Month: October 2016

A’s In The AFL – October 24-29 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Infielder Yairo Munoz

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Infielder Yairo Munoz

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 24 – 29)

Monday, October 24th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 4, while RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 scoreless innings, and RHP Sam Bragg threw 1 scoreless frame in Mesa’s 7-2 win on Monday.

Tuesday, October 25th:

Designated hitter Max Schrock went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs, while second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 5 in Mesa’s 7-6 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 26th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 3 and drove in 2 runs, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5. RHP Dylan Covey allowed 1 run in 4 2/3 innings to earn the win, and RHP Frankie Montas tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief as Mesa won 12-5 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 27th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base, while second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 6, drove in a run and stole a base, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief as Mesa won 10-7 on Thursday.

Friday, October 28th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4, drove in 2 runs and stole a base, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4 with a double and drove in a run, and RHP Sam Bragg tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win in relief as Mesa won 7-3 on Friday.

Saturday, October 29th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 5 in Mesa’s 4-3 win on Saturday.

Sunday, October 30th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 29)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

45 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 12 K / .244 AVG / .255 OBP / .289 SLG / .544 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
41 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 10 K / .244 AVG / .289 OBP / .244 SLG / .533 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

38 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .289 AVG / .325 OBP / .421 SLG / .746 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

12 IP / 13 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 10 K / 3.75 ERA / 1.42 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

9 1/3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / 0.96 ERA / 0.64 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

8 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.60 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

8 IP / 8 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 17-22 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Shortstop Franklin Barreto

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Shortstop Franklin Barreto

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 17 – 22)

Monday, October 17th:

RHP Sam Bragg struck out 2 in 2 perfect innings of relief as Mesa won 12-2 on Monday.

Tuesday, October 18th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 4 for 4 with a double and a walk, stole 2 bases, drove in 2 runs and scored twice, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 4, and second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4 in Mesa’s 6-3 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 19th:

Designated hitter Yairo Munoz went 1 for 3, while second baseman Franklin Barreto went 0 for 1, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa lost 2-1 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 20th:

Starter Dylan Covey allowed 2 runs over 3 1/3 innings, and RHP Frankie Montas struck out 5 in 3 scoreless frames while topping 100 mph. Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3, and shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts in Mesa’s 3-2 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 21st:

Designated hitter Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4, while RHP Sam Bragg tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa won 4-3 on Friday.

Saturday, October 22nd:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4, and third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts in Mesa’s 7-2 loss on Saturday.

Sunday, October 23rd:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 22)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

31 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 11 K / .226 AVG / .250 OBP / .258 SLG / .508 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
26 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 8 K / .154 AVG / .214 OBP / .154 SLG / .368 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

23 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 1 K / .261 AVG / .320 OBP / .391 SLG / .711 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

7 1/3 IP / 8 H / 4 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / 4.91 ERA / 1.36 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / 1.50 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

3 2/3 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / 4.91 ERA / 1.91 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 11-15 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: RHP Frankie Montas

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: RHP Frankie Montas

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 11 – 15)

Tuesday, October 11th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4 and drove in a run, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief as Mesa lost its inaugural game of the season by a score of 11-2 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 12th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and made a throwing error, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 4, and RHP Sam Bragg allowed 1 run and struck out 5 in 2 innings of relief in Mesa’s 7-1 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 13th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4 and made a throwing error as Mesa notched its first win of the season by a score of 7-5 on Thursday.

Friday, October 14th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, drove in 2 runs, scored twice and made a fielding error, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with a walk. Starting pitcher Dylan Covey allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 4 innings to earn the win, RHP Frankie Montas threw 3 scoreless innings while hitting over 100 mph with his fastball, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 2 runs in 1 inning as Mesa won 10-4 on Friday.

Saturday, October 15th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 3 with a walk and drove in a run, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 3 with a walk, and shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts in Mesa’s 12-2 loss on Saturday.

Sunday, October 16th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 15)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

14 AB / 0 HR / 0 BB / 7 K / .143 AVG / .143 OBP / .143 SLG / .286 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
13 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 3 K / .154 AVG / .267 OBP / .154 SLG / .421 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

11 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 1 K / .273 AVG / .385 OBP / .273 SLG / .657 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

4 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.25 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

2 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

1 2/3 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 10.80 ERA / 2.40 WHIP

 

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Preview: Top Prospect Barreto Headlines A’s AFL Squad

AFL 25 Years Logo_FNLWhile 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 on Tuesday, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

2016 marks the 25th season of the Arizona Fall League. Each year, the league 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 Indians, Marlins, Cubs and Blue Jays, and the team will be managed by former A’s outfielder and current Midland manager Ryan Christenson.

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 young infield prospects will be seeing action in Arizona, including shortstop Franklin Barreto, second baseman Max Schrock and versatile infielder Yairo Munoz, while the A’s AFL pitching contingent this year will be comprised of promising right-handers Frankie Montas, Dylan Covey, Sam Bragg and Trey Cochran-Gill. 2014’s top draft pick for the A’s, third baseman Matt Chapman, was originally scheduled to participate, but the decision was made to give the slugger a bit of a breather and his spot on the squad was taken by Schrock.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2016–

 

fb620439Franklin Barreto

Shortstop

Age: 20

Midland RockHounds / Nashville Sounds

11 HR / 36 BB / 94 K / .284 AVG / .342 OBP / .422 SLG / .763 OPS

Barreto has been viewed as the A’s top young hitting prospect ever since his arrival from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson trade. And since joining the A’s system, he’s followed a pattern of starting out slowly each season and then catching on fire in the second half, and this year was no exception. Barreto boasted a .337/.387/.486 slash line over the last 90 days of the regular season, and his hot finish earned him a promotion from Midland to Nashville on the last day of August. In addition to hitting 11 home runs, the infielder led all A’s minor leaguers in stolen bases with 30 this past season. Barreto is still just 20, but he finished the year just one step away from the majors, and a strong AFL campaign could help expedite his estimated time of arrival.

 

ym622168Yairo Munoz

Shortstop / Second Baseman / Third Baseman

Age: 21

Midland RockHounds

9 HR / 23 BB / 76 K / .240 AVG / .286 OBP / .367 SLG / .653 OPS

Munoz entered the season as a consensus top ten prospect for the A’s, but he reported to spring training a bit out of shape and ended up being sidelined till the end of April after dealing with a string of nagging injuries. He then got off to a bit of a slow start over his first couple months of action at Midland. At the relatively young age of 21, Munoz didn’t have a particularly impressive season at the plate in his Double-A debut, but he did have the opportunity to expand his versatility in the field by getting into at least 25 games each at shortstop, second base and third base over the course of the season. He’s likely to continue to see time around the infield while also making up for lost at-bats from the spring during his stint in the AFL.

 

ms621011Max Schrock

Second Baseman

Age: 21

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports / Hagerstown Suns / Potomac Nationals

9 HR / 31 BB / 42 K / .331 AVG / .373 OBP / .449 SLG / .823 OPS

Schrock was acquired by the A’s from Washington at the end of August in return for reliever Marc Rzepczynski. The 21-year-old has done nothing but hit since the Nationals drafted him in the 13th round last year. He kept it up after joining the A’s system late in the season, and he sports an impressive .326/.369/.449 slash line over 175 games in his minor league career. After appearing in just 8 regular season and 8 postseason games in the A’s system, the team will have the opportunity to get a much better look at what they’ve got in the sweet-swinging infielder when he begins his stint in the AFL next week.

 

fm593423bFrankie Montas

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Oklahoma City Dodgers / Tulsa Drillers

16 IP / 14 H / 4 ER / 3 BB / 22 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.06 WHIP

Montas was acquired this summer by the A’s from the Dodgers in the Josh Reddick/Rich Hill trade, and he actually comes with a bit of major league experience on his resume. He made 7 appearances with the White Sox in 2015 before being dealt to the Dodgers prior to the 2016 season. Surgery last offseason followed by a broken rib sidelined Montas for all but 7 games this year. The Dominican righty boasts a 100+ mph fastball and has struck out an average of 9.3 batters per 9 innings over his minor league career. Montas has mainly appeared as a starter in the minors. And if he looks strong in his return to action, it’s possible that he could compete for a rotation spot next spring, or the A’s could always choose to put his power arm in the bullpen and see how it plays out there. But the front office will first have to see how the big righty looks when he’s fully healthy and back on the mound in the AFL.

 

dc592229Dylan Covey

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 25

Midland RockHounds

29 1/3 IP / 21 H / 6 ER / 17 BB / 26 K / 1.84 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

A former 1st-round pick of the Brewers out of high school, Covey ended up heading to the University of San Diego after being diagnosed with diabetes during his post-draft physical. The A’s scooped him up with their 4th-round pick in 2013 and, after turning in a solid 2015 season at Stockton, the groundball pitcher got off to a decent start at Double-A in 2016 before an oblique injury caused him to miss four months of the season. And after making just 6 starts this year, the 25-year-old will be looking to make up for lost time in the AFL.

 

sb595892Sam Bragg

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

65 IP / 60 H / 31 ER / 19 BB / 68 K / 4.29 ERA / 1.22 WHIP

The A’s 18th-round pick in the 2013 draft, the right-handed reliever has always had good control and solid strikeouts numbers. Bragg got off to a rough start in 2016, but he finished strong and ended up striking out 68 while walking just 19 over 65 innings for Midland. The right-hander had equal success against righties and lefties for the RockHounds, but he’ll be looking to gain greater overall consistency during his time on the mound in the AFL.

 

tc605184Trey Cochran-Gill

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

73 1/3 IP / 71 H / 25 ER / 25 BB / 58 K / 3.07 ERA / 1.31 WHIP

The reliever came to the A’s from the Mariners in return for Evan Scribner as part of Oakland’s offseason bullpen purge. Originallly taken by the Mariners in the 17th round of the 2014 draft, the 23-year-old had failed to allow a home run in his minor league career prior to this past season. The Alabama native was especially tough on right-handers while coming out of Midland’s bullpen in 2016 and had a stretch of 3 ½ months this season where he didn’t surrender a round-tripper for the RockHonds.

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A’s Send Down 11 Players This Week – 6 Become Free Agents

So long, Sogie - nerd power is no more.

So long, Sogie – nerd power is no more.

The A’s front office began the arduous process of paring the team’s roster down to 40 this week. With all the players on the disabled list needing to be activated in the offseason as well as a number of promising young prospects needing to be added to the roster in order to be protected in the Rule-5 draft, the task is particularly difficult this year.

The A’s begun the paring process on Wednesday when they outrighted pitcher Chris Smith and catcher Matt McBride to Nashville. The team followed that on Thursday by outrighting infielders Eric Sogard and Tyler Ladendorf, outfielder Andrew Lambo and pitchers Fernando Rodriguez, J.B. Wendelken and Donn Roach to Nashville and also announced that utility man Arismendy Alcantara was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati, then finished up by outrighting pitchers Jarrod Parker, Felix Doubront and Henderson Alvarez to Nashville on Friday.

Later on Friday, six of those players who were outrighted elected free agency – infielder Eric Sogard, catcher Matt McBride and pitchers Fernando Rodriguez, Jarrod Parker, Felix Doubront and Henderson Alvarez. Their tenure with the A’s has effectively ended, unless they choose to re-sign with the team, but they are now free to sign with any team.

With the recent subtractions, there are currently 38 players remaining on the A’s roster – 19 pitchers and 19 position players. Two of those players, outfielder Sam Fuld and pitcher Ross Detwiler, are eligible for free agency. And once they declare, as expected, the A’s roster will then stand at 36, which will enable the team to add infielder Franklin Barreto, outfielder Jaycob Brugman and relievers Bobby Wahl and Tucker Healy to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule-5 draft. All have performed well in their time at the Triple-A level and could be prime targets for other organizations if the A’s were to leave them unprotected.

Of course, this is the A’s, so further roster changes could occur at any time. But for now, you can check out the A’s current roster here.

 

 

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