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A’s Farm’s 2016 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Nashville's Ryon Healy has been one of the A's best minor league hitters this season.

Nashville’s Ryon Healy has been one of the A’s best minor league hitters so far this season.

With the California League and the Midwest League All-Star breaks taking place this week and all the minor league affiliates right around the halfway points of their seasons, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field have been in the A’s system in the first half of 2016. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2016 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Nashville, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton and Class-A Beloit. Offensive starters were selected from the players who’ve had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were selected from hurlers who’ve had at least ten starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader.

Statistics listed are through games of Tuesday, June 21. And asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system. Ryon Healy and Jaycob Brugman both moved up from Midland to Nashville in mid-May, while Tyler Marincov was reassigned from Stockton to Midland right around the same time.

Check out our list of All-Star candidates at each position. Then click on the link just below the list of contenders to find A’s Farm’s winning Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and then cast your vote in our poll for the top A’s Organizational All-Star!

 

–THE CANDIDATES–

 

CATCHER

Nashville – Bruce Maxwell (142 PA / 2 HR / .276 AVG / .373 OBP / .382 SLG / .755 OPS)

Midland – Beau Taylor (183 PA / 2 HR / .280 AVG / .401 OBP / .393 SLG / .794 OPS)

Stockton – Argenis Raga (174 PA / 0 HR / .252 AVG / .329 OBP / .338 SLG / .667 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Chavez (120 PA / 0 HR / .214 AVG / .252 OBP / .232 SLG / .484 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Nashville – Rangel Ravelo (208 PA / 4 HR / .257 AVG / .322 OBP / .380 SLG / .702 OPS)

Midland – Viosergy Rosa (269 PA / 4 HR / .282 AVG / .394 OBP / .410 SLG / .804 OPS)

Stockton – Sandber Pimentel (242 PA / 11 HR / .264 AVG / .364 OBP / .481 SLG / .844 OPS)

Beloit – Chris Iriart (206 PA / 9 HR / .240 AVG / .335 OBP / .447 SLG / .782 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Nashville – Joey Wendle (277 PA / 6 HR / .253 AVG / .292 OBP / .410 SLG / .702 OPS)

Midland – Wade Kirkland (170 PA / 1 HR / .271 AVG / .313 OBP / .361 SLG / .675 OPS)

Stockton – Joe Bennie (303 PA / 6 HR / .296 AVG / .374 OBP / .442 SLG / .816 OPS)

Beloit – Trent Gilbert (234 PA / 1 HR / .276 AVG / .333 OBP / .379 SLG / .712 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Nashville – Chad Pinder (281 PA / 9 HR / .276 AVG / .321 OBP / .455 SLG / .777 OPS)

Midland – Franklin Barreto (281 PA / 7 HR / .237 AVG / .299 OBP / .362 SLG / .661 OPS)

Stockton – Mikey White (242 PA / 1 HR / .215 AVG / .282 OBP / .292 SLG / .574 OPS)

Beloit – Trace Loehr (188 PA / 0 HR / .211 AVG / .241 OBP / .283 SLG / .524 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Nashville – Renato Nunez (282 PA / 11 HR / .243 AVG / .291 OBP / .440 SLG / .731 OPS)

Midland – Matt Chapman (298 PA / 16 HR / .230 AVG / .322 OBP / .460 SLG / .782 OPS)

Stockton – Jose Brizuela (214 PA / 5 HR / .226 AVG / .308 OBP / .363 SLG / .672 OPS)

Beloit – Edwin Diaz (189 PA / 3 HR / .239 AVG / .328 OBP / .337 SLG / .665 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Nashville – Andrew Lambo (240 PA / 4 HR / .255 AVG / .321 OBP / .384 SLG / .705 OPS)

Midland – J.P. Sportman (238 PA / 2 HR / .261 AVG / .307 OBP / .360 SLG / .667 OPS)

Stockton – B.J. Boyd (226 PA / 1 HR / .315 AVG / .390 OBP / .391 SLG / .781 OPS)

Beloit – Justin Higley (232 PA / 4 HR / .252 AVG / .328 OBP / .393 SLG / .721 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Nashville – Jaycob Brugman (312 PA / 8 HR / .289 AVG / .347 OBP / .484 SLG / .831 OPS) *

Midland – Brett Vertigan (249 PA / 1 HR / .248 AVG / .313 OBP / .320 SLG / .633 OPS)

Stockton – James Harris (324 PA / 2 HR / .302 AVG / .379 OBP / .393 SLG / .772 OPS)

Beloit – Skye Bolt (153 PA / 2 HR / .226 AVG / .314 OBP / .323 SLG / .637 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Nashville – Matt Olson (273 PA / 7 HR / .213 AVG / .327 OBP / .387 SLG / .714 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Marincov (302 PA / 12 HR / .275 AVG / .339 OBP / .473 SLG / .811 OPS) *

Stockton – Seth Brown (274 PA / 3 HR / .238 AVG / .344 OBP / .340 SLG / .685 OPS)

Beloit – Brett Siddall (261 PA / 3 HR / .255 AVG / .337 OBP / .355 SLG / .692 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nashville – Ryon Healy (304 PA / 13 HR / .338 AVG / .395 OBP / .594 SLG / .990 OPS) *

Midland – Danny Oh (197 PA / 0 HR / .254 AVG / .328 OBP / .283 SLG / .611 OPS)

Stockton – Melvin Mercedes (225 PA / 1 HR / .266 AVG / .353 OBP / .328 SLG / .681 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Howell (222 PA / 3 HR / .240 AVG / .374 OBP / .377 SLG / .751 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Nashville – Dillon Overton (83 2/3 IP / 85 H / 28 ER / 22 BB / 72 K / 3.01 ERA / 1.28 WHIP)

Midland – Corey Walter (57 IP / 53 H / 16 ER / 10 BB / 30 K / 2.53 ERA / 1.11 WHIP)

Stockton – Heath Fillmyer (76 2/3 IP / 74 H / 24 ER / 24 BB / 76 K / 2.82 ERA / 1.28 WHIP)

Beloit – Evan Manarino (74 IP / 66 H / 15 ER / 11 BB / 66 K / 1.82 ERA / 1.04 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Nashville – Patrick Schuster (27 2/3 IP / 21 H / 5 ER / 11 BB / 28 K / 1.63 ERA / 1.16 WHIP / 5 SV)

Midland – Jake Sanchez (32 1/3 IP / 32 H / 13 ER / 11 BB / 33 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.33 WHIP / 3 SV)

Stockton – Carlos Navas (32 IP / 26 H / 13 ER / 11 BB / 42 K / 3.66 ERA / 1.16 WHIP / 4 SV)

Beloit – Cody Kurz (24 1/3 IP / 19 H / 12 ER / 20 BB / 23 K / 4.44 ERA / 1.60 WHIP / 6 SV)

 

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A’s Farm’s 2016 Top 10 Prospect List

Former top prospect Sonny Gray – who will be the next A’s prospect to make it big?

Former top prospect Sonny Gray – who will be the next A’s prospect to make it big?

With the first A’s players set to start turning up at the team’s spring training camp in just a few weeks, it’s time to present A’s Farm’s 2016 Top 10 Prospect List.

It’s interesting to note that six players from last year’s list have made a return to this year’s list, including Franklin Barreto, who made his debut in the A’s system last season, along with returning prospects Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Renato Nunez, Chad Pinder and Dillon Overton.

New to this year’s list are starting pitcher Sean Manaea and catcher Jacob Nottingham, who were both acquired in deadline deals last summer, as well as last year’s top draft pick for the A’s, shortstop Richie Martin, and young shortstop Yairo Munoz.

Eight of this year’s top 10 are position players, while only two are pitchers – both of them left-handers. And half of this year’s top 10 could start the season at Triple-A Nashville, while another three to five players are likely to begin the year at Double-A Midland, with only one or two top prospects starting the year in A ball.

Most A’s prospect lists this year feature shortstop Franklin Barreto in the top spot, but we’ve opted to go with left-handed hurler Sean Manaea as the more mature, advanced and polished prospect who’s more likely to make a big impact at the major league level. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at A’s Farm’s 2016 Top 10 Prospect List

 

A’S FARM’S 2016 TOP 10 PROSPECT LIST

#1 – Sean Manaea (LHP)

#2 – Franklin Barreto (SS)

#3 – Matt Olson (OF-1B)

#4 – Matt Chapman (3B)

#5 – Renato Nunez (3B)

#6 – Chad Pinder (SS)

#7 – Dillon Overton (LHP)

#8 – Jacob Nottingham (C)

#9 – Yairo Munoz (SS)

#10 – Richie Martin (SS)

 

sm640455b#1 SEAN MANAEA

Left-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2013 – 1st Round

As a big lefty with big strikeout numbers who stands a chance of becoming the A’s #2 starter, behind staff ace Sonny Gray, at some point over the next year and a half, Manaea takes the top spot on our prospect list this year. Of course, how he fares while facing more experienced hitters at Triple-A Nashville next season will determine whether or not Manaea ends up finding himself on the fast track to Oakland. After coming over from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist deal, the southpaw posted an impressive 1.90 ERA while striking out 10.8 per 9 innings in 7 starts for Double-A Midland, and he then went on to lead the Arizona Fall League in strikeouts by whiffing 33 in just 25 2/3 innings. Manaea works with a slider, a changeup and a fastball that occasionally touches 97 mph and can seem unhittable at times. Since being drafted in 2013, he’s missed some time due to both hip and abdomen injuries but, fortunately, he hasn’t experienced any arm issues thus far. As a 6’5” lefty who has the ability to put up gaudy strikeout numbers, the Indiana native has a lot of upside. And A’s general manager David Forst recently remarked that Manaea has “everything that you’re looking for out of a top-of-the-rotation guy.”

Likely To Start 2016 With: Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

fb620439#2 FRANKLIN BARRETO

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 20

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Universally considered the best young hitting prospect in the A’s system, Barreto turned in an impressive .302/.333/.500 slash line as a 19-year-old at High-A Stockton last season after coming over from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson trade. The shortsop started off slow in April, batting just .171 with a .243 slugging percentage in the first month of the season. But he heated up as the season unfolded and, in July, he hit .375 with a slugging percentage of .700. Barreto obviously has the ability to swing the bat, but he also has some speed. And though he’s fairly small at just 5’9”, he has some pop as he showed by hitting 13 home runs last year despite sitting out six weeks with a wrist injury. The young Venezuelan can be a bit of a free-swinger though, and he drew just 15 walks against 67 strikeouts over 364 plate appearances last season. But the big question about Barreto surrounds his defense. While he has a strong arm, his play in the field can be erratic, and he chalked up a total of 34 errors in 86 games at shortstop last year. He spent some time in the outfield in the Venezuelan Winter League, and A’s general manager David Forst has indicated that he may end up dividing his time between shortstop and second base at Midland next season. But he also noted that Barreto is still quite young and that the team does believe he has the ability to stick at shortstop over the long run.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

mo621566#3 MATT OLSON

Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder/First Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 22

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

Most A’s fans who follow the team’s farm system are pretty familiar with Matt Olson’s profile by now. The big, strong left-handed slugger is generally considered to be the team’s top young power-hitting prospect after notching 77 home runs over the last three seasons. While making his Double-A debut last year, his 17 home runs (at the power-crushing confines of Midland) were the fourth-most among A’s minor leaguers, while his 105 walks were the second-most, and his 139 strikeouts were the third-most. And 45% of Olson’s plate appearances resulted in either a home run, a walk or a strikeout last season. The 6’5” slugger has been solid defensively at first base, but he actually spent more time in right field during the second half last year, where he may not have a lot of range but where his strong arm serves him well. And the Georgia native is likely to see more time in the outfield at Triple-A Nashville next season. Olson’s combination of power and plate discipline will ultimately be his ticket to the show. But if he has the ability to play first base as well as the corner outfield positions, then that versatility should only accelerate his ascent to Oakland.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

mc656305b#4 MATT CHAPMAN

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 22

Drafted 2014 – 1st Round

2014’s #1 draft pick for the A’s missed the first month of the season due to a knee injury and the last month of the season due to a wrist injury, but that still didn’t stop him from leading the A’s minor league system in home runs with 23 in just 304 at-bats at High-A Stockton last year. Of course, the friendly confines of the California League helped make that possible, but it did prove that Chapman’s power potential, which the A’s front office has always believed in, could be real. Of course, that will be put to the test in the far less hospitable habitat of Midland next season. In the field, there’s no doubt that Chapman possesses a good glove and a great arm and is well-suited for the hot corner. He can be a bit too much of a free-swinger at times and he batted just .250 last year, but his walk rate was up over his inaugural campaign, boosting his on-base percentage to a respectable .341 for 2015. And with his solid defensive work in the field, if Chapman can just manage to get on base with enough frequency, he should hopefully have enough pop to make him a credible candidate to handle the corner in Oakland before long.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

rn600524#5 RENATO NUNEZ

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 22

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Along with Olson, Nunez is one of the top two power-hitting prospects in the A’s system. The young Venezuelan hit 18 home runs in just 381 at-bats at Double-A Midland last season and has totaled 66 bombs over the last three years. His plate discipline could still use a little work, as he drew just 28 walks last season, but he did manage to lower his strikeout rate significantly in 2015. There’s no doubt that Nunez’s power potential is real, and it’s played at every level. The big question about Nunez has always concerned his defense. He’s primarily played third base throughout his minor league career, but he’s never really looked comfortable there. He appears slow in the field without a lot of range, and it’s hard to imagine seeing him handle the hot corner in the majors. Nunez got a handful of starts at first base last season and didn’t really look at home there either. But his bat may just be good enough to get him to the majors, perhaps sooner rather than later. And if the young slugger can live up to his potential at the plate, then the A’s will surely find a way to get his bat into the lineup one way or another.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

cp640461#6 CHAD PINDER

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2013 – 2nd Round

Pinder moved up one notch on our list this year on the strength of his Texas League MVP season at Midland. He posted an impressive .317/.361/.486 slash line and showed plenty of pop, particularly for the pitcher-friendly Texas League, by putting up 32 doubles and 15 home runs in his Double-A debut. He could still stand to improve his plate discipline though, as he drew just 28 walks in 522 plate appearances this season. After primarily playing second base for Stockton in 2014, the Virginia native made a smooth transition back to shortstop in 2015. Though he doesn’t show great range, Pinder does have a strong arm that serves him well. Many feel that he’ll ultimately end up being a better fit at either second or third base, but he did show this season that he can do a credible job at shortstop. And being a versatile infielder with a decent bat may give Pinder as good a chance as anyone at getting a shot in Oakland sometime before the season’s through.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

do592614b#7 DILLON OVERTON

Left-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2013 – 2nd Round

2013’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after signing in the summer of 2013 and has been building himself back up ever since returning to action the following summer. The A’s have been handling the lanky lefty with great care, never letting him go more than 4 innings in an outing in 2014 and never letting him go more than 5 innings in an outing in 2015. Overton’s command has been sharp ever since his return from surgery, walking just 31 and striking out 159 in 163 innings over the past two seasons. But his velocity has yet to fully return, and his fastball has mostly been sitting in the high-80s. Overton does have an effective breaking ball and changeup though and, as mentioned, he commands his repertoire well. The Oklahoma native performed well at both High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland last year, putting up a combined 3.43 ERA on the season. A’s general manager David Forst recently said, “If we can get this guy to 91-92 [mph] again, he’s here in no time.” And if that does indeed happen, then Overton could have the potential to be a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter. But if his velocity doesn’t fully return, then he could still end up as a finesse lefty at the back end of the rotation or possibly an effective left-handed reliever coming out of the bullpen for the A’s.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Midland RockHounds (AA) / Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

jn641924#8 JACOB NOTTINGHAM

Right-Handed Hitting Catcher

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2013 – 6th Round

Acquired from the Astros in the Scott Kazmir deal, Nottingham took over as the starting catcher at High-A Stockton last July and immediately became the top catching prospect in the A’s system. After not looking particularly impressive in his first two minor league seasons in 2013 and 2014, the 6’3” backstop had a breakthrough year with the bat in 2015, putting up a .316/.372/.505 slash line while playing with three different teams in A ball. The biggest boost came in his power numbers, as he collected 33 doubles and 17 home runs over 465 at-bats, though it may be a bit of a challenge for the young catcher to replicate those numbers in the pitcher-friendly Texas League next season. Nottingham walked just 33 times last year, so he could show a little more discipline, but his career minor league .284 batting average and .352 on-base percentage demonstrate his ability to be productive at the plate. Behind the plate, the big backstop has shown a strong arm, but his receiving skills could still use some work, as is evidenced by his 19 passed balls last season. He is still young though – he’ll be turning 21 just before opening day – so there is time for improvement. There’s a chance that Nottingham could end up being moved from behind the plate, and he did appear in 18 games at first base last season. But if he can stick at catcher, then his powerful bat could made him a potent backstop for the A’s in the not-too-distant future.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

ym622168b#9 YAIRO MUNOZ

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 21

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

After spending the first few months of the season struggling to put up a .236/.278/.363 slash line with Class-A Beloit, Munoz seemed reborn after a promotion to the California League, where he posted a healthy .320/.372/.480 line over the last six weeks of the season while playing as a 20-year-old for High-A Stockton. Munoz possesses good speed and more pop than you’d expect out of a middle infielder, and he stole 11 bases while collecting 13 home runs and 26 doubles over the course of the season. The Dominican native also has a strong enough arm and enough range to be able to stick at shortstop, though he should easily be able to make the transition to second or third base if needed. Munoz just turned 21 and could start the season either as the primary shortstop at Stockton or splitting time at shortstop and second base with top prospect Franklin Barreto at Midland, which A’s general manager David Forst has mentioned as a distinct possibility. But either way, as a versatile young infielder with some speed and some pop, he’ll be given plenty of opportunites to prove himself, and he’ll get the chance to move up quickly if he does.

Likely To Start 2016 With: Midland RockHounds (AA) / Stockton Ports (A+)

 

rm621006#10 RICHIE MARTIN

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2015 – 1st Round

Last year’s top draft pick for the A’s, Martin came to the team from the University of Florida with a well-deserved reputation as a slick-fielding shortstop. A strong arm, good range and sharp instincts enable him to make lots of plays that few other shortstops his age can. So defense is definitely not a question with Martin. He possesses good speed as well, and he swiped a total of 45 bases over three college seasons. The question with Martin has always been about his bat. He put up a .284/.376/.376 slash line with 7 home runs during his collegiate career. The Florida native impressed in the Cape Cod League in 2014 by finishing second in batting with a .364 average. But his slash line in his first pro season at Vermont in 2015 was a rather uninspiring .237/.353/.342. Martin’s never shown much pop, but he has shown the ability to take a walk to get on base. And the hope is, with his solid defensive skills and his patience at the plate, that his bat will develop enough to make him a legitimate defense-first shortstop in the major leagues.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Beloit Snappers (A) / Stockton Ports (A+)

 

HONORABLE MENTION: CASEY MEISNER

Just barely missing out on our top 10 list this year was right-handed starting pitcher Casey Meisner, who was acquired from the Mets last summer in the Tyler Clippard trade. The 20-year-old was drafted out of high school by the Mets in the 3rd round in 2013, and the 6’7” hurler has put up a career 2.88 ERA while notching 208 strikeouts in 241 minor league innings since then. The tall Texan impressed in seven starts at Stockton last season and could start the year back at Stockton or at Double-A Midland if the A’s want to be aggressive with him. He’s still young, but he’s got a solid fastball that sits in the low-90s, a promising curveball, good command and plenty of potential.

 

Last Year’s Top 10 Prospect List

 

 

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A’s Farm’s 2015 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Third baseman Matt Chapman led all A's minor leaguers with 23 home runs for Stockton.

Third baseman Matt Chapman led all A’s minor leaguers with 23 home runs for Stockton.

With the 2015 minor league season now complete, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2015. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2015 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Nashville, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Beloit, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2015. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team over the course of the season, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were selected from among the top starters for each team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader.

Asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, but players’ major league statistics and statistics acquired while with other organizations have not been included. Despite the fact that he’s no longer with the A’s organization, outfielder Kent Matthes is included since he still managed to make the third most starts in Nashville’s outfield this year, while catcher Jacob Nottingham and pitcher Sean Manaea were not included since they only appeared in 43 and 7 games respectively since joining the A’s system.

Check out our list of All-Star contenders at each position. Then click on the link just below the list of contenders to find A’s Farm’s winning Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and then cast your vote in our poll for the top A’s Organizational All-Star of 2015!

 

–THE CONTENDERS–

 

CATCHER

Nashville – Bryan Anderson (322 PA / 3 HR / .202 AVG / .273 OBP / .288 SLG / .561 OPS)

Midland – Bruce Maxwell (381 PA / 2 HR / .243 AVG / .321 OBP / .308 SLG / .629 OPS)

Stockton – Beau Taylor (342 PA / 6 HR / .223 AVG / .322 OBP / .334 SLG / .656 OPS) *

Beloit – Argenis Raga (269 PA / 3 HR / .275 AVG / .328 OBP / .385 SLG / .714 OPS) *

Vermont – Nick Collins (143 PA / 2 HR / .246 AVG / .329 OBP / .310 SLG / .638 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Robert Mullen (91 PA / 0 HR / .231 AVG / .333 OBP / .321 SLG / .654 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Nashville – Anthony Aliotti (448 PA / 4 HR / .269 AVG / .330 OBP / .346 SLG / .676 OPS) *

Midland – Matt Olson (585 PA / 17 HR / .249 AVG / .388 OBP / .438 SLG / .826 OPS)

Stockton – John Nogowski (402 PA / 4 HR / .274 AVG / .352 OBP / .364 SLG / .716 OPS)

Beloit – Max Kuhn (543 PA / 10 HR / .241 AVG / .320 OBP / .376 SLG / .697 OPS)

Vermont – Chris Iriart (289 PA / 5 HR / .230 AVG / .304 OBP / .359 SLG / .664 OPS)

AZL A’s – Shane Conlon (123 PA / 0 HR / .327 AVG / .392 OBP / .421 SLG / .812 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Nashville – Joey Wendle (618 PA / 10 HR / .289 AVG / .323 OBP / .442 SLG / .765 OPS)

Midland – Colin Walsh (619 PA / 13 HR / .302 AVG / .447 OBP / .470 SLG / .918 OPS)

Stockton – Branden Cogswell (487 PA / 3 HR / .235 AVG / .325 OBP / .303 SLG / .628 OPS)

Beloit – Trent Gilbert (450 PA / 6 HR / .252 AVG / .293 OBP / .345 SLG / .638 OPS) *

Vermont – Jesus Lopez (210 PA / 0 HR / .203 AVG / .233 OBP / .228 SLG / .461 OPS)

AZL A’s – Carlos Hiciano (196 PA / 0 HR / .199 AVG / .219 OBP / .220 SLG / .439 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Nashville – Andy Parrino (321 PA / 5 HR / .272 AVG / .344 OBP / .376 SLG / .720 OPS)

Midland – Chad Pinder (522 PA / 15 HR / .317 AVG / .361 OBP / .486 SLG / .847 OPS)

Stockton – Franklin Barreto (364 PA / 13 HR / .302 AVG / .333 OBP / .500 SLG / .833 OPS)

Beloit – Yairo Munoz (565 PA / 13 HR / .260 AVG / .306 OBP / .397 SLG / .702 OPS) *

Vermont – Richie Martin (226 PA / 2 HR / .237 AVG / .353 OBP / .343 SLG / .695 OPS)

AZL A’s – Eric Marinez (179 PA / 0 HR / .241 AVG / .303 OBP / .304 SLG / .607 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Nashville – Ryan Roberts (499 PA / 13 HR / .283 AVG / .355 OBP / .450 SLG / .805 OPS)

Midland – Ryon Healy (543 PA / 10 HR / .302 AVG / .339 OBP / .426 SLG / .766 OPS)

Stockton – Matt Chapman (352 PA / 23 HR / .250 AVG / .341 OBP / .566 SLG / .907 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Brizuela (475 PA / 12 HR / .260 AVG / .349 OBP / .431 SLG / .781 OPS) *

Vermont – Ryan Howell (188 PA / 5 HR / .199 AVG / .278 OBP / .337 SLG / .615 OPS)

AZL A’s – Miguel Mercedes (193 PA / 2 HR / .216 AVG / .306 OBP / .347 SLG / .653 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Nashville – Jason Pridie (541 PA / 20 HR / .310 AVG / .380 OBP / .515 SLG / .894 OPS)

Midland – Jaycob Brugman (566 PA / 6 HR / .260 AVG / .343 OBP / .382 SLG / .725 OPS)

Stockton – B.J. Boyd (511 PA / 5 HR / .277 AVG / .344 OBP / .389 SLG / .733 OPS)

Beloit – Joe Bennie (543 PA / 11 HR / .272 AVG / .363 OBP / .430 SLG / .793 OPS)

Vermont – Steven Pallares (292 PA / 2 HR / .246 AVG / .363 OBP / .317 SLG / .680 OPS)

AZL A’s – Luis Barrera (133 PA / 0 HR / .287 AVG / .344 OBP / .348 SLG / .691 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Nashville – Craig Gentry (450 PA / 5 HR / .256 AVG / .319 OBP / .327 SLG / .646 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (451 PA / 5 HR / .294 AVG / .360 OBP / .425 SLG / .785 OPS)

Stockton – Brett Vertigan (627 PA / 4 HR / .288 AVG / .365 OBP / .385 SLG / .749 OPS) *

Beloit – James Harris (376 PA / 5 HR / .251 AVG / .356 OBP / .368 SLG / .724 OPS) *

Vermont – Skye Bolt (206 PA / 4 HR / .238 AVG / .325 OBP / .381 SLG / .706 OPS)

AZL A’s – Rodolfo Penalo (166 PA / 0 HR / .222 AVG / .321 OBP / .292 SLG / .613 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Nashville – Kent Matthes (239 PA / 2 HR / .233 AVG / .294 OBP / .358 SLG / .652 OPS)

Midland – Josh Whitaker (387 PA / 12 HR / .256 AVG / .312 OBP / .437 SLG / .748 OPS)

Stockton – Tyler Marincov (579 PA / 14 HR / .257 AVG / .320 OBP / .409 SLG / .728 OPS)

Beloit – Shawn Duinkerk (335 PA / 5 HR / .240 AVG / .281 OBP / .326 SLG / .607 OPS) *

Vermont – Seth Brown (290 PA / 3 HR / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .432 SLG / .784 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Robert Martinez (303 PA / 5 HR / .170 AVG / .265 OBP / .275 SLG / .540 OPS) *

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nashville – Nate Freiman (306 PA / 4 HR / .220 AVG / .279 OBP / .321 SLG / .600 OPS)

Midland – Renato Nunez (416 PA / 18 HR / .278 AVG / .332 OBP / .480 SLG / .812 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Soto (460 PA / 9 HR / .229 AVG / .278 OBP / .355 SLG / .633 OPS)

Beloit – Sandber Pimentel (471 PA / 13 HR / .243 AVG / .335 OBP / .380 SLG / .715 OPS)

Vermont – Trace Loehr (280 PA / 2 HR / .264 AVG / .325 OBP / .319 SLG / .644 OPS)

AZL A’s – Jhonny Rodriguez (120 PA / 1 HR / .284 AVG / .333 OBP / .450 SLG / .783 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Nashville – Barry Zito (138 IP / 121 H / 53 ER / 60 BB / 91 K / 3.46 ERA / 1.31 WHIP)

Midland – Dillon Overton (126 IP / 127 H / 48 ER / 27 BB / 106 K / 3.43 ERA / 1.22 WHIP) *

Stockton – Dylan Covey (140 1/3 IP / 135 H / 56 ER / 43 BB / 100 K / 3.59 ERA / 1.27 WHIP)

Beloit – Daniel Gossett (144 2/3 IP / 151 H / 76 ER / 52 BB / 112 K / 4.73 ERA / 1.40 WHIP)

Vermont – Bowdien Derby (37 1/3 IP / 24 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 47 K / 1.21 ERA / 0.91 WHIP) *

AZL A’s – Ivan Andueza (46 2/3 IP / 44 H / 13 ER / 15 BB / 44 K / 2.51 ERA / 1.26 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Nashville – Angel Castro (60 1/3 IP / 54 H / 21 ER / 19 BB / 45 K / 3.13 ERA / 1.21 WHIP / 8 SV)

Midland – Ryan Dull (61 IP / 39 H / 5 ER / 16 BB / 73 K / 0.74 ERA / 0.90 WHIP / 12 SV) *

Stockton – Brendan McCurry (63 IP / 39 H / 13 ER / 17 BB / 82 K / 1.86 ERA / 0.89 WHIP / 27 SV) *

Beloit – Jose Torres (77 1/3 IP / 55 H / 22 ER / 24 BB / 84 K / 2.56 ERA / 1.02 WHIP / 8 SV) *

Vermont – James Naile (25 1/3 IP / 19 H / 5 ER / 6 BB / 18 K / 1.78 ERA / 0.99 WHIP / 6 SV) *

AZL A’s – Dustin Hurlbutt (14 1/3 IP / 11 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 20 K / 3.14 ERA / 1.47 WHIP / 5 SV)

 

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A’s Final 2015 Minor League Hitting & Pitching Leaders

Included: Nashville Sounds (AAA), Midland RockHounds (AA), Stockton Ports (A), Beloit Snappers (A), Vermont Lake Monsters (A), AZL A’s (Rk)

 

–HITS–

jwWendle, Joey3167 Joey Wendle 2B (Nas)

157 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

153 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Mid)

151 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

148 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

 

–DOUBLES–

jwWendle, Joey342 Joey Wendle 2B (Nas)

39 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

37 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

35 Joe Bennie OF (Bel)

33 Ryan Roberts 3B (Nas)

 

–TRIPLES–

bbBoyd, B.J.28 B.J. Boyd OF (Sto)

8 Jaycob Brugman OF (Mid)

8 Joey Wendle 2B (Nas)

7 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

7 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

 

–HOME RUNS–

mcChapman, Matt323 Matt Chapman 3B (Sto)

20 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

18 Renato Nunez 3B-1B (Mid)

17 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

15 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

 

–TOTAL BASES–

jwWendle, Joey3255 Joey Wendle 2B (Nas)

246 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

232 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

229 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

216 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Mid)

 

–RBIs–

jpPridie, Jason389 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

86 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

75 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

75 Tyler Marincov OF (Sto)

74 Yairo Munoz SS (Bel-Sto)

 

–RUNS–

bvVertigan, Brett298 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

97 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

84 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

82 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

80 Joey Wendle 2B (Nas)

 

–WALKS–

cwWalsh, Colin3124 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

105 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

68 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

66 Joe Bennie OF (Bel)

62 Jaycob Brugman OF (Mid)

 

–STRIKEOUTS–

jhHigley, Justin2140 Justin Higley OF (Bel-Sto)

140 Tyler Marincov OF (Sto)

139 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

137 Joe Bennie OF (Bel)

131 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

 

–STOLEN BASES–

bvVertigan, Brett230 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

25 Justin Higley OF (Bel-Sto)

25 Craig Gentry OF (Nas)

20 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

19 Chad Oberacker OF (Mid)

 

–ERRORS–

fbBarreto, Franklin334 Franklin Barreto SS (Sto)

34 Yairo Munoz SS (Bel-Sto)

28 Jose Brizuela 3B (Bel-Sto)

26 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

19 Matt Chapman 3B (Sto)

 

–BATTING AVERAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

cpPinder, Chad3.317 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

.310 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

.302 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

.302 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Mid)

.302 Franklin Barreto SS (Sto)

 

–ON-BASE PERCENTAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

cwWalsh, Colin3.447 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

.388 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

.380 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

.365 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

.363 Joe Bennie OF (Bel)

 

–SLUGGING PERCENTAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

mcChapman, Matt3.566 Matt Chapman 3B (Sto)

.515 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

.500 Franklin Barreto SS (Sto)

.486 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

.480 Renato Nunez 3B-1B (Mid)

 

–ON-BASE + SLUGGING– (minimum 300 at-bats)

cwWalsh, Colin3.918 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

.907 Matt Chapman 3B (Sto)

.894 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

.847 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

.833 Franklin Barreto SS (Sto)

 

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A’s Top 5 Minor League Performers of 2015

With just about three weeks left in the minor league season, it seems like a good time to take a look at some of the players in the A’s system who’ve been having true standout seasons on the field this year. Many minor league players can dazzle with an amazing week, or even an amazing month, but being able to perform at a high level over the course of a sometimes grueling minor league season, where travel can be torturous and days off are rare, is another thing altogether. So let’s take a look at some of the top performers in the A’s system this year. And remember, we’re not ranking top prospects here, just taking a look at the top performers on the field…

 

mcChapman, Matt3Matt Chapman

Third Baseman – Stockton (A+)

(293 AB / 23 HR / 39 BB / 77 K / .259 AVG / .353 OBP / .587 SLG / .940 OPS)

The A’s 1st-round draft pick just last year, Chapman leads all A’s minor leaguers in home runs with 23 after playing only three months this year. The Orange County native missed the first month of the season with a knee injury and has been out since the first week of August with a wrist injury. The 22-year-old also leads the A’s minor league system in slugging percentage (.587), thanks not only to his 23 home runs but also his 21 doubles and 3 triples in just 293 at-bats. When he was drafted, A’s front office personnel raved about Chapman’s power potential, and it seems to be coming to fruition in the hitter-friendly California League. And in the field, he possesses an elite throwing arm at third. The hope is that he’ll be able to make it back on the field over the next few weeks before the end of the minor league season. But either way, expect him to see him manning the hot corner and facing the more challenging hitting environment at Midland next season. A’s special assistant Grady Fuson told me about Chapman last month: “There’s no doubt about the power – the power’s going to be there. It’s all going to depend on how good a hitter he ends up becoming.”

 

cwWalsh, Colin3Colin Walsh

Second Baseman – Midland (AA)

(424 AB / 12 HR / 88 BB / 114 K / .309 AVG / .432 OBP / .481 SLG / .914 OPS)

Walsh has been having perhaps the best overall season in the A’s minor league system this year. The Stanford alum  was a 13th-round draft pick for the Cardinals back in 2010 and was signed by the A’s to a minor league deal early last year. Walsh has played in all but five games for Midland this season and has been the Rockhounds’ best all-around hitter this year. His .432 on-base percentage is the best in the A’s minor league system by a mile. The 25-year-old switch-hitter also leads all A’s minor leaguers in doubles with 35 and in extra-base hits with 48. And his .309 batting average trails only his double-play partner, Chad Pinder. He’s also the RockHounds’ team leader in hits (131), runs (76) and total bases (204). Walsh has plenty of experience at third base and in the outfield as well, and his versatility could help make him a potential option as a utility man for the A’s at some point. Expect to see him playing some second base and doing a bit of moving around the diamond next season at Nashville.

 

cpPinder, Chad3Chad Pinder

Shortstop – Midland (AA)

(411 AB / 14 HR / 26 BB / 91 K / .316 AVG / .362 OBP / .489 SLG / .851 OPS)

After having a solid season while playing second base for Stockton last year, Pinder is having an even better season while playing shortstop for Midland this year. The 23-year-old has the best batting average (.316) in the A’s minor league system and also has more RBIs (77) than any other A’s minor leaguer. Pinder possesses a little pop too, and he’s put up 14 home runs and 25 doubles in the notoriously difficult hitting environment at Midland. He’s also improved his walk-rate a bit, but his plate discipline could still stand a little more improvement. Meanwhile, Pinder seems to be doing a dependable job of playing shortstop, while also having some experience and second and third, which only increases his value. Expect to see him playing shortstop at Nashville next season, where he’ll be just a step away from breaking into Oakland’s infield mix. A’s special assistant Grady Fuson told me about Pinder last month: “He’s been great on both sides. He’s played a very solid short…When it comes to his numbers, across the board, the arrows are pointing up.”

 

bzZito, Barry3Barry Zito

Starting Pitcher – Nashville (AAA)

(137 IP / 121 H / 53 ER / 60 BB / 90 K / 3.48 ERA / 1.32 WHIP)

The A’s 1st-round draft pick back in 1999, Zito has come full circle. After pitching for the A’s Triple-A team in 2000, he’s twirling for the team’s Triple-A affiliate again in 2015. In 2000, it was Sacramento but, in 2015, it’s Nashville. And the 37-year-old has been the Sounds’ most consistent starter this season. Zito leads the team in innings pitched with 137, in wins with 8 and in strikeouts with 90. He also has the best ERA (3.48) and batting-average-against (.235) among all A’s minor league starters. He’s proven to be a solid presence while starting 22 games for the Sounds. So, some A’s fans may wonder why Zito hasn’t yet been called up to make an appearance with the A’s. Well, there are likely two main things that have been holding Zito back – a fastball that lingers in the mid-80s and a $1 million guarantee if he makes the major league roster. The feeling seems to be that, while the wily veteran may still be able to fool minor league hitters with his curveball and his changeup, that the velocity is not where it needs to be to be able to sustain success in the majors. But for now, Zito’s been making the most of the opportunity to show minor league hitters, and pitchers, just how it’s done. He’s currently serving a stint on the 7-day disabled list but is expected to be back in action for the Sounds this weekend.

 

rdDull, Ryan3Ryan Dull

Relief Pitcher – Midland/Nashville (AA/AAA)

(53 2/3 IP / 35 H / 4 ER / 15 BB / 64 K / 0.67 ERA / 0.93 WHIP)

Ryan Dull has had one of the best seasons of any A’s minor league reliever in recent memory. The 25-year-old didn’t allow a run until the seventh week of the season in late May, then didn’t give up another run until July, and has still allowed only 4 runs all season. And he hasn’t missed a beat since his promotion to Nashville a few weeks ago. The former 32nd-round draft pick has regularly been fooling minor league hitters, striking out 64 over 53 2/3 innings this season. A’s special assistant Grady Fuson told me about Dull last month: “He’s been 90-92 mph, his ball has a little sink and dive to it, and he pitches at the bottom of the zone fabulously. He’s got a hard little slider and he’s got a nice little changeup. He’s one of the better pitchers in our system when it comes to really pitching down in the zone consistently, and that’s the biggest attribute he has, plus he pounds the strike zone.” And he concluded about Dull, “If he continues to do that at every level, he will pitch in the big leagues.”

 

 

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A’s Minor League Leaders – August 2015 Update

The calendar has turned the page to August and, with just about a month left in the minor league season, it’s a good time to take a look at the A’s minor league leaders in a few key hitting and pitching categories. A minimum of 200 at-bats is required for the hitting categories and a minimum of 90 innings is required for the pitching categories, with the exception of saves, of course.

Players from all four of the A’s full-season affiliates – Nashville, Midland, Stockton and Beloit – are included and the stats are complete through games of Sunday. Some of the names you might expect to see atop the lists, while others may come as a bit of a surprise!

 

Chad Pinder

Chad Pinder

BATTING AVERAGE

1) Chad Pinder .317

2) Colin Walsh .306

3) Chad Oberacker .305

After having a breakthrough season last year by batting .288 at Stockton, shortstop Chad Pinder has taken things to another level this year by batting .317 in a much tougher hitting environment at Midland. He’s currently second in the Texas League batting race and has also upped his on-base percentage .29 points from last season to .365. Pinder’s double-play partner for the RockHounds, second baseman Colin Walsh, is second on the list, and the pair has formed quite a productive combo at the plate for Midland. RockHounds center fielder Chad Oberacker has also had a very solid season with the bat, but keep in mind that this is the 26-year-old’s third season with Midland.

 

Colin Walsh

Colin Walsh

ON-BASE PERCENTAGE

1) Colin Walsh .431

2) Matt Olson .376

3) Carson Blair .370

Midland second baseman Colin Walsh has done an incredible job of getting on base for the RockHounds this season, with his 116 hits and 80 walks. The 25-year-old switch-hitter leads both the Texas League and the A’s minor league system in on-base percentage as well as in doubles with 32. And Walsh and Midland first baseman Matt Olson, who is second on our organizational OBP list, are tied for both the Texas League lead and the A’s organizational lead in walks with 80. Olson may be batting just .237 but his 80 walks still make him a major on-base threat. Catcher Carson Blair started the season with Midland but has since moved on to Nashville. The 25-year-old backstop has been a bit of a surprise since signing as a minor league free agent in the offseason. After playing just 17 games above Class-A prior to 2015, his .370 on-base percentage and his .474 slugging percentage while splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A this season have proven to be a pleasant surprise.

 

Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE

1) Matt Chapman .587

2) Jason Pridie .497

3) Franklin Barreto .492

After Stockton third baseman Matt Chapman was taken as the A’s top draft pick last year, many in the A’s organization raved about his power potential, and his .587 slugging percentage this season certainly attests to that. Chapman has 21 doubles to go along with 23 home runs in his first 77 games for Stockton. Meanwhile, 31-year-old Nashville outfielder Jason Pridie has wielded the big bat for the Sounds all season and currently boasts 40 extra-base hits. Before being sidelined with a wrist injury a couple of weeks ago, Stockton shortstop Franklin Barreto was on a tear, with a .700 slugging percentage in the month of July. And the 19-year-old has shown some real pop, collecting 22 doubles to go along with 12 home runs over 88 games for the Ports.

 

Jason Pridie

Jason Pridie

HOME RUNS

1) Matt Chapman 23

2) Jason Pridie 16

3) Renato Nunez 14

Despite missing the first month of the season due to an offseason knee injury, Stockton third baseman Matt Chapman still has more home runs than any other A’s minor leaguer and is currently tied for second in the California League home run race. In Nashville, not only does Sounds outfielder Jason Pridie lead his team in home runs, but he actually has 10 more than his nearest teammate. Like Chapman, Midland third baseman Renato Nunez missed the first month of the season due to injury. He got off to a somewhat slow start but warmed up with the weather and now leads the RockHounds with 14 home runs in just 78 games so far this season.

 

Joey Wendle

Joey Wendle

HITS

1) Joey Wendle 118

2) Brett Vertigan 117

3) Colin Walsh 116

Nashville second baseman Joey Wendle has been an incredibly steady presence in the Sounds lineup this season, playing in 103 of the team’s 109 games and batting second much of that time. Wendle doesn’t walk much but he has more hits than all A’s minor leaguers and he’s currently batting .274 on the season. Stockton center fielder Brett Vertigan started the season with Beloit but, after getting off to a hot start there, quickly made the move up to Stockton, where he’s been a spark plug in the leadoff spot, and he’s currently batting .283 with a .361 on-base percentage this season. Meanwhile, Midland second baseman Colin Walsh has been the most consistent hitter for the RockHounds all season.

 

Barry Zito

Barry Zito

ERA

1) Joel Seddon 3.47

2) Barry Zito 3.64

3) Dylan Covey 3.69

Stockton RHP Joel Seddon has started 14 games for the Ports after starting out the season in the bullpen. And after settling into the starting rotation, Seddon quickly became one of the most effective starters in the A’s system while pitching in the hitter-friendly California League. Nashville LHP Barry Zito had a rough start to the season, putting up a 5.96 ERA in April, but the veteran soon settled in and has become a consistent and dependable presence in the Sounds starting rotation this season. Stockton RHP Dylan Covey, though not overpowering, has been very effective at getting groundball outs and keeping too many runners from crossing the plate for the Ports.

 

Joel Seddon

Joel Seddon

WHIP

1) Joel Seddon 1.13

2) Dillon Overton 1.26

3) Zach Neal 1.27

One of the things that’s helped Stockton RHP Joel Seddon be so effective for the Ports this year is his incredibly low walk rate. Seddon has walked just 14 batters over 96 innings so far this season. And when you don’t give yourself any more base runners to worry about than you have to, then life becomes an awful lot easier for you as a pitcher. RockHounds LHP Dillon Overton spent most of the season at Stockton with Seddon before moving up to Midland and, like Seddon, has done a good job of not making trouble for himself by keeping runners off base, and Overton has issued just 18 walks in 91 1/3 innings so far this season. Nashville RHP Zach Neal started the season at Midland before joining the Sounds but, wherever he’s been, Neal has always done a good job of keeping the walks to a minimum. And so far this season, he’s walked 27 over 124 1/3 innings of work.

 

Nate Long

Nate Long

STRIKEOUTS

1) Nate Long 99

2) Daniel Gossett 90

3) Barry Zito 87

The A’s unlikely strikeout leader this season is Nashville’s 29-year-old RHP Nate Long. The A’s 26th-round draft pick in 2009 spent most of the season at Midland before getting his first extended stay in Triple-A. Long has struck out 99 over 120 innings at two levels this season, which should help him get some looks when he becomes a minor league free agent in the offseason. 22-year-old Beloit RHP Daniel Gossett was the A’s 2nd-round draft pick last year. As an experienced college pitcher, his fastball/slider combo has enabled him to get some swings-and-misses for the Snappers this year and, as his command improves, he should hopefully be able to increase those totals. Meanwhile, in Nashville, veteran LHP Barry Zito has been able to fool a lot of Triple-A hitters with that old familiar curveball.

 

Zach Neal

Zach Neal

WINS

1) Zach Neal 10

2) Brett Graves 9

3) Jonathan Joseph 9

Nashville Starter Zach Neal currently leads all A’s minor leaguers in wins with 10. The 26-year-old posted 3 wins with Midland before notching 7 more with Nashville. His control has been his biggest asset, and Neal has walked an average of just 2 batters per 9 innings this season. 22-year-old Beloit RHP Brett Graves was the A’s 3rd-round draft pick last year, and a good fastball and solid command have enabled him to be a steady winner for the Snappers this season. Midland RHP Jonathan Joseph started the season in the Stockton bullpen before moving up to Midland and getting a shot in the RockHounds rotation. The 27-year-old took to it like a duck to water and, between the bullpen and the rotation, the veteran minor leaguer has managed to put up 9 wins so far this season.

 

Brendan McCurry

Brendan McCurry

SAVES

1) Brendan McCurry 21

2) Ryan Dull 12

3) Ryan Cook 8

RockHounds RHP Brendan McCurry spent most of the season serving as the closer at Stockton before recently moving up to Midland but still remains the California League saves leader. The 23-year-old has struck out 60 batters over 49 1/3 innings while posting a 1.82 ERA in 38 games this season. Nashville RHP Ryan Dull spent most of the season as Midland’s closer before recently being promoted to Nashville. The 25-year-old was almost unhittable at Double-A, allowing just 3 runs in 45 innings of relief for the RockHounds. Meanwhile, at Nashville, former A’s RHP Ryan Cook accumulated 8 saves for the Sounds before being shipped off to Boston.

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Getting to Know the A’s Hot New Prospects

It’s been a busy week for the A’s – and for A’s fans trying to keep up with all the team’s latest acquisitions. The bottom line is that the A’s dealt Ben Zobrist and pitchers Scott Kazmir and Tyler Clippard for four pitching prospects and a young catching prospect – all between the ages of 20 and 25. With the A’s not looking like a winning team this year and the players they dealt all set to hit free agency after the season, there was no reason not to trade them for the best prospects the team could get. But who are these talented youngsters and what can A’s fans expect from them in the future? Let’s take a look…

 

jn641924Jacob Nottingham – Catcher

Acquired: from Houston Astros for Scott Kazmir

Drafted: 2013 – 6th Round

Age: 20 / Height: 6’3” / Weight: 230

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

2015 (A/A+): 359 PA / 14 HR / .321 AVG / .379 OBP / .535 SLG / .914 OPS

The only position player the A’s acquired in their recent haul, Nottingham was drafted by the Astros in the 6th round in 2013 as a hot-hitting high school catcher. Now 20, the California native has really blossomed this season, hitting 14 home runs and 24 doubles while putting up a .321/.379/.535 slash line in 83 games in the Midwest League and the California League. His 24 walks in 359 plate appearances is atypical for the A’s, and he tends to strike out a little too much too. Nottingham is starting out in Stockton, but as long as he can keep hitting for power and hitting for a high enough average to assure that he gets on base, then the big backstop should move quickly through an A’s system that is currently devoid of top-tier catching talent.

 

dm596043Daniel Mengden – Pitcher

Acquired: from Houston Astros for Scott Kazmir

Drafted: 2014 – 4th Round

Age: 22 / Height: 6’2” / Weight: 190

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

2015 (A+/A): 93 1/3 IP / 90 H / 35 ER / 26 BB / 92 K / 3.38 ERA / 1.24 WHIP

Drafted by the Astros last year in the 4th round out of Texas A&M, Mengden has the least professional experience of any of the A’s recent pitching pickups. The Houston native pitched only 11 innings after signing in 2014, but he’s put up a 3.38 ERA over 93 1/3 innings in the California League and the Midwest League this year. Mengden has shown solid command, walking just 27 while striking out 109 in 104 1/3 career minor league innings. He had a perfect game through 4 2/3 innings in his first start for Stockton last weekend and ended up allowing just 1 hit over 5 innings of work in his debut. And if that wasn’t enough to start him off on the right foot, Mengden has also been known to wax his mustache a la Rollie Fingers at times, which ought to help endear him to A’s fans as well.

 

cm641861Casey Meisner – Pitcher

Acquired: from New York Mets for Tyler Clippard

Drafted: 2013 – 3rd Round

Age: 20 / Height: 6’7” / Weight: 190

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

2015 (A/A+): 111 IP / 94 H / 29 ER / 33 BB / 89 K / 2.35 ERA / 1.14 WHIP

The youngest and the tallest of the A’s pitching pickups, the 6’7” righty was drafted by the Mets in the 3rd round in 2013 as a hard-throwing high schooler. Many consider Meisner to be the best pure pitching prospect of the pack, and MLB.com currently ranks him as the A’s #10 prospect. The Texas native just turned 20 in May and has thrown just 35 innings in High-A, so he’s still got a ways to go. But with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 111 innings in the South Atlantic League and the Florida State League this season, Meisner clearly knows what he’s doing despite his young age, and he’ll have the chance to try to work his magic on California League hitters when he soon joins Stockton.

 

sm640455Sean Manaea – Pitcher

Acquired: from Kansas City Royals for Ben Zobrist

Drafted: 2013 – 1st Round

Age: 23 / Height: 6’5” / Weight: 235

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

2015 (AA/A+/Rk): 31 2/3 IP / 33 H / 13 ER / 11 BB / 39 K / 3.69 ERA / 1.39 WHIP

The only 1st-round pick in the pack, Manaea was selected 34th overall with the Royals’ second pick in the 1st round of the 2013 draft and many think he has the biggest upside of the bunch. The big lefty out of Indiana State was slowed by an abdominal injury earlier this season but, when healthy, has shown the ability to accumulate strikeouts in bunches. Manaea has whiffed 185 batters over 153 1/3 career minor league innings while allowing just 7 home runs over that time. And after dominating at High-A last season, he’ll get the chance to show what he can do with Midland at Double-A during the final month of the minor league season.

 

ab605156Aaron Brooks – Pitcher

Acquired: from Kansas City Royals for Ben Zobrist

Drafted: 2011 – 9th Round

Age: 25 / Height: 6’4” / Weight: 220

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

2015 (AAA): 106 2/3 IP / 118 H / 44 ER / 21 BB / 92 K / 3.71 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

2015: (MLB): 4 1/3 IP / 6 H / 3 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / 6.23 ERA / 1.39 WHIP

The most experienced of the A’s recent pitching acquisitions, the 25-year-old Brooks has appeared in a total of 4 games for the Royals over the past two seasons while also pitching in 43 games at Triple-A. The California native has shown exceptional control over his career and has walked just 21 batters in 106 2/3 innings for Triple-A Omaha this year. Since he isn’t particularly overpowering, Brooks probably profiles as more of a back-end starter, and he’ll get the chance to make his first start for the A’s this Saturday against Cleveland.

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A’s Farm’s 2015 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Matt Chapman

Third baseman Matt Chapman leads all A’s minor leaguers with 11 home runs for Stockton

With the California League and the Midwest League All-Star breaks taking place this week and all the minor league affiliates right around the halfway points of their seasons, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field have been in the A’s system in the first half of 2015. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2015 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Nashville, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton and Class-A Beloit. Offensive starters were selected from the players who’ve had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were selected from hurlers who’ve had at least ten starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. Statistics listed are through games of Monday, June 22.

The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system. Center fielder Brett Vertigan spent about a month with Beloit before being promoted to Stockton, while third baseman Jose Brizuela appeared in ten games with Stockton before joining Beloit. Right fielder Robert Martinez spent most of the season with Beloit before being sent to Vermont just a few days ago, and Midland’s Nate Long made one emergency start for Nashville.

Check out our list of All-Star contenders at each position. Then just click on the link below the list of contenders to find A’s Farm’s winning Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

–THE CANDIDATES–

 

CATCHER

Nashville – Bryan Anderson (2 HR / .192 AVG / .267 OBP / .297 SLG / .564 OPS)

Midland – Bruce Maxwell (1 HR / .244 AVG / .328 OBP / .297 SLG / .625 OPS)

Stockton – Beau Taylor (3 HR / .213 AVG / .332 OBP / .338 SLG / .669 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Chavez (0 HR / .158 AVG / .229 OBP / .192 SLG / .421 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Nashville – Anthony Aliotti (0 HR / .287 AVG / .361 OBP / .337 SLG / .698 OPS)

Midland – Matt Olson (8 HR / .217 AVG / .383 OBP / .391 SLG / .775 OPS)

Stockton – John Nogowski (1 HR / .264 AVG / .355 OBP / .338 SLG / .693 OPS)

Beloit – Max Kuhn (3 HR / .199 AVG / .286 OBP / .290 SLG / .576 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Nashville – Joey Wendle (5 HR / .258 AVG / .306 OBP / .406 SLG / .712 OPS)

Midland – Colin Walsh (8 HR / .299 AVG / .425 OBP / .494 SLG / .919 OPS)

Stockton – Branden Cogswell (2 HR / .262 AVG / .358 OBP / .344 SLG / .702 OPS)

Beloit – Trent Gilbert (4 HR / .306 AVG / .342 OBP / .426 SLG / .768 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Nashville – Andy Parrino (4 HR / .271 AVG / .366 OBP / .429 SLG / .795 OPS)

Midland – Chad Pinder (7 HR / .300 AVG / .364 OBP / .457 SLG / .822 OPS)

Stockton – Franklin Barreto (6 HR / .271 AVG / .310 OBP / .432 SLG / .743 OPS)

Beloit – Yairo Munoz (7 HR / .250 AVG / .280 OBP / .381 SLG / .660 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Nashville – Ryan Roberts (1 HR / .285 AVG / .344 OBP / .389 SLG / .733 OPS)

Midland – Ryon Healy (5 HR / .274 AVG / .324 OBP / .383 SLG / .708 OPS)

Stockton – Matt Chapman (11 HR / .244 AVG / .328 OBP / .544 SLG / .872 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Brizuela (4 HR / .196 AVG / .311 OBP / .321 SLG / .633 OPS) *

 

LEFT FIELD

Nashville – Jason Pridie (8 HR / .305 AVG / .358 OBP / .474 SLG / .832 OPS)

Midland – Jaycob Brugman (2 HR / .274 AVG / .331 OBP / .402 SLG / .733 OPS)

Stockton – B.J. Boyd (4 HR / .283 AVG / .347 OBP / .411 SLG / .758 OPS)

Beloit – Joe Bennie (3 HR / .252 AVG / .356 OBP / .374 SLG / .729 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Nashville – Craig Gentry (2 HR / .240 AVG / .315 OBP / .326 SLG / .640 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (4 HR / .302 AVG / .363 OBP / .458 SLG / .820 OPS)

Stockton – Brett Vertigan (3 HR / .322 AVG / .408 OBP / .443 SLG / .851 OPS) *

Beloit – James Harris (4 HR / .250 AVG / .365 OBP / .408 SLG / .773 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Nashville – Kent Matthes (2 HR / .233 AVG / .294 OBP / .358 SLG / .652 OPS)

Midland – Josh Whitaker (7 HR / .280 AVG / .320 OBP / .518 SLG / .838 OPS)

Stockton – Tyler Marincov (7 HR / .258 AVG / .331 OBP / .405 SLG / .736 OPS)

Beloit – Robert Martinez (3 HR / .184 AVG / .262 OBP / .293 SLG / .555 OPS) *

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nashville – Alden Carrithers (1 HR / .286 AVG / .379 OBP / .344 SLG / .723 OPS)

Midland – Renato Nunez (9 HR / .228 AVG / .304 OBP / .413 SLG / .717 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Soto (5 HR / .265 AVG / .328 OBP / .399 SLG / .727 OPS)

Beloit – Sandber Pimentel (10 HR / .258 AVG / .340 OBP / .447 SLG / .787 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Nashville – Brad Mills (73 1/3 IP / 68 H / 29 ER / 31 BB / 54 K / 3.56 ERA / 1.35 WHIP)

Midland – Nate Long (83 IP / 70 H / 25 ER / 29 BB / 68 K / 2.71 ERA / 1.19 WHIP) *

Stockton – Dylan Covey (79 2/3 IP / 69 H / 28 ER / 26 BB / 55 K / 3.16 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)

Beloit – Brett Graves (72 2/3 IP / 78 H / 37 ER / 27 BB / 39 K / 4.58 ERA / 1.45 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Nashville – Ryan Cook (20 2/3 IP / 13 H / 6 ER / 9 BB / 16 K / 2.61 ERA / 1.07 WHIP / 5 SV)

Midland – Ryan Dull (34 IP / 21 H / 1 ER / 9 BB / 39 K / 0.26 ERA / 0.88 WHIP / 6 SV)

Stockton – Brendan McCurry (32 2/3 IP / 27 H / 10 ER / 9 BB / 38 K / 2.76 ERA / 1.10 WHIP / 12 SV)

Beloit – Jose Torres (38 2/3 IP / 28 H / 15 ER / 13 BB / 42 K / 3.49 ERA / 1.06 WHIP / 5 SV)

 

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A’s Farm’s 2015 Top 10 Prospect List

Former top prospect Sonny Gray - who will be the next A's prospect to make it big?

Former top prospect Sonny Gray – who will be the next A’s prospect to make it big?

With the first A’s players set to start turning up at the team’s new spring training camp in just a couple of weeks, it’s time to present A’s Farm’s 2015 Top 10 Prospect List.

It’s interesting to note that half the players from last year’s top 10 list are no longer with the organization. #1 Addison Russell and #2 Billy McKinney were both dealt to the Cubs in the Jeff Samardzija deal, and #6 Daniel Robertson went to Tampa Bay in the Ben Zobrist trade, while #4 Michael Ynoa and #9 Nolan Sanburn were both shipped off to the White Sox, Ynoa along with Jeff Samardzija and Sanburn in the Adam Dunn deal.

Those returning from last year’s list include third baseman Renato Nunez, first baseman Matt Olson, who’s shot to the top of the list on the strength of a solid 2014 season at Stockton, and RHP Raul Alcantara, who’s dropped a few spots thanks to Tommy John surgery. But that still leaves room for seven new entries making their first appearances on the list this year, four of them freshly arrived in this offseason’s flurry of trades – pitchers Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin along with infielders Franklin Barreto and Joe Wendle.

Six of this year’s top 10 are position players, while only four are pitchers. Most A’s prospect lists this year feature either first baseman Matt Olson or shortstop Franklin Barreto in the top spot, but we’ve opted to go with Olson as the more mature, advanced and polished prospect. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at A’s Farm’s 2015 Top 10 Prospect List

 

A’S FARM’S 2015 TOP 10 PROSPECT LIST

#1 – Matt Olson (1B)

#2 – Franklin Barreto (SS)

#3 – Matt Chapman (3B)

#4 – Renato Nunez (3B)

#5 – Kendall Graveman (RHP)

#6 – Sean Nolin (LHP)

#7 – Chad Pinder (2B)

#8 – Dillon Overton (LHP)

#9 – Raul Alcantara (RHP)

#10 – Joe Wendle (2B)

 

moMatt+Olson+2014+Arizona+Fall+League+O_O__VUX80Kl2#1 MATT OLSON

Left-Handed Hitting First Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

The two most important things to know about Olson are that he led all A’s minor leaguers in home runs (37) and also in walks (117) in 2014. And combining that kind of power and discipline as a 20-year-old is certainly a good way to endear yourself to an organization like the A’s. The 6’4” first baseman also led A’s minor leaguers in total bases and slugging percentage and tallied 31 doubles while cutting down his strikeout rate and raising his batting average from the previous season. Olson has a sweet swing, turns in solid defense at first base and got into a handful of games in the outfield at Stockton in 2014. After leading the hitter-friendly California League in homers last season, the much less friendly confines of Midland – where those west Texas winds have wreaked havoc with past prospects like Michael Choice and Grant Green – will pose a much bigger challenge for Olson’s big bat this year. But if he can keep the strikeouts at a manageable level, his raw power, willingness to take a walk and competence in the field should put him in a good position to make his way to the majors in the next couple of years.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

fbBaretto_and_Davis_i1c6k3mz_vqb1gd05b#2 FRANKLIN BARRETO

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 19

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

A highly-touted young prospect out of Venezuela, Barreto found his way to the A’s in the Josh Donaldson trade this winter. While playing in the Class-A Northwest League as an 18-year-old last year, Barreto slugged 23 doubles while swiping 29 bases in just 73 games. Though fairly small at 5’9”, he swings the bat well and seems to have some pop, especially for a middle infielder, to go along with his speed. There’s a question as to whether or not he can stick at shortstop but, at his age, there’s still time to see just how much his skills can develop in the field. The A’s are looking to have him pull an Addison Russell and start the season as a 19-year-old at Stockton in the High-A California League. And after dealing Russell to the Cubs last season and Daniel Robertson to Tampa Bay in the offseason, the organization is also looking for Barreto to take over as the A’s latest shortstop of the future.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

mcMB13476f#3 MATT CHAPMAN

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2014 – 1st Round

The A’s top pick in last year’s amateur draft, Chapman quickly found his way to the full-season Beloit Snappers last year. Chapman’s pedigree as an experienced college player at a top program (Cal State Fullerton) and his reputation as perhaps the best defensive college third baseman on the landscape helped give the A’s confidence in his ability to handle the challenge. While showing great plate discipline in the college game, the southern California native was a little too free-swinging during his time in the Midwest League – striking out 46 times while drawing just 7 walks. But Chapman performed well when he got a chance with Double-A Midland during the Texas League postseason after some late-season injuries created an opening for the slick-fielding third baseman with the RockHounds. The 21-year-old is likely to start the season with High-A Stockton in the hitter-friendly California League, where he should have the opportunity to unleash his power potential. And if Chapman can combine some genuine pop with his elite defense at third, then he could find himself on the fast track to the majors.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

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Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Nunez moved up one notch on our list this year on the strength of a strong season at Stockton. The young slugger was second only to Olson in home runs and total bases among A’s minor leaguers last year. He also turned in a healthy .517 slugging percentage while hitting 28 doubles and 29 homers for Stockton. Nunez reduced his strikeout rate as well as his error total – from 39 down to 15 – between 2013 and 2014, but he still has plenty of work to do on both his defense and his plate discipline. Nunez struck out 113 times while drawing just 34 walks last year and it’s still a question whether or not he’ll be able to stick at third base, but he showed that his power potential is real. Like Olson, Nunez will face a bigger challenge having to hit at Midland this year, but if he can just learn to be a little more disciplined at the plate, his power could take him a long way.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

kg37-kendall-graveman2#5 KENDALL GRAVEMAN

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2013 – 8th Round

After being drafted in 2013 out of Mississippi State, Graveman rocketed through the Blue Jays’ system and made it all the way to the majors for a brief spell last year. The Alabama native, who came to the A’s in the Josh Donaldson deal, has four pitches – highlighted by a solid fastball and an effective cutter – shows good command and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. Over four minor league levels last season, Graveman walked 31 while surrendering just 2 home runs over 167 1/3 innings. He definitely profiles as the kind of pitcher the A’s like, and A’s general manager Billy Beane has even said that Graveman might have an inside track on claiming one of the open spots in the A’s starting rotation this year. And with a strong spring, the odds are good that A’s fans could end up seeing Graveman on the mound every fifth day this year.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Oakland A’s (MLB)

 

sn20140225_mse_sv7_1687.0b#6 SEAN NOLIN

Left-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2010 – 6th Round

Like Graveman, Nolin came to the A’s in the Josh Donaldson deal, and the A’s apparently have had their eye on the lefty for quite a while. Also like Graveman, Nolin doesn’t walk many and doesn’t give up a lot of longballs. He’s also managed to strike out more than one batter per inning over his minor league career. The 6’4” lefty was sidelined for a while with a groin injury last year and was only able to throw 96 2/3 innings, but he struck out 24 in 22 1/3 innings during a strong Arizona Fall League campaign. Nolin will surely be in the competition for a spot in the A’s rotation this spring, along with Graveman, Drew Pomeranz, Chris Bassitt and others, but if he doesn’t make it, he’ll be waiting in the wings at Nashville.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

cpDSC03243d#7 CHAD PINDER

Right-Handed Hitting Second Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2013 – 2nd Round

After a rough start in 2013, primarily due to injury, Pinder got off to a great start in 2014 and was perhaps the A’s best all-around minor league hitter early in the season. Some lingering injuries slowed him down a bit later in the season, but Pinder still performed well while making the move from shortstop to second base at Stockton. Pinder showed some power, putting up 15 homers and 32 doubles in just 94 games while posting a .489 slugging percentage for the Ports. His plate discipline could still use a bit of work as he drew just 22 walks while whiffing 99 times. His ability to show a little pop from the middle infield should serve him well though. But like Olson and Nunez, he’ll find himself facing a much more challenging hitting environment in Midland this year.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

dodillon_overton_yol4qgc8_l2u3nnii2#8 DILLON OVERTON

Left-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2013 – 2nd Round

The A’s 2nd-round pick in 2013, it was discovered shortly after the draft that Overton was going to need Tommy John surgery. Overton returned during the latter half of last season and looked impressive. The former University of Oklahoma ace struck out 53 while walking just 4 and allowing no home runs over 37 innings in the low minors last season. With a strong college pedigree and an effective fastball, slider and changeup, now that he appears to be healthy, the lanky lefty should start out the year with Beloit but could move up the ladder quickly if he can continue to confound minor league batters.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Beloit Snappers (A)

 

ra534361b3098d7.image4#9 RAUL ALCANTARA

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 22

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Last year at this time, Alcantara was looking like the A’s top pitching prospect but, like Overton, Alcantara ended up in need of Tommy John surgery. Alcantara went under the knife last spring and hopefully, if all goes well, he’ll be able to make a return to the mound sometime later this season. But before the injury, Alcantara showed what he was capable of in 2013, walking just 24 and striking out 124 while posting a 3.11 ERA in 156 1/3 innings for Class-A Beloit and Stockton. His strong fastball and changeup combined with an aggressive approach on the mound could push Alcantara back to the front of the pitching pack if he can make a return to good health this season.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Arizona League A’s (Rk)

 

jw11275-JoeyWendle-400x300b#10 JOE WENDLE

Left-Handed Hitting Second Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2012 – 6th Round

The most important thing to know about Wendle is that the A’s traded slugger Brandon Moss to Cleveland for him straight up. And given the overall track record of the A’s front office, you’ve got to assume they must know something. Wendle was a solid college player and earned Cleveland’s minor league player of the year honors after putting up a .295/.372/.513 slash line in 2013, but he missed some time in 2014 with a broken hamate bone and saw his line dip to .253/.311/.414 over 87 games at Double-A. Wendle does appear to have a little pop in his bat, and it seems like middle infielders with some pop are an asset that the A’s have been zeroing in on of late. Wendle is slated to start the season at Nashville and, if all goes well, he could be in a position to take over for free-agent-to-be Ben Zobrist in 2016.

Likely To Start 2015 With: Nashville Sounds (AAA)

 

Honorable Mentions: Rangel Ravelo (1B), Max Muncy (1B), Yairo Munoz (SS), Chris Bassitt (RHP), Bobby Wahl (RHP), Daniel Gossett (RHP)

 

Last Year’s Top 10 Prospect List

 

 

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A’s Farm’s 2014 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

First baseman Matt Olson led all A's minor leaguers with 37 home runs for Stockton

First baseman Matt Olson led all A’s minor leaguers with 37 home runs for Stockton.

With the 2014 minor league season now complete, it’s time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2014. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2014 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Beloit, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season Arizona League A’s in 2014. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were selected from hurlers who’ve had at least 10 starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader.

Players who left the A’s system during the season – Michael Taylor, Dusty Robinson, Billy McKinney, B.A. Vollmuth, etc. – have not been included. And the asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, but players’ major league statistics and statistics acquired while with other organizations have not been included.

Check out our list of All-Star contenders at each position below. Then just click on the link below our list of contenders to find A’s Farm’s winning Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Ryan Ortiz (2 HR / .215 AVG / .291 OBP / .362 SLG / .653 OPS)

Midland – Blake Forsythe (5 HR / .224 AVG / .307 OBP / .349 SLG / .656 OPS)

Stockton – Bruce Maxwell (6 HR / .243 AVG / .334 OBP / .334 SLG / .668 OPS) *

Beloit – Philip Pohl (6 HR / .242 AVG / .313 OBP / .374 SLG / .687 OPS) *

Vermont – Kyle Wheeler (0 HR / .181 AVG / .227 OBP / .205 SLG / .432 OPS)

AZL A’s – Argenis Raga (0 HR / .338 AVG / .400 OBP / .479 SLG / .879 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Anthony Aliotti (9 HR / .267 AVG / .365 OBP / .406 SLG / .771 OPS) *

Midland – Max Muncy (7 HR / .264 AVG / .385 OBP / .379 SLG / .764 OPS)

Stockton – Matt Olson (37 HR / .262 AVG / .404 OBP / .543 SLG / .947 OPS)

Beloit – Michael Soto (9 HR / .290 AVG / .353 OBP / .492 SLG / .845 OPS) *

Vermont – John Nogowski (1 HR / .264 AVG / .351 OBP / .347 SLG / .699 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Shawn Duinkerk (0 HR / .167 AVG / .222 OBP / .254 SLG / .476 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Jose Martinez (8 HR / .276 AVG / .345 OBP / .372 SLG / .717 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (10 HR / .251 AVG / .358 OBP / .394 SLG / .752 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Pinder (13 HR / .288 AVG / .336 OBP / .489 SLG / .824 OPS)

Beloit – Chih Fang Pan (1 HR / .254 AVG / .311 OBP / .331 SLG / .642 OPS)

Vermont – Trent Gilbert (0 HR / .242 AVG / .300 OBP / .317 SLG / .618 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Jesus Lopez (0 HR / .221 AVG / .316 OBP / .272 SLG / .588 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Andy Parrino (7 HR / .286 AVG / .363 OBP / .404 SLG / .767 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (18 HR / .223 AVG / .300 OBP / .397 SLG / .697 OPS)

Stockton – Daniel Robertson (15 HR / .310 AVG / .402 OBP / .471 SLG / .873 OPS)

Beloit – Melvin Mercedes (2 HR / .222 AVG / .303 OBP / .316 SLG / .618 OPS)

Vermont – Yairo Munoz (5 HR / .298 AVG / .319 OBP / .448 SLG / .768 OPS)

AZL A’s – Trace Loehr (0 HR / .244 AVG / .313 OBP / .288 SLG / .600 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Alden Carrithers (2 HR / .284 AVG / .381 OBP / .349 SLG / .729 OPS)

Midland – Jefry Marte (10 HR / .259 AVG / .333 OBP / .375 SLG / .709 OPS)

Stockton – Renato Nunez (29 HR / .279 AVG / .336 OBP / .517 SLG / .853 OPS)

Beloit – Luis Baez (7 HR / .237 AVG / .260 OBP / .344 SLG / .603 OPS)

Vermont – Jose Brizuela (6 HR / .254 AVG / .320 OBP / .413 SLG / .733 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Jean Carlo Rodriguez (0 HR / .184 AVG / .296 OBP / .224 SLG / .520 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Nick Buss (4 HR / .307 AVG / .371 OBP / .380 SLG / .751 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (2 HR / .221 AVG / .280 OBP / .315 SLG / .595 OPS) *

Stockton – Aaron Shipman (1 HR / .292 AVG / .414 OBP / .410 SLG / .824 OPS)

Beloit – B.J. Boyd (6 HR / .226 AVG / .300 OBP / .319 SLG / .619 OPS)

Vermont – Ben McQuown (2 HR / .239 AVG / .313 OBP / .319 SLG / .632 OPS)

AZL A’s – Robert Martinez (5 HR / .219 AVG / .339 OBP / .411 SLG / .749 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Shane Peterson (11 HR / .308 AVG / .381 OBP / .460 SLG / .841 OPS)

Midland – Billy Burns (1 HR / .237 AVG / .315 OBP / .302 SLG / .618 OPS) *

Stockton – Bobby Crocker (11 HR / .271 AVG / .336 OBP / .421 SLG / .757 OPS)

Beloit – Boog Powell (3 HR / .343 AVG / .451 OBP / .435 SLG / .886 OPS) *

Vermont – Brett Vertigan (1 HR / .265 AVG / .309 OBP / .364 SLG / .673 OPS)

AZL A’s – Jonesy Zarraga (0 HR / .228 AVG / .283 OBP / .307 SLG / .590 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Josh Whitaker (12 HR / .295 AVG / .342 OBP / .488 SLG / .830 OPS) *

Midland – Kent Matthes (16 HR / .232 AVG / .291 OBP / .424 SLG / .715 OPS) *

Stockton – Jaycob Brugman (21 HR / .280 AVG / .354 OBP / .506 SLG / .860 OPS) *

Beloit – Tyler Marincov (18 HR / .268 AVG / .347 OBP / .486 SLG / .833 OPS) *

Vermont – Scott Masik (1 HR / .218 AVG / .321 OBP / .276 SLG / .598 OPS)

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (0 HR / .210 AVG / .306 OBP / .299 SLG / .605 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Daric Barton (9 HR / .261 AVG / .371 OBP / .411 SLG / .781 OPS)

Midland – Hiroyuki Nakajima (6 HR / .247 AVG / .321 OBP / .342 SLG / .664 OPS) *

Stockton – Ryon Healy (16 HR / .285 AVG / .318 OBP / .428 SLG / .746 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Mathews (12 HR / .269 AVG / .317 OBP / .454 SLG / .771 OPS)

Vermont – Max Kuhn (5 HR / .275 AVG / .345 OBP / .426 SLG / .772 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Edwin Diaz (1 HR / .241 AVG / .343 OBP / .359 SLG / .702 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Zach Neal (166 IP / 170 H / 57 ER / 20 BB / 124 K / 3.09 ERA / 1.14 WHIP) *

Midland – Chris Jensen (160 1/3 IP / 147 H / 56 ER / 62 BB / 94 K / 3.14 ERA / 1.30 WHIP)

Stockton – Seth Streich (114 IP / 110 H / 40 ER / 22 BB / 116 K / 3.16 ERA / 1.16 WHIP)

Beloit – Kyle Finnegan (125 IP / 109 H / 56 ER / 53 BB / 61 K / 4.03 ERA / 1.30 WHIP) *

Vermont – A.J. Burke (71 2/3 IP / 76 H / 31 ER / 13 BB / 57 K / 3.89 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

AZL A’s – Carlos Navas (71 IP / 75 H / 26 ER / 20 BB / 61 K / 3.30 ERA / 1.34 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Jeremy McBryde (65 IP / 40 H / 16 ER / 26 BB / 66 K / 2.22 ERA / 1.02 WHIP / 17 SV)

Midland – Seth Frankoff (64 1/3 IP / 59 H / 24 ER / 21 BB / 69 K / 3.36 ERA / 1.24 WHIP / 16 SV) *

Stockton – Austin House (61 2/3 IP / 50 H / 21 ER / 23 BB / 82 K / 3.06 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 19 SV) *

Beloit – Andres Avila (69 2/3 IP / 66 H / 22 ER / 17 BB / 64 K / 2.84 ERA / 1.19 WHIP / 8 SV) *

Vermont – Koby Gauna (24 2/3 IP / 19 H / 9 ER / 4 BB / 19 K / 3.28 ERA / 0.93 WHIP / 12 SV) *

AZL A’s – Jesus Rivas (21 IP / 28 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 10 K / 2.14 ERA / 1.52 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

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