Thursday, July 13th: Beloit Wins behind Loehr’s Big Bat while Bracewell, Ruiz & Mendoza Pitch Nashville, Stockton & Vermont to Victory

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Third Baseman Trace Loehr (4 for 5 / Triple / Double / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Third Baseman Trace Loehr (4 for 5 / Triple / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  7

Lansing Lugnuts   6

WP – Alejo 3-3 / 4.73

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Trace Loehr

(4 for 5 / Triple / Double / 2 RBIs)

Third baseman Trace Loehr came a home run short of a cycle for the second straight night to help the Snappers win their third straight on Thursday. Loehr had 4 hits, including a triple and a double, while driving in a pair of runs, and the 22-year-old has now gone 10 for 20 over his last 4 games for Beloit. Second baseman Jesus Lopez singled twice and drove in a run, while designated hitter Jason Goldstein had 2 hits and drove in a pair, and left fielder Josh Vidales singled twice, walked twice and scored twice for the Snappers. Starter Kyle Twomey allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 5 innings of work, while RHP Jesus Zambrano gave up 3 runs in 2 innings of relief, and RHP Yordys Alejo pitched 2 perfect innings to pick up his 3rd win for Beloit.

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Wednesday, July 12th: Hurlbutt Helps Hounds Snap Skid while Beloit’s Big Bats Lead to Win and Nunez Named MVP at AAA All-Star Game

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Dustin Hurlbutt (5 1/3 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Dustin Hurlbutt (5 1/3 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks     1

Midland RockHounds  7

WP – Hurlbutt 1-1 / 2.30

HR – Rosa (12)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dustin Hurlbutt

(5 1/3 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

RHP Dustin Hurlbutt helped the RockHounds snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday. The 24-year-old allowed just 2 hits over 5 1/3 scoreless frames to earn his 1st win for Midland, and Hurlbutt has now failed to allow a run over his last 11 1/3 innings of work for the Hounds. First baseman Viosergy Rosa homered, walked and scored twice, while third baseman Jordan Tarsovich had 3 hits, including a double. Left fielder Tyler Ramirez doubled in a pair of runs, and designated hitter Jermaine Curtis went 1 for 3 with a walk in his return to the RockHounds from the Sounds on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, July 11th: Top Draft Picks Deichmann & Merrell Star for Lake Monsters as Vermont Splits Doubleheader

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Designated Hitter Greg Deichmann (2 for 3 / Triple / Walk / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Designated Hitter Greg Deichmann (2 for 3 / Triple / Walk / 2 RBIs)

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

GAME #2

Vermont Lake Monsters  6

Staten Island Yankees       1

WP – Kelliher 2-0 / 1.86

Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Greg Deichmann

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

The Lake Monsters won the second game of Tuesday’s twinbill to secure a split of the doubleheader. This year’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s, designated hitter Greg Deichmann, who made his debut in Tuesday’s first game, was the hitting star of the second game. The 22-year-old out of LSU singled, tripled, walked and drove in a pair of runs for Vermont. 16th-round left fielder Payton Squier doubled in a pair, while 19-year-old Venezuelan second baseman Jesus Lage tripled and scored, and 21-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Javier Godard singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Lake Monsters. This year’s 8th-round pick, 6’9″ RHP Brian Howard, made the start and threw 3 shutout innings, while RHP Branden Kelliher tossed 2 scoreless frames to earn his 2nd victory for Vermont. Meanwhile, Lake Monsters infielder Jesus Lopez was promoted to the Snappers, and AZL A’s outfielder Logan Farrar was reassigned to Vermont on Tuesday.

 

GAME #1

Vermont Lake Monsters  1

Staten Island Yankees       3

LP – Andueza 3-1 / 2.57

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Prospect Of The Game:

Shortstop Kevin Merrell

(3 for 3 / RBI / 2 Stolen Bases)

 

This year’s second overall draft pick for the A’s, shortstop Kevin Merrell, was the hitting star in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. The 21-year-old collected 3 of Vermont’s 6 hits while swiping a pair of bases and driving in a run. Catcher Iolana Akau doubled for the Lake Monsters’ only extra-base hit of the game. 22-year-old Venezuelan LHP Ivan Andueza allowed 3 runs over 6 innings of work to suffer his 1st loss for the Lake Monsters.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

Inland Empire @ Stockton – 7:10pm PT

Beloit @ Lansing – 4:05pm PT / 6:05pm CT

Vermont @ Staten Island – 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET

AZL A’s @ AZL Padres – 7:00pm PT

 

Greg Deichmann

Greg Deichmann

 

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Monday, July 10th: Erwin Pitches Snappers to Victory while Bolt’s Grand Slam Isn’t Enough to Help Ports Prevail

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Zack Erwin (6 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Zack Erwin (6 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Kane County Cougars  1

Beloit Snappers          3

WP – Erwin 2-2 / 2.28

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Zack Erwin

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

LHP Zack Erwin turned in another strong start to help the Snappers snap their six-game skid on Monday. Erwin had a career-high 8 strikeouts over 6 scoreless innings to earn the win and lower his ERA on the season to 2.28. RHP Yordys Alejo got the final out in the 9th to notch his 2nd save for the Snappers. Designated hitter Kyle Nowlin had 2 hits, including a double, walked and drove in a pair, while center fielder Mike Martin singled, doubled, walked and scored a run, and shortstop Eric Marinez had a pair of hits and drove in a run for Beloit.

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A’s Draft Picks Debut for Vermont & AZL A’s

by Bill Moriarity / A’s Farm Editor

It’s been four weeks since the amateur draft, so let’s take a quick look at which of the A’s 2017 draft picks are currently playing for the Vermont Lake Monsters and the Arizona League A’s and how they’ve been performing so far in the early going. All statistics are through games of Sunday, July 9…

 

–Vermont Lake Monsters–

Kevin Merrell

Kevin Merrell

1st Comp SS Kevin Merrell (South Florida)

2nd OF Greg Deichmann (LSU)

4th 3B Will Toffey (Vanderbilt)

6th LHP Logan Salow (Kentucky)

7th RHP Parker Dunshee (Wake Forest)

8th RHP Brian Howard (TCU)

9th LHP Jared Poche (LSU)

10th OF Jack Meggs (Washington)

11th SS-2B Ryan Gridley (Mississippi St)

12th 1B Aaron Arruda (Fresno St)

13th RHP Wyatt Marks (Louisiana Lafayette)

16th OF Payton Squier (UNLV)

19th RHP Michael Danielak (Dartmouth)

22nd RHP Bryce Conley (Georgia St)

23rd RHP Malik Jones (Missouri Baptist)

Will Toffey

Will Toffey

The A’s second overall pick in this year’s draft, shortstop Kevin Merrell, has been hitting well with a .314/.324/.400 slash line and a pair of stolen bases while primarily batting out of the leadoff spot. 4th-round third baseman Will Toffey has shown good plate discipline. He’s already drawn 8 walks, but he also leads the team with 3 errors. 10th-round outfielder Jack Meggs, whose college statistics weren’t particularly eye-popping, has been one of Vermont’s best hitters. He leads the team with 2 home runs and 24 total bases and has put up an impressive .356/.383/.533 slash line. 11th-round infielder Ryan Gridley has been doing a great job of getting on-base and is currently boasting a .410 OBP. 12th-round first baseman Aaron Arruda leads the team with 5 extra-base hits, but his 14 strikeouts also lead the squad. Most of this year’s pitching picks have thrown a very limited number of innings, but 7th-round RHP Parker Dunshee has been the standout on the pitching staff, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings for Vermont. No other members of this year’s draft class have thrown more than 7 innings for the Lake Monsters, but 6th-round LHP Logan Salow has allowed just 1 unearned run while striking out 7 in 5 innings of work. And 6’9″ RHP Brian Howard recently made his pro debut by tossing 2 scoreless frames for Vermont. 2nd-round outfielder Greg Deichmann and 9th-round LHP Jared Poche, both out of LSU, were officially added to the Lake Monsters roster on Sunday but have yet to make their pro debuts.

 

–AZL A’s–

Austin Beck

Austin Beck

1st OF Austin Beck (North Davidson HS-NC)

3rd SS Nick Allen (Francis Parker HS-CA)

5th C Santis Sanchez (Intl Baseball Academy HS-PR)

15th LHP Josh Reagan (South Carolina)

17th RHP Josh Falk (Pittsburgh)

18th OF Mickey McDonald (Illinois-Chicago)

20th RHP Osvaldo Berrios (PR Baseball Academy HS-PR)

21st RHP Heath Donica (Sam Houston)

24th RHP Slater Lee (Cal Poly SLO)

25th 1B Hunter Hargrove (Texas Tech)

27th OF Ben Spitznagel (UNC Greensboro)

28th LHP Pat Krall (Clemson)

29th RHP Adam Reuss (Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

30th LHP Cody Puckett (Middle Tennessee)

32nd RHP Caleb Evans (Liberty)

33rd 2B-3B Jake Lumley (Canisius)

34th 2B Justin Jones (UNLV)

35th C Cooper Golby (Lewis-Clark)

36th OF Logan Farrar (VCU)

Nick Allen

Nick Allen

This year’s top pick for the A’s, outfielder Austin Beck, hasn’t exactly gotten off to a blazing start, going 3 for 29 with just 1 walk and 15 strikeouts. 3rd-round shortstop Nick Allen has gotten into 5 games since signing and has put up a .294/.333/.412 slash line, while 5th-round catcher Santis Sanchez has gone 1 for 7. 18th-round outfielder Mickey McDonald leads the team with 6 stolen bases and is second on the squad with 13 hits and 18 total bases. 25th-round first baseman Hunter Hargrove has been hitting well with a .313/.389/.406 slash line. And 36th-round outfielder Logan Farrar has been a revelation early on, going 17 for 35 with 8 extra-base hits while sporting an impressive .486/.561/.800 slash line. Though, as an international free agent, he wasn’t actually a member of this year’s draft class, 18-year-old Cuban outfielder Lazaro Armenteros has put up a slash line of .278/.366/.389 with a home run, a double, 3 stolen bases, 3 walks and 14 strikeouts over his first 36 at-bats for the AZL A’s. Meanwhile, on the mound, 32nd-round RHP Caleb Evans and 28th-round LHP Pat Krall have been the pitching standouts thus far. Evans has struck out 10 over 8 1/3 scoreless innings, while Krall has put up a 2.35 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over his first 4 appearances for the A’s.

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Snappy Thoughts: Beloit’s 4-Game Series vs. Kane County (7/7-10)

by Ryan Christoffersen / A’s Farm Beloit Correspondent

bsThe Beloit Snappers managed just one win in their recent four-game series against the Kane County Cougars, Arizona’s Midwest League affiliate, at Pohlman Field in Beloit.

The Cougars entered the series with a total of just 33 home runs, the least of any team in the league. For comparison, the Lake County Captains lead the league with 95 home runs. Outfielder Marcus Wilson has hit a team-leading 8 home runs while slashing .293/.393/.481 for the Cougars.

 

Game #1:  Kane County 5 – Beloit 1

Jesus Zambrano

Jesus Zambrano

*The Snappers snapped a 29-inning scoring drought when they scored an unearned run in the 9th inning thanks to a fielding error by Kane County shortstop Raymel Flores.

*RHP Jesus Zambrano had his second straight scoreless outing in long relief. After pitching 4 scoreless innings in his last outing, he threw 3 scoreless frames in Friday’s appearance.

*Beloit batters struck out 9 times while managing just 3 singles over 7 innings against Kane County starting pitcher Sam McWilliams. While not known for putting up big strikeout numbers, McWilliams is nonetheless a strike-throwing machine. He attacked Snappers hitters all day, with 70 of his 94 pitches going for strikes.

 

Game #2:  Kane County 2 – Beloit 1

Matt Milburn

Matt Milburn

*The A’s 29th-round pick in 2016, RHP Matt Milburn, had a solid pitching line of 5 IP/4 H/2 ER/0 BB/6 K. Milburn has a rather pedestrian 4.36 ERA on the season, but his peripheral numbers suggest he has been much better than that. He sports a FIP of 2.74 and an xFIP of 3.09.

*RHP Heath Bowers, who possesses a wicked slider with a lot of movement, threw 3 scoreless innings of 1-hit ball in relief while striking out 5. The Midwest League All-Star has an impressive 2.17 ERA, but he still needs to cut down on the free passes as he’s walked 27 batters in 49 ⅔ innings of work.

*21-year-old shortstop Edwin Diaz had a big game for Beloit, going 3 for 5 with a triple and an RBI.

*2015’s 33rd-round draft pick for the A’s, outfielder Mike Martin, reached base 3 times, on a pair of hits and a walk.

 

Game #3:  Kane County 10 – Beloit 9

Xavier Altamirano

Xavier Altamirano

*It was a wild Sunday afternoon, with the Snappers committing 5 errors. The game saw Beloit score the first two runs of the match. Kane County then scored 10 unanswered runs, followed by Beloit scoring 7 unanswered runs.

*RHP Xavier Altamirano has joined the Snappers’ starting rotation after spending the first half of the season as a long reliever. The 22-year-old had his worst outing of the season on Sunday, and it really all fell apart in the 5th and 6th innings, when he surrendered a total of 7 earned runs.

*It appeared that right fielder JaVon Shelby may have been benched for a lack of hustle when he didn’t return to the field in the 7th inning after misplaying a ball in the 6th inning. The A’s 5th-round pick in 2016 looked to take his time to get to a drive down the right field line by Cougars outfielder Anfernee Greer and then chucked the ball towards third base, where it bounced away and allowed Grier to come all the way around to score on what looked like a Little League home run.

*Third baseman Edwin Diaz hit what looked like a line-drive RBI single to left field in the 6th inning. But the ball took a crazy bounce past Kane County left fielder Anfernee Grier and rolled all the way to the wall. Diaz raced around the bases and scored an inside-the-park home run. That’s one way to raise the slugging percentage!

*Oakland’s 32nd-round pick in 2016, catcher Collin Theroux, smashed a double to left-center field in the 8th inning that registered 105 MPH off the bat. Theroux can really hit the ball as hard as anyone in the Midwest League.

 

Game #4:  Beloit 3 – Kane County 1

John Gorman

John Gorman

*LHP Zack Erwin was excellent, striking out 8 in 6 scoreless innings to earn the win. Great fastball location combined with a solid splitter seem to be the keys to his success. And Erwin appears to have taken a big step forward this season. After posting a 6.53 ERA in 80 innings for Stockton in 2016, he’s currently sporting a 2.28 ERA for the Snappers in 2017. So, the demotion to Beloit seems to have really helped Erwin right the ship.

*RHP John Gorman gave up his first earned run as a Snapper on Monday, but he has been impressive out of the bullpen. A 31st-round pick in 2015, Gorman has struck out 16 batters in 10 ⅔ innings between short-season Vermont and Beloit this season. His pitching arsenal includes a fastball that ranges between 88-90 MPH, a changeup and a slider.

*The A’s 21st-round pick in 2016, designated hitter Kyle Nowlin, reached base 3 times. He had an RBI single, an RBI double and a walk, and he also scored a run.

*Catcher Collin Theroux struck out 4 times, earning the “Golden Sombrero,” and he now has an unsightly 43.4 K% on the season. The good news for Theroux is that he threw out both runners who tried to steal on him.

 

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A’s Prospect of the Series:

LHP Zack Erwin

(6 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 8 K)

 

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Sunday, July 9th: Toffey Helps Vermont Win 6th Straight in a Walk-Off while Snappers Drop 6th Straight & Sounds Waste Jensen’s Solid Effort

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Third Baseman Will Toffey (2 for 3 / Double / 2 Walks / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Third Baseman Will Toffey (2 for 3 / Double / 2 Walks / 2 RBIs)

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

Hudson Valley Renegades  4

Vermont Lake Monsters    5

WP – Berube 1-0 / 5.40

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Will Toffey

(2 for 3 / Double / 2 Walks / 2 RBIs)

The Lake Monsters notched their sixth straight win, this one in a walk-off, on Sunday. This year’s 4th-round draft pick for the A’s, third baseman Will Toffey, had 2 hits, including a double, drew a pair of walks and drove in the tying and winning runs with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to give Vermont the victory. Second baseman Ryan Gridley doubled in a run and walked twice, while right fielder Anthony Churlin had a pair of hits, and catcher Jordan Devencenzi singled, walked and drove in a run for Vermont. 7th-round RHP Parker Dunshee made the start and tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings, while RHPs Bryce Conley and Wyatt Marks both allowed 2 runs in relief, and RHP Marc Berube picked up the win after tossing a scoreless top of the 9th for the Lake Monsters. Meanwhile, 2nd-round outfielder Greg Deichmann and 9th-round LHP Jared Poche, both out of LSU, were officially added to Vermont’s roster on Sunday.

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Saturday, July 8th: Blanco Pitches VT to 5th Straight Victory while Montas Is Solid in Sounds’ Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Argenis Blanco (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Argenis Blanco (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 8 K)

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

Hudson Valley Renegades  0

Vermont Lake Monsters    7

WP – Blanco 1-2 / 3.54

HR – Churlin (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Argenis Blanco

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

The Lake Monsters won their fifth straight game with their third straight shutout on Saturday. 21-year-old Venezuelan RHP Argenis Blanco allowed just 3 hits and struck out 8 over 6 scoreless innings to earn the victory for Vermont. This year’s 23rd-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Malik Jones, who was just promoted from the Arizona League, tossed 2 scoreless innings in his first appearance for the Lake Monsters, and 19th-round RHP Michael Danielak pitched a perfect 9th to complete the 4-hit shutout on Saturday. Right fielder Anthony Churlin hit a 3-run homer, while catcher Iolana Akau singled, doubled and drove in a run for Vermont in the victory.

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Friday, July 7th: Mondou’s 4 Hits Help Stockton Win 3rd Straight & Vermont Wins in a Walk-Off in 15th

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Second Baseman Nate Mondou (4 for 5 / 2 Triples / Double / Walk / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Second Baseman Nate Mondou (4 for 5 / 2 Triples / Double / Walk / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports         9

Lancaster JetHawks  2

WP – N.Ruiz 1-0 / 4.50

HR – E.White (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Second Baseman Nate Mondou

(4 for 5 / 2 Triples / Double / Walk / 2 RBIs)

The Ports prevailed for the third straight night with the help of hot-hitting second baseman Nate Mondou on Friday. Last year’s 13th-round draft pick for the A’s collected 4 hits, including 2 triples and a double, while also drawing a walk and driving in a pair of runs. The 22-year-old is now 8 for 12 with 3 walks, 3 extra-base hits and 5 RBIs over his last 3 games and is batting .386 since being promoted to the Ports early last week. Shortstop Eli White walked and hit a 2-run homer, while catcher Argenis Raga singled, doubled and drove in a run. 23-year-old Cuban RHP Norge Ruiz looked strong in his second start for Stockton, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings of work to earn his 1st win, while RHP Brandon Bailey gave up 1 run in 3 innings of relief to pick up the save for the Ports.

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Thursday, July 6th: Sounds Win behind Nunez’s Big Bat while Stockton Stages Comeback Win and Hounds Fall in a Walk-Off

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (3 for 5 / 2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (3 for 5 / 2 HRs / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds             11

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  7

WP – Finnegan 1-0 / 5.40

HR – Nunez 2 (24)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

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

Third baseman Renato Nunez did his part to help Nashville snap a four-game skid on Thursday. The 23-year-old Venezuelan collected 3 hits, including a pair of home runs to extend his league-leading total to 24, while also driving in 5 runs. Right fielder Mark Canha singled, doubled twice and scored twice, while first baseman Jermaine Curtis doubled, singled twice, walked and drove in a run, and shortstop Joey Wendle had 2 hits, including a run-scoring triple, for the Sounds. Starter Jesse Hahn allowed 4 runs over 3 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Kyle Finnegan tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, and RHP Simon Castro got the final two outs in the 9th to notch his 4th save for Nashville.

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