Monthly Archives: July 2012

Monday, July 30th: Peters Pitches Bees to Victory while Cats & Hounds both Fall on Monday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher Tanner Peters (6 IP / 0 ER / 3 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  7

Reno Aces                       9

(LP – McCarthy 0-1 / 14.73)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Anthony Recker

(3 for 3 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Brandon McCarthy had a rocky outing in his first rehab start with Sacramento, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits over 3 2/3 innings to take the loss. Catcher Anthony Recker collected 3 hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in 2 runs. First baseman Kila Ka’aihue and outfielders Michael Taylor and Shane Peterson also homered in the loss.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  2

Corpus Christi Hooks   3

(LP – Castro 1-3 / 3.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jeremy Barfield

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 4 2/3 innings to take his 3rd loss, while outfielder Jeremy Barfield clubbed his 9th home run in the 4th inning for the RockHounds.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Cedar Rapids Kernels  0

Burlington Bees          2

(WP – Peters 1-4 / 4.02)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tanner Peters

(6 IP / 0 ER / 3 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tanner Peters had one of his best outings for Burlington, tossing 6 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win for the Bees. Outfielder Rashun Dixon and designated hitter Douglas Landaeta both drove in a run and outfielder Bobby Crocker had 2 hits, stole 2 bases, and scored twice in the win.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  8

Aberdeen IronBirds          2

(WP – Streich 2-1 / 4.20)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(3 for 5 / Triple / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Chris Bostick doubled, tripled and drove in 2 runs, while catcher Bruce Maxwell, serving as the designated hitter for the day, had 2 doubles and drove in a run. This year’s 8th-round draft pick Kris Hall allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, on 4 hits over 2 2/3 innings of work, while 6th-round draft pick Seth Streich struck out 3 over 2 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  3

AZL Angels      5

(LP – Hansen 1-1 / 9.45)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Dayton Alexander

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his first game back in Arizona after being demoted from Vermont, outfielder Dayton Alexander blasted a 3-run homer to account for all his team’s runs on the night. Starter Kayvon Bahramzadeh allowed 1 run in 4 innings of work, but right-hander Derek Hansen took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 6th inning.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 1:05pm PT

Midland @ Frisco – 7:00pm CT

Lancaster @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 7:05pm CT

AZL Padres @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Sunday, July 29th: 5 Teams Take the Fall on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds outfielder Tyler Ladendorf (HR / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  2

Reno Aces                       3

(LP – Figueroa 0-2 / 2.78)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bruce Billings

(6 IP / 2 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Bruce Billings had a solid outing, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 5 over 6 innings on Sunday. First baseman Daric Barton doubled and scored a run, while third baseman Grant Green tripled in the tying run in the top of the 8th inning, but left-hander Pedro Figueroa gave up the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th to take his 2nd loss.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  6

Corpus Christi Hooks   9

(LP – Jones 1-1 / 7.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Ladendorf

(Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Tyler Ladendorf, who’s taken over in center field since Michael Choice’s season-ending injury, homered, doubled and drove in 4 runs for the RockHounds on Sunday. Starter Carlos Hernandez allowed 3 runs while striking out 6 over 6 innings of work, but 3 RockHounds relievers coughed up 6 runs in the 8th inning to blow the lead, with left-hander Beau Jones taking the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports    5

Bakersfield Blaze  6

(LP – Murphy 5-5 / 4.79)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sean Murphy had a rocky outing, allowing 6 runs while striking out 5 over 5 innings to take his 5th loss. Outfielders Chad Oberacker, Josh Whitaker and Mitch LeVier all homered, while second baseman Ryan Pineda went 4 for 4 with 2 doubles in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Cedar Rapids Kernels  5

Burlington Bees          1

(LP – Chitwood 0-1 / 21.60)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher John Nester

(3 for 4 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Julio Ramos allowed 1 unearned run while striking out 3 in 3 innings of work, but right-hander Logan Chitwood, in his first game with Burlington since his promotion from Vermont, surrendered 4 runs on 6 hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief to take the loss. Catcher John Nester collected 3 hits, including a double, in the loss.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  1

Aberdeen IronBirds          2

(LP – Dull 3-1 / 1.46)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tyler Vail

(5 1/3 IP / 1 ER / 2 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tyler Vail had his strongest outing with Vermont so far this year, allowing just 1 run over 5 1/3 innings, but right-hander Ryan Dull surrendered the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to take the loss. Outfielder Brett Vertigan had 2 hits, including a triple, and stole a base, while catcher Bruce Maxwell doubled and scored Vermont’s only run of the night.

 

Monday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 7:05pm CT

Cedar Rapids @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Aberdeen – 7:05pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Angels – 7:00pm PT

 

Monday’s Links:

A’s Farm’s Weekly Minor League Update on A’s Nation

Sacramento River Cats Complete Season Stats

Midland RockHounds Complete Season Stats

Stockton Ports Complete Season Stats

Burlington Bees Complete Season Stats

Vermont Lake Monsters Complete Season Stats

AZL Athletics Complete Season Stats

 

 

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Saturday, July 28th: Cats & Hounds Win behind Kila’s & Aliotti’s Big Bats while Bowman & Cole Pitch Ports & Bees to Victory

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats DH Kila Ka’aihue (2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  13

Reno Aces                         4

(WP – Straily 5-2 / 1.36)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Kila Ka’aihue

(2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue clubbed 2 home runs and drove in 5 runs, while third baseman Josh Donaldson collected a pair of doubles and drove in 4 for the River Cats on Saturday. Starter Daniel Straily allowed 3 runs on 7 hits while walking none and striking out 4 over 6 innings to earn his 5th win with Sacramento.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

Corpus Christi Hooks   3

(WP – Gray 5-7 / 4.28)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Anthony Aliotti blasted 2 home runs and drove in 4 runs, while outfielder Conner Crumbliss homered and drove in 2. Starter Sonny Gray allowed 2 runs on 8 hits while walking none and striking out 3 in 6 innings to earn his 5th win on Saturday.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports    6

Bakersfield Blaze  0

(WP – Bowman 4-8 / 3.42)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Josh Bowman

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Josh Bowman had another strong outing for Stockton, striking out 7 over 6 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his 4th win. Infielder Tony Thompson hit a 2-run homer, while outfielders Josh Whitaker and Myrio Richard drove in 2 runs apiece in the win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Cedar Rapids Kernels  1

Burlington Bees          6

(WP – Cole 5-2 / 2.06)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(6 IP / 1 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole had another solid outing for Burlington, allowing 1 run over 6 innings to earn his 5th win with the Bees. First baseman Max Muncy hit a 2-run homer, while third baseman Wade Kirkland doubled in 2 runs in the win.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

Aberdeen IronBirds          2

(WP – Eppley 2-0 / 1.52)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Bruce Maxwell

(2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Bruce Maxwell, serving as the designated hitter for the day, had his second straight big night at the plate, collecting a pair of doubles and driving in 4 runs. Starter J.C. Menna allowed 2 runs in 4 innings of work, and right-hander Nate Eppley picked up the win with 2 innings of scoreless relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  6

AZL Royals      4

(WP – Voiro 2-1 / 2.41)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Lee Sosa

(3 IP / 0 ER / 1 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: In the completion of a suspended game from earlier this month, right-hander Vincent Voiro picked up his 2nd win, allowing 1 unearned run over 2 1/3 innings, while right-hander Lee Sosa tossed 3 scoreless and hitless innings to earn the hold. The A’s first two draft picks this year, shortstop Addison Russell and third baseman Daniel Robertson, both homered in the game.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 1:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 6:05pm CT

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:30pm PT

Cedar Rapids @ Burlington – 2:00pm CT

Vermont @ Aberdeen – 5:35pm ET

 

 

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Friday, July 27th: LeVier’s 2 HRs Lead Ports to Victory while Ross & Granier Pitch Cats & Bees to Wins

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Mitch LeVier         (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  7

Salt Lake Bees                2

(WP – Ross 4-2 / 2.72)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tyson Ross

(9 IP / 2 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tyson Ross picked up the complete-game victory on Friday, allowing 2 runs on just 4 hits while walking none and striking out 8 over 9 innings to earn his 4th win. Outfielder Collin Cowgill had 2 doubles while driving in a run and scoring a run in the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  5

Corpus Christi Hooks   6

(LP – Hunter 2-1 / 4.95)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Shawn Haviland

(6 IP / 0 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Shawn Haviland had a no-hitter going when he was removed after 6 innings on the mound, but the RockHounds’ bullpen eventually coughed up the lead. Tyler Ladendorf, who’s been playing center field since the loss of top prospect Michael Choice for the season, blasted 2 home runs and drove in 3 runs, while shortstop Dusty Coleman clubbed his 3rd home run in the last 4 games.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports    9

Bakersfield Blaze  7

(WP – Huttenlocker 1-1 / 7.64)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Mitch LeVier

(2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Mitch LeVier launched 2 home runs and drove in 4 runs, while first baseman Tony Thompson and shortstop Michael Gilmartin both contributed home runs as well. Starter Nate Long allowed 4 runs, 2 earned, over 4 innings of work, while left-hander A.J. Huttenlocker picked up the win in relief.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Beloit Snappers   2

Burlington Bees  7

(WP – Granier 11-6 / 3.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(5 IP / 0 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing, allowing just 1 unearned run over 5 innings to earn his 11th win, while outfielder Aaron Shipman and second baseman Michael Fabiaschi both drove in 2 runs in the win.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  0

Auburn Doubledays          4

(LP – Powers 0-3 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Bruce Maxwell

(3 for 4 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brent Powers allowed 4 runs over 4 2/3 innings to take his 3rd loss, while catcher Bruce Maxwell collected 3 of Vermont’s 8 hits on the night.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  3

AZL Cubs        1

(WP – Azor 1-0 / 3.75)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jose Torres

(4 2/3 IP / 1 ER / 2 K)

Worth Noting: Starter Jose Torres allowed just 1 run over 4 2/3 innings, while right-hander Jose Azor picked up the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Third baseman Renato Nunez doubled and drove in a run in the win.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 7:05pm CT

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:30pm PT

Cedar Rapids @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Aberdeen – 7:05pm ET

AZL Royals @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Thursday, July 26th: Peterson Leads Cats to Victory while Ports & Bees Win and Hounds Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats outfielder Shane Peterson (4 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  11

Salt Lake Bees                  7

(WP – Banwart 7-3 / 4.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(4 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Shane Peterson had a big night at the plate, collecting 4 hits, including a home run and a double, and driving in 3 runs, including the go-ahead run in the top of the 8th inning. Outfielder Michael Taylor homered as well and drove in 4 runs. Left-hander Brett Anderson made his second rehab start, his first with Sacramento, and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits over 4 innings of work.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Frisco RoughRiders      6

Midland RockHounds  0

(LP – Smith 6-7 / 4.31)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Murphy Smith

(6 IP / 2 ER / 2 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Murphy Smith allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 6 innings to take his 7th loss, while infielder Josh Horton had 2 of the RockHounds’ 5 hits on the night.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports  14

Visalia Rawhide   3

(WP – Hassebrock 2-4 / 7.80)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Max Stassi

(Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Max Stassi continued his hot hitting of late, blasting his 13th home run and driving in 4 runs on Thursday. First baseman Tony Thompson doubled and drove in 3 runs, while outfielder Myrio Richard doubled and drove in 2 for the Ports. Starter Blake Hassebrock had one of his better outings since returning from the disabled list, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 3 hits while striking out 4 over 5 innings to earn just his 2nd win on the season.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Beloit Snappers   1

Burlington Bees  4

(WP – Macias 5-5 / 5.08)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Lamb

(4 2/3 IP / 1 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Chris Lamb had one of his best outings for Burlington, allowing just 1 run and striking out 5 over 4 2/3 innings of work, while right-hander Jose Macias picked up the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Shortstop Sean Jamieson collected 3 hits and drove in a run in the win.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  5

Auburn Doubledays          6

(LP – Gagnier 1-1 / 1.69)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder John Wooten launched a 3-run homer in the 6th-inning to briefly give Vermont the lead, while catcher Reynaldo Mateo, in his first game with Vermont, homered, doubled and drove in 2 runs. Starter Andres Avila allowed 2 runs in 3 innings of work, while right-hander Drew Gagnier took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the 8th inning.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  7

AZL Reds         2

(WP – Paulino 3-2 / 4.96)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: 1st-round draft pick Addison Russell hit his 5th home run, while the A’s 3rd overall pick, first baseman Matt Olson, hit his 4th. Starter Michael Ynoa had his best outing so far this season, giving up just 2 hits in 3 scoreless innings, while right-hander Gregory Paulino allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 5 innings to pick up his 3rd win.

 

Friday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 7:05pm CT

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:30pm PT

Beloit @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Auburn – 7:05pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Cubs – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Wednesday, July 25th: Peacock Pitches Cats to Victory while Ports Win and All Others Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Brad Peacock (6 IP / 0 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  7

Salt Lake Bees                1

(WP – Peacock 8-7 / 6.25)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brad Peacock

(6 IP / 0 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock delivered an impressive performance for Sacramento, allowing just 1 unearned run on 3 hits over 6 innings to earn his 8th win. Third baseman Stephen Parker had 2 hits, including his 7th home run, and drove in 3 runs. Outfielder Collin Cowgill homered as well, while shortstop Grant Green collected 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in 2 runs in the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Frisco RoughRiders      3

Midland RockHounds  1

(LP – Daley 8-9 / 5.05)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Fabio Castro

(6 IP / 0 ER / 2 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro turned in a strong outing for the RockHounds, allowing just 1 unearned run over 6 innings of work on Wednesday, but right-hander Gary Daley took the loss after giving up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief. Shortstop Dusty Coleman hit his 11th home run for the RockHounds’ only run of the game.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports  3

Visalia Rawhide  2

(WP – Brown 4-7 / 4.32)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jacob Brown

(7 IP / 1 ER / 1 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Jacob Brown had a solid outing for Stockton, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, to pick up his 4th win. Max Stassi, serving as the designated hitter for the day, catcher Ryan Ortiz and second baseman Ryan Pineda all hit solo shots to account for the Ports’ 3 runs on the day.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Beloit Snappers   4

Burlington Bees  1

(LP – Peters 0-4 / 4.97)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Sean Jamieson

(2 for 4 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tanner Peters allowed 4 runs over 6 innings to take his 4th loss, while shortstop Sean Jamieson had 2 hits, including a double, for the Bees on Wednesday.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

Auburn Doubledays          8

(LP – Chitwood 3-1 / 2.28)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: This year’s 6th-round draft pick Seth Streich had a rough time in his first start for Vermont, allowing 5 runs in just 2 innings of work, but 8th-round draft pick Kris Hall followed up with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Outfielder John Wooten doubled in 2 runs in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Dodgers   3

AZL Athletics  1

(LP – Voiro 1-1 / 2.76)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Herschel Powell

(3 for 3 / Double / RBI)

Worth Noting: Outfielder Herschel Powell collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while starter Vincent Voiro allowed 2 runs over 3 1/3 innings to take the loss.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

Frisco @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Beloit @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Auburn – 7:05pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Reds – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Tuesday, July 24th: Hernandez Helps Hounds Win while Cats and Ports Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds pitcher Carlos Hernandez (6 IP / 2 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  7

Salt Lake Bees               17

(LP – Billings 6-4 / 3.86)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Daric Barton

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Bruce Billings had a rough outing, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits over just 1 1/3 innings to take his 4th loss. First baseman Daric Barton, serving as the designated hitter for the day, hit a 3-run homer, shortstop Adam Rosales doubled and drove in 3 runs, and third baseman Stephen Parker doubled and drove in a run in the loss.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       4

Midland RockHounds  10

(WP – Hernandez 4-4 / 5.72)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Carlos Hernandez

(6 IP / 2 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Carlos Hernandez had a solid outing, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 4 over 6 innings to earn his 4th win on Tuesday. Shortstop Dusty Coleman had 3 hits, including his 10th home run, and drove in 2 runs, while third baseman Miles Head doubled in 3 runs in the win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports   5

Visalia Rawhide  10

(LP – Huttenlocker 0-1 / 8.10)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Max Stassi

(1 for 3 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sean Murphy allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, while striking out 6 over 5 innings of work, but left-hander A.J. Huttenlocker took the loss after surrendering 5 runs, 4 earned, without registering an out. Catcher Max Stassi drove in 2 runs and scored a run in the loss.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

GAME #1

Lowell Spinners                5

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

(LP – Vail 0-2 / 6.62)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(2 for 3 / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tyker Vail allowed 4 runs in just 4 2/3 innings to take his 2nd loss, while outfielder John Wooten had 2 of Vermont’s 4 hits and drove in a run in the loss.

 

GAME #2

Lowell Spinners                1

Vermont Lake Monsters  5

(WP – Healy 2-0 / 5.54)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Brett Vertigan

(3 for 3 / Double / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Brett Vertigan collected 3 hits, including a double, and scored 2 runs, while outfielder John Wooten drove in a pair of runs in the win. Starter J.C. Menna allowed 1 run and struck out 5 over 3 2/3 innings of work, but right-hander Tucker Healy picked up the win after striking out 4 in 2 1/3 perfect innings of relief.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

Frisco @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Beloit @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Auburn – 7:05pm ET

AZL Dodgers @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Monday, July 23rd: Straily K’s 9 in Cats Win while Hounds and Bees Both Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Dan Straily (6 IP / 0 ER / 9 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Tucson Padres                 0

Sacramento River Cats  6

(WP – Straily 4-2 / 0.96)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dan Straily

(6 IP / 0 ER / 9 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Dan Straily had another dominant outing on Monday, striking out 9 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 4th win for the River Cats. Outfielder Jermaine Mitchell and second baseman Wes Timmons drove in 2 runs apiece in the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  5

San Antonio Missions   6

(LP – Guzman 1-1 / 4.22)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Miles Head

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sonny Gray allowed 3 runs and struck out 5 over 6 2/3 innings of work, while right-hander Jose Guzman took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Third baseman Miles Head blasted a 3-run homer and outfielder Jeremy Barfield tripled and drove in a run in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                2

West Michigan Whitecaps  3

(LP – Frankoff 2-7 / 5.68)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Wade Kirkland

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Wade Kirkland doubled in 2 runs in the 3rd inning to give Burlington the lead and account for the Bees’ only runs of the game. Starter Julio Ramos struck out 2 over 3 scoreless innings, but right-hander Seth Frankoff gave up 3 runs in 3 1/3 innings innings of relief to take his 7th loss.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Lowell Spinners

Vermont Lake Monsters

POSTPONED

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Angels     10

AZL Athletics  4

(LP – Bahramzadeh 1-1 / 10.06)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Kayvon Bahramzadeh surrendered 6 runs in just 1 2/3 innings to take the loss, while shortstop Addison Russell tripled in 2 of the A’s 4 runs in the game.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

Frisco @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Lowell @ Vermont – 11:05am ET

 

 

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Sunday, July 22nd: Haviland & Bowman Pitch Hounds & Ports to Victory while Bees Win in Extras and Cats Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds pitcher Shawn Haviland (5 IP / 0 ER / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Tucson Padres                 5

Sacramento River Cats  3

(LP – Thompson 1-2 / 4.35)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jermaine Mitchell

(Home Run / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tyson Ross allowed 3 runs and struck out 5 over 6 2/3 innings of work, while right-hander Rich Thompson took the loss after giving up the game-winning run in relief. Outfielder Jermaine Mitchell homered in the 5th inning to give the River Cats the lead, and catcher Josh Donaldson also homered in the game.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  2

San Antonio Missions   0

(WP – Haviland 6-8 / 5.06)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Shawn Haviland

(5 IP / 0 ER / 5 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Shawn Haviland had one of his best outings of the season for the RockHounds, allowing just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 5 innings to earn the win. Catcher Beau Taylor and first baseman Anthony Aliotti each drove in a run in the win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

High Desert Mavericks  3

Stockton Ports            5

(WP – Bowman 3-8 / 3.62)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Josh Bowman

(7 IP / 3 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Josh Bowman had another solid outing for Stockton, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 6 to earn the win. Catcher Max Stassi hit a 2-run homer in the 1st inning to give the Ports the lead, while outfielder Dusty Robinson drove in 2 runs, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth doubled and drove in a run in the win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                1

West Michigan Whitecaps  0

(WP – Mye 3-0 / 3.78)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Eliezer Mesa

(Double / Game-Winning Run)

 

Worth Noting: Burlington won the game in the 13th inning after outfielder Eliezer Mesa doubled and scored the game-winning run on pinch-hitter Nick Rickles’ sacrifice fly. Starter A.J. Cole delivered another strong outing for Burlington, striking out 7 over 5 scoreless innings of work.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

Tri-City ValleyCats            2

(WP – Dull 3-0 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Chris Bostick had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs, including the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th inning for Vermont. Starter Brent Powers allowed 2 runs over 3 1/3 innings while walking 5 and striking out 4, and right-hander Ryan Dull picked up his 3rd win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Mariners   2

AZL Athletics  8

(WP – Torres 2-0 / 4.76)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shawn Duinkerk

(Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

Worth Noting: Outfielder Shawn Duinkerk homered, tripled and drove in 2 runs, while starter Jose Torres allowed 2 runs over 5 innings to earn his 2nd win.

 

Monday’s Games:

Tucson @ Sacramento – 12:05pm PT

Midland @ San Antonio – 11:05am CT

Burlington @ West Michigan – 6:00pm CT

Lowell @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

AZL Angels @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

 

Monday’s Links:

Sacramento River Cats Complete Season Stats

Midland RockHounds Complete Season Stats

Stockton Ports Complete Season Stats

Burlington Bees Complete Season Stats

Vermont Lake Monsters Complete Season Stats

AZL Athletics Complete Season Stats

 

 

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Exclusive: A’s Super Scout Grady Fuson Talks Top Prospects with A’s Farm

Grady Fuson: on the clock in Stockton

One of the most popular pieces we’ve featured here on A’s Farm over the past few months was our profile of A’s super scout (and Moneyball bad guy) Grady Fuson. He was the A’s scouting director from 1995 until 2001, when he left the A’s to become the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers. Fuson returned to the A’s about two and a half years ago and currently serves as the special assistant to the general manager.

Prior to the amateur draft in early-June, Fuson’s duties primarily consist of scouting amateur prospects in preparation for the draft. But once the draft is complete, he begins a tour around the A’s minor league system, checking in on teams from Sacramento to Midland and Stockton to Burlington.

We were fortunate enough to catch up with Fuson in Stockton about a week before the All-Star break, after he’d just visited Sacramento and had spent the better part of a week with Stockton as well. We took the opportunity to pick the brain of one of baseball’s top talent evaluators and get the lowdown on some of the A’s top hitting and pitching prospects, as well as some of the fresh new talent that’s just entered the system via this year’s draft. But we started out by taking a look at some of the guys at the top of the system at Sacramento…

 

AF:  I know you’ve been out checking in on some of the minor league teams, and I guess your first stop was in Sacramento. I know Grant Green has been moving all over the field and playing a lot of different positions there lately – left, center, short, third, even second. So what’s the current situation with him?

GF:  Well, everybody’s asked me a little bit about why is he here, why is he there. We’re just trying to increase his versatility. A lot of kids, when they break in the big leagues, if you’re not a bona-fide position guy, it’s hard to break in and get at-bats if you don’t have that versatility. Obviously, we moved him out to center and we know what that looks like now – we know he can play it a little to some degree. We’ve got a little bit of a third base issue still with Sizemore going down early. So now we’re giving him some more time at third, and he’s still playing a little short. And when that time comes when he’s needed in the big leagues, when the powers that be want to give him a little look, at least Bob Melvin’s got a little versatility to where he can play him, and then we’ll see where the bat settles in in the big leagues.

AF:  And how do you feel about his bat at this point?

GF:  Well, I still feel strong that he’s hitter-ish. He’s going to be a hitter. How much power will really come out up there? I think he’s going to be one of those guys where ballparks could play a role. If he plays in a place like Texas, he could probably hit some. If he plays in a place like Petco Park, he’s probably not going to hit too many. But we’ve been working with him for a year and a half now about trying to make some adjustments on pitches middle to middle-in – just trying to change bat head positions so that he can pull more of those balls. He’s been shooting those balls up the middle. If he’s ever going to hit the ball out, those are the pitches he’s got to get the head out and get it over the shorter parts of the ballpark. And he’s made that adjustment.

AF:  So the greater his versatility, the more opportunity there’s going to be for him to get to the big leagues and then, once he’s there’s, the more opportunity there’ll be for him to stay there.

GF:  Exactly.

AF:  Anybody else stand out in Sacramento?

GF:  Everybody else there was about as expected. Michael Taylor is still very improved with his aggressiveness. He’s just not getting the ball out much on the pull side of the field, but he’s squaring it up and hitting it hard a lot. A.J. Griffin – you know he’s dealing again tonight (in Oakland). Griffin’s always good for me. I’m glad he got this opportunity. He’s making the most of it right now.

AF:  Give me your take on Griffin.

GF:  I’ve always been a Griffin guy. I saw him in college. I thought I helped us get him in the draft a little bit. But he’s big, he’s physical. It’s not an overpowering fastball, but I just always liked his ability to get down and away with his fastball, which to me is golden for a pitcher – a guy that can just locate his 4–seam fastball down and away. He’s got a good changeup. He’s got a good breaking ball. We’ve added a little cutter to his game that’s helped. He’s always been aggressive. He throws it down, and he’s a strike-thrower. He’s a competitor.

AF:  What about another pitcher who’s been looking great since he got to Sacramento, Dan Straily?

GF:  Straily’s awesome. He’s been great. I’m proud of that kid.

AF:  What’s been the key to his success this year?

GF:  I just think better command. But if you go back and look at his numbers, I think he was one or two in the California League last year in strikeouts. And he’s come a long way with his changeup. He’s always had a good breaking ball. He throws hard. He’s a 90-94 mph guy. He’s got a good arm. He’s been great.

AF:  One guy at Sacramento who’s been struggling a bit is Brad Peacock. What’s up with him?

GF:  Brad’s just having a hard time backing up quality pitches in the strike zone – executing. It has nothing to do with his stuff. He’s still throwing 90-94 mph. He’s got a good bite to his breaking ball when it’s right. But he’s just been scattered. (Minor league pitching coordinator) Gil Patterson was in there with him and we did some side work. We thought maybe he’s got a little bit of an uphill move that’s kind of wreaking havoc with him trying to get down the mound a little bit. He’s leaving a lot of fastballs up and elevated. And the biggest thing is just his pitch count is not getting him very deep in the game right now.

AF:  It seemed like he started out the season pretty well.

GF:  Yeah, his first few starts were pretty solid. He’s just in a rut right now, but he’s young and he’s got good enough stuff. He’ll come out of it.

AF:  Well, you’ve been here with the Stockton team for a while now. Can you tell me a little bit about the pitching staff here at Stockton?

GF:  The pitching’s been impressive. Blake Treinen, as good as his stuff is, I’m a little disappointed that his performance numbers aren’t a little better. Something’s missing – I’m not smart enough to tell you what it is, but something’s not right. Jake Brown, even though he’s a little bit of a soft-tossing left-hander, he knows how to pitch. He stays away from guys. He knows when to come in. He’s got a real good changeup.

AF:  What about Sean Murphy? He’s been looking really good both at Burlington and here at Stockton this year.

GF:  He’s by far one of the most improved young pitchers we’ve got in the system. I patted him on the ass after the game and told him, “Do you know how much better you are than you were a year ago?” He’s really cleaned his whole mental game up. He’s just taking things more seriously. He’s gotten focused. He’s pounding his down-and-away fastball. He’s always had a good changeup. He’s getting his breaking ball over in the strike zone.

AF:  Well, he’s had a big change from last year. Batters were hitting over .300 against him last season, and this season they’ve been hitting around .200 against him – that’s a big difference!

GF:  You know, he’s growing up. He’s turning into a pro. I mean, this kid a year ago was from a dinky little school. I remember talking to him last year in Burlington, and he goes “I’ve never been coached.” And he was like a little kid, an amateur. And this year, this guy’s turning into a man. I could see it coming in spring training too. He started to get super serious about his sides. He got his body in great shape. He’s doing good.

AF:  When I talked to him earlier about what accounted for his success this year, he seemed to say it was primarily just about focus and commitment.

GF:  It’s nice to see, because that’s what you’re looking for. Hey, this guy wants it, and this guy doesn’t. Some of them don’t know how to want it. But that’s our job to just keep pounding it into them.

AF:  Have you had a chance to see much of left-hander Ian Krol yet?

GF:  I’m actually going to miss him – they set him back a day. But I’ve been with him on two of his sides. You know, it’s all about his finish – just staying on line and being directed. He wants to cut his finish off and spin out, and he loses his line of command. And when you do those things, there’s usually not a lot of good things that are going to happen. The two sides I’ve been here, we’ve been working with him a lot on that.

AF:  What about Blake Hassebrock who was great at Burlington last year but has been struggling a bit since coming back off the disabled list here?

GF:  I don’t think he’s going any more than three innings tonight. He’s definitely a prospect. He’s big, he’s physical. He throws it downhill and he throws it hard. It’s all the secondary things. We’re trying to get him to use the cutter a little bit more than the slider, because his slider’s never been a great slider.

AF:  T.J. Walz got off to a good start here, but then he was moved out of the rotation and into the bullpen. What was behind that?

GF:  It’s not that we’re walking away from him as a starter forever. He’s just had this history that he told us about – when he starts a lot, his arm starts barking. And for some reason, his arm never barks when he throws out of the pen. He’s a guy who we had to watch his innings this year anyway because of his college pitch count and things like that. But he’s still throwing good.

AF:  Another guy who started the year here at Stockton was A.J. Cole. He really struggled here, but he’s been pitching great since he was sent down to Burlington. I guess you really haven’t had a chance to see him since the spring though, right?

GF:  No, I’ve seen a lot of him on video though. When he was going through these issues when he was here, I happened to be in Arizona one day, where me and (director of player development) Keith Lieppman got all the video we could get and we got on the phone with Gil Patterson. Gil had video and we were breaking things apart a little bit. He was dong some things that were different than when he was with Washington. And so Gil got on those and came in here and tried to settle some things down and get things back to where they needed to be. I don’t know if it’s the change to a different league, but it shouldn’t be that big a discrepancy. It was more location and sequences – it wasn’t stuff. The guys who saw him pitch here said it was 93-95 mph. The one thing that we were looking at was to see if his arm was on time with his foot stride. We looked at the timing and his arm was late and just missing.

AF:  Well, sending him to Burlington certainly seemed to be the answer.

GF:  Sometimes that in itself is the answer – a little wake-up call.

AF:  I know you probably haven’t seen him since the spring, but what’s your take on Sonny Gray?

GF:  I think he’s just struggling with his overall command. He’s working on it. I think he’s starting to understand what few concerns we had about him – those are the things that come and go.

AF:  The last I heard, the big thing he was working on was the changeup.

GF:  The changeup, and his direction and the way he lands – helping him stay on line to help him with his command. Those are the two big things.

AF:  Is there anyone on the offensive side of things who’s been opening your eyes since you’ve been here in Stockton?

GF:  Yeah, number one, it’s really good to see Max Stassi on the field everyday. And when he’s on the field everyday, you can see what he’s got a chance to do. He’s a really polished receiver. His arm’s working and feeling great right now. He’s throwing well. He’s hitting balls to all fields. He’s working on his pitch selection. He’s a nice-looking player. This is B.A. Vollmuth’s first time here. He’s still getting used to it a little bit, but doing about what’s expected from him – squaring a lot of balls up, playing solid at third. Yordy Cabrera’s a young kid – you know, things come and go with Yordy. Last night, he swings at a first pitch slider that’s five feet out of the strike zone, and you’re kind of going, “Oh my God!” And then two at-bats in a row were solid – he squared one up to the biggest part of the ballpark and thought he got his first homer. In San Jose (earlier in the week), his footwork was better. Last night, he sat back on groundballs and groundballs ate him up. That comes and goes with young kids. But the reality is that night after night, even though his numbers don’t look like it, I think he’s holding his own.

AF:  Speaking of some of these very young prospects, what’s up with Aaron Shipman at Burlington?

GF:  I’m heading there. I haven’t seen Shipman since I left spring training. Obviously he’s having a rough go just with contact. He’s down in the low .200s again. At one time, he got it up in the .250s. He’s back to doing some swinging and missing. But we’ll see.

AF:  What about another guy here at Stockton who came up from Burlington earlier in the year and has been playing well, and that’s outfielder Dusty Robinson?

GF:  Dusty’s a guy who plays the game with his hair on fire. He’s got some good skills. Dusty can throw, Dusty can run, and Dusty can flat square up a ball at times that makes your jaw drop at how hard he can hit it. It’s a non-stop work in progress about how he handles pitches on the outer half. Sometimes he looks good, and sometimes he looks like he’s never seen one. But he’s doing good. He’s second in our whole organization in homers.

AF:  I know you haven’t seen Michael Choice at Midland yet, but is there anything you can offer on his situation this year?

GF:  I think he’s still fighting his day-to-day approach – it comes and goes. There’s no regression in his tools and his ability. He’s got a very unique set up and approach, and when he’s not on time, there’s issues depending on how a guy can pitch him. You know, that’s the biggest jump you make in this game, besides the big leagues. Getting out of all the A-ball stuff – whether it’s rookie ball, High-A, Low-A – Double-A is where the true pro game really starts. The athletes who can’t hit, they’re still in A-ball. The pitchers who throw hard but can’t throw it over or don’t have some type of off-speed, they’re still in A-ball. So what you’ve got at Double-A is you’ve got the first collection of some ability with understanding performance. And so there’s more pitchers up there who know how to change speeds, really locate more.

AF:  Guys who know how to fool you and know how to exploit your weaknesses…

GF:  Exactly. And the pitching in Triple-A – there’s so many veteran AAAA-type guys. They’re usually older, they’re not as crisp as they used to be, so they pitch ass backwards at AAA – cutter, cutter, cutter, backdoor breaking ball. There’s not a lot of velocity, a lot of hard fastballs, coming at you night after night, unless you’ve got some young kid on their way up. Everybody else is some 30-year-old guy – they trick you. So that becomes a lesson on hitting off-speed. Then when kids first go to the big leagues, they forget how to hit a fastball.

AF:  Speaking of guys who are trying to make that transition to Double-A, have you had a chance to see Miles Head at any point?

GF:  Yeah, in spring training. But you know, what a half! I don’t know that I’ve seen a guy have that kind of half. And if you talk to these guys here (in Stockton), they’ve never been around a guy that hot. They just said nobody could get him out. There were never more than two or three at-bats that went by without him crushing one. You know, another guy I’ve always liked since the day we signed him is Chad Oberacker. He’s got the simplest approach of anybody here. And he just squares it up every at bat. He’s playing a very good center field. He’s a plus runner. He’s a nice-looking kid.

AF:  He’s even hit a few homers this year. I don’t think he’d shown much power before.

GF:  He’s got 6 this year, but one of them was an inside-the-parker.

AF:  What about Josh Whitaker who hit three home runs in a game here one night?

GF:  He’s been playing great. His body’s in great shape. You can see more life out of his body every year. He’s getting tighter and stronger. This kid’s putting himself on the map. He runs, he throws, he’s a better defender, and he’s a threat to hit it out.

AF:  Well, he had a good year at Burlington last year, but I guess the thing with him is there’s always a lot of strikeouts.

GF:  That’s the one thing we tried to set our eye on in the draft. We put more of an emphasis on making that hitting skill a little purer than we’ve had in the past – making that the number one thing, because as an organization the last couple of years, we have had a lot of swing-and-missers. We had 7 guys in Stockton who struck out 100 times last year – Aliotti, Gilmartin, Coleman, Gil, Dixon, Choice and LeVier.

AF:  Well I know when I talked to scouting director Eric Kubota after the draft, it seemed like he kept saying about everyone you drafted, “We really like the way this guy handles the bat.”

GF:  Well, that was a little bit of the change in direction you could see in the draft. Getting high school versus college wasn’t by design, but getting hitters, hitters first, was.

AF:  Was there anyone in this year’s draft you scouted who you were particularly high on?

GF:  Yeah, all of them! The only guy I didn’t see up high was Matt Olson, but Addison Russell, Daniel Robertson, all those guys.

AF:  Was there anybody you were maybe a little higher on than other people?

GF:  Yeah, maybe Robertson. I don’t know if I was higher, but higher than a couple. We took him where I’d like to take him. I love B.J. Boyd, the Bay Area kid. This guy’s crude – he may run to the wrong dugout – but let me tell you, he’s got some kind of life in his hands, some kind of life in his legs. He’s electric.

AF:  So, I guess it’s just going to be a matter of refining him then.

GF:  Oh yeah, it’s going to be fun – but what a project! This is what young Carl Crawfords look like when they’re 18!

AF:  Well, that’s always a good thing to hear! Thanks a lot for taking the time to clue us in!

 

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