Thursday, May 14th: Kyle Finnegan & Tim Atherton Pitch Ports & Hounds to Victory while Sean Nolin & Sean Doolittle Make Rehab Appearances

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Kyle Finnegan (6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Kyle Finnegan (6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

High Desert Mavericks  2

Stockton Ports             5

WP – Finnegan 2-2 / 4.17

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Kyle Finnegan

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

Starter Kyle Finnegan turned in an impressive start for Stockton on Thursday, allowing just 1 baserunner – on a bunt single in the 5th – while striking out 6 over a near-perfect 6 innings of work to earn his 2nd win for the Ports. LHP Sean Doolittle followed Finnegan in his first rehab appearance for Stockton. Doolittle struck out the first two batters he faced in the 7th before surrendering 2 straight home runs and then getting the final out on a popout. Doolittle threw a total of 12 pitches, 10 for strikes, and ended up allowing 2 runs in 1 inning of work for the Ports. RHP Trevor Bayless tossed a scoreless 8th, while RHP Ben Bracewell got the final three outs in the 9th for his 1st save. After hitting his first home run for Stockton on Wednesday, third baseman Matt Chapman singled, doubled and scored a run, while first baseman Michael Soto collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs, and outfielder B.J. Boyd also had 3 hits and drove in a pair for the Ports.

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Wednesday, May 13th: #1 Pick Matt Chapman Hits 1st HR for Ports in Loss while Ryan Cook Coughs up Lead in 9th as Sounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Matt Chapman (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Matt Chapman (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

High Desert Mavericks  6

Stockton Ports            5

LP – Walter 0-2 / 3.55

HR – Soto (3), Chapman (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Matt Chapman

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

The A’s #1 pick in last year’s draft, Matt Chapman, came to the plate with a man on in the bottom of the 4th inning and Stockton down by a run and slugged his 1st home run of the season to give the Ports a 1-run lead on Wednesday. Before Wednesday, Chapman had gone 1 for 18 in his first 5 games since returning from a knee injury he suffered right before the start of spring training. Third baseman Michael Soto also hit a 2-run shot in the 3rd for Stockton. But unfortunately, the lead that Chapman provided the Ports with wouldn’t last for long. RHP Dylan Covey, who’d given up 4 runs in the 1st, also allowed the tying run in the top of the 5th. Covey ended up allowing 5 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings of work and left with the game a 5-5 tie. RHP Corey Walter tossed a scoreless 6th but loaded the bases in the 7th before giving way to RHP Sam Bragg, who walked in the winning run, giving Walter his 2nd loss for Stockton. In other news, LHP Sean Doolittle is set to join the Ports on Thursday to begin his rehab assignment in Stockton.

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Tuesday, May 12th: Brett Graves Snaps Quad Cities’ 12-Game Streak to Post 2nd Win for Snappers while Brad Mills & Nate Long Earn 1st Wins for Sounds & Hounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Brett Graves (5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Brett Graves (5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers              10

Quad Cities River Bandits  4

WP – Graves 2-0 / 5.35

HR – Martinez (1), Brizuela (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brett Graves

(5 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 4 BB / 5 K / Win)

After scoring a total of just 5 runs in their last 4 games, the Snappers exploded for 10 runs on Tuesday. But the best performance of the day may have belonged to last year’s 3rd-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Brett Graves, who allowed just 1 run on 3 hits for the second straight outing to earn his 2nd win and snap Quad Cities’ 12-game winning streak. LHP Cody Stull gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in 2 innings of relief, while RHP Corey Miller tossed 2 scoreless frames to close out the win for the Snappers. Shortstop Yairo Munoz had 4 hits, including a pair of triples, while right fielder Robert Martinez singled and hit a 2-run homer, and third baseman Jose Brizuela hit his 1st home run, a solo shot. Left fielder Joe Bennie singled, doubled, walked and drove in a run, and center fielder James Harris and second baseman Edwin Diaz both drove in a pair for Beloit.

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Monday, May 11th: Ryon Healy Helps Hounds Win in a Walk-Off in 12th while R.J. Alvarez Takes Loss in 10th for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Ryon Healy (3 for 7 / Double / GWRBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Ryon Healy (3 for 7 / Double / GWRBI)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       2

Midland RockHounds  3

WP – Healy 2-0 / 2.57

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Ryon Healy

(3 for 7 / Double / GWRBI)

With a man on, two outs and the game tied in the bottom of the 12th inning, third baseman Ryon Healy doubled in the winning run to give the RockHounds the walk-off win in Midland on Monday. Healy also had 2 singles in the game, while shortstop Chad Pinder singled, doubled, walked 3 times and scored the tying run in the 6th and the winning run in the 12th. Outfielder Matt Angle singled in the tying run in the 6th, and catcher Bruce Maxwell, outfielder Josh Whitaker and second baseman Colin Walsh had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds. Starter Chris Jensen allowed 2 runs over 5 innings of work but left with his team down by a run. Midland managed to tie the game in the bottom of the 6th. RHPs Kris Hall, Ryan Doolittle and Ryan Dull each tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Tucker Healy picked up the win after striking out the side in the top of the 12th for the RockHounds.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of May 4-10: Hitting Prospects in the Spotlight

1B Matt Olson

1B Matt Olson

 

With two of the A’s top hitting prospects – third basemen Renato Nunez and Matt Chapman – both returning to action and making their season debuts this week, it seems like a good time to take a look at how some of the organization’s top hitting prospects have been doing now that we’re a month into the minor league season. You can always check out the latest A’s affiliate rosters here – Rosters. And you can catch up on how the A’s top minor league hitters have been doing below. This weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Sunday, May 10th: Barry Zito Tosses 7 Shutout Innings to Earn 1st Win for Sounds while Zach Neal & Dillon Overton Are Solid in Hounds & Ports Victories

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Barry Zito (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds LHP Barry Zito (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express  0

Nashville Sounds      7

WP – Zito 1-3 / 4.70

HR – Parrino (4), Pridie (4), Matthes (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Barry Zito

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

LHP Barry Zito turned in his best start so far this season for the Sounds on Sunday, striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 1st win for Nashville. RHP Seth Frankoff threw 2 scoreless frames to close things out for the Sounds. Right fielder Kent Matthes homered, doubled and drove in 3, while shortstop Andy Parrino and left fielder Jason Pridie both singled, walked and homered, and center fielder Craig Gentry singled in a run and walked for Nashville. Rehabbing outfielder Josh Hamilton went 1 for 3 in his debut for Round Rock, while former A’s farmhand Michael Choice went 0 for 2 with a walk versus Zito.

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Saturday, May 9th: Wade Kirkland’s Grand Slam Highlights Hounds’ 23-Run Outburst while Arnold Leon’s Solid Start Can’t Save Sounds from Shutout

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Wade Kirkland (Grand Slam / Triple / 7 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Wade Kirkland (Grand Slam / Triple / 7 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders         8

Midland RockHounds  23

WP – Sanchez 2-2 / 7.18

HR – Blair (2), Kirkland (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Wade Kirkland

(Grand Slam / Triple / 7 RBIs)

After averaging slightly less than 2 runs per game in their past 7 contests, the RockHounds exploded for 23 runs against Frisco on Saturday night. Shortstop Wade Kirkland helped get things off to a good start by slugging a grand slam in the 1st. Kirkland then tripled in 2 runs in the 2nd and singled in another run in the 3rd. Third baseman Ryon Healy collected 5 hits, including a double, and drove in 2, while outfielder Chad Oberacker had 3 doubles and a single and drove in a pair. Designated hitter Carson Blair homered, doubled and drove in 3, and first baseman Matt Olson and outfielder Jaycob Brugman both had 3 hits for the Hounds. Starter Jake Sanchez allowed 4 runs over 5 innings of work to pick up his 2nd win for Mildand.

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Friday, May 8th: Andy Parrino Comes up Big in Sounds Victory as Jarrod Parker Exits with Arm Injury and Colin Walsh Helps Hounds Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Andy Parrino (Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Andy Parrino (Double / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express  6

Nashville Sounds      8

WP – Parker 1-0 / 6.30

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Andy Parrino

(Double / 2 RBIs)

With the bases loaded and Nashville down by a run in the bottom of the 4th, shortstop Andy Parrino doubled home a pair of runners to provide the Sounds with the go-ahead run, and they would never look back on Friday. Third baseman Ryan Roberts and outfielders Kent Matthes and Jason Pridie each had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while second baseman Joey Wendle doubled in Nashville’s first run of the game, and outfielder Craig Gentry singled, walked twice, scored twice and stole a base for the Sounds. But it was rehabbing RHP Jarrod Parker who provided the biggest drama of the night. With two outs in the top of the 6th, Parker unleashed a very wild pitch and immediately collapsed on the field while gripping his surgically-repaired right arm and writhing in pain. He eventually walked off the field in the company of the training staff. No further reports were available on his condition after the game, but it’s definitely not the kind of development that anyone wanted to see in Parker’s return from Tommy John surgery. Parker actually ended up earning the win after allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, on 10 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3 in 5 2/3 innings of work, and RHP Ryan Cook picked up his 2nd save with a scoreless 9th. In other news, the A’s promoted RHP Angel Castro to the major league roster and returned RHP R.J. Alvarez to Nashville. The team also designated outfielder Alex Hassan for assignment once again and acquired outfielder Matt Carson from the Dodgers for cash and assigned him to Nashville. And recent Sounds RHP Chad Smith, who had been designated for assignment, was dealt to the Angels for cash.

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Thursday, May 7th: Joey Wendle Homers in Sounds Loss while Stockton Is Shut Out in #1 Pick Matt Chapman’s Season Debut

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Second Baseman Joey Wendle (Home Run / Double)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Second Baseman Joey Wendle (Home Run / Double)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Iowa Cubs               4

Nashville Sounds  1

LP – Mills 0-4 / 5.19

HR – Wendle (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Joey Wendle

(Home Run / Double)

The Sounds were held to just 4 hits on Thursday. Two of those hits came courtesy of second baseman Joey Wendle, who doubled and homered to account for Nashville’s only run of the game. Wendle now leads all A’s minor leaguers with a total of 16 extra-base hits. Shortstop Andy Parrino singled and walked, while center fielder Craig Gentry went 0 for 4 in his first appearance for the Sounds. Starter Brad Mills allowed just 2 runs and struck out 5 over 6 1/3 innings but still ended up taking his 4th loss, while RHP Brock Huntzinger gave up 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief, and LHP Jim Fuller tossed a scoreless 9th for Nashville. Meanwhile, Sounds RHP Fernando Rodriguez was called up by the A’s and RHP Chad Smith was designated for assignment.

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Wednesday, May 6th: Kendall Graveman Earns 1st Win as Sounds Snap 6-Game Skid while Snappers Win their 3rd Straight

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Kendall Graveman (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Kendall Graveman (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Iowa Cubs               0

Nashville Sounds  6

WP – Graveman 1-1 / 2.25

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Kendall Graveman

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

RHP Kendall Graveman was impressive in his second start for the Sounds, allowing just 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings to earn the win as the Sounds snapped their 6-game losing streak on Wednesday. RHPs Ryan Cook and Angel Castro each contributed 1 scoreless inning in relief for Nashville. Third baseman Ryan Roberts had 2 doubles and drove in a pair, while first baseman Anthony Aliotti doubled in 2 runs, and catcher Bryan Anderson, outfielder Jason Pridie and shortstop Andy Parrino had a pair of hits apiece in the win. In other news, with Coco Crisp’s return to action for the A’s, outfielder Craig Gentry was optioned to Nashville and RHP Kevin Whelan was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow strain.

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