A’s calling up former first-round pick Grant Green

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Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the A’s are calling up Grant Green, who was the 13th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of USC and ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in 2010 and 2011.

He didn’t crack BA‘s top 100 last year or this year, but Green has upped his stock by hitting .318 with 11 homers, 25 doubles, and an .874 OPS in 81 games at Triple-A. It’s worth noting that he’s 25 years old and this is Green’s second go-around at Triple-A in a hitter-friendly environment, so he projects as merely a solid contributor rather than a middle-of-the-order bat.

Green was drafted as a shortstop and tried center field at one point, but he’s been playing exclusively second base this season. That means the A’s chose to call him up over ex-starting second baseman Jemile Weeks, another former first-round pick who’s spent all year in the minors.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.