Monday, April 25th: Matt Chapman Homers in 14th to Help Hounds Win while Sounds Fall in 10th

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 for 6 / Home Run / Walk / GWRBI)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Matt Chapman (2 for 6 / Home Run / Walk / GWRBI)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

Corpus Christi Hooks     7

WP – Kurcz 4-0 / 2.00

HR – Chapman (5), Barreto (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Matt Chapman

(2 for 6 / Home Run / Walk / GWRBI)

Third baseman Matt Chapman delivered the big blow for Midland on Monday, smacking his 5th home run to lead off the top of the 14th inning and send the RockHounds to victory in a game in which the Hounds came back to overcome an early 7-run deficit. With Monday’s round-tripper, Oakland’s top draft pick in 2014 became the first A’s minor leaguer to make it to 5 home runs this season. Chapman also walked and scored in the 5th inning and singled in the 6th. Shortstop Franklin Barreto slugged his 2nd home run of the season to tie the game in the top of the 8th, while first baseman Ryon Healy and left fielder Danny Oh both collected 3 hits and drove in a pair, and designated hitter Viosergy Rosa, right fielder Brett Vertigan and second baseman Wade Kirkland had a pair of hits apiece. Starter Raul Alcantara put the RockHounds in a big hole early, allowing 7 earned runs over the first 2 innings. RHP Sam Bragg relieved Alcantara in the 3rd and began a streak of 12 shutout innings that would be thrown by the Hounds bullpen on Monday night. RHP Aaron Kurcz earned the win by tossing a scoreless 12th and 13th, and infielder Kirkland took the mound in the bottom of the 14th and got the final three outs to register the save for the RockHounds.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of April 18-24: Pitching Prospects in the Spotlight

Sean Manaea

Nashville Sounds LHP Sean Manaea

 

Last week, we took a look at the minor league system’s position players. So this week, we’re going to examine the system’s pitching prospects. We’ll be running down the starting rotations for all four affiliates as well as taking a look at who’s been on the bump in the bullpen. A version of this weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Sunday, April 24th: Snappers Come up Short despite 3 Late HRs while Jesse Hahn Struggles in Sounds Loss and Daniel Gossett & Dustin Driver Deal with Injury Issues

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Skye Bolt (3 for 4 / Home Run / Walk)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Skye Bolt (3 for 4 / Home Run / Walk)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  5

Burlington Bees    7

LP – Friedrichs 1-1 / 2.08

HR – Howell (1), Bolt (1), Collins (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Skye Bolt

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Walk)

Down by five runs heading into the 8th inning, the Snappers slugged three home runs over the final two frames to come within two runs of winning their fourth straight on Sunday. Skye Bolt homered in the 9th and reached base three other times in the game, on a pair of singles and a walk, and his .426 on-base percentage currently leads the team. Catcher Nick Collins homered to lead off the 9th and doubled and scored to put Beloit on the board in the 1st, while third baseman Ryan Howell homered to lead off the 8th and walked twice in the game. Starter Kyle Friedrichs allowed 3 runs over 4 innings of work to take the loss. RHP Dustin Driver left the game with elbow pain after grabbing his arm following a wild pitch with one out in the bottom of the 5th and the 21-year-old will be evaluated by A’s medical personnel to determine the extent of his injury. Driver was charged with 2 runs on 3 walks in 1/3 of an inning of relief for the Snappers.

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Saturday, April 23rd: Justin Higley’s 3 Hits Help Snappers Win 3rd Straight while Daniel Gossett Makes Early Exit in Ports Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Justin Higley (3 for 4 / Triple / Walk / 2 Runs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Justin Higley (3 for 4 / Triple / Walk / 2 Runs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  6

Burlington Bees    5

WP – Duno 1-1 / 2.08

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Justin Higley

(3 for 4 / Triple / Walk / 2 Runs)

The Snappers won their third straight from Burlington on Saturday. Left fielder and leadoff man Justin Higley tripled to start off the game and quickly came around to score the first run and give the Snappers an early lead they would never surrender on Saturday. Higley would reach base 3 more times in the game, on a pair of singles and a walk and would score another run in the 2nd. Catcher Nick Collins singled, walked twice and drove in 2, while third baseman Ryan Howell doubled in a pair in the 1st, and second baseman Trent Gilbert and designated hitter Brett Siddall had a pair of hits apiece for the Snappers. Starter Jesus Zambrano surrendered 2 runs on 7 hits over 3 innings of work, while RHP Angel Duno allowed just 1 unearned run in 4 innings of relief to earn the win, and RHP Corey Miller tossed a scoreless 9th to notch his 1st save for the Snappers.

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Friday, April 22nd: Beloit Wins behind Skye Bolt’s Big Bat while Stockton Wins in a Walk-Off & Nashville Falls despite Sean Manaea’s Solid Start

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Skye Bolt (2 for 4 / Triple / Double / Walk / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Skye Bolt (2 for 4 / Triple / Double / Walk / 3 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  4

Burlington Bees    3

WP – Manarino 2-0 / 1.04

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Skye Bolt

(2 for 4 / Triple / Double / Walk / 3 RBIs)

Last year’s 4th-round draft pick for the A’s, center fielder Skye Bolt, continued his hot start to the season by driving in 3 of the Snappers’ 4 runs on Friday. The 22-year-old tripled and scored in the 3rd inning to put Beloit on the board, then doubled in both the tying and winning runs in the top of the 7th for the Snappers. Bolt is now batting .340 for the season, which ties him for the team lead with fellow outfielder Brett Siddall, who tripled and walked in the game. Left fielder Justin Higley had 3 hits, a walk and a stolen base, while catcher Santiago Chavez had a pair of hits for the Snappers. Starter James Naile gave up 2 runs over 4 innings of work, while LHP Evan Manarino allowed just 1 run in 4 innings of relief to earn his 2nd win, and LHP Jared Lyons pitched a perfect 9th to pick up the save.

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Thursday, April 21st: Andrew Lambo’s Grand Slam Leads Sounds to Victory while Chapman, Healy & Rodriguez all Homer to Help Hounds Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Designated Hitter Andrew Lambo (3 for 4 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Designated Hitter Andrew Lambo (3 for 4 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds              9

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  8

WP – Neal 2-1 / 3.52

HR – Wendle (3), Lambo (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Andrew Lambo

(3 for 4 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

Designated hitter Andrew Lambo had a big day at the plate for the Sounds on Thursday. The 27-year-old singled, doubled and slugged a grand slam in the 6th inning to clear the bases and break a 4-4 tie, and he ended up finishing the day with 5 RBIs. Second baseman Joey Wendle hit his 3rd home run in the 5th and also doubled in the game, while left fielder Max Muncy had 2 doubles and a walk and scored twice, and first baseman Rangel Ravelo and third baseman Renato Nunez had a pair of hits apiece and each drove in a run. Starter Zach Neal allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, through 5 1/3 innings but still picked up his 2nd win, and RHP Ryan Brasier got the final two outs in the 9th to earn his 1st save.

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Wednesday, April 20th: Dillon Overton Pitches Nashville to Victory as Sounds Split Twinbill while Henderson Alvarez Makes First Rehab Appearance in Ports Win

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

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

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

GAME #2

Nashville Sounds  8

Colorado Springs    1

WP – Overton 1-1 / 2.81

HR – Wendle (2), Muncy (1), Pinder (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dillon Overton

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

Starter Dillon Overton allowed 1 run on just 5 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 7 innings of work to earn the 7-inning complete game victory in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader. And Overton has now struck out 15 over 16 innings while posting a 2.81 ERA in his first 3 starts for the Sounds. Max Muncy, making his second start of the season in left field, hit a 2-run homer to put Nashville on the board in the 4th inning and doubled in another run in the 6th. Second baseman Joey Wendle delivered his own 2-run shot in the 4th, while shortstop Chad Pinder slugged a solo shot in the 5th and also doubled and scored in the 4th, and third baseman Renato Nunez collected 3 hits, drove in a run and stole a base as the Sounds salvaged a split in Wednesday’s doubleheader.

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Tuesday, April 19th: James Harris Leads Attack as Stockton Scores 15 to Win while Hounds Come through with another Walk-Off Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder James Harris (4 for 6 / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder James Harris (4 for 6 / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  15

Visalia Rawhide    2

WP – Graves 1-2 / 6.75

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder James Harris

(4 for 6 / Double / 3 RBIs)

The Ports exploded for 15 runs to topple Visalia on Tuesday. Center fielder James Harris led the attack with 4 hits, including a double, while driving in 3 runs, and his batting average on the season now stands at .357 for Stockton. Second baseman Joe Bennie and third baseman Jose Brizuela both singled, doubled and drove in 3. RHP Brett Graves delivered his best start for Stockton so far this season, allowing 2 runs over 6 innings of work to earn his 1st win for the Ports.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of April 11-17: Prospects Get Going

Nashville Sounds 3B Renato Nunez

Nashville Sounds 3B Renato Nunez

 

By now, most people know where most of the A’s minor leaguers have been assigned this season. But which position players are playing every day, what positions are they actually playing, who’s riding the pine and who’s hurt? That’s what we’ll be focusing on here – and next week we’ll take a look at what’s up with the pitchers in the system. A version of this weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Monday, April 18th: Brett Siddall Has 3 Hits & 3 RBIs and Evan Manarino & James Naile Combine for 8 Shutout Innings to Help Snappers Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Brett Siddall (3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Brett Siddall (3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers          6

Kane County Cougars  1

WP – Naile 1-2 / 4.15

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Brett Siddall

(3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

Right fielder Brett Siddall collected 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in 3 runs for the Snappers, and his team-leading batting average on the season now stands at .361. Second baseman Trent Gilbert and designated hitter Skye Bolt each singled, doubled and drove in a run. Starter Evan Manarino tossed 4 shutout innings, and RHP James Naile followed by striking out 5 over 4 scoreless innings of his own to earn the victory on Monday.

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