A’s In The AFL – October 17-22 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Shortstop Franklin Barreto

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Shortstop Franklin Barreto

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 17 – 22)

Monday, October 17th:

RHP Sam Bragg struck out 2 in 2 perfect innings of relief as Mesa won 12-2 on Monday.

Tuesday, October 18th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 4 for 4 with a double and a walk, stole 2 bases, drove in 2 runs and scored twice, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 1 for 4, and second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4 in Mesa’s 6-3 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 19th:

Designated hitter Yairo Munoz went 1 for 3, while second baseman Franklin Barreto went 0 for 1, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa lost 2-1 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 20th:

Starter Dylan Covey allowed 2 runs over 3 1/3 innings, and RHP Frankie Montas struck out 5 in 3 scoreless frames while topping 100 mph. Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3, and shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts in Mesa’s 3-2 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 21st:

Designated hitter Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4, while RHP Sam Bragg tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief as Mesa won 4-3 on Friday.

Saturday, October 22nd:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double, while shortstop Franklin Barreto went 1 for 4, and third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts in Mesa’s 7-2 loss on Saturday.

Sunday, October 23rd:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 22)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

31 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 11 K / .226 AVG / .250 OBP / .258 SLG / .508 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
26 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 8 K / .154 AVG / .214 OBP / .154 SLG / .368 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

23 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 1 K / .261 AVG / .320 OBP / .391 SLG / .711 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

7 1/3 IP / 8 H / 4 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / 4.91 ERA / 1.36 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / 1.50 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

3 2/3 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / 4.91 ERA / 1.91 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 11-15 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: RHP Frankie Montas

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: RHP Frankie Montas

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 11 – 15)

Tuesday, October 11th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 1 for 4 and drove in a run, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief as Mesa lost its inaugural game of the season by a score of 11-2 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 12th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and made a throwing error, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 4, and RHP Sam Bragg allowed 1 run and struck out 5 in 2 innings of relief in Mesa’s 7-1 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 13th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 0 for 4 and made a throwing error as Mesa notched its first win of the season by a score of 7-5 on Thursday.

Friday, October 14th:

Shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 5, drove in 2 runs, scored twice and made a fielding error, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 0 for 3 with a walk. Starting pitcher Dylan Covey allowed 2 runs and struck out 5 over 4 innings to earn the win, RHP Frankie Montas threw 3 scoreless innings while hitting over 100 mph with his fastball, and RHP Trey Cochran-Gill allowed 2 runs in 1 inning as Mesa won 10-4 on Friday.

Saturday, October 15th:

Second baseman Max Schrock went 2 for 3 with a walk and drove in a run, while third baseman Yairo Munoz went 2 for 3 with a walk, and shortstop Franklin Barreto went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts in Mesa’s 12-2 loss on Saturday.

Sunday, October 16th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 11 – 15)

Franklin Barreto (SS)

14 AB / 0 HR / 0 BB / 7 K / .143 AVG / .143 OBP / .143 SLG / .286 OPS

Yairo Munoz (3B)
13 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 3 K / .154 AVG / .267 OBP / .154 SLG / .421 OPS

Max Schrock (2B)

11 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 1 K / .273 AVG / .385 OBP / .273 SLG / .657 OPS

Dylan Covey (RHP)

4 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.25 WHIP

Frankie Montas (RHP)

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

Sam Bragg (RHP)

2 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Trey Cochran-Gill (RHP)

1 2/3 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 10.80 ERA / 2.40 WHIP

 

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Preview: Top Prospect Barreto Headlines A’s AFL Squad

AFL 25 Years Logo_FNLWhile most baseball fans are focused on the drama of postseason play in the fall, it’s also an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And starting on Tuesday, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

2016 marks the 25th season of the Arizona Fall League. Each year, the league schedule runs for about 5-6 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 will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox this year, where they’ll be joined by players from the Indians, Marlins, Cubs and Blue Jays, and the team will be managed by former A’s outfielder and current Midland manager Ryan Christenson.

Attendance at AFL games typically hovers in the 200s, with the crowds comprised largely 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.

Some of the A’s young infield prospects will be seeing action in Arizona, including shortstop Franklin Barreto, second baseman Max Schrock and versatile infielder Yairo Munoz, while the A’s AFL pitching contingent this year will be comprised of promising right-handers Frankie Montas, Dylan Covey, Sam Bragg and Trey Cochran-Gill. 2014’s top draft pick for the A’s, third baseman Matt Chapman, was originally scheduled to participate, but the decision was made to give the slugger a bit of a breather and his spot on the squad was taken by Schrock.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2016–

 

fb620439Franklin Barreto

Shortstop

Age: 20

Midland RockHounds / Nashville Sounds

11 HR / 36 BB / 94 K / .284 AVG / .342 OBP / .422 SLG / .763 OPS

Barreto has been viewed as the A’s top young hitting prospect ever since his arrival from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson trade. And since joining the A’s system, he’s followed a pattern of starting out slowly each season and then catching on fire in the second half, and this year was no exception. Barreto boasted a .337/.387/.486 slash line over the last 90 days of the regular season, and his hot finish earned him a promotion from Midland to Nashville on the last day of August. In addition to hitting 11 home runs, the infielder led all A’s minor leaguers in stolen bases with 30 this past season. Barreto is still just 20, but he finished the year just one step away from the majors, and a strong AFL campaign could help expedite his estimated time of arrival.

 

ym622168Yairo Munoz

Shortstop / Second Baseman / Third Baseman

Age: 21

Midland RockHounds

9 HR / 23 BB / 76 K / .240 AVG / .286 OBP / .367 SLG / .653 OPS

Munoz entered the season as a consensus top ten prospect for the A’s, but he reported to spring training a bit out of shape and ended up being sidelined till the end of April after dealing with a string of nagging injuries. He then got off to a bit of a slow start over his first couple months of action at Midland. At the relatively young age of 21, Munoz didn’t have a particularly impressive season at the plate in his Double-A debut, but he did have the opportunity to expand his versatility in the field by getting into at least 25 games each at shortstop, second base and third base over the course of the season. He’s likely to continue to see time around the infield while also making up for lost at-bats from the spring during his stint in the AFL.

 

ms621011Max Schrock

Second Baseman

Age: 21

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports / Hagerstown Suns / Potomac Nationals

9 HR / 31 BB / 42 K / .331 AVG / .373 OBP / .449 SLG / .823 OPS

Schrock was acquired by the A’s from Washington at the end of August in return for reliever Marc Rzepczynski. The 21-year-old has done nothing but hit since the Nationals drafted him in the 13th round last year. He kept it up after joining the A’s system late in the season, and he sports an impressive .326/.369/.449 slash line over 175 games in his minor league career. After appearing in just 8 regular season and 8 postseason games in the A’s system, the team will have the opportunity to get a much better look at what they’ve got in the sweet-swinging infielder when he begins his stint in the AFL next week.

 

fm593423bFrankie Montas

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Oklahoma City Dodgers / Tulsa Drillers

16 IP / 14 H / 4 ER / 3 BB / 22 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.06 WHIP

Montas was acquired this summer by the A’s from the Dodgers in the Josh Reddick/Rich Hill trade, and he actually comes with a bit of major league experience on his resume. He made 7 appearances with the White Sox in 2015 before being dealt to the Dodgers prior to the 2016 season. Surgery last offseason followed by a broken rib sidelined Montas for all but 7 games this year. The Dominican righty boasts a 100+ mph fastball and has struck out an average of 9.3 batters per 9 innings over his minor league career. Montas has mainly appeared as a starter in the minors. And if he looks strong in his return to action, it’s possible that he could compete for a rotation spot next spring, or the A’s could always choose to put his power arm in the bullpen and see how it plays out there. But the front office will first have to see how the big righty looks when he’s fully healthy and back on the mound in the AFL.

 

dc592229Dylan Covey

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 25

Midland RockHounds

29 1/3 IP / 21 H / 6 ER / 17 BB / 26 K / 1.84 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

A former 1st-round pick of the Brewers out of high school, Covey ended up heading to the University of San Diego after being diagnosed with diabetes during his post-draft physical. The A’s scooped him up with their 4th-round pick in 2013 and, after turning in a solid 2015 season at Stockton, the groundball pitcher got off to a decent start at Double-A in 2016 before an oblique injury caused him to miss four months of the season. And after making just 6 starts this year, the 25-year-old will be looking to make up for lost time in the AFL.

 

sb595892Sam Bragg

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

65 IP / 60 H / 31 ER / 19 BB / 68 K / 4.29 ERA / 1.22 WHIP

The A’s 18th-round pick in the 2013 draft, the right-handed reliever has always had good control and solid strikeouts numbers. Bragg got off to a rough start in 2016, but he finished strong and ended up striking out 68 while walking just 19 over 65 innings for Midland. The right-hander had equal success against righties and lefties for the RockHounds, but he’ll be looking to gain greater overall consistency during his time on the mound in the AFL.

 

tc605184Trey Cochran-Gill

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

73 1/3 IP / 71 H / 25 ER / 25 BB / 58 K / 3.07 ERA / 1.31 WHIP

The reliever came to the A’s from the Mariners in return for Evan Scribner as part of Oakland’s offseason bullpen purge. Originallly taken by the Mariners in the 17th round of the 2014 draft, the 23-year-old had failed to allow a home run in his minor league career prior to this past season. The Alabama native was especially tough on right-handers while coming out of Midland’s bullpen in 2016 and had a stretch of 3 ½ months this season where he didn’t surrender a round-tripper for the RockHonds.

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A’s Send Down 11 Players This Week – 6 Become Free Agents

So long, Sogie - nerd power is no more.

So long, Sogie – nerd power is no more.

The A’s front office began the arduous process of paring the team’s roster down to 40 this week. With all the players on the disabled list needing to be activated in the offseason as well as a number of promising young prospects needing to be added to the roster in order to be protected in the Rule-5 draft, the task is particularly difficult this year.

The A’s begun the paring process on Wednesday when they outrighted pitcher Chris Smith and catcher Matt McBride to Nashville. The team followed that on Thursday by outrighting infielders Eric Sogard and Tyler Ladendorf, outfielder Andrew Lambo and pitchers Fernando Rodriguez, J.B. Wendelken and Donn Roach to Nashville and also announced that utility man Arismendy Alcantara was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati, then finished up by outrighting pitchers Jarrod Parker, Felix Doubront and Henderson Alvarez to Nashville on Friday.

Later on Friday, six of those players who were outrighted elected free agency – infielder Eric Sogard, catcher Matt McBride and pitchers Fernando Rodriguez, Jarrod Parker, Felix Doubront and Henderson Alvarez. Their tenure with the A’s has effectively ended, unless they choose to re-sign with the team, but they are now free to sign with any team.

With the recent subtractions, there are currently 38 players remaining on the A’s roster – 19 pitchers and 19 position players. Two of those players, outfielder Sam Fuld and pitcher Ross Detwiler, are eligible for free agency. And once they declare, as expected, the A’s roster will then stand at 36, which will enable the team to add infielder Franklin Barreto, outfielder Jaycob Brugman and relievers Bobby Wahl and Tucker Healy to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule-5 draft. All have performed well in their time at the Triple-A level and could be prime targets for other organizations if the A’s were to leave them unprotected.

Of course, this is the A’s, so further roster changes could occur at any time. But for now, you can check out the A’s current roster here.

 

 

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Friday, September 16th: RockHounds Clinch Third Straight Texas League Championship

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher James Naile (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP James Naile (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  (Double-A)

GAME #4

NW Arkansas Naturals   1

Midland RockHounds   4

WP – Naile 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Rosa (1), Marincov (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher James Naile

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

More great starting pitching enabled the Midland RockHounds to win Game #4 of the best-of-five championship series and clinch their third straight Texas League Championship title on Friday. Starting pitchers Joel Seddon, Corey Walter and Brandon Mann were all solid in the first three games of the series and, on Friday, it was RHP James Naile’s turn. The 23-year-old allowed just 2 hits over 6 shutout innings to earn the win, while RHP Kyle Finnegan was charged with the Naturals’ sole run in relief. RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 scoreless innings, and RHP Jake Sanchez pitched a perfect 9th to pick up his 3rd save of the series. First baseman Viosergy Rosa homered in the 2nd inning to give the Hounds an early lead, while right fielder Tyler Marincov homered in the 5th. Center fielder Brett Vertigan doubled in a run, and shortstop Richie Martin, second baseman Max Schrock and third baseman Yairo Munoz had a pair of hits apiece to help the Hounds clinch their third straight championship on Friday.

 

 

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

A's minor league home run leader Matt Chapman

A’s minor league home run leader Matt Chapman

With the 2016 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 2016. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2016 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 2016. 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. And since he did not appear in more than 25 games at a particular position for any individual minor league team this season, Ryon Healy, who was having the best season of any hitter in the A’s minor league system prior to his promotion, is not included here.

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 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 2016!

 

–THE CANDIDATES–

 

CATCHER

Nashville – Bruce Maxwell (219 PA / 10 HR / .321 AVG / .393 OBP / .539 SLG / .932 OPS)

Midland – Beau Taylor (401 PA / 5 HR / .280 AVG / .383 OBP / .398 SLG / .781 OPS)

Stockton – Argenis Raga (330 PA / 2 HR / .263 AVG / .329 OBP / .356 SLG / .686 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Chavez (273 PA / 0 HR / .207 AVG / .246 OBP / .243 SLG / .489 OPS)

Vermont – Brett Sunde (92 PA / 0 HR / .250 AVG / .322 OBP / .300 SLG / .622 OPS)

AZL A’s – Robert Mullen (113 PA / 1 HR / .260 AVG / .363 OBP / .406 SLG / .769 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Nashville – Rangel Ravelo (416 PA / 8 HR / .262 AVG / .334 OBP / .395 SLG / .729 OPS)

Midland – Viosergy Rosa (535 PA / 9 HR / .255 AVG / .359 OBP / .383 SLG / .742 OPS)

Stockton – Sandber Pimentel (485 PA / 21 HR / .237 AVG / .342 OBP / .436 SLG / .779 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Howell (411 PA / 7 HR / .216 AVG / .345 OBP / .354 SLG / .699 OPS)

Vermont – Miguel Mercedes (278 PA / 12 HR / .258 AVG / .324 OBP / .448 SLG / .771 OPS)

AZL A’s – Charley Gould (206 PA / 1 HR / .273 AVG / .340 OBP / .350 SLG / .690 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Nashville – Joey Wendle (529 PA / 12 HR / .279 AVG / .324 OBP / .452 SLG / .776 OPS)

Midland – Wade Kirkland (274 PA / 2 HR / .215 AVG / .249 OBP / .289 SLG / .538 OPS)

Stockton – Mikey White (521 PA / 6 HR / .247 AVG / .315 OBP / .352 SLG / .666 OPS)

Beloit – Trent Gilbert (521 PA / 4 HR / .269 AVG / .327 OBP / .380 SLG / .707 OPS)

Vermont – Nate Mondou (256 PA / 0 HR / .296 AVG / .376 OBP / .363 SLG / .739 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Josh Vidales (175 PA / 1 HR / .345 AVG / .437 OBP / .507 SLG / .944 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Nashville – Chad Pinder (465 PA / 14 HR / .258 AVG / .310 OBP / .425 SLG / .735 OPS)

Midland – Franklin Barreto (525 PA / 11 HR / .284 AVG / .342 OBP / .422 SLG / .763 OPS) *

Stockton – Richie Martin (400 PA / 3 HR / .235 AVG / .327 OBP / .322 SLG / .649 OPS) *

Beloit – Trace Loehr (386 PA / 1 HR / .249 AVG / .292 OBP / .350 SLG / .642 OPS)

Vermont – Eli White (270 PA / 2 HR / .275 AVG / .344 OBP / .356 SLG / .700 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Jesus Lage (143 PA / 0 HR / .184 AVG / .277 OBP / .248 SLG / .525 OPS) *

 

THIRD BASE

Nashville – Renato Nunez (550 PA / 23 HR / .228 AVG / .278 OBP / .412 SLG / .690 OPS)

Midland – Matt Chapman (589 PA / 36 HR / .237 AVG / .328 OBP / .519 SLG / .847 OPS) *

Stockton – Jose Brizuela (403 PA / 16 HR / .254 AVG / .337 OBP / .446 SLG / .784 OPS)

Beloit – Edwin Diaz (340 PA / 5 HR / .236 AVG / .311 OBP / .331 SLG / .642 OPS)

Vermont – JaVon Shelby (222 PA / 5 HR / .193 AVG / .284 OBP / .315 SLG / .599 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Javier Godard (166 PA / 0 HR / .252 AVG / .319 OBP / .308 SLG / .627 OPS) *

 

LEFT FIELD

Nashville – Max Muncy (268 PA / 8 HR / .251 AVG / .360 OBP / .408 SLG / .768 OPS)

Midland – J.P. Sportman (515 PA / 5 HR / .267 AVG / .309 OBP / .379 SLG / .688 OPS)

Stockton – B.J. Boyd (490 PA / 8 HR / .287 AVG / .344 OBP / .386 SLG / .730 OPS) *

Beloit – Justin Higley (499 PA / 6 HR / .251 AVG / .325 OBP / .381 SLG / .706 OPS) *

Vermont – Luis Barrera (253 PA / 3 HR / .310 AVG / .361 OBP / .428 SLG / .789 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Kyle Nowlin (198 PA / 2 HR / .260 AVG / .389 OBP / .383 SLG / .772 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Nashville – Jaycob Brugman (433 PA / 7 HR / .295 AVG / .352 OBP / .438 SLG / .790 OPS) *

Midland – Brett Vertigan (462 PA / 2 HR / .246 AVG / .314 OBP / .316 SLG / .629 OPS)

Stockton – James Harris (599 PA / 7 HR / .297 AVG / .370 OBP / .410 SLG / .780 OPS) *

Beloit – Skye Bolt (402 PA / 5 HR / .231 AVG / .318 OBP / .345 SLG / .663 OPS)

Vermont – Steven Pallares (343 PA / 1 HR / .168 AVG / .311 OBP / .189 SLG / .500 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Jeramiah McCray (123 PA / 0 HR / .202 AVG / .260 OBP / .316 SLG / .576 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Nashville – Matt Olson (540 PA / 17 HR / .235 AVG / .335 OBP / .422 SLG / .757 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Marincov (590 PA / 19 HR / .265 AVG / .341 OBP / .436 SLG / .776 OPS) *

Stockton – Seth Brown (532 PA / 8 HR / .241 AVG / .340 OBP / .362 SLG / .702 OPS)

Beloit – Brett Siddall (542 PA / 9 HR / .241 AVG / .321 OBP / .356 SLG / .677 OPS)

Vermont – Tyler Ramirez (205 PA / 2 HR / .230 AVG / .322 OBP / .360 SLG / .682 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Cole Gruber (154 PA / 0 HR / .214 AVG / .346 OBP / .294 SLG / .640 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nashville – Matt McBride (274 PA / 7 HR / .267 AVG / .339 OBP / .441 SLG / .781 OPS)

Midland – Yairo Munoz (414 PA / 9 HR / .240 AVG / .286 OBP / .367 SLG / .653 OPS)

Stockton – Joe Bennie (574 PA / 13 HR / .283 AVG / .361 OBP / .421 SLG / .783 OPS) *

Beloit – Chris Iriart (394 PA / 22 HR / .250 AVG / .340 OBP / .503 SLG / .843 OPS) *

Vermont – Eric Marinez (241 PA / 1 HR / .251 AVG / .261 OBP / .332 SLG / .593 OPS)

AZL A’s – Casey Thomas (133 PA / 0 HR / .258 AVG / .300 OBP / .275 SLG / .575 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Nashville – Daniel Mengden (98 1/3 IP / 69 H / 16 ER / 29 BB / 95 K / 1.46 ERA / 1.00 WHIP) *

Midland – Daniel Gossett (153 2/3 IP / 125 H / 46 ER / 41 BB / 151 K / 2.69 ERA / 1.08 WHIP) *

Stockton – Heath Fillmyer (134 IP / 132 H / 49 ER / 39 BB / 118 K / 3.29 ERA / 1.28 WHIP) *

Beloit – Evan Manarino (150 IP / 135 H / 33 ER / 28 BB / 121 K / 1.98 ERA / 1.09 WHIP) *

Vermont – Xavier Altamirano (91 1/3 IP / 91 H / 32 ER / 21 BB / 75 K / 3.15 ERA / 1.23 WHIP) *

AZL A’s – Argenis Blanco (60 2/3 IP / 58 H / 17 ER / 17 BB / 48 K / 2.52 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Nashville – Tucker Healy (52 1/3 IP / 38 H / 21 ER / 26 BB / 76 K / 3.61 ERA / 1.22 WHIP / 8 SV)

Midland – Bobby Wahl (54 1/3 IP / 36 H / 16 ER / 28 BB / 65 K / 2.65 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 14 SV) *

Stockton – Cody Stull (61 2/3 IP / 56 H / 11 ER / 14 BB / 65 K / 1.61 ERA / 1.14 WHIP / 6 SV) *

Beloit – Jared Lyons (59 2/3 IP / 47 H / 14 ER / 20 BB / 71 K / 2.11 ERA / 1.12 WHIP / 7 SV) *

Vermont – Dalton Sawyer (18 2/3 IP / 15 H / 7 ER / 10 BB / 26 K / 3.38 ERA / 1.34 WHIP / 3 SV)

AZL A’s – Joseph Camacho (29 2/3 IP / 27 H / 10 ER / 6 BB / 22 K / 3.03 ERA / 1.11 WHIP / 3 SV)

 

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Thursday, September 15th: Hounds Drop Game #3 Despite Brandon Mann’s Solid Effort

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Brandon Mann (6 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 8 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Brandon Mann (6 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 8 K)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  (Double-A)

GAME #3

NW Arkansas Naturals   4

Midland RockHounds   0

LP – Mann 0-1 / 1.50

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Brandon Mann

(6 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 8 K)

The RockHounds were shut out on just 3 hits to lose Game #3 on Thursday and they now hold a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series with the final two games set to be played in Midland. First baseman Viosergy Rosa collected 2 of the Hounds’ 3 hits while right fielder Tyler Marincov singled and walked twice in the loss. Starter Brandon Mann was solid, allowing just 1 run while striking out 8 over 6 innings of work, but he still ended up suffering the loss on Thursday. LHP Cody Stull surrendered 2 runs in 1 inning of relief, while RHP Kris Hall gave up 1 run in 2 innings for the RockHounds. RHP James Naile is set to take the mound for Midland in Game #4 on Friday.

 

Friday’s Game:

NW Arkansas (RHP Glenn Sparkman) @ Midland (RHP James Naile) – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

 

 

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Wednesday, September 14th: Walter Pitches Midland to Victory to Help Hounds Move within 1 Game of Texas League Title

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Corey Walter (5 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 0 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Corey Walter (5 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 0 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  (Double-A)

GAME #2

Midland RockHounds   6

NW Arkansas Naturals   4

WP – Walter 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Martin (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Corey Walter

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

The RockHounds won their second straight game on Wednesday to go 2-0 in the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series and move within one game of clinching their third straight Texas League title. RHP Corey Walter turned in a solid start, throwing 5 shutout innings to earn the win on Wednesday. RHP Sam Bragg was charged with 3 runs, 2 earned, in just 1/3 of an inning in relief, while RHP Lou Trivino allowed 1 run over 1 1/3 innings. RHP Kyle Finnegan tossed 1 1/3 scoreless frames, and RHP Jake Sanchez struck out the side in the 9th to notch his 2nd save in the series. Shortstop Richie Martin drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning and then homered in the 6th. Center fielder Brett Vertigan collected 3 hits, while right fielder Tyler Marincov singled, doubled and scored a run. Designated hitter Andy Paz singled in a pair, and third baseman Yairo Munoz and left fielder J.P. Sportman had a pair of hits apiece and each drove in a run for the RockHounds.

 

Thursday’s Game:

NW Arkansas (RHP Josh Staumont) @ Midland (LHP Brandon Mann) – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

 

 

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Tuesday, September 13th: Marincov Has 3 Hits to Help Hounds Win Game #1 of Texas League Championship Series

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 5 / RBI / Run)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 5 / RBI / Run)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  (Double-A)

GAME #1

Midland RockHounds   5

NW Arkansas Naturals   4

WP – Seddon 1-0 / 4.50

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

(3 for 5 / RBI / Run)

The RockHounds won Game #1 of the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series to move a step closer to clinching their third straight Texas League title on Tuesday. Right fielder Tyler Marincov collected 3 hits, singling and scoring in the 1st inning, then singling in the tying run in the top of the 3rd before singling and being left stranded in the 5th. Second baseman Max Schrock singled, doubled and scored twice, while third baseman Yairo Munoz walked and doubled in a pair of runs, and outfielders J.P. Sportman and Brett Vertigan both singled in runs for the RockHounds. Starter Joel Seddon allowed 3 runs and struck out 6 over 6 innings of work to earn the win, while RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Jake Sanchez picked up the save despite giving up 1 run in the 9th for Midland. Before the series, the RockHounds placed RHP Ben Bracewell on the disabled list while adding LHP Evan Manarino to the roster.

 

Wednesday’s Game:

Midland (RHP Corey Walter) @ NW Arkansas (LHP Eric Skoglund) – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

 

 

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A’s Set Fall Instructional League Roster

0dsc04060xThe A’s released their Fall Instructional League roster on Monday morning. Camp is set to open at the A’s minor league facilities in Arizona next week and will run for a month.

22 pitchers and 27 position players are currently scheduled to attend. And some high-profile prospects like recently-acquired pitcher Grant Holmes, last year’s 1st-round draft pick Richie Martin and 17-year-old Dominican prospect Lazaro Armenteros will be participating.

Also attending will be the A’s top five picks from this year’s draft – promising pitchers A.J. Puk, Daulton Jefferies, Logan Shore and Skylar Szynski as well as catcher Sean Murphy. You can see the full list of A’s prospects who are set to appear in camp below…

 

–PITCHERS–

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A.J. Puk

Nolan Blackwood

Argenis Blanco

Brendan Butler

Dakota Chalmers

Ty Damron

Dustin Driver

Angel Duno

Will Gilbert

Nick Highberger

Grant Holmes

Dustin Hurlbutt

Daulton Jefferies

Casey Meisner

Abdiel Mendoza

A.J. Puk

Miguel Sanchez

Dalton Sawyer

Logan Shore

Skylar Szynski

Andrew Tomasovich

Oscar Tovar

Tyler Willman

 

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Sean Murphy

–CATCHERS–

Jarrett Costa

Roger Gonzalez

Sean Murphy

Collin Theroux

Skyler Weber

 

–INFIELDERS–

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Richie Martin

George Bell

Marcos Brito

Chris Iriart

Eric Marinez

Richie Martin

Miguel Mercedes

Nate Mondou

Christopher Quintin

JaVon Shelby

Yerdel Vargas

Josh Vidales

Eli White

 

–OUTFIELDERS–

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Skye Bolt

Lazaro Armenteros

Rob Bennie

Skye Bolt

Anthony Churlin

Jeramiah McCray

Kyle Nowlin

Luke Persico

Tyler Ramirez

Kevin Richards

James Terrell

 

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