helping to lead the Athletics to a 12-8 victory over the Mariners in Cactus League play.

    Advice: Brown, 31, smacked a two-run double off of Trent Thornton in the third inning that extended the Athletics’ advantage to 3-0. He then tacked on another run with an RBI single off of Austin Voth in the fourth inning that made it 6-0. It’s not a very deep or talented A’s lineup heading into 2024, but there’s something to be said for the fact that Brown is slated to function as their regular right fielder and bat cleanup. Perhaps there’s some fantasy value that can be mined there after pick-450 overall. Rotoworld Today, 4:57 pm
  • Mitch Spence dominates in victory over Mariners
    Mitch Spence delivered a dominant performance in Saturday’s Cactus League victory over the Mariners, punching out a pair of batters over three scoreless frames.

    Advice: Spence — the first pick from this winter’s Rule 5 Draft — allowed just one hit and one walk over his three frames, and also hit a batter. The lone hit that he allowed came on a two-out single by Cal Raleigh in the opening inning. His two punchouts came via Mitch Haniger and Luke Raley. The A’s obviously plan on keeping him on the big league roster, but unfortunately for fantasy purposes it looks as though it will be as a long man out of the bullpen rather than a cog in the team’s starting rotation. Rotoworld Today, 4:57 pm