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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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Tuesday, September 1st: Tyler Marincov’s 4 RBIs Help Ports Stage Comeback Victory while Dillon Overton K’s 7 in Hounds Win & AFL Rosters Are Set

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Tyler Marincov (2 for 4 / Double / 4 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Tyler Marincov (2 for 4 / Double / 4 RBI)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   9

Visalia Rawhide   5

WP – Roberts 5-2 / 3.41

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

(2 for 4 / Double / 4 RBIs)

After being down by 5 runs after just 3 innings on Tuesday, Stockton staged a startling comeback victory by putting 9 runs on the board over the next 5 innings. Right fielder Tyler Marincov drove in 4 of those runs – one on a single in the 4th, two on a double in the 6th and a final one on a sacrifice fly in the 7th. Center fielder Brett Vertigan had 3 hits, drove in a run and scored twice, while left fielder B.J. Boyd had 2 hits and a walk, stole a base and drove in a run, and second baseman Branden Cogswell and designated hitter Michael Soto had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports. RHP Daniel Mengden had a shaky start for Stockton, allowing 5 runs over 3 innings of work, while RHP Sam Roberts pitched 3 perfect innings in relief to pick up the win, and RHP Ben Bracewell got the final seven outs to post his 6th save for Stockton.

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Sunday, August 16th: Sean Manaea Throws 6 Scoreless Innings & Matt Olson Hits 14th HR in Hounds’ 5-Hit Shutout while Sean Doolittle Strikes Out the Side in Sounds’ Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Sean Manaea (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds LHP Sean Manaea (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Tulsa Drillers                  0

Midland RockHounds  9

WP – Manaea 3-1 / 2.84

HR – Olson (14)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Manaea

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

LHP Sean Manaea led the RockHounds to their 16th shutout of the season on Sunday. The former 1st-round draft pick scattered 4 hits while striking out 5 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win, and two of the recently-acquired lefty’s four starts for Midland have now resulted in shutouts. RHP Kris Hall tossed a scoreless 7th, while RHP Andres Avila pitched a perfect 8th, and RHP Jonathan Joseph got the the final three outs in the 9th to nail down the 5-hit shutout for the Hounds. Right fielder Matt Olson had a big day at the plate, doubling in a pair in the bottom of the 3rd, hitting a 2-run homer in the 5th and doubling and scoring in the 7th, and Olson now has 31 doubles and 14 home runs on the season. Designated hitter Chad Pinder had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while center fielder Jaycob Brugman doubled in a pair. Left fielder Josh Whitaker had a pair of hits and drove in a run, and catcher Beau Taylor walked and doubled in the first run of the game for the RockHounds.

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Friday, August 14th: Cody Martin Throws 7 Strong Innings & Sean Doolittle Makes Rehab Appearance in Sounds Win while Chris Iriart Hits Game-Winning HR for Vermont

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Cody Martin (7 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Cody Martin (7 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  9

Iowa Cubs               2

WP – Martin 2-3 / 5.14

HR – Roberts (11)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Cody Martin

(7 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

When he was scratched from his scheduled start for Nashville on Thursday, it was expected that RHP Cody Martin would be making his next start for Oakland on Friday. But the A’s decided to select LHP Brad Mills to make the start at Baltimore. Martin did end up making a start on Friday, not for the A’s at Baltimore, but for the Sounds at Iowa. And Martin turned in a strong start for Nashville, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 6 over 7 innings of work to earn is 2nd win for the Sounds. Rehabbing LHP Sean Doolittle struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning while throwing 12 pitches, 8 for strikes, and RHP Ryan Dull got the final three outs in the 9th to close out the win for Nashville. First baseman Rangel Ravelo singled and tripled in a pair of runs in the top of the 1st, while second baseman Joey Wendle singled, tripled in a run in the 2nd, doubled in a run in the 9th and scored 3 times. Designated hitter Ryan Roberts walked twice and hit his 11th home run in the top of the 4th, and outfielder Jason Pridie had a pair of hits and drove in 3 runs for the Sounds. With Mills’ promotion to Oakland, RHP Arnold Leon was optioned back to Nashville, RHP Taylor Thompson was designated for assignment, LHP Jim Fuller was activated from the disabled list and RHP Kris Hall was returned to the RockHounds.

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Monday, August 3rd: Jake Sanchez Leads Hounds to Shutout Win while Sounds Stage Comeback Victory & Jacob Nottingham hits 1st HR for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders       0

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Sanchez 9-7 / 4.78

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jake Sanchez

(6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 3 BB / 4 K / Win)

Starter Jake Sanchez allowed just 3 hits while striking out 4 over 6 shutout innings to earn his 9th win for Midland on Monday. And it was the second straight start in which Sanchez has not allowed an earned run over 6 innings of work for the RockHounds. RHP Tucker Healy tossed a scoreless 7th and RHP Ryan Doolittle got the final six outs to complete the 4-hit shutout for the Hounds. Designated hitter Ryon Healy had 2 hits and 2 walks and drove in 2 runs, while right fielder Matt Olson singled, doubled and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Healy was named the Texas League Player of the Week, while LHP Sean Manaea was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week. Healy went 12 for 27 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs while driving in 9 runs last week. And Manaea struck out 9 in 7 shutout innings to earn the win in his debut for Midland last week after coming over from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist trade.

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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 23rd: Parker Frazier Leads Midland to Shutout Win while Franklin Barreto & Dylan Covey Land on DL for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Parker Frazier (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 1 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Parker Frazier (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions    0

Midland RockHounds  7

WP – Frazier 2-0 / 0.44

HR – Olson (9)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Parker Frazier

(8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 1 K / Win)

RHP Parker Frazier, recently acquired from the Arizona organization, allowed just 3 hits over 8 shutout innings to earn the win for the RockHounds on Thursday. And Frazier has now tossed 14 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts for Midland. RHP Ryan Doolittle returned from the disabled list to toss a scoreless 9th and complete the 4-hit shutout for the RockHounds. Left fielder Jaycob Brugman had 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in a run, while center fielder Chad Oberacker singled, doubled, tripled and scored twice. Right fielder Matt Olson slugged his 9th home run, his first since June 20, and second baseman Colin Walsh had a pair of doubles to run his league-leading total to 29.

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Friday, July 17th: Parker Frazier Leads Hounds to Shutout Victory while Zach Neal Is Solid in Sounds’ Walk-Off Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Parker Frazier (6 2/3 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 0 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Parker Frazier (6 2/3 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 0 K)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions    0

Midland RockHounds  2

WP – Frazier 1-0 / 0.73

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Parker Frazier

(6 2/3 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 0 K / Win)

RHP Parker Frazier, recently acquired from the Arizona organization, led the RockHounds’ shutout of San Antonio on Friday. Frazier scattered 7 hits over 6 2/3 shutout innings to earn his 1st win for Midland. Relievers Omar Duran, Tucker Healy and Ryan Dull combined to throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, with Dull earning his 11th save for the Hounds. Right fielder Matt Olson singled, doubled and drove in his 40th run of the season for the RockHounds.

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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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Tuesday, July 7th: Chad Oberacker’s Big Bat Helps Hounds Win while Nate Long, Kyle Finnegan & Brett Graves All Have Solid Outings for Sounds, Ports & Snappers

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Chad Oberacker (2 for 4 / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Chad Oberacker (2 for 4 / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals   8

Midland RockHounds   9

WP – Avila 1-1 / 4.56

HR – Walsh (10)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(2 for 4 / Double / 3 RBIs)

With two on, two outs and the game tied in the bottom of the 5th, outfielder Chad Oberacker singled in a pair of runs to give the RockHounds a 2-run lead on Tuesday night. Oberacker also doubled, walked and drove in another run in the game, while second baseman Colin Walsh hit his 10th home run to lead off the 5th, and catcher Bruce Maxwell, shortstop Chad Pinder and first baseman Matt Olson each had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the RockHounds. After three straight quality starts, RHP Jake Sanchez had a rough outing on Tuesday, allowing 6 runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings, and he left the game with his team down by 3 runs. RHP Andres Avila pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings in relief to earn his 1st win, while RHP Seth Frankoff allowed 2 unearned runs in the 9th, with the help of a fielding error by third baseman Renato Nunez, but held on to pick up his 4th save for the Hounds.

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