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Oakland A’s third round of cuts leaves spring roster at 38

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Seven players are headed to the minors.

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Every team enters spring training with way more players than it will end up needing. Between the 40-man roster and a slew of prospects and other non-roster invitees, the Oakland A’s began with 63 players, and they’ll have to cut that number down to 28 for their Japan series (March 20-21) and 25 for their regular U.S. opener (March 28).

They continued that process on Sunday with their third round of cuts. Another seven players are headed back to the minors this time, leaving the spring roster at 38. The newest cuts:

  • RHP Tanner Anderson
  • RHP Paul Blackburn
  • RHP Brian Schlitter
  • RHP Andrew Triggs
  • LHP Kyle Crockett
  • LHP Wei-Chung Wang
  • 3B Sheldon Neuse

Note: Since Anderson, Blackburn, and Triggs are on the 40-man roster, they were officially optioned to Triple-A while the other non-roster invitees are were all simply reassigned to minor league camp.

There are no surprises in that list, but there are some notable names. Some of the pitchers will likely appear in Oakland this season, even though none were ever particularly likely to make the Opening Day squad. At some point the MLB club will need some pitching reinforcements, so if these guys stay healthy and perform well in Triple-A then they could find themselves in the mix down the road.

The biggest names are Blackburn and Triggs. They’ve been in Oakland the last couple years, but they both missed most of 2018 to long-term injuries. Blackburn represents depth for the rotation, and is probably somewhat high on the list thereof, but Triggs will move back to the bullpen this year. They were both sharp this spring, combining for just one walk in 13 innings between them.

Also relevant on the rotation depth chart is Anderson. He served as a reliever for the Pirates last season, but Oakland likes him as a starter, and that gives him enough upside that he cracked our Community Prospect List at No. 24. Like Blackburn and Triggs, he had a nice spring, for whatever that’s worth — 9 ip, 11 Ks, 0 BB.

As for Crockett, Schlitter, and Wang, they were all minor league free agent signings this winter. All three of them are particularly intriguing bullpen depth arms, and you can read more about them here. Wang and Schlitter each threw a few scoreless innings this spring, while Crockett gave up some runs.

The only position player on the list this time is Neuse. He had a poor 2018 in Triple-A but still has enough promise to rank in the Top 10 of our CPL, and at age 24 he’s got plenty of time to put things together. He hit his first homer of the spring on Sunday, and overall he racked up five extra-base hits in 33 plate appearances.

Here’s the updated spring roster. Players in italics are non-roster invitees, meaning they’re either CPL prospects or minor league free agent depth. Players in strikethrough have been cut and reassigned to minor league camp. Players with asterisks** have injuries that will keep them out for most of spring and/or past Opening Day. (See below for the 60-day injured list, which is not counted among the 38 players in camp.)

Oakland A's spring roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters (9)

Mike Fiers (R)
Marco Estrada (R)
Brett Anderson (L)
Daniel Mengden (R)
Frankie Montas (R)
Tanner Anderson (R)
Chris Bassitt (R)
Paul Blackburn (R)
Aaron Brooks (R)
Jharel Cotton (R)**
Grant Holmes (R)
James Kaprielian (R)
-Parker Bridwell (R)
-James Buchanan (R)
-Parker Dunshee (R)
-Kyle Lobstein (L)
-Jesus Luzardo (L)
-A.J. Puk (L)
-Norge Ruiz (R)

Relievers (10)

Blake Treinen (R)
Joakim Soria (R)
Lou Trivino (R)
Fernando Rodney (R)
Ryan Buchter (L)
Yusmeiro Petit (R)
Liam Hendriks (R)
Andrew Triggs (R)
J.B. Wendelken (R)
Ryan Dull (R)
-Tyler Alexander (L)
-Jerry Blevins (L)
-Kyle Crockett (L)
-Kyle Finnegan (R)
-Dean Kiekhefer (L)
-Miguel Romero (R)
-Brian Schlitter (R)
-Wei-Chung Wang (L)
Catchers (4)

Chris Herrmann (L)**
Josh Phegley (R)
-Nick Hundley (R)
-Jonah Heim (S)
-Sean Murphy (R)
-Beau Tayor (L)

Infielders (7)

Matt Chapman (R)
Matt Olson (L)
Marcus Semien (R)
Jurickson Profar (S)
Franklin Barreto (R)
Jorge Mateo (R)
-Eric Campbell (R)
-Corban Joseph (L)
-Sheldon Neuse (R)
-Cliff Pennington (S)

Outfielders (8)

Khris Davis (R)
Stephen Piscotty (R)
Ramon Laureano (R)
Robbie Grossman (S)
Chad Pinder (R)
Mark Canha (R)
Nick Martini (L)**
Dustin Fowler (L)
Luis Barrera (L)
Skye Bolt (S)

60-day IL: RHP Daniel Gossett (TJS), LHP Sean Manaea (shoulder)

Previous cuts: 1st round | 2nd round