Wednesday, July 1st: Nate Long Leads Sounds’ Shutout Victory while Justin Higley’s Grand Slam Highlights Snappers’ Win & R.J. Alvarez Lands on DL

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Nate Long (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Nate Long (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  0

Nashville Sounds              2

WP – Long 1-1 / 3.09

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Nate Long

(7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

After his promotion from Midland, RHP Nate Long didn’t waste any time making a positive impression on his new team in Nashville. On Wednesday, the 29-year-old minor league veteran allowed just 2 hits while striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 1st win for the Sounds. And Long now leads all A’s minor league pitchers in strikeouts with 78. RHP Arnold Leon pitched a perfect frame in the 8th, and RHP Ryan Cook got the final three outs in the 9th to post his 7th save. Designated hitter Dayan Viciedo doubled with 2 outs in the 4th, and right fielder Jason Pridie singled him in for the Sounds’ first run, then left fielder Jake Smolinski doubled in Pridie for the Sounds’ second and final run of the game. Third baseman Ryan Roberts also doubled but was left stranded in the 6th, while shortstop Andy Parrino had a pair of singles for the Sounds. Meanwhile, RHP R.J. Alvarez was placed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain, while catcher Luke Carlin was released, and catcher Carson Blair was reassigned to Nashville from the RockHounds.

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Tuesday, June 30th: Daniel Gossett Pitches Snappers to Victory while Matt Chapman Hits 12th HR in Ports Loss & A’s Come to Terms with Top Pick Richie Martin

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Daniel Gossett (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Daniel Gossett (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

GAME #2

Beloit Snappers                4

Quad Cities River Bandits  1

WP – Gossett 3-7 / 5.42

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Gossett

(7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / Win)

In one of his best starts so far this season for the Snappers, last year’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Daniel Gossett, allowed just 1 run over 7 innings of work to earn his 3rd win on Tuesday. Shortstop Yairo Munoz doubled in 2 runs in the top of the 2nd and singled and scored in the 6th, while outfielder James Harris singled, doubled and walked twice. Third baseman Jose Brizuela singled, tripled and scored, and outfielder Justin Higley and designated hitter Sandber Pimentel had a pair of hits apiece for the Snappers.

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Monday, June 29th: Chris Kohler K’s 7 in 1st Win for Vermont while Zach Neal Earns 6th Win in Sounds’ Rain-Shortened Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Chris Kohler (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Chris Kohler (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

GAME #2

Lowell Spinners                 0

Vermont Lake Monsters  1

WP – Kohler 1-0 / 2.70

HR – Kim (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Kohler

(5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / Win)

LHP Chris Kohler, the A’s 3rd-round supplemental pick in 2013, was impressive in his second start for the Lake Monsters on Monday, allowing just 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7 over 5 innings of work to earn his 1st win in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader at Vermont. The 20-year-old struck out the side in both the 2nd and 3rd innings and, after being sidelined due to injuries last season, Kohler has now notched 10 strikeouts in his first 10 innings this year. RHP Corey Miller tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, while LHP Mike Fagan got the final two outs for his 1st save. Catcher Seong-min Kim had 2 hits, including a home run in the 5th inning to provide the only run of the game, while this year’s 10th-round pick, outfielder Steven Pallares, had a pair of hits for Vermont.

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Sunday, June 28th: Joel Seddon Pitches Ports to Victory while Barry Zito Is Solid in Sounds Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports         4

Inland Empire 66ers  1

WP – Seddon 5-4 / 3.53

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

(7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

RHP Joel Seddon delivered another impressive start for Stockton on Sunday, allowing just 4 hits over 7 shutout innings to earn his 5th win for the Ports. And in 25 innings over his past 4 starts, Seddon has allowed just 4 runs while walking 1 and striking out 16. RHP Corey Walter gave up 1 run in 1 1/3 innings of relief, while RHP Brendan McCurry got the final two outs in the 9th to notch his 14th save. Center fielder Brett Vertigan doubled in 2 runs in the top of the 6th, while left fielder B.J. Boyd had a pair of hits and also drove in a run in the 6th. Right fielder Tyler Marincov doubled in Stockton’s first run in the 3rd, and catcher Nick Rickles had a pair of hits for the Ports.

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Saturday, June 27th: Argenis Blanco Pitches AZL A’s to Victory while Sean Nolin Earns 2nd Win for Sounds and Raul Alcantara Is Solid for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL D-backs  0

AZL A’s         4

WP – Blanco 2-0 / 1.80

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Argenis Blanco

(5 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

19-year-old Venezuelan RHP Argenis Blanco was impressive on Saturday, allowing just 5 hits while walking none and striking out 6 over 5 scoreless innings to earn his 2nd win for the A’s. The young righty has now allowed a total of 2 runs and struck out 9 in his first 10 innings this season. This year’s 5th-round draft pick for the A’s, LHP Kevin Duchene, threw 2 shutout innings, while RHP Phillip Ortiz and converted catcher Ryan Gorton each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief. 11th-round center fielder James Terrell had 3 hits, including a triple, and drove in a run, while second baseman Carlos Hiciano doubled in the A’s first run in the 2nd, and designated hitter Rangel Ravelo singled in a pair of runs in the 6th for the A’s.

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Friday, June 26th: Beau Taylor’s Grand Slam Highlights Ports Win while Chris Bassitt K’s 8 in Sounds Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Catcher Beau Taylor (Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Catcher Beau Taylor (Grand Slam)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports       12

Inland Empire 66ers  3

WP – Finnegan 5-4 / 5.15

HR – Marincov (8), Taylor (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Beau Taylor

(Grand Slam)

With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 1st inning, catcher Beau Taylor came to the plate and slugged a grand slam to give Stockton an early 4-0 lead on Friday. Taylor also doubled and scored in the 6th, while right fielder Tyler Marincov had a pair of singles and hit his 8th home run, a 2-run shot, in the 2nd. Left fielder B.J. Boyd tripled in 2 runs in the 3rd, and shortstop Franklin Barreto, first baseman John Nogowski and designated hitter Melvin Mercedes each had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the Ports. Starter Kyle Finnegan was solid, allowing 2 runs while striking out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to earn his 5th win for Stockton.

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Thursday, June 25th: Tim Atherton & Brad Mills Pitch Hounds & Sounds to Shutout Victories while Snappers Drop 9th Straight

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Tim Atherton (8 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Tim Atherton (8 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  5

San Antonio Missions    0

WP – Atherton 5-3 / 5.31

HR – Nunez (10)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tim Atherton

(8 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)

RHP Tim Atherton turned in his best start yet for Midland on Thursday, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 over 8 scoreless innings to earn his 5th win for the RockHounds as they shut out San Antonio in the opening game of the series. RHP Andres Avila got the final three outs in the 9th to complete the shutout for the Hounds. Third baseman Renato Nunez hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 1st, while left fielder Jaycob Brugman singled in a pair in the 7th, and first baseman Matt Olson and right fielder Josh Whitaker had a pair of hits apiece for the RockHounds. In other news, Olson and Nunez were both selected to participate in the Futures Game, which will be played on Sunday, July 12 in Cincinnati.

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Wednesday, June 24th: Jaycob Brugman’s 9th-Inning HR Helps Hounds Win while Joey Wendle Has Big Day in Sounds Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  10

Frisco RoughRiders         9

WP – Healy 3-1 / 2.20

HR – Brugman (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman

(3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

With the game tied in the top of the 9th, outfielder Jaycob Brugman led off the inning with his 3rd home run for Midland to provide the winning run as the RockHounds snapped their 3-game losing streak on Wednesday. Brugman also had a pair of singles and drove in the Hounds’ first run of the game in the 2nd. Outfielder Chad Oberacker collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 3 runs, while second baseman Wade Kirkland also had 3 hits and scored 3 times. Catcher Carson Blair had 2 hits and 2 walks, and shortstop Chad Pinder and outfielder Josh Whitaker drove in a pair of runs apiece in the win. Starter Nate Long had a rare rough outing for the RockHounds, allowing 8 runs in 5 innings of work, while RHP Kris Hall gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief, and RHP Tucker Healy pitched 2 perfect innings to earn his 3rd win on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, June 23rd: Ryan Roberts Has 4 Hits & Barry Zito Earns 5th Win as Sounds Snap 5-Game Skid while Vermont Comes Up Short despite Seong-min Kim’s Grand Slam

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Ryan Roberts (4 for 4 / Double / RBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Ryan Roberts (4 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds   6

Memphis Redbirds   4

WP – Zito 5-6 / 3.94

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Ryan Roberts

(4 for 4 / Double / RBI)

Third baseman Ryan Roberts collected 4 hits for the Sounds for the third time this season on Tuesday. The 34-year-old veteran also drove in a run and scored a run to help the Sounds snap their 5-game losing streak. Outfielder Jake Smolinski, claimed off waivers by the A’s earlier in the week, went 2 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs in his debut for Nashville, while Dayan Viciedo, who’s primarily been playing first base since joining the Sounds, doubled, walked and scored a run. Starter Barry Zito held Memphis scoreless through 4 innings and gave up just 1 run through 6. But he put three men on and allowed one to score in the bottom of the 7th before leaving with no outs. Zito ended up being charged with 3 runs in 6 innings of work and earned his 5th win. RHP Dan Otero tossed 2 scoreless innings while also allowing one of Zito’s runners to score, and RHP Ryan Cook picked up his 6th save despite giving up 1 run in the 9th. Meanwhile, Sounds outfielder Kent Matthes was released on Tuesday.

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A’s Farm’s 2015 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Matt Chapman

Third baseman Matt Chapman leads all A’s minor leaguers with 11 home runs for Stockton

With the California League and the Midwest League All-Star breaks taking place this week and all the minor league affiliates right around the halfway points of their seasons, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field have been in the A’s system in the first half of 2015. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2015 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Nashville, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton and Class-A Beloit. Offensive starters were selected from the players who’ve had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were selected from hurlers who’ve had at least ten starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. Statistics listed are through games of Monday, June 22.

The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system. Center fielder Brett Vertigan spent about a month with Beloit before being promoted to Stockton, while third baseman Jose Brizuela appeared in ten games with Stockton before joining Beloit. Right fielder Robert Martinez spent most of the season with Beloit before being sent to Vermont just a few days ago, and Midland’s Nate Long made one emergency start for Nashville.

Check out our list of All-Star contenders at each position. Then just click on the link below the list of contenders to find A’s Farm’s winning Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

–THE CANDIDATES–

 

CATCHER

Nashville – Bryan Anderson (2 HR / .192 AVG / .267 OBP / .297 SLG / .564 OPS)

Midland – Bruce Maxwell (1 HR / .244 AVG / .328 OBP / .297 SLG / .625 OPS)

Stockton – Beau Taylor (3 HR / .213 AVG / .332 OBP / .338 SLG / .669 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Chavez (0 HR / .158 AVG / .229 OBP / .192 SLG / .421 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Nashville – Anthony Aliotti (0 HR / .287 AVG / .361 OBP / .337 SLG / .698 OPS)

Midland – Matt Olson (8 HR / .217 AVG / .383 OBP / .391 SLG / .775 OPS)

Stockton – John Nogowski (1 HR / .264 AVG / .355 OBP / .338 SLG / .693 OPS)

Beloit – Max Kuhn (3 HR / .199 AVG / .286 OBP / .290 SLG / .576 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Nashville – Joey Wendle (5 HR / .258 AVG / .306 OBP / .406 SLG / .712 OPS)

Midland – Colin Walsh (8 HR / .299 AVG / .425 OBP / .494 SLG / .919 OPS)

Stockton – Branden Cogswell (2 HR / .262 AVG / .358 OBP / .344 SLG / .702 OPS)

Beloit – Trent Gilbert (4 HR / .306 AVG / .342 OBP / .426 SLG / .768 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Nashville – Andy Parrino (4 HR / .271 AVG / .366 OBP / .429 SLG / .795 OPS)

Midland – Chad Pinder (7 HR / .300 AVG / .364 OBP / .457 SLG / .822 OPS)

Stockton – Franklin Barreto (6 HR / .271 AVG / .310 OBP / .432 SLG / .743 OPS)

Beloit – Yairo Munoz (7 HR / .250 AVG / .280 OBP / .381 SLG / .660 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Nashville – Ryan Roberts (1 HR / .285 AVG / .344 OBP / .389 SLG / .733 OPS)

Midland – Ryon Healy (5 HR / .274 AVG / .324 OBP / .383 SLG / .708 OPS)

Stockton – Matt Chapman (11 HR / .244 AVG / .328 OBP / .544 SLG / .872 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Brizuela (4 HR / .196 AVG / .311 OBP / .321 SLG / .633 OPS) *

 

LEFT FIELD

Nashville – Jason Pridie (8 HR / .305 AVG / .358 OBP / .474 SLG / .832 OPS)

Midland – Jaycob Brugman (2 HR / .274 AVG / .331 OBP / .402 SLG / .733 OPS)

Stockton – B.J. Boyd (4 HR / .283 AVG / .347 OBP / .411 SLG / .758 OPS)

Beloit – Joe Bennie (3 HR / .252 AVG / .356 OBP / .374 SLG / .729 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Nashville – Craig Gentry (2 HR / .240 AVG / .315 OBP / .326 SLG / .640 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (4 HR / .302 AVG / .363 OBP / .458 SLG / .820 OPS)

Stockton – Brett Vertigan (3 HR / .322 AVG / .408 OBP / .443 SLG / .851 OPS) *

Beloit – James Harris (4 HR / .250 AVG / .365 OBP / .408 SLG / .773 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Nashville – Kent Matthes (2 HR / .233 AVG / .294 OBP / .358 SLG / .652 OPS)

Midland – Josh Whitaker (7 HR / .280 AVG / .320 OBP / .518 SLG / .838 OPS)

Stockton – Tyler Marincov (7 HR / .258 AVG / .331 OBP / .405 SLG / .736 OPS)

Beloit – Robert Martinez (3 HR / .184 AVG / .262 OBP / .293 SLG / .555 OPS) *

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nashville – Alden Carrithers (1 HR / .286 AVG / .379 OBP / .344 SLG / .723 OPS)

Midland – Renato Nunez (9 HR / .228 AVG / .304 OBP / .413 SLG / .717 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Soto (5 HR / .265 AVG / .328 OBP / .399 SLG / .727 OPS)

Beloit – Sandber Pimentel (10 HR / .258 AVG / .340 OBP / .447 SLG / .787 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Nashville – Brad Mills (73 1/3 IP / 68 H / 29 ER / 31 BB / 54 K / 3.56 ERA / 1.35 WHIP)

Midland – Nate Long (83 IP / 70 H / 25 ER / 29 BB / 68 K / 2.71 ERA / 1.19 WHIP) *

Stockton – Dylan Covey (79 2/3 IP / 69 H / 28 ER / 26 BB / 55 K / 3.16 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)

Beloit – Brett Graves (72 2/3 IP / 78 H / 37 ER / 27 BB / 39 K / 4.58 ERA / 1.45 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Nashville – Ryan Cook (20 2/3 IP / 13 H / 6 ER / 9 BB / 16 K / 2.61 ERA / 1.07 WHIP / 5 SV)

Midland – Ryan Dull (34 IP / 21 H / 1 ER / 9 BB / 39 K / 0.26 ERA / 0.88 WHIP / 6 SV)

Stockton – Brendan McCurry (32 2/3 IP / 27 H / 10 ER / 9 BB / 38 K / 2.76 ERA / 1.10 WHIP / 12 SV)

Beloit – Jose Torres (38 2/3 IP / 28 H / 15 ER / 13 BB / 42 K / 3.49 ERA / 1.06 WHIP / 5 SV)

 

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