Month: November 2015

A’s 2016 Minor League Staff

 

Nashville Sounds manager Steve Scarsone

Nashville Sounds manager Steve Scarsone

NASHVILLE SOUNDS (Triple-A)

Manager: Steve Scarsone

Pitching Coach: Rick Rodriguez

Hitting Coach: Eric Martins

Steve Scarsone returns to Triple-A Nashville for the second consecutive season after the Sounds finished 66-78 in 2015. This will be his fourth consecutive season as manager of the A’s Triple-A club and he now has a 634-632 record in nine seasons as a minor league manager, including stints in the A’s system with Midland from 2011-12, Stockton in 2010 and Kane County in 2009. Rick Rodriguez will be the pitching coach after holding that role with Single-A Stockton last year. This is his 32nd season in the A’s organization, which includes seven seasons as a player and two years as bullpen coach in Oakland (2011-12). Eric Martins takes over as hitting coach after making his minor league coaching debut as hitting coach at Midland in 2015. Brad LaRosa returns as the athletic trainer and AJ Seeliger was named strength and conditioning coach.

 

Midland RockHounds manager Ryan Christenson

Midland RockHounds manager Ryan Christenson

MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS (Double-A)

Manager: Ryan Christenson

Pitching Coach: John Wasdin

Hitting Coach: Brian McArn

Ryan Christenson returns to Double-A Midland after guiding the RockHounds to their second consecutive Texas League championship last year. He is now 245-174 in three seasons as a manager and has led his club to the playoffs all three seasons. John Wasdin returns as Christenson’s pitching coach for the fourth consecutive season and Brian McArn moves up from Stockton to take over as hitting coach. This is McArn’s 19th season as hitting coach in the A’s farm system, which includes a stop at Midland in 2004. Justin Whitehouse returns as the athletic trainer and Henry Torres will be the strength and conditioning coach.

 

Stockton Ports manager Rick Magnante

Stockton Ports manager Rick Magnante

STOCKTON PORTS (High-A)

Manager: Rick Magnante

Pitching Coach: Steve Connelly

Hitting Coach: Tommy Everidge

Rick Magnante will manage at Stockton for the second consecutive season following a 74-66 showing in 2015. He is now 531-563 in 13 seasons as a manager in the minors. Steve Connelly is in his first season as the Ports pitching coach after holding that job with Short Season Single-A Vermont in 2014 and Single-A Beloit in 2015. Tommy Everidge joins Stockton as hitting coach after serving in that capacity for Vermont in 2014 and 2015. Travis Tims returns as athletic trainer and Sean Doran takes over as strength and conditioning coach.

 

Beloit Snappers manager Fran Riordan

Beloit Snappers manager Fran Riordan

BELOIT SNAPPERS (Class-A)

Manager: Fran Riordan

Pitching Coach: Don Schulze

Hitting Coach: Juan Dilone

Fran Riordan returns to manage Beloit for the second consecutive season after the Snappers finished 55-84 in 2015. He spent the previous 14 years managing in independent leagues. Don Schulze is in his first season as pitching coach at Beloit after spending last year at Nashville. This is 11th season as pitching coach in the A’s farm system. Juan Dilone will be the hitting coach after spending the previous seven years with the A’s affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League. Brian Thorson returns as athletic trainer and Matt Rutledge will serve as strength and conditioning coach.

 

Vermont Lake Monsters manager Aaron Nieckula

Vermont Lake Monsters manager Aaron Nieckula

VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS (Class-A Short-Season)

Manager: Aaron Nieckula

Pitching Coach: Carlos Chavez

Hitting Coach: Lloyd Turner

In addition to his duties as the A’s minor league field coordinator, Aaron Nieckula will manage the A’s Short Season club at Vermont for the second consecutive season. It is his 11th year as a manager in the A’s farm system and he has a 649-679 record over the previous 10 seasons. Carlos Chavez returns as pitching coach for the second consecutive year and Lloyd Turner takes over as hitting coach after spending the previous two seasons at Beloit. Toshi Nagahara returns as the athletic trainer and Omar Aguilar is the strength and conditioning coach.

 

Arizona League A's manager Webster Garrison

Arizona League A’s manager Webster Garrison

ARIZONA LEAGUE A’S (Rookie Short-Season)

Manager: Webster Garrison

Pitching Coach: TBA

Hitting Coach: Ruben Escalera

Webster Garrison will be the manager of the A’s affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League, his ninth season as manager. He last managed at Stockton in 2013 and has a 534-522 record over his previous eight seasons. This is his 24th season in the A’s organization, which includes 17 years as a minor league manager or coach and seven years as a player. Ruben Escalera will be the hitting coach after managing the club the previous two seasons and Gabe Ortiz will be a coach. Chris Lessner returns as the athletic trainer and Terence Brannic is the strength and conditioning coach.

 

Minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson

Minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson

Minor League Field Coordinator: Aaron Nieckula

Minor League Hitting Coordinator: Jim Eppard

Minor League Pitching Coordinator: Gil Patterson

Minor League Rehab Pitching Coordinator: Craig Lefferts

Minor League Defensive Coordinator: Juan Navarrette

Gil Patterson returns to the A’s organization as minor league pitching coordinator after spending the previous three years in the Yankees organization in a similar role. Patterson was the A’s minor league roving pitching instructor in 1996 and from 2008-12 and also coached in the A’s farm system from 1991-95. Jim Eppard was named minor league hitting coordinator after spending 13 seasons in the Angels organization. He spent the last two years as assistant hitting coordinator after a two-year stint as the Angels major league hitting coach. Juan Navarrete is in his 22nd season with the A’s and will be the minor league defensive coordinator and Craig Lefferts and Aaron Nieckula return for their second consecutive season as minor league rehab pitching coordinator and minor league field coordinator, respectively.

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 16-19 Final Update

A's AFL MVP: Pitcher Sean Manaea

A’s AFL MVP: Pitcher Sean Manaea

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 16 – 19)

Monday, November 16th:

Game cancelled due to wet grounds.

Tuesday, November 17th:

Second baseman Chad Pinder went 0 for 2 with a walk in Mesa’s 4-2 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 18th:

Right fielder Jaycob Brugman went 1 for 4 with an RBI and RHP Brendan McCurry tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Mesa’s 6-1 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 19th:

LHP Sean Manaea allowed just 1 unearned run and struck out 7 over 4 2/3 innings, LHP Jeff Urlaub struck out 2 in 1 scoreless frame, and center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 3 for 4 with a double in Mesa’s 5-1 loss on Thursday. Thursday’s loss marked Mesa’s final game of the AFL season. The Solar Sox finished the season with a league-worst 9-21 record. Meanwhile, Sean Manaea finished the season as the AFL strikeout leader with 33.

 

A’s Prospect Final AFL Stats

(October 13 – November 19)

Renato Nunez (3B)
71 AB / 4 HR / 4 BB / 14 K / .296 AVG / .333 OBP / .493 SLG / .826 OPS

Jaycob Brugman (OF)

64 AB / 0 HR / 6 BB / 19 K / .266 AVG / .333 OBP / .375 SLG / .708 OPS

Chad Pinder (2B-SS)

51 AB / 4 HR / 4 BB / 13 K / .235 AVG / .316 OBP / .549 SLG / .865 OPS

Sean Manaea (LHP)

25 2/3 IP / 22 H / 11 ER / 6 BB / 33 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.09 WHIP

Brendan McCurry (RHP)

13 1/3 IP / 13 H / 7 ER / 2 BB / 16 K / 4.73 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

Kris Hall (RHP)

10 2/3 IP / 11 H / 8 ER / 5 BB / 11 K / 6.75 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Aaron Kurcz (RHP)

4 IP / 6 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 6 K / 11.25 ERA / 2.50 WHIP

Jeff Urlaub (LHP)

4 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

In Other News…

On Friday, Oakland added two minor leaguers to the team’s 40-man roster, second baseman Joey Wendle and LHP Jose Torres. Minor league free agent catcher Carson Blair was re-signed by the A’s this week. The team also signed minor league free agent RHPs Chris Smith and Eduard Santos, and MLB Trade Rumors reported on Saturday that the A’s had signed minor league free agent LHP Patrick Schuster.

 

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 9-14 Update

A's AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Pitcher Sean Manaea

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: LHP Sean Manaea

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 9 – 14)

Monday, November 9th:

Center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 1 for 4, shortstop Chad Pinder went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts, and RHP Kris Hall allowed 1 run in 1 inning in Mesa’s 5-3 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, November 10th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez went 2 for 4, RHP Brendan McCurry struck out 3 in 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and LHP Jeff Urlaub allowed 1 run in 1 inning in Mesa’s 10-3 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 11th:

Second baseman Chad Pinder went 1 for 3 with a walk and right fielder Jaycob Brugman went 1 for 2 with 2 walks in Mesa’s 7-5 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 12th:

Designated hitter Chad Pinder went 0 for 3 with a walk, center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 0 for 4, and RHP Kris Hall tossed 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 1-0 shutout loss on Thursday.

Friday, November 13th:

LHP Sean Manaea allowed 1 run and struck out 9 in 5 innings, RHP Brendan McCurry struck out 3 in 1 scoreless inning, and LHP Jeff Urlaub tossed 1 scoreless frame in Mesa’s 2-1 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 14th:

Right fielder Jaycob Brugman went 1 for 3 with a triple and shortstop Chad Pinder went 0 for 3 in Mesa’s 5-1 win on Saturday.

Sunday, November 15th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 13 – November 14)

Renato Nunez (3B)
71 AB / 4 HR / 4 BB / 14 K / .296 AVG / .333 OBP / .493 SLG / .826 OPS

Jaycob Brugman (OF)

56 AB / 0 HR / 6 BB / 18 K / .232 AVG / .313 OBP / .339 SLG / .652 OPS

Chad Pinder (2B-SS)

49 AB / 4 HR / 3 BB / 13 K / .245 AVG / .315 OBP / .571 SLG / .886 OPS

Sean Manaea (LHP)

21 IP / 19 H / 11 ER / 5 BB / 26 K / 4.71 ERA / 1.14 WHIP

Brendan McCurry (RHP)

12 IP / 13 H / 7 ER / 2 BB / 15 K / 5.25 ERA / 1.25 WHIP

Kris Hall (RHP)

10 2/3 IP / 11 H / 8 ER / 5 BB / 11 K / 6.75 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Aaron Kurcz (RHP)

4 IP / 6 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 6 K / 11.25 ERA / 2.50 WHIP

Jeff Urlaub (LHP)

3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 0 K / 3.00 ERA / 2.00 WHIP

 

In Other News…

The Arizona Fall League named A’s LHP Sean Manaea its pitcher of the week after striking out a league-best 9 batters while allowing just 1 run on 2 hits and a walk in 5 innings of work in Friday’s start.

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 2-7 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

(November 2 – 7)

Monday, November 2nd:

Shortstop Chad Pinder went 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer, third baseman Renato Nunez went 0 for 3 with a walk, and starting pitcher Sean Manaea allowed 1 run in 4 innings in Mesa’s 6-3 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, November 3rd:

Shortstop Chad Pinder went 2 for 5 with a triple and drove in a run, while center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 1 for 4. RHP Brendan McCurry allowed 1 run in 1 inning, and RHP Kris Hall tossed 1 scoreless frame in Mesa’s 14-5 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 4th:

Designated hitter Chad Pinder went 1 for 5 with a home run, third baseman Renato Nunez went 2 for 5, and LHP Jeff Urlaub tossed 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 12-6 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 5th:

Center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk, while shortstop Chad Pinder went 1 for 4 and drove in a run, and designated hitter Renato Nunez went 1 for 4. RHP Kris Hall tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in Mesa’s 4-2 win on Thursday.

Friday, November 6th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez went 2 for 5 and drove in 2 runs, and RHP Brendan McCurry allowed 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 7-6 loss on Friday.

Saturday, November 7th:

Starting pitcher Sean Manaea struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings, shortstop Chad Pinder went 1 for 4, and third baseman Renato Nunez went 0 for 2 in the AFL all-star game on Saturday.

Sunday, November 8th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 13 – November 7)

Renato Nunez (3B)
67 AB / 4 HR / 4 BB / 14 K / .284 AVG / .324 OBP / .493 SLG / .816 OPS

Jaycob Brugman (OF)

43 AB / 0 HR / 4 BB / 13 K / .233 AVG / .292 OBP / .326 SLG / .617 OPS

Chad Pinder (2B-SS)

35 AB / 4 HR / 1 BB / 8 K / .314 AVG / .351 OBP / .771 SLG / 1.123 OPS

Sean Manaea (LHP)

16 IP / 17 H / 10 ER / 4 BB / 17 K / 5.63 ERA / 1.31 WHIP

Brendan McCurry (RHP)

9 2/3 IP / 12 H / 7 ER / 2 BB / 9 K / 6.52 ERA / 1.45 WHIP

Kris Hall (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 9 H / 7 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 7.27 ERA / 1.38 WHIP

Aaron Kurcz (RHP)

4 IP / 6 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 6 K / 11.25 ERA / 2.50 WHIP

Jeff Urlaub (LHP)

1 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 0 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

 

In Other News…

A number of A’s minor league players have recently elected to become free agents, including infielders Andy Parrino, Anthony Aliotti, Alden Carrithers and Conner Crumbliss, catcher Bryan Anderson and pitchers Angel Castro, Brad Mills, Nate Long, Brock Huntzinger, Jim Fuller, Tim Atherton, Parker Frazier, Jonathan Joseph, Omar Duran and Darwin Frias. All are now free to sign with any organization they choose.

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 26-31 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 26 – 31)

Monday, October 26th:

No A’s prospects participated in Monday’s game, but former A’s prospect Daniel Robertson went 1 for 4 and scored a run in Mesa’s 10-9 comeback win.

Tuesday, October 27th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez and left fielder Jaycob Brugman both went 1 for 5, while starter Sean Manaea gave up 5 runs over 4 innings of work. RHP Brendan McCurry allowed 1 run in 1 2/3 innings, RHP Kris Hall tossed 1 1/3 scoreless frames, and RHP Aaron Kurcz gave up 3 runs in 1 inning as Mesa lost 9-5 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 28th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez went 2 for 5 with a home run, his 4th, and made 2 throwing errors in Mesa’s 11-10 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 29th:

No A’s prospects participated in Thursday’s game, but former A’s prospect Daniel Robertson went 0 for 4 in Mesa’s 5-3 win.

Friday, October 30th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez went 2 for 4, while RHP Kris Hall allowed 3 runs in 1 inning, and RHP Brendan McCurry tossed 2 scoreless frames in Mesa’s 12-1 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 31st:

Designated hitter Renato Nunez went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts, and center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 0 for 2 with a walk and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in Mesa’s 6-2 loss on Saturday.

Sunday, November 1st:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 13 – 31)

Renato Nunez (3B)
50 AB / 4 HR / 3 BB / 12 K / .280 AVG / .321 OBP / .560 SLG / .881 OPS

Jaycob Brugman (OF)

35 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 10 K / .200 AVG / .256 OBP / .286 SLG / .542 OPS

Chad Pinder (2B)

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

Sean Manaea (LHP)

12 IP / 13 H / 9 ER / 3 BB / 13 K / 6.75 ERA / 1.33 WHIP

Brendan McCurry (RHP)

7 IP / 8 H / 4 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / 5.14 ERA / 1.29 WHIP

Kris Hall (RHP)

6 1/3 IP / 9 H / 7 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / 9.95 ERA / 1.74 WHIP

Aaron Kurcz (RHP)

4 IP / 6 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 6 K / 11.25 ERA / 2.50 WHIP

 

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