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Saturday, August 11th: Kila’s 2 HRs Carry Cats to Victory while Ports Win and Hounds & Bees Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue (2 Home Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats    5

Oklahoma City RedHawks  3

(WP – Peacock 10-7 / 5.92)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Kila Ka’aihue

(2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue clubbed his 11th and 12th home runs, while shortstop Brandon Hicks blasted his 14th on Saturday. Starter Brad Peacock allowed 3 runs over 5 innings to earn his 10th win for the River Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  6

Tulsa Drillers                8

(LP – Hunter 2-3 / 4.67)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Dusty Coleman

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Shortstop Dusty Coleman and outfielder Tyler Ladendorf both launched 3-run homers for the RockHounds, but it wasn’t enough on Saturday. Starter Murphy Smith allowed 4 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings of work, while Midland’s shaky bullpen gave up 4 runs in the 7th and 8th innings to surrender the lead, with right-hander Brett Hunter taking the loss for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Modesto Nuts    5

Stockton Ports  8

(WP – Brown 5-8 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Ryan Pineda

(Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 1st inning, second baseman Ryan Pineda doubled to clear the bases and give the Ports the lead, which they would never relinquish. Outfielder Myrio Richard homered, while infielder Tony Thompson and catcher Ryan Ortiz both doubled and drove in a run. Starter Jacob Brown allowed 3 runs over 5 inings to earn his 5th win for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                8

Quad Cities River Bandits  9

(LP – Alcantara 6-10 / 5.06)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(5 2/3 IP / 1 ER / 7 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier turned in another impressive outing, allowing just 1 hit and 1 run while striking out 7 over 5 2/3 innings, and left the game with the lead. But right-handers Nate Eppley and Raul Alcantara combined to give up 8 runs in the 7th inning to surrender the lead, with Alcantara taking his 10th loss for Burlington. Outfielders Douglas Landaeta and Rashun Dixon drove in 3 runs apiece for the Bees.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

Brooklyn Cyclones            6

(LP – Ynoa 0-2 / 7.04)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(3 for 5 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Former top prospect Michael Ynoa had another shaky outing for Vermont, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits while walking 4 and striking out just 1 in 2 1/3 innings of work to take the loss. Right-hander Stuart Pudenz struck out 4 in 2 innings of scoreless relief, while shortstop Addison Russell, serving as the designated hitter for the night, collected 3 hits and drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  5

AZL Reds         4

(WP – Johnson 5-1 / 3.05)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Chad Lewis

(3 for 4 / Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his first game since being demoted from Vermont, third baseman Chad Lewis, serving as the designated hitter, homered in the top of the 8th inning to provide the game-winning run on Saturday. Outfielder Herschel Powell and catcher Phil Pohl also drove in a run apiece in the win. Starter Gregory Paulino allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits and struck out 7 over 5 innings of work, while right-hander Tyler Johnson tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn his 5th win.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Oklahoma City – 4:05pm PT

Midland @ Tulsa – 7:05pm CT

Modesto @ Stockton – 6:05pm PT

Burlington @ Quad Cities – 5:00pm CT

Vermont @ Brooklyn – 5:00pm ET

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

 

 

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Sunday, August 5th: Peterson’s 2 HRs Lead Cats to Victory while Hounds, Ports & Bees All Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats outfielder Shane Peterson (2 Home Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Nashville Sounds             3

Sacramento River Cats  8

(WP – Peacock 9-7 / 5.95)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: With the game tied at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the 4th inning, outfielder Shane Peterson blasted his 3rd home run to give the River Cats the lead, which they never relinquished, and he followed that up with his 4th home run in the 5th inning. In his first 20 games with Sacramento since being promoted from Midland, Peterson has now banged out 4 home runs and 4 doubles. Second baseman Grant Green doubled, hit his 13th home run, and drove in 3 runs in the win. Starter Brett Anderson, in his third rehab start with Sacramento, allowed 3 runs on 5 hits over 4 1/3 innings, while right-hander Brad Peacock struck out 9 over 4 scoreless innings to pick up his 9th win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks   6

Midland RockHounds  4

(LP – Smith 6-9 / 4.54)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Ladendorf

(2 for 4 / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Murphy Smith had a rough outing, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, on 12 hits over 5 innings to take the loss. Tyler Ladendorf, who’s taken over in center field since Michael Choice’s season-ending injury, had 2 hits and drove in a run for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports  2

Visalia Rawhide  8

(LP – Brown 4-8 / 4.46)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(3 for 5 / Triple / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Jacob Brown had a rocky outing, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits over 5 innings to take the loss. Outfielder Chad Oberacker had 3 hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in a run for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Quad Cities River Bandits  6

Burlington Bees                2

(LP – Lamb 0-2 / 6.28)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Rashun Dixon

(2 for 2 / 2 Walks / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Chris Lamb allowed 3 runs on 6 hits over 4 2/3 innings to take his 2nd loss with the Bees, while outfielder Rashun Dixon had 2 hits, 2 walks and scored twice in the loss.

 

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

Batavia Muckdogs             1

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

(WP – Hall 2-0 / 0.82)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Miguel Marte

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: First baseman Miguel Marte clubbed a 3-run homer in the 1st inning to provide all the offense his team would need on Sunday. This year’s 6th-round draft pick Seth Streich allowed 1 run and struck out 4 over 3 innings of work, while 8th-round draft pick Kris Hall picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings in relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Mariners   1

AZL Athletics  3

(WP – Hollstegge 2-0 / 5.82)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Vince Voiro

(4 IP / 0 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Vince Voiro struck out 3 in 4 scoreless innings of work on Sunday, while third baseman Renato Nunez and outfielder Vicmal De La Cruz both collected triples in the win.

 

Monday’s Games:

Nashville @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

Quad Cities @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Batavia @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

AZL Giants @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

 

Monday’s Links:

A’s Farm’s Weekly Minor League Update on A’s Nation

Sacramento River Cats Complete Season Stats

Midland RockHounds Complete Season Stats

Stockton Ports Complete Season Stats

Burlington Bees Complete Season Stats

Vermont Lake Monsters Complete Season Stats

AZL Athletics Complete Season Stats

 

 

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Wednesday, July 25th: Peacock Pitches Cats to Victory while Ports Win and All Others Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Brad Peacock (6 IP / 0 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  7

Salt Lake Bees                1

(WP – Peacock 8-7 / 6.25)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brad Peacock

(6 IP / 0 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock delivered an impressive performance for Sacramento, allowing just 1 unearned run on 3 hits over 6 innings to earn his 8th win. Third baseman Stephen Parker had 2 hits, including his 7th home run, and drove in 3 runs. Outfielder Collin Cowgill homered as well, while shortstop Grant Green collected 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in 2 runs in the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Frisco RoughRiders      3

Midland RockHounds  1

(LP – Daley 8-9 / 5.05)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Fabio Castro

(6 IP / 0 ER / 2 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro turned in a strong outing for the RockHounds, allowing just 1 unearned run over 6 innings of work on Wednesday, but right-hander Gary Daley took the loss after giving up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief. Shortstop Dusty Coleman hit his 11th home run for the RockHounds’ only run of the game.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports  3

Visalia Rawhide  2

(WP – Brown 4-7 / 4.32)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jacob Brown

(7 IP / 1 ER / 1 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Jacob Brown had a solid outing for Stockton, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, to pick up his 4th win. Max Stassi, serving as the designated hitter for the day, catcher Ryan Ortiz and second baseman Ryan Pineda all hit solo shots to account for the Ports’ 3 runs on the day.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Beloit Snappers   4

Burlington Bees  1

(LP – Peters 0-4 / 4.97)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Sean Jamieson

(2 for 4 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tanner Peters allowed 4 runs over 6 innings to take his 4th loss, while shortstop Sean Jamieson had 2 hits, including a double, for the Bees on Wednesday.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

Auburn Doubledays          8

(LP – Chitwood 3-1 / 2.28)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: This year’s 6th-round draft pick Seth Streich had a rough time in his first start for Vermont, allowing 5 runs in just 2 innings of work, but 8th-round draft pick Kris Hall followed up with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Outfielder John Wooten doubled in 2 runs in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Dodgers   3

AZL Athletics  1

(LP – Voiro 1-1 / 2.76)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Herschel Powell

(3 for 3 / Double / RBI)

Worth Noting: Outfielder Herschel Powell collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while starter Vincent Voiro allowed 2 runs over 3 1/3 innings to take the loss.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

Frisco @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Beloit @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Auburn – 7:05pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Reds – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Exclusive: A’s Super Scout Grady Fuson Talks Top Prospects with A’s Farm

Grady Fuson: on the clock in Stockton

One of the most popular pieces we’ve featured here on A’s Farm over the past few months was our profile of A’s super scout (and Moneyball bad guy) Grady Fuson. He was the A’s scouting director from 1995 until 2001, when he left the A’s to become the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers. Fuson returned to the A’s about two and a half years ago and currently serves as the special assistant to the general manager.

Prior to the amateur draft in early-June, Fuson’s duties primarily consist of scouting amateur prospects in preparation for the draft. But once the draft is complete, he begins a tour around the A’s minor league system, checking in on teams from Sacramento to Midland and Stockton to Burlington.

We were fortunate enough to catch up with Fuson in Stockton about a week before the All-Star break, after he’d just visited Sacramento and had spent the better part of a week with Stockton as well. We took the opportunity to pick the brain of one of baseball’s top talent evaluators and get the lowdown on some of the A’s top hitting and pitching prospects, as well as some of the fresh new talent that’s just entered the system via this year’s draft. But we started out by taking a look at some of the guys at the top of the system at Sacramento…

 

AF:  I know you’ve been out checking in on some of the minor league teams, and I guess your first stop was in Sacramento. I know Grant Green has been moving all over the field and playing a lot of different positions there lately – left, center, short, third, even second. So what’s the current situation with him?

GF:  Well, everybody’s asked me a little bit about why is he here, why is he there. We’re just trying to increase his versatility. A lot of kids, when they break in the big leagues, if you’re not a bona-fide position guy, it’s hard to break in and get at-bats if you don’t have that versatility. Obviously, we moved him out to center and we know what that looks like now – we know he can play it a little to some degree. We’ve got a little bit of a third base issue still with Sizemore going down early. So now we’re giving him some more time at third, and he’s still playing a little short. And when that time comes when he’s needed in the big leagues, when the powers that be want to give him a little look, at least Bob Melvin’s got a little versatility to where he can play him, and then we’ll see where the bat settles in in the big leagues.

AF:  And how do you feel about his bat at this point?

GF:  Well, I still feel strong that he’s hitter-ish. He’s going to be a hitter. How much power will really come out up there? I think he’s going to be one of those guys where ballparks could play a role. If he plays in a place like Texas, he could probably hit some. If he plays in a place like Petco Park, he’s probably not going to hit too many. But we’ve been working with him for a year and a half now about trying to make some adjustments on pitches middle to middle-in – just trying to change bat head positions so that he can pull more of those balls. He’s been shooting those balls up the middle. If he’s ever going to hit the ball out, those are the pitches he’s got to get the head out and get it over the shorter parts of the ballpark. And he’s made that adjustment.

AF:  So the greater his versatility, the more opportunity there’s going to be for him to get to the big leagues and then, once he’s there’s, the more opportunity there’ll be for him to stay there.

GF:  Exactly.

AF:  Anybody else stand out in Sacramento?

GF:  Everybody else there was about as expected. Michael Taylor is still very improved with his aggressiveness. He’s just not getting the ball out much on the pull side of the field, but he’s squaring it up and hitting it hard a lot. A.J. Griffin – you know he’s dealing again tonight (in Oakland). Griffin’s always good for me. I’m glad he got this opportunity. He’s making the most of it right now.

AF:  Give me your take on Griffin.

GF:  I’ve always been a Griffin guy. I saw him in college. I thought I helped us get him in the draft a little bit. But he’s big, he’s physical. It’s not an overpowering fastball, but I just always liked his ability to get down and away with his fastball, which to me is golden for a pitcher – a guy that can just locate his 4–seam fastball down and away. He’s got a good changeup. He’s got a good breaking ball. We’ve added a little cutter to his game that’s helped. He’s always been aggressive. He throws it down, and he’s a strike-thrower. He’s a competitor.

AF:  What about another pitcher who’s been looking great since he got to Sacramento, Dan Straily?

GF:  Straily’s awesome. He’s been great. I’m proud of that kid.

AF:  What’s been the key to his success this year?

GF:  I just think better command. But if you go back and look at his numbers, I think he was one or two in the California League last year in strikeouts. And he’s come a long way with his changeup. He’s always had a good breaking ball. He throws hard. He’s a 90-94 mph guy. He’s got a good arm. He’s been great.

AF:  One guy at Sacramento who’s been struggling a bit is Brad Peacock. What’s up with him?

GF:  Brad’s just having a hard time backing up quality pitches in the strike zone – executing. It has nothing to do with his stuff. He’s still throwing 90-94 mph. He’s got a good bite to his breaking ball when it’s right. But he’s just been scattered. (Minor league pitching coordinator) Gil Patterson was in there with him and we did some side work. We thought maybe he’s got a little bit of an uphill move that’s kind of wreaking havoc with him trying to get down the mound a little bit. He’s leaving a lot of fastballs up and elevated. And the biggest thing is just his pitch count is not getting him very deep in the game right now.

AF:  It seemed like he started out the season pretty well.

GF:  Yeah, his first few starts were pretty solid. He’s just in a rut right now, but he’s young and he’s got good enough stuff. He’ll come out of it.

AF:  Well, you’ve been here with the Stockton team for a while now. Can you tell me a little bit about the pitching staff here at Stockton?

GF:  The pitching’s been impressive. Blake Treinen, as good as his stuff is, I’m a little disappointed that his performance numbers aren’t a little better. Something’s missing – I’m not smart enough to tell you what it is, but something’s not right. Jake Brown, even though he’s a little bit of a soft-tossing left-hander, he knows how to pitch. He stays away from guys. He knows when to come in. He’s got a real good changeup.

AF:  What about Sean Murphy? He’s been looking really good both at Burlington and here at Stockton this year.

GF:  He’s by far one of the most improved young pitchers we’ve got in the system. I patted him on the ass after the game and told him, “Do you know how much better you are than you were a year ago?” He’s really cleaned his whole mental game up. He’s just taking things more seriously. He’s gotten focused. He’s pounding his down-and-away fastball. He’s always had a good changeup. He’s getting his breaking ball over in the strike zone.

AF:  Well, he’s had a big change from last year. Batters were hitting over .300 against him last season, and this season they’ve been hitting around .200 against him – that’s a big difference!

GF:  You know, he’s growing up. He’s turning into a pro. I mean, this kid a year ago was from a dinky little school. I remember talking to him last year in Burlington, and he goes “I’ve never been coached.” And he was like a little kid, an amateur. And this year, this guy’s turning into a man. I could see it coming in spring training too. He started to get super serious about his sides. He got his body in great shape. He’s doing good.

AF:  When I talked to him earlier about what accounted for his success this year, he seemed to say it was primarily just about focus and commitment.

GF:  It’s nice to see, because that’s what you’re looking for. Hey, this guy wants it, and this guy doesn’t. Some of them don’t know how to want it. But that’s our job to just keep pounding it into them.

AF:  Have you had a chance to see much of left-hander Ian Krol yet?

GF:  I’m actually going to miss him – they set him back a day. But I’ve been with him on two of his sides. You know, it’s all about his finish – just staying on line and being directed. He wants to cut his finish off and spin out, and he loses his line of command. And when you do those things, there’s usually not a lot of good things that are going to happen. The two sides I’ve been here, we’ve been working with him a lot on that.

AF:  What about Blake Hassebrock who was great at Burlington last year but has been struggling a bit since coming back off the disabled list here?

GF:  I don’t think he’s going any more than three innings tonight. He’s definitely a prospect. He’s big, he’s physical. He throws it downhill and he throws it hard. It’s all the secondary things. We’re trying to get him to use the cutter a little bit more than the slider, because his slider’s never been a great slider.

AF:  T.J. Walz got off to a good start here, but then he was moved out of the rotation and into the bullpen. What was behind that?

GF:  It’s not that we’re walking away from him as a starter forever. He’s just had this history that he told us about – when he starts a lot, his arm starts barking. And for some reason, his arm never barks when he throws out of the pen. He’s a guy who we had to watch his innings this year anyway because of his college pitch count and things like that. But he’s still throwing good.

AF:  Another guy who started the year here at Stockton was A.J. Cole. He really struggled here, but he’s been pitching great since he was sent down to Burlington. I guess you really haven’t had a chance to see him since the spring though, right?

GF:  No, I’ve seen a lot of him on video though. When he was going through these issues when he was here, I happened to be in Arizona one day, where me and (director of player development) Keith Lieppman got all the video we could get and we got on the phone with Gil Patterson. Gil had video and we were breaking things apart a little bit. He was dong some things that were different than when he was with Washington. And so Gil got on those and came in here and tried to settle some things down and get things back to where they needed to be. I don’t know if it’s the change to a different league, but it shouldn’t be that big a discrepancy. It was more location and sequences – it wasn’t stuff. The guys who saw him pitch here said it was 93-95 mph. The one thing that we were looking at was to see if his arm was on time with his foot stride. We looked at the timing and his arm was late and just missing.

AF:  Well, sending him to Burlington certainly seemed to be the answer.

GF:  Sometimes that in itself is the answer – a little wake-up call.

AF:  I know you probably haven’t seen him since the spring, but what’s your take on Sonny Gray?

GF:  I think he’s just struggling with his overall command. He’s working on it. I think he’s starting to understand what few concerns we had about him – those are the things that come and go.

AF:  The last I heard, the big thing he was working on was the changeup.

GF:  The changeup, and his direction and the way he lands – helping him stay on line to help him with his command. Those are the two big things.

AF:  Is there anyone on the offensive side of things who’s been opening your eyes since you’ve been here in Stockton?

GF:  Yeah, number one, it’s really good to see Max Stassi on the field everyday. And when he’s on the field everyday, you can see what he’s got a chance to do. He’s a really polished receiver. His arm’s working and feeling great right now. He’s throwing well. He’s hitting balls to all fields. He’s working on his pitch selection. He’s a nice-looking player. This is B.A. Vollmuth’s first time here. He’s still getting used to it a little bit, but doing about what’s expected from him – squaring a lot of balls up, playing solid at third. Yordy Cabrera’s a young kid – you know, things come and go with Yordy. Last night, he swings at a first pitch slider that’s five feet out of the strike zone, and you’re kind of going, “Oh my God!” And then two at-bats in a row were solid – he squared one up to the biggest part of the ballpark and thought he got his first homer. In San Jose (earlier in the week), his footwork was better. Last night, he sat back on groundballs and groundballs ate him up. That comes and goes with young kids. But the reality is that night after night, even though his numbers don’t look like it, I think he’s holding his own.

AF:  Speaking of some of these very young prospects, what’s up with Aaron Shipman at Burlington?

GF:  I’m heading there. I haven’t seen Shipman since I left spring training. Obviously he’s having a rough go just with contact. He’s down in the low .200s again. At one time, he got it up in the .250s. He’s back to doing some swinging and missing. But we’ll see.

AF:  What about another guy here at Stockton who came up from Burlington earlier in the year and has been playing well, and that’s outfielder Dusty Robinson?

GF:  Dusty’s a guy who plays the game with his hair on fire. He’s got some good skills. Dusty can throw, Dusty can run, and Dusty can flat square up a ball at times that makes your jaw drop at how hard he can hit it. It’s a non-stop work in progress about how he handles pitches on the outer half. Sometimes he looks good, and sometimes he looks like he’s never seen one. But he’s doing good. He’s second in our whole organization in homers.

AF:  I know you haven’t seen Michael Choice at Midland yet, but is there anything you can offer on his situation this year?

GF:  I think he’s still fighting his day-to-day approach – it comes and goes. There’s no regression in his tools and his ability. He’s got a very unique set up and approach, and when he’s not on time, there’s issues depending on how a guy can pitch him. You know, that’s the biggest jump you make in this game, besides the big leagues. Getting out of all the A-ball stuff – whether it’s rookie ball, High-A, Low-A – Double-A is where the true pro game really starts. The athletes who can’t hit, they’re still in A-ball. The pitchers who throw hard but can’t throw it over or don’t have some type of off-speed, they’re still in A-ball. So what you’ve got at Double-A is you’ve got the first collection of some ability with understanding performance. And so there’s more pitchers up there who know how to change speeds, really locate more.

AF:  Guys who know how to fool you and know how to exploit your weaknesses…

GF:  Exactly. And the pitching in Triple-A – there’s so many veteran AAAA-type guys. They’re usually older, they’re not as crisp as they used to be, so they pitch ass backwards at AAA – cutter, cutter, cutter, backdoor breaking ball. There’s not a lot of velocity, a lot of hard fastballs, coming at you night after night, unless you’ve got some young kid on their way up. Everybody else is some 30-year-old guy – they trick you. So that becomes a lesson on hitting off-speed. Then when kids first go to the big leagues, they forget how to hit a fastball.

AF:  Speaking of guys who are trying to make that transition to Double-A, have you had a chance to see Miles Head at any point?

GF:  Yeah, in spring training. But you know, what a half! I don’t know that I’ve seen a guy have that kind of half. And if you talk to these guys here (in Stockton), they’ve never been around a guy that hot. They just said nobody could get him out. There were never more than two or three at-bats that went by without him crushing one. You know, another guy I’ve always liked since the day we signed him is Chad Oberacker. He’s got the simplest approach of anybody here. And he just squares it up every at bat. He’s playing a very good center field. He’s a plus runner. He’s a nice-looking kid.

AF:  He’s even hit a few homers this year. I don’t think he’d shown much power before.

GF:  He’s got 6 this year, but one of them was an inside-the-parker.

AF:  What about Josh Whitaker who hit three home runs in a game here one night?

GF:  He’s been playing great. His body’s in great shape. You can see more life out of his body every year. He’s getting tighter and stronger. This kid’s putting himself on the map. He runs, he throws, he’s a better defender, and he’s a threat to hit it out.

AF:  Well, he had a good year at Burlington last year, but I guess the thing with him is there’s always a lot of strikeouts.

GF:  That’s the one thing we tried to set our eye on in the draft. We put more of an emphasis on making that hitting skill a little purer than we’ve had in the past – making that the number one thing, because as an organization the last couple of years, we have had a lot of swing-and-missers. We had 7 guys in Stockton who struck out 100 times last year – Aliotti, Gilmartin, Coleman, Gil, Dixon, Choice and LeVier.

AF:  Well I know when I talked to scouting director Eric Kubota after the draft, it seemed like he kept saying about everyone you drafted, “We really like the way this guy handles the bat.”

GF:  Well, that was a little bit of the change in direction you could see in the draft. Getting high school versus college wasn’t by design, but getting hitters, hitters first, was.

AF:  Was there anyone in this year’s draft you scouted who you were particularly high on?

GF:  Yeah, all of them! The only guy I didn’t see up high was Matt Olson, but Addison Russell, Daniel Robertson, all those guys.

AF:  Was there anybody you were maybe a little higher on than other people?

GF:  Yeah, maybe Robertson. I don’t know if I was higher, but higher than a couple. We took him where I’d like to take him. I love B.J. Boyd, the Bay Area kid. This guy’s crude – he may run to the wrong dugout – but let me tell you, he’s got some kind of life in his hands, some kind of life in his legs. He’s electric.

AF:  So, I guess it’s just going to be a matter of refining him then.

GF:  Oh yeah, it’s going to be fun – but what a project! This is what young Carl Crawfords look like when they’re 18!

AF:  Well, that’s always a good thing to hear! Thanks a lot for taking the time to clue us in!

 

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Friday, July 20th: #1 Pick Russell Homers Twice for AZL A’s as Hounds Win in Extras and Cats, Ports & Bees Fall


A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Arizona League A’s shortstop Addison Russell (2 HRs / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Tucson Padres                 6

Sacramento River Cats  0

(LP – Peacock 7-7 / 6.63)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(1 for 3 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock had an interesting outing. On the good side, the right-hander struck out 11 batters over 7 innings of work, but he also gave up 2 home runs and left the game with a 4-0 deficit that Sacramento couldn’t overcome. The River Cats managed only 3 hits in the game, with outfielder Michael Taylor doubling for the team’s only extra base hit on the night.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  1

San Antonio Missions   0

(WP – Jones 1-0 / 1.13)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jeremy Barfield

(3 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 1 Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Jeremy Barfield doubled to lead off the 12th inning and came around to score the winning run on catcher Beau Taylor’s single. Starter Fabio Castro had a solid outing, striking out 6 over 7 scoreless innings, while left-hander Beau Jones picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

High Desert Mavericks  5

Stockton Ports            2

(LP – Hassebrock 1-4 / 8.32)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Mitch LeVier

(Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Hassebrock had another rocky outing, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, on 8 hits over 5 2/3 innings to take his 4th loss. Right-hander T.J. Walz contributed 2 1/3 solid innings of scoreless relief, while outfielder Mitch LeVier doubled in a run in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                 9

South Bend Silver Hawks  11

(LP – Alcantara 6-9 / 5.34)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Eliezer Mesa

(Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Chris Lamb had a rough outing, allowing 8 runs on 13 hits over 5 2/3 innings of work, but right-hander Raul Alcantara gave up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief to take the loss. Outfielder Eliezer Mesa tripled and drove in 2 runs, third baseman Wade Kirkland doubled and drove in 2, and outfielder Bobby Crocker and infielder Michael Fabiaschi contributed 3 hits apiece in the loss.

 

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

Tri-City ValleyCats            6

Vermont Lake Monsters  0

(LP – Jimenez 0-3 / 9.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Kris Hall

(3 IP / 0 ER / 0 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: This year’s 8th-round draft pick Kris Hall had a solid outing in his 1st start for Vermont, giving up just 1 hit over 3 scoreless innings, but right-hander Deyvi Jimenez came on to surrender 6 runs in just 2 innings and take the loss. Shortstop Wilfredo Solano doubled for the team’s only extra base hit of the game.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  20

AZL Dodgers     7

(WP – Massey 1-0 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: This year’s 1st-round draft pick Addison Russell had another big game on Friday, blasting 2 home runs and driving in 3. Michael Soto homered, tripled and drove in 4, Reynaldo Mateo homered and drove in 3, and outfielder Luis Baez homered, doubled and drove in 2. Starter Vincent Voiro allowed 1 run in 3 innings of work, while left-hander Taylor Massey tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Tucson @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Godfrey)

Midland @ San Antonio – 7:05pm CT

(Smith vs. Geer)

HighDesert @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ West Michigan – 6:00pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Vermont @ Tri-City – 7:00pm ET

(TBD vs. TBD)

AZL Athletics @ AZL Giants – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Catching Up With: The Sacramento River Cats

 

Raley Field – Home of the Sacramento River Cats

The A’s triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats have a long history of winning – and this season has been no exception. The team currently boasts the best record in the 16-team Pacific Coast League, and has gotten great performances from many members of the starting rotation like Graham Godfrey, Tyson Ross, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily, Bruce Billings and even, earlier in the year before his struggles, Brad Peacock. And when we visited Sacramento about a week before the All-Star Break, we took the opportunity to talk with the newest member of the River Cats’ rotation, right-hander Dan Straily, as well as the team’s pitching coach, Scott Emerson.

We also had the chance to talk to one of the staples of the Sacramento lineup who always garners a great deal of interest amongst A’s fans, former 1st-round draft pick Grant Green. The former shortstop, whom the organization converted to an outfielder midway through last season, has recently been playing all over the diamond. The 24-year-old has put in time this season in left field and center field, as well as at shortstop, third base and second base. And after working on his approach at the plate, the right-handed swinger’s power numbers are up a bit this year and his strikeouts are down, and he could very well be angling for a spot with the 2013 A’s.

So be sure to check out our chat with top hitting prospect Grant Green, followed by our conversations with River Cats’ starting pitcher Dan Straily and Sacramento pitching coach Scott Emerson, and get the inside scoop on the 2012 Sacramento River Cats…

 

Sacramento River Cats

Outfielder

GRANT GREEN

AF:  Well you started out the year playing strictly in the outfield, but you’ve been playing a lot of different positions lately – short, third, second. So how has it been adapting to all these new positions and playing a different position everyday?

GG:  It’s fun. It’s something new every single day – walking into the clubhouse and checking the lineup to see where I’m playing. It’s kind of fun and interesting to see where I’m playing. Certain days it’s a little bit less stressful to know I’m playing in left. But tomorrow I could be playing second – something different, something new.

AF:  So it’s been an enjoyable challenge for you rather than something difficult?

GG:  Yeah.

AF:  Do you have any preferences in terms of where you’d ideally like to play?

GG:  Short, of course – that’s what I’m most comfortable with. After that, I like playing second – something I just started doing this year. I’ve only played 1 or 2 games there. But if I could stay in the middle of the diamond on the infield, I would love to. I’ve gotten more used to playing left.

AF:  It sounds like you’d prefer to be where the action is.

GG:  Exactly.

AF:  What about this year at the plate for you – your power numbers were down last year, but they’ve been up a bit this year – is there anything you’ve been doing differently?

GG:  Yeah, we’ve really worked on getting more quality ABs – kind of seeing a little bit more pitches than usual – still being aggressive, but aggressive inside the zone instead of just being aggressive in general. And then last fall I really worked on widening my stance and getting a little bit of a load. It also helps that we’re not playing in Texas League parks. There are a lot of graveyards and the wind blowing the ball foul.

AF:  Have most of your home runs been off any particular type of pitch?

GG:  I’ve had a couple that were hanging sliders, a couple fastballs in, a couple fastballs down the middle. So it’s been a little bit of an array of pitches.

AF:  And where have most of your home runs gone out this season?

GG:  Either in left-center or left. I think I maybe have one to center, if that.

AF:  Your strikeouts have been down a little this year. Is there any particular reason for that?

GG:  Just the overall approach. There was a little stretch at the beginning of the year where I was striking out a little bit too much and being a little bit too aggressive – just in general, swinging at bad pitches. And we really worked on quality ABs and quality pitches. And if I strike out looking on a borderline pitch, it’s better than swinging at a ball.

AF:  Is there anything in particular that you’re really working on right now?

GG:  Yeah, mostly the defensive side – coming back to the infield, trying to get back to that first step coming in, unlike the outfield. Just trying to get back to doing that and trying to cut distance and trying to save the arm a little bit when it comes to the infield.

AF:  So are you practicing at different positions every day?

GG:  It depends. If I’m playing the infield, then I’ll take all BP at that. And if I’m playing the outfield, I’ll take one round there and usually one round at short and just practice cutting the distance.

AF:  I know you’re originally from Orange County, so do you spend most of the off-season in southern California?

GG:  Yeah, I have a house in Corona. It’s about 10 minutes from where I grew up. So I spend my time there, travel a little bit, and try and go to the beach as much as possible.

AF:  Well you’ve now played in the California League, the Texas League and the Pacific Coast League. So in all your travels, is there any place you’d rather never see again?

GG:  Probably Bakersfield. The whole situation there was just a grind. The field wasn’t very nice – the infield was terrible actually. The clubhouse was old. That’s one place I’d never go back to.

AF:  That’s funny, you’re not the only one I’ve heard say that.

GG:  I bet!

AF:  Thanks, Grant.

 

Sacramento River Cats

Starting Pitcher

DAN STRAILY

AF:  Well, you got off to a good start this year at Midland and now you’ve been doing great here at Sacramento too. So what’s been the key to your success this year?

DS:  Just throwing strikes down in the zone. Last year in Stockton, I spent a lot of time working on that because of how the ball sails in that league. That’s really been the key to success this year – just being able to keep the ball down.

AF:  You’ve always been a bit of a strikeout pitcher, but even more so now. You’re leading the entire A’s minor league system in strikeouts this year. So is there any particular reason for that?

DS:  It’s just kind of happened. I’m not pitching all that differently. I’ve just had a few games with a lot of strikeouts. I’ve had some 10+ strikeout nights and a bunch of 7-8-9 nights. It’s not like I’m trying to strike everyone out. It’s just kind of the way things are working out. My goal pretty much every night is to go out there and go 7-8 innings. And sometimes that’s 7-8 innings with a bunch of strikeouts and sometimes it’s 7-8 innings with just a handful of strikeouts. But I’m not necessarily trying to strike people out.

AF:  So, you’re not trying to be Nolan Ryan.

DS:  Exactly.

AF:  Coming from the Texas League to the Pacific Coast League, which is considered to be more of a hitters’ league, have there been any adjustments you’ve had to make?

DS:  Not so far. It’s just kind of nice that the wind’s not blowing out at least here. It’s seems like in most of the Texas League stadiums, the wind’s blowing out. But I haven’t really been here long enough to be forced to make any adjustments. I’ve just been pitching the way I’ve been pitching.

AF:  So how have you liked playing in Sacramento so far?

DS:  So far it’s been awesome. Last night coming in here with a packed stadium – and a packed stadium most places is a few thousand less than it is here. I got to pitch here last week. And you don’t normally notice when you’re playing how many people are there, but when you’re done, you tend to notice those things. It’s a lot of fun. I just like the atmosphere here.

AF:  Have you been following your former teammate A.J. Griffin’s progress this year?

DS:  Absolutely. He was my roommate in Texas when we were down there. I texted him the other night and told him congratulations and stuff and talked to him a little bit today. It’s awesome. He’s my first friend I’ve seen come up and be in the show now. So that’s just awesome.

AF:  Well, that must give you a real sense of just how close it can be.

DS:  They keep telling us, you’re just one phone call away. And he definitely proved that. We were down in Vegas one day and just all of a sudden A.J. walked in just beaming with this big old smile and he came in and told us. And I couldn’t be more proud of him.

AF:  Well, good luck!

 

Sacramento River Cats

Pitching Coach

SCOTT EMERSON

AF:  Well, Dan Straily came up here last month, and he’s been looking as good as he did at Midland. Tell me what you like about him.

SE:  Well, I like his delivery. When you have a repeatable delivery like he does, it makes it a lot easier to throw all four of your pitches. He’s got four major league pitches, and he’s just got to go out there and face better hitters here in Triple-A and show us what he can do.

AF:  Tell me about his repertoire.

SE:  Well, he’s got a sinking fastball that goes to the arm side with good downhill plane to his mechanics. He’s got a good top-to-bottom curveball. He’s got a good late slider that at times looks like a cut fastball. And he’s got an excellent changeup that at times will look like a loose split-finger where the ball will actually fall off the table. So he’s a lot of fun to watch.

AF:  What’s been his big strikeout pitch?

SE:  More of his breaking ball. But the ability to spot his fastball to both sides of the plate sets up his breaking ball. Everything works off the fastball. When he throws it to both sides and then he’s able to throw that breaking ball, he’s getting them to chase it.

AF:  Another guy you had here for a while this year was A.J. Griffin. And so far he’s been doing as well in Oakland as he was here.

SE:  Well A.J. is a strike-throwing machine. And he works at the bottom of the strike zone. He works quick. He’s got an excellent changeup. Anytime that you can disrupt the timing of hitters, it’s always a plus. But again, everything comes off that good fastball command. He really commands the fastball down and away. He has the ability to throw his changeup behind in counts, so he’s always back in the count. If he falls behind in the count, he can throw that changeup in a fastball situation and either get hitters swinging or have them put the ball in play. And he’s developed a cutter over the course of the season this year – sometimes it looks like a slider – but to right-hander hitters, he got a lot of groundballs with it.

AF:  After having him here for a while this year, did you feel confident about his ability to succeed at the major league level?

SE:  Yeah, he holds runners well. That’s one of the questions you always get – does he hold runners? He plays good defense, he has the ability to throw his changeup behind in the count, and he spots his fastball. If you can do those things, you’re pretty much going to have some success in the big leagues.

AF:  Another one of your starters here this year is Bruce Billings. He was pitching really well early on, then he was on the disabled list for a while, and now he’s been coming back. Tell me a little bit about him.

SE:  Bruce has got real good command. He throws the ball at the bottom of the zone with movement. Anytime you can throw balls at the bottom of the zone with movement, you’re going to have a lot of success. He didn’t really have his sinker last season. But coming here this year, he started the year throwing that sinker at the bottom of the zone and getting some groundballs. He’s got a good late slider. Anytime you can do that and have good life at the bottom of the zone and get groundouts, you’re going to pitch good.

AF:  Now what about Brad Peacock? He’s really been struggling of late and seems to have hit a bump in the road. So what’s up with him?

SE:  Well, he’s got great stuff. There’s no doubt his pitch mix is very good. He’s struggling a little bit with his fastball command. And once the fastball command comes back and comes around, the sky’s the limit for this guy. His weapons are just that good. He’s got a hard late curveball, and a very good changeup with good arm speed, and then the changeup just dies. So we’re just looking for him to get that fastball command back. And you know, sometimes you put some pressure on yourself. You get traded for a guy like Gio Gonzalez and you run into a couple of rough games – he’s just got to know that we’ve got a lot of confidence in him – you’ve just got to go out there and have fun and pitch your game.

AF:  Thanks, Scott – that’s really informative.

 

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Sunday, July 15th: Peacock Gets Back on Track in Cats’ Victory while Bees Win and Hounds & Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Brad Peacock (6 IP / 1 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Las Vegas 51s                  5

Sacramento River Cats  12

(WP – Peacock 7-6 / 6.75)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brad Peacock

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock turned in his first solid outing for Sacramento in over a month, allowing just 1 run while striking out 8 over 6 innings to earn his first win since May. Outfielder Michael Taylor and first baseman Daric Barton both homered and drove in 3 runs, and outfielder Grant Green added his 9th homer as well.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

San Antonio Missions   4

(LP – Castro 1-2 / 4.74)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Choice

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro had a rocky outing, allowing 4 runs over 5 innings to take the loss, while outfielder Michael Choice doubled and drove in 2 of the RockHounds’ 3 runs on the night.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports              3

High Desert Mavericks  15

(LP – Hassebrock 1-3 / 8.65)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: The Ports lost their 8th straight on Sunday. Starter Blake Hassebrock, still struggling to return to form after a stint on the disabled list, gave up 7 runs in just 3 1/3 innings to take his 3rd loss, while outfielder Chad Oberacker hit a 2-run homer to account for 2 of the Ports’ 3 runs in the game.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Dayton Dragons  2

Burlington Bees  3

(WP – Mota 2-0 / 3.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Aaron Shipman

(Double / 1 RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Aaron Shipman, batting ninth, drove in the game-winning run with a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning, while second baseman Chih Fang Pan doubled in 2 runs in the 3rd to give Burlington the lead. Righthanders Drew Granier and Jose Macias both allowed no earned runs and struck out 5 over 4 innings of work.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters   3

Williamsport Crosscutters  8

(LP – Jimenez 0-2 / 7.31)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Miguel Marte

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Right-hander Deyvi Jimenez allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 6 hits while striking out 5 over 3 innings to take the loss. First baseman Miguel Marte doubled and drove in 2 runs, while shortstop Wilfredo Solano had 2 hits and drove in a run in the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  5

AZL Angels      7

(LP – Cruzado 1-1 / 7.30)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(3 Doubles / 1 RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Renato Nunez was the big story on Sunday. He collected 3 more doubles and drove in a run, and in his last 3 games, Nunez is 9 for 14 with 6 doubles, a triple, a home run, and 6 RBIs.

 

Monday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Tacoma – 7:05pm PT

(Godfrey vs. TBD)

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(Cisnero vs. Haviland)

Stockton @ HighDesert – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Dayton @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(Quezada vs. Cole)

Vermont @ Williamsport – 7:05pm ET

(Avila vs. Guth)

AZL Cubs @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

Monday’s Links: 

A’s Farm’s Weekly Minor League Update on A’s Nation

Sacramento River Cats Complete Season Stats

Midland RockHounds Complete Season Stats

Stockton Ports Complete Season Stats

Burlington Bees Complete Season Stats

Vermont Lake Monsters Complete Season Stats

AZL Athletics Complete Season Stats

 

 

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Sunday, July 8th: Bees Win while Cats, Hounds and Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees outfielder Eliezer Mesa (HR / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  6

Fresno Grizzlies               8

(LP – Banwart 5-3 / 4.35)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Adam Rosales

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brad Peacock had another rocky outing, allowing 5 runs and departing after 5 innings. Shortstop Adam Rosales hit a 2-run homer to tie the game in the 6th inning, but right-hander Travis Banwart gave up 3 runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief to take the loss.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Springfield Cardinals    2

Midland RockHounds  1

(LP – Haviland 5-7 / 5.53)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Carlos Hernandez

(5 1/3 IP / 0 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Carlos Hernandez had another solid outing for Midland, striking out 4 over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. First baseman Anthony Aliotti had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in outfielder Conner Crumbliss, who had doubled, for the RockHounds’ only run, but right-hander Shawn Haviland gave up a run in 2 innings of relief to take the loss in the 11th inning.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports           8

Lancaster JetHawks  10

(LP – Walz 5-6 / 3.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Josh Whitaker

(2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Josh Whitaker, getting the start at first base, continued his hot hitting, collecting 2 doubles and driving in 3 runs for the Ports on Sunday. Starter Jacob Brown had a rough outing, allowing 8 runs, 5 earned, on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings of work. Outfielder Mitch LeVier hit a 3-run homer to tie the game in the 6th inning, but right-hander T.J. Walz gave up a run in 2 1/3 innings of relief to take the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees  5

Beloit Snappers   3

(WP – Mota 1-0 / 3.00)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Eliezer Mesa

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Eliezer Mesa homered and drove in 3 runs, and outfielder Rashun Dixon had a pair of hits and drove in a run. Starter Chris Lamb allowed 2 runs over 4 1/3 innings, while right-hander David Mota tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.

 

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

State College Spikes        2

Vermont Lake Monsters  8

(WP – Pudenz 2-0 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Rhett Stafford

(2 for 4 / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Rhett Stafford had 2 hits and drove in 3 runs. Starter Tyler Vail allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 4 innings of work, and Stu Pudenz struck out 4 in 2 perfect innings of relief to pick up the win.

 

Monday’s Games:

Springfield @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(Maness vs. Daley)

Stockton @ Lancaster – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. Martinez)

Burlington @ Beloit – 7:00pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

State College @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

(Creasy vs. Ramos)

AZL Athletics @ AZL Mariners – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

Monday’s Links: 

A’s Farm’s Weekly Minor League Update on A’s Nation

Sacramento River Cats Complete Season Stats

Midland RockHounds Complete Season Stats

Stockton Ports Complete Season Stats

Burlington Bees Complete Season Stats

Vermont Lake Monsters Complete Season Stats

AZL Athletics Complete Season Stats

 

 

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Tuesday, July 3rd: Hernandez Pitches Hounds to Victory as Bees Win and Cats & Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds pitcher Carlos Hernandez (5 1/3 IP / 1 ER / 5 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  7

Sacramento River Cats    4

(LP – Peacock 6-6 / 7.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Adam Rosales

(3 for 4 / Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Shortstop Adam Rosales collected 3 hits, including his 4th home run, and catcher Anthony Recker homered as well. Starter Brad Peacock had another rough outing, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings to even his record at 6-6 and raise his ERA to 7.00.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

Springfield Cardinals    3

(WP – Hernandez 2-4 / 7.30)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Carlos Hernandez

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Carlos Hernandez had a solid outing on Tuesday, allowing 1 run on just 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5 to earn his 2nd win. Shortstop Dusty Coleman homered and drove in 2 runs, infielder Josh Horton doubled and drove in 2, and third baseman Miles Head doubled and drove in 1.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

San Jose Giants  4

Stockton Ports   1

(LP – Brown 3-5 / 3.28)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Dusty Robinson

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Stockton scored just 1 run on Tuesday, courtesy of a home run off the bat of outfielder Dusty Robinson. Starter Jacob Brown allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, while striking out 8 over 6 innings to take his 5th loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Clinton LumberKings  2

Burlington Bees        8

(WP – Frankoff 2-5 / 5.98)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Bobby Crocker

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Bobby Crocker homered in the 1st inning to give the Bees the lead, which they never relinquished. The previous night’s hero, outfielder Rashun Dixon, had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs. Starter Tanner Peters struck out 4 in 3 scoreless innings for the Bees on Tuesday.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

Connecticut Tigers            3

(WP – Ramos 1-1 / 2.25)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Chad Lewis

(3 for 4 / Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Chad Lewis homered in the 4th innings to giveVermont the lead, which they never relinquished. First baseman Jacob Tanis collected 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs, while left-hander Julio Ramos tossed 3 scoreless innings to earn the win.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Fresno – 6:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Kown)

Midland @ Springfield – 5:05pm CT

(Daley vs. Maness)

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:45pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ Peoria – 5:30pm CT

(TBD vs. Jensen)

Hudson Valley @Vermont – 4:05pm ET

(TBD vs. Lamb)

AZL Athletics @ AZL Royals – 10:30am PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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Saturday, June 23rd: Mesa Leads Bees to Comeback Win as Cats, Hounds and Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees outfielder Eliezer Mesa (Double /       3 RBIs)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Sacramento River Cats  2

Las Vegas 51s               7

(LP – Peacock 6-4 / 5.99)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(1 for 3 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: The River Cats scored just 2 runs on 7 hits on Saturday, both of them driven in by outfielder Michael Taylor in the 7th inning. Outfielder Kila Ka’aihue contributed 2 hits, including a double, while starter Brad Peacock had another in a recent run of rough outings, allowing 5 runs in 4 innings to take his 4th loss.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

San Antonio Missions  4

Midland RockHounds   0

(LP – Gray 2-6 / 4.72)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Ladendorf

(1 for 3 / 2 Walks)

 

 

Worth Noting: Midland managed only 4 hits on Saturday night. Infielder Tyler Ladendorf, who got the start in center field, reached base 3 times, but never made it across the plate. Starter Sonny Gray allowed 4 runs on 11 hits over 7 innings to take his 6th loss.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports  6

Modesto Nuts   7

(LP – Whitaker 0-1 / 6.75)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Beau Taylor

(2 for 7 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Stockton dropped a 5-hour, 18-inning struggle to Modesto on Saturday night. Outfielder Josh Whitaker, the second position player to take the mound for the Ports, took the loss when he gave up a run in the bottom of the 18th. Infielder Tony Thompson turned in 2 scoreless innings in his turn on the mound, while starter Jacob Brown allowed 5 runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. Catcher Beau Taylor singled in 2 runs in the 9th inning for the Ports to send the game into extra innings.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  5

Burlington Bees                  8

(WP – Tyson 1-0 / 3.54)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Eliezer Mesa

(Double / 3 RBIs)

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Eliezer Mesa doubled in 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to give Burlington the lead, which they never relinquished. First baseman Douglas Landaeta hit a 3-run homer to put the Bees on the board in the 1st, and second baseman Chih Fang Pan contributed 3 hits and scored twice. Starter Seth Frankoff allowed 5 runs over 4 2/3 innings of work, but right-hander Drew Tyson came on to toss 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.

 

CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE

Vermont Lake Monsters  8

Lowell Spinners              7

(WP – Eppley 1-0 / 1.80)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(Double / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder John Wooten collected 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 4 runs, while right-hander Nate Eppley tossed 3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Las Vegas – 12:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Carpenter)

San Antonio @ Midland – 6:00pm CT

(Werner vs. Daley)

Stockton @ Modesto – 6:05pm PT

(Krol vs. Matzek)

Wisconsin @ Burlington – 2:00pm CT

(Goforth vs. Granier)

Vermont @ Lowell – 1:05pm ET

(Lamb vs. Good)

AZL Athletics @ AZL Indians – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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