Oakland Athletics Roundup: Monday, October 19
The Oakland Athletics released seven minor league players over the weekend, including catcher Nick Rickles – one of the top defensive catchers in the A’s system. The other position players included fellow catcher Josh Miller, as well as outfielders Vicmal De La Cruz and Rodolfo Penalo. Three pitchers – Derek DeYoung, Tyler Hollstegge and Jesus Rivera – were also released.
Half of the group was plagued by injuries. Both Rickles and Miller had suffered from shoulder injuries that cut their careers with the Athletics short, with Rickles missing all of 2014 and Miller missing both 2014 and 2015. DeYoung, who had Tommy John surgery in 2014, missed all of 2014 and the first half of 2015. Hollstegge similarly missed all or most of the last three seasons due to various arm issues.
The other three – De la Cruz and Penalo, plus right-hander Rivas – just didn’t perform well enough for the A’s to retain them. Although De La Cruz was once regarded as a potential prospect, he didn’t take off like the A’s had hoped.
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Around the Web:
Scout.com: Oakland Athletics Release Seven Minor League Prospects: Want to know more about the minor league players released by the A’s? Scout.com fills you in on their time with the Athletics.