Monday, May 16th: Zach Neal Pitches Sounds to Victory while Joe Bennie & Sandber Pimentel Both Homer to Help Ports Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (6 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (6 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies      1

Nashville Sounds  4

WP – Neal 5-1 / 2.53

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(6 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

RHP Zach Neal turned in another strong start for the Sounds on Monday, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings of work to notch his team-leading 5th win for Nashville. RHP Tucker Healy tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP J.B. Wendelken struck out the side in the 9th to post his 2nd save. Third baseman Renato Nunez collected a pair of doubles, and catcher Bryan Anderson doubled in a run to help the Sounds win their third straight on Monday.

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Sunday, May 15th: Matt Olson & Henderson Alvarez Lead Sounds to Victory while Daniel Gossett & Tyler Marincov Help Ports Prevail

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Matt Olson (3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / RBI / SB)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Matt Olson (3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / RBI / SB)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies      3

Nashville Sounds  6

WP – Alvarez 1-0 / 3.45

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Matt Olson

(3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / RBI / SB)

After going 1 for his last 11, right fielder Matt Olson had a big day at the plate on Sunday, collecting 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, driving in a run and even swiping a base for the Sounds. First baseman Rangel Ravelo singled, doubled and drove in a run, while third baseman Max Muncy singled, walked twice, scored twice and stole a base. RHP Henderson Alvarez, in what’s expected to be his last rehab start for the Sounds, allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1 and struck out 8 over 5 innings of work to earn the win, while LHP Patrick Schuster tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to notch his 3rd save for Nashville.

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Saturday, May 14th: Chris Smith Pitches Sounds to Victory while Snappers Sweep Doubleheader

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Smith (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Smith (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies      1

Nashville Sounds  9

WP – Smith 2-5 / 4.40

HR – Smolinski (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Smith

(7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

RHP Chris Smith turned in his best start of the season on Saturday, tossing 7 shutout innings to earn his 2nd win for the Sounds. Center fielder Jake Smolinski slugged a 2-run homer in the 1st inning to give Nashville an early lead and singled, walked and scored 3 times in the game. Shortstop Chad Pinder collected 4 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while first baseman Rangel Ravelo doubled and drove in 3 for the Sounds.

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Friday, May 13th: Daniel Mengden Delivers another Impressive Outing for Sounds while Ryon Healy Hits His 8th HR as Hounds Fall in Extras

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Daniel Mengden (7 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 3 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Daniel Mengden (7 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 3 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  2

Iowa Cubs               3

LP – Wendelken 0-2 / 4.97

HR – Pinder (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Mengden

(7 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 3 K)

RHP Daniel Mengden turned in another stellar start for the Sounds on Friday, allowing 1 run on just 2 hits while walking 1 and striking our 3 over 7 innings of work, and he exited after throwing 95 pitches – 60 strikes and 35 balls. The 23-year-old held Iowa scoreless through the first 6 innings before allowing a solo home run to lead off the inning in the 7th. Mengden’s 6 shutout frames ran his scoreless streak since joining Nashville to 19 innings, and he’s now allowed 1 run over 20 innings of work for the Sounds. (You can check out out recent interview with Mengden here). After throwing 7 solid innings, Mengden left the game with a one-run lead on Friday, but RHP J.B. Wendelken surrendered 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to take the loss as Iowa came back to win in a walk-off. Shortstop Chad Pinder slugged his 2nd home run, a solo shot, in the 2nd inning, while second baseman Joey Wendle had a pair of hits and stole a base, and third baseman Max Muncy singled and walked in the loss. Meanwhile, the A’s optioned RHP Zach Neal back to Nashville and recalled catcher/outfielder Matt McBride, while catcher Jordan Devencenzi was assigned to the Sounds roster.

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Thursday, May 12th: Renato Nunez Notches Inside-The-Park Grand Slam in Nashville Victory while Midland & Beloit Both Prevail in Extras

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (3 for 4 / Grand Slam / Double)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds 3B Renato Nunez (3 for 4 / Grand Slam / Double)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  7

Iowa Cubs               2

WP – Hahn 1-1 / 1.93

HR – Nunez (7)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(3 for 4 / Grand Slam / Double)

Thrid baseman Renato Nunez hit a rare inside-the-park grand slam for the Sounds on Thursday. In the top of the 6th inning, Nunez drove a ball off the left field wall that Iowa left fielder John Andreoli claimed was lodged under the wall, but Nunez and the other Sounds runners just kept going. And when the umpire ruled that the ball was playable, Nunez was credited with the grand slam. The 22-year-old also doubled, singled and walked in the game and lifted his batting average to an even .300. Left fielder Max Muncy singled, doubled, drew a pair of walks and scored 3 times. RHP Jesse Hahn turned in a strong start in his return to the Sounds, allowing just 1 run while striking out 5 over 5 2/3 innings to earn the win. Meanwhile, catcher Bruce Maxwell, who was placed on the 7-day disabled list after an awkward slide last weekend led to some shoulder irritation, is expected to return to action early next week.

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Wednesday, May 11th: Angel Duno’s 6 Shutout Frames Help Snappers Salvage Doubleheader Split while Renato Nunez Hits 6th HR in Sounds Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Angel Duno (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Angel Duno (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

GAME #2

Peoria Chiefs        0

Beloit Snappers  4

WP – Duno 3-1 / 1.80

HR – Iriart (6)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Angel Duno

(6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

RHP Angel Duno delivered another impressive start for the Snappers to help his team salvage a split of Wednesday’s doubleheader in Beloit. The 22-year-old Venezuelan allowed 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6 over 6 shutout innings to earn his 3rd win on Wednesday. Duno has now allowed just 7 earned runs over 7 appearances while walking just 4 and striking out 32 in 35 innings of work. RHP Cody Kurz tossed a scoreless 7th to complete the 7-inning shutout. Designated hitter Jesus Lopez tripled with two outs in the 2nd to clear the bases and give Beloit an early 3-run lead, and first baseman Chris Iriart slugged his 6th home run for the Snappers.

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Tuesday, May 10th: Rangel Ravelo’s HR Helps Sounds Win while Raul Alcantara Pitches Hounds to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds First Baseman Rangel Ravelo (3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds First Baseman Rangel Ravelo (3 for 4 / HR / Double / 3 RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  8

Iowa Cubs               5

WP – Kurcz 1-0 / 9.00

HR – Muncy (6), Ravelo (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Rangel Ravelo

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

First baseman Rangel Ravelo busted out of a 1 for 21 slump in a big way to help lead the Sounds to victory on Tuesday night. Ravelo ripped a 2-run homer to knock in the go-ahead run for Nashville in the 4th inning, doubled in another run in the 6th, and singled but was left stranded in the 8th. Third baseman Max Muncy led off the 4th inning with his 6th home run to put the Sounds on the board, while right fielder Matt Olson doubled home a pair of runs to tie the game later in the same inning. RHP Henderson Alvarez, making what’s expected to be his second to last rehab start, allowed 3 runs on 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3 over 4 innings of work. He threw a total of 79 pitches, 50 for strikes and 29 for balls. RHP Aaron Kurcz, who was promoted to Nashville earlier in the day from Midland, picked up the win despite giving up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief, while RHP Tucker Healy tossed a scoreless 9th for his 1st save. In addition to Kurcz, catcher Bryan Anderson also rejoined to Sounds, while RHP J.B. Wendelken was optioned back to Nashville from Oakland, and the A’s added utility man Tyler Ladendorf and relievers Andrew Triggs and Daniel Coulombe. Sounds starter Eric Surkamp is expected to officially rejoin the A’s roster on Wednesday.

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Monday, May 9th: Hounds Fall despite Yairo Munoz’s 2 HRs while Dylan Covey Lands on DL & Raul Alcantara Is Named TX League Pitcher of Week

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Yairo Munoz (3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / Double / 4 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Yairo Munoz (3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  5

Frisco RoughRiders       6

LP – Jensen 2-3 / 6.23

HR – Munoz 2 (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Yairo Munoz

(3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / Double / 4 RBIs)

Designated hitter Yairo Munoz had a big night at the plate for Midland on Monday, but it wasn’t enough to keep the RockHounds from dropping their second straight at Frisco. Munoz, appearing in just his 9th game since getting a late start to the season due to lingering foot, heel and quad issues, slugged his first home run of the night, a solo shot, in the 2nd inning to put the Hounds on the board. And after Frisco scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, the 21-year-old then tagged a 3-run homer to tie the game in the top of the 3rd. He also doubled with two outs in the 5th but was left stranded, and Midland never scored another run after the 3rd. Munoz drove in all but one of the RockHounds’ runs in the games. Matt Chapman, making his second start of the season at shortstop, drove in the other when he doubled in a run in the 3rd. Starter Chris Jensen had a shaky outing, surrendering 6 runs over 5 innings of work to suffer his 3rd loss for Midland. Meanwhile, the Texas League named RHP Raul Alcantara its Pitcher of the Week after he threw 6 no-hit innings to earn the win in last Thursday’s game, and he’s set to take the mound again for Midland on Tuesday. First baseman/designated hitter Viosergy Rosa was named the league’s Player of the Week after he went 10 for 29 with 5 doubles, a home run and 6 RBIs for the RockHounds last week. And in other news, RHP Dylan Covey was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a strained left oblique muscle, and RHP Ryan Gorton was activated off Stockton’s disabled list and reassigned to the RockHounds.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of May 2-8: Checking in on A’s Top Prospects

Matt Chapman

Texas League HR leader Matt Chapman

This week, we’re going to take some time to check in on the players who are considered to be some of the A’s most promising prospects – the players who were most prominently featured in this preseason’s top 10 and top 20 lists. Among the A’s top 10 prospects, third baseman Matt Chapman, who’s currently the Texas League home run leader, and fellow third baseman Renato Nunez, who leads Nashville in numerous offensive categories, have been the season’s most impressive performers. And among the organization’s top 20 prospects, pitcher Daniel Mengden, who’s surrendered a total of just two runs over his first six starts, has been the clear standout so far this season. A version of this weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Sunday, May 8th: Daniel Mengden Throws 7 Shutout Innings as Sounds Win in a Walk-Off while Zack Erwin Pitches Ports to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Daniel Mengden (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Daniel Mengden (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Memphis Redbirds   2

Nashville Sounds   3

WP – Healy 1-0 / 3.55

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Daniel Mengden

(7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

RHP Daniel Mengden delivered another impressive start for the Sounds, allowing just 4 hits while walking none and striking out 8 over 7 shutout innings on Sunday. The 23-year-old has now thrown 13 scoreless frames since joining Nashville and has allowed just 2 runs over 6 starts while posting a 0.50 ERA in 36 innings for Midland and Nashville this season. After issuing 12 walks in 23 innings at Midland, Mengden had been working on reducing his walk rate and he showed his best control yet this season in Sunday’s game by not issuing a single free pass in 7 frames. Mengden left the game with a 2-run lead, and RHP Angel Castro then pitched a perfect 8th. But RHP Tucker Healy vultured the win by giving up a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th to allow Memphis to tie the game before Nashville won in a walk-off in the bottom of the 9th, thanks to left fielder Andrew Lambo’s 2-out RBI single that brought home center fielder Jake Smolinski for the winning run. Smolinski had a pair of hits, drove in the Sounds’ first run in the bottom of the 1st and swiped 3 bases to help the Sounds win their second straight. And in other news, reliever J.B. Wendelken was recalled by the A’s, while starting pitcher Jesse Hahn was optioned back to Nashville on Sunday.

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