It has been quite some time since the A’s have called up a player straight from Double-A to the big leagues. By general manager David Forst’s account, the last he can recall is outfielder Danny Putnam in 2007.
If there was ever a year it could happen again, though, it might be 2023.
During his weekly segment on A’s Cast earlier this week, Forst was asked about the possibility of a player getting called up from Double-A Midland this season. His response:
“With the guys who are performing there, we’ve definitely talked about it,” Forst said. “Partly because the environment in [Triple-A Las Vegas] has made it very difficult for guys to make the adjustments. The way the ball flies there, what you can get away with as a hitter doesn’t always translate here. That’s part of the reason. Also, there’s a lot of guys performing really well there.”
Here’s a closer look at some of the standouts who are currently on the Double-A Midland roster:
Darell Hernaiz has quickly adjusted to his new organization. Acquired from the Orioles in exchange for Cole Irvin this offseason, Hernaiz leads all Midland hitters in batting average, slashing .340/.400/.512 with four homers, 12 doubles, two triples and 30 RBIs in 41 games. The right-hander has played mostly shortstop this season, though he is versatile enough to play all around the infield.
“Plus athlete with freakish contact skills,” A’s assistant GM and director of player personnel Billy Owens said of Hernaiz. “At 21, he’s young for the Texas League and is performing at a high clip.”
Brett Harris is hitting .298 with an .855 OPS and is tied for the team lead with 12 doubles in 44 games. The third baseman has also flashed the leather with some brilliant plays at the hot corner.