There has been a lot of movement over the last 13 months for right-hander Andrew Triggs, and the whirlwind continued on Monday.
The side armer was called up to the big leagues by Oakland on Monday and made his big league debut later that night (with his parents in town). In Detroit down 7-3, Triggs entered the game to start the bottom of the eighth. He struck out the first batter he faced (Tyler Collins), got Mike Aviles to pop out, and then got a line out from Jose Iglesias.
Not bad for a guy who was a 19th round draft pick out of USC back in 2012 by the KC Royals.
I had the chance to see Triggs back in 2013 when he was with High-A Wilmington, where he was 9-for-11 in save opportunities. He almost always pitched multiple innings, as he pitched in 43 games, but threw 61.1 innings. He struck out 63 and walked just 12 before earning a promotion to Double-A at the end of the season.
I saw Triggs again last spring, right before the whirlwind began. He pitched very well in spring training for the Royals, but was caught up in a numbers game. He was traded to Baltimore and had his best season.
In helping Double-A Bowie win their first ever Eastern League title (I also saw him pitch with the Baysox), he went 17-for-17 in save opportunities with a 1.03 ERA. In 61 innings, he struck out 70, walked just 11, and did not allow a home run. Oh and Triggs held opponents to a .196 batting average.
Triggs was added to the Orioles 40-man roster in the offseason and impressed manager Buck Showalter in mini camp. However, he struggled a bit in spring training and was put on waivers. That is when the A’s swooped in and picked him up (though they immediately sent him to minor league camp).
This season, he was back home in Nashville pitching for the Triple-A Sound. Though his ERA was 5.14, that came from one bad outing back on April 14th (1/3IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, K). Over the rest of his outings, Triggs allowed just one run over 6.2 innings while striking out eight.
Best of luck to Andrew and hopefully he can stick with the A’s all season!