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The Oakland A’s claimed right-handed pitcher Taylor Thompson off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and outrighted catcher Bryan Anderson to Triple-A Nashville, the club announced on Tuesday.
Thompson made his MLB debut with Chicago in 2014, allowing six runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings over five appearances. He also went 3-0 with seven saves and a 2.14 ERA in 39 relief appearances with Triple-A Charlotte.
The 27-year-old right-hander held the opposition to a .215 batting average with the Knights, including .171 against right-handed hitters. Thompson struck out 68 in 59.0 innings and surrendered just three home runs.
He was originally drafted by the White Sox in the 44th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and is 18-8 with 55 saves and a 2.55 ERA in 189 appearances over six seasons in the minors. Thompson has yielded just eight home runs in 279.0 career innings.
Anderson spent most of the 2014 season in the Cincinnati Reds farm system before he was traded to the A’s Aug. 24 in a minor league transaction for international money.
He played in five games with Sacramento before he was selected by Oakland Sept. 1 when rosters expanded. The 27-year-old left-handed hitter appeared in just one game with the A’s, grounding into a double play as a pinch hitter in his only at bat. Anderson hit a combined .320 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 78 games with Double-A Pensacola, Triple-A Louisville and Triple-A Sacramento
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