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A’s Farm in Top 5 MLB Blogs in 2013!

A's Farm joins the Top 5!

A’s Farm joins the big 5!

Well, the results are in – and A’s Farm was ranked in the Top 5 MLB blogs for 2013! At our peak late in the season, we were averaging almost 6,000 hits per week and over 20,000 hits per month. And we want to be sure to thank all you devoted A’s fans who are clearly committed to learning as much as possible about the organization from top to bottom.

We also want to thank MLB Trade Rumors for repeatedly featuring A’s Farm as one of their top blog picks of the week, Baseball Reference for regularly featuring us in their player news section, and A’s Nation who’s allowed us to provide weekly minor league updates during the season for all those A’s fans who get their A’s news from the biggest and best A’s blog on the web.

In 2013, A’s Farm profiled the A’s top prospects, offered progress reports on the team’s top draft picks, named the A’s organizational all-stars, and featured interviews with top players and prospects like Dan Straily, Sonny Gray and Addison Russell, along with front office personnel like director of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, director of player personnel Billy Owens, scouting director Eric Kubota and super scout Grady Fuson. All that in addition to our daily updates on all the A’s minor league affiliates – the Sacramento River CatsMidland RockHounds, Stockton PortsBeloit SnappersVermont Lake Monsters and the Arizona League A’s.

Stay tuned for much more right here in 2014, and be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm, and sign up to get our weekly A’s minor league update e-mailed to you during the season to stay up to date on all the latest down on the farm!

Friday, June 28th: Bacus Pitches Snappers to Victory while Ports Win and Cats & Hounds Both Fall on Friday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Dakota Bacus (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

Beloit Snappers RHP Dakota Bacus (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                         8

Sacramento River Cats  1

LP – Straily 3-1 / 1.46

HR – Peterson (6)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(Home Run)

 

Third baseman Andy Parrino’s fielding error opened the door to 4 unearned runs in the 4th inning, and starter Dan Straily ended up allowing 6 runs, just 2 earned, on 9 hits while striking out 6 over 6 innings to take his 1st loss for Sacramento. Outfielder Shane Peterson hit his 6th home run in the 2nd inning to account for the River Cats’ only run of the game.

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Sunday, June 23rd: All 6 Affiliates Win as Granier & Alcantara Make Impressive Debuts for Hounds & Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Drew Granier (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew Granier (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB /    4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox    4

Sacramento River Cats   20

WP – Billings 9-4 / 4.46

HR – Choice (11), Montz (9)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Stephen Vogt

(3 for 5 / Double / 5 RBIs)

 

Starter Bruce Billings allowed 4 runs on 5 hits while striking out 6 over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his 9th win. But it was the River Cats’ hitters who did moost of the heavy lifting on Sunday. Catcher Stephen Vogt had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 5 runs, while third baseman Scott Moore also doubled and drove in 5, and second baseman Grant Green collected 4 hits, including a pair of doubles, drove in a run and scored 3 times for the River Cats.

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A’s Farm in Top 10 MLB Blogs in 2012!

Josh Reddick

Josh Reddick gave A’s Farm a taste of things to come in spring training!

Well, the results are in – and in our first year out of the box, A’s Farm was ranked in the Top 10 MLB blogs for 2012! At our peak late in the season, we were averaging almost 5,000 hits per week and almost 20,000 hits per month. And we want to be sure to thank all you devoted A’s fans who are obviously committed to learning as much as possible about the organization from top to bottom.

We also want to thank MLB Trade Rumors for repeatedly featuring A’s Farm as one of their top blog picks of the week, Baseball Reference for regularly featuring us in their player news section, and A’s Nation who asked us to provide a weekly minor league update during the season for the hordes of A’s fans who get their A’s news from the biggest and best A’s blog on the web.

In 2012, A’s Farm profiled the A’s new players and top prospects, offered progress reports on the team’s top draft picks, named the A’s organizational all-stars, and featured interviews with GM Billy Beane, along with players like Josh Reddick, Derek Norris and Sean Doolittle, and front office personnel like assistant GM David Forst, scouting director Eric Kubota and director of player personnel Billy Owens. And in one of our most popular pieces of the year, A’s Farm profiled A’s super-scout and Moneyball bad guy Grady Fuson. All that in addition to our daily updates on all the A’s minor league affiliates – the Sacramento River Cats, Midland RockHounds, Stockton Ports, Burlington Bees, Vermont Lake Monsters and the Arizona League A’s.

Stay tuned for much more right here in 2013, and be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm to keep up to date on all the A’s minor league teams and top prospects down on the farm!

 

A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team

A’s top prospect Addison Russell

With the 2012 minor league season now complete, it’s a good time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2012. And with that in mind, we’re naming A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-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, Class-A Burlington, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2012. 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 were selected from hurlers who had at least 100 innings pitched for each club, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, and players’ major league statistics were not included.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of 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 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 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Derek Norris (9 HR / .271 AVG / .329 OBP / .477 SLG / .806 OPS)

Midland – Ryan Lipkin (4 HR / .193 AVG / .222 OBP / .297 SLG / .519 OPS) *

Stockton – Max Stassi (15 HR / .268 AVG / .331 OBP / .468 SLG / .799 OPS)

Burlington – Nick Rickles (6 HR / .220 AVG / .257 OBP / .328 SLG / .584 OPS)

Vermont – Bruce Maxwell (0 HR / .277 AVG / .356 OBP / .349 SLG / .705 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Phil Pohl (3 HR / .292 AVG / .381 OBP / .450 SLG / .831 OPS) *

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Daric Barton (8 HR / .255 AVG / .411 OBP / .425 SLG / .835 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (10 HR / .292 AVG / .385 OBP / .426 SLG / .811 OPS)

Stockton – A.J. Kirby-Jones (21 HR / .248 AVG / .382 OBP / .461 SLG / .843 OPS)

Burlington – Max Muncy (4 HR / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS)

Vermont – Jacob Tanis (2 HR / .261 AVG / .333 OBP / .336 SLG / .670 OPS)

AZL A’s – Matt Olson (9 HR / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS) *

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Eric Sogard (5 HR / .331 AVG / .417 OBP / .484 SLG / .901 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Ladendorf (9 HR / .240 AVG / .324 OBP / .358 SLG / .682 OPS)

Stockton – Ryan Pineda (5 HR / .241 AVG / .325 OBP / .367 SLG / .692 OPS) *

Burlington – Chih Fang Pan (2 HR / .243 AVG / .300 OBP / .324 SLG / .625 OPS)

Vermont – Chris Bostick (3 HR / .251 AVG / .325 OBP / .369 SLG / .694 OPS)

AZL A’s – Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Brandon Hicks (18 HR / .244 AVG / .350 OBP / .506 SLG / .856 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (15 HR / .201 AVG / .284 OBP / .363 SLG / .647 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Gilmartin (9 HR / .256 AVG / .339 OBP / .360 SLG / .699 OPS)

Burlington – Sean Jamieson (11 HR / .244 AVG / .354 OBP / .389 SLG / .743 OPS)

Vermont – Wilfredo Solano (1 HR / .217 AVG / .263 OBP / .286 SLG / .549 OPS)

AZL A’s – Addison Russell (7 HR / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS) *

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Stephen Parker (7 HR / .256 AVG / .327 OBP / .390 SLG / .717 OPS)

Midland – Miles Head (23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS) *

Stockton – B.A. Vollmuth (14 HR / .261 AVG / .336 OBP / .405 SLG / .741 OPS) *

Burlington – Wade Kirkland (8 HR / .237 AVG / .306 OBP / .398 SLG / .705 OPS)

Vermont – Chad Lewis (3 HR / .219 AVG / .271 OBP / .289 SLG / .559 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Renato Nunez (4 HR / .325 AVG / .403 OBP / .550 SLG / .953 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Grant Green (15 HR / .296 AVG / .338 OBP / .458 SLG / .796 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (10 HR / .257 AVG / .414 OBP / .391 SLG / .805 OPS)

Stockton – Josh Whitaker (20 HR / .259 AVG / .325 OBP / .472 SLG / .796 OPS)

Burlington – Royce Consigli (5 HR / .211 AVG / .292 OBP / .336 SLG / .628 OPS)

Vermont – Austin Booker (0 HR / .253 AVG / .337 OBP / .300 SLG / .637 OPS)

AZL A’s – Herschel Powell (0 HR / .306 AVG / .383 OBP / .315 SLG / .698 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Jermaine Mitchell (6 HR / .252 AVG / .345 OBP / .386 SLG / .731 OPS)

Midland – Michael Choice (10 HR / .287 AVG / .356 OBP / .423 SLG / .779 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Oberacker (15 HR / .267 AVG / .336 OBP / .443 SLG / .779 OPS) *

Burlington – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .206 AVG / .319 OBP / .261 SLG / .580 OPS)

Vermont – Brett Vertigan (1 HR / .266 AVG / .338 OBP / .375 SLG / .713 OPS)

AZL A’s – B.J. Boyd (1 HR / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (12 HR / .287 AVG / .405 OBP / .441 SLG / .846 OPS)

Midland – Jeremy Barfield (13 HR / .272 AVG / .322 OBP / .415 SLG / .737 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (27 HR / .239 AVG / .310 OBP / .448 SLG / .758 OPS) *

Burlington – Bobby Crocker (6 HR / .268 AVG / .347 OBP / .369 SLG / .716 OPS)

Vermont – John Wooten (4 HR / .276 AVG / .316 OBP / .391 SLG / .706 OPS) *

AZL A’s – Vicmal De La Cruz (3 HR / .230 AVG / .291 OBP / .378 SLG / .668 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Kila Ka’aihue (15 HR / .256 AVG / .367 OBP / .496 SLG / .863 OPS)

Midland – Josh Horton (9 HR / .280 AVG / .349 OBP / .414 SLG / .763 OPS) *

Stockton – Tony Thompson (11 HR / .276 AVG / .344 OBP / .442 SLG / .785 OPS)

Burlington – Douglas Landaeta (10 HR / .244 AVG / .283 OBP / .377 SLG / .660 OPS)

Vermont – Miguel Marte (3 HR / .230 AVG / .275 OBP / .331 SLG / .606 OPS)

AZL A’s – Daniel Robertson (5 HR / .241 AVG / .330 OBP / .400 SLG / .730 OPS) *

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Graham Godfrey (104 IP / 98 H / 38 ER / 26 BB / 60 K / 3.29 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)

Midland – Sonny Gray (152 IP / 158 H / 72 ER / 58 BB / 99 K / 4.26 ERA / 1.42 WHIP) *

Stockton – Josh Bowman (151 2/3 IP / 164 H / 62 ER / 35 BB / 130 K / 3.68 ERA / 1.31 WHIP) *

Burlington – Drew Granier (162 2/3 IP / 149 H / 58 ER / 53 BB / 167 K / 3.21 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

Vermont – Andres Avila (66 IP / 68 H / 28 ER / 16 BB / 60 K / 3.82 ERA / 1.27 WHIP)

AZL A’s – Vince Voiro (37 1/3 IP / 35 H / 15 ER / 8 BB / 41 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.15 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Evan Scribner (35 2/3 IP / 26 H / 12 ER / 10 BB / 38 K / 3.03 ERA / 1.01 WHIP / 8 SV)

Midland – Jonathan Ortiz (62 1/3 IP / 58 H / 26 ER / 18 BB / 50 K / 3.75 ERA / 1.22 WHIP / 15 SV)

Stockton – Zach Thornton (53 2/3 IP / 57 H / 27 ER / 19 BB / 70 K / 4.53 ERA / 1.42 WHIP / 16 SV)

Burlington – Jonathan Joseph (93 2/3 IP / 93 H / 52 ER / 43 BB / 89 K / 5.00 ERA / 1.45 WHIP / 12 SV) *

Vermont – Austin House (28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP / 5 SV) *

AZL A’s – Dakota Bacus (30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team – The Winners

 

 

CATCHER

Phil Pohl

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters

(3 HR / .292 AVG / .381 OBP / .450 SLG / .831 OPS) *

 

 

FIRST BASE

Daric Barton

Sacramento River Cats

(8 HR / .255 AVG / .411 OBP / .425 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

 

SECOND BASE

Melvin Mercedes

AZL A’s

(0 HR / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS)

 

 

SHORTSTOP

Addison Russell

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters / Burlington Bees

(7 HR / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS) *

 

 

THIRD BASE

Miles Head

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

(23 HR / .333 AVG / .391 OBP / .577 SLG / .968 OPS) *

 

 

LEFT FIELD

Conner Crumbliss

Midland RockHounds

(10 HR / .257 AVG / .414 OBP / .391 SLG / .805 OPS)

 

 

CENTER FIELD

B.J. Boyd

AZL A’s

(1 HR / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS)

 

 

RIGHT FIELD

Michael Taylor

Sacramento River Cats

(12 HR / .287 AVG / .405 OBP / .441 SLG / .846 OPS)

 

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Kila Ka’aihue

Sacramento River Cats

(15 HR / .256 AVG / .367 OBP / .496 SLG / .863 OPS)

 

 

STARTING PITCHER

Drew Granier

Burlington Bees

(162 2/3 IP / 149 H / 58 ER / 53 BB / 167 K / 3.21 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

 

 

CLOSER

Dakota Bacus

AZL A’s

(30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

 

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Friday, August 31st: Robinson’s 5 RBIs Lead Ports to Victory while Ynoa Wins 1st for Vermont and AZL A’s Drop Championship Game

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Dusty Robinson    (3 for 4 / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  6

Salt Lake Bees               10

(LP – Hernandez 3-2 / 4.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Carlos Hernandez had a rough outing on Friday, allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, on 9 hits over 4 innings to take the loss. First baseman Daric Barton hit his 8th home run and drove in 2 runs, while outfielder Michael Taylor doubled in a pair of runs for the River Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

San Antonio Missions   4

Midland RockHounds  2

(LP – Castro 2-7 / 4.63)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher David Freitas

(Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro allowed 3 runs and struck out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to take his 7th loss, while catcher David Freitas, acquired from the Nationals in the Kurt Suzuki deal, doubled, hit his 1st home run for the RockHounds and drove in 2 runs in the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Visalia Rawhide   2

Stockton Ports   6

(WP – Murphy 8-8 / 4.80)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Dusty Robinson

(3 for 4 / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Dusty Robinson had a big night for the Ports, collecting 3 hits, including his 17th home run and driving in 5 runs. Starter Sean Murphy had a solid outing for Stockton, tossing 6 scoreless innings to earn his 8th win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees        3

Clinton LumberKings  5

(LP – Lamb 3-3 / 5.03)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Wade Kirkland

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Chris Lamb allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits over 6 innings to take his 3rd loss, while third baseman Wade Kirkland blasted a 2-run homer, his 8th, for the Bees.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Tri-City ValleyCats            2

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

(WP – Ynoa 1-3 / 8.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Jacob Tanis

(3 for 4 / Double / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Jacob Tanis collected 3 hits, including a double, and scored 2 of Vermont’s 3 runs on Friday night. Starter Seth Streich, allowed just 1 hit and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless innings of work, while Michael Ynoa picked up his 1st win for Vermont after giving up 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2 in 3 scoreless innings of relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Rangers    3

AZL Athletics  1

(LP – Paulino 0-1 / 5.06)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: The A’s, who finished the season with a record of 37-17, fell to the Rangers in the Arizona League championship game on Friday night. Starter Gregory Paulino allowed 3 runs and struck out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. Hot-hitting Renato Nunez did his part by homering for the A’s only run of the game.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

Midland @ Frisco – 7:00pm CT

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Wisconsin @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Tri-City @ Vermont – 6:05pm ET

 

 

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Thursday, August 30th: Oberacker’s 2 HRs Lead Ports to Victory while Cats Win and Hounds & Bees Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Chad Oberacker (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats    3

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  2

(WP – Banwart 9-5 / 3.85)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(6 IP / 2 ER / 1 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Travis Banwart had a solid outing for Sacramento, allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits over 6 innings to earn his 9th win. Daric Barton singled in a key run with 2 outs in the 4th inning to help give the River Cats the win on Thursday night.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

San Antonio Missions   3

Midland RockHounds  2

(LP – Bowman 0-1 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Josh Horton

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his first start with Midland since being promoted from Stockton, right-hander Josh Bowman allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings to take the loss. Right-hander Paul Smyth came on to strike out 5 in 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, while second baseman Josh Horton hit his 9th home run for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports  9

Modesto Nuts    3

(WP – Huttenlocker 3-1 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Chad Oberacker had a big night for Stockton, hitting his 11th and 12th home runs and driving in 4 runs on the night. Catcher Ryan Ortiz doubled and drove in 3 runs, and third baseman Tony Thompson doubled and drove in 2. A.J. Huttenlocker, getting his first start of the season, allowed 2 runs and struck out 7 over 5 innings to earn the win, while right-hander T.J. Walz struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced in 2 perfect innings of relief.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees        1

Clinton LumberKings  3

(LP – Peters 2-6 / 3.16)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tanner Peters

(6 2/3 IP / 3 ER / 8 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tanner Peters allowed 3 runs while striking out 8 in 6 2/3 innings to take his 6th loss. The Bees managed just 3 hits on Thursday, 1 apiece from third baseman Wade Kirkland, second baseman Sam Roberts and shortstop Addison Russell. Outfielder John Wooten and right-handed reliever Austin House both made their debuts with Burlington on Thursday night after being promoted from Vermont, with House tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Wooten going 0 for 4 in the loss.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  8

Lowell Spinners                0

(WP – Vail 3-3 / 3.83)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tyler Vail

(6 IP / 0 ER / 9 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Nolan Sanburn struck out 4 in 3 scoreless innings of work, while right-hander Tyler Vail allowed just 1 hit and struck out 9 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win for Vermont. Shortstop Daniel Robertson collected 3 hits and drove in a pair of runs in the win.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Cubs          3

AZL Athletics  15

(WP – Massey 1-0 / 0.00)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run / Triple / 5 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Renato Nunez continued his hot-hitting in Thursday’s Arizona League semi-final game, collecting 3 hits, including a triple and a home run, and driving in 5 runs. Catcher Phil Pohl and outfielder Herschel Powell drove in a pair of runs apiece. Starter Vince Voiro struck out 6 in 3 scoreless innings, while left-hander Taylor Massey picked up the win with 2 innings of scoreless relief.

 

Friday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

San Antonio @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Burlington @ Clinton – 6:30pm CT

Tri-City @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

AZL Rangers @ AZL Athletics – 7:00 PT

 

 

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Wednesday, August 29th: Weeks Helps Cats Clinch Division Title while Hounds Win and Ports & Bees Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats 2B Jemile Weeks (Double / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats    4

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  3

(WP – Ross 6-2 / 2.67)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Jemile Weeks

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: With Sacramento down 3-2, second baseman Jemile Weeks doubled in 2 runs with 2 outs in the 9th inning to help the River Cats clinch their 6th straight Pacific Coast League division title on Wednesday night. In his first game with the team since being acquired from the Cubs for Anthony Recker, catcher Blake Lalli collected 3 hits, including a home run. Starter Bruce Billings allowed 2 runs over 6 innings of work, while right-hander Tyson Ross picked up the win with 2 innings in relief. The River Cats will face the PCL Northern Divison winner in the first round of the playoffs starting at Raley Field in Sacramento on September 5th.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

San Antonio Missions   4

Midland RockHounds  5

(WP – Gray 6-9 / 4.14)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(8 IP / 1 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sonny Gray turned in another strong outing for the RockHounds on Wednesday, allowing 1 run on 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 6 over 8 innings to earn the win. Designated hitter Matt Rizzotti homered and drove in 3 runs for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports  2

Modesto Nuts    5

(LP – Long 4-4 / 5.12)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Michael Gilmartin

(2 for 2 / Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Nate Long had another rocky outing for the Ports, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings to take his 4th loss. Shortstop Michael Gilmartin and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth both homered in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees        3

Clinton LumberKings  6

(LP – Mye 4-1 / 3.92)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole had another solid outing for the Bees on Wednesday, allowing 2 runs on just 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4 over 5 innings of work, but left-hander Chas Mye gave up 2 runs in 1 inning of relief to take the loss. Shortstop Addison Russell had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 of the Bees’ 3 runs on the night.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  0

Lowell Spinners                6

(LP – Powers 0-7 / 5.88)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brent Powers

(5 IP / 2 ER / 3 K)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brent Powers allowed 2 runs over 5 innings but ended up taking the loss on Wednesday night. Vermont could only manage 3 hits, with first baseman Miguel Marte doubling for the team’s only extra base hit of the night.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  9

AZL Giants       8

(WP – Cruzado 3-1 / 5.52)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Renato Nunez tripled and drove in 2 runs, while catcher Rhett Stafford, outfielder Dayton Alexander and second baseman Franklin Contreras each drove in a pair of runs in the win. Right-hander Fernando Cruzado allowed 1 earned run in 3 innings to pick up his 3rd win, while this year’s 25th-round draft pick Derek Hansen struck out 5 over 2 2/3 innings of relief to earn his 1st save.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Colorado Springs – 5:05pm PT

San Antonio @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Modesto – 7:05pm PT

Burlington @ Clinton – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Lowell – 7:05pm ET

 

 

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Monday, August 27th: Robinson’s Slam Leads Ports to Victory while Cats & Hounds Win and Bees Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Dusty Robinson (Grand Slam)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats    8

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  2

(WP – Griffin 4-2 / 3.07)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Griffin

(5 IP / 1 ER / 3 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: After struggling his first time out, A.J. Griffin looked much more impressive in his second rehab start for Sacramento on Monday, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits over 5 innings to earn the win, and it now seems likely that the right-hander will end up re-joining the A’s rotation before the end of the week. In his first game with the River Cats, right-hander Jesse Chavez gave up just 1 run in 4 innings in relief to earn the save. Catcher Jason Jaramillo had 2 hits and drove in 3 runs, while second baseman Jemile Weeks doubled and drove in 2 runs in the win. In other news, the A’s traded long-time Sacramento catcher Anthony Recker to the Cubs for 29-year-old catcher/first baseman Blake Lalli, who could be expected to be added to the River Cats roster soon.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Frisco RoughRiders      1

Midland RockHounds  2

(WP – Gil 1-0 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 13th inning, first baseman Anthony Aliotti doubled to drive in the game-winning run for the RockHounds on Monday night. Catcher David Freitas doubled in Midland’s only other run of the game in the 4th. Starter Murphy Smith had a solid outing, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits over 6 innings of work, but it was infielder Leonardo Gil who picked up the win by pitching 1 perfect inning in relief.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports   8

Visalia Rawhide   3

(WP – Brown 6-10 / 5.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Dusty Robinson

(Grand Slam)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Dusty Robinson clubbed a grand slam in the 1st inning to give the Ports a lead that would prove to be insurmountable on Monday. Starter Jacob Brown held Visalia to 3 runs while striking out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to earn his 6th win for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees          0

Kane County Cougars  4

(LP – Granier 11-9 / 3.10)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(6 IP / 2 ER / 9 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing, allowing 2 runs on just 3 hits while striking out 9 over 6 innings of work. But Burlington couldn’t push a run across the plate on Monday, and the right-hander ended up taking his 9th loss for the Bees. Outfielder Bobby Crocker collected a pair of hits, and first baseman Max Muncy, outfielder Douglas Landaeta and catcher Nick Rickles all doubled in the loss.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Connecticut Tigers            7

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

(LP – Menna 0-9 / 5.08)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(2 Doubles / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter J.C. Menna had a rocky outing, allowing 5 runs and striking out 7 over 5 innings to take the loss, while second baseman Chris Bostick had a pair of doubles and drove in 3 runs for Vermont.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL D-backs    3

AZL Athletics  1

(LP – Bahramzadeh 1-2 / 7.30)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dakota Bacus

(2 1/3 IP / 0 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The A’s lineup collected only 4 hits on Monday, while starter Kayvon Bahramzadeh allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, and struck out 6 over 3 innings to take the loss. This year’s 9th-round draft pick Dakota Bacus struck out 3 in 2 1/3 perfect innings of relief to lower his ERA to 1.20 in his first 30 innings of pro ball.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Colorado Springs – 5:05pm PT

San Antonio @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

Stockton @ Modesto – 7:05pm PT

Burlington @ Kane County – 6:30pm CT

Connecticut @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

 

 

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Sunday, August 26th: Bees Win while All Others Fall on Sunday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees second baseman Sam Roberts (2 for 4 / Triple / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Salt Lake Bees                4

Sacramento River Cats  2

(LP – Peacock 12-8 / 5.62)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock allowed 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings to take his 8th loss, while outfielder Michael Taylor had 2 hits, including a double, drove in a run and stole a base, and second baseman Jemile Weeks collected a pair of hits in the loss.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

GAME #1

Frisco RoughRiders      4

Midland RockHounds  2

(LP – Castro 2-6 / 4.59)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Eliezer Mesa

(2 for 3 / Double / RBI)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits and 5 walks over 6 innings to take his 6th loss. Outfielder Eliezer Mesa had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the RockHounds.

 

GAME #2

Frisco RoughRiders     11

Midland RockHounds  4

(LP – McSwain 1-1 / 10.80)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(2 for 3 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Matt McSwain had a rough outing, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits in just 2 innings of work to take the loss. First baseman Anthony Aliotti, serving as the designated hitter in Sunday’s 2nd game, collected 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports   6

Visalia Rawhide  11

(LP – Murphy 7-8 / 5.08)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Ryan Pineda

(2 for 3 / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sean Murphy had a rocky outing and, once again, the long ball was the culprit. The right-hander gave up 8 runs on 8 hits, 4 of which were home runs, to take his 8th loss on Sunday. Second baseman Ryan Pineda had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees          7

Kane County Cougars  6

(WP – Eppley 1-1 / 10.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Sam Roberts

(2 for 4 / Triple / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Sam Roberts had 2 hits, including a triple, and drove in 3 runs, including the tying and winning runs, for the Bees on Sunday. Starter Chris Lamb allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, in 5 innings of work, while right-hander Nate Eppley picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings in relief.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

Tri-City ValleyCats            9

(LP – Ynoa 0-3 / 9.82)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Jacob Tanis

(2 for 2 / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Former top prospect Michael Ynoa had a rough outing, allowing 8 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 2 over just 1 1/3 innings to take his 3rd loss. This year’s 6th-round draft pick Seth Streich came on to strike out 5 in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, while third baseman Jacob Tanis collected 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Angels      5

AZL Athletics  2

(LP – Paulino 4-4 / 5.70)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(2 for 3 / 2 Doubles / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Gregory Paulino allowed 2 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings to take his 4th loss, while third baseman Renato Nunez collected 2 doubles and drove in a run for the A’s on Sunday.

 

Monday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Colorado Springs – 5:05pm PT

Frisco @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 6:00pm PT

Burlington @ Kane County – 6:30pm CT

Connecticut @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

AZL D-backs @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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