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Saturday, August 29th: Sean Manaea’s 7 Shutout Innings & Anthony Aliotti’s 2-Run HR Help Hounds Win while Matt Stalcup Pitches Ports to Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Sean Manaea (7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 7 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds LHP Sean Manaea (7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       1

Midland RockHounds  2

WP – Manaea 5-1 / 2.68

HR – Aliotti (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Manaea

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

LHP Sean Manaea, acquired from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist trade, turned in another impressive start for the RockHounds on Saturday, scattering just 3 hits while striking out 7 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 5th win for Midland. RHP Tucker Healy tossed a scoreless 8th inning and RHP Brendan McCurry picked up his 4th save despite giving up a run in the top of the 9th. First baseman Anthony Aliotti hit a 2-run homer in the 6th to provide all the runs the RockHounds would need on Saturday. Shortstop Chad Pinder doubled, walked and scored a run, while third baseman Ryon Healy and designated hitter Renato Nunez had a pair of hits apiece, and second baseman Colin Walsh drew 3 walks to increase his league-leading total to 110 and raise his league-leading on-base percentage to .447.

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Sunday, August 23rd: Aaron Brooks Impresses in Sounds Win while Frazier, Covey, Fillmyer & Miller Are All Solid in Midland, Stockton, Beloit & Vermont Victories

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Aaron Brooks (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Aaron Brooks (7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  8

Reno Aces              4

WP – Brooks 7-5 / 3.56

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Aaron Brooks

(7 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K / Win)

Starter Aaron Brooks was impressive for the Sounds on Sunday, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 8 over 7 innings of work to earn the win for Nashville. Catcher Bryan Anderson and shortstop Tyler Ladendorf each had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs, while second baseman Joey Wendle had 2 hits and drove in a pair. Third baseman Brent Morel collected 4 hits, including a double, and scored 3 times, and outfielder Craig Gentry had 3 hits and drove in a run for the Sounds.

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Tuesday, August 18th: Top TX League Hitter Chad Pinder Has 4 Hits & 3 RBIs for Hounds while Aaron Brooks Makes Nashville Debut & Phil Coke Gets Cut

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

Springfield Cardinals      4

LP – McCurry 0-1 / 1.69

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

The A’s organizational RBI and batting average leader, shortstop Chad Pinder, did more to improve his numbers on Tuesday. The 23-year-old went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles while driving in all 3 of the RockHounds’ runs in the team’s 1-run loss. And Pinder’s 82 RBIs and .323 batting average both lead the Texas League as well. Starter Parker Frazier allowed 3 runs over 5 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Brendan McCurry, who hadn’t walked a batter in 9 innings since joining Midland, walked the bases loaded and then walked in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th to give Springfield the literal “walk-off” win on Tuesday. Meanwhile, RHP Tucker Healy landed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain and first baseman Anthony Aliotti returned from the temporarily inactive list for the RockHounds.

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Saturday, August 15th: Nick Rickles’ 2-Run Single Helps Hounds Win while Sean Nolin & Tyler Ladendorf Return to Action in Sounds Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Nick Rickles (2 for 3 / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Nick Rickles (2 for 3 / 2 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Tulsa Drillers                  4

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Doolittle 4-2 / 3.67

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Nick Rickles

(2 for 3 / 2 RBIs)

With two outs, two on and his team down by two runs in the bottom of the 7th, catcher Nick Rickles, getting a rare start at first base on Saturday, stroked a single to center field to bring in both runners and tie the game 4-4. Rickles also singled and scored a run in the 3rd, and the RockHounds plated the winning run in the 8th when second baseman Colin Walsh scored on designated hitter Chad Pinder’s sacrifice fly. Third baseman Ryon Healy had a pair of hits and a walk and drove in Rickles in the 3rd, while Matt Olson made a remarkable 9 putouts in right field. Starter Dillon Overton allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings of work, while LHP Jeff Urlaub gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief. RHP Ryan Doolittle struck out the side in the 8th to pick up his 4th win, and RHP Seth Frankoff got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 7th save. In other news, outfielder Chad Oberacker was activated from the disabled list, while third baseman Renato Nunez landed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, and first baseman Anthony Aliotti was placed on the temporarily inactive list for the RockHounds.

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Wednesday, August 12th: Wade Kirkland’s HR in 14th Helps Hounds Win in a Walk-Off while Tyler Marincov Drives in Game-Winner for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Second Baseman Wade Kirkland (2 for 6 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Second Baseman Wade Kirkland (2 for 6 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Springfield Cardinals     4

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Taylor 1-0 / 9.00

HR – Kirkland (4), Aliotti (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Wade Kirkland

(2 for 6 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

With two outs, a man on and his team down by a run in the bottom of the 14th, second baseman Wade Kirkland slugged a 2-run homer to give the RockHounds the walk-off win on Wednesday. And over his last 4 games for Midland, the utility infielder has now gone 10 for 20 with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs. Designated hitter Anthony Aliotti singled, doubled, homered, drove in 3 and scored twice for the Hounds. Starter Chris Jensen was strong, tossing 6 shutout innings, but he left with the game a scoreless tie. RHP Jonathan Joseph allowed 1 unearned run in the 7th and, with Midland up by two runs in the top of the 9th, RHP Seth Frankoff surrendered a 2-run homer to tie the game and send things to extra innings. LHP Omar Duran threw 3 scoreless frames in extras before catcher Beau Taylor took the mound and gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th. But thanks to Kirkland’s blast, Taylor was able to pick up his 1st win for the RockHounds.

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Wednesday, August 5th: Chad Pinder’s Grand Slam Helps Hounds Win while Dustin Driver Earns 1st Win for Vermont & Rangel Ravelo Joins Nashville

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

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

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       7

Midland RockHounds  8

WP – Manaea 2-1 / 3.60

HR – Pinder (13), Maxwell (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Chad Pinder

(Grand Slam)

Shortstop Chad Pinder has wielded the big bat in Midland’s series against Frisco. After hitting 2 home runs on Tuesday, Pinder slugged a grand slam in the 2nd inning on Wednesday to stake the RockHounds to a big lead early in what would turn out to be a tight, 1-run game. And Pinder is now hitting .450 with 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 7 RBIs over his last 5 games. Catcher Bruce Maxwell singled in a run in the 2nd and then hit a 2-run homer in the 3rd. Starter Sean Manaea allowed 4 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 over 6 innings of work to pick up his 2nd win for the RockHounds. Meanwhile, infielder Rangel Ravelo was promoted to Nashville, first baseman Anthony Aliotti was reassigned to the RockHounds, and RHP Tanner Peters was sent to the AZL A’s on a rehab assignment.

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Saturday, July 11th: Jonathan Joseph Leads Hounds to Shutout Victory while Jason Pridie Hits 12th Home Run in Sounds Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jonathan Joseph (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Jonathan Joseph (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds   2

NW Arkansas Naturals   0

WP – Joseph 6-3 / 2.45

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jonathan Joseph

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

RHP Jonathan Joseph turned in his second straight strong start on Saturday, allowing 5 hits while striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 6th win for the RockHounds. Since reaching the Double-A level for the first time this season, the 27-year-old minor league veteran has been impressive. And in 14 innings over his last 2 starts, Joseph has allowed just 1 earned run. After Joseph exited, RHP Tucker Healy pitched a perfect 8th, and RHP Ryan Dull got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 8th save and complete the 5-hit shutout on Saturday. Outfielder Matt Angle singled, stole a base and scored Midland’s first run in the top of the 1st, while second baseman Colin Walsh singled in a run for the Hounds. And with Matt Olson and Renato Nunez set to participate in the Futures Game, infielder Rangel Ravelo was assigned to Midland on Saturday and went 0 for 3 with a walk in his RockHounds debut.

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Sunday, June 14th: Nate Long Leads Shutout as Hounds Snap 8-Game Skid while Franklin Barreto Has 4 Hits and Homers in Ports Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Nate Long (7 2/3 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Nate Long (7 2/3 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       0

Midland RockHounds  8

WP – Long 4-4 / 2.52

HR – Nunez (8)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Nate Long

(7 2/3 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 5 K / Win)

RHP Nate Long turned in his 4th straight quality start to snap Midland’s 8-game losing streak on Sunday. The 29-year-old minor league veteran struck out 5 while throwing 7 2/3 shutout innings to earn his 4th win for the RockHounds, and Long now leads all A’s minor league pitchers with 64 strikeouts. RHP Tucker Healy tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to complete the shutout on Sunday. Third baseman Renato Nunez singled, doubled and hit his team-leading 8th home run, a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 1st, and ended up driving in 3 runs for the RockHounds. Center fielder Chad Oberacker singled, doubled, tripled, walked and scored 4 times, while designated hitter Matt Olson singled, walked 4 times, drove in 2 runs and scored twice, and outfielders Jaycob Brugman and Josh Whitaker had a pair of hits apiece in the Hounds’ first win in over a week.

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Oakland A’s & Nashville Sounds 2015 Roster Outlook

It was another busy offseason for A's GM Billy Beane

A’s GM Billy Beane was a busy boy this winter

For the moment, as we sit here perched on the precipice of February, let’s go out on a limb and assume that the majority of the A’s offseason work is now finally done – which is never an entirely safe bet with general manager Billy Beane at the helm. But considering the massive amount of roster turnover and the vast number of new players the team has acquired, the shape of the A’s major league roster actually appears to be fairly clear at this point. While little has changed in the A’s outfield, the rest of the roster will look plenty different from the team that took the field to start 2014…

 

2015 OAKLAND A’S

While last year’s team started out with the tandem of John Jaso and Derek Norris behind the plate, the 2015 model figures to count on a catching platoon of fan-favorite Stephen Vogt and newly-acquired Josh Phegley, who arrived from the White Sox as part of the Jeff Samardzija trade.

The A’s 2015 starting infield looks to be entirely different from 2014, with Eric Sogard likely to be the only returning infielder on the roster, but this time in a utility role. 25-year-old Brett Lawrie will take over for Josh Donaldson at the hot corner, while Berkeley native Marcus Semien has been annointed as the team’s new shortstop. He’ll be mentored up the middle by former All-Star Ben Zobrist, who is set to be the team’s primary second baseman. Slugger Ike Davis should be stationed at first base against right-handers with free-agent catch Billy Butler as the designated hitter, while Butler should take over at first against lefties with Rule-5 pick Mark Canha serving in the DH spot as a sort of new-fangled Nate Freiman. With Zobrist taking over at second, last year’s primary second baseman and the almost-face-of-MLB, Eric Sogard, will likely serve in a utility role, backing up Zobrist at second, Semien at short and Lawrie at third. Sogard has experience at all three positions in both the majors and the minors.

Brett Lawrie: Can he make A's fans forget Josh Donaldson?

Brett Lawrie: Can he make A’s fans forget Josh Donaldson?

As mentioned, there aren’t a lot of new faces in the A’s outfield in 2015. Josh Reddick returns as the team’s rifle-armed right fielder, while Coco Crisp will man center field, as long as his health allows – and A’s fans better hope and pray that’s a lot – and Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry should share duties in left field. Of course, the 2015 version of the A’s does possess similar versatility to last year’s model. If needed, Zobrist is perfectly capable of playing in the outfield, with Sogard slotting in at second. Canha can also do time in the outfield if needed and, like Sogard, Semien has played all over the infield with the exception of first base.

As far as the team’s starting rotation goes, only two members seem to be certain locks – veteran lefty Scott Kazmir and young righty Sonny Gray. General manager Billy Beane did mention in a conference call with reporters that returning lefty Drew Pomeranz and newly-acquired right-handers Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman may have “the inside track” for the remaining rotation spots. So assuming the GM’s opinion counts for something, one would have to assume that’s the group that’s most likely to make up the team’s starting five, though new acquisitions Chris Bassitt and Sean Nolin will surely be in on the competition as well and much will clearly depend on how spring training plays out.

It appears that the team may prefer to have Jesse Chavez back in the bullpen as a reliable long man and occasional spot starter if needed. And with Sean Doolittle set to miss the start of the season with shoulder issues, former Nationals closer Tyler Clippard is likely the leading candidate to take over Doolittle’s spot as the last man on the mound for the A’s. Fernando Abad and Eric O’Flaherty are set to be the team’s lefties out of the ‘pen, with Dan Otero and Ryan Cook available from the right side. That leaves one last bullpen spot available while Doolittle’s doing time on the DL. Since he’s out of options, it might be safe to give Evan Scribner the edge, though lefty Eury De La Rosa (acquired from Arizona) and righty R.J. Alvarez (picked up from the Padres) could also be distinct possibilities.

Of course, the team is counting on Doolittle to return at some point. And let’s not forget that A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker are both working their way back from Tommy John surgery with midseason returns quite possible for the pair.

 

2015 NASHVILLE SOUNDS

With all the young players the team acquired in trades, and plenty of minor league free agent signees as well, there will be a bit of a roster crunch at the top levels of the A’s farm system in 2015. And it’s going to be particularly difficult for many players to make the move up from Midland, with the possible exception of first baseman Max Muncy with the team’s top prospect, Matt Olson, set to take over at first for Midland in 2015. As things now stand, it appears that there are about 16 position players competing for what is typically 12 roster spots and 23 pitchers competing for what is typically 13 spots on the pitching staff at the A’s Triple-A affiliate. So let’s take a look at some of the players most likely to find themselves playing in Nashville as the PCL team begins its first season as the A’s top affiliate.

The team has two very experienced minor league catchers who’ve had the chance to get their feet wet in the majors and who’ll be waiting in the wings at Nashville in 2015. 28-year-old, lefty-swinging Bryan Anderson has caught 755 minor league games and has appeared in the majors with the Cardinals and the White Sox and even managed to get one at-bat with the A’s last year, while 34-year-old switch-hitter Luke Carlin has been behind the plate for 773 minor league games and has made appearances with San Diego, Arizona and Cleveland.

One of the A’s most exciting minor leaguers, speed-burner Billy Burns, should have the chance to run around the bases and tear up the turf in center field for Nashville in 2015. He’ll likely be flanked by a pair of minor league veterans – 29-year-old Matt Angle and 31-year-old Jason Pridie, who’s appeared with the Twins, the Mets, the Phillies, the Orioles and the Rockies – along with Josh Whitaker, who split last season between Sacramento and Midland.

Nashville’s infield should be anchored up the middle by shortstop Andy Parrino, newly-acquired second baseman Joe Wendle, and Tyler Ladendorf, who split time last season between second base and shortstop and can also play a little in the outfield. The corners could be a little crowded with Alden Carrithers returning at third base, newly-acquired Rangel Ravelo set to see time at third and first, Nate Freiman likely to play first and DH, as is Max Muncy, and Anthony Aliotti, who spent time at first as well as in the outfield for Sacramento last season, is also in the mix.

Infielders Colin Walsh and Niuman Romero, who was signed as a minor league free agent, will also be battling for a spot on the Nashville roster, but it might be tough unless injuries, trades or releases unexpectedly open the door to a roster spot. Due to the roster crunch, Romero, who’s spent over 700 minor league games at shortstop and second base, may end up sharing middle infield duties with Chad Pinder at Midland, where there aren’t a lot of legitimate shortstop options with the departure of Daniel Robertson in the Ben Zobrist deal with Tampa Bay.

Billy Burns: Will he set a new land speed record in Nashville?

Billy Burns: Will he set a new land speed record in Nashville?

When it comes to the Sounds’ starting rotation, between all the new acquisitions, minor league free agent signees and returning players, there should be an abundance of starting pitchers available at the Triple-A level that will make it almost impossible, barring some unexpected injuries, for any starters to make the move up from Midland, including deserving candidates like Nate Long and Chris Jensen. It also means that some better known pitching prospects like former 1st-rounder Deck McGuire aren’t likely to have much of a shot at starting the season with the Sounds.

If, as speculated, Kazmir, Gray, Hahn, Pomeranz and Graveman end up comprising the A’s starting five, that would leave seven solid candidates for the Sounds’ starting rotation, six of whom will be in major league camp this spring. Three of them are currently on the A’s 40-man roster and would probably be first in line – new acquisitions Chris Bassitt and Sean Nolin along with returning righty Arnold Leon – while minor league free agent additions Brad Mills and Rudy Owens, both of whom have gotten a taste of life in the majors, and returning righty Matt Buschmann would all be solid options. Zach Neal, who was one of Sacramento’s most solid starters last season, may be at a bit of a disadvantage since he won’t be participating in the major league camp with the others. But depending on how everything shakes out, they all have a legitimate shot at starting the season in the Sounds’ starting rotation.

Thanks to multiple minor league free agent signings, the bullpen picture is even more crowded, with at least 16 pitchers competing for what will likely be 8 bullpen spots in Nashville. Two who were acquired in trades during the offseason, lefty Eury De La Rosa and righty R.J. Alvarez, are on the 40-man roster, as is righty Taylor Thompson, who was claimed off waivers. As long as they don’t make the major league roster, they should all be assured spots, as should righty Fernando Rodriguez, who posted a 1.97 ERA at Sacramento and allowed 1 run in 7 appearances for the A’s last season.

That leaves five veteran minor league free agent signees – righties Kevin Whelan and Brock Huntzinger, lefties Ryan Verdugo and Jim Fuller and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte (yes, he throws with both arms!) – five returning players who spent all or part of last season at Sacramento – righties Angel Castro, Paul Smyth, Seth Frankoff and Tucker Healy, plus lefty Jeff Urlaub – and two solid pitching prospects who had strong seasons at Midland last year – righties Ryan Dull and Ryan Doolittle – all competing for the remaining four spots in the Sounds’ bullpen.

Of course, one never knows what unexpected injuries might sideline some arms to start the season but, regardless, a number of these names who don’t make the cut with the Sounds are bound to end up in the bullpen at Midland, where Nate Long, Chris Jensen, Sean Murphy and Drew Granier could all be returning to the RockHounds’ rotation this season, perhaps along with someone like Deck McGuire.

Speaking of the A’s Double-A affiliate, some of the team’s top prospects will be found in Midland’s infield this year, with Matt Olson at first, Renato Nunez at third, and Chad Pinder and Ryon Healy in the infield mix there as well. Top catching prospect Bruce Maxwell will be competing for a spot behind the plate with Blake Forsythe and Ryan Ortiz, as well as fellow backstops Beau Taylor and Carson Blair. Meanwhile, the outfield should primarily be comprised of returning RockHounds like Kent Matthes, Chad Oberacker and Conner Crumbliss, with the possible addition of Jaycob Brugman, who proved himself at both Beloit and Stockton last season.

But let’s clearly lay out the possible players on your 2015 Oakland A’s and Nashville Sounds opening day rosters right here (just click on each player’s name below to view their complete stats page)…

Friday, August 29th: Wade Kirkland Slugs Grand Slam in Stockton Win while Sacramento Slips into Second Place after Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Second Baseman Wade Kirkland (Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Second Baseman Wade Kirkland (Grand Slam)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  17

Modesto Nuts       5

WP – Bowman 8-7 / 5.03

HR – Kirkland (4)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Wade Kirkland

(Grand Slam)

After scoring 11 runs in Thursday’s game, Stockton came back to put 17 runs on the board on Friday. Second baseman Wade Kirkland slugged a grand slam in the 6th inning to help put the game out of reach, while third baseman Ryon Healy collected 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in 3, and catcher Beau Taylor doubled, had a pair of singles and a pair of walks and drove in 4. Starter Josh Bowman allowed 5 runs over 5 innings of work to pick up his 8th win, while RHPs Andres Avila and Bobby Wahl each tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief for the Ports.

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