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Meet Your 2017 Nashville Sounds

0nsIMG_2587We recently took a look at the likely A’s opening day roster for 2017, which appears to be reasonably well set, with the exception of a couple of minor question marks. This year’s Triple-A Nashville Sounds roster is a far more complicated puzzle to try to piece together at this point though. The main reason for this is that the A’s have invited a whopping 70 players to their major league spring training camp this year, and all but a handful of them already have major league or Triple-A experience and are expected to battle for 50 roster spots with Oakland and Nashville.

Some players, like LHP Felix Doubront and RHPs Chris Bassitt and Daniel Mengden, are likely to open the season on the disabled list. But if most of the others remain healthy, then that will leave plenty of players on the outside looking in. And with the A’s major league roster seeming to be fairly well set at this point, most of that roster crunch will be occurring at Nashville, and we may be looking at a fairly significant roster purge towards the end of spring training before rosters can be finalized.

While recent draftees, like LHP A.J. Puk and catcher Sean Murphy, certainly won’t be in contention to open the season anywhere near as high as Triple-A, and others players, like infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock, appear set to start the season with Double-A Midland, there are certain players who will be guaranteed plenty of regular playing time at Nashville this season no matter what happens – top prospects like Matt Chapman, Franklin Barreto and Matt Olson, as well as others.

The A’s usually like to start the season with 13 pitchers and 12 position players at the Triple-A level. And while some recent trades and injuries have helped to relieve the pitching logjam at Nashville a bit, there currently appear to be about 18 position players jockeying for 12 Triple-A roster spots at this point, so something’s definitely going to have to give there. So, with all that in mind, let’s take a look at how things are shaping up for your 2017 Nashville Sounds…

 

CATCHERS

Bruce Maxwell

Bruce Maxwell

The catching corps appears to be one of the clearer areas when it comes to the Nashville roster. If Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley are both healthy to start the season, then it looks looks likely that Bruce Maxwell will start the year back at Nashville, getting most of the starts behind the plate for the Sounds. Matt McBride, who shared time with Maxwell at Nashville last season, appears set to do the same again this year. The A’s signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway as a minor league free agent in the offseason. But just as there doesn’t appear to be room for three catchers on Oakland’s roster, there doesn’t seem to be room for three catchers on Nashville’s roster either. And since Lavarnway spent most of last season at Double-A and Midland catcher Beau Taylor is set to spend the first 50 games of the season on the suspended list, Lavarnway may need to start the year on the Double-A RockHounds roster until an opening develops in the catching corps.

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto

There’s no doubt that top prospect Franklin Barreto will have the chance to get plenty of at-bats as Nashville’s starting shortstop this season. And since it appears unlikely that either Joey Wendle or Chad Pinder will be able to crack Oakland’s opening day roster at this point, then Wendle should end up seeing the majority of the starts at second base for the Sounds, just as he has for the past two seasons, with Pinder splitting time between both second and short while possibly increasing his versatility by spending some time at other spots around the diamond as well. The A’s re-signed minor league free agent Josh Rodriguez, who’s spent most of his time at second and short of late, and also signed minor league free agent Jermaine Curtis, who’s spent most of his time at second and third. But if all the top prospects are healthy, it’s awfully hard to see where the at-bats are to be found for these two veteran minor leaguers. Meanwhile, infielders Yairo Munoz, Max Schrock and Richie Martin are likely to find themselves starting the season on the Double-A RockHounds roster.

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman

Top power prospect Matt Chapman should find himself firmly entrenched at the hot corner for the Sounds in 2017. Renato Nunez clearly will get his share of at-bats too but, with Chapman viewed as the A’s third baseman of the future, most of them aren’t likely to be coming at third this year. Matt Olson has split time the past couple seasons between first base and right field, while minor league free agent signee Chris Parmelee, a former 1st-round pick with plenty of major league service time under his belt, is also experienced at first and in right, and he and Olson should end up sharing most of the at-bats at first and in right for the Sounds. But let’s not forget that first baseman Rangel Ravelo is still in the picture as well, though he was optioned off the 40-man roster in the offseason. The same is true of utility man Max Muncy, who has spent most of his time at first and third. The A’s signed minor league free agent infielder Jermaine Curtis, who’s spent the bulk of his time at the hot corner, but it seems highly unlikely that he’ll steal many at-bats from Matt Chapman so, if he can crack the Triple-A roster, most of his at-bats would be more likely to come from his secondary position at second base. The A’s also re-signed minor free agent Josh Rodriguez, who’s also far more likely to find at-bats at second than at third, if he can find a way to make it onto the Sounds roster.

 

OUTFIELDERS

Jaycob Brugman

Jaycob Brugman

The Sounds outfield picture is another complicated one to try to piece together at this point, with far more players than spots on the roster. Starting at the top, Mark Canha and Jake Smolinski seem to have the inside track for the final two major league roster spots with Oakland. And if things play out just that way, then major league veteran Alejandro De Aza, who signed a minor league contract in the offseason, would find himself back in Triple-A. However, if De Aza should manage to beat out either Canha or Smolinski, then the odd man out in that competition could be headed back to Nashville. Of course, Smolinksi and De Aza both have plenty of experience in center field, as does Jaycob Brugman, who is ikely to get plenty of at-bats for the Sounds this season, whether he’s starting in center or in either one of the corner spots. The A’s re-signed outfielder Andrew Lambo to a minor league contract, and added minor league free agent outfielder Jaff Decker, as well as Chris Parmelee who, like returning prospect Matt Olson, has spent plenty of time both in right field and at first base. Max Muncy, who will also be in the roster mix, saw significant time in the outfield last year as well. And it’s worth noting that, De Aza, Brugman, Lambo, Decker, Parmelee, Olson and Muncy give the organization a total of 7 left-handed hitters in the Triple-A outfield mix, and that’s on a team that’s only expected to carry 12 position players – of course, catcher Matt McBride spent plenty of time in the outfield last year as well – so something’s definitely going to have to give here one way or another!

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Jesse Hahn

Jesse Hahn

Until recently, the shape of the Sounds starting rotation was looking fairly clear. But the trade of Dillon Overton and Daniel Mengden’s recent foot injury have left things a little less clear. What is clear is that if RHP Jesse Hahn can’t beat out RHPs Andrew Triggs or Jharel Cotton, the favorites to fill the final two spots in the A’s rotation, then Hahn will wind up heading up the Sounds starting five. Two other apparent certainties to join him there are flame-throwing RHP Frankie Montas and former 2nd-round draft pick Daniel Gossett, who finished out the season strong for the Sounds. Beyond those three, the pitching picture starts to get a little murkier, though that’s certainly not for a dearth of viable candidates. LHP Ross Detwiler signed a minor league contract to remain with the organization, but since he has an opt-out clause, he could depart if not guaranteed a spot on the major league roster. But should he decide to stay, then he would likely garner a spot in the Sounds rotation. RHP Raul Alcantara could also be in the mix, but he’s out of options, and it seems unlikely that the A’s would try to sneak him through waivers to get him back on the Nashville roster. RHPs Zach Neal and Chris Smith were two of Nashville’s top starters last season, so they would represent a couple of experienced options, but both primarily shifted to working out of the bullpen during the latter part of last season. Meanwhile, a pair of RHPs the A’s signed as minor league free agents could represent two of the team’s top options – Cesar Valdez, who posted an impressive 1-to-9 walk-to-strikeout ratio for Triple-A Fresno last year, and Michael Brady, who put up a solid 2.89 ERA between Triple-A and Double-A last season. RHP Paul Blackburn, who spent all of last season at Double-A, could fight his way into the competition, as could RHP Heath Fillmyer, but both may be more likely to kick off the year at Midland. RHP Daniel Mengden, who recently underwent foot surgery, and RHP Chris Bassitt and LHP Felix Doubront, both of whom are returning from Tommy John surgery, will all prominently factor into the Sounds pitching picture as soon as they’re ready to return to action as well.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

Bobby Wahl

Bobby Wahl

There should be no shortage of candidates to fill out the 8 spots in the Sounds bullpen this season. If the A’s should decide to keep RHP Raul Alcantara on the major league roster, since he’s out of options, and there are no further pitching injuries or trades at the major league level, then LHP Daniel Coulombe is likely to find himself starting the year back at Nashville. RHP Bobby Wahl, who posted a 2.65 ERA and 14 saves across three levels last year, RHP Tucker Healy, who struck out 76 in 52 1/3 innings for Nashville in 2016, and RHP Aaron Kurcz all seem likely to return to Music City as well. The A’s also signed minor league free agent RHPs Josh Smith, Tyler Sturdevant and Simon Castro, all of whom have some degree of major league experience under their belts and seem destined to be a part of Nashville’s relief corps this year. The final spots in the Sounds bullpen are likely to be filled by whoever among Zach Neal, Chris Smith, Michael Brady and Cesar Valdez don’t end up finding spots in the Sounds starting rotation. And unless injuries strike, it doesn’t appear that there will be any room for RHPs Trey Cochran-Gill or Sam Bragg, both of whom had solid seasons for Midland last year, to make the move up to Triple-A to start the season.

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Meet Your 2017 Oakland A’s

0IMG_2486cAs the 2016 season came to an end and the A’s headed into the offseason, there were an awful lot of questions regarding the team’s roster for the coming season, and many of those questions still remained unanswered as the calendar turned to 2017. But a quartet of January free agent signings, along with a number of other minor moves, seems to have solidified the shape of the A’s roster for 2017.

At one time, it appeared that a number of rookie hitters might stand a good chance of making the 2017 opening day roster, including players such as catcher Bruce Maxwell and infielders Chad Pinder and Joey Wendle. But the way things are now shaping up, barring injuries, it looks like the A’s are likely to start the season with no rookie position players on the roster and perhaps just one or two rookie pitchers on the opening day squad.

Of course, the A’s being the A’s, it’s entirely possible that the front office could still have a few unexpected tricks up its sleeve before opening day. But after the flurry of roster moves over the past month, here’s how things are now shaping up for your 2017 Oakland A’s…

 

CATCHERS

Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt was named to the American League All-Star squad for the second straight season last year, and the A’s current clubhouse leader is set to return as the team’s primary catcher again this season. Josh Phegley, who appeared in 73 games for Oakland in 2015, made it into just 25 games for the A’s last year due to injuries. Phegley has apparently recovered from last summer’s knee surgery and, as long as he’s healthy, is expected to serve as Vogt’s platoon partner in 2017. Rookie receiver Bruce Maxwell had an impressive Triple-A campaign and looked solid in 33 late-season games with the A’s last year. So if there are any health issues with Phegley or Vogt to start the year or at any point during the season, then Maxwell should be poised to step right in and pick up the slack.

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien

Slugging shortstop Marcus Semien hit 27 home runs while appearing in a total of 159 games for Oakland in 2016. The iron-man infielder played in more games than any other member of the A’s squad for the second straight season, and we can probably expect to see more of the same kind of endurance from Semien again this year. Meanwhile, second baseman Jed Lowrie, in his second stint with the A’s, missed the final two months last season while undergoing foot surgery. The team expects him to be recovered from the procedure and has anointed him as its starting second baseman for the coming season, as long as he remains healthy. The A’s also signed infielder Adam Rosales as a free agent in late January, and one would expect that the versatile veteran could fill in fairly regularly for Lowrie at second base while also giving Semien a few more days off at shortstop over the course of the season. With Semien, Lowrie and Rosales in the picture, it doesn’t leave much room for other middle infielders like Joey Wendle and Chad Pinder, who are likely to be available at Nashville if any infield replacements are needed. Also waiting in the wings at Nashville will be shortstop (and possible future second baseman) Franklin Barreto, who’s considered the A’s top hitting prospect.

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

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Ryon Healy

Another one of the A’s January free agent signings was former Twins infielder Trevor Plouffe, whom the team made clear would serve as its starting third baseman, shifting young slugger Ryon Healy to first base and the designated hitter spot. Last year’s primary first baseman Yonder Alonso has been retained and the left-handed hitter is expected to man the position while righties are on the mound. Healy, who proved himself at the plate last year, is expected to be a regular in the lineup, likely serving as the designated hitter much of the time while possibly shifting back to his natural position at first base when Alonso sits against lefties. That would open up the designated hitter spot against lefties. Mark Canha missed most of last season after undergoing hip surgery but is expected to be at full strength come spring training. A’s general manager David Forst has frequently spoken favorably of Canha over the course of the offseason, and he would seem to be the most likely candidate for the role, while also being available to fill in at first base as well as in the outfield. If reinforcements are needed at the corner spots, the A’s top power-hitting prospect, third baseman Matt Chapman, will be just one step away at Nashville, as will other young sluggers like Renato Nunez and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson.

 

OUTFIELDERS

Khris Davis

Khris Davis

Khris Davis clubbed 42 home runs while serving as the A’s starting left fielder last season and, fortunately for A’s fans, they can expect to be seeing the big bopper back in the cleanup spot for the green and gold again this year. American League stolen-base leader Rajai Davis was signed as a free agent to man center field and bat leadoff, while veteran left-handed hitter Matt Joyce was signed to be the team’s starting right fielder against righties, with returning right-handed hitter Jake Smolinski expected to serve as his platoon partner against lefties. Mark Canha, who is likely to see some time at first base and in the designated hitter spot, could also be available to fill in in the outfield corners. Meanwhile, down on the farm, two young left-handed hitting prospects who could step in and fill outfield roles if needed, Matt Olson and Jaycob Brugman, should be back for their second seasons at Nashville. And joining them there will likely be another left-handed-hitting outfielder, this one with plenty of major league experience, 32-year-old veteran Alejandro De Aza, who was signed to a minor league contract last month.

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray

There really don’t seem to be too many big question marks about the A’s starting rotation at this point. Sonny Gray, Kendall Graveman and Sean Manaea are set to top the starting five. And since Daniel Mengden recently fractured a bone in his right foot, it’s now even more likely that the final two spots in the rotation will be filled by a pair of pitchers the A’s front office has repeatedly spoken highly of during the offseason, rookie Jharel Cotton and reliever-turned-starter Andrew Triggs. The A’s used a total of 14 different starting pitchers last year though, so we’ll probably end up seeing plenty of other names in the starting mix before the season’s through. Jesse Hahn, who made 9 starts for the A’s last season, is likely to start the year at Nashville and could be called upon if needed. A pair of pitchers who each made at least half a dozen starts for the A’s in 2017, Ross Detwiler and Zach Neal, should be available at Triple-A as well. Flame-thrower Frankie Montas, who’s on the 40-man roster, is also expected to start at Nashville, as is 2014 2nd-round pick Daniel Gossett. Raul Alcantara, who made 5 starts for the A’s late last year and is out of options, may very well end up serving as a long man out of the A’s bullpen but could always shift back into a starting role if needed. And, of course, once he recuperates from his foot injury, Mengden will be available again at some point, as will righty Chris Bassitt and lefty Felix Doubront, both of whom are returning from Tommy John surgery.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

Ryan Madson

Ryan Madson

Much like the starting rotation, the A’s bullpen picture appears to be fairly clear as well, with just a couple of key questions remaining. With the A’s surprising signing of former Giants closer Santiago Casilla in January, the big question is whether Ryan Madson will return to the closer’s role for Oakland in 2017 or if Casilla will wind up displacing him. However it ends up shaking out though, the pair should serve as two of the team’s top late-inning options. Joining them will be fellow righties John Axford, Liam Hendriks and Ryan Dull as well as southpaw Sean Doolittle. If the A’s would like to have a second lefty in the bullpen, then Daniel Coulombe, who appeared in 35 games for the A’s last year and is the only other left-handed reliever on the 40-man roster, would seem to be the obvious choice. 24-year-old right-hander Raul Alcantara is out of options though, so the A’s may want to use that final spot to protect the young starter and have him serve as the long-man out of the bullpen. But if the A’s wanted to hang on to Alcantara and have a second lefty in the bullpen as well, then they could always consider trading one of their other relievers. If they did decide to do that, then someone like Axford, who is in the final year of his contract and is owed $5.5 million this year, would seem to be the most likely candidate. And if any bullpen reinforcements are needed, one of the top options this year could be right-hander Bobby Wahl, who’s on the 40-man roster, struck out 10.8 batters per 9 innings across three minor league levels in 2017 and finished the year with 4 saves over the last month of the season at Nashville.

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Friday, August 5th: Ravelo Helps Sounds Win Again while Holmes & Manarino Make Debuts for Ports

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds First Baseman Rangel Ravelo (2 for 4 / Double / Walk / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds 1B Rangel Ravelo (2 for 4 / Double / Walk / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds             12

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  7

WP – Detwiler 4-0 / 3.86

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Rangel Ravelo

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

Only one A’s affiliate wound up in the winning column on Friday, and first baseman Rangel Ravelo led the attack that helped the Sounds win for the eighth time in their last ten games to retain a ten-game division lead. Ravelo walked and scored in the 4th inning, singled in a pair of runs in the 7th and doubled in another run in the 9th, while designated hitter Colin Walsh and center fielder Jaycob Brugman both singled, doubled, drove in runs and scored twice. Third baseman Renato Nunez walked and doubled in a run, and right fielder Matt Olson walked twice and singled in a pair. Starter Ross Detwiler allowed 5 runs over 6 innings of work to notch the win for Nashville, while RHP Aaron Kurcz picked up the save despite giving up 2 runs in 3 innings of relief for the Sounds. And with RHP Jesse Hahn and second baseman Jed Lowrie landing on the disabled list for Oakland, RHP Andrew Triggs and outfielder Brett Eibner were both recalled by the A’s.

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Thursday, August 4th: Cotton & Seddon Pitch Sounds & Hounds to Victory while Ports Win in Extras

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Jharel Cotton (6 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Jharel Cotton (6 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds              5

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  4

WP – Cotton 9-5 / 4.70

HR – Nunez (18)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Jharel Cotton

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

RHP Jharel Cotton, who was recently acquired from the Dodgers in the Josh Reddick/ Rich Hill deal, was impressive in his first start for the Sounds, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings of work to earn his 9th win on Thursday. The 24-year-old also struck out 5 to raise his season strikeout total to 124 in 103 1/3 innings, and he reclaimed the Pacific Coast League strikeout lead from new teammate Chris Smith. RHP J.B. Wendelken gave up 2 runs in 1 inning of relief, but RHP Eduard Santos got the final out in the 9th to notch his 4th save for Nashville. Third baseman Renato Nunez had a big night at the plate, hitting his 18th home run and his 17th double and driving in 4 runs, while right fielder Brett Eibner singled, doubled, walked and scored twice for the Sounds. And with RHP Jesse Hahn returning to the A’s to make Thursday’s start for Oakland, RHP Andrew Triggs was optioned back to Nashville.

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Tuesday, August 2nd: Alcantara & Gossett Pitch Sounds & Hounds to Victory as both Teams Win 4th Straight

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Raul Alcantara (6 2/3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds RHP Raul Alcantara (6 2/3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds       5

New Orleans Zephyrs  1

WP – Alcantara 2-0 / 0.44

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

(6 2/3 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

RHP Raul Alcantara turned in his third straight outstanding start for the Sounds on Tuesday, allowing just 1 earned run while striking out 6 over 6 2/3 innings to earn his 2nd win for Nashville. It was the first earned run the 23-year-old has allowed in his three starts since joining the Sounds, and he’s failed to issue a single walk in any of those outings. Third baseman Colin Walsh singled, walked and drove in 2 runs, while catcher Matt McBride and shortstop Chad Pinder had a pair of hits apiece to help the Sounds win their fourth straight on Tuesday. And with Josh Reddick dealt to the Dodgers on Monday, Tyler Ladendorf was recalled by Oakland, while the A’s activated RHP Andrew Triggs from the disabled list and optioned RHP J.B. Wendelken back to Nashville. Meanwhile, RHP Jharel Cotton, the current Pacific Coast League strikeout leader who was acquired from the Dodgers, is scheduled to make his debut for the Sounds on Thursday.

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Tuesday, July 26th: Fillmyer Pitches Hounds to Shutout Victory while Olson Homers in Sounds Loss

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

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

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       0

Midland RockHounds  4

WP – Fillmyer 1-0 / 1.80

HR – Taylor (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Heath Fillmyer

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

RHP Heath Fillmyer turned in an impressive start in just his second outing for the RockHounds. The 22-year-old tossed a 5-inning, 1-hit shutout to earn the win in a game abbreviated by rain on Tuesday. And in his first two starts for Midland, Fillmyer has allowed 2 runs and struck out 8 over 10 innings of work. Designated hitter Beau Taylor belted a 2-run homer, while left fielder Josh Rodriguez singled in a pair of runs, and shortstop Franklin Barreto went 2 for 3 with a double in his return to action after sitting out nine games with a hamstring issue.

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Monday, July 4th: Rodriguez’s Grand Slam Helps Hounds Win while Stockton Snaps 7-Game Skid & Sounds Fall in Extras

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Josh Rodriguez (1 for 4 / Walk / Grand Slam)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Josh Rodriguez (1 for 4 / Walk / Grand Slam)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  12

Arkansas Travelers          2

WP – Cochran-Gill 3-3 / 3.80

HR – Munoz (5), Rodriguez (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Josh Rodriguez

(1 for 4 / Walk / Grand Slam)

A 1st inning grand slam off the bat of designated hitter Josh Rodriguez would give Midland more than they would need to prevail over Arkansas on Monday night. Rodriguez would later walk and score in the 5th, while second baseman Yairo Munoz immediately followed Rodriguez’s 1st inning grand slam with a solo shot of his own and also singled and scored in the 5th. Shortstop Franklin Barreto had 2 hits, including a double, drove in a pair and scored twice, and right fielder Tyler Marincov and left fielder J.P. Sportman each singled, doubled and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Raul Alcantara returned from the disabled list and allowed 2 runs in 4 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Trey Cochran-Gill tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn his 3rd win for Midland. And in addition to Alcantara’s return from the disabled list, RHP Chris Jensen and LHP Brandon Mann were both reassigned to the RockHounds on Monday.

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Saturday, July 2nd: Seddon Leads Hounds to Shutout Victory as Chapman Hits 20th HR and Vermont Wins 15-Inning Marathon

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Joel Seddon (7 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds   7

NW Arkansas Naturals   0

WP – Seddon 3-6 / 6.08

HR – Chapman (20)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

(7 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / Win)

For the second night in a row, a hurler from the A’s 2014 draft class pitched the RockHounds to victory. On Friday, it was 2nd-rounder Daniel Gossett, who allowed 2 earned runs over 7 1/3 innings to notch his 1st win for Midland. But on Saturday, it was 11th-rounder Joel Seddon, who threw 7 shutout innings to earn his 3rd win as the Hounds won their fourth straight. And Seddon has now failed to allow a run over his last 18 innings. RHP Andres Avila got the final six outs on Saturday to finish off the 8-hit shutout for Midland. Third baseman Matt Chapman walked twice and launched a 3-run homer, his league-leading 20th (which came in his 77th game), while designated hitter Josh Rodriguez singled, tripled, walked and drove in 3 runs, and right fielder Tyler Marincov walked twice, scored twice and singled in a run for the RockHounds.

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Thursday, June 30th: Carson Blair’s 2 HRs Help Hounds Win while Sounds Come Up Short Despite Matt Olson’s HR

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Catcher Carson Blair (2 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Catcher Carson Blair (2 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds   5

NW Arkansas Naturals   3

WP – Bracewell 4-1 / 2.08

HR – Chapman (18), Blair 2 (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Catcher Carson Blair

(2 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Catcher Carson Blair had his biggest game since returning from the disabled list almost two weeks ago, slugging a pair of home runs to help the RockHounds win on Thursday. His first round-tripper was a solo shot in the 2nd inning to put the Hounds on the board and his second was a 2-run homer in the 6th to give his team the lead, which it never relinquished. Third baseman Matt Chapman smacked his league-leading 18th home run in the 5th and also doubled and scored an insurance run in the 9th for the RockHounds. Starter Ben Bracewell allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 5 innings of work to earn his 4th win, while RHP Bobby Wahl tossed a scoreless 9th to secure his 2nd save for the Hounds.

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Sunday, June 19th: Marincov’s Double Helps Hounds Win in a Walk-Off while Sounds Drop Doubleheader and Walsh & Lambo Land on DL

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Tyler Marincov (2 for 6 / Double / GWRBI / Stolen Base)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Tyler Marincov (2 for 6 / Double / GWRBI / Stolen Base)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       4

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Sanchez 3-3 / 3.16

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

(2 for 6 / Double / GWRBI / Stolen Base)

With one out, a man on first and the game tied in the bottom of the 12th inning, right fielder Tyler Marincov doubled to right field to bring home the winning run as the RockHounds won in a walk-off on Sunday. Marincov also singled and stole a base to get into scoring position in the 10th but was left stranded, and he’s now hitting .407 with 10 RBIs over his last 8 games for Midland. Shortstop Wade Kirkland singled, doubled and scored a run, while designated hitter Danny Oh had 2 hits and drove in the tying run in the bottom of the 6th, and catcher Beau Taylor doubled, walked twice and scored a run for the RockHounds. Starter Joel Seddon allowed 4 runs over 7 innings of work and left with the game a 4-4 tie, while RHP Sam Bragg tossed 3 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Jake Sanchez pitched 2 perfect frames in the 11th and 12th to pick up his 3rd win for Midland.

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