Monday, August 22nd: Overton’s Arm and Wendle’s & Brugman’s Bats Help Sounds Win 3rd Straight as Chapman Hits 1st Triple-A HR

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 7 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       12

Omaha Storm Chasers  3

WP – Overton 12-5 / 3.38

HR – Brugman (7), Chapman (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dillon Overton

(6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 7 K / Win)

After scoring 13 runs on 18 hits in Sunday’s game, the Sounds came back to plate 12 runs on 17 hits to win their third straight on Monday. Meanwhile on the mound, LHP Dillon Overton was outstanding, allowing just 1 run while striking out 7 over 6 innings of work to earn his team-leading 12th win for Nashville. Second baseman Joey Wendle had a big night at the plate, collecting 4 hits, including a triple and a pair of doubles, while driving in 3 runs. Center fielder Jaycob Brugman homered for the second straight day, slugging a 3-run shot for the Sounds, while third baseman Matt Chapman notched his 1st home run for Nashville, and shortstop Josh Rodriguez and right fielder Rangel Ravelo had 3 hits apiece in the win. RHP Carlos Navas, who was promoted from the Ports earlier in the day, tossed 1 scoreless inning in his Triple-A debut. And with Nashville’s Arismendy Alcantara recalled by the A’s on Monday, Stockton outfielder B.J. Boyd was reassigned to the Sounds.

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Sunday, August 21st: Big HRs from Rodriguez & Brugman Lead Sounds to Victory while Taylor’s Key Hit Helps Hounds Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Josh Rodriguez (2 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Shortstop Josh Rodriguez (2 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       13

Omaha Storm Chasers  7

WP – Santos 1-2 / 3.16

HR – Brugman (6), Rodriguez 2 (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Shortstop Josh Rodriguez

(2 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

With Nashville notching 13 runs on 18 hits on Sunday, shortstop Josh Rodriguez had the biggest day while right fielder Jaycob Brugman had the biggest moment. Rodriguez ripped a pair of home runs, tagging a 2-run shot in the top of the 4th inning to break a 2-2 tie and briefly give the Sounds a 2-run edge and then drilling a 3-run drive in the 8th inning to extend his team’s lead. Brugman had 4 hits in the game, including a big 3-run homer to break a 6-6 tie in the 7th. And Brugman is now 9 for 13 with 3 extra-base hits over his last 3 games, while Rodriguez is 6 for 11 with 5 extra-base hits in his last 3 games. First baseman Matt Olson singled, doubled and drove in a run, while left fielder Rangel Ravelo singled, drew 3 walks and drove in a run, and catcher Matt McBride and second baseman Joey Wendle had 3 hits apiece to help Nashville prevail on Sunday. Starter Jharel Cotton allowed 6 runs over 5 innings of work, while RHP Eduard Santos tossed 2 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win for the Sounds.

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Saturday, August 20th: Hounds Win Behind Bennie’s Big Bat while Brugman Leads Sounds to Victory & Puk Is Impressive for Vermont

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Joe Bennie (2 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Joe Bennie (2 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Springfield Cardinals       3

Midland RockHounds  11

WP – Mann 2-2 / 4.57

HR – Bennie 2 (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Joe Bennie

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

After going 4 for 34 in his first 9 games since his promotion to Double-A, right fielder Joe Bennie had a big night at the plate on Saturday, belting a pair of home runs and driving in 4 runs for the RockHounds. With the game tied in the bottom of the 5th inning, Bennie blasted a solo shot to give the Hounds the lead and he then added a 3-run drive in Midland’s 9-run 8th. Left fielder J.P. Sportman had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds, while LHP Brandon Mann delivered an outstanding start on Saturday, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings of work to earn his 2nd win for Midland.

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A’s Top 20 Draft Picks Mid-Season Progress Report

A's top pick A.J. Puk

A’s top draft pick A.J. Puk

It’s been about ten weeks since this year’s amateur draft and about two months since the first of the players picked by the A’s began playing with either the Class-A Vermont Lake Monsters or the rookie-ball Arizona League A’s.

The A’s managed to sign all of their top 20 picks this year. The highest-drafted player Oakland’s front office wasn’t able to sign was 21-year-old right-hander Brigham Hill out of Texas A&M, whom the team took with its 21st pick in the 20th round. But the A’s were fortunate that they were able to ink all 20 of the players they picked before him and get those prospects into the system. And with about two months of play now in the books, it seems like a good time to take a look at how some the A’s newest prospects have been performing down on the farm.

The A’s focused on pitching with their top 20 picks this year, taking 12 pitchers in the top 20 and 7 in the top 10. The team’s top pick, LHP A.J. Puk, has been the standout among the pitching prospects so far this season. The 6-foot-7 21-year-old has looked dominant at times for Vermont, posting a 2.70 ERA while striking out 27 over 20 innings of work for the Lake Monsters.

The A’s second overall pick, RHP Daulton Jefferies, just started seeing some action in Arizona and, in 3 brief appearances, the 21-year-old has shown off his pinpoint control by allowing just 1 run while walking none and striking out 10 over 5 2/3 frames for the AZL A’s. Oakland’s third overall pick taken in the 2nd round was Puk’s teammate at Florida, RHP Logan Shore, who recently joined his friend and former college teammate at Vermont. And in his first 4 appearances, the 21-year-old has allowed 2 earned runs and struck out 8 over 9 innings of work.

The team’s top high school pick was RHP Skylar Szynski, who was taken in the 4th round. Though he’s currently sporting a 8.10 ERA, the 19-year-old’s numbers aren’t really that bad, having allowed 16 hits and just 4 walks while striking out 8 in 13 1/3 innings for the AZL A’s. Three other pitchers from the top 10 rounds who are currently at Vermont have all been perfoming well. 6th-round RHP Brandon Bailey, who’s primarily been used as a starter, has posted a 3.41 ERA over 29 innings since joining the system. LHPs Will Gilbert and Dalton Sawyer have both been working out of the bullpen, where 8th-rounder Gilbert has notched 23 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings while 9th-rounder Sawyer has struck out 20 over 15 2/3 frames for the Lake Monsters.

Meanwhile, 10th-round pick Mitchell Jordan has been solid while serving in a starting role in Arizona, putting up a 3.24 ERA while walking just 7 and striking out 30 in 33 1/3 innings of work for the AZL A’s. The fastest riser of this year’s draft class has been the A’s 14th-round pick, RHP Nolan Blackwood out of the University of Memphis, who is the only member of this year’s crop to make it all the way up to the Beloit Snappers of the Class-A Midwest League. After looking solid in 5 relief appearances for Vermont, the 21-year-old has struggled a bit since joining Beloit’s bullpen, allowing 9 runs in his first 8 appearances for the Snappers.

When it comes to position players, the team’s three top 10 selections – 3rd-round catcher Sean Murphy, 5th-round third baseman JaVon Shelby and 7th-round outfielder Tyler Ramirez – all did a brief stint in Arizona before joining Vermont. Murphy’s power has yet to show itself as he has just 2 extra-base hits over his first 70 at-bats, while Shelby’s shown himself to be a bit of a free swinger, striking out 39 times in 144 at-bats while putting up a .188 batting average. Ramirez has fared a little better, with a .248/.348/.376 slash line over his first 39 games since joining the system.

The two standouts among the team’s position player picks have been shortstop Eli White and second baseman Nate Mondou, who’ve formed a productive double-play combo for Vermont and who were both recently named New York-Penn League All-Stars. 11th-rounder White has 10 doubles to go along with a .303/.365/.406 slash line, while 13th-rounder Mondou’s impressive .401 on-base percentage is among the five best in the league.

You’ll find the A’s top 20 picks of the 2016 draft along with their current statistics through August 19 listed below. The teams they’ve played for so far this season are noted, with the team they’ve appeared in the most games with listed first and their current team in bold…

 

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A.J. Puk

Age: 21 / Left-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

20 IP / 13 H / 6 ER / 6 BB / 27 K / 2.70 ERA / 0.95 WHIP

 

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Daulton Jefferies

Age: 21 / Right-Handed Pitcher

AZL A’s

5 2/3 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / 1.59 ERA / 1.24 WHIP

 

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Logan Shore

Age: 21 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

9 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 2.00 ERA / 1.33 WHIP

 

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Sean Murphy

Age: 21 / Catcher

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

70 AB / 1 HR / 7 BB / 9 K / .200 AVG / .273 OBP / .257 SLG / .530 OPS

 

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Skylar Szynski

Age: 19 / Right-Handed Pitcher

AZL A’s

13 1/3 IP / 16 H / 12 ER / 4 BB / 8 K / 8.10 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

 

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JaVon Shelby

Age: 21 / Third Baseman

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

144 AB / 2 HR / 16 BB / 39 K / .188 AVG / .269 OBP / .271 SLG / .540 OPS

 

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Brandon Bailey

Age: 21 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

29 IP / 25 H / 10 ER / 9 BB / 27 K / 3.41 ERA / 1.17 WHIP

 

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Tyler Ramirez

Age: 21 / Outfielder

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

117 AB / 1 HR / 15 BB / 35 K / .248 AVG / .348 OBP / .376 SLG / .724 OPS

 

wg6693358th Round

Will Gilbert

Age: 22 / Left-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

19 1/3 IP / 15 H / 7 ER / 9 BB / 23 K / 3.26 ERA / 1.24 WHIP

 

ds6621219th Round

Dalton Sawyer

Age: 22 / Left-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

15 2/3 IP / 13 H / 6 ER / 9 BB / 20 K / 3.45 ERA / 1.40 WHIP

 

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Mitchell Jordan

Age: 21 / Right-Handed Pitcher

AZL A’s

33 1/3 IP / 34 H / 12 ER / 7 BB / 30 K / 3.24 ERA / 1.23 WHIP

 

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Eli White

Age: 22 / Shortstop

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

175 AB / 2 HR / 18 BB / 44 K / .303 AVG / .365 OBP / .406 SLG / .771 OPS

 

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Luke Persico

Age: 20 / Outfielder-Third Baseman

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

141 AB / 2 HR / 16 BB / 31 K / .220 AVG / .297 OBP / .312 SLG / .610 OPS

 

nm67014813th Round

Nate Mondou

Age: 21 / Second Baseman

Vermont Lake Monsters + AZL A’s

164 AB / 0 HR / 17 BB / 26 K / .329 AVG / .402 OBP / .372 SLG / .774 OPS

 

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Nolan Blackwood

Age: 21 / Right-Handed Pitcher

Beloit Snappers + Vermont Lake Monsters

18 IP / 23 H / 11 ER / 6 BB / 15 K / 5.50 ERA / 1.61 WHIP

 

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Ty Damron

Age: 22 / Left-Handed Pitcher

Vermont Lake Monsters

7 2/3 IP / 10 H / 5 ER / 6 BB / 9 K / 5.87 ERA / 2.09 WHIP

 

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Anthony Churlin

Age: 19 / Outfielder

AZL A’s

69 AB / 0 HR / 9 BB / 23 K / .217 AVG / .316 OBP / .232 SLG / .548 OPS

 

sm160122917th Round

Seth Martinez

Age: 22 / Right-Handed Pitcher

AZL A’s

2 1/3 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / 3.86 ERA / 2.14 WHIP

 

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Skyler Weber

Age: 21 / Catcher

AZL A’s

70 AB / 0 HR / 6 BB / 13 K / .171 AVG / .237 OBP / .200 SLG / .437 OPS

 

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Sam Gilbert

Age: 22 / Right-Handed Pitcher

(Signed – Has Not Yet Played)

 

 

 

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Friday, August 19th: Biegalski’s 7 Solid Innings Lead Snappers to Victory while Gossett K’s 7 to Help Hounds Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Boomer Biegalski (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Boomer Biegalski (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers                5

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  1

WP – Biegalski 8-7 / 3.50

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Boomer Biegalski

(7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

RHP Boomer Biegalski turned in his second straight impressive start for the Snappers on Friday, allowing just 1 run over 7 innings of work to earn his 8th win for Beloit. And Biegalski has now posted a 2.35 ERA while striking out 21 over 23 innings in his 4 starts in August. RHPs Rob Huber and Nolan Blackwood both pitched 1 perfect inning in relief for Beloit. Second baseman Trace Loehr had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in a pair, while first baseman Ryan Howell also doubled twice, and center fielder Skye Bolt walked and doubled in a run for the Snappers.

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Thursday, August 18th: Blanco Pitches AZL A’s to Victory while Mengden, Bracewell & Naile Suffer Losses for Sounds, Hounds & Ports

A’s Prospect Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 2/3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 2/3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL Indians  1

AZL A’s        6

WP – Blanco 4-4 / 2.84

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Argenis Blanco

(5 2/3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

RHP Argenis Blanco turned in another impressive outing for the AZL A’s, striking out 8 over 5 2/3 shutout innings to earn his 4th win on Thursday, and the 20-year-old Venezuelan has now failed to allow more than 2 earned runs in each of his last 10 appearances. 19-year-old Dominican RHP Wandisson Charles gave up 1 run in 3 1/3 innings of relief to earn his 1st save. This year’s 21st-round draft pick for the A’s, left fielder Kyle Nowlin, had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair, while 28th-round second baseman Josh Vidales singled, doubled and drove in a run, and 2015 11th-round center fielder James Terrell walked, doubled in a run and scored twice for the A’s in Thursday’s win.

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Wednesday, August 17th: Overton Pitches Sounds to Victory as Chapman Makes Triple-A Debut and Graves Is Solid Again in Stockton Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tacoma Rainiers     2

Nashville Sounds  5

WP – Overton 11-5 / 3.48

HR – Wendle (12), A.Alcantara (11)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dillon Overton

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

LHP Dillon Overton delivered a strong start for the Sounds on Wednesday, allowing 2 runs over 6 innings of work to earn his team-leading 11th win for Nashville. RHP Eduard Santos tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, while RHP Bobby Wahl got the final three outs to post his 1st save for the Sounds. Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara homered in the 3rd inning to tie the game, while second baseman Joey Wendle slugged a three-run homer in the 6th to provide the margin of victory for Nashville. Designated hitter Renato Nunez drew a pair of walks and singled in a run in the 7th, and third baseman Matt Chapman went 0 for 4 in his Triple-A debut. And with Tyler Ladendorf landing on the disabled list for the A’s, Sounds shortstop Chad Pinder was promoted to Oakland on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, August 16th: Hahn Returns to Hill to Help Sounds Win while Chapman, Pinder & Iriart Are All on the Move

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Jesse Hahn (4 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 6 K)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Jesse Hahn (4 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 6 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tacoma Rainiers     1

Nashville Sounds  2

WP – Castro 1-7 / 4.91

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Jesse Hahn

(4 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 6 K)

It was a day filled with lots of intriguing roster news for Nashville fans. But on the field, it was the first chance for Jesse Hahn to return to the mound since he landed on the disabled list after his last start for Oakland. Hahn allowed just 1 run while striking out 6 over 4 innings of work on Tuesday. He left the game with a one-run lead and turned the game over to the Sounds bullpen, which held Tacoma scoreless over the next 5 frames. RHP Angel Castro earned his 1st win of the season, while RHP Tucker Healy got the final three outs to notch his 8th save for Nashville. The Sounds managed just 3 hits in the win. Catcher Matt McBride singled in a run, while right fielder Jaycob Brugman walked, singled and scored a run when designated hitter Rangel Ravelo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Renato Nunez made his second start in the last three days in left field and went 0 for 4 in the game. Meanwhile, the Texas League’s top home run hitter, third baseman Matt Chapman, was added to the Sounds roster on Tuesday. And with Chapman’s addition to the squad, there’s a need for Nunez to increase his versatility. The San Francisco Chronicle and other sources also reported on Tuesday that Nashville shortstop Chad Pinder was set to join the A’s on Wednesday, and Josh Rodriguez made the start at shortstop for the Sounds on Tuesday. And in other news, Nashville reliever Ryan Doolittle was sent to the Arizona League A’s.

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Monday, August 15th: Meisner Earns 1st Win of Season for Stockton while Iriart Homers Twice in Snappers Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Casey Meisner (4 2/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports RHP Casey Meisner (4 2/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   2

Visalia Rawhide   1

WP – Meisner 1-12 / 3.99

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Casey Meisner

(4 2/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

RHP Casey Meisner endured a rough start to his season by suffering 12 straight losses for Stockton, but the 21-year-old finally managed to earn his 1st win on Monday. LHP Evan Manarino started the game and gave up just 1 run over 4 1/3 innings of work. Meisner then came on and preserved a slim one-run lead by allowing just 1 base runner, on a two-out single, while striking out 6 over the 4 2/3 scoreless frames to post his first victory for the Ports. Meisner began the month of July with an ERA of 4.72 and has now whittled it down to a more respectable mark of 3.99. Third baseman Jose Brizuela had 3 hits and drove in a run, while designated hitter Sandber Pimentel singled, doubled and scored the tying run for Stockton in Monday’s win.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of August 8-14: Chapman, Nunez & Young Hurlers Heating Up in August

A's minor league home run leader Matt Chapman

A’s minor league home run leader Matt Chapman

 

As things heat up in August, some of the organization’s top sluggers like Matt Chapman and Renato Nunez have really been starting to get hot lately as well. In addition, the team’s top three draft picks – pitchers A.J. Puk, Daulton Jefferies and Logan Shore – all appear to be finding a groove as they settle into the system. A version of this weekly minor league report was originally prepared by Athletics Farm for Athletics Nation

 

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