A’s 2015 Minor League Staff

 

Nashville Sounds manager Steve Scarsone

Nashville Sounds manager Steve Scarsone

NASHVILLE SOUNDS (Triple-A)

Manager Steve Scarsone

Pitching Coach Don Schulze

Hitting Coach Webster Garrison

Steve Scarsone was named manager of the A’s new Triple-A affiliate at Nashville.  This will be his third consecutive season as manager of the A’s Triple-A club as he guided Sacramento to a 79-65 record in each of the previous two seasons.  Scarsone now has a 568-554 record in eight seasons as a minor league manager, including stints in the A’s system with Midland from 2011-12, Stockton in 2010 and Kane County in 2009.  Don Schulze and Webster Garrison earn their first Triple-A assignments in 2015 as pitching coach and hitting coach, respectively.  This will be Schulze’s 10th year as a pitching coach in the A’s system, including the last four at Double-A Midland, and Garrison’s 15th as a coach or manager.  Brad LaRosa returns as the athletic trainer and Terence Brannic was named strength coach.

 

Midland RockHounds manager Ryan Christenson

Midland RockHounds manager Ryan Christenson

MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS (Double-A)

Manager Ryan Christenson

Pitching Coach John Wasdin

Hitting Coach Eric Martins

Ryan Christenson takes over as manager at Midland after leading Stockton to an 85-55 record and a playoff appearance in 2014.  He made his managerial debut in 2013 at Single-A Beloit after spending six seasons as a player in the Major Leagues, including four with the A’s from 1998-2001.  John Wasdin will be the pitching coach on Christenson’s staff for the third consecutive season and Eric Martins was named hitting coach.  Martins served as a scout for the A’s for the past seven seasons.  Justin Whitehouse returns as the athletic trainer and A.J. Seeliger is the new strength coach.

 

Stockton Ports manager Rick Magnante

Stockton Ports manager Rick Magnante

STOCKTON PORTS (High-A)

Manager Rick Magnante

Pitching Coach Rick Rodriguez

Hitting Coach Brian McArn

Rick Magnante assumes the managerial reins at Stockton, his 13th season as a minor league manager.  He has a 457-497 record in his previous 12 seasons, including 55-84 last season with Beloit.  Rick Rodriguez will be the pitching coach after two seasons in that capacity at Sacramento.  Rodriguez is in his 31st season in the A’s organization, which includes seven seasons as a player and two years as bullpen coach in Oakland (2011-12). Brian McArn returns as hitting coach, his 18th in that role with the A’s and his fourth at Stockton (2011-12, 14).  Travis Tims returns as athletic trainer and Henry Torres takes over as strength coach.

 

Beloit Snappers manager Fran Riordan

Beloit Snappers manager Fran Riordan

BELOIT SNAPPERS (Class-A)

Manager Fran Riordan

Pitching Coach Steve Connelly

Hitting Coach Lloyd Turner

Fran Riordan joins the A’s organization as manager at Beloit after spending 14 years managing in independent leagues.  Riordan spent the last four seasons at the helm of Florence in the Frontier League, guiding the Freedom to a 190-194 record over that stretch.  Steve Connelly, who had his first professional coaching assignment as pitching coach at Vermont last year, takes over those duties at Beloit in 2015.  Lloyd Turner returns for his second consecutive season as hitting coach with the Snappers and Brian Thorson returns as athletic trainer.  JD Howell will serve as strength coach.

 

Vermont Lake Monsters manager Aaron Nieckula

Vermont Lake Monsters manager Aaron Nieckula

VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS (Class-A Short-Season)

Manager Aaron Nieckula

Pitching Coach Carlos Chavez

Hitting Coach Tommy Everidge

In addition to his duties as minor league field coordinator, Aaron Nieckula will manage the A’s short-season club at Vermont, his ninth year as a manager in the A’s farm system.  He has spent the last two seasons at Midland and guided the RockHounds to a 77-63 record and the Texas League Championship in 2014.  Carlos Chavez will be the pitching coach after two seasons with the A’s affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.  Tommy Everidge returns for his second consecutive season as Vermont’s hitting coach and Toshi Nagahara returns as the athletic trainer.

 

Arizona League A's pitching coach Ariel Prieto

Arizona League A’s pitching coach Ariel Prieto

ARIZONA LEAGUE A’S (Rookie Short-Season)

Manager Ruben Escalera

Pitching Coach Ariel Prieto

Hitting Coach Juan Dilone

Ruben Escalera will manage the A’s affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League for the second consecutive season and ninth season overall.  He previously managed from 2002-08 and spent the five years in between in various roles as an instructor in the A’s system.  Ariel Prieto was named pitching coach after serving as a coach on the Major League staff the previous three seasons.  He previously served as pitching coach with the A’s rookie club from 2009-11 and will also serve as a liaison between the A’s Dominican Republic and United States based operations.  Juan Dilone returns for his seventh season as hitting coach and Gabriel Ortiz is in his second season as coach.  Chris Lessner returns as the athletic trainer.

 

Minor league hitting coordinator Greg Sparks

Minor league hitting coordinator Greg Sparks

Minor League Field Coordinator: Aaron Nieckula

Minor League Hitting Coordinator: Greg Sparks

Minor League Pitching Coordinator: Garvin Alston

Minor League Rehab Pitching Coordinator: Craig Lefferts

Minor League Defensive Coordinator: Juan Navarrette

Aaron Nieckula was named minor league field coordinator and will oversee minor league spring training, extended spring training and instructional league.  Greg Sparks will take over as minor league hitting coordinator after spending three seasons as hitting coach at Triple-A Sacramento.  Sparks is in his 18th season in the A’s organization, which includes eight years as minor league roving hitting instructor from 2004-11.  Garvin Alston was named minor league pitching coordinator after spending the previous six seasons as minor league pitching rehab coordinator.  Craig Lefferts, who spent the previous 12 seasons as a pitching coach in the A’s farm system, replaces Alston as minor league rehab pitching coordinator.  Juan Navarrette is in his 21st season with the A’s and will be the minor league defensive, base running and bunting coordinator.  

 

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A’s In The AFL – Nov. 10-13 Final Update

A’s AFL MVP: Outfielder Boog Powell

A’s AFL MVP: Outfielder Boog Powell

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 10 – 13)

Monday, November 10th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 4 and left fielder Boog Powell went 0 for 2 in Mesa’s 5-2 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, November 11th:

No A’s prospects appeared in Mesa’s 5-1 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 12th: 

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 6 and designated hitter Boog Powell went 0 for 4 with a walk, while RHP Ryan Doolittle tossed 1 scoreless inning and RHP Austin House allowed 1 run in 1 inning of relief in Mesa’s 11-inning 6-5 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 13th: 

Center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4, while RHP Drew Granier allowed 1 run in 1 inning, and RHP Tanner Peters tossed 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 11-inning 4-4 tie on Thursday. Thursday’s tie marked Mesa’s final game of the AFL season. The Solar Sox finished the season with a 15-14 record with 2 ties. First baseman Matt Olson sat out the final two weeks of AFL action after sustaining a shoulder injury in a collision at first base.

 

A’s Prospect Final AFL Stats

(October 7 – November 13)

Daniel Robertson (SS)

73 AB / 1 HR / 11 BB / 20 K / .301 AVG / .398 OBP / .356 SLG / .754 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

70 AB / 2 HR / 12 BB / 11 K / .300 AVG / .402 OBP / .429 SLG / .831 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)

35 AB / 4 HR / 10 BB / 9 K / .257 AVG / .435 OBP / .686 SLG / 1.120 OPS

Tanner Peters (RHP)

14 1/3 IP / 15 H / 6 ER / 6 BB / 15 K / 3.77 ERA / 1.47 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

14 1/3 IP / 18 H / 11 ER / 9 BB / 9 K / 6.91 ERA / 1.88 WHIP

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

13 IP / 10 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 11 K / 1.38 ERA / 0.77 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 11 H / 6 ER / 7 BB / 8 K / 4.76 ERA / 1.59 WHIP

 

 

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A’s In The AFL – Nov. 3-8 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: RHP Ryan Doolittle

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: RHP Ryan Doolittle

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 3 – 8)

Monday, November 3rd:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 4, while RHP Ryan Doolittle struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in Mesa’s 1-0 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, November 4th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run, while center fielder Boog Powell went 0 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 3-1 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 5th:

RHP Drew Granier tossed 2 scoreless innings, while RHP Austin House pitched 1 perfect inning of relief in Mesa’s 11-2 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 6th:

Left fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, while shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with an RBI, and RHP Ryan Doolittle allowed 1 run and struck out 2 in 2 innings of relief in Mesa’s 4-2 10-inning win on Thursday.

Friday, November 7th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run, while left fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 5 in Mesa’s 5-2 loss on Friday.

Saturday, November 8th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3, and designated hitter Boog Powell went 0 for 4, while RHP Tanner Peters allowed 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss, RHP Drew Granier gave up 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings, and RHP Austin House also allowed 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 11-4 loss on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – November 8)

Daniel Robertson (SS)

63 AB / 1 HR / 11 BB / 16 K / .333 AVG / .436 OBP / .397 SLG / .833 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

60 AB / 2 HR / 11 BB / 9 K / .333 AVG / .437 OBP / .483 SLG / .920 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)
35 AB / 4 HR / 10 BB / 9 K / .257 AVG / .435 OBP / .686 SLG / 1.120 OPS

Tanner Peters (RHP)

13 1/3 IP / 15 H / 6 ER / 6 BB / 14 K / 4.05 ERA / 1.58 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

13 1/3 IP / 15 H / 10 ER / 9 BB / 9 K / 6.75 ERA / 1.80 WHIP

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

12 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / 1.50 ERA / 0.75 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

10 1/3 IP / 8 H / 5 ER / 6 BB / 5 K / 4.35 ERA / 1.35 WHIP

 

In Other News…

First baseman Matt Olson has not appeared in an AFL contest since exiting a game on October 28 with a shoulder injury after a collision at first base. Over the past month, the A’s have acquired four arms (LHP Brad Mills and RHPs Jorge De Leon, Kevin Whelan and Taylor Thompson) along with one outfielder (Andrew Brown), all of whom are expected to provide depth for the team at Triple-A Nashville next season. Meanwhile, last season’s River Cats saves leader, RHP Jeremy McBryde, signed a major league contract with the Angels after becoming a minor league free agent this week. And A’s assistant general manager Farhan Zaidi was named the Dodgers’ new general manager on Thursday. We spoke often with Farhan about the A’s farm system and wish him well in his new position. You can check out our last interview with him here.

Below you’ll find a list of all the A’s minor league players who declared free agency this week. These players are now free to sign with any organization, or to re-sign with the A’s organization if they choose to.

Catchers: Luke Montz, Luis Martinez

Infielders: Jose Martinez, Dusty Coleman, Jefry Marte, Darwin Perez, Luis Baez

Outfielders: Nick Buss, Jeremy Barfield, Kenny Wilson, D’Arby Myers

Pitchers: Matt Buschmann, Joe Savery, Philip Humber, Jeremy McBryde, Jose Flores, Deryk Hooker, Marcus Walden, Tim Sexton, Shawn Haviland, Frank Gailey, Omar Duran, Tim Alderson, Manny Correa, Fernand Cruzado

 

 

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A’s In The AFL – Oct. 27-Nov. 1 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Pitcher Tanner Peters

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: RHP Tanner Peters

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 27 – November 1)

Monday, October 27th:

Designated hitter Matt Olson went 1 for 5 with a walk, while RHP Drew Granier struck out 3 in 2 shutout innings, and RHP Austin House tossed 2 scoreless innings in Mesa’s 11-inning 3-3 tie on Monday.

Tuesday, October 28th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 4 with a walk, designated hitter Boog Powell went 0 for 3 with a walk, first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 1, while RHP Tanner Peters struck out 3 in 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and RHP Ryan Doolittle allowed 1 run in 2 innings to take the loss in Mesa’s 2-1 defeat on Tuesday. Olson left the game with a sore shoulder after a collision at first base.

Wednesday, October 29th:

Center fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 3 with 2 walks and a run, while shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3 with a run in Mesa’s 7-5 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 30th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with an RBI, while RHP Drew Granier allowed 1 run in 2 1/3 innings, and RHP Austin House tossed 2 scoreless innings in Mesa’s 7-5 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 31st:

Center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4 with a walk, while RHP Tanner Peters tossed 1 perfect inning of relief in Mesa’s 5-2 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 1st:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 2 with a walk and a stolen base as the AFL East won the AFL Fall Stars Game 6-2 on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – November 1)

Daniel Robertson (SS)

46 AB / 1 HR / 10 BB / 7 K / .370 AVG / .483 OBP / .435 SLG / .918 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

45 AB / 2 HR / 9 BB / 7 K / .378 AVG / .481 OBP / .578 SLG / 1.059 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)
35 AB / 4 HR / 10 BB / 9 K / .257 AVG / .435 OBP / .686 SLG / 1.120 OPS

Tanner Peters (RHP)

10 2/3 IP / 11 H / 4 ER / 3 BB / 12 K / 3.38 ERA / 1.31 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

9 2/3 IP / 11 H / 8 ER / 5 BB / 6 K / 7.45 ERA / 1.66 WHIP

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

9 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / 1.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

7 2/3 IP / 7 H / 3 ER / 5 BB / 3 K / 3.52 ERA / 1.57 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 20-25 Update

A's AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Shortstop Daniel Robertson

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Shortstop Daniel Robertson

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 20 – 25)

Monday, October 20th:

Designated hitter Daniel Robertson went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI, center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3, RHP Tanner Peters allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 2 innings, and RHP Ryan Doolittle tossed 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 6-5 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 21st:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 3 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBIs, center fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 3 with a double, a walk and 2 RBIs, and first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 runs, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 2 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBIs in Mesa’s 11-6 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 22nd:

RHP Drew Granier pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings, and RHP Austin House tossed 1 scoreless inning, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 6 with 2 RBIs in Mesa’s 9-3 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 23rd:

First baseman Matt Olson went 1 for 3 with a home run and a walk, and center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4 with an RBI, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer in Mesa’s 7-3 win on Thursday.

Friday, October 24th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, RHP Tanner Peters allowed 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings, and RHP Ryan Doolittle tossed 2 scoreless innings in Mesa’s 9-4 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 25th:

Third baseman Daniel Robertson went 5-6 with 4 RBIs, first baseman Matt Olson went 3 for 5 with a triple, a walk and 3 RBIs, and center fielder Boog Powell went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a walk and a stolen base in Mesa’s 14-0 win on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 25)

Daniel Robertson (SS)

36 AB / 1 HR / 9 BB / 3 K / .444 AVG / .556 OBP / .528 SLG / 1.083 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

35 AB / 2 HR / 5 BB / 7 K / .400 AVG / .475 OBP / .657 SLG / 1.132 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)
29 AB / 4 HR / 9 BB / 6 K / .276 AVG / .462 OBP / .793 SLG / 1.255 OPS

Tanner Peters (RHP)

7 1/3 IP / 10 H / 4 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 4.91 ERA / 1.77 WHIP

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.43 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

5 1/3 IP / 8 H / 7 ER / 3 BB / 1 K / 11.81 ERA / 2.06 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

3 2/3 IP / 4 H / 3 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / 7.36 ERA / 1.91 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 13-18 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Outfielder Boog Powell

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Outfielder Boog Powell

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 13 – 18)

Monday, October 13th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell, playing second base, went 1 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 2-1 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 14th:

Left fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 4 with a 2-run homer and a walk, first baseman Matt Olson went 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer and a walk, and designated hitter Daniel Robertson went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with a walk in Mesa’s 10-7 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 15th:

Center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4 with a 3-run homer and a walk, first baseman Matt Olson went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk, shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run, RHP Tanner Peters allowed 1 run in 2 innings, RHP Ryan Doolittle threw 2 shutout innings, RHP Drew Granier allowed 1 run in 1 inning, and RHP Austin House tossed 1 scoreless inning to earn the save in Mesa’s 5-2 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 16th:

No A’s prospects played in Thursday’s game, but former A’s prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts and 2 runs in Mesa’s 6-2 win on Thursday.

Friday, October 17th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 runs, center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base, and first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 stolen bases in Mesa’s 5-3 win on Friday.

Saturday, October 18th:

RHP Drew Granier allowed 1 run in 1 1/3 innings, and RHP Austin House struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 0 for 4 in Mesa’s 8-4 win on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 18)

Boog Powell (OF)

20 AB / 2 HR / 3 BB / 4 K / .350 AVG / .435 OBP / .650 SLG / 1.085 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)
19 AB / 3 HR / 5 BB / 3 K / .211 AVG / .375 OBP / .737 SLG / 1.112 OPS

Daniel Robertson (SS)

18 AB / 0 HR / 7 BB / 3 K / .333 AVG / .520 OBP / .333 SLG / .853 OPS

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

4 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.50 WHIP

Tanner Peters (RHP)

4 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

4 IP / 8 H / 7 ER / 3 BB / 1 K / 15.75 ERA / 2.75 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

2 2/3 IP / 4 H / 3 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / 10.12 ERA / 2.63 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 7-11 Update

A's AFL Farmhand Of The Week: First Baseman Matt Olson

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: First Baseman Matt Olson

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 7 – 11)

Tuesday, October 7th:

Left fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with a run and a stolen base, first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 3, and shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs in Mesa’s 9-3 loss on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 9th:

RHP Tanner Peters struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings, RHP Ryan Doolittle allowed 1 unearned run in 2 innings, and center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 2 with an RBI, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 0 for 4 with a stolen base in Mesa’s 7-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 10th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run, center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4 with a run, first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 4, and RHP Drew Granier allowed 5 runs in 1 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 14-3 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 11th:

First baseman Matt Olson went 2 for 3 with 2 home runs and a walk, and RHP Austin House allowed 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning in Mesa’s 6-3 win on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 11)

Matt Olson (1B)
10 AB / 2 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .200 AVG / .273 OBP / .800 SLG / 1.073 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

9 AB / 0 HR / 0 BB / 1 K / .333 AVG / .333 OBP / .333 SLG / .667 OPS

Daniel Robertson (SS)

6 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 2 K / .167 AVG / .375 OBP / .167 SLG / .542 OPS

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

2 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.50 WHIP

Tanner Peters (RHP)

2 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

1 2/3 IP / 4 H / 5 ER / 2 BB / 0 K / 27.00 ERA / 3.60 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

2/3 IP / 3 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 0 K / 40.50 ERA / 7.50 WHIP

 

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Preview: Top Prospects Matt Olson & Daniel Robertson Lead A’s Arizona Fall League Squad

afl_rsardpq5_oyouytpm1bWhile most baseball fans are focused on the drama of postseason play in the fall, it’s also an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And starting next week, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

The league has been going strong for the past couple of decades now, and its schedule runs for about 5-6 weeks from early-October through mid-November. There are 6 teams in the AFL, with each team comprised of prospects from 5 different organizations. A’s prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox this year, where they’ll be joined by prospects from the Blue Jays, Angels, Nationals and Cubs, including one particular prospect by the name of Addison Russell.

Attendance at AFL games typically hovers around 200 or so, with the crowds comprised mostly of scouts, agents and various professional baseball personnel. Most organizations use the AFL as an opportunity to get some of their top prospects a little more live game action to hopefully help advance their development.

Some of the A’s top young hitting prospects will be seeing action in Arizona, including first baseman Matt Olson, shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell, while the team’s AFL pitching contingent this year will be comprised of right-handers Drew Granier, Tanner Peters, Ryan Doolittle and Austin House.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2014–

mo621566MATT OLSON

First Baseman

Age: 20

Stockton Ports

37 HR / .262 AVG / .404 OBP / .543 SLG / .947 OPS

Olson had perhaps the best overall season of any A’s prospect this year. The 6’4” slugger led all A’s minor leaguers in home runs, walks, RBIs and total bases while playing for Stockton in the hitter-friendly California League. He’ll have the chance to prove his true power potential next season for Double-A Midland, where the hitting conditions for power-hitting prospects have historically been far more challenging.

 

dr621002DANIEL ROBERTSON

Shortstop

Age: 20

Stockton Ports

15 HR / .310 AVG / .402 OBP / .471 SLG / .873 OPS

With the trade of Addison Russell to the Cubs this summer, Robertson has now taken over as the A’s shortstop of the future. And he certainly earned that billing this year, leading all A’s minor leaguers in hits while putting up a healthy .310/.402/.471 slash line and playing solid in the field for Stockton. Robertson also got in a little postseason time with Double-A Midland, where he should be the team’s starting shortstop next season.

 

hp621471xBOOG POWELL

Outfielder

Age: 21

Beloit Snappers / Stockton Ports

3 HR / .343 AVG / .451 OBP / .435 SLG / .886 OPS

Powell was perhaps the A’s best minor league hitter in the first half while playing for Beloit. About a week and a half after being promoted to Stockton, he was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. But the speedy center fielder still hit well for Stockton before and after his suspension and ended the season with the best batting average and on-base percentage of any player in the A’s system.

 

dg607549xDREW GRANIER

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 25

Midland RockHounds / Sacramento River Cats

130 1/3 IP / 143 H / 71 ER / 76 BB / 94 K / 4.90 ERA / 1.68 WHIP

A 32nd-round draft pick for the A’s in 2011, Granier has earned his way up through the system with solid performances on the mound. The 25-year-old right-hander started and ended the 2014 season with a few rocky outings but was very dependable for Midland for most of the year. He’ll use the extra innings he’ll get in the AFL to try to gain greater command of his secondary pitches, which he’ll need to do if he hopes to climb the next rung on the ladder.

 

tp607312xTANNER PETERS

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 24

Midland RockHounds / AZL A’s

28 IP / 36 H / 17 ER / 8 BB / 17 K / 5.46 ERA / 1.57 WHIP

Peters had a solid season for Stockton in 2013 but was sidelined by shoulder issues after just three starts for Midland last year. The 24-year-old southern California native came back to get in a few outings in the Arizona League in August but can use some extra innings in the AFL as he looks to get himself back on track and ready to compete again in 2015.

 

rd543114RYAN DOOLITTLE

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 26

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

57 1/3 IP / 53 H / 19 ER / 21 BB / 60 K / 2.98 ERA / 1.29 WHIP

After being drafted back in 2008 and missing significant time due to injury, Sean’s little brother will return to the A’s system for one more season. “Little Doo” struck out 60 in 57 1/3 innings for Midland and Stockton last season and could potentially pitch well enough in the AFL to help put himself into a position to be considered for a bullpen spot next to his big brother sometime before the end of next season.

 

ah572934AUSTIN HOUSE

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Sacramento River Cats

61 2/3 IP / 50 H / 21 ER / 23 BB / 82 K / 3.06 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 19 SV

After starting 9 games for Beloit in 2013, House led all A’s minor league relievers with 19 saves while striking out 82 in just 61 2/3 innings last season. The 6’4” right-hander should have the chance to close out a few more games in the AFL as he gets ready to serve as the RockHounds’ closer at Midland next season.

 

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Meet Your 2015 Oakland A’s!

A's GM Billy Beane: Rebuilding or retooling for another run?

A’s GM Billy Beane: Rebuilding or retooling for another run?

 

With the A’s heart-breaking 2014 campaign now over, the A’s faithful are left wondering, “What’s next?” But before we examine the possible answers to that question, let’s first take a look at who’s set to stay and who’s set to go…

 

A’s Eligible Free Agents:

Jon Lester, Jason Hammel, Luke Gregerson, Jed Lowrie, Alberto Callaspo, Geovany Soto, Jonny Gomes, Adam Dunn

 

A’s Arbitration Eligible Players:

Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick, John Jaso, Eric Sogard, Sam Fuld, Craig Gentry, Kyle Blanks, Jeff Samardzija, Jesse Chavez, Ryan Cook, Fernando Abad, Fernando Rodriguez, Jarrod Parker

 

A’s Pitchers under Team Control in 2015:

Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz, Sean Doolittle, Fernando Abad, Eric O’Flaherty, Ryan Cook, Dan Otero, Evan Scribner, Fernando Rodriguez, A.J. Griffin, Jarrod Parker, Josh Lindblom

 

A’s Hitters under Team Control in 2015:

John Jaso, Stephen Vogt, Derek Norris, Eric Sogard, Nick Punto, Andy Parrino, Josh Donaldson, Nate Freiman, Kyle Blanks, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp, Sam Fuld, Craig Gentry

 

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Will Billy be wheelin’ and dealin’ this winter?

Assuming the A’s aren’t likely to re-sign any of the team’s potential free agents, the A’s available roster of players for the 2015 season doesn’t really look all that different from the roster of players the team started 2014 with. But with this season’s disappointment fresh in A’s fans’ hearts and minds, many have been calling for general manager Billy Beane and his staff to dismantle the current roster and begin the rebuild. If recent comments are any indication though, it looks like Beane and company aren’t ready for a rebuild quite yet and would rather retool for at least one more go-‘round with this current crop of A’s players. Beane was quoted in Bay Area media reports this week as saying that the A’s would be looking for a right-handed bat and that the shortstop position was also an area of concern for him. Those don’t exactly sound like the sentiments of a man looking to tear things down but rather of a man looking to build things back up.

When it comes to pitching, the A’s could actually be in a position to start off the 2015 season with a slightly stronger rotation than the team had in place at the start of 2014. Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz are all under team control and all performed well when given a shot in the rotation last year. The team began 2014 with Kazmir, Gray and Chavez in the rotation, along with Dan Straily and Tommy Milone. So Samardzija and Pomeranz would seem to represent something of an upgrade over Straily and Milone. Josh Lindblom should remain available at Triple-A, while A.J. Griffin could be ready to rejoin the rotation at some point during the season as he returns from Tommy John surgery. Jarrod Parker shouldn’t necessarily be counted on to rejoin the rotation though, since this is his second Tommy John surgery – only one player, Chris Capuano, has returned to a starting role after a second Tommy John surgery – but it’s possible that Parker could ultimately end up figuring into the A’s bullpen mix.

What will Doo do in 2015?

What will Doo do in 2015?

Sean Doolittle should return to the closer role, with Ryan Cook, Dan Otero, Fernando Abad and Eric O’Flaherty all coming back in supporting roles. With Luke Gregerson likely to depart via free agency and Jesse Chavez looking to return to the rotation, Evan Scribner and Fernando Rodriguez should have a good shot at stepping into their roles, and it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see the A’s pick up a couple of affordable arms with high upside (a la Fernando Abad) to add to the competition for the final bullpen spots. But other than that, there really isn’t that much work for the A’s front office to have to do on the pitching side of things this offseason.

When it comes to the team’s position players, while many names remain the same, there could be a couple of notable holes to try to fill. Catchers Derek Norris, Stephen Vogt and John Jaso are all under team control. While Vogt should be ready to get back behind the plate again after offseason foot surgery, Jaso’s catching days could be coming to an end and his days as a designated hitter may be about to begin. With Jed Lowrie set to test the free agent waters, the A’s middle infielder corps currently consists of Eric Sogard, Nick Punto and Andy Parrino, which clearly will not suffice. Brandon Moss should return to platoon at first base with Kyle Blanks if he’s healthy, or Nate Freiman if he’s not. And in the outfield, Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp, Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry all remain under the A’s control for 2015.

So if the A’s front office is looking to retool for 2015, Beane’s comments this week about a right-handed bat and a shortstop being among the team’s areas of need make perfect sense. A productive right-handed hitting outfielder who could fill the role of the departed Yoenis Cespedes would be a big step towards getting the A’s offense back on track. Any number of players due to hit the free agent market or available on the trade market could fill that role. Finding a credible shortstop to take Lowrie’s place could be a little more challenging – especially since former shortstop-of-the-future Addison Russell was dealt away to the Cubs and new shortstop-of-the-future Daniel Robertson is just 20 and still likely a couple of years away – but it might not be quite as challenging as some might think.

Would Stew do a deal with the A's?

Would Stew do a deal with the A’s?

Though some of them will surely be beyond the A’s budget, shortstops such as Hanley Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera, J.J. Hardy, Stephen Drew, Clint Barmes, Mike Aviles and Rafael Furcal are all expected to hit the free agent market this offseason. But there could also be some interesting opportunities to be found with one the A’s most frequent trade partners. The Arizona Diamondbacks, now run by former A’s and long-time Beane acquaintances Dave Stewart and Tony LaRussa, currently control four credible shortstops, three of whom – Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius and, yes, Cliff Pennington – all had better WARs this season than Jed Lowrie according to Baseball-Reference, while the fourth, Nick Ahmed, is a former 2nd-round draft pick who turned in a solid .312/.373/.425 slash line at Triple-A in 2014.

So while many disappointed A’s fans might be calling for a rebuild, the A’s front office looks like it may be planning on retooling for another run in 2015. With staff ace Jeff Samardzija now firmly atop the A’s starting rotation – and last year’s goat Jim Johnson nowhere to be found around the bullpen – if Beane and company can manage to come up with a credible shortstop to replace Lowrie and a solid right-handed bat to fill Cespedes’ role in the lineup, then the A’s could very well end up heading into the 2015 season with a slightly stronger roster than they had when they kicked off the 2014 campaign. The ball is now in Billy’s court – let the offseason wheeling and dealing begin!

 

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A’s Farm’s 2014 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

First baseman Matt Olson led all A's minor leaguers with 37 home runs for Stockton

First baseman Matt Olson led all A’s minor leaguers with 37 home runs for Stockton.

With the 2014 minor league season now complete, it’s time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2014. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2014 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Beloit, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season Arizona League A’s in 2014. Offensive starters were selected from the players who 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 10 starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader.

Players who left the A’s system during the season – Michael Taylor, Dusty Robinson, Billy McKinney, B.A. Vollmuth, etc. – have not been included. And the asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, but players’ major league statistics and statistics acquired while with other organizations have not been included.

Check out our list of All-Star contenders at each position below. Then just click on the link below our 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 this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Ryan Ortiz (2 HR / .215 AVG / .291 OBP / .362 SLG / .653 OPS)

Midland – Blake Forsythe (5 HR / .224 AVG / .307 OBP / .349 SLG / .656 OPS)

Stockton – Bruce Maxwell (6 HR / .243 AVG / .334 OBP / .334 SLG / .668 OPS) *

Beloit – Philip Pohl (6 HR / .242 AVG / .313 OBP / .374 SLG / .687 OPS) *

Vermont – Kyle Wheeler (0 HR / .181 AVG / .227 OBP / .205 SLG / .432 OPS)

AZL A’s – Argenis Raga (0 HR / .338 AVG / .400 OBP / .479 SLG / .879 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Anthony Aliotti (9 HR / .267 AVG / .365 OBP / .406 SLG / .771 OPS) *

Midland – Max Muncy (7 HR / .264 AVG / .385 OBP / .379 SLG / .764 OPS)

Stockton – Matt Olson (37 HR / .262 AVG / .404 OBP / .543 SLG / .947 OPS)

Beloit – Michael Soto (9 HR / .290 AVG / .353 OBP / .492 SLG / .845 OPS) *

Vermont – John Nogowski (1 HR / .264 AVG / .351 OBP / .347 SLG / .699 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Shawn Duinkerk (0 HR / .167 AVG / .222 OBP / .254 SLG / .476 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Jose Martinez (8 HR / .276 AVG / .345 OBP / .372 SLG / .717 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (10 HR / .251 AVG / .358 OBP / .394 SLG / .752 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Pinder (13 HR / .288 AVG / .336 OBP / .489 SLG / .824 OPS)

Beloit – Chih Fang Pan (1 HR / .254 AVG / .311 OBP / .331 SLG / .642 OPS)

Vermont – Trent Gilbert (0 HR / .242 AVG / .300 OBP / .317 SLG / .618 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Jesus Lopez (0 HR / .221 AVG / .316 OBP / .272 SLG / .588 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Andy Parrino (7 HR / .286 AVG / .363 OBP / .404 SLG / .767 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (18 HR / .223 AVG / .300 OBP / .397 SLG / .697 OPS)

Stockton – Daniel Robertson (15 HR / .310 AVG / .402 OBP / .471 SLG / .873 OPS)

Beloit – Melvin Mercedes (2 HR / .222 AVG / .303 OBP / .316 SLG / .618 OPS)

Vermont – Yairo Munoz (5 HR / .298 AVG / .319 OBP / .448 SLG / .768 OPS)

AZL A’s – Trace Loehr (0 HR / .244 AVG / .313 OBP / .288 SLG / .600 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Alden Carrithers (2 HR / .284 AVG / .381 OBP / .349 SLG / .729 OPS)

Midland – Jefry Marte (10 HR / .259 AVG / .333 OBP / .375 SLG / .709 OPS)

Stockton – Renato Nunez (29 HR / .279 AVG / .336 OBP / .517 SLG / .853 OPS)

Beloit – Luis Baez (7 HR / .237 AVG / .260 OBP / .344 SLG / .603 OPS)

Vermont – Jose Brizuela (6 HR / .254 AVG / .320 OBP / .413 SLG / .733 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Jean Carlo Rodriguez (0 HR / .184 AVG / .296 OBP / .224 SLG / .520 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Nick Buss (4 HR / .307 AVG / .371 OBP / .380 SLG / .751 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (2 HR / .221 AVG / .280 OBP / .315 SLG / .595 OPS) *

Stockton – Aaron Shipman (1 HR / .292 AVG / .414 OBP / .410 SLG / .824 OPS)

Beloit – B.J. Boyd (6 HR / .226 AVG / .300 OBP / .319 SLG / .619 OPS)

Vermont – Ben McQuown (2 HR / .239 AVG / .313 OBP / .319 SLG / .632 OPS)

AZL A’s – Robert Martinez (5 HR / .219 AVG / .339 OBP / .411 SLG / .749 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Shane Peterson (11 HR / .308 AVG / .381 OBP / .460 SLG / .841 OPS)

Midland – Billy Burns (1 HR / .237 AVG / .315 OBP / .302 SLG / .618 OPS) *

Stockton – Bobby Crocker (11 HR / .271 AVG / .336 OBP / .421 SLG / .757 OPS)

Beloit – Boog Powell (3 HR / .343 AVG / .451 OBP / .435 SLG / .886 OPS) *

Vermont – Brett Vertigan (1 HR / .265 AVG / .309 OBP / .364 SLG / .673 OPS)

AZL A’s – Jonesy Zarraga (0 HR / .228 AVG / .283 OBP / .307 SLG / .590 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Josh Whitaker (12 HR / .295 AVG / .342 OBP / .488 SLG / .830 OPS) *

Midland – Kent Matthes (16 HR / .232 AVG / .291 OBP / .424 SLG / .715 OPS) *

Stockton – Jaycob Brugman (21 HR / .280 AVG / .354 OBP / .506 SLG / .860 OPS) *

Beloit – Tyler Marincov (18 HR / .268 AVG / .347 OBP / .486 SLG / .833 OPS) *

Vermont – Scott Masik (1 HR / .218 AVG / .321 OBP / .276 SLG / .598 OPS)

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (0 HR / .210 AVG / .306 OBP / .299 SLG / .605 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Daric Barton (9 HR / .261 AVG / .371 OBP / .411 SLG / .781 OPS)

Midland – Hiroyuki Nakajima (6 HR / .247 AVG / .321 OBP / .342 SLG / .664 OPS) *

Stockton – Ryon Healy (16 HR / .285 AVG / .318 OBP / .428 SLG / .746 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Mathews (12 HR / .269 AVG / .317 OBP / .454 SLG / .771 OPS)

Vermont – Max Kuhn (5 HR / .275 AVG / .345 OBP / .426 SLG / .772 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Edwin Diaz (1 HR / .241 AVG / .343 OBP / .359 SLG / .702 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Zach Neal (166 IP / 170 H / 57 ER / 20 BB / 124 K / 3.09 ERA / 1.14 WHIP) *

Midland – Chris Jensen (160 1/3 IP / 147 H / 56 ER / 62 BB / 94 K / 3.14 ERA / 1.30 WHIP)

Stockton – Seth Streich (114 IP / 110 H / 40 ER / 22 BB / 116 K / 3.16 ERA / 1.16 WHIP)

Beloit – Kyle Finnegan (125 IP / 109 H / 56 ER / 53 BB / 61 K / 4.03 ERA / 1.30 WHIP) *

Vermont – A.J. Burke (71 2/3 IP / 76 H / 31 ER / 13 BB / 57 K / 3.89 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

AZL A’s – Carlos Navas (71 IP / 75 H / 26 ER / 20 BB / 61 K / 3.30 ERA / 1.34 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Jeremy McBryde (65 IP / 40 H / 16 ER / 26 BB / 66 K / 2.22 ERA / 1.02 WHIP / 17 SV)

Midland – Seth Frankoff (64 1/3 IP / 59 H / 24 ER / 21 BB / 69 K / 3.36 ERA / 1.24 WHIP / 16 SV) *

Stockton – Austin House (61 2/3 IP / 50 H / 21 ER / 23 BB / 82 K / 3.06 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 19 SV) *

Beloit – Andres Avila (69 2/3 IP / 66 H / 22 ER / 17 BB / 64 K / 2.84 ERA / 1.19 WHIP / 8 SV) *

Vermont – Koby Gauna (24 2/3 IP / 19 H / 9 ER / 4 BB / 19 K / 3.28 ERA / 0.93 WHIP / 12 SV) *

AZL A’s – Jesus Rivas (21 IP / 28 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 10 K / 2.14 ERA / 1.52 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

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