Wednesday, April 9th: Wahl Wins 2nd Start for Snappers while Goebbert’s Big Bat Leads Cats to Victory, Ports Come Up Short and Russell Expected to Miss a Month for Midland

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Bobby Wahl (5 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Bobby Wahl (5 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers             3

South Bend Silver Hawks  2

WP – Bragg 1-0 / 1.69

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bobby Wahl

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

RHP Bobby Wahl, the A’s 5th-round pick in last year’s draft, was much more impressive in his second start for the Snappers, allowing just 1 run while striking out 7 in 5 innings of work on Wednesday. And when he left the mound after the bottom of the 5th inning, the game was tied. The 22-year-old was replaced by last year’s 18th-round pick, RHP Sam Bragg, who was equally impressive, allowing 1 run on just 1 hit while striking out 4 in 3 innings of relief to earn the win, while RHP Lee Sosa got the final 3 outs for his 1st save. Outfielder Herschel “Boog” Powell had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while outfielder Tyler Marincov singled, walked twice and scored twice, and shortstop Luis Baez, who entered the game when Chih-Fang Pan exited after the top of the 1st (presumably due to injury) doubled and drove in a run for the Snappers.

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Tuesday, April 8th: Whitaker Helps Hounds Put Up 20 while Herrera Wins 1st Start for Snappers and Cats & Ports Lose Late

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Josh Whitaker (4 for 6 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Josh Whitaker (4 for 6 / HR / 4 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals      8

Midland RockHounds  20

WP – Long 1-0 / 9.82

HR – Whitaker (2), Muncy (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(4 for 6 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

After giving up 20 runs on opening day, the RockHounds struck back with 20 runs of their own on Tuesday night. Outfielder Josh Whitaker was the hitting star for the second straight night, homering in his second consecutive game, collecting 3 singles and driving in 4 runs. Designated hitter Max Muncy singled, homered and drove in 6 runs, while catcher Beau Taylor had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs, and outfielder D’Arby Myers singled, doubled, stole a pair of bases and drove in 3 runs. After a rough first start, RHP Drew Granier gave up just 1 run this time around but only made it through 4 innings after averaging almost 20 pitches per inning. RHP Blake Hassebrock had another rocky outing in relief, surrendering 6 runs, just 2 earned, on 5 hits over 2 innings. RHP Nate Long picked up the win after allowing 1 run in 2 innings of relief, and LHP Jeff Urlaub closed things out with a scoreless 9th for the Hounds.

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Monday, April 7th: Streich Impresses in 1st Stockton Start while Whitaker Helps Hounds Win and Gentry Looks Good to Go in Cats Loss

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Seth Streich (5 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 Stockton Ports Pitcher Seth Streich      (5 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   4

Bakersfield Blaze  1

WP – Streich 1-0 / 1.80

HR – Pinder (1), Robinson (1), Maxwell (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Streich

(5 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

RHP Seth Streich was impressive in his California League debut on Monday, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 6 in 5 innings of work to win his 1st start for Stockton. The 23-year-old held Bakersfield hitless through 4 innings before finally allowing a double in the 5th. RHPs Tucker Healy and Nolan Sanburn followed up with 2 scoreless innings apiece, with Sanburn picking up his 2nd save of the season. Second baseman Chad Pinder, outfielder Dusty Robinson and catcher Bruce Maxwell each homered in the Ports win.

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Sunday, April 6th: Alcantara Impresses in Double-A Debut as Russell Hits DL, Cats & Snappers Win and Ports Get Blanked

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Raul Alcantara (8 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds RHP Raul Alcantara (8 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals    1

Midland RockHounds  2

WP – Alcantara 1-0 / 1.13

HR – Coleman (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

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

Top pitching prospect Raul Alcantara was impressive in his Double-A debut for the RockHounds on Sunday. The 21-year-old allowed just 1 run on 6 hits over 8 innings of work to earn the win for Midland. The Hounds were held scoreless until shortstop Dusty Coleman tagged a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning to give his team the lead. RHP Seth Frankoff then came on to get the last 3 outs and earn his 1st save of the season for Midland. Earlier in the day, the team placed shortstop Addison Russell on the 7-day disabled list with a hamstring strain that resulted from a stolen base attempt on Friday night.

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Saturday, April 5th: Taylor Homers to Lead Cats to Victory while Ports Win, Hounds Lose & Snappers Split Twinbill

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Michael Taylor (Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Michael Taylor (HR / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  12

Salt Lake Bees                    7

WP – Blanton 1-0 / 9.00

HR – Taylor (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

River Cats’ all-time hit-leader Michael Taylor tagged a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning to give Sacramento the lead, and the team never looked back, tacking on ten more runs before the night was through. Taylor doubled in another run, while shortstop Tyler Ladendorf singled, doubled and drove in 3, outfielder Jake Goebbert tripled, doubled and drove in 2, and third baseman Alden Carrithers collected 3 hits and drove in a pair. Joe Blanton, making his first start since returning to the A’s organization, allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, on 9 hits over 5 innings of work to pick up the win for the Cats.

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Friday, April 4th: McKinney Goes Deep Twice in Ports Loss while Neal Leads Midland to Shutout Win and Murphy Drops Cats Debut

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Outfielder Billy McKinney (2 Home Runs)

Stockton Ports Outfielder Billy McKinney (2 Home Runs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  3

Visalia Rawhide   4

LP – Ynoa 1-0 / 6.75

HR – McKinney 2 (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Billy McKinney

(2 Home Runs)

2013’s top draft pick for the A’s, outfielder Billy McKinney, seems to be adapting nicely to the California League. On Friday, the 19-year-old tagged two home runs in two consecutive at-bats in the 3rd and 5th innings. Both solo shots tied the game at the time, though Stockton would ultimately go on to lose the contest. With the game tied in the bottom of the 9th inning, after getting the first out, RHP Michael Ynoa allowed a single, then followed it up with two wild pitches, allowing the runner to reach third, and the winning run eventually came around to score on a fielding error by second baseman Chad Pinder. Starter Tim Atherton allowed 2 runs in 4 innings of work and, in his professional pitching debut with the Ports, former outfielder Jeremy Barfield struck out 3 and gave up 1 run in 2 innings, while RHP Tucker Healy tossed 1 perfect inning in relief. Designated hitter Renato Nunez collected 3 hits on his 20th birthday, while catcher Bruce Maxwell had a pair of hits and drove in a run in the loss.

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Thursday, April 3rd: Ports Pull Out the Win Behind Nunez’s Big Bat while Cats, Hounds & Snappers All Fall on Opening Night

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Third Baseman Renato Nunez (2 Doubles / RBI)

Stockton Ports Third Baseman Renato Nunez (2 Doubles / RBI)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  4

Visalia Rawhide   1

WP – Hall 1-0 / 0.00

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(2 Doubles / RBI)

Just one day before his 20th birthday, third baseman Renato Nunez got off to a great start for Stockton, doubling twice and driving in a run to help the team win its opening contest on Thursday. Fellow prospects Daniel Robertson, Matt Olson and Billy McKinney all collected their first hits for the Ports. McKinney was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double, but he stole a base earlier in the game, while outfielder Bobby Crocker walked twice and swiped a pair. Meanwhile, the A’s 3rd overall pick in last year’s draft, Chad Pinder, went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and made a throwing error in his first game at Stockton and his first game at second base. Starter Josh Bowman allowed 1 run on 2 hits over 3 innings before leaving with an unspecified injury with no outs in the bottom of the 4th inning. He was relieved by RHP Kris Hall who picked up the win by striking out 3 in 2 perfect innings of work. RHP Ryan Doolittle struck out the side after giving up a double in the 6th. He was followed by rehabbing RHP Ryan Cook who retired the side in order in the 7th, and RHP Nolan Sanburn earned his 1st career save by striking out 3 in 2 scoreless innings of relief.

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River Cats, RockHounds, Ports & Snappers Opening Day Rosters

Raley Field in Sacramento

Raley Field in Sacramento

Here they are – the official opening day rosters for the A’s four full-season affiliates who will all be starting their seasons on Thursday. Beloit will kick off the day’s action at 4:30pm PDT, followed by Midland at 5:00pm PDT, then Sacramento at 5:35pm PDT, and finally Stockton at 7:00pm PDT. We know that RHP Drew Granier will be the opening day starter for Midland and RHP Bobby Wahl will get the call for Beloit, while Sacramento’s and Stockton’s opening day starters have yet to be officially announced. Be sure to follow @AthleticsFarm on Twitter all day Thursday for updates on all the opening day action.

 

Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt

SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

(Pacific Coast League – Triple-A)

-CATCHERS-

Stephen Vogt*, Ryan Ortiz

-INFIELDERS-

Nate Freiman*, Anthony Aliotti, Jose Martinez, Alden Carrithers, Hiro Nakajima, Tyler Ladendorf, (DL- Jake Elmore*)

-OUTFIELDERS-

Shane Peterson*, Kent Matthes*, Jake Goebbert, Michael Taylor

-STARTING PITCHERS-

Joe Blanton, Arnold Leon*, Matt Buschmann, Sean Murphy, Josh Lindblom*

-RELIEF PITCHERS-

Philip Humber, Deryk Hooker, Jeremy McBryde, Jose Flores, Fernando Nieve, Paul Smyth, Joe Savery*, Eric Berger, Fernando Rodriguez* (Rehab Assignment)

*40-Man Roster

NOTE: The A’s removed IF Hiro Nakajima from the 40-man roster on Wednesday and officially outrighted him to Sacramento. OF Michael Taylor cleared waivers on Thursday and was outrighted to Sacramento. IF Jake Elmore was placed on the DL on Thursday, and IF Tyler Ladendorf was promoted from Midland.

 

Addison Russell

Addison Russell

MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS

(Texas League – Double-A)

-CATCHERS-

Ryan Lipkin, Beau Taylor

-INFIELDERS-

Max Muncy, Dusty Coleman, Addison Russell, Jefry Marte, Miles Head, Antonio Lamas

-OUTFIELDERS-

Billy Burns, D’Arby Myers, Chad Oberacker, Josh Whitaker, Conner Crumbliss

-STARTING PITCHERS-

Zach Neal, Drew Granier, Raul Alcantara*, Tanner Peters, Chris Jensen

-RELIEF PITCHERS-

Murphy Smith, Nate Long, Ryan Dull, Blake Hassebrock, Seth Frankoff, Jesus Castillo, Andrew Werner, Jeff Urlaub, (DL-Frank Gailey)

*40-Man Roster

 

Billy McKinney

Billy McKinney

STOCKTON PORTS

(California League – High-A)

-CATCHERS-

Bruce Maxwell, Ryan Gorton

-INFIELDERS-

Matt Olson, Chad Pinder, Wade Kirkland, Daniel Robertson, Renato Nunez, Ryon Healy

-OUTFIELDERS

Bobby Crocker, Dusty Robinson, Aaron Shipman, Billy McKinney

-STARTING PITCHERS-

Josh Bowman, Manny Correa, Seth Streich, Shawn Haviland, Tim Atherton

-RELIEF PITCHERS-

Nolan Sanburn, Michael Ynoa*, Jonathan Joseph, Ryan Doolittle, Tucker Healy, Kris Hall, Austin House, Jeremy Barfield, (DL-Omar Duran)

*40-Man Roster

 

B.J. Boyd

B.J. Boyd

BELOIT SNAPPERS

(Midwest League – Class-A)

-CATCHERS-

Phil Pohl, Andy Paz

-INFIELDERS-

Ryan Huck, Melvin Mercedes, Chih-Fang Pan, Sam Roberts, B.A. Vollmuth, Michael Soto

-OUTFIELDERS-

Ryan Mathews, B.J. Boyd, Boog Powell, Tyler Marincov, (DL-Jaycob Brugman)

-STARTING PITCHERS-

Dylan Covey, Kyle Finnegan, Lou Trivino, Ronald Herrera, Bobby Wahl

-RELIEF PITCHERS-

Andres Avila, Stuart Pudenz, Trevor Bayless, Sam Bragg, Lee Sosa, Chris Lamb, Brent Powers, Matt Stalcup

 

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A Swingin’ A’s Music Video To Start The Season Off Right!

Last week, we brought you a great little ditty from The Baseball Project called “They Are The Oakland A’s.” And this week, we’ve decided to take it to another level by putting together our own video for the song filled with highlights from the team’s last two seasons and more. So be sure to check it out and get yourself in the green and gold groove for the season!

Our favorite line has to be, “Young and hungry, small payroll, but Billy Beane loves rock & roll.” And we can confirm that the A’s rock-and-roll-loving GM has heard the song and does approve! If you’re interested, you can find out more about the band – which features members of R.E.M., the Dream Syndicate and Young Fresh Fellows – and their new album, 3rd, at their website here.

 

 

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Projected A’s, River Cats, RockHounds, Ports & Snappers Opening Day Rosters

**4/1 UPDATE: Official opening day rosters for all the A’s minor league affiliates are here…

SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

Catchers – Vogt, Ortiz

Infielders – Freiman, Aliotti, Martinez, Carrithers, Elmore, Nakajima

Outfielders – Peterson, Matthes, Goebbert, Crumbliss

Starting Pitchers – Blanton, Leon, Lindblom, Buschmann, Murphy

Relief Pitchers – Humber, Hooker, McBryde, Flores, Smyth, Nieve, Savery, Berger

(+Rodriguez – Rehab Assignment)

MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS

Catchers – Lipkin, Taylor

Infielders – Muncy, Coleman, Ladendorf, Russell, Marte, Head

Outfielders – Burns, Myers, Oberacker, Whitaker

Starting Pitchers – Neal, Granier, Alcantara, Peters, Jensen

Relief Pitchers – Werner, Urlaub, Gailey, Dull, Hassebrock, Frankoff, Long, Castillo, Smith

STOCKTON PORTS

Catchers – Maxwell, Gorton

Infielders – Olson, Pinder, Kirkland, Robertson, Nunez, Healy

Outfielders – Crocker, Robinson, Shipman, McKinney

Starting Pitchers – Correa, Bowman, Streich, Haviland, Sanburn

Relief Pitchers – Atherton, Ynoa, Joseph, Doolittle, Healy, Hall, House, Duran, Barfield

BELOIT SNAPPERS

Catchers – Pohl, Paz

Infielders – Huck, Mercedes, Pan, Roberts, Vollmuth, Soto

Outfielders – Boyd, Brugman, Marincov, Mathews. Powell

Starting Pitchers – Covey, Finnegan, Herrera, Trivino, Wahl

Relief Pitchers – Avila, Bragg, Bayless, Sosa, Pudenz, Lamb, Powers, Stalcup

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*3/31 UPDATE: By now, everyone’s certainly heard about the makeup of the A’s opening day roster, but it looks like the River Cats and RockHounds rosters are now pretty much set as well. Here’s how they break down…

SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

Catchers – Vogt, Montz, Ortiz

Infielders – Freiman, Aliotti, Nakajima, Elmore, Carrithers, Perez

Outfielders – Peterson, Matthes, Goebbert, Crumbliss

Starting Pitchers – Leon, Lindblom, Buschmann, Murphy

(+Pomeranz once Cook returns from the DL)

Relief Pitchers – Humber, Hooker, McBryde, Flores, Smyth, Nieve, Savery, Berger

MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS

Catchers – Lipkin, Taylor

Infielders – Muncy, Coleman, Ladendorf, Russell, Marte, Head

Outfielder – Burns, Myers, Oberacker, Whitaker

Starting Pitchers – Neal, Granier, Alcantara, Peters, Jensen

Relief Pitchers – Werner, Urlaub, Gailey, Dull, Hassebrock, Frankoff, Long, Castillo, Smith

*          *          *

arDSC02964exMajor and minor league rosters for the A’s and their affiliates have not yet been officially announced. Keeping in mind that the organization typically carries 13 pitchers and 12 position players on most minor league rosters, here’s our best educated guess as to how each team’s opening day roster is likely to look. The assumption is still that outfielder Michael Taylor and catcher Chris Gimenez will both either be traded or claimed off waivers. If either ends up remaining in the organization, then those behind them will end up getting knocked down a notch. But there still appears to be an overload of position players at Double-A Midland. And if a couple of players at Midland or Sacramento don’t end up being added to the disabled list before the season starts, then a couple of cuts will have to be made. It’s also expected that outfielder Craig Gentry and reliever Ryan Cook will be activated from the disabled list after the first five games of the regular season, which should result in Sam Fuld and Joe Savery (assuming he makes the roster over Drew Pomeranz) being sent to Sacramento.

 

OAKLAND A’S

–HITTERS–

John Jaso C

Derek Norris C

Josh Donaldson 3B

Jed Lowrie SS

Eric Sogard 2B

Nick Punto 2B-SS

Daric Barton 1B

Alberto Callaspo 1B-3B

Brandon Moss 1B-DH

Yoenis Cespedes OF

Coco Crisp OF

Josh Reddick OF

Sam Fuld OF

(Craig Gentry OF – DL)

–STARTERS–

Sonny Gray RHP

Scott Kazmir RHP

Dan Straily RHP

Jesse Chavez RHP

Tommy Milone LHP

(A.J. Griffin RHP – DL)

(Jarrod Parker RHP – DL)

–RELIEVERS–

Jim Johnson RHP

Luke Gregerson RHP

Dan Otero RHP

Evan Scribner RHP

Sean Doolittle LHP

Fernando Abad LHP

Joe Savery LHP

(Ryan Cook RHP – DL)

(Fernando Rodriguez RHP – DL)

(Eric O’Flaherty LHP – DL)

 

SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

–HITTERS–

Stephen Vogt C

Ryan Ortiz C

Luke Montz C-DH

Nate Freiman 1B-DH

Anthony Aliotti 1B-DH

Hiro Nakajima 3B-SS-2B

Jake Elmore SS-2B-3B

Jose Martinez 2B-SS-3B

Alden Carrithers OF-2B

Kent Matthes OF

Shane Peterson OF

Jake Goebbert OF

(Dusty Brown C – DL)

[Chris Gimenez C – Out Of Options / Traded or Claimed Off Waivers]

[Michael Taylor OF – Out Of Options / Traded or Claimed Off Waivers]

–STARTERS–

Drew Pomeranz LHP

Josh Lindblom RHP

Arnold Leon RHP

Matt Buschmann RHP

Zach Neal RHP

–RELIEVERS–

Fernando Nieve RHP

Philip Humber RHP

Deryk Hooker RHP

Jeremy McBryde RHP

Jose Flores RHP

Paul Smyth RHP

Andrew Werner LHP

Jeff Urlaub LHP

 

MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS

(With an abundance of position players at Midland, 2 would have to be cut from this roster unless there are other players who are added to the DL at Midland or Sacramento)

–HITTERS–

Ryan Lipkin C

Beau Taylor C

Addison Russell SS

Darwin Perez 2B-SS

Dusty Coleman 2B-SS

Max Muncy 1B

Jefry Marte 3B

Miles Head 3B-1B

Tyler Ladendorf IF-OF

Billy Burns OF

Conner Crumbliss OF

D’Arby Myers OF

Chad Oberacker OF

Josh Whitaker OF

–STARTERS–

Murphy Smith RHP

Sean Murphy RHP

Drew Granier RHP

Raul Alcantara RHP

Tanner Peters RHP

–RELIEVERS–

Jesus Castillo RHP

Nate Long RHP

Ryan Dull RHP

Blake Hassebrock RHP

Seth Frankoff RHP

Jonathan Joseph RHP

Frank Gailey LHP

Trey Barham LHP

 

STOCKTON PORTS

–HITTERS–

Bruce Maxwell C

Phil Pohl C

Matt Olson 1B

Antonio Lamas 2B

Daniel Robertson SS

Renato Nunez 3B

Wade Kirkland 2B-SS

B.A. Vollmuth 3B-1B

Bobby Crocker OF

Myrio Richard OF

Dusty Robinson OF

Rashun Dixon OF

–STARTERS–

Chris Jensen RHP

Manny Correa RHP

Josh Bowman RHP

Seth Streich RHP

Nolan Sanburn / Shawn Haviland RHP

–RELIEVERS–

Nolan Sanburn / Shawn Haviland RHP

Tim Atherton RHP

Michael Ynoa RHP

Tucker Healy RHP

Austin House RHP

Ryan Doolittle RHP

Jeremy Barfield LHP

Omar Duran LHP

 

BELOIT SNAPPERS

–HITTERS–

Nick Rickles C

Ryan Gorton C

Ryan Huck 1B

Melvin Mercedes 2B

Chad Pinder SS

Ryon Healy 3B

Sam Roberts IF

Billy McKinney OF

Aaron Shipman OF

Ryan Mathews OF

Brett Vertigan OF

B.J. Boyd OF

–STARTERS–

Brent Powers LHP

Andres Avila RHP

Dylan Covey RHP

Kyle Finnegan RHP

Ronald Herrera RHP

–RELIEVERS–

Lou Trivino RHP

Kris Hall RHP

Bobby Wahl RHP

Chris Kohler LHP

Chris Lamb LHP

Sam Bragg RHP

Dominique Vattuone RHP

Trevor Bayless RHP

 

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