Shea Langeliers, Athletics' top prospect, called up; Stephen Piscotty released

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A's call up top prospect Langeliers, release Piscotty originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Shea Langeliers is heading to The Show.

The Athletics selected the contract of the 24-year-old catcher Tuesday morning. Langeliers, considered the A's top prospect by MLB.com, likely will make his long-awaited MLB debut Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers.

Additionally, Oakland released outfielder Stephen Piscotty and placed Ramón Laureano on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique.

The A's acquired Langeliers from the Atlanta Braves along with Cristian Pache, Ryan Cusick and Joey Estes in the Matt Olson blockbuster trade in mid-March.

Langeliers is ranked as the 28th-best prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com and No. 53 by Fangraphs.

In 92 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, Langeliers is batting .283/.366/.510 with 19 home runs, 19 doubles and two triples. He ranks second among all Triple-A catchers with an .876 OPS and a 115 wRC+.

Langeliers was also named the MVP of 2022 MLB Futures Game at Dodger Stadium after hitting a home run and throwing out a runner trying to steal second base.

If Langeliers starts behind the plate Tuesday night at Globe Life Field, he will catch JP Sears' second start in an A's uniform.

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Piscotty was acquired by the A's in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals following the 2017 MLB season. Over the past five years, Piscotty has suited up for 403 games for Oakland, batting .245/.305/.423 with 55 home runs.

In 42 contests this season, Piscotty had struggled to a .593 OPS and 48 strikeouts in 139 plate appearances.

The first pitch of Tuesday's contest is set for 5:05 p.m. PT. Tune in to NBC Sports California for "A's Pregame Live" before the game.