Saturday, April 30th: Ryon Healy Helps Hounds Win 6th Straight while Henderson Alvarez and Brett Graves Team up to Pitch Ports to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Ryon Healy (2 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Ryon Healy (2 for 4 / HR / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions    3

Midland RockHounds  4

WP – Alcantara 1-1 / 7.06

HR – Healy (5)

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Ryon Healy

(2 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

First baseman Ryon Healy helped lead the RockHounds to their sixth straight win on Saturday. Healy doubled in the Hounds’ first run in the bottom of the 1st inning to tie the game and came around to score the go-ahead run later in the same inning. He then hit his 5th home run, a solo shot, in the 5th inning to extend Midland’s lead to two. And with his 16 extra-base hits, Healy currently holds the Hounds’ best slugging percentage (.652). Shortstop Yairo Munoz had a pair of hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the 1st, while Franklin Barreto, making his first professional start at second base, collected 3 hits to extend his hitting streak to 8 games and also made a number of stellar plays in the field. Starter Raul Alcantara allowed 2 runs over 5 2/3 innings to earn his 1st win, while RHP Ryan Doolittle pitched a perfect 8th to extend his scoreless streak to 10 1/3 innings to start the season, and RHP Aaron Kurcz got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 2nd save.

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Friday, April 29th: Matt Chapman Hits 7th HR in Hounds Romp while Eric Surkamp Wins Sounds Debut

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Matt Chapman (3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / Walk / 4 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Matt Chapman (3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / Walk / 4 RBI)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions      7

Midland RockHounds  19

WP – Jensen 2-2 / 5.59

HR – Chapman (7), Sportman (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Matt Chapman

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / Walk / 4 RBIs)

The RockHounds exploded for 19 runs on Friday night, and Matt Chapman, who was serving as the designated hitter for the Hounds, had as big a night as anyone. 2014’s 1st-round draft pick for the A’s singled, tripled, walked, homered and drove in 4 runs for the RockHounds. Chapman’s home run was his 7th and he currently leads all A’s minor league regulars in both home runs and slugging percentage (.623). Left fielder J.P. Sportman homered, had a pair of singles and a walk and also drove in 4, while third baseman Ryon Healy collected 4 hits, including a triple and a double, and drove in 3 runs, and second baseman Wade Kirkland had a pair of doubles and also drove in 3. Starter Chris Jensen allowed 4 runs over 7 innings of work to earn his 2nd win for the RockHounds.

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Thursday, April 28th: Max Muncy & Matt Olson Homer to Help Sounds win while Dylan Covey Pitches Hounds to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Left Fielder Max Muncy (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Left Fielder Max Muncy (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds      7

Round Rock Express  3

WP – Smith 1-3 / 6.31

HR – Muncy (5), Olson (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Left Fielder Max Muncy

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

Left fielder Max Muncy smashed his team-leading 5th home run, a 3-run shot, in the top of the 5th inning to provide the Sounds with a healthy 5-run cushion on their way to besting Round Rock on Thursday. It was Muncy’s 3rd home run in his last 4 games and extended his current hitting streak to 8 games. Muncy currently leads all Sounds regulars in batting average (.292), on-base percentage (.382) and slugging percentage (.569). Right fielder Matt Olson socked his 3rd home run, a solo shot, in the 8th, while shortstop Chad Pinder singled in a run and drove in another with a sacrifice fly, and second baseman Joey Wendle singled, tripled and scored twice for the Sounds. Starter Chris Smith allowed 3 runs, just 1 earned, over 5 2/3 innings of work to earn his 1st win for Nashville. It’s expected that catcher/outfielder Matt McBride will be rejoining Nashville on Friday once LHP Sean Manaea is officially added to the A’s roster to make his major league debut Friday night against the Astros.

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Wednesday, April 27th: Joel Seddon Pitches Hounds to Victory while Sean Manaea Is Set to Start for A’s on Friday

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Joel Seddon (5 2/3 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 1 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Joel Seddon (5 2/3 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

Corpus Christi Hooks     1

WP – Seddon 1-2 / 11.74

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

(5 2/3 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 1 K / Win)

Starter Joel Seddon held the Hooks hitless through the first 4 innings on Wednesday and ended up allowing just 1 run over 5 2/3 innings to earn the win in his best outing so far this season for the RockHounds. RHP Corey Walter pitched 3 1/3 perfect innings in relief to pick up his 1st save for Midland. Right fielder Jaycob Brugman singled in the Hounds’ first run in the 5th inning, while designated hitter Ryon Healy and left fielder J.P. Sportman both doubled and walked in the game, and catcher Beau Taylor and shortstop Franklin Barreto had a pair of hits apiece in the win. Yairo Munoz, who was activated off the disabled list, made the start at second base and went 1 for 4 in his Midland debut. Catcher Andy Paz and RHP Ben Bracewell also joined the RockHounds roster from Stockton, while catcher Carson Blair and RHP Sam Bragg were placed on the disabled list for Midland.

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Stockton Ports Scouting Reports

For those of you who enjoy getting a much closer look at some of the A’s young prospects, we thought we’d share some in-depth scouting evaluations of some current Stockton Ports players courtesy of Chris Kusiolek. Chris is a former correspondent for Oakland Clubhouse who’s spent plenty of time over the years getting up-close looks at some of the A’s top prospects at Stockton and Sacramento (remember that?) as well as in Arizona. You can follow Chris on Twitter at @CaliKusiolek and you can find more of Chris’s Stockton Ports scouting reports on his West Coast Talent blog.

 

mw608383bMikey White

Age: 22

Position: Shortstop

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

Height: 6’1” / Weight: 200 lbs.

Drafted: 2015 – 2nd Round

2016: 68 AB / 0 HR / 5 BB / 16 K / .221 AVG / .284 OBP / .309 SLG

Slighter through midsection from previous Instructional League and Spring; definition to shoulders, tapered through lower half, lean muscular build; wider base to hips relative to shoulders; lean thighs; shows quick twitch athleticism, moderate risk through frame and through maturity; loose hands and fairly loose wrists; arm bar; decelerates through contact, average bat speed; slight loft, able to backspin to pull, average raw; inconsistent extension through contact, mild barrel control; slight leg kick and rotational weight transfer; cuts hips and inner third; struggles to track spin, likely possesses neurological deficiency identifying spin from release; sluggish first step at shortstop, average foot speed fails to play laterally, inconsistent routes to balls in field, laterally up middle; soft hands, quick release; above average arm strength, varying tail and arm slot at times; mature pace for present game speed; likely relocates right of diamond through maturity.

 

bb622196bB.J. Boyd

Age: 22

Position: Outfielder

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

Height: 5’11” / Weight: 230 lbs.

Drafted: 2012 – 4th Round

2016: 64 AB / 0 HR / 8 BB / 16 K / .297 AVG / .392 OBP / .344 SLG

With large build; squat, stocky with wide base and significant mass through trunk, big butt, barrel chested, definition to shoulders, fast twitch muscular thighs, muscular forearms; extreme maintenance through maturity, present fast twitch athleticism throughout. Hands show explosiveness, slight lift; predominantly linear with minimal loft, below average raw; swing not conducive to actualize in game; slighter downward load, diminished bat wrap; hands drift often; slightly rotational, lacks coil; average bat speed; shows two strike approach, slight outward toe tap transfer; cuts hips through weight transfer, hands start out over plate, exploitable inner third; stiff wrists; inconsistent balance and transfers at plate; struggles tracking spin from release, may have neurological deficiency; poor effort in field, inconsistent first step and finish to routes; inconsistent reads, haphazard routes at times, well below average arm strength; utility likely limited to corner.

 

jh605266bJames Harris

Age: 22

Position: Outfielder

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

Height: 6’1” / Weight: 180 lbs.

Drafted: 2011 – 1st Round (Tampa Bay)

2016: 88 AB / 1 HR / 4 BB / 16 K / .352 AVG / .383 OBP / .489 SLG

Shows a compact, present fast twitch build and mass through chest with a thick explosive lower half; wider base to hips presents potential maintenance to frame through continual maturity. Shows explosive straight line footspeed; 4.40, 4.44 turns from right side, 4.32 to first with minimal effort; present 7 runner. Shows average bat speed; slight lift, below average raw, swing not conducive to actualize in game; hands show explosiveness, fairly loose; struggles with late extension through contact, slight coil through hips, balanced slight weight transfer; opens front half, lacks flexibility through hips; cuts inner third; shows ability to track slow tumbling spin and keep hands back, decent approach at plate, lacks two strike approach; inconsistent first step, footspeed plays lesser laterally in field; poor effort on balls and lackadaisical given game situation, frequent poor body language and effort through game.

 

dg605254bDaniel Gossett

Age: 23

Position: Starting Pitcher

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

Height: 6’2” / Weight: 185 lbs.

Drafted: 2014 – 2nd Round

2016: 19 IP / 16 H / 7 ER / 5 BB / 26 K / 3.32 ERA / 1.11 WHIP

Average built through upper half; slighter shoulder definition, lean quick twitch, minimal muscle mass, athletic build; narrow and tapered through lower half, minimal mass through legs; wiry limbs; at physical maturity, limited increases to physicality; lower risk and maintenance for frame. Above average arm speed; explosive, exerted through arm acceleration; stiff, deliberate load; lacks fluidity; compact arm path, high 3/4; rocks into motion from set, slightly oriented to first base side of rubber, hands break at chest; hands slightly more away from body for curveball; controlled leg kick, varies pace of kick to aid deception; front oriented towards third base side from stretch, perpendicular to third base basepath; shows varying slighter kick (1.18-1.24) and quick pitch (1.03-1.08) variations, remains able to replicate stride, shows quality strength; athletic, controlled strong drive; shoulder tilt, slight spine tilt, limited torque through delivery; inverted firm foot strike; lacks clean finish through arm deceleration recoil; departed appearance with back stiffness; possesses enough back of rotation athleticism, stresses on shoulder with minimized torque and stiffness increase risk through profile. Fastball 90-93 T94; flashes late life and quality extension to pitch; inconsistent run in lower band, shows firm earlier action frequently, inconsistent achievement of quality running action; shows acumen in ability to work north and alter sightline, good downhill plane; able to work east-west within zone; stiffness to finish alters command frequently; average command potential; pitch shows above average potential. Curveball 79-82; tight spinning above average 12-6; improved extension and consistency from spring training; able to orient hand on top of pitch with compact arm path; shows innate ability to snap quality spin; inconsistencies in subtracting to pitch and throwing for strikes; services as chase offering at present, feel must improve to actualize potential; above average potential. Changeup 82-84; flashes quality fading action and arm speed replication, varying drives aid deception of pitch; inconsistent feel in being able to throw for strikes at present; shows firm at times, overthrown in instances, shoulders can open; above average depth and late action flashes, potential weak contact pitch; above average potential. Cutter 83-87; shows late hard action and more frequently true loose sweeping slider sort of shape; inconsistent feel for pitch at present; flashes average depth; struggles to throw for strikes at present; shoulders leak occasionally on pitch, inconsistent extension and arm speed replication, arm drags and slows; still adapting to achieving feel for pitch; fringe potential. Shows enough athleticism and acumen alongside adequate stuff to function within a back end rotation capacity at the highest level; physicality and stiffness presents significant risk; realistic swing arm, ceiling #4 starter in rotation. (High Risk)

 

kf640448Kyle Finnegan

Age: 24

Position: Relief Pitcher

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

Height: 6’2” / Weight: 170 lbs.

Drafted: 2013 – 6th Round

2016: 10 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 7 BB / 14 K / 1.80 ERA / 1.60 WHIP

Long limbed; high waisted; moderate base to shoulders, muscular shoulders and chest; thick thighs; wider base through hips; muscular forearms; sturdy build with length; moderate maintenance, at physical maturity, will begin decline within next couple years; shows present strength through upper half; moderate risk. Lacks strength through drive; poor stride replication, firm foot strike, inverted, front collapses on foot strike; frequently falls off backwards towards first base side unintentionally, completely opens front half; shoulder tilt, loads shoulders, spine tilt; over-the-top arm slot, stab, lacks fluidity through arm action, deteriorated as outing progressed; above average arm speed; shows ease to arm acceleration, decelerates cleanly; limited strength and athleticism in ability to replicate stride significantly limits command projection. Fastball 91-93 T95; flashes good extension and late natural tailing life; aided by arm speed and deception of moving parts; flashes cut action to pitch, decent action, inconsistent feel to consistently achieve it; well below average command; shows late life and explosion in higher band, firmer moderate run through lower bands; command projection limited, present thrower; has yet to see command or strength development within professional environment; fringe potential. Curveball 78-82; inconsistent spin and slower rolling rotation at times; flashes average depth sporadically, achieved on greater chase depth to pitch; shows ability to deliberately subtract to pitch and lessen shape, throw for strikes with softer spinning action; some moderate feel for pitch; fringe potential. Changeup 83-85; firm fading action; poor arm speed replication on pitch; flashes softer earlier depth to pitch; shows predominantly with mild firm sinking life; lacks fluidity through arm action conducive for pitch development; below average potential. Presently limited strength and natural athleticism prevent actualization of profile; realistic organizational depth, ceiling emergency bullpen arm. (Moderate Risk)

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Tuesday, April 26th: Chad Pinder Doubles in Decisive Run as Sounds Win in a Walk-Off, Daniel Mengden Tosses 5 Shutout Frames to Help Hounds Win and Sean Murphy Passes Away in AZ

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (2 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (2 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs  6

Nashville Sounds       7

WP – Brasier 1-1 / 1.00

HR – Muncy (4), Nunez (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(2 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

With the game tied and Joey Wendle on first base in the bottom of the 9th inning, shortstop Chad Pinder stepped to the plate and lined a double into left field to drive in Wendle as the Sounds won in a walk-off on Tuesday. Pinder also doubled and scored in the 1st and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the 2nd. Wendle reached base 4 times in the game, on a pair of singles, a walk and a double, and also stole a base. Third baseman Renato Nunez hit his 3rd home run in the 5th and left fielder Max Muncy smacked his 4th home run in the 7th. Starter Zach Neal allowed 4 runs over 6 innings of work, while RHP Ryan Brasier got the final two outs in the top of the 9th to pick up the win for Nashville. The team will have Wednesday off, with LHP Sean Manaea scheduled to take the mound for the Sounds on Thursday.

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Monday, April 25th: Matt Chapman Homers in 14th to Help Hounds Win while Sounds Fall in 10th

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 for 6 / Home Run / Walk / GWRBI)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 for 6 / Home Run / Walk / GWRBI)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

Corpus Christi Hooks     7

WP – Kurcz 4-0 / 2.00

HR – Chapman (5), Barreto (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Matt Chapman

(2 for 6 / Home Run / Walk / GWRBI)

Third baseman Matt Chapman delivered the big blow for Midland on Monday, smacking his 5th home run to lead off the top of the 14th inning and send the RockHounds to victory in a game in which the Hounds came back to overcome an early 7-run deficit. With Monday’s round-tripper, Oakland’s top draft pick in 2014 became the first A’s minor leaguer to make it to 5 home runs this season. Chapman also walked and scored in the 5th inning and singled in the 6th. Shortstop Franklin Barreto slugged his 2nd home run of the season to tie the game in the top of the 8th, while first baseman Ryon Healy and left fielder Danny Oh both collected 3 hits and drove in a pair, and designated hitter Viosergy Rosa, right fielder Brett Vertigan and second baseman Wade Kirkland had a pair of hits apiece. Starter Raul Alcantara put the RockHounds in a big hole early, allowing 7 earned runs over the first 2 innings. RHP Sam Bragg relieved Alcantara in the 3rd and began a streak of 12 shutout innings that would be thrown by the Hounds bullpen on Monday night. RHP Aaron Kurcz earned the win by tossing a scoreless 12th and 13th, and infielder Kirkland took the mound in the bottom of the 14th and got the final three outs to register the save for the RockHounds.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of April 18-24: Pitching Prospects in the Spotlight

Sean Manaea

Nashville Sounds LHP Sean Manaea

 

Last week, we took a look at the minor league system’s position players. So this week, we’re going to examine the system’s pitching prospects. We’ll be running down the starting rotations for all four affiliates as well as taking a look at who’s been on the bump in the bullpen. A version of this weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Sunday, April 24th: Snappers Come up Short despite 3 Late HRs while Jesse Hahn Struggles in Sounds Loss and Daniel Gossett & Dustin Driver Deal with Injury Issues

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Skye Bolt (3 for 4 / Home Run / Walk)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Skye Bolt (3 for 4 / Home Run / Walk)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  5

Burlington Bees    7

LP – Friedrichs 1-1 / 2.08

HR – Howell (1), Bolt (1), Collins (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Skye Bolt

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Walk)

Down by five runs heading into the 8th inning, the Snappers slugged three home runs over the final two frames to come within two runs of winning their fourth straight on Sunday. Skye Bolt homered in the 9th and reached base three other times in the game, on a pair of singles and a walk, and his .426 on-base percentage currently leads the team. Catcher Nick Collins homered to lead off the 9th and doubled and scored to put Beloit on the board in the 1st, while third baseman Ryan Howell homered to lead off the 8th and walked twice in the game. Starter Kyle Friedrichs allowed 3 runs over 4 innings of work to take the loss. RHP Dustin Driver left the game with elbow pain after grabbing his arm following a wild pitch with one out in the bottom of the 5th and the 21-year-old will be evaluated by A’s medical personnel to determine the extent of his injury. Driver was charged with 2 runs on 3 walks in 1/3 of an inning of relief for the Snappers.

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Saturday, April 23rd: Justin Higley’s 3 Hits Help Snappers Win 3rd Straight while Daniel Gossett Makes Early Exit in Ports Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Justin Higley (3 for 4 / Triple / Walk / 2 Runs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Justin Higley (3 for 4 / Triple / Walk / 2 Runs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  6

Burlington Bees    5

WP – Duno 1-1 / 2.08

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Justin Higley

(3 for 4 / Triple / Walk / 2 Runs)

The Snappers won their third straight from Burlington on Saturday. Left fielder and leadoff man Justin Higley tripled to start off the game and quickly came around to score the first run and give the Snappers an early lead they would never surrender on Saturday. Higley would reach base 3 more times in the game, on a pair of singles and a walk and would score another run in the 2nd. Catcher Nick Collins singled, walked twice and drove in 2, while third baseman Ryan Howell doubled in a pair in the 1st, and second baseman Trent Gilbert and designated hitter Brett Siddall had a pair of hits apiece for the Snappers. Starter Jesus Zambrano surrendered 2 runs on 7 hits over 3 innings of work, while RHP Angel Duno allowed just 1 unearned run in 4 innings of relief to earn the win, and RHP Corey Miller tossed a scoreless 9th to notch his 1st save for the Snappers.

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