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Meet Your 2016 Nashville Sounds!

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Of course, we’ve still got just a little ways to go until the opening of the 2016 season. And, of course, there will certainly be some trades, some free agent signings (both major league and minor league), some releases, some injuries and, knowing the A’s, some totally unexpected developments during the offseason as well as in spring training.

Considering the way the 2015 season has played out for the A’s, there could certainly be some considerable changes to come. But, just for fun, let’s take a look at the players currently in the A’s organization who will most likely find themselves in the running for a roster spot in Nashville next season…

 

CATCHERS

Carson Blair

Carson Blair

Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley appear likely to return as the catching corps for the A’s in 2016. And with Carson Blair the only other catcher currently on the A’s 40-man roster, it seems reasonably safe to assume that he could be making a return trip to Nashville next season. The Sounds primary receiver this season, Bryan Anderson, can become a minor league free agent in the offseason if he’s not added to the A’s 40-man roster. And the A’s could replace him by signing another experienced minor league backstop, as they seem fond of doing. But if they don’t, then Midland’s Bruce Maxwell would probably be the most likely suspect to join Blair as part of the catching combo at Nashville next season.

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

Rangel Ravelo

Rangel Ravelo

It’s questionable whether the A’s will choose to offer Ike Davis arbitration in the offseason. And if they don’t, that makes it much more likely that Max Muncy will find a spot somewhere on Oakland’s roster next season. The left-handed hitter could serve as a great option to get some playing time at first base, third base and designated hitter, especially if right-handed hitters Brett Lawrie, Danny Valencia, Mark Canha and Billy Butler remain as the primary options at those positions. If he’s not added to the A’s 40-man roster, first baseman Nate Freiman can become a minor league free agent in the offseason. And Midland first baseman Matt Olson has been spending more time in right field than at first base during the second half of the season. So if Muncy finds a spot on the A’s opening day roster, Freiman departs for potentially greener pastures and Olson does indeed spend more time in the outfield – all of which seem likely – then Rangel Ravelo could find himself getting most of the starts at first base for Nashville next season. The situation at third base seems considerably less complicated. One of the organization’s top hitting prospects, Midland third baseman Renato Nunez, will be ready to make the jump to Triple-A next year, while his Midland teammate, Ryon Healy, who has been splitting time between third base and first base the past couple seasons, seems set to join Nashville as well, splitting time with Nunez at third and Ravelo at first in 2016.

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Chad Pinder

Chad Pinder

One thing seems clear. After putting together an impressive season at Midland this year, it’s Chad Pinder’s turn to be the starting shortstop for Nashville next season. If he’s not added to the A’s 40-man roster, Andy Parrino can become a minor league free agent in the offseason, which will just help clear the path for Pinder. If Joey Wendle doesn’t win a starting job with the A’s in spring training, which seems less and less likely as Brett Lawrie spends more and more time at second base, then he’ll end up returning as Nashville’s starting second baseman again next season and serve as Pinder’s double-play partner. And if Tyler Ladendorf doesn’t land a roster spot as a utility man for the A’s, then he’ll also figure into the Sounds’ middle infield picture, along with Midland infielder Colin Walsh. If those two both end up on the Nashville roster, then expect to see them playing all over the diamond. While they’re both primarily suited to play second base, they’ve both got plenty of experience playing elsewhere. Ladendorf would most likely spend time at second base, shortstop and in the outfield, while Walsh would probably find time at second base, third base and in the outfield.

 

OUTFIELDERS

Matt Olson

Matt Olson

Craig Gentry and Jason Pridie were both staples of the Sounds outfield for most of 2015, but it’s quite possible that neither will be back in 2016. It would be surprising if the A’s chose to offer Gentry arbitration in the offseason, and it seems unlikely that Pridie would retain a 40-man roster spot throughout the offseason, though it is possible that he’ll manage to hang on. As mentioned earlier, top prospect Matt Olson has spent more time in right field than at first base during the second half of the season. And with Canha, Muncy and Ravelo all in the A’s first base picture and a lack of top-quality outfield prospects in the system, it seems likely that Olson will continue to see more time in the outfield at Nashville next season. Midland’s other primary outfielders – Chad Oberacker, Josh Whitaker and Jaycob Brugman – all seem ready to take the next step and could join Olson in the Sounds’ outfield picture next year. Jake Smolinski could land a spot with the A’s, sharing time with Coco Crisp in left field or giving Josh Reddick a break in right field against lefties. But if he doesn’t, possibly because the A’s acquire another outfielder, then he’ll be right in the middle of Nashville’s outfield mix next season as well.

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks

A number of potential starting pitching candidates for the A’s will be out of options next season, including LHPs Sean Nolin, Felix Doubront and Drew Pomeranz as well as RHP Jesse Chavez – as noted by Jeremy F. Koo on Athletics Nation – so it’s unlikely you’ll be seeing any of them doing time at Nashville in 2016. In addition, RHPs Chris Bassitt and Kendall Graveman seem to have earned spots in the A’s major league rotation. So who does that leave as the likely starters in Nashville next season? Well, Aaron Brooks seems as likely as anyone to start the season in the Triple-A rotation. When it comes to current Sounds starters, unless they’re added to the A’s 40-man roster, Brad Mills and Nate Long will both become minor league free agents in the offseason. And if RHP Cody Martin remains on the A’s 40-man roster through all the offseason’s wheelings and dealings, then he’s likely to land a starting spot, as is reliable RHP Zach Neal. A.J. Griffin, who’s still working his way back from injury issues following last year’s Tommy John surgery, seems unlikely to be a leading candidate for the A’s starting rotation next spring and could end up starting the year as one of Nashville’s starting five. Jarrod Parker is also working his way back from injuries after his Tommy John surgery. It’s not clear whether or not he’ll return to a starting role but, if he does, then he could pose another potential Triple-A rotation option. And a few Midland starters could factor into the picture as well. RHP Jake Sanchez has already been called up to finish the season with the Sounds, while LHPs Sean Manaea and Dillon Overton are two of the team’s most promising pitching prospects who could be pushed up to Nashville in 2016.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

Aaron Kurcz

Aaron Kurcz

Well, it should be noted that in recent years the A’s have tended to sign a big batch of minor league free agent relievers to stock their Triple-A bullpen. So if that ends up being the strategy again this offseason, then the Sounds bullpen is likely to be comprised of a bunch of guys we’ve yet to meet! But there certainly are plenty of arms currently in the organization who could fill the relief role in Nashville next season. First of all, if not added to the 40-man roster, then familiar names like Angel Castro, Brock Huntzinger, Jim Fuller, Taylor Thompson and Ryan Doolittle could all become minor league free agents in the offseason. When it comes to arms currently on the A’s 40-man roster, if he doesn’t find a spot in the A’s bullpen, then Ryan Dull will certainly be returning to the Sounds, as will Dan Otero, R.J. Alvarez and Pat Venditte. Aaron Kurcz also seems highly likely to be making a return appearance in 2016. Arnold Leon is out of options but, if the A’s can manage to sneak him through waivers, then he could find himself back in Nashville as well. Jarrod Parker could also be a candidate to start the season in the Sounds bullpen as he makes his way back from a serious arm injury incurred after his Tommy John surgery. And then there are a number of RockHounds relievers who’ve all earned the opportunity to see time at Triple-A, most notably Seth Frankoff and Tucker Healy (who’ve both had a taste of the PCL), Kris Hall (who’ll be showcasing in the Arizona Fall League starting next month) and Brendan McCurry (who’ll also be in the AFL and has been one of the most impressive relievers in the A’s system over the past two seasons). Add in the inevitable minor league free agent signees, and there shouldn’t be any shortage of available relief arms to stock the bullpen at First Tennessee Park in 2016.

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Friday, July 24th: Max Kuhn, Michael Soto & Chris Iriart All Have Big HRs to Lead Beloit, Stockton & Vermont to Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Max Kuhn (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Max Kuhn (HR / 3 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers        13

Cedar Rapids Kernels  7

WP – Johnson 2-5 / 4.38

HR – Kuhn (5)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Max Kuhn

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

Outfielder Max Kuhn singled in the Snappers’ first run of the game in the top of the 1st inning. Then, with one on, one out and the game tied in the top of the 5th, Kuhn clubbed a 2-run homer to give Beloit the lead, and the Snappers would never look back on Friday. Second baseman Tim Proudfoot collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 4, while shortstop Yairo Munoz singled, doubled and drove in a run, and designated hitter Argenis Raga had 2 hits and a walk and drove in a pair for the Snappers. Starter Joey Wagman had a rough outing, allowing 5 runs over just 3 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Kevin Johnson picked up the win despite giving up 1 run in 1 2/3 innings of relief for Beloit.

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Thursday, July 2nd: Jake Sanchez Earns Win in Hounds Shutout while Richie Martin Makes Debut, Sean Nolin Lands on DL & Nate Freiman is DFA’d

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Arkansas Travelers        0

Midland RockHounds  4

WP – Sanchez 6-5 / 4.70

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jake Sanchez

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

RHP Jake Sanchez turned in his third straight quality start for the RockHounds, allowing 4 hits while striking out 5 over 6 shutout innings to earn his 6th win on Thursday. And in 14 innings over his last 2 starts, Sanchez has allowed just 2 runs on 7 hits while walking 1 and striking out 10 for the Hounds. Relievers Tucker Healy, Seth Frankoff and Omar Duran each contributed 1 scoreless inning in Thursday’s 5-hit shutout. Catcher Bruce Maxwell singled, doubled and drove in 3, while while a trio of RockHounds – first baseman Matt Olson, third baseman Renato Nunez and designated hitter Ryon Healy – each collected a single and a double in the win.

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Saturday, June 27th: Argenis Blanco Pitches AZL A’s to Victory while Sean Nolin Earns 2nd Win for Sounds and Raul Alcantara Is Solid for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL D-backs  0

AZL A’s         4

WP – Blanco 2-0 / 1.80

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Argenis Blanco

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

19-year-old Venezuelan RHP Argenis Blanco was impressive on Saturday, allowing just 5 hits while walking none and striking out 6 over 5 scoreless innings to earn his 2nd win for the A’s. The young righty has now allowed a total of 2 runs and struck out 9 in his first 10 innings this season. This year’s 5th-round draft pick for the A’s, LHP Kevin Duchene, threw 2 shutout innings, while RHP Phillip Ortiz and converted catcher Ryan Gorton each tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief. 11th-round center fielder James Terrell had 3 hits, including a triple, and drove in a run, while second baseman Carlos Hiciano doubled in the A’s first run in the 2nd, and designated hitter Rangel Ravelo singled in a pair of runs in the 6th for the A’s.

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Friday, May 22nd: Chad Pinder’s Grand Slam Highlights His 4-Hit Night for Hounds while Ben Zobrist & Sean Doolittle Make Successful Rehab Appearances for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / Grand Slam)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds   8

Corpus Christi Hooks    12

LP – Jensen 3-3 / 5.55

HR – Pinder (6), Walsh (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(4 for 5 / Grand Slam)

Despite falling to Corpus Christi 12-8 on Friday, the RockHounds got a huge night from shortstop Chad Pinder. The 23-year-old collected 4 hits, including a grand slam in the 4th inning. Pinder is now hitting .500 over his last 6 games, and his 6 home runs tie him for the team lead with top prospect Matt Olson. Second baseman Colin Walsh doubled and hit his 4th home run, while first baseman Ryon Healy had 3 hits, including a double, and catcher Bruce Maxwell, left fielder Jaycob Brugman, and right fielder Matt Olson had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds. RHP Chris Jensen had one of his roughest starts since joining the A’s system from the Rockies, along with Drew Pomeranz, in the Brett Anderson trade. In just 3 innings of work on Friday, Jensen allowed 10 runs on 8 hits, including 4 home runs – one more than the total of 3 that he allowed in 160 1/3 innings last season – to take the loss.

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Thursday, May 21st: Jose Brizuela & Ryon Healy Homer to Help Snappers & Hounds Win while Barry Zito Takes 4th Loss for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Third Baseman Jose Brizuela (2 for 3 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Third Baseman Jose Brizuela (2 for 3 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Kane County Cougars  5

Beloit Snappers          6

WP – Gossett 2-4 / 4.50

HR – Pimentel (5), Brizuela (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Jose Brizuela

(2 for 3 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

With a man on and his team down by two runs in the bottom of the 4th on Thursday, third baseman Jose Brizuela slugged a 2-run homer to tie the game for the Snappers. Brizuela also singled, walked and stole a base in the game. First baseman Sandber Pimentel belted his 5th home run to put Beloit on the board in the 2nd, while outfielder Max Kuhn doubled in a pair of runs in the 3rd, and catcher Jose Chavez doubled and came around to score the decisive run on second baseman Edwin Diaz’s sacrifice fly in the 4th. Starter Daniel Gossett allowed 5 runs, 3 earned, over 5 innings of work to post his 2nd win, while LHP Jerad Grundy tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, and LHP Jose Torres got the final four outs to earn his 3rd save for the Snappers.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of May 11-17: Relievers in the Spotlight

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

 

With all the issues in the A’s bullpen weighing on everyone’s mind lately, it seems like a good time to take a look at how some of the organization’s top minor league relievers have been doing so far this season. You can always check out the latest A’s affiliate rosters here – Rosters. And you can catch up on how the A’s top minor league relievers have been doing below. This weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Saturday, May 16th: Dillon Overton Pitches Ports to Victory while Sounds Fall in 18-Inning Marathon

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Dillon Overton (5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Dillon Overton (5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts     3

Stockton Ports  6

WP – Overton 1-0 / 2.08

HR – Taylor (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dillon Overton

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

LHP Dillon Overton had one of his best starts yet for Stockton on Saturday as he continues his road back from Tommy John surgery. The A’s 2nd-round draft pick in 2013 allowed just 1 run on 4 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 5 innings of work to lower his ERA to 2.08 and earn his 1st win of the season after receiving a no-decision in each of his first 6 starts for the Ports. RHPs Corey Walter and Ben Bracewell both allowed 1 run in 2 innings of relief for Stockton. Catcher Beau Taylor had a big night at the plate, hitting a 2-run homer to put the Ports on the board in the 2nd and doubling in another run in the 4th, while first baseman Michael Soto singled in 2 runs in the 3rd, and outfielder Brett Vertigan and third baseman Melvin Mercedes had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of May 4-10: Hitting Prospects in the Spotlight

1B Matt Olson

1B Matt Olson

 

With two of the A’s top hitting prospects – third basemen Renato Nunez and Matt Chapman – both returning to action and making their season debuts this week, it seems like a good time to take a look at how some of the organization’s top hitting prospects have been doing now that we’re a month into the minor league season. You can always check out the latest A’s affiliate rosters here – Rosters. And you can catch up on how the A’s top minor league hitters have been doing below. This weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Sunday, May 10th: Barry Zito Tosses 7 Shutout Innings to Earn 1st Win for Sounds while Zach Neal & Dillon Overton Are Solid in Hounds & Ports Victories

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Barry Zito (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds LHP Barry Zito (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express  0

Nashville Sounds      7

WP – Zito 1-3 / 4.70

HR – Parrino (4), Pridie (4), Matthes (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Barry Zito

(7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

LHP Barry Zito turned in his best start so far this season for the Sounds on Sunday, striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 1st win for Nashville. RHP Seth Frankoff threw 2 scoreless frames to close things out for the Sounds. Right fielder Kent Matthes homered, doubled and drove in 3, while shortstop Andy Parrino and left fielder Jason Pridie both singled, walked and homered, and center fielder Craig Gentry singled in a run and walked for Nashville. Rehabbing outfielder Josh Hamilton went 1 for 3 in his debut for Round Rock, while former A’s farmhand Michael Choice went 0 for 2 with a walk versus Zito.

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