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Exclusive: Down on the Farm with Farhan Zaidi, the A’s new Assistant General Manager – Part 1

fz0511cnzaidi_x582dIt’s been a little over nine years since Farhan Zaidi first joined the A’s front office as a baseball operations analyst back in January of 2005. And while he now embarks on his sixth season as the A’s director of baseball operations, the team has also seen fit to elevate him to the position of assistant general manager, joining long-time A’s assistant GM David Forst. But rather than represent any particularly new or expanded duties, the title really just reflects a recognition of Zaidi’s overall importance to the organization. Zaidi, Forst and general manager Billy Beane form a powerful troika of top thinkers at the head of the A’s organization, and if there’s an important decision to be made, you better believe that these three are all in on it.

As far as Farhan goes, his responsibilities can span a wide range of issues on any given day from dealing with contract negotiations to developing advance scouting reports. But most of his time and energy is really centered around player evaluation, whether that involves setting up the team’s analytic infrastructure for evaluating player performance or just keeping a personal eye on the team’s player personnel. Zaidi usually travels on at least half the team’s road trips and personally scouts about thirty top amateur prospects each year in preparation for the draft. So, from soup to nuts, if it falls under the heading of player evaluation, it’s bound to be on Farhan’s plate.

Zaidi was good enough to take a little time to talk with us in his office at Phoenix Municipal Stadium just a few days after Addison Russell went down with a hamstring strain and just a few days before news of A.J. Griffin’s and Jarrod Parker’s injuries first broke. Of course, we wanted to know about some of the team’s top prospects and, as you can see, Farhan was happy to oblige with plenty of interesting information…

 

AF:  I want to start out by asking you about a few of the A’s top pitching prospects. First off, is Michael Ynoa going to continue as a starter or are you considering having him pitch out of the bullpen?

myDSC03273cFZ:  We’re considering both. He’s pitched in some short stints in big league camp and looked terrific. I think that’s a role that he could thrive in right away. As a starter, I think he may have some ups and downs. It’s an ongoing evaluation for us, whether we have the time and whether he has the time to go through that development curve as a starter, or whether we need him as a bullpen guy to move rather quickly. Even if he does go to the bullpen, I think we would like to still see him go through the lineup one time – throw two to three innings. That might be a nice intermediate option. He only threw under 100 innings last year so, if we did use him as a starter, he would probably run out of innings at some point late in the season. So maybe if you keep him to shorter stints, it allows him to pitch through the year – we might as well spread it out over the course of the season. And that also gives you a little insight into how he’d do as a reliever, so maybe it just gives you more data both ways.

AF:  What about Raul Alcantara? Obviously, he looked great last year and in camp this spring. He’s probably your best all-around pitching prospect and, at 21, he’s also one of your youngest pitching prospects. Is there any thought of taking it slow with him since he’s so young or, if he’s ready, will you just let him rise as fast and as far as his talent takes him?

raraul-alcantara01cFZ:  Yeah, the plan right now is for him to start the season in Midland. He was arguably Stockton’s best starting pitcher down the stretch last year – and he’s very advanced. He’s a guy who throws a lot of strikes and has a good changeup, which is obviously important for a starting pitcher. But the major league coaching staff was very impressed with him from the standpoint of being able to understand and execute signs and little things like that. Sometimes a guy who hasn’t pitched above A-Ball can be overwhelmed at this level, but he was completely unfazed by those aspects of the game. And I think our guys were really happy with him…Our perspective has always been with these guys that their performance and maturity will dictate how fast they move. We don’t like to necessarily impose strict timetables on guys. If you’re good enough to work your way up and get to the big leagues, no one in this organization is going to stop you.

AF:  So you’re not going to worry about starting their clock at too early an age.

FZ:  Whether it’s age or whether it’s service time, those factors are dwarfed by ability to perform.

AF:  By being a good player!

FZ:  Exactly, we like those guys.

AF:  Well, I guess that’s the main priority! Now Arnold Leon, who was once a highly-touted prospect and then had some injury issues, has been looking really good again this spring. So are you guys excited about what you’ve been seeing out of him so far?

al628x471eFZ:  Very excited…he’s looked terrific. He’s a guy who’s been in both roles, but I think we’ve always felt in the long run he was a starting pitcher because he has four pitches and he throws strikes. And the thing that we’ve really liked is he’s gone right after guys in camp, he’s been very efficient, he’s had short innings. And this has kind of been an area of development for Arnold. Coming from Mexico, there’s a very particular pitching style there which tends to be to nibble a little bit and go deep in counts, a little bit more of a finesse approach. It’s just a different style of pitching, not just from what you see here in general but what we try to teach, which is to go right at guys. If you get ahead in the count, we don’t necessarily want you wasting three pitches and winding up with a twelve pitch at-bat. And he’s done that really well here, so we’re very excited. He’s a guy who finished the year strong in Sacramento and most likely will start the year in the rotation there. And with Alcantara, probably our best two starting pitching prospects.

AF:  So he’s really in a good position to be moving up at some point.

FZ:  Absolutely, he has really good stuff. For a guy who walked as few guys as he did last year, to be throwing up to 95 mph with four pitches and those kinds of walk rates, that’s a really exciting combination.

mbMatt+Buschmann+San+Diego+Padres+Photo+Day+CF5PTFI7Uhol2AF:  What are your impressions of Matt Buschmann, whom you signed as a minor league free agent this offseason?

FZ:  He was terrific in Double-A and Triple-A last year. I think he had an ERA under 3.00 and more than a strikeout per inning at both levels. He pitched really well the other day. He was up to 93 mph, which is the velocity we’d seen from him in the past. So he’s going to be in the Sacramento rotation. And based on what he did last year, he has the chance to be a factor for us…When we were looking at the minor league free agents and his name came up, I remembered him being a guy we really liked when he was in the San Diego system…and he was a high priority for us in the free agent market.

AF:  Now you’re looking at having Philip Humber pitching out of the bullpen in Sacramento this year, right?

FZ:  For sure, yeah.

AF:  And you’re looking at having Andrew Werner pitching out of the bullpen in Sacramento too, right?

FZ:  Yeah, he was actually pretty good as a starter in 2012 in the Padres system. He worked his way up from Double-A up to the big leagues. He took a step back last year, but he’s a guy who has some funk and deception. And we think it’s a good opportunity to try him in that role. Teams are always looking for lefty relievers, so we’ll see how that goes…Even last year when he struggled, he was still pretty good against left-handed hitters.

AF:  Now I want to ask you about a few of your top hitting prospects. You’ve probably had the chance to see more of Addison Russell up close with your own eyes this spring than you ever have before. So what are your thoughts about him at this point?

arDSC02922fFZ:  He got off to a little bit of a slow start, but his last few games before he got hurt, just a lot of loud contact – just really exciting. If you think about how he started last year in Stockton, he was struggling early on. Now he’s moving up to Midland. I think people should have realistic expectations. That’s the single biggest jump in the minor leagues in our organization, going from the Cal League to the Texas League. We’ve had many college guys – Sean Doolittle, Nick Swisher back in the day – who really struggled in Midland. They hit in Stockton, they hit in Sacramento, but…it’s a tough place to play. So Addison is going to have his work cut out for him. And I think people are going to have to be patient with what he does on a daily basis. That said, knowing he’s going to have to make that big jump, seeing how he’s handled big league pitching in these games has been pretty exciting – good at-bats and obviously good performance.

AF:  He certainly seems to have the ability to learn and make adjustments fairly quickly.

FZ:  Yeah, guys with natural ability who have aptitude, you see that. You saw it with Yoenis when he first came over here in 2012 – he got better every month. And I think you’re absolutely right. That’s what we saw from Addison last year in Stockton. That’s what we’ve seen in a shorter time frame in big league camp here. And hopefully he continues it in Midland, because once you get to Double-A, there’s no soft spots in the pitching rotations like you see in A-Ball. So it’s going to be a challenge. But certainly, if he continues that sort of development curve, he should get on track there at some point.

AF:  Is there anything in particular that you want him to work on there or are there any aspects of his game that you feel need to be fine-tuned a bit?

FZ:  I think the biggest thing for him is going to be making sure his contact rate doesn’t slip too far. His strikeouts were a little high last year. Like I said, he’s going to be facing tougher pitching. And that’s going to be the thing to monitor with him. Especially for a guy with speed, you want those guys putting the ball in play and letting their legs do some work for them. So I think that’s probably going to be the single biggest stat that I’m going to be monitoring.

drrobertson480_szmaxxpi_ibplc2rl2AF:  Another guy who’s been making some appearances in big league camp for you this spring is Daniel Robertson. Now he’s expected to start the year at Stockton, and he’s been playing pretty much exclusively at shortstop up to this point. The closer that Addison Russell gets to the majors, do you start to think more about possibly giving him a little time at another position?

FZ:  You know, when we drafted him, he was a guy who we saw starting at short but maybe moving to third eventually. But he’s been so good at short that we want to give him every opportunity to stay there. There are just so many things that can happen between now and the day that they’re both in the big leagues and we have to decide who’s playing what position. So from a development standpoint, we want both guys playing as much shortstop as possible for as long as possible.

AF:  So you don’t feel that you’ve reached that fork in the road quite yet.

FZ:  Yeah, we’re not at a point where we have to make a decision one way or another.

AF: Well, hopefully you will be soon.

FZ:  Yeah, that would be a good problem to have!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2 of A’s Farm’s exclusive interview with A’s assistant general manager and director of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, in which he gives us the lowdown on some of the A’s most promising young position players like Billy McKinney, Billy Burns and Max Muncy and how the A’s have come to love high school players!

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Spring Has Sprung!

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The A’s will be spending their last spring at Phoenix Municipal Stadium (photo via Kate Longworth’s twitter @KLongworthCSN)

As you may already know, A’s pitchers and catchers began reporting to the team’s spring training camp in Phoenix on Friday, with the team’s first workouts on Saturday. And there are already plenty of observations we can make about the major league team, as well as the minor league teams, at this point.

First of all, the A’s are still a very young team. On the 40-man roster, only two players – Coco Crisp and Nick Punto – were born before 1982, and only three of the team’s pitchers – Scott Kazmir, Jim Johnson and Jesse Chavez – will be over the age of 29 on opening day.

On Thursday, one day before pitchers and catchers began reporting to the A’s spring training camp in Phoenix, A’s assistant general manager David Forst told Bay Area radio station 95.7 The Game that he thought he knew what the A’s starting rotation was going to look like and mentioned Jarrod Parker, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily. That would make Tommy Milone the sixth starter in waiting at Sacramento, with recent acquisitions Josh Lindblom and Drew Pomeranz right behind him.

Returning River Cats Andrew Werner and Arnold Leon, along with minor-league free-agent signee Matt Buschmann, will be the top contenders for the remaining spots in the River Cats rotation, with former perfect-game hurler Phil Humber likely serving time in Sacramento’s bullpen. Last year, Humber made 10 relief appearances for the Astros and came into 13 games out of the bullpen for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Midland’s top three starters from last season – Murphy Smith, Sean Murphy and Zach Neal – would be the next in line to take a step up should there be an issue with any of the previously-mentioned A’s or River Cats starters. If the three of them remain at Midland though, the top three candidates to join them in the RockHounds rotation will be Drew Granier, Raul Alcantara and Tanner Peters.

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Billy Beane and Bob Melvin overseeing the action Saturday in Phoenix (photo via Kate Longworth’s twitter @KLongworthCSN)

The 21-year-old Alcantara is the hottest young pitching prospect in the A’s system at the moment, and the team would like to see him start the season in the RockHounds rotation and then see where his talent takes him from there. But at this point, it’s clear that Alcantara could be a fast-riser.

Former bonus baby Michael Ynoa will probably be the other most closely watched young pitcher in the A’s camp this spring. He’s been throwing hard in Phoenix, but the key for him will just be staying healthy and staying on the mound. It’s still expected that he’ll start the season at Stockton. But if he starts out well, he should be due for a quick promotion to Midland.

As far as relievers go, A’s manager Bob Melvin was impressed with Evan Scribner’s and Fernando Nieve’s initial bullpen sessions in Phoenix, and both are likely to end up starting the season as key cogs in the River Cats bullpen, as long as Scribner can clear waivers anyway.

One of last year’s biggest objects of attention when camp opened, Japanese shortstop Hiro Nakajima, won’t be making any headlines in big league camp this time around though, since Nakajima will be spending his time in the A’s minor league camp this year. But another shortstop, top prospect Addison Russell – who appears on schedule to become the A’s starting shortstop in 2015 – will definitely be getting a good chance to show the A’s staff what he can do this spring in the big league camp.

 

Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir

Starting pitchers Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir take to the mound in Phoenix (photo via Jane Lee’s twitter @JaneMLB) 

 

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A’s & River Cats Roster Outlook

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Scott Kazmir – the $22 million dollar man

It appears that most of the A’s off-season work is done. The team has found capable replacements for departing free agents Bartolo Colon, Grant Balfour and Chris Young and filled a few other holes as well. It’s possible that someone like Alberto Callaspo, who’s set to earn close to $5 million and doesn’t have a full-time position, could still end up being traded before spring training is through. It’s possible that a few younger players with major league experience who are out of options like outfielder Michael Taylor or reliever Evan Scribner could be dealt as well. But for the most part, barring any unforeseen injury issues, it looks like the A’s are now holding most of the cards they’ll be playing to start the 2014 season. And it’s becoming increasingly clear who most of the players are that Sacramento River Cats fans can expect to be seeing at Raley Field in 2014 as well.

 

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One area that seems to be most clearly set for the team is the outfield, with Josh Reddick in right, Coco Crisp in center, Yoenis Cespedes in left and newcomer Craig Gentry serving as the fourth outfielder. The left side of the infield will also remain in place for the A’s, with the team’s most valuable player in 2014, Josh Donaldson, manning the hot corner and the team’s best-hitting shortstop in recent memory, Jed Lowrie, returning to shortstop.

The other four positions in the lineup – second base, first base, catcher and designated hitter – are the areas where the A’s will deploy their patented platoons. Free agent infielder Nick Punto is likely to take over for Adam Rosales and Callaspo as Eric Sogard’s platoon partner at second base. And based on manager Bob Melvin’s comments, it seems like that might push Callaspo into the role of Brandon Moss’s platoon partner at first base, which would then push Nate Freiman to Sacramento along with fellow first baseman Daric Barton.

Craig "Kitten Face" Gentry

Craig “Kitten Face” Gentry

Melvin’s recent comments also make it sound like John Jaso is likely to get most of the DH at-bats, replacing the departed Seth Smith in that position, while against left-handers, Craig Gentry would join the lineup in left field with Yoenis Cespedes moving into the DH spot. With Jaso getting most of the DH at-bats, that requires the A’s to carry a third catcher, and that’s most likely to be Stephen Vogt, who got plenty of valuable experience last year down the stretch and in the postseason for the A’s. And his left-handed bat is the perfect complement to righty-swinging backstop Derek Norris, who hit just .149 against right-handed pitching last year.

Basically, Vogt would be replacing Jaso in the catching platoon, just as he did late last year, with Jaso moving out from behind the plate to replace Seth Smith in the DH platoon, while Punto replaces Callaspo in the second base platoon, Callaspo replaces Freiman in the first place platoon and Craig Gentry takes Chris Young’s place in the lineup against left-handers.

As far as the pitching staff goes, the plan seems pretty clear. Free agent lefty Scott Kazmir will take over for Bartolo Colon as the veteran presence in the team’s starting rotation, while young righty Sonny Gray appears set to take lefty Tommy Milone’s spot in the rotation, just as he did late last season, with Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily rounding out the starting five.

Meanwhile, in the bullpen, Jim Johnson will take over for Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, while top-notch setup man Luke Gregerson will take the roster spot that Pat Neshek occupied most of last season and lefty Fernando Abad is likely to take Jerry Blevins’ spot on the left side of the bullpen, with fellow lefty Sean Doolittle and righties Ryan Cook, Jesse Chavez and Dan Otero rounding out the rest of the A’s bullpen – though it’s possible that, since he’s out of options, the team could also decide to have Evan Scribner take Otero’s spot to start the season. The A’s will also likely start the season with two relievers who are both recovering from Tommy John surgery on the disabled list – recently-signed free agent lefty Eric O’Flaherty and righty Fernando Rodriguez, who was acquired from the Astros in the Jed Lowrie deal.

 

2014 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

If we make the preceding assumptions about the major league roster, then the River Cats roster starts to fall pretty clearly into place. Of course, there are a few players who are out of options, and it’s quite possible that at least one of them won’t end up clearing waivers.

Daric Barton: Back in River City?

Daric Barton: Back in River City?

The A’s have two veteran minor league catchers to handle the River Cats pitching staff, returning backstop Luke Montz along with Chris Gimenez, who was recently claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, the team looks to be overloaded with first basemen, with Daric Barton, Nate Freiman and Anthony Aliotti all looking for playing time – unless the A’s end up trading Callaspo and opening up a roster spot for Freiman as Brandon Moss’s platoon partner. If not, there could still be plenty of playing time to be found for all three between the first base and the designated hitter spot.

Returning River Cat Andy Parrino appears to be set at shortstop. Hiro Nakajima is likely to get the majority of starts at third base while also picking up at-bats at other positions around the infield, while free agent signees Jose Martinez and Alden Carrithers should get most of the playing time at second base. Shane Peterson is set to return to Sacramento’s outfield, along with Jake Goebbert and, if they clear waivers, veteran minor leaguers Michael Taylor and Corey Brown (who was recently designated for assignment).

The River Cats should have plenty of worthy contenders for their starting rotation. If the A’s other five starters are all healthy to start the season, then Tommy Milone is likely to anchor Sacramento’s starting five, along with recently-acquired righty Josh Lindblom and lefty Drew Pomeranz. Returning River Cats Andrew Werner and Arnold Leon will also be competing for a spot as well as free agent signees Phil Humber and Matt Buschmann, with those don’t make the rotation starting the season in the River Cats bullpen. If he clears waivers, they’re likely to be joined there by Evan Scribner, along with returning River Cats Paul Smyth and Fernando Nieve and free agent signees Deryk Hooker and Jose Flores as well as Triple-A Rule 5 draftee Tim Atherton.

So that’s how things seem to be shaping up for both the A’s and the River Cats, assuming everyone clears waivers and Billy Beane doesn’t have any last-minute surprises up his sleeve!

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A’s Eager to Deal Prospects to Win Now!

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Billy Beane’s been a busy boy!

A’s general manager Billy Beane has had a busy week – and it ain’t over yet! On Monday, the team signed free agent left-handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year $22 million deal. And later that same day, the A’s acquired right-handed closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore in return for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later.

Then on Tuesday, the team traded two of its top minor league prospects, outfielder Michael Choice and second baseman Chris Bostick, to Texas for outfielder Craig Gentry and right-handed starter Josh Lindblom. The A’s then followed that up just hours later by sending outfielder Seth Smith to San Diego for right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson.

Just the previous week, the team dealt minor league outfielder John Wooten to Washington for left-handed reliever Fernando Abad. And two weeks prior to that, the A’s signed utility infielder Nick Punto as a free agent.

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Craig “Kitten Face” Gentry

The A’s new outfielder, Craig Gentry – who was nicknamed “Kitten Face” in Texas – is a right-handed hitting outfielder who can play all three outfield positions. He brings excellent defense and speed and hits lefties well, so he figures to take Chris Young’s place as a right-handed platoon player and fourth outfielder who could take over full time in center field for the A’s when Coco Crisp becomes a free agent after next season.

In order to acquire Gentry, the A’s gave up their top outfield prospect, who also happened to be the team’s top major-league-ready hitting prospect, former 1st-round draft pick Michael Choice. After hitting .302 at Triple-A Sacramento in 2013, many had hoped that Choice would be given the chance to fill Young’s role on the A’s roster in 2014. But instead, he’ll get the chance to battle for a starting spot in the Rangers’ outfield this season.

Top talent evaluators are divided on Choice’s chances for success as a major league slugger. But the A’s have a history of undervaluing and trading away talented young outfielders who’ve gone on to become successful major league hitters elsewhere. And A’s fans have to hope that Choice doesn’t turn out to be the next Andre Ethier, Nelson Cruz or Carlos Gonzalez in Texas.

With Choice now gone, Shane Peterson and Michael Taylor are now the most major-league-ready outfielders at the upper levels of the A’s minor league system, while 20-year-old B.J. Boyd and 19-year-old Billy McKinney are the team’s top outfield prospects at the lower levels of the system.

The A’s also traded away their top second base prospect, Chris Bostick, in the deal. And it looks increasingly likely that shortstop Daniel Robertson might have to try to make the move to second base to provide a future double play partner for top shortstop prospect Addison Russell. With fellow second baseman Jemile Weeks now gone as well, Sacramento’s 2014 infield could be comprised of Daric Barton or Anthony Aliotti at first base, minor league free agent signee Jose Martinez at second base, Andy Parrino at shortstop, Hiro Nakajima at third base and Dusty Coleman as the utility infielder filling in at second, short and third.

Meanwhile, RHP Josh Lindblom is likely to start the season in Sacramento’s starting rotation, along with River Cats returnees Arnold Leon and Andrew Werner as well as recent minor league free agent signees Phil Humber and Matt Buschmann.

Scott Kazmir - the $22 million dollar man

Scott Kazmir – the $22 million dollar man

At the major league level, new acquisitions Scott Kazmir and Jim Johnson are clearly intended to take the place of free agents Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour on the A’s pitching staff. With Kazmir guaranteed $11 million this season, Johnson expected to net $10-11 million in arbitration and seven starting pitchers currently on the staff, the A’s second-highest-paid starter, Brett Anderson at $8 million, is expected to be the A’s most appetizing bit of a trade bait to be dangled at next week’s Winter Meetings. And rumors already have the Blue Jays, Twins, Royals, Yankees, Indians and Mariners licking their lips over the left-hander.

Assuming the A’s are able to complete a deal for Anderson, the team’s 2014 rotation would then be comprised of five of the following six starters: Scott Kazmir, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily and Sonny Gray. Given the general health of starting pitchers, it wouldn’t be surprising if one out of any group of six starters wasn’t 100% healthy to start the season, so I wouldn’t bother spending too much time worrying about which five of the six will end up making the opening day cut – it’ll surely sort itself out by the end of spring.

As far as the A’s bullpen goes, new closer Jim Johnson, who has saved at least 50 games in each of the last two seasons, and new RHP Luke Gregerson, who has been one of the best setup men in the National League over the past couple of years, are set to join LHPs Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins and RHPs Ryan Cook and Jesse Chavez, who is out options and whom the A’s value as a long man and spot starter.

Since the team typically likes to carry seven relievers, there’s room for one more arm in the A’s pen, and RHP Dan Otero is clearly the most deserving candidate for the final spot. But since Fernando Abad, Evan Scribner, Pedro Figueroa and Fernando Rodriguez are all out of options, it’s possible that Otero could start the season being stashed at Sacramento, waiting for someone to hit the DL while one of the others is given a shot.

Over the past week and a half, the A’s farm system has suffered the loss of outfielder Michael Choice, second baseman Jemile Weeks, second baseman Chris Bostick and outfielder John Wooten. And in the last six months, the team lost its 2007 #1 draft pick James Simmons as a minor league free agent and traded away 2008’s #1 pick Jemile Weeks, 2009’s #1 pick Grant Green and 2010’s #1 pick Michael Choice. 2011’s #1 pick Sonny Gray has already made it to the majors, while 2012’s #1 pick Addison Russell should be starting the season at Double-A Midland and 2013’s #1 pick Billy McKinney is expected to start the year at Class-A Beloit.

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Brett Anderson – next up on the trading block?

As previously mentioned, LHP Brett Anderson is the most likely member of the A’s roster to be the next one to find himself on Billy Beane’s trading block, with infielder Alberto Callaspo not far behind. With six other starters on the staff, a long injury history and an $8 million salary attached to his name, Anderson is clearly expendable. And with a salary close to $5 million and no definite spot in the A’s lineup, Callaspo seems to just be taking up roster and salary space at this point.

Outfielders Seth Smith, Chris Young and Michael Choice have all recently departed, with Craig Gentry being the only outfielder the A’s have acquired to take their place. So it certainly seems like there could be room for one more big OF/DH bat to be added to the A’s lineup to help boost the team’s offensive output, possibly as the result of an Anderson deal.

It’s also been reported that the A’s have been inquiring about middle infielders and catchers in trade talks for Anderson. So the team could be looking for a second baseman to take the place of Eric Sogard, or a shortstop who would then enable Jed Lowrie to make the move to second, or possibly a catcher who would allow John Jaso to take over for Seth Smith in the designated hitter role.

The A’s major league roster currently shapes up with Jaso and Norris as the catching platoon, Donaldson, Lowrie, Sogard, Punto, Moss and Freiman serving around the infield, and Cespedes, Crisp, Reddick and Gentry making up the outfield. Since the team typically likes to carry thirteen position players, that leaves one last roster spot open. At this point, it would most likely be filled by Callaspo. But if he ends up being traded, then it would be Barton, unless, of course, the A’s acquire another big bat who would end up pushing Barton back to Sacramento.

With all the current question marks, one thing seems certain – Beane and company aren’t done dealing just yet, and the A’s roster is far from set. There are surely more changes to come. But for the time being, here’s how things are shaping up for the 2014 A’s and River Cats, assuming everyone who’s out of options can clear waivers.

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A’s 2013 Organizational Hitting & Pitching Leaders

 

–HITS–

aa515f9f7b7201c.preview-300b160 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

154 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

143 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

141 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

138 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–DOUBLES–

mrRichard, Myrio235 Myrio Richard OF (Sto)

35 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

33 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

32 Ryan Mathews OF (Bel)

32 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

 

–TRIPLES–

cooboberacker412 Chad Oberacker OF (Mid)

10 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

10 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

10 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

8 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto) / Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–HOME RUNS–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n525 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

23 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

22 Jake Goebbert OF (Mid-Sac)

21 Dusty Robinson OF (Sto)

21 B.A. Vollmuth 3B (Sto)

 

–TOTAL BASES–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n5249 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

237 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

227 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

221 Jake Goebbert OF (Mid-Sac)

221 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–RBIs–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n5100 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

93 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

92 Tony Thompson 1B-3B (Sto)

89 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

89 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

 

–RUNS–

jwJemile+Weeks+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+N9ruLJUyFFkl296 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

90 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

89 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

86 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

77 Daric Barton 1B-3B (Sac) / Conner Crumbliss OF (Mid-Sac)

 

–WALKS–

mm165457_10151385210931662_1498946120_n588 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

87 Daric Barton 1B-3B (Sac)

81 Conner Crumbliss OF (Mid-Sac)

81 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

80 Jemile Weeks 2B-SS-OF (Sac)

 

–STRIKEOUTS–

bv954719_10151534502031662_1845505909_n161 B.A. Vollmuth 3B (Sto)

160 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

159 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

148 Matt Olson 1B (Bel)

146 Dusty Robinson OF (Sto)

 

–STOLEN BASES–

cbDSC02502xxd25 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

22 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

21 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

21 Brett Vertigan OF (Bel)

20 D’Arby Myers OF (Mid)

 

–CAUGHT STEALING–

dcdusty-coleman10 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

10 D’Arby Myers OF (Mid)

9 Bobby Crocker OF (Sto)

8 Aaron Shipman OF (Bel-AZL)

8 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

 

–ERRORS–

rnnc3bac3b1ez-renato339 Renato Nunez 3B (Bel)

31 B.A. Vollmuth 3B (Sto)

23 Dusty Coleman SS-2B (Mid-Sac)

22 Chris Bostick 2B (Bel)

21 Darwin Perez SS-2B (Mid)

 

–BATTING AVERAGE– (minimum 200 at-bats)

bmc320x.326 Billy McKinney OF (AZL-Ver)

.325 Grant Green 2B (Sac)

.324 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.324 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.302 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

 

–ON-BASE PERCENTAGE– (minimum 200 at-bats)

dbdaricbartonoaklandathleticsvminnesota7as3wx7nofbl.423 Daric Barton 1B-3B (Sac)

.416 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.408 Aaron Shipman OF (Bel-AZL)

.398 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.390 Michael Choice OF (Sac)

 

–SLUGGING PERCENTAGE– (minimum 200 at-bats)

svvogt2.547 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.500 Grant Green 2B (Sac)

.495 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

.480 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.476 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

 

–ON-BASE + SLUGGING– (minimum 200 at-bats)

svvogt2.945 Stephen Vogt C (Sac)

.896 Anthony Aliotti 1B (Mid-Sac)

.879 Grant Green 2B (Sac)

.865 Addison Russell SS (Sto-Sac)

.857 Max Muncy 1B (Sto-Mid)

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Thursday, August 29th: Oberacker’s Big Bat Leads Hounds to Victory while Cats & Snappers Win and Ports Post 1 Hit in Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Chad Oberacker (Home Run / Double / 5 RBIs / GWRBI)

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Chad Oberacker (HR / Double / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                2

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Werner 12-14 / 5.78

HR – Weeks (4)

Andrew Werner

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

(6 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

LHP Andrew Werner had a solid start for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs on just 4 hits over 6 innings to earn his 12th win, while RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs for his 22nd save. Second baseman Jemile Weeks hit his 4th home run, while third baseman Hiro Nakajima had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the River Cats. Meanwhile, RHP Evan Scribner was optioned back to Sacramento to make room on the A’s roster for the return of Bartolo Colon.

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Saturday, August 24th: Carpenter Pitches Hounds to Victory while Snappers Win and Cats & Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew Carpenter (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / Win)

 Midland RockHounds Pitcher    Drew Carpenter (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER     / 2 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats   1

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  3

LP – Werner 11-14 / 5.89

Andrew Werner

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

(7 IP / 6 H / 3 ER / 0 BB / 7 K)

 

LHP Andrew Werner had a solid start for Sacramento, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7 over 7 innings of work, but he still ended up taking his 14th loss on Saturday. First baseman Anthony Aliotti singled and doubled, while catcher Ryan Ortiz doubled and scored a run, and designated hitter Jemile Weeks singled in the only run of the game for the River Cats.

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Sunday, August 18th: Werner Pitches Cats to Victory while Hounds, Ports & Snappers All Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Andrew Werner (6 IP / 8 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Andrew Werner (6 IP / 8 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 1 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tucson Padres                  4

Sacramento River Cats  5

WP – Werner 11-13 / 5.98

Andrew Werner

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

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

 

Starter Andrew Werner had a strong outing on Sunday, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings of work to earn his 11th win, while LHP Mike Zagurski gave up 1 run in 2/3 of an inning of relief in his River Cats debut, and RHP Brian Gordon picked up his 18th save despite giving up a pair of runs in the 9th. Second baseman Hiro Nakajima had 3 hits, while outfielder Shane Peterson singled, doubled and drove in 2 runs, and third baseman Daric Barton drove in a pair for the Cats.

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Friday, August 2nd: Werner Pitches Cats to Victory while Hounds, Ports & Snappers All Fall on Friday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Andrew Werner (7 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Andrew Werner (7 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Albuquerque Isotopes       2

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Werner 10-12 / 5.99

Andrew Werner

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

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

 

LHP Andrew Werner made his second straight strong start for Sacramento, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits over 7 innings to earn his 10th win, while RHP Brian Gordon got the final 3 outs for his 11th save. Catcher David Freitas had 3 hits, including a double, while shortstop Andy Parrino doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the River Cats.

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Tuesday, July 23rd: Neal’s Shutout Seals the Deal for Hounds, while Cats Win and Ports Fall in Extras

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Zach Neal (9 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds RHP Zach Neal (9 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win / CG / Shutout)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox   3

Sacramento River Cats  10

WP – Werner 9-12 / 5.96

HR – Vogt (13)

Andrew Werner

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

(7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

LHP Andrew Werner had a solid start for Sacramento on Tuesday, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 7 over 7 innings to earn his 9th win. Catcher Stephen Vogt hit his 13th home run, while designated hitter Jemile Weeks tripled, and outfielder Michael Choice and third baseman Daric Barton drove in a pair of runs apiece for the River Cats. In other news, second baseman Grant Green was optioned back to Sacramento, while infielder Adam Rosales was presumably headed back to Oakland.

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