November 2012

A’s Arizona Fall League Wrap-Up

 

A’s AFL 2012 MVP

RHP James Simmons

 

The Arizona Fall League just wrapped up its 32-game season this week. As some of you probably already know, organizations typically 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. And the AFL can provide an important opportunity for some prospects to make their mark and put themselves on the map. This year, the A’s sent some of their top young hitting prospects to play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, along with a few of their older hurlers who weren’t necessarily considered the organization’s top pitching prospects at this stage of the game.

One player who really put himself on the map with his strong AFL performance this year was the A’s 1st-round draft pick from way back in 2007, right-handed pitcher James Simmons. The 26-year-old was nearly unhittable in the AFL this fall, allowing just 2 hits in 11 1/3 innings of relief. Simmons, who missed all of 2010 due to injuries, was primarily used a starter through 2011 but was shifted to full-time bullpen duty in 2012. His impressive performance in the AFL, along with a strong 2012 season at Midland and Sacramento (2.98 ERA / 1.18 WHIP), should at least put him into consideration for a spot in the major league bullpen at some point in 2013 should another right-handed arm be required somewhere along the line.

Another A’s prospect who performed well in the AFL was 2009’s 1st-round draft pick, Grant Green, who played exclusively at second base in the AFL this year. But the best thing that Green did to endear himself was to more than double his usual walk rate, resulting in a .364 OBP. On the other side of the coin, the right-handed hitter struck out once every 3 ½ at-bats. But Green did manage to get on base consistently, and hit a couple of homers to boot, which can only help him in his quest to snag one of the few available spots on the A’s roster in 2013, possibly as the starting second baseman but more likely as a backup infielder and versatile utility man.

Former 4th-round pick, catcher Max Stassi, did his usual solid job behind the plate, while doing a respectable job at the plate (.271 BA / .710 OPS). The numbers that have always generated the greatest cause for concern when it comes to the 21-year-old backstop though are his strikeout-to-walk ratios. In 48 at-bats in the AFL this year, he had a 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. And in 314 at-bats with Stockton in 2012, he had a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The A’s top minor league hitter in 2012, third baseman Miles Head, injured his shoulder in his first game in Arizona and never reappeared in the AFL. He was replaced on the roster by shortstop Yordy Cabrera (remember him?), who ended the AFL season with a .286/.308/.349 slash line after being traded to the Marlins in the Chris Young deal.

None of the three other pitchers, besides Simmons, whom the A’s sent to Arizona did much to particularly distinguish themselves in the AFL this year. 27-year-old Shawn Haviland was sidelined due to injury after 3 appearances, while right-handers Gary Daley and Brett Hunter continued to struggle with control issues, walking a total of 22 batters in a combined 21 2/3 innings.

You can check out all the A’s prospects’ final AFL numbers for yourself below…

 

Grant Green (2B)

66 AB / 8 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 10 BB / 19 K / .273 AVG / .364 OBP / .424 SLG / .788 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

48 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 11 RBI / 3 BB / 12 K / .271 AVG / .314 OBP / .396 SLG / .710 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Gary Daley (RHP)

12 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 12 BB / 8 K / 6.75 ERA / 2.33 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 2 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 1.59 ERA / 0.44 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

9 2/3 IP / 9 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 11 K / 4.66 ERA / 1.97 WHIP

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 12-15 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

RHP James Simmons

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 12-15)

Monday, November 12th:

Second baseman Grant Green singled and drove in a pair of runs, catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-3 and RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-4 win on Monday.

Tuesday, November 13th:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0-for-2 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-1 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 14th:

RHPs Gary Daley and Brett Hunter each tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-0 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 15th:

Catcher Max Stassi had a pair of hits, stole a base and drove in 3 runs while RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-3 win on Thursday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 15)

Grant Green (2B)

66 AB / 8 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 10 BB / 19 K / .273 AVG / .364 OBP / .424 SLG / .788 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

48 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 11 RBI / 3 BB / 12 K / .271 AVG / .314 OBP / .396 SLG / .710 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Gary Daley (RHP)

12 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 12 BB / 8 K / 6.75 ERA / 2.33 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 2 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 1.59 ERA / 0.44 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

9 2/3 IP / 9 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 11 K / 4.66 ERA / 1.97 WHIP

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 5-10 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

Second Baseman Grant Green

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 5-10)

Monday, November 5th:

Catcher Max Stassi singled in 2 runs in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-5 win on Monday.

Tuesday, November 6th:

Second baseman Grant Green tripled and singled, while RHP Brett Hunter gave up 2 runs in 1 inning of relief and RHP Gary Daley allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks in just 2/3 of an inning in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 13-6 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 7th:

RHP James Simmons struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-0 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 8th:

Second baseman Grant Green hit a 3-run homer and catcher Max Stassi went 1-for-4 in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 4-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, November 9th:

No A’s prospects appeared in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-1 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 10th:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0-for 4 with 2 strikeouts, while RHP Gary Daley tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and RHP Brett Hunter allowed 2 unearned runs and struck out 4 in 1 1/3 innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 11-5 loss on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 10)

Grant Green (2B)

61 AB / 8 R / 2 HR / 9 RBI / 8 BB / 16 K / .279 AVG / .362 OBP / .443 SLG / .805 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

41 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 8 RBI / 2 BB / 11 K / .268 AVG / .302 OBP / .415 SLG / .717 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Gary Daley (RHP)

11 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 12 BB / 8 K / 7.36 ERA / 2.55 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

9 1/3 IP / 1 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 1.93 ERA / 0.43 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 9 H / 5 ER / 9 BB / 9 K / 5.19 ERA / 2.08 WHIP

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – Oct. 29–Nov. 3 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

RHP James Simmons

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 29 – November 3)

Monday, October 29th:

RHP Brett Hunter allowed 1 run on 2 walks and 2 hits in 2/3 of an inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 9-2 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 30th:

Second baseman Grant Green had 2 hits and drove in a run, while RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning in relief and RHP Gary Daley allowed 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-5 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 31st:

Catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-4 with 1 strikeout in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-2 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 1st:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts and RHP James Simmons gave up a hit and a run in 1 inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-2 win on Thursday.

Friday, November 2nd:

Second baseman Grant Green homered and RHPs Brett Hunter and Gary Daley each tossed a scoreless inning in relief with Daley picking up the save in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 3-1 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 3rd:

RHP James Simmons struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the AFL’s Rising Stars Game on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 3)

Grant Green (2B)

49 AB / 6 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 6 BB / 12 K / .265 AVG / .345 OBP / .367 SLG / .713 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

33 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 2 BB / 9 K / .273 AVG / .314 OBP / .455 SLG / .769 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

9 IP / 13 H / 6 ER / 7 BB / 8 K / 6.00 ERA / 2.22 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

8 1/3 IP / 1 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / 2.16 ERA / 0.48 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

6 1/3 IP / 8 H / 3 ER / 6 BB / 4 K / 4.26 ERA / 2.21 WHIP

 

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