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Friday, June 24th: Seddon Surrenders 1 Hit in Hounds’ Shutout Victory while Hahn Lasts 2 Innings in Sounds’ Loss & Manaea Makes Rehab Start for Stockton

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Joel Seddon (8 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Joel Seddon (8 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions    0

Midland RockHounds  7

WP – Seddon 2-6 / 6.66

HR – Marincov (4)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Joel Seddon

(8 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / Win)

After struggling for much of the season, starter Joel Seddon turned in a gem for the RockHounds on Friday. The 23-year-old allowed just 1 hit over 8 scoreless innings to earn his 2nd win for Midland. RHP Kyle Finnegan pitched a perfect 9th to complete the 1-hit shutout for the Sounds. Right fielder Tyler Marincov singled, homered and walked, while shortstop Yairo Munoz collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs. Third baseman Matt Chapman singled, doubled, walked and scored twice, and second baseman Franklin Barreto had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Rockhounds. Meanwhile, RHP Joey Wagman was promoted to Midland from Stockton, and RockHounds RHP James Naile was reassigned to the Snappers.

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A’s Farm’s 2016 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

Nashville's Ryon Healy has been one of the A's best minor league hitters this season.

Nashville’s Ryon Healy has been one of the A’s best minor league hitters so far this season.

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 2016. And with that in mind, it’s time to name A’s Farm’s 2016 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Nashville, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton and Class-A Beloit. Offensive starters were selected from the players who’ve 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 ten starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader.

Statistics listed are through games of Tuesday, June 21. And asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system. Ryon Healy and Jaycob Brugman both moved up from Midland to Nashville in mid-May, while Tyler Marincov was reassigned from Stockton to Midland right around the same time.

Check out our list of All-Star candidates at each position. Then click on the link just below the 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 then cast your vote in our poll for the top A’s Organizational All-Star!

 

–THE CANDIDATES–

 

CATCHER

Nashville – Bruce Maxwell (142 PA / 2 HR / .276 AVG / .373 OBP / .382 SLG / .755 OPS)

Midland – Beau Taylor (183 PA / 2 HR / .280 AVG / .401 OBP / .393 SLG / .794 OPS)

Stockton – Argenis Raga (174 PA / 0 HR / .252 AVG / .329 OBP / .338 SLG / .667 OPS)

Beloit – Jose Chavez (120 PA / 0 HR / .214 AVG / .252 OBP / .232 SLG / .484 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Nashville – Rangel Ravelo (208 PA / 4 HR / .257 AVG / .322 OBP / .380 SLG / .702 OPS)

Midland – Viosergy Rosa (269 PA / 4 HR / .282 AVG / .394 OBP / .410 SLG / .804 OPS)

Stockton – Sandber Pimentel (242 PA / 11 HR / .264 AVG / .364 OBP / .481 SLG / .844 OPS)

Beloit – Chris Iriart (206 PA / 9 HR / .240 AVG / .335 OBP / .447 SLG / .782 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Nashville – Joey Wendle (277 PA / 6 HR / .253 AVG / .292 OBP / .410 SLG / .702 OPS)

Midland – Wade Kirkland (170 PA / 1 HR / .271 AVG / .313 OBP / .361 SLG / .675 OPS)

Stockton – Joe Bennie (303 PA / 6 HR / .296 AVG / .374 OBP / .442 SLG / .816 OPS)

Beloit – Trent Gilbert (234 PA / 1 HR / .276 AVG / .333 OBP / .379 SLG / .712 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Nashville – Chad Pinder (281 PA / 9 HR / .276 AVG / .321 OBP / .455 SLG / .777 OPS)

Midland – Franklin Barreto (281 PA / 7 HR / .237 AVG / .299 OBP / .362 SLG / .661 OPS)

Stockton – Mikey White (242 PA / 1 HR / .215 AVG / .282 OBP / .292 SLG / .574 OPS)

Beloit – Trace Loehr (188 PA / 0 HR / .211 AVG / .241 OBP / .283 SLG / .524 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Nashville – Renato Nunez (282 PA / 11 HR / .243 AVG / .291 OBP / .440 SLG / .731 OPS)

Midland – Matt Chapman (298 PA / 16 HR / .230 AVG / .322 OBP / .460 SLG / .782 OPS)

Stockton – Jose Brizuela (214 PA / 5 HR / .226 AVG / .308 OBP / .363 SLG / .672 OPS)

Beloit – Edwin Diaz (189 PA / 3 HR / .239 AVG / .328 OBP / .337 SLG / .665 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Nashville – Andrew Lambo (240 PA / 4 HR / .255 AVG / .321 OBP / .384 SLG / .705 OPS)

Midland – J.P. Sportman (238 PA / 2 HR / .261 AVG / .307 OBP / .360 SLG / .667 OPS)

Stockton – B.J. Boyd (226 PA / 1 HR / .315 AVG / .390 OBP / .391 SLG / .781 OPS)

Beloit – Justin Higley (232 PA / 4 HR / .252 AVG / .328 OBP / .393 SLG / .721 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Nashville – Jaycob Brugman (312 PA / 8 HR / .289 AVG / .347 OBP / .484 SLG / .831 OPS) *

Midland – Brett Vertigan (249 PA / 1 HR / .248 AVG / .313 OBP / .320 SLG / .633 OPS)

Stockton – James Harris (324 PA / 2 HR / .302 AVG / .379 OBP / .393 SLG / .772 OPS)

Beloit – Skye Bolt (153 PA / 2 HR / .226 AVG / .314 OBP / .323 SLG / .637 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Nashville – Matt Olson (273 PA / 7 HR / .213 AVG / .327 OBP / .387 SLG / .714 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Marincov (302 PA / 12 HR / .275 AVG / .339 OBP / .473 SLG / .811 OPS) *

Stockton – Seth Brown (274 PA / 3 HR / .238 AVG / .344 OBP / .340 SLG / .685 OPS)

Beloit – Brett Siddall (261 PA / 3 HR / .255 AVG / .337 OBP / .355 SLG / .692 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nashville – Ryon Healy (304 PA / 13 HR / .338 AVG / .395 OBP / .594 SLG / .990 OPS) *

Midland – Danny Oh (197 PA / 0 HR / .254 AVG / .328 OBP / .283 SLG / .611 OPS)

Stockton – Melvin Mercedes (225 PA / 1 HR / .266 AVG / .353 OBP / .328 SLG / .681 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Howell (222 PA / 3 HR / .240 AVG / .374 OBP / .377 SLG / .751 OPS)

 

STARTING PITCHER

Nashville – Dillon Overton (83 2/3 IP / 85 H / 28 ER / 22 BB / 72 K / 3.01 ERA / 1.28 WHIP)

Midland – Corey Walter (57 IP / 53 H / 16 ER / 10 BB / 30 K / 2.53 ERA / 1.11 WHIP)

Stockton – Heath Fillmyer (76 2/3 IP / 74 H / 24 ER / 24 BB / 76 K / 2.82 ERA / 1.28 WHIP)

Beloit – Evan Manarino (74 IP / 66 H / 15 ER / 11 BB / 66 K / 1.82 ERA / 1.04 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Nashville – Patrick Schuster (27 2/3 IP / 21 H / 5 ER / 11 BB / 28 K / 1.63 ERA / 1.16 WHIP / 5 SV)

Midland – Jake Sanchez (32 1/3 IP / 32 H / 13 ER / 11 BB / 33 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.33 WHIP / 3 SV)

Stockton – Carlos Navas (32 IP / 26 H / 13 ER / 11 BB / 42 K / 3.66 ERA / 1.16 WHIP / 4 SV)

Beloit – Cody Kurz (24 1/3 IP / 19 H / 12 ER / 20 BB / 23 K / 4.44 ERA / 1.60 WHIP / 6 SV)

 

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Sunday, June 12th: Brugman’s Big Bat & Healy’s HR Help Sounds Win while Ports Lose in a Walk-Off

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (3 for 4 / Double / Walk / 3 Runs / GWRBI)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (3 for 4 / Double / Walk / 3 Runs / GWRBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds          7

Oklahoma City Dodgers  4

WP – Healy 2-0 / 2.84

HR – Healy (4)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman

(3 for 4 / Double / Walk / 3 Runs / GWRBI)

Center fielder Jaycob Brugman’s hot bat helped the Sounds win on Sunday. Brugman had 3 hits, including a double, walked, scored 3 times and drove in the game-winning run in the 9th inning for Nashville. With two men on and the game tied in the top of the 9th, Brugman singled to bring home left fielder Colin Walsh for the winning run. Second baseman Joey Wendle also came around to score and Brugman ended up making it all the way to third with the help of an error by left fielder James Ramsey. Brugman later came in to score the third run of the inning on shortstop Arismendy Alcantara’s sacrifice fly. And Brugman has now gone 11 for 17 with 5 doubles, a home run and 8 RBIs over his last 4 games for the Sounds. First baseman Ryon Healy hit a 3-run homer in the 1st to give Nashville an early lead and then drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly in the 8th. Starter Chris Smith allowed 4 runs over 6 innings of work, while RHP Tucker Healy picked up the win after pitching a perfect 8th, and RHP Andrew Triggs got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 2nd save for Nashville. In other news, recent Sounds reliever R.J. Alvarez was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

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Friday, June 10th: Overton Tosses 6 Shutout Innings and Pinder, Brugman & Maxwell Homer to Help Sounds Win while Hounds Prevail in Extras

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Dillon Overton (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds         10

Oklahoma City Dodgers  0

WP – Overton 6-4 / 3.63

HR – Pinder (5), Brugman (3), Maxwell (2)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dillon Overton

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

LHP Dillon Overton delivered another solid start for the Sounds, throwing 6 shutout innings to earn his 6th win on Friday. And the former 2nd-round draft pick has now notched a nifty 2.05 ERA over his last 5 starts for Nashville. After appearing for Stockton on Tuesday, RHP Liam Hendriks tossed 1 scoreless inning of relief in his first rehab appearance for the Sounds, and RHP Ryan Doolittle got the final six outs to complete the 5-hit shutout. Center fielder Jaycob Brugman had a big night at the plate, belting his 3rd home run for the Sounds while also collecting a pair of doubles and driving in 3 runs. Catcher Bruce Maxwell and shortstop Chad Pinder both homered, doubled and drove in a pair to help Nashville maintain its 5-game lead in the Pacific Coast League American Southern division over rival Round Rock. In other news, Nashville’s Zach Neal and Max Muncy were both recalled by the A’s on Friday, while Oakland starter Jesse Hahn was optioned back to the Sounds. And Beloit starter James Naile was reassigned to Nashville to make Saturday’s start for Daniel Mengden, who is expected to make his major league debut for the A’s on Saturday.

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Wednesday, June 1st: Nunez & Olson Homer as Sounds Snap 9-Game Win Streak with Loss in the 10th while Daniel Gossett Drops Double-A Debut

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (2 for 5 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Third Baseman Renato Nunez (2 for 5 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Round Rock Express  15

Nashville Sounds        9

LP – Brasier 3-2 / 3.96

HR – Nunez (10), Olson (6)

Prospect Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(2 for 5 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

The Sounds had their nine-game winning streak snapped in a 10-inning loss to rival Round Rock on Wednesday. Nashville was down by 6 runs heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, but third baseman Renato Nunez’s team-leading 10th home run, a 3-run shot, cut the deficit in half. And after the Sounds plated another run, right fielder Matt Olson, who had struck out 3 times in the game, tagged a 2-run homer to tie things up and send the game to extra innings. But RHP Ryan Brasier surrendered 6 runs in the top of the 10th to take the loss. Nunez also singled in the 1st inning and drove in the Sounds’ first run with a sacrifice fly in the 5th, while center fielder Jaycob Brugman had 4 hits, including a double as well as an RBI triple in the 7th, and second baseman Chad Pinder singled, walked and doubled in a run in the 10th. Starter Angel Castro allowed 7 runs, 4 earned, over 4 innings of work, while RHP Eduard Santos struck out 5 in 3 scoreless innings of relief for the Sounds.

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A’s Farm Report for Week of May 16-22: More A’s Prospects Moving On Up

Max Muncy:

Max Muncy: Back in the Bigs

There have been an awful lot of players on the move in the A’s system over the past couple of weeks. Prospects like Max Muncy, Ryon Healy, Jaycob Brugman, Tyler Marincov and Ryan Doolittle have all been moving on up. #1 draft pick Richie Martin was set to join Stockton on Monday. And it looks like pitcher Zach Neal will be returning to the A’s to take Sonny Gray’s spot in the starting rotation later this week as well. A version of this weekly minor league report by Athletics Farm originally appeared on Athletics Nation

 

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Wednesday, May 11th: Angel Duno’s 6 Shutout Frames Help Snappers Salvage Doubleheader Split while Renato Nunez Hits 6th HR in Sounds Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Angel Duno (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Angel Duno (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

GAME #2

Peoria Chiefs        0

Beloit Snappers  4

WP – Duno 3-1 / 1.80

HR – Iriart (6)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Angel Duno

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

RHP Angel Duno delivered another impressive start for the Snappers to help his team salvage a split of Wednesday’s doubleheader in Beloit. The 22-year-old Venezuelan allowed 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6 over 6 shutout innings to earn his 3rd win on Wednesday. Duno has now allowed just 7 earned runs over 7 appearances while walking just 4 and striking out 32 in 35 innings of work. RHP Cody Kurz tossed a scoreless 7th to complete the 7-inning shutout. Designated hitter Jesus Lopez tripled with two outs in the 2nd to clear the bases and give Beloit an early 3-run lead, and first baseman Chris Iriart slugged his 6th home run for the Snappers.

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Friday, May 6th: Heath Fillmyer Pitches Ports to Victory while Matt Chapman Hits League-Leading 9th HR in Hounds Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Heath Fillmyer (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Heath Fillmyer (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts      0

Stockton Ports  7

WP – Fillmyer 3-1 / 3.86

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Heath Fillmyer

(6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

2014’s 5th-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Heath Fillmyer, turned in his best start so far this season for Stockton, allowing just 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5 over 6 shutout innings to earn his 3rd win on Friday. RHP Lou Trivino tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Koby Gauna got the final three outs in the 9th to complete the 3-hit shutout for Stockton. Center fielder B.J. Boyd had a big night at the plate, reaching base 5 times, on a walk, a double and 3 singles, while also driving in a pair of runs, and second baseman Joe Bennie had 2 hits and 2 walks and drove in 3 for the Ports.

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Stockton Ports Scouting Reports

For those of you who enjoy getting a much closer look at some of the A’s young prospects, we thought we’d share some in-depth scouting evaluations of some current Stockton Ports players courtesy of Chris Kusiolek. Chris is a former correspondent for Oakland Clubhouse who’s spent plenty of time over the years getting up-close looks at some of the A’s top prospects at Stockton and Sacramento (remember that?) as well as in Arizona. You can follow Chris on Twitter at @CaliKusiolek and you can find more of Chris’s Stockton Ports scouting reports on his West Coast Talent blog.

 

mw608383bMikey White

Age: 22

Position: Shortstop

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

Height: 6’1” / Weight: 200 lbs.

Drafted: 2015 – 2nd Round

2016: 68 AB / 0 HR / 5 BB / 16 K / .221 AVG / .284 OBP / .309 SLG

Slighter through midsection from previous Instructional League and Spring; definition to shoulders, tapered through lower half, lean muscular build; wider base to hips relative to shoulders; lean thighs; shows quick twitch athleticism, moderate risk through frame and through maturity; loose hands and fairly loose wrists; arm bar; decelerates through contact, average bat speed; slight loft, able to backspin to pull, average raw; inconsistent extension through contact, mild barrel control; slight leg kick and rotational weight transfer; cuts hips and inner third; struggles to track spin, likely possesses neurological deficiency identifying spin from release; sluggish first step at shortstop, average foot speed fails to play laterally, inconsistent routes to balls in field, laterally up middle; soft hands, quick release; above average arm strength, varying tail and arm slot at times; mature pace for present game speed; likely relocates right of diamond through maturity.

 

bb622196bB.J. Boyd

Age: 22

Position: Outfielder

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

Height: 5’11” / Weight: 230 lbs.

Drafted: 2012 – 4th Round

2016: 64 AB / 0 HR / 8 BB / 16 K / .297 AVG / .392 OBP / .344 SLG

With large build; squat, stocky with wide base and significant mass through trunk, big butt, barrel chested, definition to shoulders, fast twitch muscular thighs, muscular forearms; extreme maintenance through maturity, present fast twitch athleticism throughout. Hands show explosiveness, slight lift; predominantly linear with minimal loft, below average raw; swing not conducive to actualize in game; slighter downward load, diminished bat wrap; hands drift often; slightly rotational, lacks coil; average bat speed; shows two strike approach, slight outward toe tap transfer; cuts hips through weight transfer, hands start out over plate, exploitable inner third; stiff wrists; inconsistent balance and transfers at plate; struggles tracking spin from release, may have neurological deficiency; poor effort in field, inconsistent first step and finish to routes; inconsistent reads, haphazard routes at times, well below average arm strength; utility likely limited to corner.

 

jh605266bJames Harris

Age: 22

Position: Outfielder

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

Height: 6’1” / Weight: 180 lbs.

Drafted: 2011 – 1st Round (Tampa Bay)

2016: 88 AB / 1 HR / 4 BB / 16 K / .352 AVG / .383 OBP / .489 SLG

Shows a compact, present fast twitch build and mass through chest with a thick explosive lower half; wider base to hips presents potential maintenance to frame through continual maturity. Shows explosive straight line footspeed; 4.40, 4.44 turns from right side, 4.32 to first with minimal effort; present 7 runner. Shows average bat speed; slight lift, below average raw, swing not conducive to actualize in game; hands show explosiveness, fairly loose; struggles with late extension through contact, slight coil through hips, balanced slight weight transfer; opens front half, lacks flexibility through hips; cuts inner third; shows ability to track slow tumbling spin and keep hands back, decent approach at plate, lacks two strike approach; inconsistent first step, footspeed plays lesser laterally in field; poor effort on balls and lackadaisical given game situation, frequent poor body language and effort through game.

 

dg605254bDaniel Gossett

Age: 23

Position: Starting Pitcher

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

Height: 6’2” / Weight: 185 lbs.

Drafted: 2014 – 2nd Round

2016: 19 IP / 16 H / 7 ER / 5 BB / 26 K / 3.32 ERA / 1.11 WHIP

Average built through upper half; slighter shoulder definition, lean quick twitch, minimal muscle mass, athletic build; narrow and tapered through lower half, minimal mass through legs; wiry limbs; at physical maturity, limited increases to physicality; lower risk and maintenance for frame. Above average arm speed; explosive, exerted through arm acceleration; stiff, deliberate load; lacks fluidity; compact arm path, high 3/4; rocks into motion from set, slightly oriented to first base side of rubber, hands break at chest; hands slightly more away from body for curveball; controlled leg kick, varies pace of kick to aid deception; front oriented towards third base side from stretch, perpendicular to third base basepath; shows varying slighter kick (1.18-1.24) and quick pitch (1.03-1.08) variations, remains able to replicate stride, shows quality strength; athletic, controlled strong drive; shoulder tilt, slight spine tilt, limited torque through delivery; inverted firm foot strike; lacks clean finish through arm deceleration recoil; departed appearance with back stiffness; possesses enough back of rotation athleticism, stresses on shoulder with minimized torque and stiffness increase risk through profile. Fastball 90-93 T94; flashes late life and quality extension to pitch; inconsistent run in lower band, shows firm earlier action frequently, inconsistent achievement of quality running action; shows acumen in ability to work north and alter sightline, good downhill plane; able to work east-west within zone; stiffness to finish alters command frequently; average command potential; pitch shows above average potential. Curveball 79-82; tight spinning above average 12-6; improved extension and consistency from spring training; able to orient hand on top of pitch with compact arm path; shows innate ability to snap quality spin; inconsistencies in subtracting to pitch and throwing for strikes; services as chase offering at present, feel must improve to actualize potential; above average potential. Changeup 82-84; flashes quality fading action and arm speed replication, varying drives aid deception of pitch; inconsistent feel in being able to throw for strikes at present; shows firm at times, overthrown in instances, shoulders can open; above average depth and late action flashes, potential weak contact pitch; above average potential. Cutter 83-87; shows late hard action and more frequently true loose sweeping slider sort of shape; inconsistent feel for pitch at present; flashes average depth; struggles to throw for strikes at present; shoulders leak occasionally on pitch, inconsistent extension and arm speed replication, arm drags and slows; still adapting to achieving feel for pitch; fringe potential. Shows enough athleticism and acumen alongside adequate stuff to function within a back end rotation capacity at the highest level; physicality and stiffness presents significant risk; realistic swing arm, ceiling #4 starter in rotation. (High Risk)

 

kf640448Kyle Finnegan

Age: 24

Position: Relief Pitcher

Throws: Right / Bats: Right

Height: 6’2” / Weight: 170 lbs.

Drafted: 2013 – 6th Round

2016: 10 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 7 BB / 14 K / 1.80 ERA / 1.60 WHIP

Long limbed; high waisted; moderate base to shoulders, muscular shoulders and chest; thick thighs; wider base through hips; muscular forearms; sturdy build with length; moderate maintenance, at physical maturity, will begin decline within next couple years; shows present strength through upper half; moderate risk. Lacks strength through drive; poor stride replication, firm foot strike, inverted, front collapses on foot strike; frequently falls off backwards towards first base side unintentionally, completely opens front half; shoulder tilt, loads shoulders, spine tilt; over-the-top arm slot, stab, lacks fluidity through arm action, deteriorated as outing progressed; above average arm speed; shows ease to arm acceleration, decelerates cleanly; limited strength and athleticism in ability to replicate stride significantly limits command projection. Fastball 91-93 T95; flashes good extension and late natural tailing life; aided by arm speed and deception of moving parts; flashes cut action to pitch, decent action, inconsistent feel to consistently achieve it; well below average command; shows late life and explosion in higher band, firmer moderate run through lower bands; command projection limited, present thrower; has yet to see command or strength development within professional environment; fringe potential. Curveball 78-82; inconsistent spin and slower rolling rotation at times; flashes average depth sporadically, achieved on greater chase depth to pitch; shows ability to deliberately subtract to pitch and lessen shape, throw for strikes with softer spinning action; some moderate feel for pitch; fringe potential. Changeup 83-85; firm fading action; poor arm speed replication on pitch; flashes softer earlier depth to pitch; shows predominantly with mild firm sinking life; lacks fluidity through arm action conducive for pitch development; below average potential. Presently limited strength and natural athleticism prevent actualization of profile; realistic organizational depth, ceiling emergency bullpen arm. (Moderate Risk)

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Saturday, April 23rd: Justin Higley’s 3 Hits Help Snappers Win 3rd Straight while Daniel Gossett Makes Early Exit in Ports Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Justin Higley (3 for 4 / Triple / Walk / 2 Runs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Justin Higley (3 for 4 / Triple / Walk / 2 Runs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers  6

Burlington Bees    5

WP – Duno 1-1 / 2.08

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Justin Higley

(3 for 4 / Triple / Walk / 2 Runs)

The Snappers won their third straight from Burlington on Saturday. Left fielder and leadoff man Justin Higley tripled to start off the game and quickly came around to score the first run and give the Snappers an early lead they would never surrender on Saturday. Higley would reach base 3 more times in the game, on a pair of singles and a walk and would score another run in the 2nd. Catcher Nick Collins singled, walked twice and drove in 2, while third baseman Ryan Howell doubled in a pair in the 1st, and second baseman Trent Gilbert and designated hitter Brett Siddall had a pair of hits apiece for the Snappers. Starter Jesus Zambrano surrendered 2 runs on 7 hits over 3 innings of work, while RHP Angel Duno allowed just 1 unearned run in 4 innings of relief to earn the win, and RHP Corey Miller tossed a scoreless 9th to notch his 1st save for the Snappers.

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