The Oakland A’s will call up pitcher Daniel Gossett to start in Miami next week, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. The A’s visit the Marlins on Tuesday and Wednesday, so the right-hander is expected make his debut in one of those games. He’s taking the spot of fellow starter Andrew Triggs, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday. Click here for Slusser’s full writeup.
The 24-year-old Gossett was Oakland’s 2nd-round draft pick in 2014, and he enjoyed a breakout last season that catapulted him from High-A all the way up to a brief cameo in Triple-A Nashville. He stayed in Triple-A to begin this year, and after a shaky first month he settled down — since May 1 his ERA is 2.14 (7 starts), and he hasn’t allowed a walk in his last three outings (21 ip, 18 Ks).
Gossett, AAA: 3.41 ERA, 60⅔ ip, 54 Ks, 19 BB, 4 HR, 3.75 FIP
He ranked No. 9 on our Community Prospect List last year, but he’s technically higher now since a few of the names above him have officially graduated (Cotton and Montas outright; Maxwell right on the border; Olson now getting playing time). Here’s a brief scouting report from MLB Pipeline:
Gossett has long shown a strong arm, with a fastball that sits in the low 90s, reaching 95-96 mph with good arm-side life and late sinking action. His curveball projects to be above average and is his best secondary offering, and he tightened up his upper-80s slider, a dominant offering in college, last season after losing feel for the pitch at the outset of his pro career. Gossett also has good feel for a changeup, giving him a weapon to help neutralize left-handed hitters.
Gossett made strides on all fronts last season as he generated more whiffs and induced weaker contact, all while reducing his walk rate against advanced hitters. He’s been a model of durability early in his career, logging exactly 27 starts in back-to-back years, and is a safe bet to become a No. 4 starter, although his 2016 campaign suggests he may be capable of achieving a more significant role.
Bringing up Gossett will require some roster maneuvering. First, he must be added to the 40-man roster, though that might end up being the easy part because there is currently one open spot. (It’s not impossible that Oakland might still decide to DFA someone and keep the vacancy — RHP Josh Smith and OF Ryan LaMarre could be prime candidates.)
A 25-man roster move will also be required. The A’s actually have 26 players right now because of Saturday’s doubleheader and have to send someone down at the end of the day, so by the time Gossett comes up they’ll be sending down a second player to make room. The safe bet is that the two players heading out (in no particular order) will be 1B/OF Matt Olson and one of the team’s nine relief pitchers (likely Smith, Frankie Montas, or Zach Neal).
Gossett will be the third A’s player to make his MLB debut this season, after RHP Bobby Wahl and OF Jaycob Brugman, although there are many more rookies than that on the team who debuted last year (or earlier). He surely won’t be the last, either, as the Oakland youth movement is gaining steam rapidly and has lots more to offer.
Related news: RHP Daniel Mengden has been placed on Triple-A Nashville’s disabled list with a lat strain, reports play-by-play broadcaster Jeff Hem (via A’s Farm).