A's select Ladendorf from Sacramento; Claim Brown off waivers from the Mets
The Oakland A's selected infielder Tyler Ladendorf from Triple-A Sacramento and claimed outfielder Andrew Brown off waivers from the New York Mets, the club announced today.
Ladendorf batted a career-high .297 with two home runs and 43 RBI in 78 games with the River Cats in 2014. He added 35 walks for a .376 on-base percentage and hit .342 with runners in scoring position. The 26-year-old right-handed hitter batted .395 against left-handed pitching compared to .255 against right-handers. Ladendorf appeared in 38 games at second base, 38 at shortstop and two in center field. He was originally acquired by the A's from Minnesota July 31, 2009 in a trade for Orlando Cabrera and cash. The right-handed hitter was drafted by the Twins in the second round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and is a .253 career hitter in 644 games over seven seasons in the minors.
Brown was on the Mets Opening Day roster and hit .182 with two home runs and seven RBI in 19 games over two stints with New York. He spent the balance of the season at Triple-A Las Vegas where he batted .283 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI in 103 games. The 30-year-old right-handed hitter ranked ninth in the Pacific Coast League in slugging (.519) and OPS (.892). Brown was originally drafted by St. Louis in the 18th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 2011. He also played for Colorado in 2012 and has spent parts of the past two seasons with the Mets. Brown is a .220 career hitter with 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 144 games.