The Oakland Athletics might not know how to win ball games but at least they have a plan for when it comes to finding out what they have in their farm system judging by their latest roster moves.
Right before dropping another matchup, this time 5-4 against the Minnesota Twins on Friday coming off the All-Star break, the A's moved all three of Lawrence Butler, Brett Harris, and Darrell Hernaiz to Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators, reported Martin Gallegos of MLB.com.
On a higher level, the A's also made room for top-of-the-order prospects Tyler Soderstrom and Zack Gelof in their major league roster, with both (no. 1 and no. 3 prospects in the system, respectively) kids hitting the lineup on Friday and bagging a walk and a double in their debut games.
Lawrence Butler is ranked as the no. 7 prospect in the A's system while Harris (no. 12) and Hernaiz (no. 14) are also considered top-15 players in Oakland's farm by MLB Pipeline's experts.
Butler appeared on the MLB Futures Game last weekend along with fellow A's prospect (and now major leaguer) Soderstrom and he's moving up while having slashed .285/.352/.465 in Double-A this season.
Harris moved from Single-A to Double-A last season while spending this year entirely at the latter level. He's moving up the ladder to Triple-A Las Vegas now boasting a .283/.399/.426 slash line.
Finally, Puerto Rico native Darell Hernaiz has put together a ridiculous .338/.393/.486 line this year while playing at Double-A Midland this year after spending last season in Baltimore's system before the A's acquired him in a trade involving Cole Irvin and Kyle Virbitsky.