It was the end of many eras on Tuesday as 26 Oakland Athletics minor leaguers elected free agency.
The following #Athletics minor leaguers have elected free agency:— MiLB-Transactions (@tombaseball29) November 7, 2023
RHP Osvaldo Berrios
RHP Serafino Brito
RHP Christian Fernandez
RHP Chad Smith
RHP Trey Supak
RHP Bryce Conley
RHP Zack Godley
RHP Daulton Jefferies
RHP James Kaprielian
RHP Norge Ruiz
RHP Tayler Scott
While the vast majority of those names mainly served as organizational depth, there were some notable players that I’m sure A’s fans will feel some trauma upon hearing their names again. James Kaprielian is the biggest one as he’s been a major league contributor for several years now and was expected to solidify himself in the middle of the A’s starting rotation at some point after being acquired in the Sonny Gray trade. He had moments over the years but injury and inconsistency kept him from ever fully breaking out in a green and gold uniform. He ends his A’s career (at least for now) with a 4.61 ERA / 4.67 FIP in 318 innings spanning 3 seasons.
Austin Beck is the highest draft pick on the list, as many already know. Oakland took him 6th overall in the 2017 draft as a high-upside 18-year-old with an extremely raw bat. That rawness never disappeared as Beck struggled to even hit at an average level for multiple years at High-A. He looked like he was starting to make some strides that led to a second-half promotion to AA. Unfortunately, Beck tore his ACL early in spring training camp before the 2023 season and is still on the road to recovery.
Athletics Nation wishes Austin Beck, James Kaprielian, and the rest of the guys the best with the rest of their baseball careers!
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Best of X:
No Jeremy Aguero necessary.
Every time it’s rehashed people are always shocked.— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) November 10, 2023
But yeah: Oakland raised almost $1B and Fisher still walked. pic.twitter.com/yq3obkFd1k
Can’t spell AP without an A.
A devoted group of Bay Area baseball fans are sending “Stay In Oakland” boxes to 15 MLB team owners, imploring them to vote no next week on the team's planned relocation to Las Vegas. https://t.co/aSTJoEM0nw— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) November 9, 2023
Let’s add 81 MLB games for a team that no one in Vegas wants.