The White Sox made another round of roster cuts on Wednesday, optioning Matt Davidson, Adrian Nieto, Tyler Saladino, Kevan Smith and Trayce Thompson to Triple-A Charlotte. Raul Fernandez and Michael Ynoa were optioned to Double-A Birmingham, per the team's official website. Chicago also reassigned Dan Black, Andy LaRoche, J.D. Martin, Jared Mitchell, Tim Anderson and Tyler Danish to minor-league camp.
White Sox pitching prospect Michael Ynoa was shifted to the bullpen last season while still with the A's after serving primarily as a starter in the minors, and White Sox general manager Rick Hahn sees him as a potential long-term fit as a reliever, MLB.com reports. "He's a potential long-term fit for us," Hahn said. "We think he really took to the change in role to the bullpen. He's an interesting guy because he still has a starter's mix of pitches. He certainly seemed more comfortable, and he's been able to stay healthy." Ynoa signed with Oakland as an international free agent at the age of 16. He missed the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and dealt with a shoulder injury in 2013 and a right biceps injury last season, in which he posted a 5.52 ERA and 64:21 K:BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings out of the bullpen with high Class A Stockton. He was then included in the offseason deal that brought Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox. "The injuries took away some of the development time, but he has the ability, and once he is able to find that consistency in a role, he'll come quickly," Hahn said. "We haven't decided where we will start him, but it makes sense that he would be challenged at Double-A this year, and we'll see where he goes from there. He's certainly not far away once he is in Double-A." Ynoa retired all four batters he faced in Tuesday's intrasquad game.
The White Sox announced Tuesday they acquired starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and starting pitcher prospect Michael Ynoa in a trade with the Athletics. Chicago sent Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley and Rangel Ravelo to Oakland to complete the trade. Samardzija is coming off his first All-Star season in 2014. He spent most of his seven-year career with the Cubs before being traded to Oakland in July. He is 36-48 with a 3.85 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 222 career outings (99 starts). He is in the final year of arbitration, but White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday the team will try to sign Samardzija to a contract extension. "We're going to make every effort in the coming weeks and months to try to make this a long-term relationship," Hahn said. The 23-year-old Ynoa went 4-2 with a 5.52 ERA in 31 relief appearances for high Class A Stockton in 2014. The former starter is 8-10 with a 4.81 ERA in 70 career appearances (36 starts).
The Athletics have moved pitching prospect Michael Ynoa to the bullpen at high Class A Stockton, Baseball America reports. Ynoa, 22, has started 36 of his 40 minor-league appearances in his career, posting a 4.55 ERA and striking out 106 in 116 2/3 innings but also walking 64 batters. A conversion to the bullpen could help keep him healthy and potential mitigate his control issues.
The Athletics announced Monday they optioned outfielder Shane Peterson to Triple-A Sacramento. They also optioned starting pitcher Raul Alcantara to Double-A Midland and starting pitcher Michael Ynoa to Class A Stockton.
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