Monday, June 27th: Renato Nunez’s RBI Single Leads Sounds to Walk-Off Win in 12th while Rich Hill Makes Rehab Start in Stockton Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (3 for 5 / Walk / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (3 for 5 / Walk / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Omaha Storm Chasers  2

Nashville Sounds         3

WP – Schuster 1-0 / 1.36

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(3 for 5 / Walk / 2 RBIs)

With one out, a man on third and the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 12th inning, third baseman Renato Nunez singled for his third hit of the night to drive home the winning run as the Sounds won in a walk-off on Monday. Nunez also singled in the Sounds’ first run in the 6th inning, while shortstop Chad Pinder doubled twice and scored the winning run, and first baseman Rangel Ravelo and second baseman Joey Wendle had a pair of hits apiece for Nashville. Starter Chris Jensen turned in his strongest start since joining the Sounds, throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings before leaving the game with a slim 1-run lead. Nashville’s bullpen allowed Omaha to come back and tie the game in the 9th, but LHP Patrick Schuster threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings to shut down the Storm Chasers and give the Sounds the chance win it in the 12th and also earned his 1st win of the season along the way. In other news, the A’s claimed RHP Nick Tepesch off waivers from the Dodgers on Monday and designated Sounds LHP Eric Surkamp for assignment. And former Nashville starter Daniel Mengden allowed 2 runs over 7 2/3 innings for Oakland to earn his first major league win as the A’s beat the Giants 8-3 on Monday night. You can check out our interview with him from last month here – Daniel Mengden

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Sunday, June 26th: Brizuela’s Bat Helps Lead Ports to Victory while Nunez, Maxwell & Reddick All Homer in Sounds’ Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Third Baseman Jose Brizuela (3 for 4 / Home Run / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Third Baseman Jose Brizuela (3 for 4 / Home Run / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

San Jose Giants  4

Stockton Ports   7

WP – Gauna 3-0 / 3.44

HR – Brizuela (6)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Jose Brizuela

(3 for 4 / Home Run / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)

After finishing the first half 16 games under .500, Stockton has come out swinging in the second half. And on Sunday, they claimed their third win in their first four games since the California League All-Star break. Third baseman Jose Brizuela led the attack, collecting 3 hits, including his 6th home run, driving in 3 runs and notching his 1st stolen base of the season. Catcher Argenis Raga also had 3 hits, including a double, as well as a walk and drove in 2 runs, while center fielder James Harris walked twice and tripled, and left fielder B.J. Boyd had 2 hits and drove in a pair for the Ports. LHP Zack Erwin gave up 3 runs over 4 2/3 innings of work on Sunday. RHP Koby Gauna picked up the win despite allowing 1 run in 1 1/3 innings of relief, while RHP Carlos Navas tossed a scoreless 9th to post his 5th save for the Ports. Meanwhile, A’s LHP Rich Hill is scheduled to make a rehab start for Stockton against Modesto on Monday.

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Saturday, June 25th: Brett Siddall’s Big Bat Helps Beloit Win Big while Sounds, Hounds & Ports All Come Up Short

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Brett Siddall (2 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Brett Siddall (2 for 5 / HR / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers        12

Cedar Rapids Kernels  1

WP – Hurlbutt 1-0 / 3.15

HR – Siddall (4)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Brett Siddall

(2 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

Beloit won big over Cedar Rapids on Saturday night. Right fielder Brett Siddall homered, doubled and drove in 4 runs to lead the Snappers’ attack. Second baseman Trent Gilbert collected 4 hits and drove in 3, while designated hitter Jean Carlo Rodriguez tripled, doubled and drove in a run. Center fielder Justin Higley had 2 hits and drove in a pair, and catcher Jose Chavez went 0 for 2 with a pair of walks in his return from the disabled list on Saturday. RHP Dustin Hurlbutt was solid in his third start for the Snappers, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits over 5 innings of work to post his 1st professional win.

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Friday, June 24th: Seddon Surrenders 1 Hit in Hounds’ Shutout Victory while Hahn Lasts 2 Innings in Sounds’ Loss & Manaea Makes Rehab Start for Stockton

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Joel Seddon (8 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Joel Seddon (8 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions    0

Midland RockHounds  7

WP – Seddon 2-6 / 6.66

HR – Marincov (4)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

(8 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / Win)

After struggling for much of the season, starter Joel Seddon turned in a gem for the RockHounds on Friday. The 23-year-old allowed just 1 hit over 8 scoreless innings to earn his 2nd win for Midland. RHP Kyle Finnegan pitched a perfect 9th to complete the 1-hit shutout for the Sounds. Right fielder Tyler Marincov singled, homered and walked, while shortstop Yairo Munoz collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs. Third baseman Matt Chapman singled, doubled, walked and scored twice, and second baseman Franklin Barreto had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Rockhounds. Meanwhile, RHP Joey Wagman was promoted to Midland from Stockton, and RockHounds RHP James Naile was reassigned to the Snappers.

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Thursday, June 23rd: Friedrichs Leads Stockton to Shutout Victory while Chapman’s 17th HR Helps Hounds Win & Sounds Split Twinbill

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Kyle Friedrichs (6 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Kyle Friedrichs (6 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

San Jose Giants  0

Stockton Ports   5

WP – Friedrichs 3-1 / 5.40

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Kyle Friedrichs

(6 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

RHP Kyle Friedrichs turned in his fourth straight quality start for Stockton, allowing 5 hits while walking none and striking out 8 over 6 shutout innings to earn his 3rd win on Thursday. And Friedrichs has now struck out 31 while failing to allow a walk in 25 innings over his last 4 starts for the Ports. Relievers Cody Stull, Lou Trivino and Carlos Navas each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief to close out the 6-hit shutout for Stockton. Catcher Iolana Akau singled, doubled and drove in a run, while shortstop Richie Martin and second baseman Mikey White each drove in a pair for the Ports. Meanwhile, A’s LHP Sean Manaea is scheduled to make Friday’s start on a rehab assignment with Stockton.

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Wednesday, June 22nd: Heath Bowers Pitches Vermont to Victory while Hounds Score Walk-Off Win in Extras

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Heath Bowers (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Heath Bowers (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 3 K)

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

Tri-City ValleyCats             2

WP – Bowers 1-1 / 0.00

HR – Mercedes (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Heath Bowers

(6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / Win)

RHP Heath Bowers turned in his second straight strong start for the Lake Monsters, allowing just 3 hits over 6 shutout innings to earn his 1st win on Wednesday. And last year’s 24th-round draft pick for the A’s has now failed to allow an earned run in his first two starts of the season. RHP Dustin Driver gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, in 2 innings of relief, and RHP Jordan Schwartz struck out all three batters he faced in the 9th to notch his 1st career save. First baseman Miguel Mercedes smashed his 2nd home run, a 3-run shot in the 3rd, while right fielder Jhonny Rodriguez had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run in the 9th. A number of the A’s 2016 draft picks made their Vermont debuts on Wednesday. 3rd-round catcher Sean Murphy went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts, while 5th-round third baseman JaVon Shelby singled, doubled, walked, stole a base and scored twice. 11th-round shortstop Eli White singled in 2 at-bats, and 13th-round second baseman Nate Mondou, serving as the designated hitter for the night, went 0 for 4 and drove in a run on a groundout. The quartet were all added to the Lake Monsters roster on Wednesday, while infielder Javier Godard was sent to the Arizona League A’s… Vermont Lake Monsters Roster

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A’s Farm’s 2016 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Nashville's Ryon Healy has been one of the A's best minor league hitters this season.

Nashville’s Ryon Healy has been one of the A’s best minor league hitters so far this season.

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 2016. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2016 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 Tuesday, June 21. And asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system. Ryon Healy and Jaycob Brugman both moved up from Midland to Nashville in mid-May, while Tyler Marincov was reassigned from Stockton to Midland right around the same time.

Check out our list of All-Star candidates at each position. Then click on the link just 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 then cast your vote in our poll for the top A’s Organizational All-Star!

 

–THE CANDIDATES–

 

CATCHER

Nashville – Bruce Maxwell (142 PA / 2 HR / .276 AVG / .373 OBP / .382 SLG / .755 OPS)

Midland – Beau Taylor (183 PA / 2 HR / .280 AVG / .401 OBP / .393 SLG / .794 OPS)

Stockton – Argenis Raga (174 PA / 0 HR / .252 AVG / .329 OBP / .338 SLG / .667 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Chavez (120 PA / 0 HR / .214 AVG / .252 OBP / .232 SLG / .484 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Nashville – Rangel Ravelo (208 PA / 4 HR / .257 AVG / .322 OBP / .380 SLG / .702 OPS)

Midland – Viosergy Rosa (269 PA / 4 HR / .282 AVG / .394 OBP / .410 SLG / .804 OPS)

Stockton – Sandber Pimentel (242 PA / 11 HR / .264 AVG / .364 OBP / .481 SLG / .844 OPS)

Beloit – Chris Iriart (206 PA / 9 HR / .240 AVG / .335 OBP / .447 SLG / .782 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Nashville – Joey Wendle (277 PA / 6 HR / .253 AVG / .292 OBP / .410 SLG / .702 OPS)

Midland – Wade Kirkland (170 PA / 1 HR / .271 AVG / .313 OBP / .361 SLG / .675 OPS)

Stockton – Joe Bennie (303 PA / 6 HR / .296 AVG / .374 OBP / .442 SLG / .816 OPS)

Beloit – Trent Gilbert (234 PA / 1 HR / .276 AVG / .333 OBP / .379 SLG / .712 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Nashville – Chad Pinder (281 PA / 9 HR / .276 AVG / .321 OBP / .455 SLG / .777 OPS)

Midland – Franklin Barreto (281 PA / 7 HR / .237 AVG / .299 OBP / .362 SLG / .661 OPS)

Stockton – Mikey White (242 PA / 1 HR / .215 AVG / .282 OBP / .292 SLG / .574 OPS)

Beloit – Trace Loehr (188 PA / 0 HR / .211 AVG / .241 OBP / .283 SLG / .524 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Nashville – Renato Nunez (282 PA / 11 HR / .243 AVG / .291 OBP / .440 SLG / .731 OPS)

Midland – Matt Chapman (298 PA / 16 HR / .230 AVG / .322 OBP / .460 SLG / .782 OPS)

Stockton – Jose Brizuela (214 PA / 5 HR / .226 AVG / .308 OBP / .363 SLG / .672 OPS)

Beloit – Edwin Diaz (189 PA / 3 HR / .239 AVG / .328 OBP / .337 SLG / .665 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Nashville – Andrew Lambo (240 PA / 4 HR / .255 AVG / .321 OBP / .384 SLG / .705 OPS)

Midland – J.P. Sportman (238 PA / 2 HR / .261 AVG / .307 OBP / .360 SLG / .667 OPS)

Stockton – B.J. Boyd (226 PA / 1 HR / .315 AVG / .390 OBP / .391 SLG / .781 OPS)

Beloit – Justin Higley (232 PA / 4 HR / .252 AVG / .328 OBP / .393 SLG / .721 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Nashville – Jaycob Brugman (312 PA / 8 HR / .289 AVG / .347 OBP / .484 SLG / .831 OPS) *

Midland – Brett Vertigan (249 PA / 1 HR / .248 AVG / .313 OBP / .320 SLG / .633 OPS)

Stockton – James Harris (324 PA / 2 HR / .302 AVG / .379 OBP / .393 SLG / .772 OPS)

Beloit – Skye Bolt (153 PA / 2 HR / .226 AVG / .314 OBP / .323 SLG / .637 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Nashville – Matt Olson (273 PA / 7 HR / .213 AVG / .327 OBP / .387 SLG / .714 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Marincov (302 PA / 12 HR / .275 AVG / .339 OBP / .473 SLG / .811 OPS) *

Stockton – Seth Brown (274 PA / 3 HR / .238 AVG / .344 OBP / .340 SLG / .685 OPS)

Beloit – Brett Siddall (261 PA / 3 HR / .255 AVG / .337 OBP / .355 SLG / .692 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nashville – Ryon Healy (304 PA / 13 HR / .338 AVG / .395 OBP / .594 SLG / .990 OPS) *

Midland – Danny Oh (197 PA / 0 HR / .254 AVG / .328 OBP / .283 SLG / .611 OPS)

Stockton – Melvin Mercedes (225 PA / 1 HR / .266 AVG / .353 OBP / .328 SLG / .681 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Howell (222 PA / 3 HR / .240 AVG / .374 OBP / .377 SLG / .751 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Nashville – Dillon Overton (83 2/3 IP / 85 H / 28 ER / 22 BB / 72 K / 3.01 ERA / 1.28 WHIP)

Midland – Corey Walter (57 IP / 53 H / 16 ER / 10 BB / 30 K / 2.53 ERA / 1.11 WHIP)

Stockton – Heath Fillmyer (76 2/3 IP / 74 H / 24 ER / 24 BB / 76 K / 2.82 ERA / 1.28 WHIP)

Beloit – Evan Manarino (74 IP / 66 H / 15 ER / 11 BB / 66 K / 1.82 ERA / 1.04 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Nashville – Patrick Schuster (27 2/3 IP / 21 H / 5 ER / 11 BB / 28 K / 1.63 ERA / 1.16 WHIP / 5 SV)

Midland – Jake Sanchez (32 1/3 IP / 32 H / 13 ER / 11 BB / 33 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.33 WHIP / 3 SV)

Stockton – Carlos Navas (32 IP / 26 H / 13 ER / 11 BB / 42 K / 3.66 ERA / 1.16 WHIP / 4 SV)

Beloit – Cody Kurz (24 1/3 IP / 19 H / 12 ER / 20 BB / 23 K / 4.44 ERA / 1.60 WHIP / 6 SV)

 

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Tuesday, June 21st: Altamirano Throws 5 Shutout Frames to Help Vermont Notch 1st Victory while Chapman & Barreto Both Homer in Hounds’ Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Xavier Altamirano (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Xavier Altamirano (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K)

 

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

Connecticut Tigers             1

Vermont Lake Monsters  5

WP – Willman 1-0 / 0.00

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Xavier Altamirano

(5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K)

After starting off the season with four straight losses, Vermont tallied its first victory of the season on Tuesday. 21-year-old RHP Xavier Altamirano, the A’s 27th-round draft pick last year, had his season get off to a rough start when he posted a 4.85 ERA for Beloit before landing on the disabled list for the Snappers. But he was impressive in his debut for the Lake Monsters on Tuesday, allowing just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 6 over 5 shutout innings, and he left the game with a 1-run lead. RHP Jesus Zambrano then gave up 1 run in 2 2/3 innings of relief to tie the game. But RHP Tyler Willman, 2014’s 12th-round pick, pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings to pick up his first professional win after the Lake Monsters came back to plate the winning run in the bottom of the 8th. Left fielder Luis Barrera and right fielder Jhonny Rodriguez each had a pair of hits and drove in a run to help lead Vermont to victory on Tuesday.

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Monday, June 20th: Overton Leads Sounds to Shutout Win and AZL A’s Drop Season Opener as A’s Draft Picks Make Pro Debuts

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (7 1/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (7 1/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express  0

Nashville Sounds      4

WP – Overton 8-4 / 3.01

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dillon Overton

(7 1/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

LHP Dillon Overton delivered another impressive start for the Sounds, striking out 6 over 7 1/3 shutout innings to earn his 8th win on Monday. Overton has now failed to allow a run in his last 25 1/3 innings and has earned the win in each of his last 7 starts for Nashville. RHP Tucker Healy tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to complete the 6-hit shutout and post his 4th save for the Sounds. Center fielder Tyler Ladendorf collected 3 hits, including a double, while catcher Bruce Maxwell double in a pair of runs, and Josh Reddick, serving as the designated hitter and batting second, went 0 for 4 and struck out twice in his first rehab appearance with the Sounds. Meanwhile, the A’s optioned LHP Daniel Coulombe back to Nashville on Monday.

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Sunday, June 19th: Marincov’s Double Helps Hounds Win in a Walk-Off while Sounds Drop Doubleheader and Walsh & Lambo Land on DL

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Tyler Marincov (2 for 6 / Double / GWRBI / Stolen Base)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Tyler Marincov (2 for 6 / Double / GWRBI / Stolen Base)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       4

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Sanchez 3-3 / 3.16

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

(2 for 6 / Double / GWRBI / Stolen Base)

With one out, a man on first and the game tied in the bottom of the 12th inning, right fielder Tyler Marincov doubled to right field to bring home the winning run as the RockHounds won in a walk-off on Sunday. Marincov also singled and stole a base to get into scoring position in the 10th but was left stranded, and he’s now hitting .407 with 10 RBIs over his last 8 games for Midland. Shortstop Wade Kirkland singled, doubled and scored a run, while designated hitter Danny Oh had 2 hits and drove in the tying run in the bottom of the 6th, and catcher Beau Taylor doubled, walked twice and scored a run for the RockHounds. Starter Joel Seddon allowed 4 runs over 7 innings of work and left with the game a 4-4 tie, while RHP Sam Bragg tossed 3 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Jake Sanchez pitched 2 perfect frames in the 11th and 12th to pick up his 3rd win for Midland.

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