Month: October 2014

A’s In The AFL – October 20-25 Update

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

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

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 20 – 25)

Monday, October 20th:

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

Tuesday, October 21st:

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

Wednesday, October 22nd:

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

Thursday, October 23rd:

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

Friday, October 24th:

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

Saturday, October 25th:

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

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 25)

Daniel Robertson (SS)

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

Boog Powell (OF)

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

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

Tanner Peters (RHP)

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

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

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

Drew Granier (RHP)

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

Austin House (RHP)

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

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 13-18 Update

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

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

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 13 – 18)

Monday, October 13th:

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

Tuesday, October 14th:

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

Wednesday, October 15th:

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

Thursday, October 16th:

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

Friday, October 17th:

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

Saturday, October 18th:

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

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 18)

Boog Powell (OF)

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

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

Daniel Robertson (SS)

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

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

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

Tanner Peters (RHP)

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

Drew Granier (RHP)

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

Austin House (RHP)

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

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 7-11 Update

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

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

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 7 – 11)

Tuesday, October 7th:

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

Thursday, October 9th:

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

Friday, October 10th:

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

Saturday, October 11th:

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

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 11)

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

Boog Powell (OF)

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

Daniel Robertson (SS)

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

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

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

Tanner Peters (RHP)

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

Drew Granier (RHP)

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

Austin House (RHP)

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2014–

mo621566MATT OLSON

First Baseman

Age: 20

Stockton Ports

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

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

 

dr621002DANIEL ROBERTSON

Shortstop

Age: 20

Stockton Ports

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

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

 

hp621471xBOOG POWELL

Outfielder

Age: 21

Beloit Snappers / Stockton Ports

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

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

 

dg607549xDREW GRANIER

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 25

Midland RockHounds / Sacramento River Cats

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

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

 

tp607312xTANNER PETERS

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 24

Midland RockHounds / AZL A’s

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

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

 

rd543114RYAN DOOLITTLE

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 26

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

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

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

 

ah572934AUSTIN HOUSE

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Sacramento River Cats

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

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

 

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Meet Your 2015 Oakland A’s!

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

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

 

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

 

A’s Eligible Free Agents:

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

 

A’s Arbitration Eligible Players:

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

 

A’s Pitchers under Team Control in 2015:

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

 

A’s Hitters under Team Control in 2015:

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

 

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Will Billy be wheelin’ and dealin’ this winter?

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

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

What will Doo do in 2015?

What will Doo do in 2015?

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

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

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

Would Stew do a deal with the A's?

Would Stew do a deal with the A’s?

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

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

 

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