A’s In The AFL – November 5-10 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

Second Baseman Grant Green

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 5-10)

Monday, November 5th:

Catcher Max Stassi singled in 2 runs in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-5 win on Monday.

Tuesday, November 6th:

Second baseman Grant Green tripled and singled, while RHP Brett Hunter gave up 2 runs in 1 inning of relief and RHP Gary Daley allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks in just 2/3 of an inning in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 13-6 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 7th:

RHP James Simmons struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-0 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 8th:

Second baseman Grant Green hit a 3-run homer and catcher Max Stassi went 1-for-4 in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 4-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, November 9th:

No A’s prospects appeared in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-1 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 10th:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0-for 4 with 2 strikeouts, while RHP Gary Daley tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and RHP Brett Hunter allowed 2 unearned runs and struck out 4 in 1 1/3 innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 11-5 loss on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 10)

Grant Green (2B)

61 AB / 8 R / 2 HR / 9 RBI / 8 BB / 16 K / .279 AVG / .362 OBP / .443 SLG / .805 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

41 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 8 RBI / 2 BB / 11 K / .268 AVG / .302 OBP / .415 SLG / .717 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Gary Daley (RHP)

11 IP / 16 H / 9 ER / 12 BB / 8 K / 7.36 ERA / 2.55 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

9 1/3 IP / 1 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 1.93 ERA / 0.43 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 9 H / 5 ER / 9 BB / 9 K / 5.19 ERA / 2.08 WHIP

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – Oct. 29–Nov. 3 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

RHP James Simmons

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 29 – November 3)

Monday, October 29th:

RHP Brett Hunter allowed 1 run on 2 walks and 2 hits in 2/3 of an inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 9-2 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 30th:

Second baseman Grant Green had 2 hits and drove in a run, while RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning in relief and RHP Gary Daley allowed 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-5 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 31st:

Catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-4 with 1 strikeout in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-2 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 1st:

Second baseman Grant Green went 0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts and RHP James Simmons gave up a hit and a run in 1 inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-2 win on Thursday.

Friday, November 2nd:

Second baseman Grant Green homered and RHPs Brett Hunter and Gary Daley each tossed a scoreless inning in relief with Daley picking up the save in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 3-1 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 3rd:

RHP James Simmons struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the AFL’s Rising Stars Game on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9 – November 3)

Grant Green (2B)

49 AB / 6 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 6 BB / 12 K / .265 AVG / .345 OBP / .367 SLG / .713 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

33 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 2 BB / 9 K / .273 AVG / .314 OBP / .455 SLG / .769 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

9 IP / 13 H / 6 ER / 7 BB / 8 K / 6.00 ERA / 2.22 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

8 1/3 IP / 1 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / 2.16 ERA / 0.48 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

6 1/3 IP / 8 H / 3 ER / 6 BB / 4 K / 4.26 ERA / 2.21 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 22-27 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

RHP James Simmons

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 22-27)

Monday, October 22nd:

No A’s prospects appeared in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 5-1 win on Monday.

Tuesday, October 23rd:

Second baseman Grant Green had a pair of hits, catcher Max Stassi singled, and RHP Brett Hunter allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 2/3 of an inning in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-7 tie on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 24th:

Catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-2 and RHP Gary Daley tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 15-1 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 25th:

Second baseman Grant Green doubled and struck out twice and RHP James Simmons struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 26th:

RHP Brett Hunter tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief and catcher Max Stassi doubled in Phoenix’s only run of the game in the Desert Dogs’ 6-1 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 27th:

Second baseman Grant Green singled, walked and scored a run, RHP James Simmons tossed 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief, and RHP Gary Daley allowed 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-8 tie on Saturday. Simmons has yet to allow a hit in 6 1/3 innings of relief in the AFL this month.


A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9-27)

Grant Green (2B)

38 AB / 5 R / 0 HR / 4 RBI / 5 BB / 9 K / .263 AVG / .349 OBP / .316 SLG / .665 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

29 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 6 RBI / 2 BB / 8 K / .310 AVG / .355 OBP / .517 SLG / .872 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

6 2/3 IP / 10 H / 4 ER / 6 BB / 7 K / 5.40 ERA / 2.40 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

6 1/3 IP / 0 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / 1.42 ERA / 0.47 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

4 2/3 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 15-20 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

Former A’s infield prospect Yordy Cabrera

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 15-20)

Monday, October 15th:

RHP Shawn Haviland allowed 1 earned run over 4 innings, relievers Brett Hunter and James Simmons each tossed a scoreless inning, and second baseman Grant Green went 0-for-3 in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 4-2 loss in extra innings on Monday.

Tuesday, October 16th:

Infielder Yordy Cabrera homered and catcher Max Stassi had 2 hits in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 3-3 tie on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 17th:

Second baseman Grant Green had a single, 2 walks and an RBI in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 7-3 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 18th:

RHPs Gary Daley, James Simmons and Brett Hunter each tossed a scoreless inning, while catcher Max Stassi went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and Grant Green went 1-for-5 with 3 strikeouts as the DH in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 2-2 tie on Thursday.

Friday, October 19th:

Infielder Yordy Cabrera had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 3 runs in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 10-6 win on Friday. This was Cabrera’s last game with the A’s organization. He was dealt to the Marlins the next day in a 3-team trade that brought Diamondbacks’ outfielder Chris Young to the A’s.

Saturday, October 20th:

Catcher Max Stassi had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while starter Shawn Haviland allowed 4 runs in just 1 2/3 innings and RHPs James Simmons and Gary Daley each tossed a scoreless inning with Daley picking up the win in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 12-11 victory on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9-20)

Grant Green (2B)

23 AB / 3 R / 0 HR / 4 RBI / 4 BB / 6 K / .261 AVG / .370 OBP / .304 SLG / .675 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

20 AB / 4 R / 1 HR / 5 RBI / 2 BB / 6 K / .350 AVG / .409 OBP / .600 SLG / 1.009 OPS

Yordy Cabrera (IF)

9 AB / 2 R / 1 HR / 5 RBI / 0 BB / 1 K / .333 AVG / .333 OBP / .778 SLG / 1.111 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

8 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 5.19 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

5 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 7 K / 1.80 ERA / 1.80 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

4 2/3 IP / 0 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / 1.93 ERA / 0.43 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 9-13 Update

 

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week

Catcher Max Stassi

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 9-13)

Tuesday, October 9th:

Second baseman Grant Green and catcher Max Stassi both doubled and RHP Shawn Haviland struck out 4 in 3 scoreless innings in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 4-3 opening day victory in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. Third baseman Miles Head left the game after injuring his wrist on a swing and miss.

Wednesday, October 10th:

A’s 2007 1st-round draft pick RHP James Simmons tossed a scoreless inning and RHP Gary Daley blew the save in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-5 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 11th:

Grant Green went 0-for-4 as the DH and RHP Brett Hunter tossed a scoreless inning in relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 6-0 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 12th:

Second baseman Grant Green had a pair of hits and catcher Max Stassi homered and drove in 4 runs in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 13-3 win on Friday.

Saturday, October 13th:

RHP James Simmons struck out 1, walked 1 and allowed 1 run in 2/3 of an inning of relief in the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ 8-3 loss on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 9-13)

Grant Green (2B)

12 AB / 2 R / 0 HR / 3 RBI / 1 BB / 2 K / .333 AVG / .385 OBP / .417 SLG / .801 OPS

Max Stassi (C)

7 AB / 3 R / 1 HR / 4 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .429 AVG / .429 OBP / 1.000 SLG / 1.429 OPS

Miles Head (3B)

3 AB / 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 BB / 2 K / .000 AVG / .000 OBP / .000 SLG / .000 OPS

Shawn Haviland (RHP)

3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Gary Daley (RHP)

2 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

James Simmons (RHP)

1 2/3 IP / 0 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 1 K / 5.40 ERA / 1.20 WHIP

Brett Hunter (RHP)

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

 

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Preview: Green, Head and Stassi to Lead A’s Arizona Fall League Squad

Fall isn’t just time for post-season play, it can also be an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And as the A’s begin Game #3 of their American League playoff series against Detroit at the Coliseum on Tuesday, some of the team’s top prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

The league has been going strong for 20 years now, and its schedule runs for about 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 play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, where this year they’ll be joined by prospects from the Rays, Braves, Brewers and Marlins.

The attendance at AFL games typically tops out at around 200 or so, with the crowds comprised of a healthy dose 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.

This year, it looks like the A’s are definitely doing that with some of their top hitting prospects while giving their top pitching prospects a little time off. Many of you will certainly recognize the names of top minor league position players like Grant Green, Miles Head and Max Stassi, but don’t expect to be seeing the likes of top pitching prospects Brad Peacock, Sonny Gray or A.J. Cole in Arizona this time around…

 

A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2012

 

Grant Green

Infielder/Outfielder

Age: 25

Drafted 2009 – 1st Round

2012: Sacramento

15 HR / .296 AVG / .338 OBP / .458 SLG / .796 OPS

It will be interesting to see where the A’s #1 draft pick from 2009 ends up playing for the Desert Dogs. At Sacramento in 2012, the former USC shortstop made starts in left field, center field, second base, third base and short. After slumping a bit at the plate for Midland in 2011, Green’s offensive numbers rebounded this season at Sacramento. And a strong performance in the AFL could bolster his chances of landing a utility role with the major league club next year.

 

Miles Head

Third Baseman

Age: 21

Drafted 2009 – 26th Round

2012: Stockton/Midland

23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS

Acquired along with Josh Reddick and Raul Alcantara from the Red Sox in the Andrew Bailey/Ryan Sweeney deal, Head turned out to be the best hitter in the A’s minor league system in 2012. The majority of his starts came at third base, though he did get a handful of starts at first base as well. The 21-year-old right-handed slugger will continue trying to make his mark with the bat in the AFL while also working on refining his skills in the field.

 

Max Stassi

Catcher

Age: 21

Drafted 2009 – 4th Round

2012: Stockton

15 HR / .268 AVG / .331 OBP / .468 SLG / .799 OPS

The former 4th-round draft pick had his most productive season in the system with Stockton in 2012, and his defensive skills behind the plate are considered solid. Once viewed as the A’s catcher of the near-future, injuries have slowed Stassi’s progress a bit, and the team is eager to see him get some extra at-bats in the AFL before giving him a chance to see what he can do at Double-A Midland next year.

 

Gary Daley

Starting Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2006 – 3rd Round

2012: Midland

118 IP / 130 H / 67 ER / 71 BB / 79 K / 5.11 ERA / 1.70 WHIP

At age 26, Daley has been bouncing around the minor leagues for 7 seasons now. He struggled in 2012 at Midland and has a career ERA of 5.91 in 605 minor league innings. Lack of control has been the main issue with Daley, as he has averaged 5.7 walks per 9 innings over his extensive minor league career.

 

Shawn Haviland

Starting Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2008 – 33rd Round

2012: Midland

120 IP / 124 H / 64 ER / 47 BB / 104 K / 4.80 ERA / 1.43 WHIP

The 33rd-round draft pick was never considered a top prospect but put himself on the map with a strong 2010 season at Stockton. He struggled mightily at Midland in 2011 though, posting an ERA of 7.08 in 27 starts. The right-hander settled down a bit in his second season at Double-A, but Haviland needs to make a strong impression in the AFL if he really wants to put himself back in the mix again.

 

James Simmons

Relief Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2007 – 1st Round

2012: Midland/Sacramento

63 1/3 IP / 53 H / 21 ER / 22 BB / 50 K / 2.98 ERA / 1.18 WHIP

The former 1st-round draft pick has struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness since being drafted in 2007, but he may have re-invented himself this season as a dependable reliever. In 2012 with Midland and Sacramento, the right-hander struck out 7.1 batters per 9 innings, and a strong season in the AFL could help to bolster Simmons’ chances of landing a spot in the A’s bullpen next season.

 

Brett Hunter

Relief Pitcher

Age: 25

Drafted 2008 – 7th Round

2012: Midland

56 IP / 53 H / 28 ER / 31 BB / 60 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Hunter has yet to truly impress since being drafted in 2008. The only thing that really stands out about the right-hander is his career strikeout rate of 10.1 batters per 9 innings over 193 minor league innings Unfortunately, he also has a career walk rate of 6.7 per 9 innings and a 4.99 career ERA. But if Hunter can just learn to harness his stuff in the AFL, he could see his stock start to rise.

 

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A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

A’s top prospect Addison Russell

With the 2012 minor league season now complete, it’s a good time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2012. And with that in mind, we’re naming A’s Farm’s 2012 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 Burlington, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2012. 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 were selected from hurlers who had at least 100 innings pitched for each club, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, and players’ major league statistics were not included.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of 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 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Derek Norris (9 HR / .271 AVG / .329 OBP / .477 SLG / .806 OPS)

Midland – Ryan Lipkin (4 HR / .193 AVG / .222 OBP / .297 SLG / .519 OPS) *

Stockton – Max Stassi (15 HR / .268 AVG / .331 OBP / .468 SLG / .799 OPS)

Burlington – Nick Rickles (6 HR / .220 AVG / .257 OBP / .328 SLG / .584 OPS)

Vermont – Bruce Maxwell (0 HR / .277 AVG / .356 OBP / .349 SLG / .705 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Phil Pohl (3 HR / .292 AVG / .381 OBP / .450 SLG / .831 OPS) *

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Daric Barton (8 HR / .255 AVG / .411 OBP / .425 SLG / .835 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (10 HR / .292 AVG / .385 OBP / .426 SLG / .811 OPS)

Stockton – A.J. Kirby-Jones (21 HR / .248 AVG / .382 OBP / .461 SLG / .843 OPS)

Burlington – Max Muncy (4 HR / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS)

Vermont – Jacob Tanis (2 HR / .261 AVG / .333 OBP / .336 SLG / .670 OPS)

AZL A’s – Matt Olson (9 HR / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS) *

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Eric Sogard (5 HR / .331 AVG / .417 OBP / .484 SLG / .901 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Ladendorf (9 HR / .240 AVG / .324 OBP / .358 SLG / .682 OPS)

Stockton – Ryan Pineda (5 HR / .241 AVG / .325 OBP / .367 SLG / .692 OPS) *

Burlington – Chih Fang Pan (2 HR / .243 AVG / .300 OBP / .324 SLG / .625 OPS)

Vermont – Chris Bostick (3 HR / .251 AVG / .325 OBP / .369 SLG / .694 OPS)

AZL A’s – Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Brandon Hicks (18 HR / .244 AVG / .350 OBP / .506 SLG / .856 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (15 HR / .201 AVG / .284 OBP / .363 SLG / .647 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Gilmartin (9 HR / .256 AVG / .339 OBP / .360 SLG / .699 OPS)

Burlington – Sean Jamieson (11 HR / .244 AVG / .354 OBP / .389 SLG / .743 OPS)

Vermont – Wilfredo Solano (1 HR / .217 AVG / .263 OBP / .286 SLG / .549 OPS)

AZL A’s – Addison Russell (7 HR / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS) *

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Stephen Parker (7 HR / .256 AVG / .327 OBP / .390 SLG / .717 OPS)

Midland – Miles Head (23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS) *

Stockton – B.A. Vollmuth (14 HR / .261 AVG / .336 OBP / .405 SLG / .741 OPS) *

Burlington – Wade Kirkland (8 HR / .237 AVG / .306 OBP / .398 SLG / .705 OPS)

Vermont – Chad Lewis (3 HR / .219 AVG / .271 OBP / .289 SLG / .559 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Renato Nunez (4 HR / .325 AVG / .403 OBP / .550 SLG / .953 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Grant Green (15 HR / .296 AVG / .338 OBP / .458 SLG / .796 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (10 HR / .257 AVG / .414 OBP / .391 SLG / .805 OPS)

Stockton – Josh Whitaker (20 HR / .259 AVG / .325 OBP / .472 SLG / .796 OPS)

Burlington – Royce Consigli (5 HR / .211 AVG / .292 OBP / .336 SLG / .628 OPS)

Vermont – Austin Booker (0 HR / .253 AVG / .337 OBP / .300 SLG / .637 OPS)

AZL A’s – Herschel Powell (0 HR / .306 AVG / .383 OBP / .315 SLG / .698 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Jermaine Mitchell (6 HR / .252 AVG / .345 OBP / .386 SLG / .731 OPS)

Midland – Michael Choice (10 HR / .287 AVG / .356 OBP / .423 SLG / .779 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Oberacker (15 HR / .267 AVG / .336 OBP / .443 SLG / .779 OPS) *

Burlington – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .206 AVG / .319 OBP / .261 SLG / .580 OPS)

Vermont – Brett Vertigan (1 HR / .266 AVG / .338 OBP / .375 SLG / .713 OPS)

AZL A’s – B.J. Boyd (1 HR / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (12 HR / .287 AVG / .405 OBP / .441 SLG / .846 OPS)

Midland – Jeremy Barfield (13 HR / .272 AVG / .322 OBP / .415 SLG / .737 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (27 HR / .239 AVG / .310 OBP / .448 SLG / .758 OPS) *

Burlington – Bobby Crocker (6 HR / .268 AVG / .347 OBP / .369 SLG / .716 OPS)

Vermont – John Wooten (4 HR / .276 AVG / .316 OBP / .391 SLG / .706 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (3 HR / .230 AVG / .291 OBP / .378 SLG / .668 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Kila Ka’aihue (15 HR / .256 AVG / .367 OBP / .496 SLG / .863 OPS)

Midland – Josh Horton (9 HR / .280 AVG / .349 OBP / .414 SLG / .763 OPS) *

Stockton – Tony Thompson (11 HR / .276 AVG / .344 OBP / .442 SLG / .785 OPS)

Burlington – Douglas Landaeta (10 HR / .244 AVG / .283 OBP / .377 SLG / .660 OPS)

Vermont – Miguel Marte (3 HR / .230 AVG / .275 OBP / .331 SLG / .606 OPS)

AZL A’s – Daniel Robertson (5 HR / .241 AVG / .330 OBP / .400 SLG / .730 OPS) *

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Graham Godfrey (104 IP / 98 H / 38 ER / 26 BB / 60 K / 3.29 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)

Midland – Sonny Gray (152 IP / 158 H / 72 ER / 58 BB / 99 K / 4.26 ERA / 1.42 WHIP) *

Stockton – Josh Bowman (151 2/3 IP / 164 H / 62 ER / 35 BB / 130 K / 3.68 ERA / 1.31 WHIP) *

Burlington – Drew Granier (162 2/3 IP / 149 H / 58 ER / 53 BB / 167 K / 3.21 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

Vermont – Andres Avila (66 IP / 68 H / 28 ER / 16 BB / 60 K / 3.82 ERA / 1.27 WHIP)

AZL A’s – Vince Voiro (37 1/3 IP / 35 H / 15 ER / 8 BB / 41 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.15 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Evan Scribner (35 2/3 IP / 26 H / 12 ER / 10 BB / 38 K / 3.03 ERA / 1.01 WHIP / 8 SV)

Midland – Jonathan Ortiz (62 1/3 IP / 58 H / 26 ER / 18 BB / 50 K / 3.75 ERA / 1.22 WHIP / 15 SV)

Stockton – Zach Thornton (53 2/3 IP / 57 H / 27 ER / 19 BB / 70 K / 4.53 ERA / 1.42 WHIP / 16 SV)

Burlington – Jonathan Joseph (93 2/3 IP / 93 H / 52 ER / 43 BB / 89 K / 5.00 ERA / 1.45 WHIP / 12 SV) *

Vermont – Austin House (28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP / 5 SV) *

AZL A’s – Dakota Bacus (30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team – The Winners

 

 

CATCHER

Phil Pohl

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters

(3 HR / .292 AVG / .381 OBP / .450 SLG / .831 OPS) *

 

 

FIRST BASE

Daric Barton

Sacramento River Cats

(8 HR / .255 AVG / .411 OBP / .425 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

 

SECOND BASE

Melvin Mercedes

AZL A’s

(0 HR / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS)

 

 

SHORTSTOP

Addison Russell

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters / Burlington Bees

(7 HR / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS) *

 

 

THIRD BASE

Miles Head

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

(23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS) *

 

 

LEFT FIELD

Conner Crumbliss

Midland RockHounds

(10 HR / .257 AVG / .414 OBP / .391 SLG / .805 OPS)

 

 

CENTER FIELD

B.J. Boyd

AZL A’s

(1 HR / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

 

RIGHT FIELD

Michael Taylor

Sacramento River Cats

(12 HR / .287 AVG / .405 OBP / .441 SLG / .846 OPS)

 

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Kila Ka’aihue

Sacramento River Cats

(15 HR / .256 AVG / .367 OBP / .496 SLG / .863 OPS)

 

 

STARTING PITCHER

Drew Granier

Burlington Bees

(162 2/3 IP / 149 H / 58 ER / 53 BB / 167 K / 3.21 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

 

 

CLOSER

Dakota Bacus

AZL A’s

(30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

 

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Down On The Farm with Farhan

Yesterday we brought you a complete rundown of manager Bob Melvin’s bloggers-only press conference from last week at the Coliseum. Well, after the skipper did his duty, the A’s director of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi, joined us to address a number of player personnel queries. A trained economist in his 8th year with the A’s, Farhan is deeply involved in the critical analyses that the team does on players both inside and outside the organization, so his insights are invaluable. Rather than provide a complete rundown of every subject that Farhan took the time to touch on, below are his insights on some of the more intriguing young players to make their marks in the majors and minors for the A’s organization this year. Once again, A’s Farm, kicked off the questioning – this time by asking for Farhan’s take on one of the A’s top prospects whom folks are always eager to find out more about…

 

On the future of former 1st-round draft pick Grant Green

“If you look at what Grant did this year, he cut his strikeouts down a lot. And his numbers were up across the board. And I think that was more in line with what we were expecting out of him than what we saw from him last year. We’re just trying to figure out defensively maybe where he can be an asset to the team and where we can fit him into our defense. There’s two different levels of prospects – there’s guys at a lower level where you just want them to be where they’re most comfortable or where their value is maximized, and then you have older guys where you’re maybe starting to have to look at your big league depth chart and you’re starting to say, ‘Where can this guy play?’ And with Grant, he’s a guy who I think next year will have a chance to make the team. So right now I couldn’t tell you what position he’s going to play or how he fits in, but I think he’s really given us a lot of options, which is always a good thing.”

 

On the newfound success of former farmhands Chris Carter and Josh Donaldson

“You try to give guys as much rope as possible, because this transition from Triple-A to the big leagues is so tough. And if I guy has a good game when he comes up, he just kind of builds off that momentum and goes from there. But if he goes 0 for 4 with a couple of strikeouts, he can get in a downward spiral. And if you look at those guys and look at that first game after they came up, they started succeeding and then building off of that. And I don’t mean to reduce it to such a simple thing, but that’s how it is sometimes. Sometimes it’s a matter of just getting some level of confidence for these guys.”

 

On the rapid rise of right-hander Dan Straily

“I really think the year that he got on the radar for us as an organization was 2011 with the year that he had in the California League where, if you look at those numbers and adjust for the league and environment, that was a really impressive performance. And I think, before that, I would have said, ‘He’s kind of a good organizational guy.’ He had a good year in the Midwest League. But last year, to do what he did in the California League, he started showing some plus stuff, some plus velocity. He was a guy we started thinking could be a part of the plan going forward. Now look, he wasn’t in big league camp, so don’t give us too much credit. But he was a guy I would have said at the beginning of the year that I could see him spending most of the year in Double-A and if he had a similarly good year, move up to Triple-A, and then sort of really be on the radar. So a little bit like Parker, I think the most impressive thing about what he’s done is just the speed and sort of really forcing the issue – being so good in Double-A that we had to move him up, and being so good in Triple-A that, when the opportunity presented itself, we brought him up here. I wouldn’t say it was totally out of the blue, but obviously he’s totally blown by everyone’s expectations.”

 

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Mr. Melvin Meets The Bloggers

Bob Melvin: Hit me with your best shot!

With Oakland right in the thick of a heated pennant race, A’s manager Bob Melvin took some time out just prior to a mid-September night game versus the dreaded Orioles to attend a bloggers-only press conference at the Coliseum. Melvin was his usual friendly and cordial self as he addressed an array of topics over the course of about 10 minutes and, upon his exit, even made a point of complimenting his interrogators on their rapid-fire questions. The first subjects, raised by A’s Farm, concerned a couple of players who’ve spent some time with both the A’s and the River Cats this year, and Melvin went on to offer his take on a variety of different subjects from there…

 

On third baseman Josh Donaldson’s improvement in his second stint with the A’s this year…

“Well, I think as far as Donaldson goes, it was just a matter of getting here and having some success. The ability’s always been there. If you look at the minor league numbers, he’s been able to hit and hit for power. He’s a great athlete – he can play multiple positions. I think it was just important – similar to a Chris Carter situation – that he came here and had some success. And he did early on, and he’s just been riding on that and more or less believes in himself as a big leaguer now.”

 

On second baseman Jemile Weeks’ struggles this season…

Jemile Weeks: Let’s see, am I supposed to be in Oakland or Sacramento today?

“As far as Jemile, you talk about sophomore slumps and so forth, and he’s a tough kid who can be hard on himself, and I think he got into a little bit of a slump where he couldn’t quite get out of it. You look up there – and you have some pride – and you look at your average after hitting .300 for basically a full season, then not being able to repeat that, you try a little too hard sometimes as opposed to just letting your ability take over. And I think it was just a little bit of a change of scenery – he went down there (to Sacramento) and instantly hit. And I don’t think this is going to effect where his career is going forward.”

 

On the adjustments Jemile Weeks needs to make…

“I think mainly just keeping the ball out of the air a little bit. I think, this year, he hit a couple of home runs early on. He will tell you that had nothing to do with swinging a little bigger. I think he just felt more comfortable with his swing that he could drive some balls. And last year, he just wasn’t trying to do too much. He was just putting it in play, and putting it in play on the ground. So it’s just a matter of finding a happy medium for him, and he will do that.”

 

On the special challenges of working with a younger team…

“Well, I think basically, with where we are in the season, we try to keep the distractions to a minimum and just – I know it’s very cliché – keep all our efforts focused on a particular day. We are playing some match-ups in the second half – whether it’s a Moss/Carter type of thing. And I think keeping them aware of when they’re playing is important so they know and can do their homework on potential pitchers they’re going to face – whether it’s Kottaras and Norris, and we’ve run a little bit of a platoon with Pennington and Rosales at second. So I think they benefit by knowing what days they’re playing. And then I think with younger players, you try to be consistent in giving them good feedback, because the one thing about being a younger player coming to the big league level that you always have to get over is that awe factor and ‘do I belong here in the big leagues?’ And we’ve, as an organization, put a lot of stock in our younger players and getting them to the big leagues. We put them in prominent roles, and I think we’ve done that across the board this year, whether it’s the pitching end of it, whether it’s the position player end of it, and we’ve been rewarded with good performances.”

 

On traditional bullpen roles…

“It’s always a Catch-22, because you want to get the hot hand out there, you want to get the guys that are the best match-ups. Yet relievers are a little different breed. When that phone rings, the guy wants to have a pretty good idea when he’s coming in the game. If we have to change the role for a period of time, I think we’re more apt to do that than just consistently trying to match up. It’s a little different with call-ups when you have more options. But I think if you look at our late guys, our plus-game guys, they know when they’re coming in the game, and that I think is a comfort to them…confidence-wise for them, it helps them to prepare and feel good about what they’re doing, even though just looking at it statistically, it can be more of a match-up thing. So I think it’s a double-edged sword as far as that goes. I do like defining roles, but I’m not afraid to change them if we need to change them.”

 

On team chemistry and when it started to click…

“I don’t know if there was a particular time. I felt good about the players we had in spring training. And when you look at a big league roster, a 25-man roster, I think ours was more like 32 – we were bringing guys back and forth depending on how they were playing at a certain time. And I think, once we kind of defined what roles certain guys had…I think the timing might have been middle to late June…I think we’ve been pretty consistent, especially offensively. And once we started to play better offensively, hit some home runs and so forth, the team started to find an identity within itself. We always felt like we were a scrappy-type team, a team that played well and focused later on in games and played hard and that type of thing. But I think once we started to hit the ball out of the ballpark, we kind of gained a lot more confidence because of that. And we have the guys here to do that now.”

 

Josh Reddick: Who needs an MVP when I’ve got one of these!

On the team’s MVP this year…

“It’s a tough one. You know, the guys that we count on the most are Coco, Reddick and Cespedes. And I think at different parts of the season, they would each be considered the MVP at the time. I couldn’t put my finger on just one. But from an offensive standpoint, those three probably stand out the most.”

 

On the team’s perspective down the stretch…

“We’re trying not to look at the finish line. We’re trying to take it more day-to-day, and let’s count ‘em up at the end. We know the schedule – we know we’re playing a lot of games on the road. We’ve been fortunate enough to win some games on the road. But if you start thinking about this match-up, that match-up, who’s pitching in this series, those are just distractions you don’t need, especially for a younger group. So we’re trying to remain in the moment and put all our focus on today’s game.  I know it’s very cliché, but I think it really has worked for us to this point this year, and that’s the way we’ll remain doing it.”

 

On how his past managerial experiences have prepared him for the challenges of this job…

“Well, first of all, I don’t think you ever get comfortable and say ‘Okay, I’ve had all the experiences, and this is the way I’m going to do things.’ I try to learn from our players. And it’s more about me acclimating to the players than the players acclimating to me. I have to work the personnel that we have in the fashion that we’re best-suited to do it. If we’ve got a bunch of guys that run, you’re not going to sit around and play for a three-run homer. If we have a bunch of guys that hit home runs, you’re not going to run into outs. And this team has kind of morphed into that type of team. We were running quite a bit early on, but we’re not running quite as much now because we don’t want to run into outs because we’re hitting some balls out of the ballpark. I think keeping guys accountable more so now, and communicating. There are certain times you don’t want to communicate, whether it’s your mood or whatever, but you have to stay consistent in what you’re doing as a manager. I like to be a positive guy, especially with the whole group. I will take guys individually if there’s something I want to do on the negative side. But I think it’s staying consistent, whether you’re winning or losing, and staying consistent in my approach to the players – that’s probably the thing that stands out the most for me.”

 

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After Bob Melvin’s press conference, long-time A’s broadcaster Ray Fosse took some time to chat on the field during batting practice and offered up some interesting takes on the A’s current manager…

 

Ray Fosse: I love Bob Melvin this much!

Fosse on Bob Melvin…

“Bob Melvin’s the greatest manager. He deserves so much credit. Nothing against the other guys, but Collin Cowgill, I just interviewed him, and he knows him from being with the Diamondbacks, and he said, ‘I’d run through that wall for the man.’ And when your players are willing to sacrifice their bodies to do whatever…Brandon Inge, when he dove for the ball and separated his shoulder, he comes in the next inning and hits a double down the line, and then he goes on the disabled list. He comes back, he does the same thing here, hits a double, drives in two runs, and then has surgery. But when he was out here, he said, ‘I’d take a bullet for the man right now. If there’s a fight, I’m defending him.’ And that’s the respect these guys have for that man.”

 

Fosse on respect…

“For the first time in the years that we’ve had the (World Series championship) reunions, when the players came in on the cars and they had the red carpet out to the mound, did you notice that every current player was lined up? Never has that been done before. Bob Melvin said, ‘We need to respect the guys who won the championships. I want my team out there shaking their hands as these guys walk by.’ Gene Tenace came on the air and he said, ‘I won’t get a chance to see Bob Melvin, but please tell him that’s the classiest act I’ve ever seen to show respect for a team of the past.’ And it was – I still get goose bumps thinking about what they did.”

 

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A’s Farm in Top 10 MLB Blogs for 5th Straight Month!

That’s right – 5’s the magic number!

For the 5th month in a row, A’s Farm has been ranked in the Top 10 MLB blogs – and this month we were ranked #6 for the second straight month!

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