A announced that they chose to hold the best leads Shea Langlers. The club was also called up David McKinnon From Triple-A Las Vegas. In the corresponding moves, Auckland placed Ramon Lauriano In the injured list for 10 days, retroactive to August 15, with a left tilted strain, and the release of a defensive player Stephen Biscotti.
It’s a notable change for Players A, who will get their first look at a player they hope will be an essential part of the future. The Langlers were one of four players the Oakland Braves received at Matt Olson trade this spring. Arguably a bargain headline, most potential evaluators consider an above-average potential backing behind the plate.
The ninth overall pick in the 2019 draft, the Langeliers have spent the past three years moving up the minor league ladder. He got off to a rather slow start late in his first professional season – and it wasn’t too surprising for someone to score the most in any year of his career. The next minor league season was wiped out by the pandemic, and Atlanta pushed producer Baylor to Double-A to start 2021. The Langeliers spent nearly the entire year there, putting up an impressive .258/.338/.498 streak with 22 home runs in 92 games in an environment A friend of the shooter.
That would have been a high-quality power production for any player, but it’s especially impressive for a well-known defensive tackle. Langlers fit this law. Most raters consider him to be at least an average recipient, and unanimously praise him for his arm strength. Whoever FangravesAnd the Keith Low the athleteAnd the America baseball And the ESPN’s Kelly McDaniel He placed him within the back half of a potential top 100 team overall heading into the 2022 season, and the A earned him as part of his spring training shred.
Langeliers continued to impress at his new establishment. He spent the year in Triple-A, his first extended run there after a brief cameo late last season. Over 402 board appearances, the 24-year-old hit 19 and achieved a solid walk rate of 10.7% against a manageable strike rate of 21.9%. Las Vegas is one of the most favorable environments in the ranks for hitters, but the .283/.366/.510 Langlers line is a solid proposition even in this context. With nearly 200 minor games under his belt over the past two seasons, he has little left to prove before making an MLB appearance.
The A’s should have added the Langeliers to their 40-man roster this off-season to prevent him from being selected in the Base 5 draft. General Manager David Forrest indicated last week that they hope to get a look at him before then, and he will presumably spend the final seven weeks of the season on the active roster. . The club has been starring in a rough season, but the Langlers promotion will give fanbase and organization a glimpse of a potential key piece for 2023 and beyond. BA recently named him the 81st farmer in the game, while McDaniel linked him to second best potential in the organization.
First-year manager Mark Kotsai will be tasked with splitting playing time between the up-and-coming player and current supporter Sean Murphy. Auckland’s mainstay is arguably the best player on the team. An elite defender averaging 244/.323/.422 shows in the plate, Murphy is one of the best catchers in the game. He’ll definitely stay in the lineup most days, although upgrading Langeliers could provide Murphy some extra semi-comfort work at first base or as a designated hitter. Langlers himself sees some action in those places as well.
This would at least be a temporary arrangement, but a strong showing from the Langlers during his first look at the big league show will only intensify speculation about Murphy’s long-term future. With Murphy under control until 2025, the A’s definitely don’t have to deal with him far from next season. He will only be subject to first-time arbitration in the winter, and next year’s salary (while a marked increase over his previous payout) will not be onerous – even for an Auckland club likely to run one of the league’s lowest salary scales. However, a large part of the value of both Murphy and the Langeliers lies in their defensive acumen behind the painting. That’s nowhere near the value in first base or DH, of course, so one could argue for dealing with Murphy over the winter and switching to Langeliers on a regular basis in 2023. Murphy caught the attention of teams like the Guardians and Red Sox by this trade deadline Summer, and A players will surely get a lot of calls about its availability once teams are once again allowed to trade with MLB players.
The promotion of Lancers will not have huge immediate repercussions from a service time perspective. It’s been enough time for him not to charge enough to get to a full year of service or qualify for early arbitration after 2024 as a Super Two player. If on the MLB Forever roster, the Langeliers will reach ARB eligibility after the 2025 campaign and will reach free agency for the first time during the 2028-29 season. Oakland could return him to the Palace over the next few years, and any cuts could affect his service trajectory.
While the Langeliers’ call-up is the biggest news for the A-members as they look ahead to future seasons, the corresponding deal brings up the player who has spent nearly five years with the team. The A’s acquired Piscotty, a Bay Area and Stanford original, from the Cardinals heading into the 2018 season. The right-hander stormed the majors with two stellar seasons to earn a $33.5 million contract extension from St. Louis ahead of the 2017 campaign. He didn’t perform as well. In his final season in St. Louis, but Team A took a shot at rebounding (and bringing Piscotty closer to his family as his mom was battling ALS) in a trade at the end of that year.
At first, the change of scenery seemed to have had the effect of miracles on Piscotty’s career. He blasted 27 long balls and put together a .267/.331/.491 streak over 151 games during his first green and gold season. At the age of 27, Biscotti seemed to have rediscovered what his early career looked like and seemed poised to settle down as a mid-level striker for years to come. Unfortunately, this has not been implemented, as it has published below-average numbers in all four years since.
Back in the beginning of 2019, Piscotty has a .229/.287/.378 font in nearly 900 panels. He has hit .190/.252/.341 with a 34.5% strike rate over 42 games this year. He’s only had one start over the past eight days, with the club increasingly turning to Laureano on the right field while playing rookie Cal Stevenson in the center. With Piscotty earning choppy playing time, A’s decided to go all out.
Piscotty will be technically available to 29 other league teams through release waivers over the next two days. Any team that claims would assume roughly $2 million remaining on their $7.25 million salary, plus a $1 million takeover of a $15 million team option for next season. This makes it certain that it will clear the concessions, with the letter A staying on the hook for the rest of that amount. Piscotty will be a free agent for the next few days, at which point he will have the right to explore other opportunities. If he signs elsewhere before 1 September – even under a minor league contract – he will be eligible for the post-season roster for a new team.
In the meantime, Laureano will now be out for at least the next week and a half. The team did not provide further details about his diagnosis, but it is common for oblique strains to cost players more than a month of work. Laureano missed the first month of the season as he ended a PED suspension issued last summer. He’s back in play in 84 games, hitting .223/.300/.395 with 12 home hurdles while splitting his time between center and right field.
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