A’s 2017 Non-Roster Invitees

The A’s announced their list of 26 non-roster invitees to major league spring training camp on Thursday. A number of them are recently-signed minor league free agents, but many spent last season with the organization as well.

NON-ROSTER INVITEES

–New Position Players–

rl543432C Ryan Lavarnway

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 21 after playing in the Atlanta and Toronto farm systems in 2016. He combined to hit .266 with six home runs and 48 RBI in 91 games with Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A New Hampshire.

3B-2B Jermaine Curtis

Signed as a minor league free agent after hitting .291 with nine home runs and 50 RBI in 89 games with Triple-A Louisville in the Reds organization. He added 42 walks for a .404 on-base percentage.

OF-1B Chris Parmelee

Went 4-for-8 with two home runs and four RBI in six games with New York (AL) last year and is a .248 career hitter with 30 home runs and 98 RBI in 311 games over six seasons in the majors. He spent most of 2016 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he hit .248 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 64 games. He signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 19.

OF Jaff Decker

Hit .154 in 19 games with Tampa Bay last year and is a .162 career hitter in 60 games over four seasons in the majors. He also batted .255 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 99 games with Triple-A Durham. He signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 22.

OF Kenny Wilson

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 15. He combined to hit .255 with three home runs, 32 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 125 games with Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans in the Miami organization.

 

–Returning Position Players–

mm473724bC-OF Matt McBride

Hit .209 with two RBI in 20 games with Oakland last year. He also batted .267 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 70 games with Nashville.

C Sean Murphy

Was the A’s third round selection in the 2016 draft and batted .228 with two home runs and seven RBI in 23 games in his professional debut with short-season Vermont and the A’s affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

2B-SS Josh Rodriguez

Returns for his second straight camp with the A’s as a non-roster invitee. He played for Midland and Nashville in 2016 and hit .263 with nine home runs and 53 RBI in 88 games.

3B Matt Chapman

The A’s first round pick in the 2014 draft returns for his second straight big league camp. He combined to hit .237 with 36 home runs and 96 RBI in 135 games with Double-A Midland and Nashville. He ranked third in all of minor league baseball in home runs and tied for 10th in RBI.

SS Richie Martin

The A’s first round pick in the 2015 draft returns for his second consecutive big league camp. He combined for a .235 average, three home runs, 38 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 91 games with Stockton and Midland.

2B Max Schrock

Was acquired from Washington for Marc Rzepczynski Aug. 25. He led all of minor league baseball with 177 hits after batting .331 with 32 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 71 RBI in 129 games with Stockton, Midland, Single-A Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown.

OF Andrew Lambo

Appeared in one game with Oakland and also hit .255 with four home runs and 30 RBI in 56 games with Nashville before missing the last half of the season following a diagnosis of testicular cancer.

 

–New Pitchers–

mb572728RHP Michael Brady

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 15. He combined for a 3-6 record and a 2.89 ERA in 18 games (12 starts) with Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in the Washington organization in 2016.

RHP Cesar Valdez

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 17 after going 12-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 30 games (18 starts) with Triple-A Fresno in the Houston organization. He ranked third in the Pacific Coast League in ERA and tied for fourth in wins. He walked 13 and struck out 114 in 138 1/3 innings.

RHP Josh Smith

Was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati Nov. 4 and outrighted to Nashville Nov. 18. He went 3-3 with a 4.68 ERA in 32 games (two starts) with the Reds. He was also 4-4 with a 3.80 ERA in nine games (eight starts) with Triple-A Louisville.

RHP Tyler Sturdevant

Signed as a minor league free agent Nov. 11. He went 0-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 16 relief appearances in his major league debut with Tampa Bay last year. He was also 3-2 with four saves and a 3.66 ERA in 34 games with Durham.

RHP Simon Castro

Signed as a minor league free agent after going 0-5 with 10 saves and a 3.38 ERA in 50 relief appearances with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Colorado farm system.

 

–Returning Pitchers–

fd467094LHP Felix Doubront

Missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing UCL reconstruction surgery April 12.

RHP Chris Smith

Was a non-roster invitee with the A’s last year. He went 6-8 with a 3.93 ERA in 22 starts at Nashville before joining Oakland Aug. 7. He had no decisions, a 2.92 ERA and .165 opponents batting average in 13 relief appearances with the A’s.

RHP Daniel Gossett

The A’s second round pick in the 2014 draft pitched for Stockton, Midland and Nashville in 2016 and combined for a 10-6 record and a 2.69 ERA in 27 appearances, all starts. He led the A’s farm system with 151 strikeouts.

RHP Heath Fillmyer

Oakland’s fifth round pick in the 2014 draft combined for a 7-6 record and a 3.29 ERA in 26 games, including 24 starts, with Single-A Stockton and Midland.

RHP Tucker Healy

A 23rd round selection in the 2012 draft, he spent the entire 2016 season at Nashville where he went 4-3 with eight saves, a 3.61 ERA and .202 opponents batting average in 44 relief appearances. He struck out 76 in 52 1/3 innings.

RHP Ryan Brasier

Second straight season as a non-roster invitee with the A’s. He was 5-3 with a save, a 3.56 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings over 46 relief appearances with Triple-A Nashville.

RHP Aaron Kurcz

Combined for a 9-1 record, five saves, a 3.03 ERA and .211 opponents batting average in 46 appearances with Midland and Nashville. He was acquired by the A’s from Atlanta for international bonus slot 4 on July 6, 2015.

RHP Trey Cochran-Gill

Was acquired from Seattle for Evan Scribner following the 2015 season and went 4-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 42 relief appearances with Midland in 2016. He added a 1.84 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.

LHP A.J. Puk

Was the A’s first round choice in the 2016 draft and went 0-4 with a 3.03 ERA and .185 opponents batting average in 10 starts with Vermont in his professional debut. He struck out 40 in 32 2/3 innings.

(Information provided by A’s Media Relations)

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A’s In The AFL – November 14-19 Final Update

A's AFL MVP: Pitcher Frankie Montas (17 IP/1 ER)

A’s AFL MVP: Pitcher Frankie Montas (17 IP/1 ER)

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 14 – November 19)

Monday, November 14th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 4 with a walk and drove in 2 runs. Starter Dylan Covey gave up 3 runs over 4 innings but still earned the win, while RHP Frankie Montas allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 2 2/3 innings, and RHP Sam Bragg tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief as Mesa won 13-5 on Monday.

Tuesday, November 15th:

No A’s prospects participated in Mesa’s 6-5 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 16th:

Second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4 with a  double in Mesa’s 10-0 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 17th:

Second baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with a triple, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 1 unearned run in 2 innings of relief in Mesa’s 6-6 tie as the team clinched the AFL East Division title on Thursday.

Friday, November 18th:

No games scheduled.

Saturday, November 19th:

Starter Dylan Covey allowed 1 hit and 1 run over 5 innings to earn the win, while RHP Frankie Montas struck out 5 in 3 scoreless innings of relief, and second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 3 as Mesa won the AFL Championship Game 6-1 on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect Final AFL Stats

(October 11 – November 18) [Championship Game Not Included]

Franklin Barreto (SS-2B)

88 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 21 K / .261 AVG / .290 OBP / .330 SLG / .620 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)

74 AB / 0 HR / 5 BB / 17 K / .270 AVG / .313 OBP / .365 SLG / .677 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

54 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .278 AVG / .304 OBP / .407 SLG / .711 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

24 2/3 IP / 28 H / 13 ER / 8 BB / 17 K / 4.74 ERA / 1.46 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

17 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 8 BB / 9 K / 0.53 ERA / 0.88 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

14 2/3 IP / 14 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 14 K / 1.84 ERA / 1.09 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

13 2/3 IP / 11 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 12 K / 1.98 ERA / 0.88 WHIP

 

 

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A’s 2017 Minor League Staff

 

Nashville Sounds manager Ryan Christenson

Nashville Sounds manager Ryan Christenson

NASHVILLE SOUNDS (Triple-A)

Manager: Ryan Christenson

Pitching Coach: Rick Rodriguez

Hitting Coach: Eric Martins

Ryan Christenson was named manager at Triple-A Nashville after guiding Double-A Midland to back-to-back Texas League Championships in 2015-16.  He began his managerial career in the A’s farm system in 2013 and has a 323-236 (.578) record while leading his clubs to postseason appearances in all four of his seasons.  Christenson is currently managing the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.  Rick Rodriguez (pitching coach), Eric Martins (hitting coach) and Brad LaRosa (athletic trainer) return to the Nashville staff while Henry Torres joins the club as strength and conditioning coach.

 

 

Midland RockHounds manager Fran Riordan

Midland RockHounds manager Fran Riordan

MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS (Double-A)

Manager: Fran Riordan

Pitching Coach: John Wasdin

Hitting Coach: Brian McArn

Fran Riordan replaces Christensen at the helm of Midland after managing at Single-A Beloit the previous two seasons.  Prior to that, he managed for 14 season in independent leagues.  John Wasdin (pitching coach), Brian McArn (hitting coach) and Justin Whitehouse (athletic trainer) return to Midland and Matt Rutledge joins the staff as strength and conditioning coach.

 

 

Stockton Ports manager Rick Magnante

Stockton Ports manager Rick Magnante

STOCKTON PORTS (High-A)

Manager: Rick Magnante

Pitching Coach: Steve Connelly

Hitting Coach: Tommy Everidge

Rick Magnante returns as manager at Single-A Stockton for the third consecutive season and is in his 21st season in the A’s organization.  Steve Connelly (pitching coach), Tommy Everidge (hitting coach) and Sean Doran (strength and conditioning coach) also return to Stockton.  An athletic trainer to replace Travis Tims will be determined at a later date.

 

 

Beloit Snappers pitching coach Don Schulze

Beloit Snappers pitching coach Don Schulze

BELOIT SNAPPERS (Class-A)

Manager: Scott Steinmann

Pitching Coach: Don Schulze

Hitting Coach: Juan Dilone

Scott Steinmann joins the Oakland organization as manager of the Beloit Snappers in the Midwest League.  Steinmann had spent his entire professional baseball career, which began in 1996 as a player, in the Seattle organization.  His first coaching assignment came in 1999 at Everett of the Northwest League and he spent 17 seasons on various coaching staffs in the Mariners farm system, including nine seasons as a manager.  His most recent assignment was in 2015 at the helm of Single-A Clinton.  Don Schulze (pitching coach), Juan Dilone (hitting coach) and Brian Thorson (athletic trainer) return to Beloit and Omar Aguilar takes over as strength and conditioning 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: Lloyd Turner

The coaching staff at Short Season Single-A Vermont remains the same with Aaron Nieckula as manager, Carlos Chavez as pitching coach and Lloyd Turner as hitting coach.  Toshi Nagahara returns as athletic trainer and J.D. Howell will be the new strength and conditioning coach.

 

 

Arizona League A's manager Webster Garrison

Arizona League A’s manager Webster Garrison

ARIZONA LEAGUE A’S (Rookie Short-Season)

Manager: Webster Garrison

Pitching Coach: Gabriel Ozuna

Hitting Coach: Ruben Escalera

The A’s affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League will also have the same staff, including manager Webster Garrison, pitching coach Gabriel Ozuna, hitting coach Ruben Escalera, coach Gabe Ortiz, athletic trainer Chris Lessner and strength and conditioning coach Terence Brannic.

 

 

Traveling instructor Steve Scarsone

Traveling instructor Steve Scarsone

Minor League Instruction Coordinator: Ed Sprague

Minor League Traveling Instructor: Steve Scarsone

Minor League Hitting Coordinator: Jim Eppard

Minor League Pitching Coordinator: Gil Patterson

Minor League Pitching Rehab Coordinator: Craig Lefferts

Minor League Defensive Coordinator: Juan Navarrette

Minor League Field Coordinator: Aaron Nieckula

Ed Sprague was named coordinator of instruction after serving as a consultant for the A’s player development department in 2016.  He hit .247 with 152 home runs and 558 RBI in 1203 games over 11 seasons in the majors, including part of one season with Oakland in 1998.  Following his playing career, the Stockton native was the head coach at the University of the Pacific for 12 seasons from 2004-15.  Steve Scarsone, who has spent the last eight seasons managing in the A’s farm system, was named traveling instructor.  Gil Patterson, Jim Eppard, Juan Navarrette and Craig Lefferts return in their roles as pitching coordinator, hitting coordinator, defensive coordinator and pitching rehab coordinator, respectively. Nate Brooks was named medical coordinator after 12 seasons with the A’s as a minor league athletic trainer and rehab coordinator.  Travis Tims, who begins his 10th season in the Oakland organization, replaces Brooks as rehab coordinator.  A.J. Selliger will take over as strength and conditioning coordinator in his fourth season in A’s system.  Brooks and Selliger replace Jeff Collins and Josh Cuffe, who have joined the Major League staff in Oakland.

(Information provided by A’s Media Relations)

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A’s In The AFL – November 7-12 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Pitcher Frankie Montas

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Pitcher Frankie Montas

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 7 – November 12)

Monday, November 7th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 4 with a double, while designated hitter Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 in Mesa’s 4-3 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, November 8th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in 4 runs, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4 with a double and a walk and drove in a run, and third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 4, stole a base and made 3 errors. Starter Dylan Covey gave up 5 runs in 3 2/3 innings but still earned the win, while RHP Frankie Montas threw 3 scoreless frames, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 1 unearned run in 1 inning of relief as Mesa won 10-7 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 9th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and drove in a run, while second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4, stole a base and drove in a run, and RHP Sam Bragg allowed 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief to take the loss as Mesa lost 5-4 on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 10th:

Designated hitter Max Schrock went 1 for 4 with a double to help Mesa win 6-5 on Thursday.

Friday, November 11th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 5-3 loss on Friday.

Saturday, November 12th:

RHP Trey Cochran-Gill pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief as Mesa lost 4-2 on Saturday.

Sunday, November 13th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – November 12)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

74 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 18 K / .243 AVG / .269 OBP / .311 SLG / .580 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)

66 AB / 0 HR / 4 BB / 16 K / .258 AVG / .296 OBP / .333 SLG / .629 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

54 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .278 AVG / .304 OBP / .407 SLG / .711 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

20 2/3 IP / 21 H / 10 ER / 7 BB / 14 K / 4.35 ERA / 1.35 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

14 1/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 9 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.63 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

12 2/3 IP / 10 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 12 K / 2.13 ERA / 0.87 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

12 2/3 IP / 12 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 13 K / 2.13 ERA / 1.11 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 31-November 5 Update

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Pitcher Dylan Covey

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Pitcher Dylan Covey

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 31 – November 5)

Monday, October 31st:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 3 with a double, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 1 run in 1 1/3 innings of relief as Mesa lost 17-2 on Monday.

Tuesday, November 1st:

Starter Dylan Covey tossed 5 hitless frames, while RHP Frankie Montas threw 3 hitless innings to earn the win, and Marlins prospect Drew Steckenrider pitched a perfect 9th inning to pick up the save and complete the no-hitter as Mesa beat Surprise 1-0 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 2nd:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 5 with a double and drove in a run, while second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4, and third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 4. RHP Sam Bragg struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa lost 7-4 on Wednesday.

Thursday,  November 3rd:

No A’s prospects appeared in Mesa’s 3-1 win over Surprise on Thursday.

Friday, November 4th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with a triple, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 3, and second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4. RHP Trey Cochran-Gill struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief as Mesa lost 8-3 on Friday.

Saturday, November 5th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 2 with a throwing error, while RHP Sam Bragg allowed 2 runs in 1 inning of relief as the AFL East Fall Stars lost 12-4 in the AFL Fall Stars Game on Saturday.

Sunday, November 6th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – November 5)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

57 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 13 K / .211 AVG / .233 OBP / .263 SLG / .496 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
52 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 12 K / .250 AVG / .286 OBP / .308 SLG / .593 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

46 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .261 AVG / .292 OBP / .370 SLG / .661 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

17 IP / 13 H / 5 ER / 5 BB / 11 K / 2.65 ERA / 1.06 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.62 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 11 K / 0.79 ERA / 0.71 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

10 1/3 IP / 11 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 11 K / 2.61 ERA / 1.26 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 24-29 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Infielder Yairo Munoz

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Infielder Yairo Munoz

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 24 – 29)

Monday, October 24th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 4, while RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 scoreless innings, and RHP Sam Bragg threw 1 scoreless frame in Mesa’s 7-2 win on Monday.

Tuesday, October 25th:

Designated hitter Max Schrock went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs, while second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 5 in Mesa’s 7-6 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 26th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 3 and drove in 2 runs, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5. RHP Dylan Covey allowed 1 run in 4 2/3 innings to earn the win, and RHP Frankie Montas tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief as Mesa won 12-5 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 27th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base, while second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 6, drove in a run and stole a base, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief as Mesa won 10-7 on Thursday.

Friday, October 28th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4, drove in 2 runs and stole a base, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4 with a double and drove in a run, and RHP Sam Bragg tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win in relief as Mesa won 7-3 on Friday.

Saturday, October 29th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 5 in Mesa’s 4-3 win on Saturday.

Sunday, October 30th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 29)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

45 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 12 K / .244 AVG / .255 OBP / .289 SLG / .544 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
41 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 10 K / .244 AVG / .289 OBP / .244 SLG / .533 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

38 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .289 AVG / .325 OBP / .421 SLG / .746 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

12 IP / 13 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 10 K / 3.75 ERA / 1.42 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

9 1/3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / 0.96 ERA / 0.64 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

8 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.60 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

8 IP / 8 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 17-22 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Shortstop Franklin Barreto

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Shortstop Franklin Barreto

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 17 – 22)

Monday, October 17th:

RHP Sam Bragg struck out 2 in 2 perfect innings of relief as Mesa won 12-2 on Monday.

Tuesday, October 18th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 4 for 4 with a double and a walk, stole 2 bases, drove in 2 runs and scored twice, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 4, and second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4 in Mesa’s 6-3 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 19th:

Designated hitter Yairo Munoz went 1 for 3, while second baseman Franklin Barreto went 0 for 1, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa lost 2-1 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 20th:

Starter Dylan Covey allowed 2 runs over 3 1/3 innings, and RHP Frankie Montas struck out 5 in 3 scoreless frames while topping 100 mph. Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3, and shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts in Mesa’s 3-2 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 21st:

Designated hitter Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4, while RHP Sam Bragg tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa won 4-3 on Friday.

Saturday, October 22nd:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4, and third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts in Mesa’s 7-2 loss on Saturday.

Sunday, October 23rd:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 22)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

31 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 11 K / .226 AVG / .250 OBP / .258 SLG / .508 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
26 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 8 K / .154 AVG / .214 OBP / .154 SLG / .368 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

23 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 1 K / .261 AVG / .320 OBP / .391 SLG / .711 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

7 1/3 IP / 8 H / 4 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / 4.91 ERA / 1.36 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / 1.50 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

3 2/3 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / 4.91 ERA / 1.91 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 11-15 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: RHP Frankie Montas

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: RHP Frankie Montas

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 11 – 15)

Tuesday, October 11th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4 and drove in a run, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief as Mesa lost its inaugural game of the season by a score of 11-2 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 12th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and made a throwing error, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 4, and RHP Sam Bragg allowed 1 run and struck out 5 in 2 innings of relief in Mesa’s 7-1 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 13th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4 and made a throwing error as Mesa notched its first win of the season by a score of 7-5 on Thursday.

Friday, October 14th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, drove in 2 runs, scored twice and made a fielding error, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with a walk. Starting pitcher Dylan Covey allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 4 innings to earn the win, RHP Frankie Montas threw 3 scoreless innings while hitting over 100 mph with his fastball, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 2 runs in 1 inning as Mesa won 10-4 on Friday.

Saturday, October 15th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 3 with a walk and drove in a run, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 3 with a walk, and shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts in Mesa’s 12-2 loss on Saturday.

Sunday, October 16th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 15)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

14 AB / 0 HR / 0 BB / 7 K / .143 AVG / .143 OBP / .143 SLG / .286 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
13 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 3 K / .154 AVG / .267 OBP / .154 SLG / .421 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

11 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 1 K / .273 AVG / .385 OBP / .273 SLG / .657 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

4 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.25 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

2 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

1 2/3 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 10.80 ERA / 2.40 WHIP

 

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Preview: Top Prospect Barreto Headlines A’s AFL Squad

AFL 25 Years Logo_FNLWhile 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 on Tuesday, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

2016 marks the 25th season of the Arizona Fall League. Each year, the league 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 players from the Indians, Marlins, Cubs and Blue Jays, and the team will be managed by former A’s outfielder and current Midland manager Ryan Christenson.

Attendance at AFL games typically hovers in the 200s, with the crowds comprised largely 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 young infield prospects will be seeing action in Arizona, including shortstop Franklin Barreto, second baseman Max Schrock and versatile infielder Yairo Munoz, while the A’s AFL pitching contingent this year will be comprised of promising right-handers Frankie Montas, Dylan Covey, Sam Bragg and Trey Cochran-Gill. 2014’s top draft pick for the A’s, third baseman Matt Chapman, was originally scheduled to participate, but the decision was made to give the slugger a bit of a breather and his spot on the squad was taken by Schrock.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2016–

 

fb620439Franklin Barreto

Shortstop

Age: 20

Midland RockHounds / Nashville Sounds

11 HR / 36 BB / 94 K / .284 AVG / .342 OBP / .422 SLG / .763 OPS

Barreto has been viewed as the A’s top young hitting prospect ever since his arrival from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson trade. And since joining the A’s system, he’s followed a pattern of starting out slowly each season and then catching on fire in the second half, and this year was no exception. Barreto boasted a .337/.387/.486 slash line over the last 90 days of the regular season, and his hot finish earned him a promotion from Midland to Nashville on the last day of August. In addition to hitting 11 home runs, the infielder led all A’s minor leaguers in stolen bases with 30 this past season. Barreto is still just 20, but he finished the year just one step away from the majors, and a strong AFL campaign could help expedite his estimated time of arrival.

 

ym622168Yairo Munoz

Shortstop / Second Baseman / Third Baseman

Age: 21

Midland RockHounds

9 HR / 23 BB / 76 K / .240 AVG / .286 OBP / .367 SLG / .653 OPS

Munoz entered the season as a consensus top ten prospect for the A’s, but he reported to spring training a bit out of shape and ended up being sidelined till the end of April after dealing with a string of nagging injuries. He then got off to a bit of a slow start over his first couple months of action at Midland. At the relatively young age of 21, Munoz didn’t have a particularly impressive season at the plate in his Double-A debut, but he did have the opportunity to expand his versatility in the field by getting into at least 25 games each at shortstop, second base and third base over the course of the season. He’s likely to continue to see time around the infield while also making up for lost at-bats from the spring during his stint in the AFL.

 

ms621011Max Schrock

Second Baseman

Age: 21

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports / Hagerstown Suns / Potomac Nationals

9 HR / 31 BB / 42 K / .331 AVG / .373 OBP / .449 SLG / .823 OPS

Schrock was acquired by the A’s from Washington at the end of August in return for reliever Marc Rzepczynski. The 21-year-old has done nothing but hit since the Nationals drafted him in the 13th round last year. He kept it up after joining the A’s system late in the season, and he sports an impressive .326/.369/.449 slash line over 175 games in his minor league career. After appearing in just 8 regular season and 8 postseason games in the A’s system, the team will have the opportunity to get a much better look at what they’ve got in the sweet-swinging infielder when he begins his stint in the AFL next week.

 

fm593423bFrankie Montas

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Oklahoma City Dodgers / Tulsa Drillers

16 IP / 14 H / 4 ER / 3 BB / 22 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.06 WHIP

Montas was acquired this summer by the A’s from the Dodgers in the Josh Reddick/Rich Hill trade, and he actually comes with a bit of major league experience on his resume. He made 7 appearances with the White Sox in 2015 before being dealt to the Dodgers prior to the 2016 season. Surgery last offseason followed by a broken rib sidelined Montas for all but 7 games this year. The Dominican righty boasts a 100+ mph fastball and has struck out an average of 9.3 batters per 9 innings over his minor league career. Montas has mainly appeared as a starter in the minors. And if he looks strong in his return to action, it’s possible that he could compete for a rotation spot next spring, or the A’s could always choose to put his power arm in the bullpen and see how it plays out there. But the front office will first have to see how the big righty looks when he’s fully healthy and back on the mound in the AFL.

 

dc592229Dylan Covey

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 25

Midland RockHounds

29 1/3 IP / 21 H / 6 ER / 17 BB / 26 K / 1.84 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

A former 1st-round pick of the Brewers out of high school, Covey ended up heading to the University of San Diego after being diagnosed with diabetes during his post-draft physical. The A’s scooped him up with their 4th-round pick in 2013 and, after turning in a solid 2015 season at Stockton, the groundball pitcher got off to a decent start at Double-A in 2016 before an oblique injury caused him to miss four months of the season. And after making just 6 starts this year, the 25-year-old will be looking to make up for lost time in the AFL.

 

sb595892Sam Bragg

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

65 IP / 60 H / 31 ER / 19 BB / 68 K / 4.29 ERA / 1.22 WHIP

The A’s 18th-round pick in the 2013 draft, the right-handed reliever has always had good control and solid strikeouts numbers. Bragg got off to a rough start in 2016, but he finished strong and ended up striking out 68 while walking just 19 over 65 innings for Midland. The right-hander had equal success against righties and lefties for the RockHounds, but he’ll be looking to gain greater overall consistency during his time on the mound in the AFL.

 

tc605184Trey Cochran-Gill

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

73 1/3 IP / 71 H / 25 ER / 25 BB / 58 K / 3.07 ERA / 1.31 WHIP

The reliever came to the A’s from the Mariners in return for Evan Scribner as part of Oakland’s offseason bullpen purge. Originallly taken by the Mariners in the 17th round of the 2014 draft, the 23-year-old had failed to allow a home run in his minor league career prior to this past season. The Alabama native was especially tough on right-handers while coming out of Midland’s bullpen in 2016 and had a stretch of 3 ½ months this season where he didn’t surrender a round-tripper for the RockHonds.

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A’s Send Down 11 Players This Week – 6 Become Free Agents

So long, Sogie - nerd power is no more.

So long, Sogie – nerd power is no more.

The A’s front office began the arduous process of paring the team’s roster down to 40 this week. With all the players on the disabled list needing to be activated in the offseason as well as a number of promising young prospects needing to be added to the roster in order to be protected in the Rule-5 draft, the task is particularly difficult this year.

The A’s begun the paring process on Wednesday when they outrighted pitcher Chris Smith and catcher Matt McBride to Nashville. The team followed that on Thursday by outrighting infielders Eric Sogard and Tyler Ladendorf, outfielder Andrew Lambo and pitchers Fernando Rodriguez, J.B. Wendelken and Donn Roach to Nashville and also announced that utility man Arismendy Alcantara was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati, then finished up by outrighting pitchers Jarrod Parker, Felix Doubront and Henderson Alvarez to Nashville on Friday.

Later on Friday, six of those players who were outrighted elected free agency – infielder Eric Sogard, catcher Matt McBride and pitchers Fernando Rodriguez, Jarrod Parker, Felix Doubront and Henderson Alvarez. Their tenure with the A’s has effectively ended, unless they choose to re-sign with the team, but they are now free to sign with any team.

With the recent subtractions, there are currently 38 players remaining on the A’s roster – 19 pitchers and 19 position players. Two of those players, outfielder Sam Fuld and pitcher Ross Detwiler, are eligible for free agency. And once they declare, as expected, the A’s roster will then stand at 36, which will enable the team to add infielder Franklin Barreto, outfielder Jaycob Brugman and relievers Bobby Wahl and Tucker Healy to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule-5 draft. All have performed well in their time at the Triple-A level and could be prime targets for other organizations if the A’s were to leave them unprotected.

Of course, this is the A’s, so further roster changes could occur at any time. But for now, you can check out the A’s current roster here.

 

 

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