Wendle went 1-for-4 with a walk in Triple-A Nashville's 3-2 loss to Sacramento on Sunday. Wendle has been mired in a slump for most of the season and he's now 3-for-23 (.130) over his last six games. The 26-year-old has proven that he's not a sub-Mendoza line hitter, however, as last season with Nashville, he batted .289 over 618 plate appearances. Given his history of success in the minors (career .283 BA) Oakland could call him up at some point in 2016 but he'll have to show that he can produce better than the .204 average he currently has in 2016.
Wendle was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Monday. With numerous options at second base for Oakland, Wendle's odds of making the Opening Day roster weren't spectacular. That being said, the 25-year-old's career remains on an upward trajectory as he'll begin a second straight season in Nashville while awaiting his MLB debut.
Wendle was added to the 40-man roster Friday. Wendle put up an impressive campaign with Triple-A Nashville in 2015, slashing .289/.323/.442 with 10 homers. The procedural move was likely done to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, but it's possible Wendle sees some time in the majors next season.
The Athletics made another set of roster moves Sunday, re-assigning the following players to their minor league camp: Matt Olson, Joe Wendle, Brad Mills, Ryan Verdugo, Fernando Rodriguez, Kevin Whelan and Carson Blair, according to MLB.com.
The Athletics have traded first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss to the Indians in exchange for infielder Joe Wendle. Moss was a first-time All-Star in 2014. He has hit more than 20 home runs in three straight seasons. Moss is a career .248 hitter with a .326 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage and .786 OPS in 625 games. Wendle is considered the Indians' ninth-best prospect by MLB.com. He has a .292 average, .357 on-base percentage, .471 slugging percentage and .828 OPS in 261 career minor-league games. He spent most of the 2014 season at Double-A, batting .253 with eight home runs, five triples, 20 doubles and 50 RBI in 87 games.
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