A’s In The AFL – October 19-24 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Third Baseman Renato Nunez

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Third Baseman Renato Nunez

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 19 – 24)

Monday, October 19th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez hit 3 home runs and drove in 5 runs, while second baseman Chad Pinder had 2 doubles, a walk and a stolen base, and center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 2 for 4 in Mesa’s 10-6 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 20th:

Designated hitter Renato Nunez went 1 for 4 with a walk and drove in the winning run in the 9th, and center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 1 for 3 with a triple and a walk as Mesa notched it’s first win by a score of 5-4 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 21st:

Second baseman Chad Pinder went 1 for 4, while third baseman Renato Nunez and center fielder Jaycob Brugman both went 0 for 4. Starter Sean Manaea allowed 3 runs in 4 innings, and RHPs Aaron Kurcz, Kris Hall and Brendan McCurry each tossed 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 5-3 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 22nd:

Designated hitter Renato Nunez went 1 for 4 in Mesa’s 5-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 23rd:

Center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 1-4, and RHP Kris Hall struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 5-1 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 24th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk and drove in a run, while RHP  Aaron Kurcz tossed 1 scoreless inning, and RHP Brendan McCurry allowed 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning to take the loss as Mesa fell 5-4 on Saturday.

Sunday, October 25th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 13 – 24)

Renato Nunez (3B)
32 AB / 3 HR / 3 BB / 9 K / .281 AVG / .343 OBP / .625 SLG / .968 OPS

Jaycob Brugman (OF)

28 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 7 K / .214 AVG / .267 OBP / .321 SLG / .588 OPS

Chad Pinder (2B)

17 AB / 2 HR / 1 BB / 4 K / .353 AVG / .389 OBP / .824 SLG / 1.212 OPS

Sean Manaea (LHP)

8 IP / 7 H / 4 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Kris Hall (RHP)

4 IP / 7 H / 4 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / 9.00 ERA / 1.75 WHIP

Brendan McCurry (RHP)

3 1/3 IP / 6 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / 8.10 ERA / 2.10 WHIP

Aaron Kurcz (RHP)

3 IP / 2 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / 6.00 ERA / 1.67 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 13-16 Update

A's AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Infielder Chad Pinder

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Infielder Chad Pinder

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 13 – 16)

Tuesday, October 13th:

Second baseman Chad Pinder hit 2 home runs, singled and drove in 4 runs in his AFL debut, while third baseman Renato Nunez went 0 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 8-7 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 14th:

Center fielder Jaycob Brugman went 0 for 4 with a walk, while LHP Sean Manaea allowed 1 run in 4 innings. RHP Aaron Kurcz gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in 1 inning, RHP Bendan McCurry tossed 1 scoreless frame, and RHP Kris Hall allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 1 inning, to take the loss as Mesa fell 7-6 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 15th:

Third baseman Renato Nunez and center fielder Jaycob Brugman each went 1 for 4 with a double, while second baseman Chad Pinder went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts as Mesa was shut out 3-0 on Thursday.

Friday, October 16th:

Designated hitter Renato Nunez and center fielder Jaycob Brugman both went 1 for 5, while RHP Kris Hall gave up 3 runs in 1 inning, and RHP Brendan McCurry allowed 1 run in 1 inning in Mesa’s 20-6 loss on Friday.

Saturday-Sunday, October 17th-18th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 13 – 16)

Jaycob Brugman (OF)

13 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 4 K / .154 AVG / .214 OBP / .231 SLG / .445 OPS

Renato Nunez (3B)
12 AB / 0 HR / 1 BB / 5 K / .167 AVG / .231 OBP / .250 SLG / .481 OPS

Chad Pinder (2B)

9 AB / 2 HR / 0 BB / 3 K / .333 AVG / .333 OBP / 1.000 SLG / 1.333 OPS

Sean Manaea (LHP)

4 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / 2.25 ERA / 0.50 WHIP

Brendan McCurry (RHP)

2 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / 4.50 ERA / 2.00 WHIP

Kris Hall (RHP)

2 IP / 7 H / 4 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 18.00 ERA / 3.50 WHIP

Aaron Kurcz (RHP)

1 IP / 2 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 1 K / 18.00 ERA / 4.00 WHIP

 

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Renato Nunez Joins Chad Pinder as A’s Top Hitting Prospects in Arizona Fall League while Matt Chapman Is Sidelined with Wrist Injury

afl_rsardpq5_oyouytpm1bWhile 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 next Tuesday, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League. Last year’s top draft pick for the A’s, third baseman Matt Chapman, was originally scheduled to participate, but a lingering wrist injury will leave him sidelined, and he’ll be replaced by fellow third baseman Renato Nunez.

The Arizona Fall League has been going strong for the past couple of decades now, and its 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 Angels, Marlins, Cubs and Rays, including former A’s prospect Daniel Robertson.

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 top young hitting prospects will be seeing action in Arizona, including shortstop Chad Pinder and third baseman Renato Nunez along with their Midland teammate, outfielder Jaycob Brugman, while the A’s AFL pitching contingent this year will be comprised of promising left-hander Sean Manaea as well as right-handed relievers Brendan McCurry, Kris Hall and Aaron Kurcz.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2015–

 

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Shortstop

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

15 HR / 28 BB / 103 K / .317 AVG / .361 OBP / .486 SLG / .847 OPS

Pinder put together an impressive season while serving as Midland’s starting shortstop this year. The 23-year-old led all A’s minor league regulars with a .317 batting average, while his 86 RBIs were the second-most in the system next to Nashville’s Jason Pridie. Pinder possesses a little pop too, and he posted 15 home runs to go along with 32 doubles in the notoriously difficult hitting environment at Midland. Pinder could still stand to improve his plate discipline a bit though, and he’ll have the opportunity to work on that in the AFL while he prepares to take over as the starting shortstop at Nashville next season.

 

rnNunez, Renato3Renato Nunez

Third Baseman

Age: 21

Midland RockHounds

18 HR / 28 BB / 66 K / .278 AVG / .332 OBP / .480 SLG / .812 OPS

With Matt Chapman sidelined with a wrist injury, Nunez will now get the chance to make his AFL debut in 2015. The 21-year-old put together a solid season at Midland and, despite missing the first month of the season due to injury, still managed to post the third-highest home run total in the A’s minor league system with 18. Nunez also improved his walk and strikeout rates a bit this year while increasing his versatility by making a handful of starts at first base for the RockHounds. And the Venezuelan slugger will now have the opportunity to continue to refine his game in the AFL as he prepares to make his Triple-A debut in 2016.

 

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Outfielder

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

6 HR / 62 BB / 89 K / .260 AVG / .343 OBP / .382 SLG / .725 OPS

The A’s 17th-round draft pick in 2013, Brugman is a solid all-around player who doesn’t jump off the page at you but manages to do everything well enough to be a productive performer on the field. The 23-year-old reduced his strikeout rate this season and totaled 8 triples, which were as many as anyone in the A’s system, to go along with 27 doubles, 62 walks and 11 stolen bases. Brugman will try to make a positive impression in the AFL as he hopes to boost his chances of opening the season as a member of Nashville’s starting outfield.

 

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Left-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age: 23

Midland RockHounds

42 2/3 IP / 34 H / 9 ER / 15 BB / 51 K / 1.90 ERA / 1.15 WHIP

Manaea came over from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist trade and was impressive in almost every outing for Midland. After finishing the season as the RockHounds’ top starter, the former 1st-round draft pick went on to throw 8 shutout innings in the first game of the Hounds’ three-game sweep of the Texas League Championship Series. The 6’5” lefty missed a lot of time early in the season with a groin injury, so he’ll look to make up for lost time in the AFL as he also attempts to firm up his reputation as the A’s most promising pitching prospect.

 

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Right-Handed Relief Pitcher

Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Midland RockHounds

63 IP / 39 H / 13 ER / 17 BB / 82 K / 1.86 ERA / 0.89 WHIP

McCurry was the A’s minor league saves leader this year, notching 21 at Stockton before going on to post 6 for Midland, and he failed to convert just 1 save opportunity all season. The A’s 22nd-round draft pick in 2014 also walked just 17 while striking out 82 in 63 innings and has struck out an average of 11.7 batters per 9 innings over his minor league career. Much like Ryan Dull, McCurry isn’t physically imposing (he’s listed at 5’10” and 165 lbs.), but an impressive stint in the AFL could help put him on the fast track to the majors.

 

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Right-Handed Relief Pitcher

Age: 24

Midland RockHounds / Nashville Sounds

74 IP / 61 H / 23 ER / 57 BB / 77 K / 2.80 ERA / 1.59 WHIP

The A’s 8th-round draft pick in 2012, Hall has always put up solid strikeout numbers, but he’s also struggled with control issues throughout his career. The 24-year-old struck out 9.4 and walked 6.9 per 9 innings this season, and he allowed a meager 5 home runs over 74 innings of work. Hall is currently coming off his best season, and he has good stuff, but he’ll be looking to gain greater mastery of his command while working in the AFL.

 

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Right-Handed Relief Pitcher

Age: 25

Nashville Sounds

26 IP / 29 H / 12 ER / 15 BB / 31 K / 4.15 ERA / 1.69 WHIP

The veteran among the A’s AFL contingent this year, Kurcz came over from Atlanta midseason. He has shown a consistent ability to put up big strikeout totals throughout his minor league career, but he also battles with bouts of wildness at times and has yet to make it to the majors since being drafted by the Cubs back in 2010. The 25-year-old Las Vegas native will be making his second consecutive appearance in the Arizona Fall League after playing for Surprise in 2014.

 

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Friday, September 18th: Parker Frazier’s 3-Hit Shutout Secures Hounds’ Second Straight Texas League Title

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Parker Frazier (9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 9 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Parker Frazier (9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds   7

NW Arkansas Naturals   0

WP – P. Frazier

HR – J. Whitaker

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Parker Frazier

(9 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 9 K / Win)

The RockHounds clinched their second straight Texas League Championship on Friday behind a stellar pitching performance by RHP Parker Frazier. Frazier struck out 9 while twirling a masterful 3-hit shutout to earn the victory as the Hounds won their third straight against NW Arkansas to sweep the best-of-five series and bring the Texas League title back home to Midland for the second consecutive season. Left fielder Josh Whitaker, who suffered a hand injury during the playoffs, returned to action on Friday and singled in a pair of runs in the top of the 4th and then homered in the 6th. Third baseman Ryon Healy and right fielder Matt Olson both doubled in runs in the 4th, while this year’s Texas League walk leader, second baseman Colin Walsh, walked with the bases loaded in the 6th, and catcher Beau Taylor and designated hitter Renato Nunez had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds. Midland finished the regular season with a 83-57 record and went 6-1 in the postseason. Meanwhile, RockHounds players were named to 7 of the 11 spots on A’s Farm’s 2015 Organizational All-Star Team on Thursday.

 

photo courtesy of Midland RockHounds' twitter

Photo courtesy of Midland RockHounds’ twitter

 

 

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A’s Farm’s 2015 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Third baseman Matt Chapman led all A's minor leaguers with 23 home runs for Stockton.

Third baseman Matt Chapman led all A’s minor leaguers with 23 home runs for Stockton.

With the 2015 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 2015. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2015 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 2015. 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. Despite the fact that he’s no longer with the A’s organization, outfielder Kent Matthes is included since he still managed to make the third most starts in Nashville’s outfield this year, while catcher Jacob Nottingham and pitcher Sean Manaea were not included since they only appeared in 43 and 7 games respectively since joining the A’s system.

Check out our list of All-Star contenders 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 2015!

 

–THE CONTENDERS–

 

CATCHER

Nashville – Bryan Anderson (322 PA / 3 HR / .202 AVG / .273 OBP / .288 SLG / .561 OPS)

Midland – Bruce Maxwell (381 PA / 2 HR / .243 AVG / .321 OBP / .308 SLG / .629 OPS)

Stockton – Beau Taylor (342 PA / 6 HR / .223 AVG / .322 OBP / .334 SLG / .656 OPS) *

Beloit – Argenis Raga (269 PA / 3 HR / .275 AVG / .328 OBP / .385 SLG / .714 OPS) *

Vermont – Nick Collins (143 PA / 2 HR / .246 AVG / .329 OBP / .310 SLG / .638 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Robert Mullen (91 PA / 0 HR / .231 AVG / .333 OBP / .321 SLG / .654 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Nashville – Anthony Aliotti (448 PA / 4 HR / .269 AVG / .330 OBP / .346 SLG / .676 OPS) *

Midland – Matt Olson (585 PA / 17 HR / .249 AVG / .388 OBP / .438 SLG / .826 OPS)

Stockton – John Nogowski (402 PA / 4 HR / .274 AVG / .352 OBP / .364 SLG / .716 OPS)

Beloit – Max Kuhn (543 PA / 10 HR / .241 AVG / .320 OBP / .376 SLG / .697 OPS)

Vermont – Chris Iriart (289 PA / 5 HR / .230 AVG / .304 OBP / .359 SLG / .664 OPS)

AZL A’s – Shane Conlon (123 PA / 0 HR / .327 AVG / .392 OBP / .421 SLG / .812 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Nashville – Joey Wendle (618 PA / 10 HR / .289 AVG / .323 OBP / .442 SLG / .765 OPS)

Midland – Colin Walsh (619 PA / 13 HR / .302 AVG / .447 OBP / .470 SLG / .918 OPS)

Stockton – Branden Cogswell (487 PA / 3 HR / .235 AVG / .325 OBP / .303 SLG / .628 OPS)

Beloit – Trent Gilbert (450 PA / 6 HR / .252 AVG / .293 OBP / .345 SLG / .638 OPS) *

Vermont – Jesus Lopez (210 PA / 0 HR / .203 AVG / .233 OBP / .228 SLG / .461 OPS)

AZL A’s – Carlos Hiciano (196 PA / 0 HR / .199 AVG / .219 OBP / .220 SLG / .439 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Nashville – Andy Parrino (321 PA / 5 HR / .272 AVG / .344 OBP / .376 SLG / .720 OPS)

Midland – Chad Pinder (522 PA / 15 HR / .317 AVG / .361 OBP / .486 SLG / .847 OPS)

Stockton – Franklin Barreto (364 PA / 13 HR / .302 AVG / .333 OBP / .500 SLG / .833 OPS)

Beloit – Yairo Munoz (565 PA / 13 HR / .260 AVG / .306 OBP / .397 SLG / .702 OPS) *

Vermont – Richie Martin (226 PA / 2 HR / .237 AVG / .353 OBP / .343 SLG / .695 OPS)

AZL A’s – Eric Marinez (179 PA / 0 HR / .241 AVG / .303 OBP / .304 SLG / .607 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Nashville – Ryan Roberts (499 PA / 13 HR / .283 AVG / .355 OBP / .450 SLG / .805 OPS)

Midland – Ryon Healy (543 PA / 10 HR / .302 AVG / .339 OBP / .426 SLG / .766 OPS)

Stockton – Matt Chapman (352 PA / 23 HR / .250 AVG / .341 OBP / .566 SLG / .907 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Brizuela (475 PA / 12 HR / .260 AVG / .349 OBP / .431 SLG / .781 OPS) *

Vermont – Ryan Howell (188 PA / 5 HR / .199 AVG / .278 OBP / .337 SLG / .615 OPS)

AZL A’s – Miguel Mercedes (193 PA / 2 HR / .216 AVG / .306 OBP / .347 SLG / .653 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Nashville – Jason Pridie (541 PA / 20 HR / .310 AVG / .380 OBP / .515 SLG / .894 OPS)

Midland – Jaycob Brugman (566 PA / 6 HR / .260 AVG / .343 OBP / .382 SLG / .725 OPS)

Stockton – B.J. Boyd (511 PA / 5 HR / .277 AVG / .344 OBP / .389 SLG / .733 OPS)

Beloit – Joe Bennie (543 PA / 11 HR / .272 AVG / .363 OBP / .430 SLG / .793 OPS)

Vermont – Steven Pallares (292 PA / 2 HR / .246 AVG / .363 OBP / .317 SLG / .680 OPS)

AZL A’s – Luis Barrera (133 PA / 0 HR / .287 AVG / .344 OBP / .348 SLG / .691 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Nashville – Craig Gentry (450 PA / 5 HR / .256 AVG / .319 OBP / .327 SLG / .646 OPS)

Midland – Chad Oberacker (451 PA / 5 HR / .294 AVG / .360 OBP / .425 SLG / .785 OPS)

Stockton – Brett Vertigan (627 PA / 4 HR / .288 AVG / .365 OBP / .385 SLG / .749 OPS) *

Beloit – James Harris (376 PA / 5 HR / .251 AVG / .356 OBP / .368 SLG / .724 OPS) *

Vermont – Skye Bolt (206 PA / 4 HR / .238 AVG / .325 OBP / .381 SLG / .706 OPS)

AZL A’s – Rodolfo Penalo (166 PA / 0 HR / .222 AVG / .321 OBP / .292 SLG / .613 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Nashville – Kent Matthes (239 PA / 2 HR / .233 AVG / .294 OBP / .358 SLG / .652 OPS)

Midland – Josh Whitaker (387 PA / 12 HR / .256 AVG / .312 OBP / .437 SLG / .748 OPS)

Stockton – Tyler Marincov (579 PA / 14 HR / .257 AVG / .320 OBP / .409 SLG / .728 OPS)

Beloit – Shawn Duinkerk (335 PA / 5 HR / .240 AVG / .281 OBP / .326 SLG / .607 OPS) *

Vermont – Seth Brown (290 PA / 3 HR / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .432 SLG / .784 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Robert Martinez (303 PA / 5 HR / .170 AVG / .265 OBP / .275 SLG / .540 OPS) *

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nashville – Nate Freiman (306 PA / 4 HR / .220 AVG / .279 OBP / .321 SLG / .600 OPS)

Midland – Renato Nunez (416 PA / 18 HR / .278 AVG / .332 OBP / .480 SLG / .812 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Soto (460 PA / 9 HR / .229 AVG / .278 OBP / .355 SLG / .633 OPS)

Beloit – Sandber Pimentel (471 PA / 13 HR / .243 AVG / .335 OBP / .380 SLG / .715 OPS)

Vermont – Trace Loehr (280 PA / 2 HR / .264 AVG / .325 OBP / .319 SLG / .644 OPS)

AZL A’s – Jhonny Rodriguez (120 PA / 1 HR / .284 AVG / .333 OBP / .450 SLG / .783 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Nashville – Barry Zito (138 IP / 121 H / 53 ER / 60 BB / 91 K / 3.46 ERA / 1.31 WHIP)

Midland – Dillon Overton (126 IP / 127 H / 48 ER / 27 BB / 106 K / 3.43 ERA / 1.22 WHIP) *

Stockton – Dylan Covey (140 1/3 IP / 135 H / 56 ER / 43 BB / 100 K / 3.59 ERA / 1.27 WHIP)

Beloit – Daniel Gossett (144 2/3 IP / 151 H / 76 ER / 52 BB / 112 K / 4.73 ERA / 1.40 WHIP)

Vermont – Bowdien Derby (37 1/3 IP / 24 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 47 K / 1.21 ERA / 0.91 WHIP) *

AZL A’s – Ivan Andueza (46 2/3 IP / 44 H / 13 ER / 15 BB / 44 K / 2.51 ERA / 1.26 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Nashville – Angel Castro (60 1/3 IP / 54 H / 21 ER / 19 BB / 45 K / 3.13 ERA / 1.21 WHIP / 8 SV)

Midland – Ryan Dull (61 IP / 39 H / 5 ER / 16 BB / 73 K / 0.74 ERA / 0.90 WHIP / 12 SV) *

Stockton – Brendan McCurry (63 IP / 39 H / 13 ER / 17 BB / 82 K / 1.86 ERA / 0.89 WHIP / 27 SV) *

Beloit – Jose Torres (77 1/3 IP / 55 H / 22 ER / 24 BB / 84 K / 2.56 ERA / 1.02 WHIP / 8 SV) *

Vermont – James Naile (25 1/3 IP / 19 H / 5 ER / 6 BB / 18 K / 1.78 ERA / 0.99 WHIP / 6 SV) *

AZL A’s – Dustin Hurlbutt (14 1/3 IP / 11 H / 5 ER / 10 BB / 20 K / 3.14 ERA / 1.47 WHIP / 5 SV)

 

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Wednesday, September 16th: Renato Nunez & Jaycob Brugman Both Homer to Help Hounds Win and Move within 1 Game of 2nd Straight Title

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (2 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (2 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals   6

Midland RockHounds   8

WP – C. Jensen

HR – R.Nunez, J. Brugman

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(2 for 5 / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

With two on and one out in the bottom of the 1st, third baseman Renato Nunez ripped a 3-run homer to give the RockHounds an early lead that they would never relinquish as they notched the win in Game #2 of the Texas League Championship series on Wednesday. And the Hounds now just need to win one of the next three games in the best-of-five series to clinch their second straight Texas League championship. Nunez also singled in the 7th, while outfielder Jaycob Brugman homered in his fourth straight game, slugging a 2-run shot in the 4th, and also doubled and walked in the game. First baseman Anthony Aliotti singled, doubled twice and scored twice, and designated hitter Ryon Healy singled, doubled and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Chris Jensen gave up 4 runs over 6 innings work to pick up the win. RHP Seth Frankoff tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, while RHP Tucker Healy came in to notch the final two outs in the 8th on strikeouts, and RHP Brendan McCurry allowed 2 runs, just 1 earned, in the 9th, but the Hounds hung on for the win. After an off-day on Thursday, the series shifts to Springdale, Arkansas as RHP Parker Frazier takes the mound on Friday as Midland attempts to clinch its second straight Texas League title.

 

Friday’s Game:

Midland @ NW Arkansas – 5:05pm PT / 7:05pm CT

(Parker Frazier vs. Luke Farrell)

 

 

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Tuesday, September 15th: Sean Manaea Pitches Hounds to Victory while Jaycob Brugman Homers & Anthony Aliotti Drives in a Pair as Midland Wins Game #1

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Sean Manaea (8 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds LHP Sean Manaea (8 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals   2

Midland RockHounds   5

WP – S. Manaea

HR – J. Brugman

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Manaea

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

LHP Sean Manaea kicked off the Texas League Championship Series by turning in another strong start for the RockHounds, allowing just 2 unearned runs while striking out 7 over 8 innings of work to earn the victory against his former team as the Hounds won Game #1 on Tuesday. Midland outfielder Jaycob Brugman belted his 3rd home run of the postseason to put his team on the board in the bottom of the 3rd, while designated hitter Renato Nunez singled in a run to tie the game later in the same inning. First baseman Anthony Aliotti singled in 2 runs in the 4th, and RHP Brendan McCurry got the final three outs in the 9th to earn the save. In roster news, Stockton outfielder J.P. Sportman was added to the RockHounds postseason roster on Tuesday. And with his team up by a game in the best-of-five series, RHP Chris Jensen is set to make the start in Game #2 at Midland on Wednesday.

 

Wednesday’s Game:

NW Arkansas @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

(Paul Clemens vs. Chris Jensen)

 

 

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Saturday, September 12th: Jake Sanchez Pitches Hounds to Victory and Healy, Olson & Brugman all Homer as Midland Moves on to Texas League Championship Series

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks     1

Midland RockHounds  4

WP – J. Sanchez

HR – R. Healy, M. Olson, J. Brugman

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jake Sanchez

(7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

After dropping the first game of the series, the RockHounds won their third straight game on Saturday to clinch the Texas League South Division Championship, and Midland will now move on to the Texas League Championship Series for the second straight season. RHP Jake Sanchez turned in a strong start on Saturday, allowing just 1 run over 7 innings of work to earn the win. RHP Kris Hall followed Sanchez on the mound but left after loading the bases with one out in the top of the 8th. RHP Brendan McCurry came on and struck out the next two batters to escape the jam and stayed on to strike out two more while tossing a scoreless 9th to earn the save. Third baseman Ryon Healy homered to put the Hounds on the board in the 2nd, while right fielder Matt Olson smacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd, and left fielder Jaycob Brugman followed up with a solo shot in the 4th to provide the RockHounds with all the runs they would need on Saturday. Before the game, Midland shortstop Chad Pinder was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, and Stockton shortstop Yairo Munoz was called up to replace him on the RockHounds roster. The Hounds will begin the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series at home against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Tuesday.

 

 

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A’s Final 2015 Minor League Hitting & Pitching Leaders

Included: Nashville Sounds (AAA), Midland RockHounds (AA), Stockton Ports (A), Beloit Snappers (A), Vermont Lake Monsters (A), AZL A’s (Rk)

 

–HITS–

jwWendle, Joey3167 Joey Wendle 2B (Nas)

157 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

153 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Mid)

151 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

148 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

 

–DOUBLES–

jwWendle, Joey342 Joey Wendle 2B (Nas)

39 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

37 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

35 Joe Bennie OF (Bel)

33 Ryan Roberts 3B (Nas)

 

–TRIPLES–

bbBoyd, B.J.28 B.J. Boyd OF (Sto)

8 Jaycob Brugman OF (Mid)

8 Joey Wendle 2B (Nas)

7 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

7 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

 

–HOME RUNS–

mcChapman, Matt323 Matt Chapman 3B (Sto)

20 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

18 Renato Nunez 3B-1B (Mid)

17 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

15 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

 

–TOTAL BASES–

jwWendle, Joey3255 Joey Wendle 2B (Nas)

246 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

232 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

229 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

216 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Mid)

 

–RBIs–

jpPridie, Jason389 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

86 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

75 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

75 Tyler Marincov OF (Sto)

74 Yairo Munoz SS (Bel-Sto)

 

–RUNS–

bvVertigan, Brett298 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

97 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

84 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

82 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

80 Joey Wendle 2B (Nas)

 

–WALKS–

cwWalsh, Colin3124 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

105 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

68 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

66 Joe Bennie OF (Bel)

62 Jaycob Brugman OF (Mid)

 

–STRIKEOUTS–

jhHigley, Justin2140 Justin Higley OF (Bel-Sto)

140 Tyler Marincov OF (Sto)

139 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

137 Joe Bennie OF (Bel)

131 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

 

–STOLEN BASES–

bvVertigan, Brett230 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

25 Justin Higley OF (Bel-Sto)

25 Craig Gentry OF (Nas)

20 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

19 Chad Oberacker OF (Mid)

 

–ERRORS–

fbBarreto, Franklin334 Franklin Barreto SS (Sto)

34 Yairo Munoz SS (Bel-Sto)

28 Jose Brizuela 3B (Bel-Sto)

26 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

19 Matt Chapman 3B (Sto)

 

–BATTING AVERAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

cpPinder, Chad3.317 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

.310 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

.302 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

.302 Ryon Healy 3B-1B (Mid)

.302 Franklin Barreto SS (Sto)

 

–ON-BASE PERCENTAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

cwWalsh, Colin3.447 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

.388 Matt Olson 1B-OF (Mid)

.380 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

.365 Brett Vertigan OF (Sto-Bel)

.363 Joe Bennie OF (Bel)

 

–SLUGGING PERCENTAGE– (minimum 300 at-bats)

mcChapman, Matt3.566 Matt Chapman 3B (Sto)

.515 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

.500 Franklin Barreto SS (Sto)

.486 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

.480 Renato Nunez 3B-1B (Mid)

 

–ON-BASE + SLUGGING– (minimum 300 at-bats)

cwWalsh, Colin3.918 Colin Walsh 2B (Mid)

.907 Matt Chapman 3B (Sto)

.894 Jason Pridie OF (Nas)

.847 Chad Pinder SS (Mid)

.833 Franklin Barreto SS (Sto)

 

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Friday, September 11th: Jaycob Brugman Helps Hounds Win Game #3 while Ports Fall in 15 Innings

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (2 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (2 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks     5

Midland RockHounds  9

WP – C. Jensen

HR – J. Brugman

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman

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

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman reached base on a fielding error and scored the RockHounds’ first run in the 1st inning, doubled in a run in the 2nd, walked but was forced out at home in the 5th, and then hit a 2-run homer to extend Midland’s lead to 6 in the 6th inning. Third baseman Ryon Healy collected 4 hits and drove in a run, while designated hitter Renato Nunez had a pair of singles and drove in 3 as Midland bested Corpus Christi to go up two games to one in the best-of-five Texas League South Division Championship Series on Friday. Starter Chris Jensen allowed 3 runs over 6 innings of work to pick up the win for the RockHounds. RHP Tucker Healy followed up with a scoreless 7th, while RHP Jonathan Joseph gave up 2 runs in the top of the 8th, and LHP Jeff Urlaub got the final three outs in the 9th to close things out for Midland. The RockHounds now just need to win one of their next two games at home to prevail over Corpus Christi in the series. RHP Jake Sanchez is set to take the mound as Midland tries to clinch the series on Saturday.

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