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Wednesday, May 15th: Peters & Murphy Pitch Ports & Hounds to Victory while Snappers Lose in Extras

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports’ Pitcher Tanner Peters (8 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / Win)

Stockton Ports’ Pitcher Tanner Peters   (8 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

Frisco RoughRiders  4

WP – Murphy 1-1 / 2.17

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

Starter Sean Murphy had another solid outing for the RockHounds on Wednesday, allowing just 2 hits over 6 scoreless innings to earn the win. Outfielder D’Arby Myers, catcher Beau Taylor and first baseman Anthony Aliotti each drove in a pair of runs, while outfielder Chad Oberacker and designated hitter Jake Goebbert contributed 3 hits apiece for Midland.

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A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2013

Last year's top prospect Jarrod Parker - who will be the next to make it big?

Last year’s top prospect Jarrod Parker – who will be the next to make it big?

With the first A’s players set to report to spring training camp just days from now, it’s time to present A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2013. We’ve combined a total of eight different A’s prospect lists to come up with a consensus list that reflects the broadest base of wisdom where A’s prospects are concerned.

You can find the prospect lists that we used to compile our consensus list at the very end of this piece. Some of the eight lists we’ve selected are better known and some are lesser known, but they’ve all been selected because they represent intelligent and informed opinions about the A’s system. For the purposes of this list, we’ve looked at the top ten picks from each list and assigned points to each player as follows: 10 points for each first place finish, 9 points for second, 8 for third, all the way on down to 1 point for each tenth place finish.

It’s important to note that most prospect lists were compiled before pitching prospects A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock were dealt away. A few folks have updated their lists since then, but most have not. So rather than have the pair included on some older lists and not on some of the newer ones, we’ve chosen to use the original prospect lists that included them both for the sake of comparison.

Now that that’s clear, the other thing that’s clear is that the list breaks into a few clear groupings. The top group of vote-getters was comprised of young shortstop Addison Russell, right-handed hurler Dan Straily, outfielder Michael Choice and right-hander A.J. Cole, who was dealt back to the Nationals in the John Jaso trade – these four players were included in the top half of most lists. The next group was comprised of pitching prospects Sonny Gray and Brad Peacock along with hitting prospects Grant Green and Miles Head – and these four players were included in the bottom half of most lists.

After that, the selections start to get a little more unpredictable, with infielders Daniel Robertson and Renato Nunez clearly being the most popular vote-getters amongst the next group of players. And since Cole and Peacock are no longer with the organization, we’ve decided to include the next top two vote-getters – Nolan Sanburn at #11 and Chris Bostick at #12 – as bonus additions to the list.

So without any further ado, let’s take a look at A’s Farm’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List for 2013…

 

A’S FARM’S CONSENSUS TOP 10 PROSPECT LIST (+2)

#1 – Addison Russell (SS) – 78 points / 8 lists

#2 – Dan Straily (SP) – 64 points / 8 lists

#3 – Michael Choice (OF) – 63 points / 8 lists

#4 – A.J. Cole (SP) – 61 points / 8 lists *

#5 – Sonny Gray (SP) – 41 points / 8 lists

#6 – Brad Peacock (SP) – 39 points / 8 lists *

#7 – Grant Green (IF-OF) – 32 points / 7 lists

#8 – Miles Head (3B) – 25 points / 8 lists

#9 – Daniel Robertson (SS-3B) – 18 points / 7 lists

#10 – Renato Nunez (3B) – 10 points / 4 lists

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#11 – Nolan Sanburn (SP) – 3 points / 2 lists

#12 – Chris Bostick (2B-SS) – 3 points / 1 list

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* No longer with organization

 

arfPCk2bFI2#1 ADDISON RUSSELL

(78 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 19

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

Making the top spot on 7 of our 8 lists, the A’s top pick in last year’s draft was not only the star of the A’s 2012 draft class but was also the star of the team’s entire minor league system. And it didn’t take long for Russell to quickly become a favorite amongst A’s fans who had their eyes on the future. The Florida native earned it by tearing through three levels of minor league ball at the age of 18, and he’s currently expected to start 2013 with the Stockton Ports in the High-A California League at the age of 19. In 217 at-bats in the Arizona League, the NY-Penn League and the Midwest League in 2012, Russell had 10 doubles, 9 triples, 7 home runs and 16 stolen bases with an impressive .369/.432/.594 slash line. He didn’t disappoint in the field either, showing nice range and a good arm. The bottom line is that Russell is very young, very talented and very hard-working, and there’s no reason that he shouldn’t rise as quickly as his performance demands.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Stockton Ports (A)

 

dsstraily-dan3#2 DAN STRAILY

(64 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2009 – 24th Round

The former 24th-round draft pick started the season as a bit of an unknown quantity in the A’s system and didn’t make anyone’s top 10 list prior to the 2012 season. But Straily put himself on the map rather quickly last year and didn’t let up, starting the season at Double-A Midland and ending it in Oakland. The Oregon native led all A’s minor leaguers in strikeouts (190), ERA (2.78) and WHIP (1.00) in 152 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, and posted a 3.89 ERA in 7 late-season starts with the A’s. With five starters ahead of him on the team’s current depth chart, Straily’s expected to spend the early part of the season at Sacramento. But like most #6 starters, it likely won’t be long before his services are needed, and we can probably expect to be seeing the right-hander back at the big league level again before long in 2013.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Sacramento River Cats (AAA)

 

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(63 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2010 – 1st Round

Big things were expected this year from the A’s 2010 1st-round draft pick after Choice hit 30 home runs at High-A Stockton in 2011. But the right-handed slugger got off to a slow start in the first half at Double-A Midland, showing very little of the power that had garnered him so much attention in the first place. Then just when it looked like he might have been starting to come around, Choice suffered a broken hand when he was hit by a pitch, and that was the end of the outfielder’s season. He finished with 10 home runs and a .287/.356/.423 slash line in 359 at-bats. The A’s still believe in Choice though and currently plan on having him play center field for Sacramento in 2013 and letting him show what he’s capable of doing at Triple-A.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Sacramento River Cats (AAA)

 

#4 A.J. COLE

(61 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2010 – 4th Round

When he was acquired from the Nationals last year in the Gio Gonzalez deal, Cole was considered a highly prized prospect. But the big right-hander got off to a horrific start with High-A Stockton, going 0-7 with a 7.82 ERA in 8 starts, before being demoted to Class-A Burlington. He quickly turned it around in the Midwest League though, striking out 102 in 95 2/3 innings while posting a much more impressive 2.07 ERA. Cole’s rough start may have planted enough seeds of doubt in the minds of the A’s front office though that the team was willing to ship him back to Washington as part of the deal to get their mitts on catcher John Jaso.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Potomac Nationals (A-Washington)

 

sgsonnygray_large1#5 SONNY GRAY

(41 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2011 – 1st Round

Just like Michael Choice, Gray was a former A’s 1st-round draft pick whom the team was expecting big things from at Double-A Midland in 2012. And just like Choice, Gray got off to a bit of a shaky start. But the right-hander looked better as the season wore on and he seemed to gain greater command of his stuff. Gray finished up at Midland with a 4.14 ERA in 26 starts before getting one final start at Sacramento, where he’s expected to begin the season as the A’s top pitching prospect right behind fellow right-hander Dan Straily.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Sacramento River Cats (AAA)

 

bp140238660_display_image#6 BRAD PEACOCK

(39 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2006 – 41st Round

Peacock came over from the Nationals last year as one of the three young pitchers the A’s received in the Gio Gonzalez deal. He ended up kicking off the season in Sacramento and was looking like he might be just about ready for the big leagues when he hit a horrible stretch for about a month and a half in the summer. Peacock was getting knocked around badly just about every time out, and the word was that his fastball command had completely deserted him. The right-hander seemed to get it back together again during the last month or so of the season, but he still finished the year with an ERA of 6.01 in 134 2/3 innings. Most of that damage to his ERA occurred during that rough month and a half in the summer, but it obviously was enough to make the A’s a little more comfortable including him in the package of players they shipped to the Astros in the Jed Lowrie trade.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA-Houston)

 

#7 GRANT GREEN

(32 points / 7 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Infielder/Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2009 – 1st Round

The fourth 1st-round draft pick to appear on our list, Green was originally selected by the A’s in 2009 as a shortstop but has since been tried at almost every other position on the diamond. Last year, Green started off playing center field before moving over to left. But he spent most of the second half bouncing around the infield, with 19 games at shortstop, 19 games at second base and 11 games at third base. The organization hasn’t felt totally comfortable with Green at any position in the field, but his newfound versatility could aid his chances of eventually making the roster. The southern California native had a bounce-back year at the plate in 2013 after seeing his numbers drop off a bit at Double-A Midland in 2011. Green finished 2012 with 15 home runs and a slash line of .296/.338/.458 in 524 at-bats at Sacramento. And he figures to start 2013 there again, waiting for an opening to finally find his way on to the big league roster.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Sacramento River Cats (AAA)

 

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(25 points / 8 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2009 – 26th Round

Head was acquired, along with Josh Reddick and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara, from Boston last year in the deal that sent Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox. The big third baseman had an unbelievable first half at High-A Stockton, bashing 23 doubles and 18 home runs in just 267 at-bats while posting a truly impressive slash line of .382/.433/.715. The Georgia native spent the second half at Double-A Midland, where he put up a much more mortal .272/.338/.404 slash line in 234 at-bats. Head will likely get the chance to master the Texas League again in 2013. He played all but a handful of games at third base last year, and the team hopes that Head will stick at third, but it’s still quite possible that he could end up at first base before all is said and done.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Midland RockHounds (AA)

 

drdanielrobertson_mlb_display_image#9 DANIEL ROBERTSON

(18 points / 7 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Shortstop/Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 19

Drafted 2012 – 1st Round

Robertson was the A’s second overall draft pick last year, right behind fellow shortstop Addison Russell. And like Russell, Robertson got off to a solid start in rookie ball, posting a .297/.405/.554 slash line in 101 at-bats. He was pushed to third base while he and Russell were both on the squad but, once Robertson got to Class-A Vermont, he spent most of his time back at shortstop. Robertson had a little more trouble at the plate in the NY-Penn League though, putting up a .181/.238/.234 slash line and striking out about once every three at-bats. Robertson should start the season there again, where his innate talent will undoubtedly allow the 19-year-old to figure things out over the course of the year and do whatever he needs to do to get ready to advance to the next level.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Vermont Lake Monsters (A)

 

rnnc3bac3b1ez-renato3#10 RENATO NUNEZ

(10 points / 4 lists)

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 19

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

The A’s invested heavily in Nunez when the team reportedly gave the young Venezuelan slugger $2.2 million to sign back in 2010. And there’s no question that Nunez seems to have a pretty special bat. Last year in rookie ball, he put up a .325/.403/.550 slash line with 18 doubles in 160 at-bats. But in the field, Nunez made 7 errors in just 30 games at third base, botching 1 in every 10 chances at the hot corner. He’ll move up the chain as fast as his bat can carry him, but the A’s will obviously have to figure out how and where to make sense of him in the field.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Vermont Lake Monsters (A)

 

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(3 points / 2 lists)

Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2012 – 2nd Round

The A’s fifth overall draft pick last year, Sanburn was the first pitcher selected by the A’s in the 2012 draft. A hard-throwing right-hander out of the University of Arkansas, Sanburn didn’t sign right away but got off to a good start last year while making it into 7 games with Class-A Vermont. Sanburn posted a 3.86 ERA while maintaining a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and the A’s hope that the 21-year-old has what it takes to move up the ladder quickly.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Beloit Snappers (A)

 

cbC.-Bostick2#12 CHRIS BOSTICK

(3 points / 1 list)

Right-Handed Hitting Second Baseman/Shortstop

Age On Opening Day: 20

Drafted 2011 – 44th Round

Bostick was hardly high on anyone’s radar when he was drafted in the 44th-round in 2011, but lots of folks seem to think he does a lot of things the right way – and baseball people like that. Bostick spent most of last season playing second base at Class-A Vermont but also spent a little time at shortstop. His .251/.325/.369 slash line wasn’t remarkable, but he was still just 19 last season. And if Bostick keeps playing the game the right way, he’ll continue to be given the chance to go out there and play and see how far his talents will take him.

Likely To Start 2013 With: Beloit Snappers (A)

 

Last Year’s Consensus Top 10 Prospect List

 

Baseball America’s Top A’s Prospects

Jonathan Mayo’s Top A’s Prospects

John Sickels’ Top A’s Prospects

Oakland Clubhouse’s Top A’s Prospects

Bleacher Report’s Top A’s Prospects

MLB Dirt’s Top A’s Prospects

Bullpen Banter’s Top A’s Prospects

Prospect 361’s Top A’s Prospects 

 

 

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A’s Assistant GM David Forst On New Catcher John Jaso, New Shortstop Hiro Nakajima, And The Importance Of Team Chemistry

David Forst

David Forst: Hoping ‘Hiro’ translates into ‘Hero’

As part of A’s FanFest this past weekend, a few members of the A’s staff took some time out to attend a bloggers-only press conference in the bowels of the Oracle Arena. One of those who stopped in to chat with us was A’s assistant general manager David Forst. And A’s Farm was especially eager to find out what it was that got the A’s front office so excited about shortstop Hiro Nakajima…

 

On the team’s belief that Japanese shortstop Hiro Nakajima could succeed in the major leagues…

I did not actually see him myself. We have a number of guys who’ve seen him back through the WBC in 2009 – a lot of our pro scouts, our international guys. Part of it is based on the numbers. His offensive numbers do translate well based on what other Japanese players have done here. But the reports, not only scouting reports, but from other players who’ve played with him – I think we mentioned Bob Melvin had talked to Ichiro and to Hideki about him. The guys who’ve done well over here are guys who have some leadership over there, who have the personality, who aren’t as affected by the off-the-field things that they gave to adjust to, which are huge. We saw that with Yoenis too – there’s so much that foreign players have to deal with aside from just baseball. We felt like he’d be able to handle that stuff, so his talent would play. Defensively, that’s the hardest thing for us to predict, because we don’t have the same metrics we have on the offensive side. But our reports are good – the hands, the arm strength. All the things you look for from a scouting perspective, we feel pretty good about…we do think he can play the position.

 

On evaluating defensive metrics…

The key on defense is to have everything sort of match up. If you’re looking at Range Factor and UZR and all the stuff that takes into account the Field f/x stuff, the SportVision data, the key is to have everything match up. So if you have conflicting reports, that’s when you sort of look at your scouting reports. I think you only feel good about defensive stats when things are aligned across the board.

 

On the team’s strategy in this year’s amateur draft…

We got together with (scouting director) Eric Kubota and his guys a couple weeks ago just to sort of go over the list. It’s a lot deeper in college players this year – both pitching and position players. We certainly didn’t set out to take a bunch of high school guys last year. That’s just where we felt like the talent was. But it is deeper in the college level…We’ve obviously traded away a lot of pitching. We have pitching here, and then there’s a little bit of a gap after guys like Brad Peacock and Sonny Gray. There’s a gap down to A ball, and having traded A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen kind of opened that gap up a little bit…Obviously you always need to replenish your pitching every year.

 

John Jaso: Object of the A's affection

John Jaso: Object of the A’s affection

On the acquisition of catcher John Jaso

He’s been on the target list for a while. You look at what he did in the minor leagues, the type of offensive player he was – he’s certainly the kind of guy that historically we’ve coveted. And he had a year in Seattle where he really finally broke out offensively. So as we watched him a lot over the course of the season, seeing him in our division, he was certainly a guy we thought about towards the end of the season and all off-season and figured out a way to see if Seattle would part with him. And it obviously took a long time for (Mariners’ general manager) Jack Zduriencik to come around. And getting Mike Morse was the piece that he needed. In fact, one of our pro scouts, Craig Weissmann, was an amateur guy with Tampa when he signed Jaso originally in the draft. So we’ve kind of had our eye on John for a while.

 

On trading pitching prospect A.J. Cole back to the Nationals in the John Jaso deal…

(Nationals’ general manager) Mike Rizzo had said a couple times in the last twelve months how disappointed he was in having given up A.J., so Billy sort of knew in the back of his head that that was going to get us in the door. And when things sort of matched up, he knew Seattle wanted Morse. And obviously Rizzo knew we didn’t have interest in Morse, but we were able to say, “Hey Mike, if you’re still interested in A.J., we might be able to work something out here.”

 

On pitchers’ workloads…

We’re always aware of it. It’s something that we constantly talk about. (A’s pitching coach) Curt Young does a great job of keeping track of these guys start by start and then on a three-starts-by-three-starts basis. But it’s certainly not a situation where we’re going in saying we’re going to cut pitcher A off here or whatever. Our trainers do a lot of work in between starts, and they do a good job of keeping track of historical comps for each guy. So whether it’s Jarrod Parker, who increased his workload significantly last year, or Brett Anderson, who had a limited workload because of the injury, I think we have the best feel for them just because our trainers have their hands on these guys after each start. So I expect that we will continuously talk about and be aware of it, but I don’t imagine that anyone will have a limit set on them to start the season.

 

Bartolo Colon: Added depth - and width

Bartolo Colon: Added depth – and width

On the possible need for the team to add more veteran pitching depth…

Obviously we’re aware that a lot of what we accomplished last year was based a lot on our starting pitching depth, and the fact that we ended up using 7-8-9 starters who were effective. The fact that Travis Blackley is still here obviously and can fill that role and you expect a full season out of Brett Anderson, we felt like adding Bartolo Colon was probably as much as we needed to do. At the same time, it’s just not easy to add those veteran guys when, on paper, you have a rotation like we do. It’s not necessarily an attractive place for a veteran guy to come and have to make the team or fight for it. So we feel like, with A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily in the 5-6 spot, with Brad Peacock and Sonny Gray at AAA, with Travis here being able to be a swing man, we feel like there is the depth there to get it done.

 

On clubhouse chemistry…

There’s no doubt that clubhouse culture is important, and it starts with Bob Melvin - that’s the most important thing. He set the tone for those guys, and they kind of followed his lead, which isn’t the case everywhere. I think there’s been a lot made of Jonny Gomes leaving and Brandon Inge, and you’re never going to keep all 25 guys together. But…we like the mix we have – personalities combined with guys who take it seriously on the field. But also you have a bunch of guys who should continue to get better, whether that’s about age or getting a chance to play everyday, this team should not have guys who regress – they should continue to trend upwards.

 

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A’s Deal Pitchers of the Future for Catcher of the Present

John Jaso: Along with the hirsute Derek Norris, the A's could boast the most bearded catching tandem in the major leagues in 2013

John Jaso: Along with the hirsute Derek Norris, the A’s could boast the most bearded catching tandem in the major leagues.

It was announced on Wednesday that the A’s had acquired catcher John Jaso from the Seattle Mariners as part of a three-team deal that sent A’s minor league pitchers A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen, along with a player to be named later, to the Washington Nationals, who sent first baseman-outfielder Michael Morse to the Mariners. As a result of the trade, catcher George Kottaras, who had just signed a $1 million deal with the A’s earlier in the week, was designated for assignment. Kottaras, and his contract, will presumably be traded by the A’s sometime within the next ten days.

The left-handed hitting Kottaras became expendable with the arrival of Jaso, who also bats left-handed. Kottaras and the right-handed hitting Derek Norris were expected to split the A’s catching duties fairly evenly in 2013. But with Jaso, who hits right-handers far better than he handles left-handers, now in the fold, the arrangement is likely to become much more of a strict platoon, with Jaso getting most of the starts against right-handed pitchers and Norris getting most of the starts against left-handers – who represent no more than a quarter of all major league starters. This will give the 23-year-old Norris the chance to develop at his own pace, without the pressure of having to carry too much of the load right away.

Many A’s fans had been clamoring for an upgrade behind the plate, and this deal gives them just that. But some hard-core A’s followers were upset that the team gave up so much promising young pitching talent in the trade. The loss of Cole, who came over just last year in the Gio Gonzalez deal with the Nationals (to whom he now returns), particularly rankled many fans. The 21-year-old right-hander was considered one of the A’s top three pitching prospects, along with Brad Peacock and Sonny Gray, while Blake Treinen was the A’s 7th-round draft pick in 2011.

A.J. Cole: Back from whence ye came

A.J. Cole: Back from whence ye came!

The 24-year-old Treinen was a little inconsistent at High-A Stockton last year. While he had a 4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, he posted an ERA of 4.37 and gave up a little over 10 hits per 9 innings while barely managing 100 innings between the starting rotation and the bullpen. Meanwhile, Cole had a disastrous start to his season at Stockton, going winless in 8 starts while compiling an astronomical ERA of 7.82. But after being sent down to Class-A Burlington in the Midwest League, he bounced back to post an impressive 2.07 ERA while striking out 102 in 95 2/3 innings. And his late-season turnaround gave many A’s fans great hope for his future.

The bottom line though is that neither of these two pitchers has ever thrown a pitch above A ball. And while they may one day develop into quality pitchers, they both still have a long way to go. The 29-year-old Jaso may not be an All-Star, but he is a major leaguer, and at least the A’s feel they know what they’re getting with him. The team clearly preferred a major league catcher in the hand to two minor leaguers in the bush leagues!

As for Jaso’s past performance, since he’ll really only be expected to carry the load against right-handed pitchers, the fact that he’s never shown any ability to hit left-handers is irrelevant. All that really matters is what he can do against righties. And last year, Jaso carried an impressive .302/.419/.508 slash line against right-handers. That’s compared to Kottaras’s .207/.335/.434 slash line against righties last year. Though neither Jaso nor Kottaras is likely to win any Gold Gloves, it’s a clear upgrade at the plate from the catching position for the A’s.

Jaso has a particular knack for getting on base – last year he walked an average of once every 6 plate appearances against right-handers while batting over .300 against them. He also has a knack for hitting doubles – last year Jaso doubled once every 15 ½ at-bats while Kottaras doubled just once every 28 ½ at-bats. So if nothing else, the A’s should expect to see Jaso standing on first base and second base a lot more than they saw Kottaras at those two locations!

The main conclusion that can be drawn from this deal though is that A’s general manager Billy Beane wants to win now! If he can unload part of the A’s pitching future to make an upgrade to the major league roster, he’s not going to hesitate to do it. If the A’s had finished in last place last year, it might be another matter and this deal might not have happened. But the A’s were the A.L. West champions last year, and you better believe that Billy Beane wants to turn them into the two-time A.L. West champions.

Beane clearly stated as much in a post-trade conference call with reporters when he said, “We’re shifting all of our focus on the major league club and trying to take as much advantage as we can of the opportunity we have.” In other words, “Win now!” – which, after having endured some years of rebuilding, ought to be a welcome rallying cry for most A’s fans!

 

 

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Preview: Green, Head and Stassi to Lead A’s Arizona Fall League Squad

Fall isn’t just time for post-season play, it can also be an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And as the A’s begin Game #3 of their American League playoff series against Detroit at the Coliseum on Tuesday, some of the team’s top prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

The league has been going strong for 20 years now, and its schedule runs for about 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 play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, where this year they’ll be joined by prospects from the Rays, Braves, Brewers and Marlins.

The attendance at AFL games typically tops out at around 200 or so, with the crowds comprised of a healthy dose 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.

This year, it looks like the A’s are definitely doing that with some of their top hitting prospects while giving their top pitching prospects a little time off. Many of you will certainly recognize the names of top minor league position players like Grant Green, Miles Head and Max Stassi, but don’t expect to be seeing the likes of top pitching prospects Brad Peacock, Sonny Gray or A.J. Cole in Arizona this time around…

 

A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2012

 

Grant Green

Infielder/Outfielder

Age: 25

Drafted 2009 – 1st Round

2012: Sacramento

15 HR / .296 AVG / .338 OBP / .458 SLG / .796 OPS

It will be interesting to see where the A’s #1 draft pick from 2009 ends up playing for the Desert Dogs. At Sacramento in 2012, the former USC shortstop made starts in left field, center field, second base, third base and short. After slumping a bit at the plate for Midland in 2011, Green’s offensive numbers rebounded this season at Sacramento. And a strong performance in the AFL could bolster his chances of landing a utility role with the major league club next year.

 

Miles Head

Third Baseman

Age: 21

Drafted 2009 – 26th Round

2012: Stockton/Midland

23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS

Acquired along with Josh Reddick and Raul Alcantara from the Red Sox in the Andrew Bailey/Ryan Sweeney deal, Head turned out to be the best hitter in the A’s minor league system in 2012. The majority of his starts came at third base, though he did get a handful of starts at first base as well. The 21-year-old right-handed slugger will continue trying to make his mark with the bat in the AFL while also working on refining his skills in the field.

 

Max Stassi

Catcher

Age: 21

Drafted 2009 – 4th Round

2012: Stockton

15 HR / .268 AVG / .331 OBP / .468 SLG / .799 OPS

The former 4th-round draft pick had his most productive season in the system with Stockton in 2012, and his defensive skills behind the plate are considered solid. Once viewed as the A’s catcher of the near-future, injuries have slowed Stassi’s progress a bit, and the team is eager to see him get some extra at-bats in the AFL before giving him a chance to see what he can do at Double-A Midland next year.

 

Gary Daley

Starting Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2006 – 3rd Round

2012: Midland

118 IP / 130 H / 67 ER / 71 BB / 79 K / 5.11 ERA / 1.70 WHIP

At age 26, Daley has been bouncing around the minor leagues for 7 seasons now. He struggled in 2012 at Midland and has a career ERA of 5.91 in 605 minor league innings. Lack of control has been the main issue with Daley, as he has averaged 5.7 walks per 9 innings over his extensive minor league career.

 

Shawn Haviland

Starting Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2008 – 33rd Round

2012: Midland

120 IP / 124 H / 64 ER / 47 BB / 104 K / 4.80 ERA / 1.43 WHIP

The 33rd-round draft pick was never considered a top prospect but put himself on the map with a strong 2010 season at Stockton. He struggled mightily at Midland in 2011 though, posting an ERA of 7.08 in 27 starts. The right-hander settled down a bit in his second season at Double-A, but Haviland needs to make a strong impression in the AFL if he really wants to put himself back in the mix again.

 

James Simmons

Relief Pitcher

Age: 26

Drafted 2007 – 1st Round

2012: Midland/Sacramento

63 1/3 IP / 53 H / 21 ER / 22 BB / 50 K / 2.98 ERA / 1.18 WHIP

The former 1st-round draft pick has struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness since being drafted in 2007, but he may have re-invented himself this season as a dependable reliever. In 2012 with Midland and Sacramento, the right-hander struck out 7.1 batters per 9 innings, and a strong season in the AFL could help to bolster Simmons’ chances of landing a spot in the A’s bullpen next season.

 

Brett Hunter

Relief Pitcher

Age: 25

Drafted 2008 – 7th Round

2012: Midland

56 IP / 53 H / 28 ER / 31 BB / 60 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Hunter has yet to truly impress since being drafted in 2008. The only thing that really stands out about the right-hander is his career strikeout rate of 10.1 batters per 9 innings over 193 minor league innings Unfortunately, he also has a career walk rate of 6.7 per 9 innings and a 4.99 career ERA. But if Hunter can just learn to harness his stuff in the AFL, he could see his stock start to rise.

 

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Thursday, September 6th: Chavez & Weeks Lead Cats to Game 2 Victory while Defense Lets Cole Down in Bees Loss

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Jesse Chavez (8 IP / 0 ER / 10 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2

Reno Aces                       0

Sacramento River Cats  1

(WP – Jesse Chavez)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jesse Chavez

(8 IP / 0 ER / 10 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Game #2 of this series was another tight pitchers’ duel. With the River Cats down a game in the best-of-five series, 29-year-old right-hander Jesse Chavez, whom the A’s acquired from Toronto last month for cash, came through in a big way, striking out 10 over 8 scoreless innings to earn the win. Right-hander Jeremy Accardo tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief to pick up the save. Second baseman Jemile Weeks had the big blast of the night when he homered in the bottom of the 3rd inning to provide the only run of the game for either team. The River Cats now head to Reno for Game #3 of the series on Friday night.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2

Burlington Bees                0

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  4

(LP – A.J. Cole)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(4 IP / 1 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: A dropped foul popup by first baseman Max Muncy in the 1st inning opened the door for 3 unearned runs to score with 2 outs. Starter A.J. Cole allowed just 1 earned run and struck out 5 in 4 innings of work before giving way to relievers Nate Eppley and David Mota who held Wisconsin scoreless the rest of the way. Burlington’s lineup managed only 3 hits in the game, courtesy of third baseman Wade Kirkland and outfielders Aaron Shipman and John Wooten. The decisive game in the best-of-three series takes place Friday night at Wisconsin.

 

Friday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3)

(Straily vs. Brewer)

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 6:35pm CT (Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3)

(Granier vs. Goforth)

 

 

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Friday, August 24th: Cole Pitches Bees to Victory while Weeks Has Big Debut for Cats

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher A.J. Cole   (5 IP / 0 ER / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Salt Lake Bees                4

Sacramento River Cats  3

(LP – Billings 7-6 / 4.03)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Jemile Weeks

(3 for 4 / Double / 2 RBIs / 2 Walks / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Jemile Weeks started off strong in his first game back at Sacramento, collecting 3 hits, including a double, walking twice, driving in 2 runs and stealing a base. Third baseman Brandon Inge went 0 for 2 with a walk in his second rehab game with the River Cats, while starter Bruce Billings allowed 4 runs over 6 innings to take his 6th loss for Sacramento.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

 

GAME #1

Midland RockHounds  4

Corpus Christi Hooks   2

(WP – Krol 1-1 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Leonardo Gil

(2 for 4 / RBI / Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: In the completion of Thursday’s suspended game, infielder Leonardo Gil had 2 hits and drove in the tying run for the RockHounds. First baseman Anthony Aliotti, designated hitter Matt Rizzotti and shortstop Dusty Coleman drove in a run apiece in the win. Starter Shawn Haviland allowed 2 runs on 6 hits in 4 innings of work, while left-hander Ian Krol followed up with 3 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win for Midland.

 

GAME #2

Midland RockHounds  6

Corpus Christi Hooks   7

(LP – Ortiz 4-6 / 4.09)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 2 ER / 9 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sonny Gray had a solid outing on Friday, allowing 3 runs, just 2 earned, on 4 hits while striking out 9 in 6 innings of work. But Midland’s bullpen gave up 4 runs in the 8th and 9th innings, with right-hander Jonathan Ortiz taking the loss for the RockHounds. Third baseman Miles Head had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports   4

Visalia Rawhide   6

(LP – Long 4-3 / 4.88)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Tony Thompson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Nate Long had a rocky outing, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on 9 hits over 4 innings to take his 3rd loss. First baseman Tony Thompson and second baseman Ryan Pineda each homered, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth collected 3 hits, including a double, in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Clinton LumberKings  1

Burlington Bees        4

(WP – Cole 6-3 / 1.99)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(5 IP / 0 ER / 5 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole delivered another impressive outing for Burlington on Friday, allowing just 4 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 5 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.99 and post his 6th win for Burlington. Outfielder Aaron Shipman tripled in 2 runs and stole his 9th base, while shortstop Addison Russell also tripled and stole a base for the Bees.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

Tri-City ValleyCats            7

(LP – Powers 0-6 / 6.10)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Brett Vertigan

(2 Doubles / Triple / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Brett Vertigan had a big night on Friday, collecting 2 doubles and a triple and scoring twice for Vermont. But starter Brent Powers had another rough outing, allowing 6 runs over 4 innings to take his 6th loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  4

AZL Giants       6

(LP – Hollstegge 5-1 / 4.83)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Chad Lewis

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Jose Torres allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work, and Tyler Hollstegge gave up another 3 runs in just 1 2/3 innings to take the loss. Right-hander Dakota Bacus wrapped things up by striking out all 4 of the batters he faced, while third baseman Chad Lewis hit his 2nd home run for the AZL A’s.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Frisco @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Burlington @ Kane County – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Tri-City – 7:00pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Angels – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Monday, August 13th: Green Leads Cats to Victory as Hounds & Bees Win and Cole Impresses Again

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

 Sacramento River Cats infielder  Grant Green (3 for 5 / 2 RBIs) 

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats    8

Oklahoma City RedHawks  5

(WP – Souza 3-1 / 6.04)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Grant Green

(3 for 5 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Grant Green, getting the start at second base, singled in the tying run in the 6th inning, then singled in the go-ahead run in the 8th inning on Monday night. Outfielder Shane Peterson contributed 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs for the River Cats. Starter Bruce Billings had a rough outing, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, over 5 innings of work, while right-hander Justin Souza picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings in relief.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  5

Tulsa Drillers                4

(WP – Hunter 3-3 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher David Freitas

(1 for 2 / Walk / 2 RBIs / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher David Freitas, serving as the designated hitter for the day, drove in the go-ahead run in the 6th inning then, after Midland lost the lead, scored the winning run in the 9th inning for the RockHounds. Second baseman Josh Horton collected 3 hits and scored twice in the win. Starter Sonny Gray had his shakiest outing in over a month, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits over 6 1/3 innings, while right-hander Brett Hunter picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports

OFF-DAY

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                7

Quad Cities River Bandits  6

(WP – Chitwood 1-1 / 4.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(5 IP / 0 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole allowed 2 unearned runs, thanks to a throwing error by shortstop Sean Jamieson, and struck out 6 over 5 innings on Monday to lower his ERA with Burlington to 2.12. Cole left with the game tied 2-2, but right-hander Drew Tyson gave up 4 runs in the 7th inning to put the Bees in a deep hole. Shortstop Jamieson hit a 3-run homer in the 8th inning to tie the game, and outfielder Aaron Shipman eventually tripled in the winning run in the top of the 12th inning for the Bees.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters

OFF-DAY

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics

OFF-DAY

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ New Orleans – 5:00pm PT

Stockton @ Rancho Cucamonga – 7:05pm PT

AZL Athletics @ AZL Padres – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Tuesday, August 7th: Cole Impresses as Bees, Ports and Cats All Fall on Tuesday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher A.J. Cole   (5 IP / 1 ER / 5 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Nashville Sounds             5

Sacramento River Cats  4

(LP – Valdez 0-1 / 3.49)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(2 for 3 / RBI / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tyson Ross allowed 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7 over 6 innings on Tuesday. First baseman Daric Barton had 2 hits and drove in the tying run in the bottom of the 8th inning, but right-hander Merkin Valdez gave up a run in the top of the 9th to take the loss. Grant Green, getting the start at second base once again, doubled and drove in a run for the River Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds

OFF-DAY

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

San Jose Giants  10

Stockton Ports    4

(LP – Hassebrock 2-6 / 8.17)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman B.A. Vollmuth

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Hassebrock had another rough outing, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings to take his 6th loss. Third baseman B.A. Vollmuth clubbed a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning, while catcher Max Stassi and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones both hit solo shots in the 7th.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Quad Cities River Bandits  6

Burlington Bees                3

(LP – Joseph 1-3 / 4.35)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(5 IP / 1 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole had another solid outing, allowing just 1 run while walking 1 and striking out 5 in 5 innings of work, but right-hander Jonathan Joseph gave up 4 runs, 3 earned, in relief to take the loss. Outfielder Rashun Dixon homered to lead off the 1st inning for the Bees, while shortstop Sean Jamieson drove in 2 runs in the loss.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters    5

Hudson Valley Renegades  7

(LP – Pudenz 2-1 / 3.86)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Miguel Marte

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Miguel Marte doubled and drove in 2 runs, while second baseman Chris Bostick and outfielder Kelvin Rojas contributed 2 hits apiece on Tuesday. Starter Brent Powers allowed 1 run and struck out 6 over 4 1/3 innings, and left-hander Omar Duran struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings in relief, but right-hander Stu Pudenz gave up 3 runs in the 8th inning to take the loss. In other news, the A’s second overall draft pick this year, infielder Daniel Robertson, is on his way to join this year’s #1 pick, Addison Russell, in Vermont.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  4

AZL Rangers    0

(WP – Azor 2-0 / 2.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Phil Pohl

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Phil Pohl had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs, while starter Dakota Bacus struck out 5 in 3 perfect innings of work, and right-hander Jose Azor struck out 2 in 3 scoreless innings to pick up the win on Tuesday.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Nashville @ Sacramento – 12:05pm PT

Midland @ NW Arkansas – 7:00pm CT

San Jose @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Peoria @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Hudson Valley – 7:05pm ET

 

 

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Saturday, July 28th: Cats & Hounds Win behind Kila’s & Aliotti’s Big Bats while Bowman & Cole Pitch Ports & Bees to Victory

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats DH Kila Ka’aihue (2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  13

Reno Aces                         4

(WP – Straily 5-2 / 1.36)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Kila Ka’aihue

(2 Home Runs / 5 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue clubbed 2 home runs and drove in 5 runs, while third baseman Josh Donaldson collected a pair of doubles and drove in 4 for the River Cats on Saturday. Starter Daniel Straily allowed 3 runs on 7 hits while walking none and striking out 4 over 6 innings to earn his 5th win with Sacramento.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

Corpus Christi Hooks   3

(WP – Gray 5-7 / 4.28)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Anthony Aliotti blasted 2 home runs and drove in 4 runs, while outfielder Conner Crumbliss homered and drove in 2. Starter Sonny Gray allowed 2 runs on 8 hits while walking none and striking out 3 in 6 innings to earn his 5th win on Saturday.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports    6

Bakersfield Blaze  0

(WP – Bowman 4-8 / 3.42)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Josh Bowman

(6 1/3 IP / 0 ER / 7 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Josh Bowman had another strong outing for Stockton, striking out 7 over 6 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his 4th win. Infielder Tony Thompson hit a 2-run homer, while outfielders Josh Whitaker and Myrio Richard drove in 2 runs apiece in the win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Cedar Rapids Kernels  1

Burlington Bees          6

(WP – Cole 5-2 / 2.06)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(6 IP / 1 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole had another solid outing for Burlington, allowing 1 run over 6 innings to earn his 5th win with the Bees. First baseman Max Muncy hit a 2-run homer, while third baseman Wade Kirkland doubled in 2 runs in the win.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

Aberdeen IronBirds          2

(WP – Eppley 2-0 / 1.52)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Bruce Maxwell

(2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Bruce Maxwell, serving as the designated hitter for the day, had his second straight big night at the plate, collecting a pair of doubles and driving in 4 runs. Starter J.C. Menna allowed 2 runs in 4 innings of work, and right-hander Nate Eppley picked up the win with 2 innings of scoreless relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  6

AZL Royals      4

(WP – Voiro 2-1 / 2.41)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Lee Sosa

(3 IP / 0 ER / 1 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: In the completion of a suspended game from earlier this month, right-hander Vincent Voiro picked up his 2nd win, allowing 1 unearned run over 2 1/3 innings, while right-hander Lee Sosa tossed 3 scoreless and hitless innings to earn the hold. The A’s first two draft picks this year, shortstop Addison Russell and third baseman Daniel Robertson, both homered in the game.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 1:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 6:05pm CT

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:30pm PT

Cedar Rapids @ Burlington – 2:00pm CT

Vermont @ Aberdeen – 5:35pm ET

 

 

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