Month: May 2017

Tuesday, May 30th: Gossett Shines and Olson & Nunez Homer to Help Sounds Take 2 while Snappers Win in a Walk-Off

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Daniel Gossett (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Daniel Gossett (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

GAME #1

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  3

Nashville Sounds              8

WP – Gossett 3-2 / 3.19

HR – Olson (12)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Gossett

(6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

In the completion of a game that was suspended in the 1st inning on Saturday, last week’s Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week, RHP Daniel Gossett, turned in another impressive performance for the Sounds, allowing just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 8 over 6 shutout innings to earn his 3rd win for Nashville. Gossett threw the 1st inning of the game on Saturday and finished up with the other 5 frames on Tuesday to extend his scoreless-innings streak to 14. First baseman Matt Olson singled, walked and hit his 12th home run, while center fielder Ryan LaMarre singled, doubled, walked and drove in 2 runs. Second baseman Joey Wendle singled twice and stole a base, and catcher Matt McBride doubled, drew a pair of walks and drove in a pair to help the Sounds win the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. In other news, RHP Raul Alcantara, who last pitched in Thursday’s game, was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday.

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Monday, May 29th: Murphy’s Big Bat Helps Ports Win in Extras while Seddon & Manarino Receive Promotions

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Catcher Sean Murphy (3 for 6 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Catcher Sean Murphy (3 for 6 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports                       8

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes  3

WP – Biegalski 3-2 / 6.83

Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Sean Murphy

(3 for 6 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

Catcher Sean Murphy came through with a big 3-run double in the top of the 12th inning to help Stockton win its third straight on Monday. Murphy had 3 hits in the game, including another double in the 9th, and he’s now gone 8 for 14 in his last 3 games to raise his average to .291. First baseman Chris Iriart had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while center fielder Tyler Ramirez singled, doubled, walked and scored twice. Second baseman Branden Cogswell had a pair of hits and drove in the tying run in the top of the 9th, and right fielder Seth Brown singled twice and drove in 2 runs, including to the go-ahead run in the 12th. Stockton starter Casey Meisner allowed 3 runs over 5 2/3 frames, while LHP Cody Stull threw 3 shutout innings in relief, and RHP Boomer Biegalski tossed 2 scoreless innings to pick up the win for the Ports. Meanwhile, one of Stockton’s top starting pitchers, LHP Evan Manarino, was reassigned to the RockHounds on Monday. The 24-year-old Manarino, who was the A’s 25th-round draft pick in 2015, put up a 3.21 ERA while striking out 41 and walking just 3 in 47 2/3 frames for the Ports this season.

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A’s Minor League Team Leaders

by Bill Moriarity / A’s Farm Editor

Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto

With the first two months of the minor league season almost in the books, it seems like a good time to take a look at the A’s minor league team leaders in a few key hitting and pitching categories. And it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see the names of top prospects like Franklin Barreto, Matt Chapman and A.J. Puk high atop our list of A’s minor league team leaders.

Leaders are included for all four of the A’s full-season affiliates – Nashville, Midland, Stockton and Beloit. A minimum of 100 at-bats is required for the hitting categories and a minimum of 40 innings is required for the ERA and WHIP categories for pitchers. An asterisk indicates not just a team leader but also an organizational leader in a particular category, and the stats are complete through games of Sunday, May 28. Some of these names you may expect to see atop the lists, while others might come as a bit of a surprise!

You can always stay up to date on the A’s top prospects and all the daily action in the A’s minor league system right here on Athletics Farm. A version of this report originally appeared on Athletics Nation

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Sunday, May 28th: Walter Pitches Sounds to Doubleheader Split while Big HRs by Brown & Mercedes Help Ports & Snappers Prevail

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Corey Walter (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Corey Walter (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

GAME #2

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  1

Nashville Sounds              2

WP – Walter 1-0 / 2.79

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Corey Walter

(7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

After spending most of the season pitching for Double-A Midland, RHP Corey Walter looked more than ready for Triple-A on Sunday. 2014’s 28th-round draft pick for the A’s allowed just 1 run on 6 hits while throwing a 7-inning complete game to earn his 1st win for the Sounds in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader. The game was a 1-1 tie until the bottom of the 7th inning, when third baseman Matt Chapman doubled to lead off the inning and then came in to score the winning run on catcher Ryan Lavarnway‘s RBI single as the Sounds won in a walk-off to split the twinbill. First baseman Matt Olson doubled and walked in the game, and designated hitter Renato Nunez walked and drove in the Sounds’ first run with a sacrifice fly. RHP Paul Blackburn, who’s riding a 13-inning scoreless streak, is set to take the mound on Monday for Nashville.

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Saturday, May 27th: Puk Pitches Ports to Victory with 5 Scoreless Frames

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher A.J. Puk (5 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher A.J. Puk (5 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports                      4

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes  2

WP – Puk 3-4 / 3.43

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Puk

(5 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 8 K / Win)

LHP A.J. Puk turned in his second straight impressive start for Stockton on Saturday. Last year’s top draft pick for the A’s threw 5 shutout innings while allowing just 1 hit, walking 4 and striking out 8 with a fastball that was reaching into the upper-90s on the night. Puk earned his 3rd win for the Ports and has now allowed just 1 hit and 1 run while striking out 15 over his last 10 1/3 innings for Stockton. LHP Will Gilbert gave up 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief, but RHP Nolan Blackwood tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to post his 4th save for the Ports. Shortstop Eli White collected 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, while left fielder James Harris and third baseman Mikey White each singled in a run, and catcher Sean Murphy and center fielder Tyler Ramirez had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports.

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Friday, May 26th: Rosa Hits 2 HRs for Hounds while Mondou Helps Snappers Win in Extras

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Viosergy Rosa (2 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Viosergy Rosa (2 for 4 / 2 HRs / 5 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  10

NW Arkansas Naturals   11

LP – Navas 0-1 / 13.50

HR – Rosa 2 (9)

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Viosergy Rosa

(2 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

Midland ended up suffering a heart-breaking walk-off loss in a slugfest on Friday, but first baseman Viosergy Rosa turned in an impressive performance for the RockHounds. After homering to put the Hounds on the board in the top of the 5th inning, Rosa came up with two outs, the bases loaded and the game tied in the 7th and slugged a grand slam over the left field wall to give his team a 4-run lead. Rosa was in an 0-for-14 slump headed into Friday’s game but he now has a team-leading 9 home runs for the Hounds. Starter Heath Fillmyer allowed 6 runs, 4 earned, over 5 1/3 frames, but LHP Brandon Mann gave up 2 runs in the 8th, and RHP Carlos Navas surrendered 3 runs without recording an out in the bottom of the 9th to suffer the loss as the Hounds lost in a walk-off. Designated hitter B.J. Boyd singled, doubled and drove in a pair, while left fielder Brett Vertigan had 2 hits and drove in a run for the RockHounds.

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Snappy Thoughts: Beloit’s 4-Game Series vs. Wisconsin (5/22-25)

by Ryan Christoffersen / A’s Farm Beloit Correspondent

bsThe Beloit Snappers took three out of four games from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Milwaukee’s Midwest League affiliate, in their series this week at Pohlman Field in Beloit.

The matchup featured the only two minor league teams in the state of Wisconsin, and there’s always a lot of energy in the air anytime these two Dairy State rivals meet. Beloit came into the series just one game behind Wisconsin in the Midwest League Western Division standings and finished it one game ahead of their in-state rivals.

The Timber Rattlers currently possess the worst team batting average in the Midwest League, but one of the team’s top hitting prospects is catcher Mario Feliciano. The 18-year-old has put up an impressive .291/.365/.418 slash line, which is especially remarkable considering he is one of the youngest players in the Midwest League and he’s playing such a demanding position. Wisconsin’s top starter, RHP Trey Supak, started the second game of the series and threw 5 scoreless innings. The 20-year-old now carries a 1.76 ERA, placing him in the top ten in the Midwest League.

 

Game #1:  Beloit 12 – Wisconsin 2

Luis Barrera

Luis Barrera

*Speedy outfielder Luis Barrera smashed a 3-run homer to right field in the 5th inning that was estimated to travel 440 feet!

*Center fielder Mike Martin and second baseman Nate Mondou both legged out hustle doubles in back-to-back at bats in the 5th inning. These are the type of plays that don’t show up in the box score, but these two players showed tremendous effort that also put extra pressure on the opposing team’s defense.

*The A’s #13 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, RHP Dakota Chalmers, continued to have unhittable stuff, in more ways than one. The 20-year-old struck out 8 and gave up just 1 hit, but he still walked 4 batters over 5 innings. And for the season, Chalmers has walked 29 batters in 29 innings. Learning to control his stuff will be the key for Chalmers’ development this season, and that will be something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

 

Game #2:  Beloit 2 – Wisconsin 1 (7 innings)

Brandon Bailey

Brandon Bailey

*RHP Brandon Bailey, the A’s 6th-round pick in last year’s draft, turned in a strong 4 IP/3 H/0 ER/1 BB/5 K line in his second appearance since returning from the disabled list.

*Bailey has now pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings and has a 2.32 ERA on the season. He joins LHP Dalton Sawyer and RHP Brendan Butler to form a formidable trio of starting pitchers for the Snappers.

*Two sacrifice flies were all the Snappers needed to win the game, the second of which, courtesy of third baseman Nate Mondou, drove in the game-winning run to help the Snappers win in a walk-off in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.

 

Game #3:  Wisconsin 4 – Beloit 3 (7 innings)

Sam Sheehan

Sam Sheehan

*The A’s 12th-round draft pick last year, left fielder Luke Persico, did not record an official at-bat in the game. He drew a pair of walks and hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the Snappers’ first run in the 3rd inning.

*Second baseman Nate Mondou, normally a very cerebral player, uncharacteristically made two outs on the base paths; he was picked off and caught stealing in the loss.

*The 31st-round pick of the A’s in 2016, RHP Sam Sheehan, pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief. He has a unique 3/4-sidearm slot that would appear to be very tough on right-handed hitters.

*Beloit native Cameron Roegner made the start for Wisconsin, bringing a lot of family and friends out to the ballpark to see the hometown boy. He allowed just 1 run over 6 innings of work and left the game with a 3-run lead.

*With Roegner out of the game though, Beloit was able to battle back within a run in the bottom of the 7th. The Snappers put 2 runs on the board with the help of 4 walks by Wisconsin’s Braden Webb as well as a force out. Unfortunately, the Snappers weren’t able to come through with the big hit, or any hit for that matter, in the final frame and suffered a 1-run loss in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.

 

Game #4:  Beloit 15 – Wisconsin 2

Luke Persico

Luke Persico

*Left fielder Luke Persico had a big game at the plate, going 4 for 6 with 2 doubles and 5 RBIs.

*Persico continues to smack line drives all over the diamond, with a 24.4 % line-drive rate. In 148 at-bats, he’s slashing .311/.366/.480 for the Snappers. And he’s done all that during the coldest months of the season in the chilly Midwest League, where conditions can often be brutal.

*A pair of Dominican-born players, center fielder Luis Barrera and first baseman Miguel Mercedes, both homered in the game. Barrera cracked a leadoff homer in the bottom of the 1st, while Mercedes hit his 8th of the season to straightaway center in the 8th inning.

*As Oakland’s 9th-round draft pick last year, there were some expectations for LHP Dalton Sawyer, and he’s more than lived up to them. Sawyer pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 runs while striking out 7 to earn his 4th win on Thursday. And for the season, Sawyer has an ERA of 2.00 with a brilliant batting-average-against of just .165.

*RHP Seth Martinez came on in relief and pitched 3 scoreless innings of 1-hit ball for Beloit. Martinez, a 17th-round pick last year, actually picked up a save in the game even though it was a 15-2 final score.

 

Series Notes:

*Speedy outfielder Luis Barrera, known mainly for his ability to hit for average and his blazing speed, hit two home runs in the series. As previously mentioned, Barrera’s home run in the first game went an estimated 440 feet, which is the longest home run hit by a Snapper at Pohlman Field this season.

*Infielder Nate Mondou went 7 for 15 with a walk in the series, and his batting average is currently sitting at a team-leading .321.

*The Snappers outscored the Timber Rattlers 32-9 in the 4-game series, and it was one of the team’s most dominating series wins of the season.

 

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A’s Prospect of the Series:

Outfielder Luke Persico

(5 for 8 / 2 Doubles / 3 Walks / 6 RBIs)

 

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Thursday, May 25th: Manarino Leads Ports to Shutout Win with Help of Ramirez’s 2 HRs while Marincov & Persico Both Drive in 5 in Hounds’ & Snappers’ Wins

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Evan Manarino (7 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Evan Manarino (7 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   2

Visalia Rawhide   0

WP – Manarino 4-2 / 3.21

HR – Ramirez 2 (5)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Evan Manarino

(7 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

LHP Evan Manarino turned in his second straight impressive start for Stockton on Thursday, putting up 6 strikeouts over 7 shutout innings to post his 4th win for the Ports. The 24-year-old southern California native has now failed to allow a run or a walk in 13 innings over his last 2 starts for Stockton. And in his first appearance since returning to the Ports from the RockHounds, LHP Cody Stull pitched 2 perfect innings in relief to complete the 6-hit shutout as Stockton prevailed for the fifth time in its last six games on Thursday. Left fielder Tyler Ramirez had a big night at the plate for the Ports. Last year’s 7th-round draft pick provided all the offense his team would need with a pair of solo shots, one in the 4th inning and one in the 9th, to give him a total of 5 round-trippers on the season, and catcher Sean Murphy collected 3 hits, including a double, for Stockton. Meanwhile, after making a pair of relief appearances for the Ports, RHP Chris Jensen was reassigned to the RockHounds on Thursday.

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Wednesday, May 24th: Blackburn Leads Sounds to 2nd Straight Shutout Win while Meisner Pitches Ports to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Paul Blackburn (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Paul Blackburn (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Omaha Storm Chasers  0

Nashville Sounds         4

WP – Blackburn 3-4 / 3.33

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Paul Blackburn

(7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

Another day, another great performance by a Sounds starter – and on Wednesday, it was RHP Paul Blackburn’s turn. The 23-year-old struck out 6 over 7 scoreless innings to earn the win and help Nashville notch its second consecutive shutout and its fourth straight win. Blackburn has now failed to allow a run over his last 13 frames, while Tuesday’s starter, RHP Daniel Mengden, is currently riding a 10-inning scoreless streak, and RHPs Daniel Gossett and Jharel Cotton failed to allow any runs in their last starts as well. RHPs Tucker Healy and Simon Castro each contributed 1 scoreless inning in relief to close out Wednesday’s 6-hit shutout for the Sounds. First baseman Matt Olson singled, doubled, walked and drove in a run, while second baseman Franklin Barreto doubled and scored a run, and center fielder Jaycob Brugman drew 3 walks, included a bases-loaded walk to bring home a run for the Sounds in the bottom of the 2nd. And with A’s RHP Bobby Wahl landing on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, Nashville RHP Zach Neal rejoined Oakland’s roster on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, May 23rd: Mengden Throws 7 Scoreless, Chapman Homers & Wendle Has 4 Hits to Help Sounds Post Shutout Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Daniel Mengden (7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Daniel Mengden (7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Omaha Storm Chasers  0

Nashville Sounds       10

WP – Mengden 2-1 / 2.21

HR – Chapman (10)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Mengden

(7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

RHP Daniel Mengden delivered his second straight strong start for the Sounds, allowing just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 7 scoreless innings to earn his 2nd win on Tuesday. And Mengden has now allowed just 1 run and struck out 12 without issuing a walk in 13 innings over his last 2 outings for Nashville. RHP Chris Smith pitched 2 perfect innings in relief to complete the 3-hit shutout as the Sounds won their third straight on Tuesday. Third baseman Matt Chapman tripled and also homered for the second straight night, notching his 10th round-tripper for Nashville. Second baseman Joey Wendle collected 4 hits, including a triple and a double, and drove in 2 runs, while first baseman Chris Parmelee singled twice, doubled and drove in a run. Catcher Matt McBride singled, doubled and drove in a pair, and center fielder Ryan LaMarre tripled with the bases loaded to drive in 3 for Nashville. Meanwhile, LHP Felix Doubront, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, was added to the Sounds’ active roster on Tuesday.

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