OAKLAND, California — The Oakland Athletics have invited 23 non-roster players to spring training, the club announced today. The roster includes 12 internal players and 11 minor league free agents.
Left-handed pitcher Aaron Brown and right handed Parker Dunshee, Brian Howard, Zach Jackson, Colin Peluse and Trey Supak the six internal pitchers are invited to the camp. Brown combined for a 3-4 record, a career-high 12 saves and a career-low 3.14 ERA in a career-high 51 relief appearances with Double-A Midland and Triple-A Las Vegas last year. Dunshee went 1-5 with a 6.65 ERA in 10 games, including nine starts, with Las Vegas in a season cut short by a 12-week stint on the right thoracic outlet syndrome injured list. Howard spent the entire season in Las Vegas and was 7-4 with a 5.86 ERA and a batting average of .284 opponents in 24 games including 21 starts. Jackson tied for a 2-2 record, a career-high six saves, and a 2.57 ERA in 25 relief appearances with Midland and Las Vegas before a labral tear in his right hip ended his season in mid-July. Peluse was named the A’s Organizational Pitcher of the Year after posting a 9–3 record and a 3.39 ERA in 21 games, including 18 starts, with High-A Lansing and Midland. Supak was a non-roster invitee last year but didn’t make an appearance following “Tommy John” surgery.
Other internal invitees include catchers Kyle McCann and Tyler Soderstrominfielder Logan Davidson and Zack Gelof and outfield players Mickey McDonald and buddy Reed. Davidson spent his first full pro season at Midland last year, hitting a .212 in 119 games with seven homers and 48 RBI. He added 62 walks for a baseline percentage of .307. Gelof, who was the A’s second-round draft pick in 2021, played for three different teams and hit a combined .333 with seven homers and 30 RBI in 36 games with the ACL A, low-A Stockton and Las Vegas. McCann made his Double-A debut, hitting .166 with eight homers and 39 RBI in 93 games with Midland. He also walked 47 times for a .283 percentage on base. McDonald split his season between Midland and Las Vegas, and in 106 games combined .305 with two homers, 38 RBI and .402 percent on base. Reed hit .247 with a home run and 13 RBI in 43 games with Las Vegas in a season cut short by an eight-week stint on the injured list with a sprained right thumb. Soderstrom made his professional debut with Low-A Stockton, hitting .306 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 57 games in a season cut short by a muscle strain in his back.
The list of minor league free agent pitchers includes right-handed pitchers Ryan Castellani, Justin Grimm, Dany Jimenez, Jake Lemoine and Chester Pimentel. Castellani started once with Colorado last year and had an 8-6 no-decision win in the second game of a doubleheader on May 4 against San Francisco (3.1 ip, 5 h, 2 r, 2 er, 4 bb, 2 so) . . He spent the rest of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, going 3-11 in 24 games, including 23 starts, with a 6.25 ERA and a batting average of .256 opponents. Grimm has played portions of eight seasons in the majors with Texas, Chicago (NL), Kansas City, Seattle and Milwaukee and is 20-23 with four saves and a 5.14 ERA in 310 career appearances including 19 starts. He spent the entire 2021 season at Triple-A Tacoma in the Seattle organization, where he went 3-1 in 45 games, including one start, with five saves and a 4.37 ERA. Jiménez was with the A’s as a Rule 5 selection last spring but was brought back to Toronto before the end of spring. He spent the entire regular season at Triple-A Buffalo and was 3-3 with three saves and a 2.22 ERA in 39 games, including one start. Lemoine pitched for Triple-A Round Rock in the Rangers system and was 7-4 with three saves, a 2.86 ERA and a .203 batting average in 45 appearances, including a start. Pimentel made both his Double-A and Triple-A debuts in the Arizona organization last year, posting a 2-0 record, a save and an ERA in 40 games with Double-A Amarillo and Triple-A Reno from 4.38.
Catchers have also been added as minor league free agents Christian Bethancourt and infielders Dermis Garcia, Drew Jackson, Dalton Kelly, Christian Lopes and Eric Thames. Bethancourt spent the entire 2021 season at Triple-A Indianapolis in the Pirates farm system, batting .281 in 92 games with 14 homers and 60 RBI. Garcia made his Double-A debut in 2021, hitting a .210 with 31 homers and 67 RBI in 109 games with Somerset in the Yankees organization. His home runs were a career high, the most in the Yankees’ farm system, the most in the Double-A Northeast, and a tie for seventh among all minor leagues. Jackson hit .251 with nine homers and 37 RBI in 85 games with Triple-A Syracuse in the Mets system and added 53 walks for a .397 on-base percentage. Kelly played for Triple-A Durham in the Tampa Bay organization and hit .244 in 110 games with 27 home runs and 74 RBI. He added 60 walks for a .350 baseline percentage and led the Rays farm system in home runs. Lopes hit .271 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 66 games with Triple-A Reno in Arizona’s farm system. He added 29 walks and was hit by a pitch 12 times to have a career-best .384 on-base percentage. Thames played for Yomiuri in Japan last year but only appeared in one game after tearing his Achilles tendon. He’s a .241 hitter with 96 home runs and 235 RBI in 605 games at the majors with Toronto (2011-12), Seattle (2012), Milwaukee (2017-19) and Washington (2020) and also hit .349 124 Home runs and 382 RBI in 390 games over three seasons with the NC Dinos in Korea from 2014-16.
A full spring training roster is attached.
Contact: Mark Ling, 510-746-4418
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