In a flurry of roster moves on Saturday, the Oakland A's called up top prospect Franklin Barreto, designated veteran reliever Santiago Casilla for assignment, and optioned starting pitcher Daniel Mengden to Triple-A after activating him from the DL.
The #Athletics have made the following roster moves:— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) July 14, 2018
- Franklin Barreto recalled from Nashville
- J.B. Wendelken selected from Nashville
- Santiago Casilla designated for assignment
- Ryan Dull optioned to Nashville
- Daniel Mengden reinstated from the DL & optioned to Nashville
Barreto, 22, has split time between Triple-A Nashville and the big leagues in his second professional season. In 50 games in the minors, Barreto's batted .232 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI.
He's hit .212 with three homers and 10 RBI in 54 big-league plate appearances this season. Baseball America ranked Barreto the No. 43 prospect in baseball entering this season.
The 37-year-old Casilla, who signed with the A's as a free agent in 2017, lost his job as the closer last season after blowing seven saves in 23 opportunities. In 31 1/3 innings this season, he posted a 3.16 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
Mengden, meanwhile, may get an opportunity to pitch with the Sounds over the All-Star Break. He last pitched for the A's on June 23, leaving after two innings with a sprained right foot.
Oakland also swapped a pair of right-handed relievers, calling up J.B. Wednelken and and optioning Ryan Dull.