Month: June 2016

A’s Farm Report for Week of May 30-June 5: Nashville Prospects Are Hot, Hot, Hot!

Nashville's hot-hitting Ryon Healy

Nashville’s hot-hitting Ryon Healy

Nashville has been the hottest team in the Pacific Coast League over the past few weeks, winning 18 of its last 21 games. The team’s rise has been fueled by impressive performances from some of the system’s top prospects – players like Renato Nunez, Matt Olson, Chad Pinder, Ryon Healy, Jaycob Brugman, Joey Wendle, Max Muncy, Daniel Mengden and Dillon Overton. Fortunately for the struggling A’s, things have been looking up down on the farm lately! A version of this weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Sunday, June 5th: Marincov, Chapman, Nunez & Ravelo Homer as All 4 A’s Affiliates Fall

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Tyler Marincov (3 for 5 / Home Run)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds DH Tyler Marincov (3 for 5 / Home Run)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Tulsa Drillers                  6

Midland RockHounds  5

LP – Bracewell 2-1 / 1.88

HR – Chapman (14), Marincov (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Tyler Marincov

(3 for 5 / Home Run)

On a day in which all four A’s affiliates lost, RockHounds designated hitter Tyler Marincov may have turned in the best performance of the day. The 24-year-old collected 3 hits, including his 2nd home run for the Hounds and his 11th on the season, and he now trails just teammate Matt Chapman, and is tied with Nashville’s Renato Nunez, in that category among all A’s minor leaguers. And speaking of Chapman, he slugged his league-leading 14th home run, a 2-run shot, in the 6th on Sunday. Second baseman Wade Kirkland singled, doubled and walked, while left fielder J.P. Sportman singled and scored and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Starter Chris Jensen allowed 5 runs, 3 earned, over 6 innings of work, while RHP Ben Bracewell was charged with the winning run in the top of the 9th to take the loss for Midland.

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Saturday, June 4th: Joey Wendle’s Grand Slam Helps Sounds Win while Angel Duno Pitches Snappers to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Second Baseman Joey Wendle (3 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Second Baseman Joey Wendle (3 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       13

Omaha Storm Chasers  5

WP – Overton 5-4 / 3.98

HR – Wendle (6), Lambo (4), McBride (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Joey Wendle

(3 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

With Nashville holding a slim 1-run lead in the 3rd inning, second baseman Joey Wendle stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and slugged a grand slam and the Sounds never looked back as they rolled to a 13-5 victory over Omaha on Saturday. Wendle also had a pair of singles and drove in a total of 5 runs in the game. Catcher Matt McBride followed Wendle’s big blast in the 3rd with a solo shot of his own, while left fielder Andrew Lambo launched his 4th home run in the 4th, and first baseman Rangel Ravelo reached base 4 times, on a pair of singles, a double and a walk, while driving in 2 runs. Starter Dillon Overton was solid, allowing 3 runs over 7 innings of work to earn his 5th win for Sounds. And in other news, the A’s recalled LHP Daniel Coulombe and optioned RHP Andrew Triggs back to Nashville on Saturday.

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Friday, June 3rd: Joe Bennie Homers & R.J. Alvarez Makes 1st Rehab Appearance in Ports Loss while Hounds & Snappers Go Down to Defeat

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Second Baseman Joe Bennie (2 for 4 / Home Run / Double / Walk / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Second Baseman Joe Bennie (2 for 4 / Home Run / Double / Walk / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Bakersfield Blaze  8

Stockton Ports    6

LP – Meisner 0-9 / 4.55

HR – Brizuela (5), Bennie (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Joe Bennie

(2 for 4 / Home Run / Double / Walk / 2 RBIs)

On a night when none of the A’s affiliates were able to notch a win, Stockton dropped its fourth straight despite second baseman Joe Bennie’s big night at the plate. Bennie belted a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning to give the Ports an early lead, then doubled and scored in the 8th and also walked in the game. Third baseman Jose Brizuela hit his 5th home run, a solo shot in the 7th, while shortstop Richie Martin had a pair of hits for the Ports. Starter Casey Meisner allowed 7 runs, 5 earned, on 9 hits, including 3 home runs, over 4 2/3 innings of work to suffer his 9th loss, while RHP R.J. Alvarez allowed a home run and struck out 2 in 1 inning of relief in his first rehab appearance for the Ports.

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Thursday, June 2nd: Alcantara & Barreto Combine to Help Hounds Win while Pinder Has 3 Hits & Maxwell Homers in Sounds Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Raul Alcantara (7 2/3 IP / 8 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Raul Alcantara (7 2/3 IP / 8 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Springfield Cardinals     3

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Alcantara 5-3 / 3.90

HR – Barreto (5)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

(7 2/3 IP / 8 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

RHP Raul Alcantara turned in an impressive start for the RockHounds on Thursday. The 23-year-old held Springfield scoreless through the first 5 innings and ended up allowing just 1 run while walking none over 7 2/3 innings to earn his 5th win. Alcantara’s command was on point as he threw 72 strikes and just 21 balls on Thursday. Shortstop Franklin Barreto had a big night at the plate, collecting a single, a double and an inside-the-park home run while driving in 3 runs for the RockHounds. Catcher Beau Taylor, second baseman Wade Kirkland and designated hitter Danny Oh had a pair of hits apiece for Midland.

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Wednesday, June 1st: Nunez & Olson Homer as Sounds Snap 9-Game Win Streak with Loss in the 10th while Daniel Gossett Drops Double-A Debut

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (2 for 5 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (2 for 5 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express  15

Nashville Sounds        9

LP – Brasier 3-2 / 3.96

HR – Nunez (10), Olson (6)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(2 for 5 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

The Sounds had their nine-game winning streak snapped in a 10-inning loss to rival Round Rock on Wednesday. Nashville was down by 6 runs heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, but third baseman Renato Nunez’s team-leading 10th home run, a 3-run shot, cut the deficit in half. And after the Sounds plated another run, right fielder Matt Olson, who had struck out 3 times in the game, tagged a 2-run homer to tie things up and send the game to extra innings. But RHP Ryan Brasier surrendered 6 runs in the top of the 10th to take the loss. Nunez also singled in the 1st inning and drove in the Sounds’ first run with a sacrifice fly in the 5th, while center fielder Jaycob Brugman had 4 hits, including a double as well as an RBI triple in the 7th, and second baseman Chad Pinder singled, walked and doubled in a run in the 10th. Starter Angel Castro allowed 7 runs, 4 earned, over 4 innings of work, while RHP Eduard Santos struck out 5 in 3 scoreless innings of relief for the Sounds.

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