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Sean Doolittle's stunning rise to MLB

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Sean Doolittle's stunning rise to MLB

In a span of two months, left-handed relief-pitcher Sean Doolittle has worked his way from Single-A with the Stockton Ports, to Double-A with the Midland Rockhounds, to Triple-A with the Sacramento River Cats -- all the way to the Major Leagues, with the Oakland A's. It took him just 16 games. Doolittle's path the the show wasn't always that easy. Before he had the eye popping pitching stats -- 48 strikeouts and only two earned runs in 25 innings pitched -- he was a first baseman, struggling to stay healthy. Doolittle was drafted in 2007 as a first basemanoutfielder. In 2008 with Stockton and Midland, he hit .286 with 22 homers and 91 RBIs. He appeared to be a promising power hitter for the A's organization.Then injuries got in his way. After battling with knee and wrist issues, A's director of player development Keith Lippman presented the idea of giving him a shot as a pitcher. "I was almost at the end of my rope with all the injuries and stuff," Doolittle told me on Tuesday. "Keith Lippman ended up talking to Billy Beane and David Forst about it, and a week later I was a pitcher." Doolittle pitched at the University of Virginia, so pitching was his built in insurance plan. A plan that has clearly paid off.
Doolittle had a 14-4 record and 2.12 ERA in 40 career appearances at Virginia, showing impressive control with a 174-37 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Left-handed pitcher Jordan Norberto is missing from the A's lineup card. I am waiting on confirmation that he was either placed on the disabled list or sent down. I'll have more updates shortly.

A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.

Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.

Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.

During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.

The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.

Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.

Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

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A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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