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Monday, July 21st: Zach Neal Pitches Sacramento to Victory as Andy Parrino Returns to River Cats and Renato Nunez Homers to Help Stockton Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Zach Neal (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Zach Neal (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  6

El Paso Chihuahuas          1

WP – Neal 3-5 / 4.48

HR – Whitaker (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

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

RHP Zach Neal delivered an impressive start for Sacramento on Monday, allowing just 2 baserunners on a pair of singles while walking none and striking out 3 over 5 innings of work to earn his 3rd win for the River Cats. Neal also had to endure a 67-minute rain delay in the middle of the 4th inning before returning to the mound. RHP Tucker Healy gave up 1 run in 1 inning of relief, while RHP Paul Smyth pitched 2 perfect innings, and RHP Jeremy McBryde tossed a scoreless 9th for Sacramento. Designated hitter Josh Whitaker homered for the second straight night, while third baseman Jose Martinez had 3 hits, and first baseman Daric Barton drove in 3 runs for the River Cats. Meanwhile, shortstop Andy Parrino was optioned back to Sacramento, while infielder Colin Walsh was placed on the disabled list. And River Cats outfielder Shane Peterson was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week.

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Exclusive: Get the Inside Scoop on Sacramento’s Top Players from River Cats Manager Steve Scarsone and Pitching Coach Rick Rodriguez

After spending two seasons mentoring A’s minor leaguers as the manager at Midland, Steve Scarsone is now midway through his second season as the skipper in Sacramento. Meanwhile, Rick Rodriguez is the long-time River Cats pitching coach, though he also served a brief stint as the A’s bullpen coach, and he’s had a hand in developing many of the A’s most talented young pitchers. We spoke with both of them last week in Sacramento, just a day before one of the River Cats’ top players, shortstop Andy Parrino (who was the first player we’d asked the skipper about), was recalled by the A’s…

 

STEVE SCARSONE

ssscarsone_steve_river_cats_n-304bAF:  I wanted to start off by asking you about a couple of guys who’ve been real staples for you here this year in Sacramento. First off, Andy Parrino. What is it that you like about him, what does he bring to your team and what can you see him bringing to a major league team as well?

SS:  Well, right off the bat, we’re talking about a guy who plays solid defense. He’s a top caliber shortstop, and I believe he can help any major league team defensively. He’s also shown that he can have some flexibility at second base and third base, and I know that last spring we used him in the outfield a little bit as Bob Melvin was trying to get an idea of how he could fit in with that club up there. What Andy does here is give us great stability in the infield. I think the pitchers are better when he’s back there. And I think the rest of the fielders rise a little bit to try to stay at his level because of his knowledge of the game, his preparation and the way he anticipates what’s going to happen. As a former infielder myself, he’s just a joy to watch, to talk with and strategize with, and he will apply what we want to do. That I think is his biggest asset to this club or to a major league club. Now this year, he’s swinging the bat much better than last year. Last year, he had a little off year. So this year, he’s back on track with that. He’s currently leading our club in home runs, which isn’t a lot, but someone’s got to do it! And he’s just a guy who works hard every day, goes out and plays hard every night and really cares about his performance, the team’s performance and winning – and that’s a great combination.

AF:  The other guy who’s been a real lock for you in the lineup every day this year is Shane Peterson. What does he bring to your team and what skill set could he have to offer in the majors at some point?

SS:  Well, just like Andy, Shane spends a lot of time preparing himself for the game defensively and offensively. He’s shown that he’s able to play all three outfield positions. He’s done most of his time in center field this year, mostly because of the other personnel we’ve had on the club, but it’s given him an opportunity to showcase himself as a center fielder. He’s kind of been trying to beef up his stolen bases to show that he can steal some bags, so he’s brought that to our club. I think he’s been a much smarter hitter than in the past years that we’ve been together in terms of his planning and staying with his plan. And he’s just a very likeable guy. The club follows him naturally and he goes out there and plays hard every night, just like Andy. The two of those guys are really examples of why we’ve had success this year. It’s guys like Andy and Shane and their approach to every game and that never-quit mentality that’s pushed us over the top in so many close games.

AF:  A couple of new guys here I wanted to get your impression of. Josh Whitaker came up not too long after he was pretty seriously beaned in the head at Midland, which was a little scary. Now that he’s up here with you, what have you seen out of him and what are your impressions so far of Josh Whitaker?

jw53436225e2696.preview-300bSS:  I’ve gotten a chance to see Josh a little bit through the years…I was initially concerned that he was pushed up here a little quick after coming off the concussion stuff. But be that as it may, it looks like he’s taken a little bit of time to get himself acclimated. I know he’s just trying to get himself going again after the injury, and then at a higher level. So I’ve taken that into account when I’m making my evaluations or observations. What I’ve seen over the last two series is a guy who’s starting to feel a little bit more comfortable at the plate. He’s starting to become more aggressive. For a bigger guy, he plays a very good outfield. He’s made a couple of really nice catches, and his arm has proven to be something that people are going to have to take note of. He’s had a couple of outfield assists already, and he’s not afraid to let it loose. So, I think we’ve got something here.

AF:  Now what about one of your newest additions, who was claimed off waivers from Toronto, outfielder Kenny Wilson? A lot of people don’t really know that much about him, so tell me what you can about Kenny Wilson at this point.

SS:  He’s a guy who’s kind of been bouncing around a bit, A-Ball, Double-A. He spent a couple years as a switch-hitter. I think if you go back and look at his numbers a few years ago, you’re going to think he wasn’t doing much. But he was attempting to switch hit. He’s since abandoned that and he’s just a right-handed hitter now. He’s got some speed, he’s going to steal some bases, which I know will fit in well here, as well as up above. It’s going to be fun to see how he develops.

AF:  Another guy I want to ask you about is Tommy Milone. For you, as the manager here, what’s your approach when someone who’s clearly major league talent ends up on your roster here?

tm140238643_display_imageSS:  I’ve gotten to know Tommy over the last couple of years, so there’s already a familiarity there and a mutual respect I would hope. So when you have a guy like Tommy coming down and he’s done everything that they’ve asked him to do in Oakland and yet here he is, it is a little different situation. I think all of us who’ve been in the game for any number of years, you’re going to be asked to do things that maybe don’t make sense in your head but it’s for a bigger cause. I think Tommy’s pretty grounded as an individual and he understands some of the business end of it. I’m sure he wasn’t happy, and I’m not going to be the one to make it worse for him. So it’s an open-arms type of situation. It’s how can we help you transition. And you kind of give a guy like that a little bit more leeway.

AF:  I know you’re in touch with the minor league operations staff all the time, but how much communication do you have with the major league staff about the players here?

SS:  It’s not a daily thing. It’s more as situations present themselves. Most of my communication on that end is from [A’s assistant general manager] David Forst bringing down ideas or suggestions on where he would like things to go. We try to facilitate what they want done here. But I don’t expect Bob Melvin to be calling to see how things are going or if I’m doing okay. I’d be worried if he did. He’s got his hands full…We make nightly reports, so most of the information is there. And every once in a while, there might be a question. Like maybe I’ll get a call about Tommy and how he’s doing transitioning, and I’ll try to be as honest as possible.

AF:  Well, you’ve got another winning team here this year in Sacramento. But not only is it a winning team, but you seem to be having an awful lot of big, dramatic wins – a lot of walk-off wins. So how much fun has it been for you to manage this team this year?

SS:  First of all, it’s been a great time. It’s a great bunch. We’ve had some fun games. We’ve had some late-inning heroics and stuff. Those are always exciting and help fuel the grind of a season. But I’ve also been doing this for a while, so I’m not hanging on every single win or loss. I’m looking at the bigger picture – we’ve got to keep moving them forward, keep moving them forward. They’re a great bunch because they work hard and they really do kind of just go with the flow and there’s no sense of panic – and it’s evident in as many late-inning wins that we’ve had. If we fall behind, we don’t panic. And I think that’s a huge thing. When you think about a minor league game and a major league game, what’s the difference? The difference in a major league game is that you have to win. Winning that game is the only thing that they’re concerned with. Down here, we do strive to win, but we’re not going to jeopardize a player for a win…But you get in the tight games late, now the heat’s up. It simulates more of what an everyday major league game is going to be like. So the more games that we have that are tight like that, the better-suited these guys are going to be when they get into a big league game. So the more we can create a game intensity here, I think it’ll be a greater benefit to these guys moving up…That’s kind of what’s happening in our whole organization. I mean, you see them up there and they’re not phased by the pressure – and we’re trying to be the same way.

 

RICK RODRIGUEZ

rrrick_rodriguez_2011_05_24bAF:  Having an experienced guy like Tommy Milone back here in Sacramento, for you as a pitching coach, what’s your role with him like at this point?

RR:  Well, just to kind of find out exactly what he’s done in Oakland. I know from talking to Curt Young, our big league pitching coach, that they had done some things. So I want to get on the same page and kind of find out exactly from him what they’ve been doing and just try to continue it, because he has been throwing the ball very, very well. So that’s kind of what I have planned for him.

AF:  So basically just trying to continue through with the program that he’s been on.

RR:  Yeah, he knows how to pitch. He knows what he’s doing. It’s just kind of looking for things that he wants me to look for in his delivery.

AF:  Now a guy here who got a long look in spring training and looked really good down there in Arizona is Arnold Leon. The other night, he struck out 13 guys over 6 innings but gave up a couple of home runs, which did him in. But tell me where Arnold Leon’s at, what you like about him and what he needs to work on.

RR:  Lately, Arnold’s been doing a really good job of using his fastball more. I think that’s what he needed to do. He’s been more aggressive moving it in and out of the zone. His curveball was kind of a little bit loopy in the beginning of the year. He changed his grip and got a little bit tighter, so I think that’s helped him. His command’s always been pretty decent. His changeup was okay in the beginning, but it’s getting better now – it has a little bit later sink. So everything I think is starting to hit now and come together for him.

al628x471eAF:  Would you say that sometimes Mexican League pitchers try to be a little too fine and aren’t always as aggressive with their fastball as they ought to be?

RR:  When he got here last year, his fastball was very good, but his curveball was a little bit sharper. So I think he started to use his curveball a little bit more early and got away from using the fastball. So we were talking and we just decided he needed to use his fastball. He has a very good fastball with very good velocity and very good movement on it – use it, get ahead with it. And use that breaking ball a little bit later in the count instead of maybe over-exposing it too early in the game.

AF:  So it sounds like being aggressive with the fastball is really the key to his success at this point. Now I wanted to ask you about a new guy here who you probably haven’t had the chance to see whole lot of yet, and that’s Tucker Healy. He’s put up amazing strikeout numbers in the A’s system pitching out of the bullpen. He got into a couple of rough games here to start. But what have you been able to see out of him so far here?

RR:  I’m really just starting to get to know him and assess his strengths and what he needs to work on. From what I’ve seen, it looks like he has a good aggressive fastball and a nice little breaking ball. He’s not afraid to go after hitters. But it’s just more observation right now and just kind of seeing what he does and not give him too much instruction.

AF:  Is there anyone on the staff who you feel has made a big improvement or come a long way over the first half of the year?

jlJosh+Lindblom+Oakland+Athletics+Photo+Day+GzH80HnKvQXl2RR:  Well, Josh Lindblom. He didn’t have the best start in the world. And lately, his starts have been a lot more consistent in terms of having quality pitches and quality location. Unfortunately, he was just starting to get in that groove and he got hit in the ankle, so now he’s out for however many weeks. He was a guy who was really coming along. And hopefully, maybe it’s not as bad and he can come back and still pitch towards the end of the year with a few weeks left and then see what happens.

AF:  What’s the status of his ankle at this point?

RR:  I think he’s just going to go in a boot right now and just kind of rest it for a couple three weeks and then maybe just get another X-ray and see where it is…but it’s unfortunate that had to happen because he was making some good progress.

AF:  Is there anyone else you’ve seen make some real progress this year?

RR:  Well, Paul Smyth. He’s had quality outings against both left-handed hitters and right-handed hitters. He’s spotting his fastball. He doesn’t have that 95 mph fastball, but he’s in that 89-91 mph range with tremendous movement. He’s got a great slider. I think when he got here last year, left-handed hitters were hitting him a little bit better. But he’s made a great improvement on getting left-handed hitters out. He’s throwing strikes. He’s not afraid to come in in any situation. He’s very versatile – he’s pitched in the beginning of the game, he’s pitched late in the game. If you call down there, he’s ready to go. But he’s made tremendous improvement.

AF:  You’ve had a few experienced guys in your bullpen this year. Can you tell me a little bit about the guys you’ve been counting on down there this year?

RR:  Yeah, like Evan Scribner. He’s been very professional. He’s a very good pitcher. He’s been around. I had him when I was up in Oakland in the bullpen. He was very good up there. Fernando Rodriguez has been throwing the ball well. He’s coming back from Tommy John surgery. His velocity is up there now. His curveball is very sharp. I think the more times he gets out there, obviously the better off he’s going to be. So he just needs to pitch. Those two guys have been the mainstays of our bullpen. Jeremy McBryde has come a long way. Starting the year off, we really didn’t know where he was going to pitch. He kind of did a little bit of long relief, in the middle, some other stuff. And lately, he’s kind of been in a closing role with Scribner. And he’s excelled, he’s done very well, especially against right-handed hitters, and even against left-handed hitters. But he’s a guy who definitely can close a game just as well as Scribner can, or even Fernando coming in too. And then you’ve got Joe Savery from the left side, who has a very good fastball and breaking ball. Since he’s our only lefty, we’re trying to put him in situations where he can be used like he would be used in Oakland. And he’s been throwing the ball well. All in all, it’s been a good year. And I think guys are now starting to hit their stride, so that’s a good thing!

 

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Sunday, July 13th: Zach Neal Solid in Cats Loss as A’s Option Drew Pomeranz to Sacramento and Billy Burns Snatches 44th Base for Midland

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Zach Neal (6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 4 K)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Zach Neal (6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 4 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                          2

Sacramento River Cats  1

LP – Neal 2-5 / 4.80

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

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

With the A’s top five affiliates all losing on Sunday, RHP Zach Neal turned in the top performance of the day for the River Cats. Neal had a solid outing for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs while striking out 4 over 6 innings of work, but he still ended up taking the loss. Designated hitter Daric Barton had 2 hits and drove in the River Cats’ only run of the game, while shortstop Jake Elmore had a pair of hits, walked and stole a base, and catcher Ryan Ortiz and second baseman Jose Martinez both singled and walked in the loss. With infielder Andy Parrino recalled by the A’s, infielder Colin Walsh was reassigned to the River Cats from Stockton. The A’s also optioned LHP Drew Pomeranz to Sacramento, where he’ll now join LHP Tommy Milone and RHPs Arnold Leon, Matt Buschmann and Zach Neal in the River Cats rotation.

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Saturday, July 12th: Drew Pomeranz Impresses in Rehab Start for River Cats while Hiro Nakajima Homers in Hounds Win and Andy Parrino Rejoins A’s Roster

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Drew Pomeranz (4 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Drew Pomeranz (4 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                          3

Sacramento River Cats  4

WP – Buschmann 6-4 / 4.46

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Pomeranz

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

LHP Drew Pomeranz was impressive in his rehab start for the River Cats on Saturday, allowing just 1 hit, a home run in the 2nd inning, while walking none and striking out 7 over 4 innings of work. RHP Matt Buschmann gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, in 4 innings of relief to pick up the win, while RHP Jeremy McBryde tossed a scoreless 9th for his 8th save. Third baseman Alden Carrithers had 2 doubles and drove in a run, while left fielder Shane Peterson walked and doubled in a pair, and center fielder Kenny Wilson singled, walked, stole a base and scored a run for the River Cats. With Oakland infielder Alberto Callaspo landing on the disabled list, River Cats infielder Andy Parrino was recalled by the A’s on Saturday.

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Friday, July 4th: A’s Trade Addison Russell, Billy McKinney & Dan Straily to Cubs for Jeff Samardzija & Jason Hammel while Robertson, Olson & Nunez All Homer in Ports Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Daniel Robertson (3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 6 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Daniel Robertson (3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 6 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  17

San Jose Giants    6

WP – Sanchez 2-0 / 2.70

HR – Olson (24), Nunez (18), Robertson (12)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 6 RBIs)

On a night that saw two of the A’s top prospects, shortstop Addison Russell and outfielder Billy McKinney, traded to the Cubs, three of the team’s other big prospects had big nights for the Ports. Daniel Robertson, who is now the A’s top shortstop prospect, singled, doubled, homered and drove in 6 runs, while first baseman Matt Olson doubled, homered and drove in 4, and third baseman Renato Nunez singled, homered and drove in a pair. Catcher Ryan Gorton and outfielder Bobby Crocker collected 3 hits apiece. Starter Jake Sanchez allowed 6 runs, 4 earned, over 7 innings to pick up his 2nd win, while RHP Michael Ynoa tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief for the Ports. Meanwhile, second baseman Chad Pinder was placed on the Ports disabled list and, with McKinney’s departure, Herschel “Boog” Powell should now expect to see most of the playing time in center field for Stockton.

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Wednesday, July 2nd: Daric Barton Doubles Home Winning Run in 15th to Give Cats 11th Walk-Off Win while Addison Russell Has 3 Hits in Best Game since Return to RockHounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Daric Barton (2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Daric Barton (2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                 2

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Humber 3-4 / 3.74

HR – Parrino (6)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

First baseman Daric Barton’s double in the bottom of the 15th inning drove in the winning run and allowed the River Cats to notch their 11th walk-off win on Wednesday night in Sacramento. Outfielder Shane Peterson singled in the tying run ahead of Barton, while shortstop Andy Parrino’s 6th home run tied the game in the 4th inning before both teams battled through 10 scoreless innings. Starter Matt Buschmann allowed just 1 run over 7 innings of work, while RHPs Fernando Rodriguez, Evan Scribner and Jeremy McBryde combined to throw 5 scoreless innings in relief. RHP Philip Humber tossed 3 innings, giving up a run in top of the 15th, but he picked up his 3rd win when the Cats came back to put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to clinch another walk-off win at Raley Field.

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Thursday, June 26th: Andy Parrino’s HR in 11th Leads to Walk-Off Win for Cats while Matt Olson Hits 2 HRs in Ports Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Shortstop Andy Parrino (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Shortstop Andy Parrino (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Las Vegas 51s                   5

Sacramento River Cats  7

WP – Scribner 3-1 / 3.86

HR – Parrino (5)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Andy Parrino

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

With the game tied in the bottom of the 11th, shortstop Andy Parrino came up with 2 outs and a man on and slugged a game-winning walk-off home run for the River Cats on Thursday. Outfielder Shane Peterson singled, doubled and drove in 3 runs, while first baseman Nate Freiman and designated hitter Colin Walsh had a pair of hits apiece. Starter Josh Lindblom turned in a strong outing for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits over 7 innings and left the game with a 3-run lead. Rehabbing LHP Eric O’Flaherty gave up 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning of relief, while RHP Jeremy McBryde surrendered the tying run in the top of the 9th, and RHP Evan Scribner tossed a scoreless 10th and 11th to pick up his 3rd win for the River Cats. In other news, the A’s signed minor league free agent catcher Luis Exposito and assigned him to Sacramento. The 27-year-old backstop posted a .177/.252/.313 slash line in 29 games this season for Triple-A Toledo. Catcher Blake Forsythe was returned to Midland, while RockHounds outfielder Josh Whitaker is set to join the River Cats roster.

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Tuesday, June 17th: Higley’s Slam Leads Vermont to Victory while Hounds Win in Addison Russell’s Return and A’s DL Drew Pomeranz & Acquire Brad Mills

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Outfielder Justin Higley (Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Outfielder Justin Higley (Grand Slam)

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

Connecticut Tigers               0

Vermont Lake Monsters  5

WP – Perez 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Higley (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Justin Higley

(Grand Slam)

Outfielder Justin Higley stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and 1 out in the bottom of the 1st inning and slugged a grand slam to provide all the runs Vermont would need and give starter Cristhian Perez a comfortable cushion to work with on Tuesday. Perez was impressive, walking none and striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings to earn the win, while LHP Kevin Ferreras got the final 6 outs for the Lake Monsters. Shortstop Yairo Munoz singled and stole a base, while third baseman Chris Wolfe drove in Vermont’s only other run in the win.

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Monday, June 16th: Jensen & Buschmann Pitch Hounds & Cats to Victory as Addison Russell Returns to Midland and A’s Sign Top Pick Matt Chapman

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Chris Jensen (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Chris Jensen (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders        0

Midland RockHounds  3

WP – Jensen 4-6 / 4.02

HR – Aliotti (6)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Jensen

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

RHP Chris Jensen delivered an impressive start for Midland on Monday, allowing just 2 hits over 7 scoreless innings to earn his 4th win, while RHP Tucker Healy got the final 6 outs for his 3rd save. Right fielder Anthony Aliotti singled, doubled, homered and drove in 2 runs, while designated hitter Miles Head had a pair of doubles, and second baseman Conner Crumbliss singled and walked twice for the RockHounds. In other news, shortstop Addison Russell returned to the RockHounds on Monday but remained on the bench. The A’s top prospect is expected to be back in action on Tuesday. RHP Sean Murphy also returned to the RockHounds from Stockton, while RHP Marcus Walden was reassigned to Midland from Sacramento, and outfielders Josh Whitaker and Kent Matthes were both placed on the disabled list on Monday.

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A’s Farm’s 2014 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Stockton second baseman Chad Pinder leads all A's minor leaguers with a .577 slugging percentage.

Stockton second baseman Chad Pinder leads all A’s minor leaguers with a .577 slugging percentage.

With the California League and the Midwest League All-Star breaks taking place this week and all the minor league affiliates right around the halfway points of their seasons, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field have been in the A’s system in the first half of 2014. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2014 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton and Class-A Beloit. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were selected from hurlers who’ve had at least 7 starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader.

The asterisks denote players who may have also acquired statistics from other teams this season, though only their statistics from their primary team are listed below. Anthony Aliotti, Kent Matthes, Jose Chavez and Ryan Huck have all had stints with other teams in the A’s system, while Nick Buss and Andy Parrino have both done time in other teams’ systems, and Dan Straily, Evan Scribner and Parrino have all spent time in Oakland. But only the statistics from their primary teams are included below.

It’s also worth noting that long-time River Cats right fielder Michael Taylor was just traded to the White Sox on Saturday. But prior to that, he served in the most regular outfield lineup in the A’s system in Sacramento, along with Shane Peterson in center and Nick Buss left. Meanwhile, Max Muncy has only spent about half his time at first base this season while splitting the rest of his starts between designated hitter and third base. And speaking of third base, with Ryan Huck’s demotion from Beloit, B.A. Vollmuth has recently made the move from third base to first and Luis Baez has now stepped in as Beloit’s regular third baseman.

Check out our list of All-Star contenders at each position below. Then just click on the link below our list of contenders to find A’s Farm’s winning Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Ryan Ortiz (2 HR / .244 AVG / .400 OBP / .354 SLG / .754 OPS)

Midland – Beau Taylor (3 HR / .246 AVG / .303 OBP / .380 SLG / .684 OPS)

Stockton – Bruce Maxwell (5 HR / .273 AVG / .356 OBP / .392 SLG / .748 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Chavez (0 HR / .229 AVG / .292 OBP / .260 SLG / .553 OPS) *

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Nate Freiman (11 HR / .277 AVG / .354 OBP / .485 SLG / .839 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (5 HR / .257 AVG / .376 OBP / .421 SLG / .797 OPS) *

Stockton – Matt Olson (15 HR / .233 AVG / .384 OBP / .465 SLG / .849 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Huck (3 HR / .202 AVG / .312 OBP / .311 SLG / .623 OPS) *

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Tyler Ladendorf (2 HR / .315 AVG / .399 OBP / .455 SLG / .854 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (3 HR / .222 AVG / .332 OBP / .340 SLG / .672 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Pinder (11 HR / .308 AVG / .349 OBP / .577 SLG / .926 OPS)

Beloit – Sam Roberts (1 HR / .244 AVG / .307 OBP / .307 SLG / .614 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Andy Parrino (3 HR / .344 AVG / .411 OBP / .452 SLG / .862 OPS) *

Midland – Dusty Coleman (7 HR / .254 AVG / .322 OBP / .408 SLG / .730 OPS)

Stockton – Daniel Robertson (6 HR / .295 AVG / .384 OBP / .425 SLG / .809 OPS)

Beloit – Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .259 AVG / .346 OBP / .345 SLG / .691 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Alden Carrithers (1 HR / .308 AVG / .406 OBP / .384 SLG / .790 OPS)

Midland – Jefry Marte (4 HR / .234 AVG / .281 OBP / .333 SLG / .614 OPS)

Stockton – Renato Nunez (9 HR / .255 AVG / .321 OBP / .449 SLG / .770 OPS)

Beloit – B.A. Vollmuth (6 HR / .176 AVG / .263 OBP / .299 SLG / .562 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Nick Buss (2 HR / .305 AVG / .371 OBP / .404 SLG / .775 OPS) *

Midland – Kent Matthes (4 HR / .211 AVG / .248 OBP / .421 SLG / .669 OPS) *

Stockton – Bobby Crocker (5 HR / .257 AVG / .306 OBP / .388 SLG / .694 OPS)

Beloit – B.J. Boyd (4 HR / .220 AVG / .300 OBP / .331 SLG / .631 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Shane Peterson (4 HR / .302 AVG / .389 OBP / .408 SLG / .797 OPS)

Midland – Billy Burns (0 HR / .259 AVG / .335 OBP / .333 SLG / .668 OPS)

Stockton – Billy McKinney (7 HR / .228 AVG / .336 OBP / .375 SLG / .711 OPS)

Beloit – Herschel Powell (2 HR / .337 AVG / .449 OBP / .424 SLG / .873 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (5 HR / .243 AVG / .357 OBP / .385 SLG / .742 OPS)

Midland – Josh Whitaker (9 HR / .324 AVG / .374 OBP / .537 SLG / .911 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (8 HR / .226 AVG / .298 OBP / .398 SLG / .696 OPS)

Beloit – Tyler Marincov (7 HR / .248 AVG / .345 OBP / .429 SLG / .774 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Jose Martinez (3 HR / .267 AVG / .349 OBP / .350 SLG / .698 OPS)

Midland – Max Muncy (3 HR / .268 AVG / .378 OBP / .399 SLG / .777 OPS)

Stockton – Ryon Healy (7 HR / .242 AVG / .279 OBP / .385 SLG / .664 OPS)

Beloit – Luis Baez (2 HR / .263 AVG / .278 OBP / .384 SLG / .662 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Dan Straily (45 2/3 IP / 36 H / 18 ER / 18 BB / 46 K / 3.55 ERA / 1.18 WHIP) *

Midland – Nate Long (63 2/3 IP / 52 H / 24 ER / 18 BB / 48 K / 3.39 ERA / 1.10 WHIP)

Stockton – Seth Streich (74 IP / 66 H / 25 ER / 17 BB / 78 K / 3.04 ERA / 1.12 WHIP)

Beloit – Kyle Finnegan (75 2/3 IP / 58 H / 24 ER / 32 BB / 35 K / 2.85 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Evan Scribner (23 2/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 6 BB / 31 K / 4.56 ERA / 1.27 WHIP / 9 SV) *

Midland – Seth Frankoff (29 2/3 IP / 26 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 42 K / 2.73 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 12 SV)

Stockton – Austin House (29 IP / 29 H / 16 ER / 11 BB / 46 K / 4.97 ERA / 1.38 WHIP / 9 SV)

Beloit – Andres Avila (30 2/3 IP / 31 H / 10 ER / 5 BB / 22 K / 2.93 ERA / 1.17 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

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