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Giants claim Twins infield prospect off waivers


Giants claim Twins infield prospect off waivers

Update (3:33 p.m.): The Giants officially announced they have claimed infielder Engelb Vielma.


The Giants added depth to their middle infield down on the farm with a slick-fielding shortstop recently placed on waivers by the Twins. 

On Thursday, San Francisco reportedly claimed 23-year-old Engelb Vielma off waivers. The news was first reported by Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press and confirmed by Darren Wolfson of KSTP News.

Vielma, 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, hit .286 in 34 games at Double-A this season but then struggled mightily after a promotion to Triple-A. In 87 games facing Triple-A competition, Vielma put together a lowly slash line of .206/.233/.260. 

Over six seasons in the Twins' minor league system, Vielma is a career .256 hitter. 

After the 2016 season, Baseball America ranked Vielma as the Twins' No. 25 overall prospect and MLB Pipeline saw the young infielder as the team's No. 22 prospect.

Instant Analysis: A's block out rumors, walk off on Twins for second day in row

Instant Analysis: A's block out rumors, walk off on Twins for second day in row


OAKLAND — With all attention on the trade status of Sonny Gray, the A’s put that distraction aside and showed a little grit over the weekend.

They walked off on the Twins for the second day in a row Sunday, registering their biggest comeback win of 2017 in the process.

Down 5-0 at one point, they tied it with two runs in the eighth and won it with Yonder Alonso’s homer in the 12th for a 6-5 victory over Minnesota.

It’s very possible that Sunday’s game is Gray’s final one in an A’s uniform. The New York Yankees are the leading candidate to trade for the coveted right-hander before Monday’s 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline. They’ve been engaged in dialogue, but there was no indication of a deal nearing completion by game’s end.

The A’s erased a three-run deficit and won on Rajai Davis’ walk-off homer Saturday night, tying for their biggest comeback win of the season. They outdid that effort Sunday and took the final two of this three-game series.

Alonso jumped on the first pitch from Tyler Duffey with one out in the 12th and drilled his 22nd homer over the wall in right. That snapped a 14-game homeless streak for the A’s All-Star first baseman, who reportedly also is on the Yankees’ radar. A trade that sends both Gray and Alonso to New York is not out of the question.

The A’s nine walk-off wins lead the American League.

Oakland trailed 5-3 in the eighth when Matt Chapman’s two-run double tied the game. The rookie third baseman also turned on a terrific catch of a foul pop up near the A’s dugout, hurdling two water buckets and landing in the dugout after making the grab.

Jharel Cotton, activate from the DL and making his first big league start since July 3, lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs, with two homers and five walks allowed.

While still pursuing Gray, Yankees acquire starter that beat A's on Friday

While still pursuing Gray, Yankees acquire starter that beat A's on Friday

NEW YORK — The Yankees bolstered their rotation a day before the non-waiver trade deadline as they acquired Jaime García from the Minnesota Twins for a pair of minor league pitchers.

The 31-year-old Garcia is 5-7 with a 4.29 ERA in 19 starts this season. He was acquired by the Twins from the Braves on July 24 and made only one start for Minnesota. He allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win over the Athletics on Friday.

He is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

The Twins received left-handed pitcher Dietrich Enns and right-hander Zack Littell.

The 26-year-old Enns was 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA in eight games (seven starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Gulf Coast League.

The 21-year-old Littell was 14-1 with a 1.87 ERA in 20 combined games (18 starts) with Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He was acquired by the Yankees from Seattle for reliever James Pazos on Nov. 18, 2016.