Category: Arizona Fall League

Preview: Shore, Murphy, Neuse, Ramirez Set to Lead A’s AFL Squad

by Bill Moriarity / A’s Farm Editor

00aflafl_striahgt_logo_4vdwdld9_cg5m3bavWhile 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.

2017 marks the 26th 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 again this year, where they’ll be joined by players from the Astros, Tigers, Cubs and Nationals.

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 and hopefully help advance their development.

Some of the A’s top young Double-A hitting prospects will be seeing action in Arizona this year, including catcher Sean Murphy, infielder Sheldon Neuse and outfielder Tyler Ramirez, while the A’s AFL pitching contingent will be comprised of promising right-handers Logan Shore, Miguel Romero, Nolan Blackwood and Sam Bragg. Cuban RHP Norge Ruiz was originally scheduled to participate, but he’s still been bothered by an elbow strain and was replaced on the squad by Bragg.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2017–

 

sm669221bSean Murphy

Catcher

Age: 22

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

13 HR / 32 BB / 67 K / .250 AVG / .313 OBP / .410 SLG / .723 OPS

Last year’s 3rd-round draft pick for the A’s has always been valued for his strong throwing arm and his solid work behind the plate, but he also proved he has some pop by hitting 13 home runs this season. The 22-year-old slashed .297/.343/.527 for Stockton in the hitter-friendly California League before earning a promotion to Midland the last week of June. He struggled a bit at Double-A though, putting up a .209/.288/.309 slash line for the RockHounds. His strong defense and power potential make Murphy the A’s top catching prospect, and he’ll have the opportunity to work on developing a little more consistency at the plate during his time in the AFL.

 

sn641914bSheldon Neuse

Third Baseman / Shortstop

Age: 22

Hagerstown Suns / Stockton Ports / Midland RockHounds

16 HR / 40 BB / 112 K / .321 AVG / .382 OBP / .502 SLG / .884 OPS

Acquired from the Nationals in the Ryan Madson/Sean Doolittle deal, last year’s 2nd-round draft pick for Washington has done nothing but hit since joining the A’s system. After compiling 19 doubles, 9 home runs and a .469 slugging percentage for the Nationals’ Class-A Hagerstown Suns in the first half, the 22-year-old kicked things up a notch when he joined High-A Stockton, slugging a robust .675 and hitting 7 home runs in just 22 games for the Ports. While his power numbers dropped off after his August promotion to Double-A Midland, Neuse still managed to up put up an impressive .373 batting average to go along with a healthy .427 on-base percentage for the RockHounds. And he should continue to get the chance to see time at both third base and shortstop during his stint in the AFL.

 

tr669262bTyler Ramirez

Outfielder

Age: 22

Stockton Ports / Midland RockHounds

11 HR / 73 BB / 133 K / .304 AVG / .398 OBP / .431 SLG / .829 OPS

Ramirez has proven to be a fast mover in the A’s system. After being drafted in the 7th round last year and spending most of last season with short-season Vermont, the left-handed hitter started this year at High-A Stockton and then moved up to Double-A Midland this summer without missing a beat. Improved competition hasn’t seemed to hinder the 22-year-old one bit. He hit better at Stockton than he did for Vermont, and hit even better for Midland than he did at Stockton. Ramirez has been remarkably consistent while hardly ever taking a day off and has a real knack for reaching base. His 73 walks were most among A’s minor leaguers, while his .398 on-base percentage was best among A’s prospects with at least 300 at-bats. He also compiled the second-most hits and tied for the second-most runs in the system this season. While Ramirez can play all three outfield positions, he seems to look most comfortable in left, where he spent the bulk of his time this season.

 

ls624519bLogan Shore

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 22

Stockton Ports / AZL A’s

80 2/3 IP / 83 H / 33 ER / 16 BB / 87 K / 3.68 ERA / 1.23 WHIP

Last year’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s got off to a good start for Stockton this season, putting up a 3.12 ERA over his first 9 appearances for the Ports before landing on the disabled list thanks to a lat strain. After being sidelined for a couple of months, Shore returned to the mound in July, but he had to endure a few rough outings for Stockton before finally finding his footing and posting a 3.24 ERA in 6 August starts. Shore has shown himself to be a consistent strike thrower, averaging 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings this season, and he possesses solid command of his pitches. But he only managed to make it to the mound for 80 2/3 innings in his first full season, so he’ll be looking to make up for lost time in the AFL this year.

 

mr673603Miguel Romero

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Beloit Snappers / AZL A’s / DSL A’s

31 1/3 IP / 31 H / 17 ER / 11 BB / 42 K / 4.88 ERA / 1.34 WHIP

One of the A’s recent Cuban imports, Romero is a hard thrower who, in addition to a mid-90s fastball, also features a changeup and a slider. After making brief pit stops in the Dominican and Arizona Leagues, he looked solid in 3 starts for Class-A Beloit this summer, compiling a 2.25 ERA in his brief time with the Snappers. But the 23-year-old struggled after his promotion to Stockton. He notched 25 strikeouts in just 18 1/3 innings, but too many walks and home runs led to a bloated 6.87 ERA in his 8 appearances for the Ports. Romero finished the season on the disabled list for Stockton and logged just 31 1/3 innings in his first season in the U.S., so the A’s will be eager to get a better look at the hurler in the AFL.

 

nb670154Nolan Blackwood

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 22

Stockton Ports

57 IP / 42 H / 19 ER / 18 BB / 48 K / 3.00 ERA / 1.05 WHIP

Drafted by the A’s in the 14th round just last year, the sidearmer impressed in his first full season. The 22-year-old turned out to be a very reliable closer for Stockton, successfully converting 19 of 20 save opportunities this season. Blackwood led all A’s minor leaguers in saves while striking out 48 batters in 57 innings and giving up just 2 home runs all year in the homer-happy confines of the California League. The Mississippi native then failed to allow a hit or a run in a pair of relief appearances for Double-A Midland in the Texas League Championship Series, and he’ll get the chance to show what he can do against advanced competition this year in the AFL.

 

sb595892Sam Bragg

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 24

Midland RockHounds

68 1/3 IP / 69 H / 23 ER / 16 BB / 56 K / 3.03 ERA / 1.24 WHIP

With Cuban RHP Norge Ruiz, who had been set to participate in the AFL this year, still sidelined by an elbow strain, Bragg will get the chance to return to the AFL for his second straight season. The 24-year-old also spent his second straight season with Double-A Midland this year, posting a solid 3.03 ERA in 45 relief appearances for the RockHounds. The A’s 18th-round pick in the 2013 draft has always had good control and solid strikeouts numbers, and he’s had equal success against both righties and lefties. Bragg seems to have gotten a bit stuck at the Double-A level though, so he’ll be looking for a strong AFL campaign to help open up some eyes and raise his stock in the organization.

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A’s In The AFL – November 14-19 Final Update

A's AFL MVP: Pitcher Frankie Montas (17 IP/1 ER)

A’s AFL MVP: Pitcher Frankie Montas (17 IP/1 ER)

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 14 – November 19)

Monday, November 14th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 4 with a walk and drove in 2 runs. Starter Dylan Covey gave up 3 runs over 4 innings but still earned the win, while RHP Frankie Montas allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 2 2/3 innings, and RHP Sam Bragg tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief as Mesa won 13-5 on Monday.

Tuesday, November 15th:

No A’s prospects participated in Mesa’s 6-5 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 16th:

Second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4 with a  double in Mesa’s 10-0 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 17th:

Second baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with a triple, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 1 unearned run in 2 innings of relief in Mesa’s 6-6 tie as the team clinched the AFL East Division title on Thursday.

Friday, November 18th:

No games scheduled.

Saturday, November 19th:

Starter Dylan Covey allowed 1 hit and 1 run over 5 innings to earn the win, while RHP Frankie Montas struck out 5 in 3 scoreless innings of relief, and second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 3 as Mesa won the AFL Championship Game 6-1 on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect Final AFL Stats

(October 11 – November 18) [Championship Game Not Included]

Franklin Barreto (SS-2B)

88 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 21 K / .261 AVG / .290 OBP / .330 SLG / .620 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)

74 AB / 0 HR / 5 BB / 17 K / .270 AVG / .313 OBP / .365 SLG / .677 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

54 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .278 AVG / .304 OBP / .407 SLG / .711 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

24 2/3 IP / 28 H / 13 ER / 8 BB / 17 K / 4.74 ERA / 1.46 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

17 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 8 BB / 9 K / 0.53 ERA / 0.88 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

14 2/3 IP / 14 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 14 K / 1.84 ERA / 1.09 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

13 2/3 IP / 11 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 12 K / 1.98 ERA / 0.88 WHIP

 

 

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A’s In The AFL – November 7-12 Update

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

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

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 7 – November 12)

Monday, November 7th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 4 with a double, while designated hitter Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 in Mesa’s 4-3 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, November 8th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in 4 runs, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4 with a double and a walk and drove in a run, and third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 4, stole a base and made 3 errors. Starter Dylan Covey gave up 5 runs in 3 2/3 innings but still earned the win, while RHP Frankie Montas threw 3 scoreless frames, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 1 unearned run in 1 inning of relief as Mesa won 10-7 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 9th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and drove in a run, while second baseman Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4, stole a base and drove in a run, and RHP Sam Bragg allowed 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief to take the loss as Mesa lost 5-4 on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 10th:

Designated hitter Max Schrock went 1 for 4 with a double to help Mesa win 6-5 on Thursday.

Friday, November 11th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 5-3 loss on Friday.

Saturday, November 12th:

RHP Trey Cochran-Gill pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief as Mesa lost 4-2 on Saturday.

Sunday, November 13th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – November 12)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

74 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 18 K / .243 AVG / .269 OBP / .311 SLG / .580 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)

66 AB / 0 HR / 4 BB / 16 K / .258 AVG / .296 OBP / .333 SLG / .629 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

54 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .278 AVG / .304 OBP / .407 SLG / .711 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

20 2/3 IP / 21 H / 10 ER / 7 BB / 14 K / 4.35 ERA / 1.35 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

14 1/3 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 9 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.63 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

12 2/3 IP / 10 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 12 K / 2.13 ERA / 0.87 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

12 2/3 IP / 12 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 13 K / 2.13 ERA / 1.11 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 31-November 5 Update

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Pitcher Dylan Covey

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Pitcher Dylan Covey

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 31 – November 5)

Monday, October 31st:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 3 with a double, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 1 run in 1 1/3 innings of relief as Mesa lost 17-2 on Monday.

Tuesday, November 1st:

Starter Dylan Covey tossed 5 hitless frames, while RHP Frankie Montas threw 3 hitless innings to earn the win, and Marlins prospect Drew Steckenrider pitched a perfect 9th inning to pick up the save and complete the no-hitter as Mesa beat Surprise 1-0 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 2nd:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 5 with a double and drove in a run, while second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4, and third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 4. RHP Sam Bragg struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa lost 7-4 on Wednesday.

Thursday,  November 3rd:

No A’s prospects appeared in Mesa’s 3-1 win over Surprise on Thursday.

Friday, November 4th:

Third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 4 with a triple, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 3, and second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4. RHP Trey Cochran-Gill struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief as Mesa lost 8-3 on Friday.

Saturday, November 5th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 2 with a throwing error, while RHP Sam Bragg allowed 2 runs in 1 inning of relief as the AFL East Fall Stars lost 12-4 in the AFL Fall Stars Game on Saturday.

Sunday, November 6th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – November 5)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

57 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 13 K / .211 AVG / .233 OBP / .263 SLG / .496 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
52 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 12 K / .250 AVG / .286 OBP / .308 SLG / .593 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

46 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .261 AVG / .292 OBP / .370 SLG / .661 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

17 IP / 13 H / 5 ER / 5 BB / 11 K / 2.65 ERA / 1.06 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.62 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 11 K / 0.79 ERA / 0.71 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

10 1/3 IP / 11 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 11 K / 2.61 ERA / 1.26 WHIP

 

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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 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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