Vinnie Catricala is heading home! The Sacramento native was sent from the Seattle Mariners to the Oakland Athletics this morning in exchange for a player to be named. No note on where Catricalla will be sent, but he was batting .253 in the Southern League (Double-A), so you can only expect he’d play for the Midland Rockhounds once assigned.
22 year old, Catricala was ranked 12th overall prospect for the Mariners according to MLB.com prior to the trade. At the beginning of the season, the Mariners noted that they believed Catricalla was expected to make the big leagues shortly after a poor season in AAA Tacoma. They may believe differently sending him off to Oakland, but Vinnie still has a great bat. Catricala is trying to find his actual playing position as his glove needs some work. With that said, Catricalla can play the outside infield position and outfield and is almost comparable to Jerry Hairston Jr. of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Catricalla was drafted in 2006 out of Jesuit High School in Sacramento, California, by the Cleveland Indians in the 50th round, but did not sign. In the 10th round of the 2009 draft, Catricalla was selected by and later signed with the Seattle Mariners after attending college at the University of Hawai’i. For the first three years of the minors, through Rookie Ball (Pulaski Mariners), Low-A (Clinton LumberKings), High-A (High Desert Mavericks) and Double-A (Jackson Generals), Catricalla didn’t hit under .300 until his fourth season in Triple-A (Tacoma Rainiers, .229), and then this season back in Double-A (.253).
Vinnie grew up in the local bay region, watching the Sacramento River Cats play, but never did note whether he was (or wasn’t) an Athletics fan. Catricalla has the potential to be a great asset for the Athletics, and could be a steal depending on who they send over to Seattle in exchange. Expect to see Catricala playing for his home team Athletics within the coming years, and in the field, whether it be the outfield or outer infield.
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