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Meet Your 2018 Oakland A’s!

by Bill Moriarity / A’s Farm Editor

Third Baseman Matt Chapman

Third Baseman Matt Chapman

Back in May, we took a look at what a young, rebuilding A’s team might look like. But now that we’ve passed the July 31st trade deadline and the A’s have made a number of deadline deals, and even some post-deadline deals, to add players like Blake Treinen, Dustin Fowler, Boog Powell, Jorge Mateo, Sheldon Neuse, James Kaprielian and Jesus Luzardo to the system, it’s a good time to take another look at what the near future might look like for the A’s.

Of course, one never knows what the A’s might do in the offseason, but the fact that they don’t really have many veteran trade chips left to deal will definitely limit their ability to barter. And, as usual, it seems unlikely that they will splurge too much on the free agent market at this stage of the game. The team could dip its toe in the water to fill a few holes on a short-term basis, particularly on the pitching staff, but there aren’t likely to be any terribly significant commitments in the near term, at least not until a new stadium is within view.

Two players who’ve played significant roles this year seem likely to depart after the season – center fielder Rajai Davis, who’s set to become a free agent, and second baseman Jed Lowrie, whom the A’s hold a $6 million option on for next year. With the A’s now fully committed to a youth movement and with both Franklin Barreto and Chad Pinder capable of playing second base, it seems unlikely that the A’s will opt to bring back Lowrie. But is there still any chance that they might be able to get something for either of them before the season’s through the way they did with Yonder Alonso? It’s possible, but it seems like any deal that would have been possible probably would have happened by now. And looking ahead, there are only two significant players on the current roster who are due to become free agents after the 2018 season – outfielder Matt Joyce and reliever Santiago Casilla. Could the A’s possibly get anything for either player in the offseason? Anything’s possible but, if they can, it’s not likely to amount to much.

When looking at next season on the position player front, eleven guys seem to be pretty solid bets for the major league roster, leaving a number of others left to battle for one or two remaining spots, depending on whether the A’s choose to go with twelve or thirteen position players in 2018. The eleven most likely to lay claim to a roster spot include catchers Bruce Maxwell and Josh Phegley, infielders Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien, Franklin Barreto, Matt Olson and Ryon Healy, outfielders Khris Davis, Matt Joyce and Dustin Fowler, and super utility infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder. That leaves guys like Boog Powell, Jaycob Brugman, Mark Canha, Jake Smolinski and Renato Nunez fighting for the one or two remaining roster spots. When it comes to the pitching staff, things could be a little more up in the air, and one would have to suspect that’s where any offseason additions might be most likely to occur.

So, setting aside any possible offseason deals or free-agent signings, and adding in a fresh batch of summer arrivals, let’s take a position-by-position look at how things might stack up for the 2018 Oakland A’s…

 

Bruce Maxwell

Bruce Maxwell

CATCHERS

With Stephen Vogt’s departure and Bruce Maxwell making the move to the major league roster in June, the catching corps could prove to be one of the more predictable parts of next season’s roster. Maxwell and Josh Phegley seem set to split time behind the plate for the 2018 A’s, though the team could always give recently-acquired catcher Dustin Garneau the opportunity to compete with Phegley for the chance to serve as Maxwell’s platoon partner. The team’s top minor league catching prospect, former 3rd-round pick Sean Murphy, has played in just 39 games at the Double-A level and is probably another year away from factoring into the catching conversation.

 

INFIELDERS

Matt Olson

Matt Olson

With the departures of Trevor Plouffe and Yonder Alonso, and the likely departure of Jed Lowrie in the offseason, the A’s infield looks to be right at the heart of the youth movement in 2018. Young slugger Matt Chapman is set to anchor the infield at the hot corner, while Marcus Semien is expected to be back at shortstop. It seems likely that top prospect Franklin Barreto will get every opportunity to take over at second base, where he’s probably best-suited defensively and where he’s most likely to remain since the A’s acquired promising shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo from the Yankees in the Sonny Gray deal. The team seems ready to make Matt Olson its primary first baseman, though his consistent platoon splits make it likely that, like Yonder Alonso, he’ll frequently sit against lefties while Ryon Healy moves from the designated hitter spot to take over at first. Meanwhile, with Olson at first and Chapman at third, Healy looks likely to get the bulk of his at-bats in the DH slot once again, serving in that role against righties while seeing some time in the field against lefties. And with Olson likely to sit out against most lefties, that could give super-utility man Chad Pinder, who’s sure to make the squad, a good chance to get some regular at-bats against lefties while stepping into the field in any number of positions and giving various A’s regulars a bit of a breather by sliding into the DH spot for the day. And, of course, Pinder also has the ability to spell Semien and Barreto in the middle infield any time either of them is slumping or could just use a day off. The A’s could also decide to give a player who’s probably best-suited for the designated hitter role a shot to see what he can do as the regular DH against lefties. Right-handed slugger Renato Nunez may be limited defensively, but he’s currently leading the Pacific Coast League with 31 home runs while slashing an impressive .309/.387/.630 against Triple-A lefties this season. So, Nunez clearly could have the ability to do some damage from the DH spot when Healy makes the move to first against lefties. Behind Chapman, Semien, Barreto, Olson, Healy, Pinder and Nunez, other infield options down on the farm could include second basemen Joey Wendle and Max Schrock, shortstop Jorge Mateo, third baseman Sheldon Neuse and Yairo Munoz, who’s been increasing his versatility by playing third base, shortstop and center field for Triple-A Nashville this season.

 

OUTFIELDERS

Dustin Fowler

Dustin Fowler

With a couple of the team’s most veteran position players still in the outfield picture, the youth movement may have a slightly less dramatic effect on the A’s outfield alignment in 2018. The team still has control of its top home run hitter, Khris Davis, for two more seasons. So, assuming he sticks around for at least one more campaign, he’s likely to see most of his time in left field once again. And assuming Matt Joyce is back for the final year of his contract, then he’s likely to wind up back in right field against right-hander hurlers anyway. As for center field, the A’s clearly acquired Dustin Fowler from the Yankees to be their center fielder of the future, and that future is likely to start in 2018. Super-utility man Chad Pinder is capable of putting in time in the outfield. And since Joyce and Fowler are both left-handed hitters, he could well serve as an outfield platoon partner, particularly for Joyce in right. And if things line up as expected, then that would leave one or two more roster spots available for outfielders depending on if the A’s choose to go with twelve or thirteen position players and whether or not they decide to make room for Renato Nunez on the roster in 2018. Lefty-swinging outfielders Boog Powell and Jaycob Brugman, who’ve been the main men in center field over these past couple of months, will clearly move behind Fowler on the depth chart as soon as he returns from the disabled list. Though Powell and Brugman are both capable of playing all three outfield positions, the fact that they both hit from the left side severely limits their ability to serve in any sort of platoon role in the A’s outfield as it’s currently configured. And we all know how much the A’s value those platoon matchups. That could help the cause of a couple of other outfield options who happen to be right-handed hitters – Mark Canha, who still possesses some intriguing power potential, and Jake Smolinski, who’s always put up strong numbers against lefties, is capable of playing all three outfield spots, and is currently on a minor league rehab assignment after sitting out most of the season due to shoulder surgery. One thing that seems certain is that the one of the most interesting roster battles next season should be for the A’s last one or two remaining outfield spots.

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn

What once looked like a strong suit for the A’s, thanks to trades, injuries and poor performance, now appears to be a little more up in the air. Twelve different pitchers have made starts for the A’s this season. LHP Sean Manaea is the only A’s hurler to make it to the mound for more than 20 starts so far this season, and he also leads the teams in wins and strikeouts. RHP Kendall Graveman was looked at as the team’s ace-in-waiting behind Sonny Gray and was the A’s opening day starter this year, but injuries have limited him to 11 starts this season. Manaea and Graveman look to be locks to top the A’s rotation again in 2018. But don’t forget about a guy who put up better numbers than either of those pitchers have this season before undergoing hip surgery this summer – RHP Andrew Triggs. If he returns healthy and regains his form, then Triggs would also be in line to claim a rotation spot next season. A pair of rookies would appear to be the best bets to round out the rotation – RHP Paul Blackburn, who’s been solid in 9 starts for the A’s, and RHP Daniel Gossett, a former 2nd-round pick who’s shown plenty of promising potential. Behind those five (none of whom is currently over the age of 28), there are a number of arms who could be in waiting at Nashville but who also come with a number of questions marks. RHPs Jharel Cotton and Jesse Hahn have combined to make 31 starts for the A’s this season, and while both have shown great promise at times, they can both be wildly inconsistent as well. RHP Daniel Mengden, who showed such potential at times last season, is still in the picture and has recently returned to action for Nashville after missing much of the season due to injuries. Veteran RHP Chris Smith also remains in the mix and could serve as valuable rotation depth at Triple-A. Other potential starting options in the system include RHP Chris Bassitt (who’s been working out of the bullpen at Nashville while making his way back from Tommy John surgery), RHP Frankie Montas (who had been serving in a starting role at Triple-A before landing on the disabled list), RHP Raul Alcantara (who started the season on the A’s roster), RHP Corey Walter (who’s made 11 starts for the Sounds this season), and LHP A.J. Puk (the A’s top draft pick last year who’s put up an ERA of 5.36 and struck out 61 in 45 1/3 frames since joining Double-A Midland in June). Puk may not be ready to be a real rotation option for the A’s to start the season but, depending on how things play out, he could prove to be a legitimate option for the team before next season is through.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

Blake Treinen

Blake Treinen

The bullpen could be the biggest question mark for the A’s heading into 2018. There aren’t too many locks here, nor too many talented young hurlers who look to be ready to bloom into superstar status. This could be an area the A’s seek to fill in with a few shrewd free-agent pickups, or the organization might just decide to make the best with what they’ve got and wait until the team looks like it might be ready to contend before investing in outside help for the bullpen. But looking at what’s in-house at the moment, RHP Blake Treinen seems to be the best option for the closer’s role. Of course, RHP Santiago Casilla is still under contract for next season, while the A’s will also maintain control of a couple of other familiar faces from the bullpen – RHPs Liam Hendriks and Ryan Dull. Two hard-throwing RHPs will remain in the mix as well – Frankie Montas, who’s still working to harness his potential, and Simon Castro, who has shown some promise in 13 appearances for the A’s this season. RHP Bobby Wahl will be returning from thoracic outlet surgery, while RHP J.B. Wendelken will be coming back from Tommy John surgery. And there are a number of possible long-relief options to consider as well, including RHP Chris Hatcher (who was recently acquired from the Dodgers), RHP Chris Smith (who could be well-suited for such a role), RHP Chris Bassitt (who’s been throwing multiple innings out of the bullpen at Nashville), RHPs Michael Brady and Josh Smith (both of whom have served in that role at times this season), and RHP Raul Alcantara (who started the season in that role for the A’s). On the left side of the bullpen, the A’s current options look to be fairly limited. Of course, LHP Daniel Coulombe, who’s made 53 relief appearances for the A’s this season, clearly stands atop the pack. LHP Felix Doubront has been serving in a relief role for Nashville since returning from Tommy John surgery, and the A’s recently acquired LHP Sam Moll, who’s made 139 relief appearances in the Rockies system over the last five years. But beyond that, there aren’t many more southpaws to be seen in the bullpen picture at this point anyway, so stay tuned.

 

One never really knows what the A’s might decide to do in any given offseason, and this one’s certainly no different. But one thing’s clear – the team is committed to rebuilding with this current crop of young players. There aren’t many veterans left to deal away at this point, so any significant additions would most likely have to come from the free agent market, though it seems unlikely that the A’s would be ready to make too much of a splash in the free agent pool at this stage of the game. Once plans for the A’s new ballpark are announced, we should start to get a much better sense of what the team’s long-term and short-term player personnel plans are. But for now, this is how the current crop of young players who are likely to make the squad next season is shaping up. And hopefully, A’s fans can look forward to watching this promising pack of prospects develop into a winning team that will be able to carry its winnings ways into a new ballpark somewhere in Oakland in the not-too-distant future.

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Friday, August 11th: Neal & Fillmyer Pitch Sounds & Hounds to Victory while Armenteros Helps AZL A’s Prevail

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Memphis Redbirds   1

Nashville Sounds   3

WP – Neal 3-7 / 4.99

HR – Munoz (7)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(7 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 3 K / Win)

RHP Zach Neal turned in an outstanding start for the Sounds on Friday, allowing just 1 run over 7 innings of work to notch his 3rd win for Nashville. RHP Chris Bassitt threw a scoreless 8th, and RHP Lou Trivino pitched a perfect 9th to pick up his 1st save for the Sounds. Center fielder Yairo Munoz singled, homered and drove in a pair, while catcher Matt McBride doubled, walked and scored a run, and left fielder Kenny Wilson singled twice, stole a base and drove in a run for Nashville. Meanwhile, the A’s sent outfielders Mark Canha and Jaycob Brugman back to the Sounds and recalled outfielder Boog Powell and RHP Michael Brady on Friday.

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Monday, August 7th: Farrar’s Big Bat Can’t Help VT Avoid Walk-Off Loss while Sounds Fall in 12

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Outfielder Logan Farrar (3 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Outfielder Logan Farrar (3 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters    5

Hudson Valley Renegades  6

LP – Jones 0-1 / 1.93

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Logan Farrar

(3 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

The Lake Monsters lost in a 10-inning walk-off on Monday. This year’s 36th-round draft pick for the A’s, center fielder Logan Farrar, had another big game at the plate for Vermont. The 22-year-old collected 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in a pair of runs, and he’s now gone 7 for 18 with 6 RBIs over his last 5 games for the Lake Monsters. 4th-round third baseman Will Toffey and 25th-round first baseman Hunter Hargrove both singled and doubled in the loss. 19-year-old Venezuelan RHP Oscar Tovar made the start and allowed 2 runs over 5 innings of work. 20-year-old Dominican RHP Wandisson Charles came in to to preserve a 3-run lead in the bottom of the 9th but instead surrendered 3 runs to send the game to extra innings. And 23rd-round RHP Malik Jones ended up allowing the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to take the loss as Hudson Valley won in a walk-off on Monday.

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A’s In The AFL – Nov. 10-13 Final Update

A’s AFL MVP: Outfielder Boog Powell

A’s AFL MVP: Outfielder Boog Powell

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 10 – 13)

Monday, November 10th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 4 and left fielder Boog Powell went 0 for 2 in Mesa’s 5-2 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, November 11th:

No A’s prospects appeared in Mesa’s 5-1 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 12th: 

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 6 and designated hitter Boog Powell went 0 for 4 with a walk, while RHP Ryan Doolittle tossed 1 scoreless inning and RHP Austin House allowed 1 run in 1 inning of relief in Mesa’s 11-inning 6-5 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 13th: 

Center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4, while RHP Drew Granier allowed 1 run in 1 inning, and RHP Tanner Peters tossed 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 11-inning 4-4 tie on Thursday. Thursday’s tie marked Mesa’s final game of the AFL season. The Solar Sox finished the season with a 15-14 record with 2 ties. First baseman Matt Olson sat out the final two weeks of AFL action after sustaining a shoulder injury in a collision at first base.

 

A’s Prospect Final AFL Stats

(October 7 – November 13)

Daniel Robertson (SS)

73 AB / 1 HR / 11 BB / 20 K / .301 AVG / .398 OBP / .356 SLG / .754 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

70 AB / 2 HR / 12 BB / 11 K / .300 AVG / .402 OBP / .429 SLG / .831 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)

35 AB / 4 HR / 10 BB / 9 K / .257 AVG / .435 OBP / .686 SLG / 1.120 OPS

Tanner Peters (RHP)

14 1/3 IP / 15 H / 6 ER / 6 BB / 15 K / 3.77 ERA / 1.47 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

14 1/3 IP / 18 H / 11 ER / 9 BB / 9 K / 6.91 ERA / 1.88 WHIP

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

13 IP / 10 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 11 K / 1.38 ERA / 0.77 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

11 1/3 IP / 11 H / 6 ER / 7 BB / 8 K / 4.76 ERA / 1.59 WHIP

 

 

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A’s In The AFL – Nov. 3-8 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: RHP Ryan Doolittle

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: RHP Ryan Doolittle

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(November 3 – 8)

Monday, November 3rd:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 4, while RHP Ryan Doolittle struck out 1 in 1 scoreless inning of relief in Mesa’s 1-0 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, November 4th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run, while center fielder Boog Powell went 0 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 3-1 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 5th:

RHP Drew Granier tossed 2 scoreless innings, while RHP Austin House pitched 1 perfect inning of relief in Mesa’s 11-2 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 6th:

Left fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, while shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with an RBI, and RHP Ryan Doolittle allowed 1 run and struck out 2 in 2 innings of relief in Mesa’s 4-2 10-inning win on Thursday.

Friday, November 7th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run, while left fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 5 in Mesa’s 5-2 loss on Friday.

Saturday, November 8th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3, and designated hitter Boog Powell went 0 for 4, while RHP Tanner Peters allowed 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss, RHP Drew Granier gave up 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings, and RHP Austin House also allowed 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 11-4 loss on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – November 8)

Daniel Robertson (SS)

63 AB / 1 HR / 11 BB / 16 K / .333 AVG / .436 OBP / .397 SLG / .833 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

60 AB / 2 HR / 11 BB / 9 K / .333 AVG / .437 OBP / .483 SLG / .920 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)
35 AB / 4 HR / 10 BB / 9 K / .257 AVG / .435 OBP / .686 SLG / 1.120 OPS

Tanner Peters (RHP)

13 1/3 IP / 15 H / 6 ER / 6 BB / 14 K / 4.05 ERA / 1.58 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

13 1/3 IP / 15 H / 10 ER / 9 BB / 9 K / 6.75 ERA / 1.80 WHIP

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

12 IP / 9 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 10 K / 1.50 ERA / 0.75 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

10 1/3 IP / 8 H / 5 ER / 6 BB / 5 K / 4.35 ERA / 1.35 WHIP

 

In Other News…

First baseman Matt Olson has not appeared in an AFL contest since exiting a game on October 28 with a shoulder injury after a collision at first base. Over the past month, the A’s have acquired four arms (LHP Brad Mills and RHPs Jorge De Leon, Kevin Whelan and Taylor Thompson) along with one outfielder (Andrew Brown), all of whom are expected to provide depth for the team at Triple-A Nashville next season. Meanwhile, last season’s River Cats saves leader, RHP Jeremy McBryde, signed a major league contract with the Angels after becoming a minor league free agent this week. And A’s assistant general manager Farhan Zaidi was named the Dodgers’ new general manager on Thursday. We spoke often with Farhan about the A’s farm system and wish him well in his new position. You can check out our last interview with him here.

Below you’ll find a list of all the A’s minor league players who declared free agency this week. These players are now free to sign with any organization, or to re-sign with the A’s organization if they choose to.

Catchers: Luke Montz, Luis Martinez

Infielders: Jose Martinez, Dusty Coleman, Jefry Marte, Darwin Perez, Luis Baez

Outfielders: Nick Buss, Jeremy Barfield, Kenny Wilson, D’Arby Myers

Pitchers: Matt Buschmann, Joe Savery, Philip Humber, Jeremy McBryde, Jose Flores, Deryk Hooker, Marcus Walden, Tim Sexton, Shawn Haviland, Frank Gailey, Omar Duran, Tim Alderson, Manny Correa, Fernand Cruzado

 

 

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A’s In The AFL – Oct. 27-Nov. 1 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Pitcher Tanner Peters

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: RHP Tanner Peters

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 27 – November 1)

Monday, October 27th:

Designated hitter Matt Olson went 1 for 5 with a walk, while RHP Drew Granier struck out 3 in 2 shutout innings, and RHP Austin House tossed 2 scoreless innings in Mesa’s 11-inning 3-3 tie on Monday.

Tuesday, October 28th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 4 with a walk, designated hitter Boog Powell went 0 for 3 with a walk, first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 1, while RHP Tanner Peters struck out 3 in 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and RHP Ryan Doolittle allowed 1 run in 2 innings to take the loss in Mesa’s 2-1 defeat on Tuesday. Olson left the game with a sore shoulder after a collision at first base.

Wednesday, October 29th:

Center fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 3 with 2 walks and a run, while shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3 with a run in Mesa’s 7-5 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 30th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with an RBI, while RHP Drew Granier allowed 1 run in 2 1/3 innings, and RHP Austin House tossed 2 scoreless innings in Mesa’s 7-5 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 31st:

Center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4 with a walk, while RHP Tanner Peters tossed 1 perfect inning of relief in Mesa’s 5-2 win on Friday.

Saturday, November 1st:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 2 with a walk and a stolen base as the AFL East won the AFL Fall Stars Game 6-2 on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – November 1)

Daniel Robertson (SS)

46 AB / 1 HR / 10 BB / 7 K / .370 AVG / .483 OBP / .435 SLG / .918 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

45 AB / 2 HR / 9 BB / 7 K / .378 AVG / .481 OBP / .578 SLG / 1.059 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)
35 AB / 4 HR / 10 BB / 9 K / .257 AVG / .435 OBP / .686 SLG / 1.120 OPS

Tanner Peters (RHP)

10 2/3 IP / 11 H / 4 ER / 3 BB / 12 K / 3.38 ERA / 1.31 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

9 2/3 IP / 11 H / 8 ER / 5 BB / 6 K / 7.45 ERA / 1.66 WHIP

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

9 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K / 1.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

7 2/3 IP / 7 H / 3 ER / 5 BB / 3 K / 3.52 ERA / 1.57 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 20-25 Update

A's AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Shortstop Daniel Robertson

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Shortstop Daniel Robertson

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 20 – 25)

Monday, October 20th:

Designated hitter Daniel Robertson went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI, center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3, RHP Tanner Peters allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 2 innings, and RHP Ryan Doolittle tossed 1 scoreless inning in Mesa’s 6-5 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 21st:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 3 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBIs, center fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 3 with a double, a walk and 2 RBIs, and first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 runs, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 2 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBIs in Mesa’s 11-6 win on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 22nd:

RHP Drew Granier pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings, and RHP Austin House tossed 1 scoreless inning, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 6 with 2 RBIs in Mesa’s 9-3 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 23rd:

First baseman Matt Olson went 1 for 3 with a home run and a walk, and center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4 with an RBI, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer in Mesa’s 7-3 win on Thursday.

Friday, October 24th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, RHP Tanner Peters allowed 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings, and RHP Ryan Doolittle tossed 2 scoreless innings in Mesa’s 9-4 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 25th:

Third baseman Daniel Robertson went 5-6 with 4 RBIs, first baseman Matt Olson went 3 for 5 with a triple, a walk and 3 RBIs, and center fielder Boog Powell went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a walk and a stolen base in Mesa’s 14-0 win on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 25)

Daniel Robertson (SS)

36 AB / 1 HR / 9 BB / 3 K / .444 AVG / .556 OBP / .528 SLG / 1.083 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

35 AB / 2 HR / 5 BB / 7 K / .400 AVG / .475 OBP / .657 SLG / 1.132 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)
29 AB / 4 HR / 9 BB / 6 K / .276 AVG / .462 OBP / .793 SLG / 1.255 OPS

Tanner Peters (RHP)

7 1/3 IP / 10 H / 4 ER / 3 BB / 8 K / 4.91 ERA / 1.77 WHIP

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.43 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

5 1/3 IP / 8 H / 7 ER / 3 BB / 1 K / 11.81 ERA / 2.06 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

3 2/3 IP / 4 H / 3 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / 7.36 ERA / 1.91 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 13-18 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Outfielder Boog Powell

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Outfielder Boog Powell

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 13 – 18)

Monday, October 13th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell, playing second base, went 1 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 2-1 loss on Monday.

Tuesday, October 14th:

Left fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 4 with a 2-run homer and a walk, first baseman Matt Olson went 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer and a walk, and designated hitter Daniel Robertson went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with a walk in Mesa’s 10-7 loss on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 15th:

Center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4 with a 3-run homer and a walk, first baseman Matt Olson went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk, shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run, RHP Tanner Peters allowed 1 run in 2 innings, RHP Ryan Doolittle threw 2 shutout innings, RHP Drew Granier allowed 1 run in 1 inning, and RHP Austin House tossed 1 scoreless inning to earn the save in Mesa’s 5-2 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 16th:

No A’s prospects played in Thursday’s game, but former A’s prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts and 2 runs in Mesa’s 6-2 win on Thursday.

Friday, October 17th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 runs, center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base, and first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 stolen bases in Mesa’s 5-3 win on Friday.

Saturday, October 18th:

RHP Drew Granier allowed 1 run in 1 1/3 innings, and RHP Austin House struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 0 for 4 in Mesa’s 8-4 win on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 18)

Boog Powell (OF)

20 AB / 2 HR / 3 BB / 4 K / .350 AVG / .435 OBP / .650 SLG / 1.085 OPS

Matt Olson (1B)
19 AB / 3 HR / 5 BB / 3 K / .211 AVG / .375 OBP / .737 SLG / 1.112 OPS

Daniel Robertson (SS)

18 AB / 0 HR / 7 BB / 3 K / .333 AVG / .520 OBP / .333 SLG / .853 OPS

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

4 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.50 WHIP

Tanner Peters (RHP)

4 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / 2.25 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

4 IP / 8 H / 7 ER / 3 BB / 1 K / 15.75 ERA / 2.75 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

2 2/3 IP / 4 H / 3 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / 10.12 ERA / 2.63 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 7-11 Update

A's AFL Farmhand Of The Week: First Baseman Matt Olson

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: First Baseman Matt Olson

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 7 – 11)

Tuesday, October 7th:

Left fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with a run and a stolen base, first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 3, and shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs in Mesa’s 9-3 loss on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 9th:

RHP Tanner Peters struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings, RHP Ryan Doolittle allowed 1 unearned run in 2 innings, and center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 2 with an RBI, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 0 for 4 with a stolen base in Mesa’s 7-3 loss on Thursday.

Friday, October 10th:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run, center fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 4 with a run, first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 4, and RHP Drew Granier allowed 5 runs in 1 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 14-3 loss on Friday.

Saturday, October 11th:

First baseman Matt Olson went 2 for 3 with 2 home runs and a walk, and RHP Austin House allowed 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning in Mesa’s 6-3 win on Saturday.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 7 – 11)

Matt Olson (1B)
10 AB / 2 HR / 1 BB / 2 K / .200 AVG / .273 OBP / .800 SLG / 1.073 OPS

Boog Powell (OF)

9 AB / 0 HR / 0 BB / 1 K / .333 AVG / .333 OBP / .333 SLG / .667 OPS

Daniel Robertson (SS)

6 AB / 0 HR / 2 BB / 2 K / .167 AVG / .375 OBP / .167 SLG / .542 OPS

Ryan Doolittle (RHP)

2 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.50 WHIP

Tanner Peters (RHP)

2 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Drew Granier (RHP)

1 2/3 IP / 4 H / 5 ER / 2 BB / 0 K / 27.00 ERA / 3.60 WHIP

Austin House (RHP)

2/3 IP / 3 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 0 K / 40.50 ERA / 7.50 WHIP

 

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Preview: Top Prospects Matt Olson & Daniel Robertson Lead A’s Arizona Fall League Squad

afl_rsardpq5_oyouytpm1bWhile most baseball fans are focused on the drama of postseason play in the fall, it’s also an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And starting next week, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

The league has been going strong for the past couple of decades now, and its schedule runs for about 5-6 weeks from early-October through mid-November. There are 6 teams in the AFL, with each team comprised of prospects from 5 different organizations. A’s prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox this year, where they’ll be joined by prospects from the Blue Jays, Angels, Nationals and Cubs, including one particular prospect by the name of Addison Russell.

Attendance at AFL games typically hovers around 200 or so, with the crowds comprised mostly of scouts, agents and various professional baseball personnel. Most organizations use the AFL as an opportunity to get some of their top prospects a little more live game action to hopefully help advance their development.

Some of the A’s top young hitting prospects will be seeing action in Arizona, including first baseman Matt Olson, shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell, while the team’s AFL pitching contingent this year will be comprised of right-handers Drew Granier, Tanner Peters, Ryan Doolittle and Austin House.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2014–

mo621566MATT OLSON

First Baseman

Age: 20

Stockton Ports

37 HR / .262 AVG / .404 OBP / .543 SLG / .947 OPS

Olson had perhaps the best overall season of any A’s prospect this year. The 6’4” slugger led all A’s minor leaguers in home runs, walks, RBIs and total bases while playing for Stockton in the hitter-friendly California League. He’ll have the chance to prove his true power potential next season for Double-A Midland, where the hitting conditions for power-hitting prospects have historically been far more challenging.

 

dr621002DANIEL ROBERTSON

Shortstop

Age: 20

Stockton Ports

15 HR / .310 AVG / .402 OBP / .471 SLG / .873 OPS

With the trade of Addison Russell to the Cubs this summer, Robertson has now taken over as the A’s shortstop of the future. And he certainly earned that billing this year, leading all A’s minor leaguers in hits while putting up a healthy .310/.402/.471 slash line and playing solid in the field for Stockton. Robertson also got in a little postseason time with Double-A Midland, where he should be the team’s starting shortstop next season.

 

hp621471xBOOG POWELL

Outfielder

Age: 21

Beloit Snappers / Stockton Ports

3 HR / .343 AVG / .451 OBP / .435 SLG / .886 OPS

Powell was perhaps the A’s best minor league hitter in the first half while playing for Beloit. About a week and a half after being promoted to Stockton, he was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. But the speedy center fielder still hit well for Stockton before and after his suspension and ended the season with the best batting average and on-base percentage of any player in the A’s system.

 

dg607549xDREW GRANIER

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 25

Midland RockHounds / Sacramento River Cats

130 1/3 IP / 143 H / 71 ER / 76 BB / 94 K / 4.90 ERA / 1.68 WHIP

A 32nd-round draft pick for the A’s in 2011, Granier has earned his way up through the system with solid performances on the mound. The 25-year-old right-hander started and ended the 2014 season with a few rocky outings but was very dependable for Midland for most of the year. He’ll use the extra innings he’ll get in the AFL to try to gain greater command of his secondary pitches, which he’ll need to do if he hopes to climb the next rung on the ladder.

 

tp607312xTANNER PETERS

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 24

Midland RockHounds / AZL A’s

28 IP / 36 H / 17 ER / 8 BB / 17 K / 5.46 ERA / 1.57 WHIP

Peters had a solid season for Stockton in 2013 but was sidelined by shoulder issues after just three starts for Midland last year. The 24-year-old southern California native came back to get in a few outings in the Arizona League in August but can use some extra innings in the AFL as he looks to get himself back on track and ready to compete again in 2015.

 

rd543114RYAN DOOLITTLE

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 26

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

57 1/3 IP / 53 H / 19 ER / 21 BB / 60 K / 2.98 ERA / 1.29 WHIP

After being drafted back in 2008 and missing significant time due to injury, Sean’s little brother will return to the A’s system for one more season. “Little Doo” struck out 60 in 57 1/3 innings for Midland and Stockton last season and could potentially pitch well enough in the AFL to help put himself into a position to be considered for a bullpen spot next to his big brother sometime before the end of next season.

 

ah572934AUSTIN HOUSE

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Sacramento River Cats

61 2/3 IP / 50 H / 21 ER / 23 BB / 82 K / 3.06 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 19 SV

After starting 9 games for Beloit in 2013, House led all A’s minor league relievers with 19 saves while striking out 82 in just 61 2/3 innings last season. The 6’4” right-hander should have the chance to close out a few more games in the AFL as he gets ready to serve as the RockHounds’ closer at Midland next season.

 

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