September 2012

A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

A’s top prospect Addison Russell

With the 2012 minor league season now complete, it’s a good time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2012. And with that in mind, we’re naming A’s Farm’s 2012 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 Burlington, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2012. 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 were selected from hurlers who had at least 100 innings pitched for each club, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, and players’ major league statistics were not included.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of 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 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Derek Norris (9 HR / .271 AVG / .329 OBP / .477 SLG / .806 OPS)

Midland – Ryan Lipkin (4 HR / .193 AVG / .222 OBP / .297 SLG / .519 OPS) *

Stockton – Max Stassi (15 HR / .268 AVG / .331 OBP / .468 SLG / .799 OPS)

Burlington – Nick Rickles (6 HR / .220 AVG / .257 OBP / .328 SLG / .584 OPS)

Vermont – Bruce Maxwell (0 HR / .277 AVG / .356 OBP / .349 SLG / .705 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Phil Pohl (3 HR / .292 AVG / .381 OBP / .450 SLG / .831 OPS) *

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Daric Barton (8 HR / .255 AVG / .411 OBP / .425 SLG / .835 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (10 HR / .292 AVG / .385 OBP / .426 SLG / .811 OPS)

Stockton – A.J. Kirby-Jones (21 HR / .248 AVG / .382 OBP / .461 SLG / .843 OPS)

Burlington – Max Muncy (4 HR / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS)

Vermont – Jacob Tanis (2 HR / .261 AVG / .333 OBP / .336 SLG / .670 OPS)

AZL A’s – Matt Olson (9 HR / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS) *

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Eric Sogard (5 HR / .331 AVG / .417 OBP / .484 SLG / .901 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Ladendorf (9 HR / .240 AVG / .324 OBP / .358 SLG / .682 OPS)

Stockton – Ryan Pineda (5 HR / .241 AVG / .325 OBP / .367 SLG / .692 OPS) *

Burlington – Chih Fang Pan (2 HR / .243 AVG / .300 OBP / .324 SLG / .625 OPS)

Vermont – Chris Bostick (3 HR / .251 AVG / .325 OBP / .369 SLG / .694 OPS)

AZL A’s – Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Brandon Hicks (18 HR / .244 AVG / .350 OBP / .506 SLG / .856 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (15 HR / .201 AVG / .284 OBP / .363 SLG / .647 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Gilmartin (9 HR / .256 AVG / .339 OBP / .360 SLG / .699 OPS)

Burlington – Sean Jamieson (11 HR / .244 AVG / .354 OBP / .389 SLG / .743 OPS)

Vermont – Wilfredo Solano (1 HR / .217 AVG / .263 OBP / .286 SLG / .549 OPS)

AZL A’s – Addison Russell (7 HR / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS) *

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Stephen Parker (7 HR / .256 AVG / .327 OBP / .390 SLG / .717 OPS)

Midland – Miles Head (23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS) *

Stockton – B.A. Vollmuth (14 HR / .261 AVG / .336 OBP / .405 SLG / .741 OPS) *

Burlington – Wade Kirkland (8 HR / .237 AVG / .306 OBP / .398 SLG / .705 OPS)

Vermont – Chad Lewis (3 HR / .219 AVG / .271 OBP / .289 SLG / .559 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Renato Nunez (4 HR / .325 AVG / .403 OBP / .550 SLG / .953 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Grant Green (15 HR / .296 AVG / .338 OBP / .458 SLG / .796 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (10 HR / .257 AVG / .414 OBP / .391 SLG / .805 OPS)

Stockton – Josh Whitaker (20 HR / .259 AVG / .325 OBP / .472 SLG / .796 OPS)

Burlington – Royce Consigli (5 HR / .211 AVG / .292 OBP / .336 SLG / .628 OPS)

Vermont – Austin Booker (0 HR / .253 AVG / .337 OBP / .300 SLG / .637 OPS)

AZL A’s – Herschel Powell (0 HR / .306 AVG / .383 OBP / .315 SLG / .698 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Jermaine Mitchell (6 HR / .252 AVG / .345 OBP / .386 SLG / .731 OPS)

Midland – Michael Choice (10 HR / .287 AVG / .356 OBP / .423 SLG / .779 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Oberacker (15 HR / .267 AVG / .336 OBP / .443 SLG / .779 OPS) *

Burlington – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .206 AVG / .319 OBP / .261 SLG / .580 OPS)

Vermont – Brett Vertigan (1 HR / .266 AVG / .338 OBP / .375 SLG / .713 OPS)

AZL A’s – B.J. Boyd (1 HR / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (12 HR / .287 AVG / .405 OBP / .441 SLG / .846 OPS)

Midland – Jeremy Barfield (13 HR / .272 AVG / .322 OBP / .415 SLG / .737 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (27 HR / .239 AVG / .310 OBP / .448 SLG / .758 OPS) *

Burlington – Bobby Crocker (6 HR / .268 AVG / .347 OBP / .369 SLG / .716 OPS)

Vermont – John Wooten (4 HR / .276 AVG / .316 OBP / .391 SLG / .706 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (3 HR / .230 AVG / .291 OBP / .378 SLG / .668 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Kila Ka’aihue (15 HR / .256 AVG / .367 OBP / .496 SLG / .863 OPS)

Midland – Josh Horton (9 HR / .280 AVG / .349 OBP / .414 SLG / .763 OPS) *

Stockton – Tony Thompson (11 HR / .276 AVG / .344 OBP / .442 SLG / .785 OPS)

Burlington – Douglas Landaeta (10 HR / .244 AVG / .283 OBP / .377 SLG / .660 OPS)

Vermont – Miguel Marte (3 HR / .230 AVG / .275 OBP / .331 SLG / .606 OPS)

AZL A’s – Daniel Robertson (5 HR / .241 AVG / .330 OBP / .400 SLG / .730 OPS) *

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Graham Godfrey (104 IP / 98 H / 38 ER / 26 BB / 60 K / 3.29 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)

Midland – Sonny Gray (152 IP / 158 H / 72 ER / 58 BB / 99 K / 4.26 ERA / 1.42 WHIP) *

Stockton – Josh Bowman (151 2/3 IP / 164 H / 62 ER / 35 BB / 130 K / 3.68 ERA / 1.31 WHIP) *

Burlington – Drew Granier (162 2/3 IP / 149 H / 58 ER / 53 BB / 167 K / 3.21 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

Vermont – Andres Avila (66 IP / 68 H / 28 ER / 16 BB / 60 K / 3.82 ERA / 1.27 WHIP)

AZL A’s – Vince Voiro (37 1/3 IP / 35 H / 15 ER / 8 BB / 41 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.15 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Evan Scribner (35 2/3 IP / 26 H / 12 ER / 10 BB / 38 K / 3.03 ERA / 1.01 WHIP / 8 SV)

Midland – Jonathan Ortiz (62 1/3 IP / 58 H / 26 ER / 18 BB / 50 K / 3.75 ERA / 1.22 WHIP / 15 SV)

Stockton – Zach Thornton (53 2/3 IP / 57 H / 27 ER / 19 BB / 70 K / 4.53 ERA / 1.42 WHIP / 16 SV)

Burlington – Jonathan Joseph (93 2/3 IP / 93 H / 52 ER / 43 BB / 89 K / 5.00 ERA / 1.45 WHIP / 12 SV) *

Vermont – Austin House (28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP / 5 SV) *

AZL A’s – Dakota Bacus (30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team – The Winners

 

 

CATCHER

Phil Pohl

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters

(3 HR / .292 AVG / .381 OBP / .450 SLG / .831 OPS) *

 

 

FIRST BASE

Daric Barton

Sacramento River Cats

(8 HR / .255 AVG / .411 OBP / .425 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

 

SECOND BASE

Melvin Mercedes

AZL A’s

(0 HR / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS)

 

 

SHORTSTOP

Addison Russell

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters / Burlington Bees

(7 HR / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS) *

 

 

THIRD BASE

Miles Head

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

(23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS) *

 

 

LEFT FIELD

Conner Crumbliss

Midland RockHounds

(10 HR / .257 AVG / .414 OBP / .391 SLG / .805 OPS)

 

 

CENTER FIELD

B.J. Boyd

AZL A’s

(1 HR / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

 

RIGHT FIELD

Michael Taylor

Sacramento River Cats

(12 HR / .287 AVG / .405 OBP / .441 SLG / .846 OPS)

 

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Kila Ka’aihue

Sacramento River Cats

(15 HR / .256 AVG / .367 OBP / .496 SLG / .863 OPS)

 

 

STARTING PITCHER

Drew Granier

Burlington Bees

(162 2/3 IP / 149 H / 58 ER / 53 BB / 167 K / 3.21 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

 

 

CLOSER

Dakota Bacus

AZL A’s

(30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

 

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Down On The Farm with Farhan

Yesterday we brought you a complete rundown of manager Bob Melvin’s bloggers-only press conference from last week at the Coliseum. Well, after the skipper did his duty, the A’s director of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi, joined us to address a number of player personnel queries. A trained economist in his 8th year with the A’s, Farhan is deeply involved in the critical analyses that the team does on players both inside and outside the organization, so his insights are invaluable. Rather than provide a complete rundown of every subject that Farhan took the time to touch on, below are his insights on some of the more intriguing young players to make their marks in the majors and minors for the A’s organization this year. Once again, A’s Farm, kicked off the questioning – this time by asking for Farhan’s take on one of the A’s top prospects whom folks are always eager to find out more about…

 

On the future of former 1st-round draft pick Grant Green

“If you look at what Grant did this year, he cut his strikeouts down a lot. And his numbers were up across the board. And I think that was more in line with what we were expecting out of him than what we saw from him last year. We’re just trying to figure out defensively maybe where he can be an asset to the team and where we can fit him into our defense. There’s two different levels of prospects – there’s guys at a lower level where you just want them to be where they’re most comfortable or where their value is maximized, and then you have older guys where you’re maybe starting to have to look at your big league depth chart and you’re starting to say, ‘Where can this guy play?’ And with Grant, he’s a guy who I think next year will have a chance to make the team. So right now I couldn’t tell you what position he’s going to play or how he fits in, but I think he’s really given us a lot of options, which is always a good thing.”

 

On the newfound success of former farmhands Chris Carter and Josh Donaldson

“You try to give guys as much rope as possible, because this transition from Triple-A to the big leagues is so tough. And if I guy has a good game when he comes up, he just kind of builds off that momentum and goes from there. But if he goes 0 for 4 with a couple of strikeouts, he can get in a downward spiral. And if you look at those guys and look at that first game after they came up, they started succeeding and then building off of that. And I don’t mean to reduce it to such a simple thing, but that’s how it is sometimes. Sometimes it’s a matter of just getting some level of confidence for these guys.”

 

On the rapid rise of right-hander Dan Straily

“I really think the year that he got on the radar for us as an organization was 2011 with the year that he had in the California League where, if you look at those numbers and adjust for the league and environment, that was a really impressive performance. And I think, before that, I would have said, ‘He’s kind of a good organizational guy.’ He had a good year in the Midwest League. But last year, to do what he did in the California League, he started showing some plus stuff, some plus velocity. He was a guy we started thinking could be a part of the plan going forward. Now look, he wasn’t in big league camp, so don’t give us too much credit. But he was a guy I would have said at the beginning of the year that I could see him spending most of the year in Double-A and if he had a similarly good year, move up to Triple-A, and then sort of really be on the radar. So a little bit like Parker, I think the most impressive thing about what he’s done is just the speed and sort of really forcing the issue – being so good in Double-A that we had to move him up, and being so good in Triple-A that, when the opportunity presented itself, we brought him up here. I wouldn’t say it was totally out of the blue, but obviously he’s totally blown by everyone’s expectations.”

 

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Mr. Melvin Meets The Bloggers

Bob Melvin: Hit me with your best shot!

With Oakland right in the thick of a heated pennant race, A’s manager Bob Melvin took some time out just prior to a mid-September night game versus the dreaded Orioles to attend a bloggers-only press conference at the Coliseum. Melvin was his usual friendly and cordial self as he addressed an array of topics over the course of about 10 minutes and, upon his exit, even made a point of complimenting his interrogators on their rapid-fire questions. The first subjects, raised by A’s Farm, concerned a couple of players who’ve spent some time with both the A’s and the River Cats this year, and Melvin went on to offer his take on a variety of different subjects from there…

 

On third baseman Josh Donaldson’s improvement in his second stint with the A’s this year…

“Well, I think as far as Donaldson goes, it was just a matter of getting here and having some success. The ability’s always been there. If you look at the minor league numbers, he’s been able to hit and hit for power. He’s a great athlete – he can play multiple positions. I think it was just important – similar to a Chris Carter situation – that he came here and had some success. And he did early on, and he’s just been riding on that and more or less believes in himself as a big leaguer now.”

 

On second baseman Jemile Weeks’ struggles this season…

Jemile Weeks: Let’s see, am I supposed to be in Oakland or Sacramento today?

“As far as Jemile, you talk about sophomore slumps and so forth, and he’s a tough kid who can be hard on himself, and I think he got into a little bit of a slump where he couldn’t quite get out of it. You look up there – and you have some pride – and you look at your average after hitting .300 for basically a full season, then not being able to repeat that, you try a little too hard sometimes as opposed to just letting your ability take over. And I think it was just a little bit of a change of scenery – he went down there (to Sacramento) and instantly hit. And I don’t think this is going to effect where his career is going forward.”

 

On the adjustments Jemile Weeks needs to make…

“I think mainly just keeping the ball out of the air a little bit. I think, this year, he hit a couple of home runs early on. He will tell you that had nothing to do with swinging a little bigger. I think he just felt more comfortable with his swing that he could drive some balls. And last year, he just wasn’t trying to do too much. He was just putting it in play, and putting it in play on the ground. So it’s just a matter of finding a happy medium for him, and he will do that.”

 

On the special challenges of working with a younger team…

“Well, I think basically, with where we are in the season, we try to keep the distractions to a minimum and just – I know it’s very cliché – keep all our efforts focused on a particular day. We are playing some match-ups in the second half – whether it’s a Moss/Carter type of thing. And I think keeping them aware of when they’re playing is important so they know and can do their homework on potential pitchers they’re going to face – whether it’s Kottaras and Norris, and we’ve run a little bit of a platoon with Pennington and Rosales at second. So I think they benefit by knowing what days they’re playing. And then I think with younger players, you try to be consistent in giving them good feedback, because the one thing about being a younger player coming to the big league level that you always have to get over is that awe factor and ‘do I belong here in the big leagues?’ And we’ve, as an organization, put a lot of stock in our younger players and getting them to the big leagues. We put them in prominent roles, and I think we’ve done that across the board this year, whether it’s the pitching end of it, whether it’s the position player end of it, and we’ve been rewarded with good performances.”

 

On traditional bullpen roles…

“It’s always a Catch-22, because you want to get the hot hand out there, you want to get the guys that are the best match-ups. Yet relievers are a little different breed. When that phone rings, the guy wants to have a pretty good idea when he’s coming in the game. If we have to change the role for a period of time, I think we’re more apt to do that than just consistently trying to match up. It’s a little different with call-ups when you have more options. But I think if you look at our late guys, our plus-game guys, they know when they’re coming in the game, and that I think is a comfort to them…confidence-wise for them, it helps them to prepare and feel good about what they’re doing, even though just looking at it statistically, it can be more of a match-up thing. So I think it’s a double-edged sword as far as that goes. I do like defining roles, but I’m not afraid to change them if we need to change them.”

 

On team chemistry and when it started to click…

“I don’t know if there was a particular time. I felt good about the players we had in spring training. And when you look at a big league roster, a 25-man roster, I think ours was more like 32 – we were bringing guys back and forth depending on how they were playing at a certain time. And I think, once we kind of defined what roles certain guys had…I think the timing might have been middle to late June…I think we’ve been pretty consistent, especially offensively. And once we started to play better offensively, hit some home runs and so forth, the team started to find an identity within itself. We always felt like we were a scrappy-type team, a team that played well and focused later on in games and played hard and that type of thing. But I think once we started to hit the ball out of the ballpark, we kind of gained a lot more confidence because of that. And we have the guys here to do that now.”

 

Josh Reddick: Who needs an MVP when I’ve got one of these!

On the team’s MVP this year…

“It’s a tough one. You know, the guys that we count on the most are Coco, Reddick and Cespedes. And I think at different parts of the season, they would each be considered the MVP at the time. I couldn’t put my finger on just one. But from an offensive standpoint, those three probably stand out the most.”

 

On the team’s perspective down the stretch…

“We’re trying not to look at the finish line. We’re trying to take it more day-to-day, and let’s count ‘em up at the end. We know the schedule – we know we’re playing a lot of games on the road. We’ve been fortunate enough to win some games on the road. But if you start thinking about this match-up, that match-up, who’s pitching in this series, those are just distractions you don’t need, especially for a younger group. So we’re trying to remain in the moment and put all our focus on today’s game.  I know it’s very cliché, but I think it really has worked for us to this point this year, and that’s the way we’ll remain doing it.”

 

On how his past managerial experiences have prepared him for the challenges of this job…

“Well, first of all, I don’t think you ever get comfortable and say ‘Okay, I’ve had all the experiences, and this is the way I’m going to do things.’ I try to learn from our players. And it’s more about me acclimating to the players than the players acclimating to me. I have to work the personnel that we have in the fashion that we’re best-suited to do it. If we’ve got a bunch of guys that run, you’re not going to sit around and play for a three-run homer. If we have a bunch of guys that hit home runs, you’re not going to run into outs. And this team has kind of morphed into that type of team. We were running quite a bit early on, but we’re not running quite as much now because we don’t want to run into outs because we’re hitting some balls out of the ballpark. I think keeping guys accountable more so now, and communicating. There are certain times you don’t want to communicate, whether it’s your mood or whatever, but you have to stay consistent in what you’re doing as a manager. I like to be a positive guy, especially with the whole group. I will take guys individually if there’s something I want to do on the negative side. But I think it’s staying consistent, whether you’re winning or losing, and staying consistent in my approach to the players – that’s probably the thing that stands out the most for me.”

 

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After Bob Melvin’s press conference, long-time A’s broadcaster Ray Fosse took some time to chat on the field during batting practice and offered up some interesting takes on the A’s current manager…

 

Ray Fosse: I love Bob Melvin this much!

Fosse on Bob Melvin…

“Bob Melvin’s the greatest manager. He deserves so much credit. Nothing against the other guys, but Collin Cowgill, I just interviewed him, and he knows him from being with the Diamondbacks, and he said, ‘I’d run through that wall for the man.’ And when your players are willing to sacrifice their bodies to do whatever…Brandon Inge, when he dove for the ball and separated his shoulder, he comes in the next inning and hits a double down the line, and then he goes on the disabled list. He comes back, he does the same thing here, hits a double, drives in two runs, and then has surgery. But when he was out here, he said, ‘I’d take a bullet for the man right now. If there’s a fight, I’m defending him.’ And that’s the respect these guys have for that man.”

 

Fosse on respect…

“For the first time in the years that we’ve had the (World Series championship) reunions, when the players came in on the cars and they had the red carpet out to the mound, did you notice that every current player was lined up? Never has that been done before. Bob Melvin said, ‘We need to respect the guys who won the championships. I want my team out there shaking their hands as these guys walk by.’ Gene Tenace came on the air and he said, ‘I won’t get a chance to see Bob Melvin, but please tell him that’s the classiest act I’ve ever seen to show respect for a team of the past.’ And it was – I still get goose bumps thinking about what they did.”

 

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A’s Farm in Top 10 MLB Blogs for 5th Straight Month!

That’s right – 5′s the magic number!

For the 5th month in a row, A’s Farm has been ranked in the Top 10 MLB blogs – and this month we were ranked #6 for the second straight month!

Thanks to everyone who’s made A’s Farm a regular stop to get all the latest news on the A’s prospects and affiliates.

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Sunday, September 9th: River Cats Drop Game #5 Playoff Finale to Reno

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats DH Kila Ka’aihue (2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #5

Sacramento River Cats  4

Reno Aces                       7

(LP – Merkin Valdez)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Kila Ka’aihue

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue was the big hitting star for Sacramento in Game #5 on Sunday, doubling twice and driving in a pair of runs for the River Cats. Top pitching prospect Sonny Gray got the Game #5 start and held Reno scoreless over the first 4 innings. Sacramento held a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th inning, when Gray surrendered 3 runs to allow Reno to tie the game. The former 1st-round draft pick exited after allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and striking out 5 in 6 innings of work. He was followed by right-hander Merkin Valdez, who allowed 4 runs in the 7th inning, which proved to be enough for Reno to clinch the series and end Sacramento’s season on Sunday. The River Cats finished the 2012 regular season with a PCL-best record of 86-58.

 

 

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Saturday, September 8th: River Cats Send Series to Game 5 Finale after Barton’s Bomb in 10th

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats first baseman Daric Barton (Game-Winning Home Run)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #4

Sacramento River Cats  4

Reno Aces                       3

(WP – Jeremy Accardo)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First baseman Daric Barton

(Game-Winning Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Sacramento won Game #4 of their best-of-five playoff series in a cliff-hanger on Saturday. Catcher Blake Lalli, acquired from the Cubs in the Anthony Recker deal, hit a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning to give the River Cats the lead. Starter Brad Peacock allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in 5 innings of work, and right-hander Arnold Leon surrendered 1 run in 2 innings of relief to tie the game at 3-3 in the 7th. The game remained tied until first baseman Daric Barton led off the top of the 10th inning by blasting a home run over the right field wall to provide the decisive blow for the River Cats. Right-hander Jeremy Accardo picked up the win with 3 scoreless innings in relief. The rubber game of the series will take place Sunday afternoon at Reno.

 

Sunday’s Game:

Sacramento @ Reno – 1:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #5)

 

 

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Friday, September 7th: Bees Swatted out of Playoffs while River Cats Drop Game 3 Despite Taylor’s 2 HRs

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats outfielder Michael Taylor (3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3

Sacramento River Cats  7

Reno Aces                      11

(LP – Rich Thompson)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Sacramento lost Game #3 of their best-of-five playoff series in a heartbreaker on Friday night. The River Cats grabbed the lead in the 2nd inning, lost the lead in the 4th, tied the game in the top of the 6th, fell behind again in the bottom of the 6th, tied the game again in the top of the 8th, and finally lost the lead for good in the bottom of the 8th. Starter Travis Banwart was pressed into service when scheduled starter Dan Straily was recalled by the A’s to fill injured starter Brandon McCarthy’s spot in the big league rotation. Unfortunately, Banwart had a tough time of it, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. Outfielder Jermaine Mitchell homered in the top of the 3rd inning to put Sacramento up 2-0. By the time the 4th inning was through though, the River Cats were down 6-2. But thanks to back-to-back home runs from designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue and Michael Taylor and a triple from first baseman Daric Barton and an RBI single from catcher Jason Jaramillo, the Cats came back to tie the game in the top of the 6th. Right-hander James Simmons then surrendered a run in the bottom of the 6th to hand the lead back to Reno. Michael Taylor then hit his 2nd home run of the game in the top of the 8th to tie the game again. Right-hander Rich Thompson came on for the River Cats in the bottom of the 8th and, after getting 2 outs, then gave up 4 runs to Reno to secure their victory in Game #3. The River Cats now need to win the final two games in Reno on Saturday and Sunday to win the series.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3

Burlington Bees                0

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  3

(LP – Drew Granier)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(6 IP / 2 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The Bees’ bats didn’t put up much of a fight in dropping the final game of their first-round best-of-three Midwest League playoff series on Friday night. Burlington managed just 4 hits on the night and failed to score for the second time in the 3-game series. Starter Drew Granier made a noble effort, allowing just 2 earned runs on back-to-back solo shots in the 4th inning, and 1 unearned run after a 2-out error by shortstop Addison Russell allowed another run to score in the 5th. In 6 innings of work, Granier allowed just 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6 in his final appearance of the season.

 

Saturday’s Game:

Sacramento @ Reno – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #4)

 

 

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Thursday, September 6th: Chavez & Weeks Lead Cats to Game 2 Victory while Defense Lets Cole Down in Bees Loss

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Jesse Chavez (8 IP / 0 ER / 10 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2

Reno Aces                       0

Sacramento River Cats  1

(WP – Jesse Chavez)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jesse Chavez

(8 IP / 0 ER / 10 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Game #2 of this series was another tight pitchers’ duel. With the River Cats down a game in the best-of-five series, 29-year-old right-hander Jesse Chavez, whom the A’s acquired from Toronto last month for cash, came through in a big way, striking out 10 over 8 scoreless innings to earn the win. Right-hander Jeremy Accardo tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief to pick up the save. Second baseman Jemile Weeks had the big blast of the night when he homered in the bottom of the 3rd inning to provide the only run of the game for either team. The River Cats now head to Reno for Game #3 of the series on Friday night.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2

Burlington Bees                0

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  4

(LP – A.J. Cole)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(4 IP / 1 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: A dropped foul popup by first baseman Max Muncy in the 1st inning opened the door for 3 unearned runs to score with 2 outs. Starter A.J. Cole allowed just 1 earned run and struck out 5 in 4 innings of work before giving way to relievers Nate Eppley and David Mota who held Wisconsin scoreless the rest of the way. Burlington’s lineup managed only 3 hits in the game, courtesy of third baseman Wade Kirkland and outfielders Aaron Shipman and John Wooten. The decisive game in the best-of-three series takes place Friday night at Wisconsin.

 

Friday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3)

(Straily vs. Brewer)

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 6:35pm CT (Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3)

(Granier vs. Goforth)

 

 

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A’s Top 20 Draft Picks Post-Season Progress Report

Top pick Addison Russell: Keepin’ his eye on the ball!

A few weeks ago, after almost 2 months of play, we offered a little progress report on the A’s top 20 draft picks of 2012. And now with the minor league regular season over, it’s time for a complete season-end recap of the progress of the A’s top 20.

The most improved player over the past few weeks since our last report has been the A’s 8th overall draft pick, first baseman Max Muncy, who has spent the entire season playing at as high a level as any of this year’s picks. The 22-year-old left-handed hitter got his on-base percentage at Class-A Burlington all the way up to .383 in just his first year of pro ball while playing against a lot of guys who already had a year or two under their belts. He was eventually joined at Burlington by the A’s top draft pick of 2012, shortstop Addison Russell, who continued to look solid despite facing a higher level of competition.

The player who took the biggest dip over the past few weeks since our last report has been the A’s 2nd overall draft pick, shortstop Daniel Robertson. After looking impressive in the Arizona League, the 18-year-old struggled after his promotion to Vermont. After hitting almost .300 in the Arizona League, the infielder hit under .200 at Vermont, and he went from striking out once every 7 at-bats to striking out once every 3 at-bats. But the good news is he’s still a teenager just a few months out of high school and, based on what he showed in rookie league ball, he’ll surely adjust with a little more time.

You’ll find the A’s top 20 draft picks of 2012 along with their vital stats through the end of the season listed below. All the teams they’ve played for so far this season are noted, with the team they’ve appeared in the most games for listed first and the team they ended the season with in bold. So without any further ado, the most promising seeds of the A’s 2012 farm crop in all their splendor…

 

 

#1

Addison Russell

(1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont+Burlington)

7 HR / 23 BB / 48 K / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS

 

 

#2

Daniel Robertson

(1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont)

5 HR / 23 BB / 46 K / .241 AVG / .330 OBP / .400 SLG / .730 OPS

 

 

#3

Matt Olson

(1st Round – Age 18 – First Baseman – AZL A’s+Vermont)

9 HR / 19 BB / 50 K / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS

 

 

#4

Bruce Maxwell

(2nd Round – Age 21 – Catcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

0 HR / 31 BB / 38 K / .277 AVG / .356 OBP / .349 SLG / .705 OPS

 

 

#5

Nolan Sanburn

(2nd Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont)

18 2/3 IP / 23 H / 8 ER / 6 BB / 19 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.55 WHIP

 

#6

Kyle Twomey

(3rd Round – Age 18 – Pitcher)

UNSIGNED

 

#7

B.J. Boyd

(4th Round – Age 19 – Outfielder – AZL A’s)

1 HR / 23 BB / 36 K / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS

 

 

#8

Max Muncy

(5th Round – Age 22 – First Baseman – Burlington)

4 HR / 41 BB / 37 K / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS

 

 

#9

Seth Streich

(6th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

37 1/3 IP / 27 H / 11 ER / 18 BB / 48 K / 2.65 ERA / 1.21 WHIP

 

 

#10

Cody Kurz

(7th Round – Age 19 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

21 1/3 IP / 18 H / 11 ER / 29 BB / 9 K / 4.64 ERA / 2.20 WHIP

 

 

#11

Kris Hall

(8th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

29 1/3 IP / 18 H / 4 ER / 15 BB / 27 K / 1.23 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

 

 

#12

Dakota Bacus

(9th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP

 

 

#13

Brett Vertigan

(10th Round – Age 22 – Outfielder – Vermont)

1 HR / 24 BB / 31 K / .266 AVG / .338 OBP / .375 SLG / .713 OPS

 

#14

Alex Gonzalez

(11th Round – Age 18 – Shortstop)

UNSIGNED

 

#15

John Caputo

(12th Round – Age 18 – Third Baseman)

UNSIGNED

 

#16

Stuart Pudenz

(13th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

33 1/3 IP / 21 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 40 K / 2.43 ERA / 0.90 WHIP

 

 

#17

Austin House

(14th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+Burlington)

28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP

 

 

#18

Vince Voiro

(15th Round – Age 22 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

37 1/3 IP / 35 H / 15 ER / 8 BB / 41 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.15 WHIP

 

 

#19

Melvin Mercedes

(16th Round – Age 20 – Second Baseman – AZL A’s)

0 HR / 10 BB / 15 K / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS

 

#20

Tyler Olson

(17th Round – Age 22 – Pitcher)

UNSIGNED

 

TOP HITTERS

Addison Russell (1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont+Burlington)

7 HR / 23 BB / 48 K / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS

B.J. Boyd (4th Round – Age 19 – Outfielder – AZL A’s)

1 HR / 23 BB / 36 K / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS

Matt Olson (1st Round – Age 18 – First Baseman – AZL A’s+Vermont)

9 HR / 19 BB / 50 K / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS

Max Muncy (5th Round – Age 22 – First Baseman – Burlington)

4 HR / 41 BB / 37 K / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS

 

TOP PITCHERS

Dakota Bacus (9th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP

Austin House (14th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+Burlington)

28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP

Kris Hall (8th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

29 1/3 IP / 18 H / 4 ER / 15 BB / 27 K / 1.23 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

Stuart Pudenz (13th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

33 1/3 IP / 21 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 40 K / 2.43 ERA / 0.90 WHIP

 

 

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Wednesday, September 5th: Peters Pitches Bees to Victory, Cats Lose Despite Billings’ Best Efforts and Ynoa Helps Vermont Win Final Match

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher Tanner Peters (7 IP / 0 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #1

Reno Aces                       2

Sacramento River Cats  1

(LP – Bruce Billings)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bruce Billings

(6 IP / 0 ER / 10 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The key play of the opening game of the PCL playoffs for Sacramento was Grant Green’s fielding error at third base in the top of the 3rd inning which ultimately led to 2 unearned runs for Reno. Otherwise, starter Bruce Billings was brilliant, allowing no earned runs and striking out 10 over 6 innings of work, but the right-hander still ended up taking the loss on Wednesday. Outfielder Michael Taylor had 2 of Sacramento’s 5 hits, walked and scored the River Cats’ only run of the game. Sacramento will take on Reno again in Game #2 of the best-of-five series at Raley Field in Sacramento on Thursday.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #1

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  0

Burlington Bees                4

(WP – Tanner Peters)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tanner Peters

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tanner Peters, who didn’t join Burlington till midway through the season, was the big star for the Bees in the first game of their playoff series against Wisconsin. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed just 2 hits and struck out 6 over 7 scoreless innings to earn the win. Outfielder Bobby Crocker had the big blow of the game with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning, while this year’s 5th-round draft pick, first baseman Max Muncy, had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the Bees. Burlington will take on Wisconsin again in Game #2 of the best-of-three series at Wisconsin on Thursday.

 

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

Aberdeen IronBirds          0

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

(WP – Streich 4-1 / 2.60)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Michael Ynoa

(3 IP / 0 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Michael Ynoa had perhaps his best outing yet for Vermont, allowing just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 4 over 3 scoreless innings on Wednesday. This year’s 6th-round draft pick, right-hander Seth Streich, followed up with 3 more scoreless innings to earn his 4th win. Second baseman Chris Bostick doubled in a run, while first baseman Matt Olson singled in a run and walked twice in Vermont’s final game of the NY-Penn League season. The team ended the year with a record of 33-43.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2)

(Cabrera vs. Chavez)

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 6:35pm CT (Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2)

(Cole vs. Pierce)

 

 

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