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Meet Your 2016 Nashville Sounds!

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Of course, we’ve still got just a little ways to go until the opening of the 2016 season. And, of course, there will certainly be some trades, some free agent signings (both major league and minor league), some releases, some injuries and, knowing the A’s, some totally unexpected developments during the offseason as well as in spring training.

Considering the way the 2015 season has played out for the A’s, there could certainly be some considerable changes to come. But, just for fun, let’s take a look at the players currently in the A’s organization who will most likely find themselves in the running for a roster spot in Nashville next season…

 

CATCHERS

Carson Blair

Carson Blair

Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley appear likely to return as the catching corps for the A’s in 2016. And with Carson Blair the only other catcher currently on the A’s 40-man roster, it seems reasonably safe to assume that he could be making a return trip to Nashville next season. The Sounds primary receiver this season, Bryan Anderson, can become a minor league free agent in the offseason if he’s not added to the A’s 40-man roster. And the A’s could replace him by signing another experienced minor league backstop, as they seem fond of doing. But if they don’t, then Midland’s Bruce Maxwell would probably be the most likely suspect to join Blair as part of the catching combo at Nashville next season.

 

CORNER INFIELDERS

Rangel Ravelo

Rangel Ravelo

It’s questionable whether the A’s will choose to offer Ike Davis arbitration in the offseason. And if they don’t, that makes it much more likely that Max Muncy will find a spot somewhere on Oakland’s roster next season. The left-handed hitter could serve as a great option to get some playing time at first base, third base and designated hitter, especially if right-handed hitters Brett Lawrie, Danny Valencia, Mark Canha and Billy Butler remain as the primary options at those positions. If he’s not added to the A’s 40-man roster, first baseman Nate Freiman can become a minor league free agent in the offseason. And Midland first baseman Matt Olson has been spending more time in right field than at first base during the second half of the season. So if Muncy finds a spot on the A’s opening day roster, Freiman departs for potentially greener pastures and Olson does indeed spend more time in the outfield – all of which seem likely – then Rangel Ravelo could find himself getting most of the starts at first base for Nashville next season. The situation at third base seems considerably less complicated. One of the organization’s top hitting prospects, Midland third baseman Renato Nunez, will be ready to make the jump to Triple-A next year, while his Midland teammate, Ryon Healy, who has been splitting time between third base and first base the past couple seasons, seems set to join Nashville as well, splitting time with Nunez at third and Ravelo at first in 2016.

 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

Chad Pinder

Chad Pinder

One thing seems clear. After putting together an impressive season at Midland this year, it’s Chad Pinder’s turn to be the starting shortstop for Nashville next season. If he’s not added to the A’s 40-man roster, Andy Parrino can become a minor league free agent in the offseason, which will just help clear the path for Pinder. If Joey Wendle doesn’t win a starting job with the A’s in spring training, which seems less and less likely as Brett Lawrie spends more and more time at second base, then he’ll end up returning as Nashville’s starting second baseman again next season and serve as Pinder’s double-play partner. And if Tyler Ladendorf doesn’t land a roster spot as a utility man for the A’s, then he’ll also figure into the Sounds’ middle infield picture, along with Midland infielder Colin Walsh. If those two both end up on the Nashville roster, then expect to see them playing all over the diamond. While they’re both primarily suited to play second base, they’ve both got plenty of experience playing elsewhere. Ladendorf would most likely spend time at second base, shortstop and in the outfield, while Walsh would probably find time at second base, third base and in the outfield.

 

OUTFIELDERS

Matt Olson

Matt Olson

Craig Gentry and Jason Pridie were both staples of the Sounds outfield for most of 2015, but it’s quite possible that neither will be back in 2016. It would be surprising if the A’s chose to offer Gentry arbitration in the offseason, and it seems unlikely that Pridie would retain a 40-man roster spot throughout the offseason, though it is possible that he’ll manage to hang on. As mentioned earlier, top prospect Matt Olson has spent more time in right field than at first base during the second half of the season. And with Canha, Muncy and Ravelo all in the A’s first base picture and a lack of top-quality outfield prospects in the system, it seems likely that Olson will continue to see more time in the outfield at Nashville next season. Midland’s other primary outfielders – Chad Oberacker, Josh Whitaker and Jaycob Brugman – all seem ready to take the next step and could join Olson in the Sounds’ outfield picture next year. Jake Smolinski could land a spot with the A’s, sharing time with Coco Crisp in left field or giving Josh Reddick a break in right field against lefties. But if he doesn’t, possibly because the A’s acquire another outfielder, then he’ll be right in the middle of Nashville’s outfield mix next season as well.

 

STARTING PITCHERS

Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks

A number of potential starting pitching candidates for the A’s will be out of options next season, including LHPs Sean Nolin, Felix Doubront and Drew Pomeranz as well as RHP Jesse Chavez – as noted by Jeremy F. Koo on Athletics Nation – so it’s unlikely you’ll be seeing any of them doing time at Nashville in 2016. In addition, RHPs Chris Bassitt and Kendall Graveman seem to have earned spots in the A’s major league rotation. So who does that leave as the likely starters in Nashville next season? Well, Aaron Brooks seems as likely as anyone to start the season in the Triple-A rotation. When it comes to current Sounds starters, unless they’re added to the A’s 40-man roster, Brad Mills and Nate Long will both become minor league free agents in the offseason. And if RHP Cody Martin remains on the A’s 40-man roster through all the offseason’s wheelings and dealings, then he’s likely to land a starting spot, as is reliable RHP Zach Neal. A.J. Griffin, who’s still working his way back from injury issues following last year’s Tommy John surgery, seems unlikely to be a leading candidate for the A’s starting rotation next spring and could end up starting the year as one of Nashville’s starting five. Jarrod Parker is also working his way back from injuries after his Tommy John surgery. It’s not clear whether or not he’ll return to a starting role but, if he does, then he could pose another potential Triple-A rotation option. And a few Midland starters could factor into the picture as well. RHP Jake Sanchez has already been called up to finish the season with the Sounds, while LHPs Sean Manaea and Dillon Overton are two of the team’s most promising pitching prospects who could be pushed up to Nashville in 2016.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS

Aaron Kurcz

Aaron Kurcz

Well, it should be noted that in recent years the A’s have tended to sign a big batch of minor league free agent relievers to stock their Triple-A bullpen. So if that ends up being the strategy again this offseason, then the Sounds bullpen is likely to be comprised of a bunch of guys we’ve yet to meet! But there certainly are plenty of arms currently in the organization who could fill the relief role in Nashville next season. First of all, if not added to the 40-man roster, then familiar names like Angel Castro, Brock Huntzinger, Jim Fuller, Taylor Thompson and Ryan Doolittle could all become minor league free agents in the offseason. When it comes to arms currently on the A’s 40-man roster, if he doesn’t find a spot in the A’s bullpen, then Ryan Dull will certainly be returning to the Sounds, as will Dan Otero, R.J. Alvarez and Pat Venditte. Aaron Kurcz also seems highly likely to be making a return appearance in 2016. Arnold Leon is out of options but, if the A’s can manage to sneak him through waivers, then he could find himself back in Nashville as well. Jarrod Parker could also be a candidate to start the season in the Sounds bullpen as he makes his way back from a serious arm injury incurred after his Tommy John surgery. And then there are a number of RockHounds relievers who’ve all earned the opportunity to see time at Triple-A, most notably Seth Frankoff and Tucker Healy (who’ve both had a taste of the PCL), Kris Hall (who’ll be showcasing in the Arizona Fall League starting next month) and Brendan McCurry (who’ll also be in the AFL and has been one of the most impressive relievers in the A’s system over the past two seasons). Add in the inevitable minor league free agent signees, and there shouldn’t be any shortage of available relief arms to stock the bullpen at First Tennessee Park in 2016.

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Thursday, September 3rd: Sean Manaea K’s 13 in Hounds Victory while Dylan Covey & Jacob Nottingham Lead Ports to Big Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Sean Manaea (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 13 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds LHP Sean Manaea (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 13 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  4

San Antonio Missions    1

WP – Manaea 6-1 / 2.36

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Manaea

(6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 13 K / Win)

LHP Sean Manaea, acquired from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist trade, turned in another impressive start on Thursday, striking out 13 over 6 shutout innings to earn his 6th win for the RockHounds. And Manaea has now struck out 20 in 13 scoreless innings over his last 2 starts for Midland. RHP Brendan McCurry got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his his 6th save for the Hounds. Outfielder Chad Oberacker had 2 hits and a walk and stole a base, while catcher Beau Taylor had a pair of hits and drove in a run, and designated hitter Renato Nunez doubled in a run for the RockHounds.

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Thursday, August 27th: Jaycob Brugman’s 4 Hits Help Hounds Win & Clinch Playoff Berth while Chad Pinder is Named Texas League Player of the Year

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (4 for 4 / Walk / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (4 for 4 / Walk / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks       1

Midland RockHounds  10

WP – Overton 4-2 / 3.60

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman

(4 for 4 / Walk / Double / 3 RBIs)

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman reached base 5 times, on 3 singles, a double and a walk, while driving in 3 runs to help the RockHounds win and clinch a berth in the Texas League playoffs on Thursday. First baseman Anthony Aliotti had a pair of singles and a pair of doubles and drove in a run, while third baseman Renato Nunez singled, doubled and drove in a pair in his return from the disabled list, and second baseman Wade Kirkland collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the RockHounds. Starter Dillon Overton had his second straight scoreless outing for Midland on Thursday, scattering 3 hits over 5 shutout innings to earn his 4th win for the RockHounds. In other news, Hounds shortstop Chad Pinder was named the Texas League Player of the Year on Thursday. Pinder has put up an impressive .320/.362/.491 slash line in 113 games and currently leads the Texas League in hits (148), RBIs (86) and total bases (227). In addition, Midland second baseman Colin Walsh, third baseman Ryon Healy and RHP Ryan Dull were all named to the Texas League Postseason All-Star Team.

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Thursday, August 20th: Casey Meisner Leads Stockton to Shutout Victory while Sean Doolittle Strikes Out Side Again for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Casey Meisner (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Casey Meisner (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  3

Modesto Nuts     0

WP – Meisner 1-1 / 4.15

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Casey Meisner

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

On Thursday, RHP Casey Meisner turned in his best start for Stockton since being acquired from the Mets in the Tyler Clippard trade. The 20-year-old gave up a single in the 1st inning and then retired the next 11 hitters before giving up another single in the 5th. Meisner ended up allowing just those 2 hits while walking none and striking out 5 over 5 shutout innings to earn his 1st win for Stockton. RHP Lou Trivino tossed 3 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Ben Bracewell got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 5th save and nail down the 3-hit shutout for Stockton. First baseman Michael Soto singled, doubled twice and drove in a pair, while right fielder Tyler Marincov also had 2 doubles and scored twice, and left fielder B.J. Boyd had a pair of hits for the Ports.

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Monday, August 17th: B.J. Boyd’s Big Bat Helps Ports Win Big while Sounds Drop 3rd Straight

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder B.J. Boyd (2 for 4 / Walk / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder B.J. Boyd (2 for 4 / Walk / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

San Jose Giants   2

Stockton Ports  13

WP – Finnegan 7-8 / 5.79

HR – Marincov (13), Soto (8), Boyd (5)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder B.J. Boyd

(2 for 4 / Walk / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

Outfielder B.J. Boyd had a big night at the plate for the Ports, singling in a pair of runs in the 4th inning and belting a 3-run homer in the 8th. First baseman Michael Soto singled and homered, while outfielder Tyler Marincov homered and drove in 3. Designated hitter Jacob Nottingham had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while shortstop Yairo Munoz and outfielder Brett Vertigan had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports. Starter Raul Alcantara was solid, scattering just 2 hits over 4 scoreless innings of work, while RHP Kyle Finnegan allowed 2 runs, just 1 earned, over 3 1/3 innings to pick up his 7th win for the Ports.

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

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

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

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Tulsa Drillers                  4

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Doolittle 4-2 / 3.67

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Nick Rickles

(2 for 3 / 2 RBIs)

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

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

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

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

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds  9

Iowa Cubs               2

WP – Martin 2-3 / 5.14

HR – Roberts (11)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Cody Martin

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

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

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Sunday, August 9th: Kirkland’s Big Bat Helps Hounds Win while Stalcup Leads Ports to Shutout Win and Barry Zito & Matt Chapman Land on DL

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Wade Kirkland (3 for 4 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Wade Kirkland (3 for 4 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

Corpus Christi Hooks     3

WP – Hall 3-0 / 2.97

HR – Kirkland (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Wade Kirkland

(3 for 4 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

Midland utility man Wade Kirkland, getting the start at shortstop, turned out to be the hero for the Hounds on Sunday. With the game tied in the top of the 8th, Kirkland singled in the go-ahead run for the RockHounds then followed that up by hitting a 3-run homer in the 9th. Kirkland also singled in the 3rd, while catcher Bruce Maxwell had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, and outfielders Josh Whitaker and Jaycob Brugman had a pair of hits apiece. LHP Dillon Overton turned in a solid start, allowing just 1 run over 5 innings of work, but he left the game with his team down by a run, and RHP Kris Hall picked up the win despite giving up 1 run in 1 2/3 innings of relief for the RockHounds.

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Tuesday, August 4th: Ryan Roberts’ 2 HRs Help Sounds Win in 12 while Brett Graves Leads Snappers to Shutout Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Designated Hitter Ryan Roberts (2 Home Runs / Double / Walk / 4 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Designated Hitter Ryan Roberts (2 Home Runs / Double / Walk / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds         8

Omaha Storm Chasers  6

WP – Huntzinger 2-2 / 3.59

HR – Roberts 2 (8)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Ryan Roberts

(2 Home Runs / Double / Walk / 4 RBIs)

Designated hitter Ryan Roberts had another big night for Nashville on Tuesday. With the game tied in the top of the 12th, Roberts slugged his second home run of the game to provide the winning run for the Sounds. Roberts also hit a solo shot in the 4th and doubled in 2 runs in the 2nd, and he’s now hit 4 home runs in his last 4 games for Nashville. Starter Brad Mills allowed 6 runs over 4 1/3 innings of work, but the Sounds’ bullpen was solid. Relievers Ryan Dull, Pat Venditte, Angel Castro and Brock Huntzinger combined on 7 2/3 shutout innings, and Huntzinger picked up the win by tossing a scoreless 11th and 12th to close things out for the Sounds. Meanwhile, with Danny Valencia’s addition to the A’s roster, infielder Max Muncy was optioned back to Nashville.

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Thursday, July 30th: Brad Mills Is Solid Again in Sounds Loss as Brent Morel Joins Nashville, Dayan Viciedo Is Released and All Six A’s Affiliates Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Brad Mills (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Brad Mills (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Iowa Cubs               5

Nashville Sounds  4

LP – Coke 0-2 / 11.37

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brad Mills

(7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)

LHP Brad Mills turned in his third straight quality start for the Sounds, allowing just 1 run while striking out 5 over 7 innings of work, and he left the game with a 2-run lead on Thursday. But RHP Brock Huntzinger gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, in the 8th inning to allow Iowa to tie the game. And it remained tied until the top of the 12th, when LHP Phil Coke surrendered 2 runs to suffer his 2nd loss for the Sounds. First baseman Nate Frieman collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while outfielder Jason Pridie drew 3 walks and singled in a run, and Nashville’s new third baseman, Brent Morel, singled and doubled in a run for the Sounds. The A’s signed Morel, a former 3rd-round draft pick for the White Sox who’s appeared in 220 major league games, to a minor league contract after he was given his release by the Pirates earlier in the week. In order to make room for him on the Sounds roster, the A’s released another recent minor league free agent signee, Dayan Viciedo, who struggled at Nashville, posting a .221/.282/.336 slash line in just 30 games for the Sounds.

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