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A’s & River Cats Roster Outlook

Scott Kazmir - the A's $22 million dollar man

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.

 

2014 OAKLAND A’S

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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Thursday, May 30th: Crumbliss Drives In Winning Run for Hounds in Extras, but Bullpen Blows It for Ports and Parrino’s & Bostick’s Grand Slams Not Enough for Cats & Snappers

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Conner Crumbliss (2 for 6 / Game-Winning RBI)

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Conner Crumbliss (2 for 6 / Game-Winning RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  9

Sacramento River Cats  5

LP – Banwart 2-2 / 5.45

HR – Parrino (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Andy Parrino

(Grand Slam)

 

Shortstop Andy Parrino slugged a grand slam, his second home run in the last two days, in the bottom of the 4th inning on Thursday to provide the River Cats with a one-run lead. But starter Travis Banwart surrendered 6 runs, 4 earned, in 5 2/3 innings of work and took his 2nd loss. A’s outfielder Josh Reddick, serving as the designated hitter for the night, went 0 for 4 in his third rehab appearance with the River Cats.

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Wednesday, May 29th: Voiro & Thomas Pitch Snappers & Cats to Victory while Hounds & Ports Pitchers Get Pounded on Wednesday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers’ Pitcher Vince Voiro (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

Beloit Snappers’ Pitcher Vince Voiro       (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  2

Sacramento River Cats  7

WP – Thomas 3-3 / 4.34

HR – Parrino (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Justin Thomas

(7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

LHP Justin Thomas had his 3rd straight quality start for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, in 7 innings of work to earn his 3rd win on Wednesday, while RHPs Chris Resop and Dan Otero each tossed a scoreless inning of relief for the River Cats. Left fielder Michael Choice collected a pair of doubles and drove in 3 runs, while shortstop Andy Parrino blasted a 2-run homer, third baseman Hiro Nakajima had a pair of hits to raise his average to .301, and A’s outfielder Josh Reddick started in right field and went 1 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base and scored twice in his second rehab game with the River Cats.

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Sunday, May 26th: All Four Affilates Win as Murphy, Gray & Peters All Toss Gems on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Sean Murphy (7 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds’ RHP Sean Murphy (7 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  20

Tucson Padres                   5

WP – Gray 5-2 / 2.38

HR – Moore (7), Taylor (6), Nakajima (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

The River Cats had a season-high 23 hits on Sunday and scored 10 runs in the top of the 1st inning before going on to add 10 more later. Starter Sonny Gray made the most of the generous run support. He cruised through 6 innings of work, allowing just 1 run and striking out 9 to earn his 5th win. RHP Chris Resop surrendered 4 runs on 5 hits in the bottom of the 9th inning in his debut with the River Cats. Hitting stars on the night included outfielder Michael Taylor, who hit a grand slam in the 1st, shortstop Andy Parrino, who had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs, third baseman Hiro Nakajima, who hit a 3-run homer, designated hitter Scott Moore, who had 3 hits including his 3rd home run in the last 2 nights, and second baseman Grant Green, who collected 4 hits to raise his average to .297.

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Friday, May 17th: Werner & Streich Pitch Cats & Snappers to Victory while Smith’s & Granier’s Efforts Aren’t Enough for Hounds & Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Andrew Werner (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Andrew Werner (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 5 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Oklahoma City RedHawks  2

Sacramento River Cats   4

WP – Werner 4-5 / 6.92

HR – Moore (4), Parrino (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

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

 

LHP Andrew Werner had one of his best starts of the season on Friday, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits and striking out 5 over 7 innings to earn his 4th win, while RHP Dan Otero got the final 4 outs to pick up his 10th save. First baseman Scott Moore and third baseman Andy Parrino hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the 5th inning, while catcher Stephen Vogt and designated hitter Jemile Weeks each collected a single and a double, and outfielder Michael Taylor went 0 for 3 in his return to the River Cats’ lineup.

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Friday, April 26th: Werner Pitches Cats to Victory while Hounds Win and Ports & Snappers Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Andrew Werner (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Andrew Werner (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                   1

Sacramento River Cats  10

WP – Werner 2-3 / 8.78

HR – Green (3), Cespedes (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

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

 

Starter Andrew Werner had his first solid outing of the season for Sacramento, allowing 1 run on just 4 hits to earn the win. The River Cats lineup made it easy for him, putting 10 runs up on the board. Second baseman Grant Green had a pair of hits, including his 3rd home run, and drove in 4 runs, while left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, in his second rehab game with Sacramento, clubbed a 3-run homer. Shortstop Andy Parrino returned to the River Cats’ lineup and went 0 for 3, while outfielder Michael Taylor has gone 0 for 9 in his last 2 games back with the Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions      4

Midland RockHounds  11

WP – Neal 2-0 / 2.25

HR – Barfield (5), Perez (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Jeremy Barfield

(3 for 3 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

Starter Zach Neal allowed 4 runs on 11 hits while striking out 5 over 7 2/3 innings to earn his 2nd win. Designated hitter Jeremy Barfield had 3 hits and homered for the second straight night, while shortstop Darwin Perez hit his 1st home run, and second baseman Dusty Coleman had a pair of hits, including a triple, and drove in 4 runs in the win. With Andy Parrino returning to the River Cats, infielder Tyler Ladendorf will be rejoining the RockHounds’ roster.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports           6

High Desert Mavericks  9

LP – Hassebrock 1-2 / 6.53

HR – Vollmuth (5), Whitaker (3), Lamas (3), Ortiz (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Josh Whitaker

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 1 RBI / 3 Runs)

 

Starter Blake Hassebrock continued his struggles with Stockton, allowing 5 runs, 2 earned, while walking 8 over just 3 2/3 innings to take the loss. Designated hitter Josh Whitaker collected 3 hits, including a double and a home run, while third baseman B.A. Vollmuth, second baseman Antonio Lamas and catcher Ryan Ortiz all homered for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

South Bend Silver Hawks  16

Beloit Snappers             10

LP – Streich 2-1 / 5.94

HR – Wooten (2), Bostick (2), Robertson (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(3 for 5 / Home Run / Triple / 4 RBIs / 2 Runs)

 

Starter Seth Streich had a rough outing, allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, on 7 hits over just 2 1/3 innings to take the loss, and RHP Drew Tyson came on to surrender 5 runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief. Second baseman Chris Bostick had a big game, collecting 3 hits, including a home run and a triple, and drove in 4 runs, while shortstop Daniel Robertson homered, doubled and drove in 3 runs in his season debut with Beloit.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm

San Antonio @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ High Desert – 6:05pm PT

South Bend @ Beloit – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

 

 

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Tuesday, April 9th: Alcantara Dominates in Snappers Win while Cats, Hounds & Ports All Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers' RHP Raul Alcantara

 Beloit Snappers’ Raul Alcantara    (7 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tacoma Rainiers               9

Sacramento River Cats  5

LP – Werner 0-2 / 12.10

HR – Montz (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(3 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Andrew Werner had his second straight rough outing for the River Cats, allowing 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings to take his 2nd loss. Outfielder Michael Taylor extended his hitting streak to 6 games on Tuesday, collecting 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and driving in a pair of runs. Designated hitter Jemile Weeks doubled to run his hit streak to 6 games as well, and Grant Green, getting his 5th start in 6 games at second base, had 2 hits in the game. And with Scott Sizemore’s knee injury in Anaheim, Weeks and Green could potentially be in competition for a little major league time in the near future. It appears that shortstop Andy Parrino may be in the mix as well.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  0

Arkansas Travelers        3

LP – Smith 1-1 / 0.82

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Murphy Smith

(6 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 4 K)

 

RHP Murphy Smith had his second straight impressive start for Midland, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits over 6 innings, but he was still saddled with the loss. Outfielder Jake Goebbert had 2 of the RockHounds 4 hits on the night, including a double, and shortstop Dusty Coleman had a hit, walk and a stolen base in the RockHounds’ first loss of the season.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

San Jose Giants  5

Stockton Ports  2

LP – Granier 1-1 / 3.60

HR – Fabiaschi (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

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

 

RHP Drew Granier had his second straight solid start for Stockton, allowing 2 earned runs on just 2 hits, both home runs, while striking out 7 over 5 innings of work but still took the loss. Second baseman Michael Fabiaschi hit his 2nd home run since joining the team, outfielder Dusty Robinson collected a pair of hits, and catcher Ryan Ortiz and outfielder Bobby Crocker both doubled in the loss. Meanwhile, shortstop Addison Russell sat out his 4th straight game since tweaking his ankle last Friday.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  4

Peoria Chiefs         1

WP – Alcantara 1-1 / 4.22

HR – Nunez (2), Maxwell (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

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

 

RHP Raul Alcantara rebounded nicely on Tuesday after a disastrous debut last Thursday, allowing just 1 hit while walking none and striking out 6 over 7 innings of work to earn his 1st win for the Snappers. Catcher Bruce Maxwell had 2 hits, including a home run, and drove in 3 runs, while third baseman Renato Nunez contributed a solo shot in the win.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Tacoma @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

San Jose @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Beloit @ Peoria – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

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Friday, April 5th: Aliotti & Thompson Lead Hounds & Ports to Victory, while Ynoa Makes Debut in Snappers Loss and Defense Undoes Cats

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ First Baseman Anthony Aliotti (4 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

Midland RockHounds’ First Baseman Anthony Aliotti (4 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs) 

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Las Vegas 51s                  9

Sacramento River Cats  3

LP – Chavez 0-1 / 0.00

HR – Taylor (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(2 for 4 / Home Run)

 

Poor defense undermined the River Cats and Sacramento starter Jesse Chavez on Friday. With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 3rd inning, errors by shortstop Andy Parrino and outfielder Michael Choice opened the door for 5 runs to score, and those were the only runs that Chavez would allow in his 5 innings of work. Outfielder Michael Taylor had 2 hits, including a home run, outfielder Michael Choice had a pair of hits and drove in a run, and third baseman Scott Moore doubled in a run in the loss. And for the second straight night, Grant Green got the start at second base with Jemile Weeks serving as the designated hitter.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  10

NW Arkansas Naturals     3

WP – Smyth 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Aliotti (1), Barfield (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(4 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

For the second night in a row, the RockHounds’ lineup put double digits up on the scoreboard. First baseman Anthony Aliotti led the attack, going 4 for 4 with a home run, a double and 3 RBIs, while outfielder Jeremy Barfield homered and outfielder Chad Oberacker tripled and drove in 3 runs. RHP Zach Neal, making his first start for Midland, gave up just 1 hit in 4 scoreless innings, but RHP Paul Smyth struck out 4 in 2 2/3 innings to pick up the win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Bakersfield Blaze  2

Stockton Ports   4

WP – Walz 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Delgado (1), Thompson (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Tony Thompson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Stockton trailed by a run heading into the bottom of the 7th inning, when catcher Ryan Delgado homered to tie the game. Designated hitter Tony Thompson then hit a 2-run homer in the 8th to give the Ports the lead. Starter Blake Hassebrock allowed 2 runs while walking none and striking out 5 in 4 2/3 innings of work, but RHP T.J. Walz tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win, and RHP Jonathan Joseph got the final 3 outs for the save. Second baseman Wade Kirkland had a pair of hits and shortstop Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers         2

Cedar Rapids Kernels  3

LP – Pudenz 0-1 / 54.00

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dakota Bacus

(5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 9 K)

 

In his first start of the season for Beloit, former top prospect Michael Ynoa allowed a long home run to the first batter he faced – last year’s 2nd overall draft pick, Byron Buxton – that left the park. He settled down after that though and exited the game after having allowed just 1 hit and 1 run while walking 2 and striking out 1 in 3 innings of work. He was relieved by RHP Dakota Bacus who struck out 9 in 5 innings of relief, but RHP Stuart Pudenz gave up 2 runs in the 9th to take the loss. Catcher Bruce Maxwell, first baseman Matt Olson and outfielder Aaron Shipman had the Snappers’ only 3 hits on the night.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Las Vegas @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ NW Arkansas – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Bakersfield @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Beloit @ Cedar Rapids – 12:05pm PT / 2:05pm CT

 

 

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Preview: #1 Picks Green, Gray and Choice Good To Go for River Cats in 2013

Michael Choice is ready to show the River Cats what he can do!

Michael Choice is ready to show the River Cats what he can do!

The opening day roster for the Sacramento River Cats, the A’s Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, was announced on Monday. And the team will include a remarkable five 1st-round draft picks – Sonny Gray, Michael Choice, Grant Green, Jemile Weeks and James Simmons.

Along with Weeks and Green, the River Cats’ infield will also include Andy Parrino, Scott Moore and Josh Horton. Michael Choice, Michael Taylor, Conner Crumbliss and Shane Peterson will man the outfield, with Peterson possibly seeing some time at first base as well, while Luke Montz and David Freitas will be behind the plate.

The River Cats’ starting rotation will include Sonny Gray, Andrew Werner, Jesse Chavez, Bruce Billings and Justin Thomas. Left-handers Hideki Okajima, Jordan Norberto and Pedro Figueroa will join right-handers James Simmons, Mike Ekstrom, Dan Otero, Brian Gordon, Nate Long and Travis Banwart in the River Cats’ bullpen.

You’ll find the Sacramento River Cats’ complete roster, along with profiles of some of the team’s top players, below…

 

mcmichaelchoiceoaklandathleticsphotodaynwngr_fbjvxl3MICHAEL CHOICE

Right-Handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 23

Drafted 2010 – 1st Round

Big things were expected last 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 have high hopes for Choice though. And he’ll be playing center field for Sacramento in 2013, so he should have the chance to show everyone just what he’s capable of doing at Triple-A.

 

sgsonnygray_large1SONNY GRAY

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’ll begin the season as one of the A’s top pitching prospects.

 

Oakland Athletics Photo DayGRANT GREEN

Right-Handed Hitting Infielder

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2009 – 1st Round

Another former 1st-round draft pick who’ll be at Sacramento this year, 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 hadn’t felt totally comfortable with Green at any position in the field but now feels he may have finally found a home at second base. Unfortunately, Jemile Weeks will be manning that position for the River Cats, so Green could end up seeing a great deal of time at third base this season. 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’ll be starting the year with the River Cats again, waiting for an opening to finally find his way on to the big league roster.

 

sphi-res-7054450_display_imageSHANE PETERSON

Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 25

Drafted 2008 – 2nd Round

At 25, Peterson has yet to see time in the majors. But he was a 2nd-round draft pick for the Cardinals in 2008 before coming over to the A’s in the Matt Holliday deal. After posting an impressive .460 OBP last season between Sacramento and Midland, he definitely opened some eyes this spring by batting .408 in 49 at-bats while bashing 7 doubles. He should see plenty of time in the Sacramento outfield, along with Michael Choice and Michael Taylor. But Peterson can also play first base, and he’ll undoubtedly see some time there as well, which could help offer him another route to the big leagues.

 

apAndy+Parrino+San+Diego+Padres+Photo+Day+r2YPnsacmu2lANDY PARRINO

Switch-Hitting Infielder

Age On Opening Day: 27

Drafted 2007 – 26th Round

Parrino came to the A’s this off-season along with LHP Andrew Werner in the Tyson Ross trade. He’s likely to start the season at shortstop for Sacramento, though he’s also played both second and third base and the A’s gave him some time in the outfield this spring as well. Parrino put himself on the map with his consistent hitting this spring, going 14-for-38 and hitting .368 with 6 doubles and a home run. And if the shortstop spot proves troublesome for the A’s this season, Parrino could end up earning a shot.

 

dfhi-res-7054388_display_imageDAVID FREITAS

Right-Handed Hitting Catcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2010 – 15th Round

No one seemed to pay too much attention to Freitas when he came over from the Nationals last summer in the Kurt Suzuki deal. But they’re certainly noticing him now after he went 8-for-18 this spring, hitting .444 with a home run, a double and just 2 strikeouts. The northern California native has never played above Double-A. But at this point, with the departure of Max Stassi, Freitas appears to be the most promising young catcher in the A’s minor league system.

 

–SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS 2013 ROSTER–

–HITTERS–

Luke Montz C

David Freitas C

Jemile Weeks 2B

Andy Parrino SS

Grant Green 2B-3B

Josh Horton 3B-SS-2B

Scott Moore 1B-3B-DH

Shane Peterson OF-1B

Conner Crumbliss OF-2B

Michael Choice OF

Michael Taylor OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Sonny Gray RHP

Andrew Werner LHP

Jesse Chavez RHP

Bruce Billings RHP

Justin Thomas LHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

James Simmons RHP

Mike Ekstrom RHP

Dan Otero RHP

Brian Gordon RHP

Nate Long RHP

Travis Banwart RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Hideki Okajima LHP

Jordan Norberto LHP

Pedro Figueroa LHP

 

 

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