Month: October 2015

A’s In The AFL – October 19-24 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Third Baseman Renato Nunez

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Third Baseman Renato Nunez

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 19 – 24)

Monday, October 19th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez hit 3 home runs and drove in 5 runs, while second baseman Chad Pinder had 2 doubles, a walk and a stolen base, and center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 2 for 4 in Mesa’s 10-6 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 20th:

Designated hitter Renato Nunez went 1 for 4 with a walk and drove in the winning run in the 9th, and center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 1 for 3 with a triple and a walk as Mesa notched it’s first win by a score of 5-4 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 21st:

Second baseman Chad Pinder went 1 for 4, while third baseman Renato Nunez and center fielder Jaycob Brugman both went 0 for 4. Starter Sean Manaea allowed 3 runs in 4 innings, and RHPs Aaron Kurcz, Kris Hall and Brendan McCurry each tossed 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 5-3 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 22nd:

Designated hitter Renato Nunez went 1 for 4 in Mesa’s 5-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 23rd:

Center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 1-4, and RHP Kris Hall struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 5-1 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 24th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk and drove in a run, while RHP  Aaron Kurcz tossed 1 scoreless inning, and RHP Brendan McCurry allowed 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning to take the loss as Mesa fell 5-4 on Saturday.

Sunday, October 25th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 13 – 24)

Renato Nunez (3B)
32 AB / 3 HR / 3 BB / 9 K / .281 AVG / .343 OBP / .625 SLG / .968 OPS

Jaycob Brugman (OF)

28 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 7 K / .214 AVG / .267 OBP / .321 SLG / .588 OPS

Chad Pinder (2B)

17 AB / 2 HR / 1 BB / 4 K / .353 AVG / .389 OBP / .824 SLG / 1.212 OPS

Sean Manaea (LHP)

8 IP / 7 H / 4 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Kris Hall (RHP)

4 IP / 7 H / 4 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / 9.00 ERA / 1.75 WHIP

Brendan McCurry (RHP)

3 1/3 IP / 6 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / 8.10 ERA / 2.10 WHIP

Aaron Kurcz (RHP)

3 IP / 2 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / 6.00 ERA / 1.67 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 13-16 Update

A's AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Infielder Chad Pinder

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Infielder Chad Pinder

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 13 – 16)

Tuesday, October 13th:

Second baseman Chad Pinder hit 2 home runs, singled and drove in 4 runs in his AFL debut, while third baseman Renato Nunez went 0 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 8-7 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 14th:

Center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 0 for 4 with a walk, while LHP Sean Manaea allowed 1 run in 4 innings. RHP Aaron Kurcz gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in 1 inning, RHP Bendan McCurry tossed 1 scoreless frame, and RHP Kris Hall allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 1 inning, to take the loss as Mesa fell 7-6 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 15th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez and center fielder Jaycob Brugman each went 1 for 4 with a double, while second baseman Chad Pinder went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts as Mesa was shut out 3-0 on Thursday.

Friday, October 16th:

Designated hitter Renato Nunez and center fielder Jaycob Brugman both went 1 for 5, while RHP Kris Hall gave up 3 runs in 1 inning, and RHP Brendan McCurry allowed 1 run in 1 inning in Mesa’s 20-6 loss on Friday.

Saturday-Sunday, October 17th-18th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 13 – 16)

Jaycob Brugman (OF)

13 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 4 K / .154 AVG / .214 OBP / .231 SLG / .445 OPS

Renato Nunez (3B)
12 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 5 K / .167 AVG / .231 OBP / .250 SLG / .481 OPS

Chad Pinder (2B)

9 AB / 2 HR / 0 BB / 3 K / .333 AVG / .333 OBP / 1.000 SLG / 1.333 OPS

Sean Manaea (LHP)

4 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / 2.25 ERA / 0.50 WHIP

Brendan McCurry (RHP)

2 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / 4.50 ERA / 2.00 WHIP

Kris Hall (RHP)

2 IP / 7 H / 4 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 18.00 ERA / 3.50 WHIP

Aaron Kurcz (RHP)

1 IP / 2 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 1 K / 18.00 ERA / 4.00 WHIP

 

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Renato Nunez Joins Chad Pinder as A’s Top Hitting Prospects in Arizona Fall League while Matt Chapman Is Sidelined with Wrist Injury

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 Tuesday, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League. Last year’s top draft pick for the A’s, third baseman Matt Chapman, was originally scheduled to participate, but a lingering wrist injury will leave him sidelined, and he’ll be replaced by fellow third baseman Renato Nunez.

The Arizona Fall 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 players from the Angels, Marlins, Cubs and Rays, including former A’s prospect Daniel Robertson.

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

Some of the A’s top young hitting prospects will be seeing action in Arizona, including shortstop Chad Pinder and third baseman Renato Nunez along with their Midland teammate, outfielder Jaycob Brugman, while the A’s AFL pitching contingent this year will be comprised of promising left-hander Sean Manaea as well as right-handed relievers Brendan McCurry, Kris Hall and Aaron Kurcz.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2015–

 

cpPinder, Chad3Chad Pinder

Shortstop

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

15 HR / 28 BB / 103 K / .317 AVG / .361 OBP / .486 SLG / .847 OPS

Pinder put together an impressive season while serving as Midland’s starting shortstop this year. The 23-year-old led all A’s minor league regulars with a .317 batting average, while his 86 RBIs were the second-most in the system next to Nashville’s Jason Pridie. Pinder possesses a little pop too, and he posted 15 home runs to go along with 32 doubles in the notoriously difficult hitting environment at Midland. Pinder could still stand to improve his plate discipline a bit though, and he’ll have the opportunity to work on that in the AFL while he prepares to take over as the starting shortstop at Nashville next season.

 

rnNunez, Renato3Renato Nunez

Third Baseman

Age: 21

Midland RockHounds

18 HR / 28 BB / 66 K / .278 AVG / .332 OBP / .480 SLG / .812 OPS

With Matt Chapman sidelined with a wrist injury, Nunez will now get the chance to make his AFL debut in 2015. The 21-year-old put together a solid season at Midland and, despite missing the first month of the season due to injury, still managed to post the third-highest home run total in the A’s minor league system with 18. Nunez also improved his walk and strikeout rates a bit this year while increasing his versatility by making a handful of starts at first base for the RockHounds. And the Venezuelan slugger will now have the opportunity to continue to refine his game in the AFL as he prepares to make his Triple-A debut in 2016.

 

jbBrugman, Jaycob3Jaycob Brugman

Outfielder

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

6 HR / 62 BB / 89 K / .260 AVG / .343 OBP / .382 SLG / .725 OPS

The A’s 17th-round draft pick in 2013, Brugman is a solid all-around player who doesn’t jump off the page at you but manages to do everything well enough to be a productive performer on the field. The 23-year-old reduced his strikeout rate this season and totaled 8 triples, which were as many as anyone in the A’s system, to go along with 27 doubles, 62 walks and 11 stolen bases. Brugman will try to make a positive impression in the AFL as he hopes to boost his chances of opening the season as a member of Nashville’s starting outfield.

 

sm640455bSean Manaea

Left-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

42 2/3 IP / 34 H / 9 ER / 15 BB / 51 K / 1.90 ERA / 1.15 WHIP

Manaea came over from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist trade and was impressive in almost every outing for Midland. After finishing the season as the RockHounds’ top starter, the former 1st-round draft pick went on to throw 8 shutout innings in the first game of the Hounds’ three-game sweep of the Texas League Championship Series. The 6’5” lefty missed a lot of time early in the season with a groin injury, so he’ll look to make up for lost time in the AFL as he also attempts to firm up his reputation as the A’s most promising pitching prospect.

 

bmMcCurry, Brendan3Brendan McCurry

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher

Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Midland RockHounds

63 IP / 39 H / 13 ER / 17 BB / 82 K / 1.86 ERA / 0.89 WHIP

McCurry was the A’s minor league saves leader this year, notching 21 at Stockton before going on to post 6 for Midland, and he failed to convert just 1 save opportunity all season. The A’s 22nd-round draft pick in 2014 also walked just 17 while striking out 82 in 63 innings and has struck out an average of 11.7 batters per 9 innings over his minor league career. Much like Ryan Dull, McCurry isn’t physically imposing (he’s listed at 5’10” and 165 lbs.), but an impressive stint in the AFL could help put him on the fast track to the majors.

 

khHall, Kris2Kris Hall

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher

Age: 24

Midland RockHounds / Nashville Sounds

74 IP / 61 H / 23 ER / 57 BB / 77 K / 2.80 ERA / 1.59 WHIP

The A’s 8th-round draft pick in 2012, Hall has always put up solid strikeout numbers, but he’s also struggled with control issues throughout his career. The 24-year-old struck out 9.4 and walked 6.9 per 9 innings this season, and he allowed a meager 5 home runs over 74 innings of work. Hall is currently coming off his best season, and he has good stuff, but he’ll be looking to gain greater mastery of his command while working in the AFL.

 

ak594891Aaron Kurcz

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher

Age: 25

Nashville Sounds

26 IP / 29 H / 12 ER / 15 BB / 31 K / 4.15 ERA / 1.69 WHIP

The veteran among the A’s AFL contingent this year, Kurcz came over from Atlanta midseason. He has shown a consistent ability to put up big strikeout totals throughout his minor league career, but he also battles with bouts of wildness at times and has yet to make it to the majors since being drafted by the Cubs back in 2010. The 25-year-old Las Vegas native will be making his second consecutive appearance in the Arizona Fall League after playing for Surprise in 2014.

 

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