Friday, August 22nd: Dusty Coleman’s 2 HRs Help Hounds Win while Matt Chapman’s Grand Slam Sends Snappers to Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Dusty Coleman (Grand Slam / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Dusty Coleman (Grand Slam / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks        8

Midland RockHounds  10

WP – Long 12-8 / 3.25

HR – Coleman 2 (17), Nakajima (5)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Dusty Coleman

(Grand Slam / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

Shortstop Dusty Coleman hit 2 home runs, including a 1st-inning grand slam, to help lead the RockHounds to a 10-8 victory over Corpus Christi on Friday. Coleman also slugged a solo shot in the 5th inning and currently leads the team with 17 home runs on the season. Third baseman Hiro Nakajima hit his 5th home run, while right fielder Kent Matthes singled, doubled and drove in a pair, and left fielder D’Arby Myers had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Nate Long allowed 4 runs over 5 2/3 innings to earn his 12th win, tying him with teammate Chris Jensen for the Texas League lead in wins, while RHP Ryan Dull got the final five outs for his 4th save.

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Thursday, August 21st: Chad Pinder Helps Ports Win Big while Drew Pomeranz Takes 1st Loss for Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Chad Pinder (3 for 6 / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Chad Pinder (3 for 6 / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports       11

Lake Elsinore Storm  3

WP – Alderson 4-0 / 4.39

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(3 for 6 / Double / 2 RBIs)

Shortstop Chad Pinder helped lead Stockton to an 11-3 victory on Thursday night. Pinder collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs, while outfielder Tyler Marincov doubled, had a pair of singles and drove in a run, and third baseman Renato Nunez had 3 hits and drove in a pair for the Ports. Starter Tim Alderson allowed 3 runs over 7 innings of work to earn his 4th win for Stockton.

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Wednesday, August 20th: Jonathan Joseph Tosses 5 Scoreless & Matt Olson Homers in Ports Victory while Matt Buschmann Earns 8th Win for River Cats

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Jonathan Joseph (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Jonathan Joseph (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports         4

Lake Elsinore Storm  0

WP – Joseph 6-3 / 3.99

HR – Olson (36)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jonathan Joseph

(5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

RHP Jonathan Joseph was impressive in a spot start for Stockton, allowing just 2 hits over 5 shutout innings to earn his 6th win on Wednesday. RHPs Andres Avila and Nolan Sanburn both tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, with Sanburn picking up his 6th save for Stockton. First baseman Matt Olson hit his league-leading 36th home run, a 2-run shot, while outfielder Tyler Marincov singled, doubled and drove in a run, and shortstop Daniel Robertson singled, doubled, walked and stole a pair of bases for the Ports.

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Tuesday, August 19th: Matt Stalcup Tosses Complete-Game Shutout for Snappers while Shane Peterson Homers in Sacramento Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Matt Stalcup (9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Matt Stalcup (9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  3

Peoria Chiefs        0

WP – Stalcup 5-4 / 4.02

HR – Soto (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Matt Stalcup

(9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

Beloit starter Matt Stalcup tossed a complete-game shutout on Tuesday, allowing just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 8 to earn his 5th win for the Snappers. And last year’s 9th-round draft pick for the A’s has now walked just 18 batters over 80 2/3 innings of work this season. First baseman Michael Soto hit his 4th home run, while second baseman Melvin Mercedes drove in a pair of runs, and outfielder Justin Higley singled, stole a base and scored a run for the Snappers.

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Monday, August 18th: Lou Trivino Pitches Snappers to Victory while A’s Outfielder Craig Gentry Begins Rehab Assignment in River Cats Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Lou Trivino (6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Lou Trivino (6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  6

Peoria Chiefs        4

WP – Trivino 7-9 / 4.85

HR – Higley (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Lou Trivino

(6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

Starter Lou Trivino turned in a strong start for the Snappers, allowing 2 runs and striking out 8 over 6 innings of work to earn his 7th win on Monday. Outfielder Justin Higley doubled and hit his 1st home run for the Snappers, while catcher Josh Ludy singled, drew a pair of walks and scored twice, and third baseman Matt Chapman tripled in a run for Beloit. In other news, RHP Lee Sosa has returned to the Beloit bullpen from Vermont.

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A’s Minor League Leaders – August 2014 Update

With just a couple of weeks left in the minor league season, we thought we’d take a quick 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 100 innings is required for the pitching categories, with the exception of saves, of course. Included are current players from Sacramento, Midland, Stockton, Beloit, Vermont and the Arizona League A’s, but not from the Dominican Summer League A’s, and the stats below are complete through Sunday. Some of the names you might expect to see atop the lists, while others may come as a bit of a surprise!

 

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J.P. Sportman

BATTING AVERAGE

1) J.P. Sportman .346

2) Herschel Powell .344

3) Shane Peterson .316

It’s interesting to note that the A’s 27th-round draft pick this year out of Central Connecticut State, J.P. Sportman, currently boasts the best batting average among all A’s minor leaguers. And the 22-year-old center fielder has been hitting even better for Vermont than he was for Arizona, batting .367 for the Lake Monsters. #2 on the list is Stockton outfielder Herschel “Boog” Powell, who’s currently serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for amphetamines. Meanwhile, Sacramento outfielder Shane Peterson has been the River Cats most consistent hitter all season, and he also leads all A’s minor leaguers in doubles with 35.

 

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Herschel Powell

ON-BASE PERCENTAGE

1) Herschel Powell .453

2) J.P. Sportman .402

3 tie) Matt Olson .401

3 tie) Daniel Robertson .401

Stockton center fielder Herschel Powell did an incredible job of getting on base in April, May, June and the first week of July before being served with a 50-game suspension after testing positive for amphetamines. Powell did most of his damage while leading off for Beloit but continued getting on base at a similar rate in almost two weeks at Stockton before receiving his suspension. Powell should be eligible to rejoin Stockton for the last few games of the season as well as for the California League playoffs. Vermont outfielder J.P. Sportman boasts the second-best on-base percentage despite drawing just 19 walks. Stockton first baseman Matt Olson’s is tied for the third-best OBP despite batting just .254 thanks to the fact that he leads all A’s minor leaguers in walks with 108. Meanwhile, Stockton shortstop Daniel Robertson’s .308 batting average has helped to keep him on base all season for the Ports.

 

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Renato Nunez

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE

1) Renato Nunez .552

2) Matt Olson .543

3) Jaycob Brugman .519

When it comes to slugging, you need not look any further than Stockton. Ports third baseman Renato Nunez currently sports the best slugging percentage among all A’s minor leaguers. Nunez’s 59 extra-base hits in 111 games mean that he’s been averaging more than 1 extra-base hit in every 2 games for the Ports. The 20-year-old Venezuelan also leads all A’s’ minor leaguers in RBIs with 91. Matt Olson’s 35 home runs also help to put him high on the slugging list. Meanwhile, Stockton outfielder Jaycob Brugman might be the most surprising addition to the top sluggers’ list, but the 22-year-old has now hit 9 home runs in his last 10 games for the Ports.

 

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Matt Olson

HOME RUNS

1) Matt Olson 35

2) Renato Nunez 29

3) Jaycob Brugman 19

Not only are Matt Olson and Renato Nunez #1 and #2 in home runs in the A’s minor league system, but they’re also #1 and #2 in the California League home run race. The California League may have the reputation of being a hitters’ league, but these two Ports infielders have been the most prolific home run hitters in the league so far this season. Stockton outfielder Jaycob Brugman has recently climbed his way up the home run list by hitting 9 homers in his last 10 games for the Ports. Brugman has definitely warmed up to the California League. After hitting 8 home runs in 70 games for Beloit, Brugman’s hit 11 home runs in just 37 games for Stockton.

 

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Daniel Robertson

HITS

1) Daniel Robertson 155

2) Shane Peterson 154

3) Ryon Healy 142

Stockton shortstop Daniel Robertson has been playing every day and batting leadoff much of the time, giving him the opportunity to rack up a whopping 155 hits in 121 games while posting a .308 batting average for the Ports. Sacramento outfielder Shane Peterson has been healthy all season and playing every day for the River Cats, so he’s collected 154 hits while while batting .316. #3 on the hits list may be a bit of a surprise. First baseman/third baseman Ryon Healy started off the season in a terrible slump for Stockton but hung in there and has now cranked out 142 hits while playing every day and putting up a .281 batting average for the Ports.

 

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Nate Long

ERA

1) Nate Long 3.12

2) Seth Streich 3.16

3) Chris Lamb 3.21

RockHounds starter Nate Long started out the season as a middle reliever for Midland until injuries to Raul Alcantara and Tanner Peters forced him into the RockHounds’ rotation, where he’s blossomed. The 28-year-old currently boasts the best ERA among all A’s minor league starters and is second in the system in both wins and strikeouts. Meanwhile, Stockton’s Seth Streich has been the most impressive starting pitcher in the A’s minor league system this season, ranking among the ERA, WHIP and strikeout leaders, but a shoulder injury has sidelined him for the past three weeks. Stockton starter Chris Lamb may be the most surprising entry on the list. The 24-year-old posted a 4.53 ERA last season for Beloit, but he started out well this season for the Snappers and has flourished since his promotion to the hitter-friendly California League – go figure!

 

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Seth Streich

WHIP

1) Seth Streich 1.16

2) Zach Neal 1.16

3) Kyle Finnegan 1.24

Before being sidelined with a shoulder injury, Stockton starter Seth Streich had been demonstrating great command, which really helped him do a terrific job of keeping men off base this season. The 23-year-old walked just 22 batters in 114 innings. He also managed to surrender just 7 home runs in the homer-happy California League. River Cats starter Zach Neal, who’s done stints with Sacramento, Midland and Stockton this season, is right behind Streich on the WHIP list and has walked a miniscule 19 batters in 145 1/3 innings this season. Meanwhile, Beloit starter Kyle Finnegan has done a great job of keeping runners off base by allowing just 88 hits over 108 2/3 innings of work for the Snappers.

 

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Matt Buschmann

STRIKEOUTS

1) Matt Buschmann 119

2) Nate Long 117

3) Seth Streich 116

Stockton starter Seth Streich far out-paced all other A’s minor league pitchers in strikeouts for most of the season, until he was sidelined by a shoulder injury. With Streich out of action, Sacramento starter Matt Buschmann, who was signed as a minor league free agent in the offseason, has moved to the top of the list by striking out 119 batters in just 121 2/3 innings. Midland starter Nate Long is second on the strikeout list with 117 in 138 1/3 innings of work. Meanwhile, River Cats starter Arnold Leon should soon pass Streich for third on the list as he currently stands at 112 strikeouts for Sacramento.

 

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Chris Jensen

WINS

1) Chris Jensen 12

2) Nate Long 11

3) Arnold Leon 10

Midland starter Chris Jensen, acquired from Colorado in the Brett Anderson trade, currently leads all A’s minor leaguers in wins with 12. Jensen also sports a 3.32 ERA and has given up just 3 home runs in 146 1/3 innings of work this season. Fellow Midland starter Nate Long is second on the wins list with 11, while Sacramento starter Arnold Leon is third with 10. Leon also boasts strong strikeout numbers, but he’s allowed 155 hits in just 128 innings of work, leading to a 5.27 ERA for the season.

 

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Austin House

SAVES

1) Austin House 17

2) Seth Frankoff 16

3) Evan Scribner 15

Stockton closer Austin House leads all A’s minor leaguers in saves with 17. House has also struck out 70 batters in just 48 1/3 innings of work so far this season. Sacramento reliever Seth Frankoff is second on the saves list, with all but one of his 16 saves coming during his time with Midland. The 25-year-old Frankoff has struck out 63 in 58 innings of relief for both Midland and Sacramento this season. #3 on the saves list is a familiar name to A’s fans, the River Cats’ Evan Scribner. When not with the A’s, Scribner’s been sharing Sacramento’s closing duties with Jeremy McBryde, who’s right behind him on the saves list with 14. Scribner’s been showing great command this season, walking just 9 while striking out 68 over 44 innings of work for Sacramento.

 

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Sunday, August 17th: Dillon Overton Impresses Again for Vermont while Deck McGuire Takes the Loss for Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Dillon Overton (3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Dillon Overton (3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K)

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

Brooklyn Cyclones               7

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

LP – Graves 3-2 / 6.75

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dillon Overton

(3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K)

One of the best stories in the A’s system in the second half of the season has to be the return of last year’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s, LHP Dillon Overton, to the mound 12 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery. On Sunday, Overton allowed just 1 baserunner while striking out 5 over 3 scoreless innings for the Lake Monsters. Since returning to action, Overton has struck out 42 and walked just 4 over 31 innings while putting up a 1.45 ERA, and has now allowed just 1 run and struck out 11 over 9 innings of work since joining Vermont. After Overton exited Sunday’s game, this year’s 3rd-round draft pick, RHP Brett Graves, allowed 5 runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief to take the loss. Designated hitter Max Kuhn tripled, doubled and scored, while shortstop Yairo Munoz and outfielder Ben McQuown both singled, stole a base and scored a run for the Lake Monsters.

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Saturday, August 16th: Jaycob Brugman Hits 2 HRs to Help Stockton Win while Shane Peterson Homers and Arnold Leon K’s 7 in Cats Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (2 Home Runs / Double / 4 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (2 Home Runs / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

San Jose Giants   10

Stockton Ports   14

WP – House 2-4 / 3.91

HR – Brugman 2 (11), Taylor (5)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman

(2 Home Runs / Double / 4 RBIs)

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman continued his monster month of August on Saturday, going 4 for 5 with a double and 2 home runs while driving in 4 runs for the Ports. Brugman has now hit 9 home runs in his last 9 games while batting .472 and driving in 15 runs over that span. Catcher Beau Taylor hit a 3-run homer in the 8th to give Stockton the lead, while shortstop Daniel Robertson and third baseman Renato Nunez each had 3 hits and drove in a run, and second baseman Chad Pinder and outfielder Tyler Marincov both tallied 2 doubles and a single and drove in a pair of runs for the Ports. Starter Tim Alderson allowed 8 runs over 4 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Austin House picked up the win after getting the final four outs for the Ports.

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Friday, August 15th: Chris Jensen Allows Just 2 Hits in Hounds Win while Drew Pomeranz Wins 3rd Straight Start for Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Chris Jensen (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Chris Jensen (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

Springfield Cardinals       2

WP – Jensen 12-7 / 3.32

HR – Coleman (14)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Jensen

(7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / Win)

Starter Chris Jensen allowed just 1 unearned run on 2 hits while striking out 5 over 7 innings of work to earn the win for the RockHounds on Friday. Jensen, who was acquired from the Rockies in the Brett Anderson trade, now leads all A’s minor leaguers in wins with 12. LHP Frank Gailey gave up 1 run in just 1/3 of an inning of relief, while RHP Jose Flores got the final five outs to notch his 9th save. Midland managed just 4 hits on the night. Shortstop Dusty Coleman singled and hit a 2-run homer in the 2nd to give the Hounds the lead, while outfielder Kenny Wilson doubled, and second baseman Conner Crumbliss singled in the win.

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Thursday, August 14th: D’Arby Myers’ 9th-Inning HR Helps Hounds Win while Jaycob Brugman Hits 7th HR in His Last 7 Games for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder D’Arby Myers (Home Run / Double)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder D’Arby Myers (Home Run / Double)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

Tulsa Drillers                     2

WP – Dull 5-5 / 3.20

HR – Myers (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder D’Arby Myers

(Home Run / Double)

RockHounds outfielder D’Arby Myers doubled and scored the Hounds’ second run of the night in the 7th. Then with two outs in the top of the 9th and the game tied, Myers smacked a solo home run to provide the margin of victory for Midland on Thursday. Designated hitter Jeremy Barfield had 3 hits and drove in a run, while outfielder Kenny Wilson singled, doubled and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Shawn Haviland struck out 6 in 6 shutout innings, but LHP Omar Duran gave up 2 runs in relief, and RHP Ryan Dull tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win for the Hounds.

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