Welcome to Tuesday, everyone!
The youth movement continues as the A’s are rumored to be recalling pitcher Luis Medina:
The Oakland Athletics called up starting pitcher Luis Medina from Triple-A Las Vegas.— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) April 24, 2023
Medina will start Wednesday's game against the #Angels. pic.twitter.com/gSYvg1SE0w
Gomez has been a reliable source in the past so it feels safe to take his word on this. The club itself has yet to announce the promotion but it would fit into the A’s strategy this year of being aggressive with the promotions for their young prospects. This would be one of the more bold decisions though.
Acquired in the Frankie Montas trade last season, Medina would be the third of the four prospects in the Montas trade to make their A’s debut alongside yesterday’s starter Ken Waldichuk and JP Sears (the final player, Cooper Bowman, is struggling in Double-A right now).
The soon-to-be 24 year old righty has slowly climbed the minor league ranks, making it to Triple-A for the first time this year. In three starts for Las Vegas, Medina has tossed just 9 1⁄3 innings with a 3.86 ERA. He’s racked up 11 K’s but also showed very alarming control issues as evidenced by his 8 walks. That’s generally what he was doing when he came over from New York last year.
Medina was on the temporarily inactive list recently, only just getting activated a few days ago. He’d begun building up his arm strength and had pitched four innings just once so far this year. He’s reportedly getting the start on Wednesday for the A’s but it’s unlikely he’ll be expected to provide a lot of innings. He’s be facing Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval.
Oakland’s #18 prospect according to MLB, Medina has a huge arm. His fastball can hit as high as 100 MPH (but averages 96) and a nearly unhittable curveball with an above average changeup to boot. All of that sounds nice but he’s always struggled with control issues. It didn’t seem like he had fixed those this year as those problems showed again in his three starts for Vegas. The A’s clearly believe in him as a starter right now and are going to continue treating him that way for the time being. If he can reign in those command issues then the A’s might have a top of the rotation arm on their hands. If not, he’ll likely be ticketed for the bullpen in a setup or even closer role. The youth movement continues and everyone will be getting an answer on his long term role sooner than later. Congrats, Luis!
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Diamond in the rough for the A’s:
It's remarkable to me that Carlos Pérez didn't have an MLB gig before the A's picked him up right before the season. Hitting .407 with a 1.026 OPS this seasonpic.twitter.com/GQu4k5kBFM— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) April 25, 2023
Thank you for your efforts, Casey…
Fine. You want to go to Las Vegas. Go for it. But don’t sit here and misrepresent the facts. Own it @MLB— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) April 24, 2023
At least one small market club is doing well:
The Rays become the first team to start 14-0 at home in the live ball era. pic.twitter.com/gjaU8pOHnD— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 25, 2023
The Pirates welcome 33-year-old Drew Maggi, who’s looking to make his MLB debut pic.twitter.com/94DoJbrktN— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) April 23, 2023