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A’s Major & Minor League Off-Season Transactions – Dec. 18 Update: A’s Find A Hiro To Play SS

Hiro

Hiro: Better than Godzilla?

Well, the biggest story to break for A’s fans in the weeks before the holidays was the news that A’s free agent shortstop Stephen Drew had agreed to a $9.5 million/1-year deal with the Red Sox, followed quickly by the news that Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima had agreed to a $6.5 million/2-year deal (plus incentives and a $5.5 million 1-year option) with the A’s. The 30-year-old right-handed hitter has a career .310/.381/.474 slash line plus 104 home runs and 97 stolen bases over the last 6 seasons in Japan. His signing seems to settle the A’s starting shortstop question and makes arbitration-eligible Adam Rosales the likely backup at the position.

A’s free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy also decided to leave the team for a $15.5 million/2-year deal with Arizona. It doesn’t look like the A’s are planning on signing a major league pitcher to replace McCarthy, but will instead count on a full season of availability from major-league ready RHP Dan Straily to make up for McCarthy’s loss.

On the minor league front, since our last update, the A’s traded RHP Graham Godfrey to the Red Sox as the player to be named in the deal to acquire RHP Sandy Rosario, who was later designated for assignment by the A’s and re-claimed by the Red Sox who then designated him for assignment again. So the A’s basically gave Godfrey to the Red Sox for the privilege of having Rosario on the roster for a few days. Minor league outfielder Jermaine Mitchell, who cleared waivers and elected free agency, ended up signing a minor league deal with the Phillies.

The most significant minor league addition the A’s made since our last update was the acquisition of 27-year-old minor league free agent catcher/first baseman Steven Hill, who’s played in 10 major league games for the Cardinals and spent most of last season at Triple-A Memphis, where he had a .266/.326/.488 slash line. The right-handed hitter figures to share the catching duties at Sacramento in 2013 with fellow minor league free agent signee Luke Montz.

You’ll find all new transactions since our last update noted below with italics and an asterisk. Any players who’ve recently been taking up space on the 40-man roster are listed below under Major League transactions, while all other players are listed under Minor League transactions. For all the minor league players, I’ve listed their primary positions as well as the level they spent the most time at in 2012. Just click on any player’s name to see their Baseball-Reference stats page…

 

MAJOR LEAGUE CHANGES

-Jonny Gomes OF / +Chris Young OF

-Pennington/Drew SS / +Hiroyuki Nakajima SS *

-Brandon Hicks IF / +Andy Parrino IF

-Brandon McCarthy RHP / +NONE *

-Jim Miller RHP / +Chris Resop RHP

-Tyson Ross RHP / +Andrew Werner LHP

 

Hiroyuki Nakajima

Hiroyuki Nakajima

+ MAJOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Chris Young OF (traded from AZ)

Hiroyuki Nakajima SS (signed from Japan) *

Andy Parrino IF (traded from SD)

Chris Resop RHP (traded from PITT)

Andrew Werner LHP (traded from SD)

 

- MAJOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Jonny Gomes OF (FA signed with BOS)

Stephen Drew SS (FA signed with BOS) *

Cliff Pennington SS (traded to AZ)

Brandon Hicks IF (traded to NYM)

Brandon McCarthy RHP (FA signed with AZ) *

Jim Miller RHP (claimed by NYY)

Tyson Ross RHP (traded to SD)

 

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

+ MINOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Scott Moore 3B-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Luke Montz C-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Steven Hill C-1B AAA (minor league Rule 5 draftee) *

Tom Mendonca 3B AA (minor league rule 5 draftee) *

Darwin Perez SS-2B AA (minor league FA)

D’Arby Myers OF AA (minor league FA) *

Garrett Olson LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Thomas LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Mike Ekstrom RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Kyler Newby RHP AA (minor league FA)

Yeiper Castillo RHP A (minor league FA) *

 

Jermaine Mitchell

Jermaine Mitchell

- MINOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Kila Ka’aihue 1B AAA (minor league FA signed with AZ)

Jermaine Mitchell OF AAA (minor league FA signed with PHI) *

Blake Lalli C AAA (minor league FA signed with MIL)

Jason Jaramillo C AAA (minor league FA)

Wes Timmons IF AAA (minor league FA)

Matt Rizzotti 1B AA (minor league FA)

Leonardo Gil 3B AA (minor league FA)

A.J. Kirby-Jones 1B A (traded to SD)

Yordy Cabrera SS A (traded to MIA)

Michael Gilmartin SS-2B A (minor league Rule 5 draftee by CIN) *

Eliezer Mesa OF A (minor league Rule 5 draftee by DET) *

Graham Godfrey RHP AAA (traded to BOS) *

Rich Thompson RHP AAA (minor league FA signed with TOR) *

Jeremy Accardo RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Merkin Valdez RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Souza RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Fabio Castro LHP AA (minor league FA)

Beau Jones LHP AA (minor league FA)

Matt McSwain RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jonathan Ortiz RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jose Guzman RHP AA (minor league FA)

Zach Thornton RHP A (traded to PITT)

 

Adam Rosales

Adam Rosales

RETURNING FREE AGENTS/ARB ELIGIBLES/OPTIONS

Daric Barton 1B (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Adam Rosales IF (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Pat Neshek RHP (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Bartolo Colon RHP (Free Agent Re-Signed)

Grant Balfour RHP (Option Renewed)

 

RETURNING ARB ELIGIBLES

Seth Smith OF (Arb Eligible)

Brandon Moss 1B (Arb Eligible)

George Kottaras C (Arb Eligible)

Jerry Blevins LHP (Arb Eligible)

Chris Resop RHP (Arb Eligible)

 

UNSIGNED MLB FREE AGENTS

Brandon Inge 3B (MLB Free Agent)

Dallas Braden LHP (MLB Free Agent)

Joey Devine RHP (MLB Free Agent)

 

COMING & GOING

Sandy Rosario RHP (traded from BOS – designated for assignment)

 

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A’s Major & Minor League Off-Season Transactions – Dec. 1 Update

Jonny Gomes - All dressed up, with somewhere to go

Jonny Gomes: All dressed up, with somewhere to go.

With a flurry of activity on Friday just ahead of Major League Baseball’s non-tender deadline and with the Winter Meetings starting on Monday in Nashville, it seems like a good time to recap all the A’s major and minor league transactions from the end of the season through the non-tender deadline of November 30th. The most significant changes to affect the major league roster so far this off-season have been Jonny Gomes signing with Boston, the Chris Young/Cliff Pennington trade with Arizona, as well as the Tyson Ross trade with San Diego. These deals, along with a few other minor moves, have basically resulted in Chris Young replacing Jonny Gomes in the lineup and Chris Resop replacing Jim Miller in the bullpen, with Andy Parrino replacing Brandon Hicks and Andrew Werner replacing Tyson Ross as guys who’ll probably end up spending most of their time at Sacramento while filling in in Oakland as needed.

The biggest remaining question mark for the A’s is who will replace Cliff Pennington and Stephen Drew as the team’s starting shortstop in 2013. The two combined to start 129 games at shortstop for the A’s in 2012. Right now, with Pennington having been traded to Arizona and Drew a free agent, the position’s a bit of a black hole. But the assumption is that the A’s will either make a deal for a shortstop (possibly at the Winter Meetings), sign one on the free agent market (Marco Scutaro, Ronny Cedeno, Cesar Izturis, Jason Bartlett, Alex Gonzalez), or possibly even re-sign Drew if the market for him doesn’t end up getting too hot.

Of course, the team has already picked up closer Grant Balfour’s option, re-signed free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon, and re-signed arbitration eligible players Pat Neshek, Adam Rosales and Daric Barton. For those about to panic, don’t worry, Barton’s contract is not guaranteed, so he can be cut anytime and the A’s won’t owe him another dime. As of Friday night, there was no official word as to whether or not the team had offered contracts to their five remaining arbitration eligible players – outfielder Seth Smith, first baseman Brandon Moss, catcher George Kottaras, left-hander Jerry Blevins and recently-acquired right-hander Chris Resop – but the assumption is that no news is good news and the fact that we didn’t hear anything probably means that the A’s made offers to all these players and thus will retain the rights to them all.

Brandon McCarthy - To leave or not to leave, that is the question

Brandon McCarthy: To leave or not to leave, that is the question.

Of the team’s five remaining major league free agents, two – third baseman Brandon Inge and right-hander Joey Devine – can be expected to move on, while the jury is still out on the remaining three. As mentioned, shortstop Stephen Drew could return if he doesn’t find too many other tempting offers out there. There seems to be some mutual interest in a return engagement for Brandon McCarthy, but other teams are said to be sniffing around the right-hander as well. Oft-injured left-hander Dallas Braden is also on the market, and it’s possible that the northern California boy could sign an incentive-laden deal to stick around the old neighborhood.

As for the A’s minor league transactions, the most significant loss has probably been the signing of minor league free agent first baseman Kila Ka’aihue by Arizona. The most significant minor league addition by the A’s so far has probably been the signing of third baseman/first baseman Scott Moore who signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. The left-handed hitter made it into 72 games with the Astros in 2012, playing mainly at third base and first base, but he also got in some time at second base and in the outfield. The A’s are likely to make many more minor league signings as the off-season unfolds, though re-signing any of their own remaining minor league free agents is probably unlikely.

Any players who’ve recently been taking up space on the 40-man roster are listed below under Major League transactions, while all other players are listed under Minor League transactions. For all the minor league players, I’ve listed their primary positions as well as the level they spent the most time at in 2012. Just click on any player’s name to see their Baseball-Reference stats page…

 

Cliff Pennington

Cliff Pennington

MAJOR LEAGUE CHANGES

-Jonny Gomes OF / +Chris Young OF

-Cliff Pennington SS / +TBD SS

-Brandon Hicks IF / +Andy Parrino IF

-Jim Miller RHP / +Chris Resop RHP

-Tyson Ross RHP / +Andrew Werner LHP

 

Chris Young

Chris Young

+ MAJOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Chris Young OF (traded from AZ)

Andy Parrino IF (traded from SD)

Chris Resop RHP (traded from PITT)

Andrew Werner LHP (traded from SD)

 

- MAJOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes OF (FA signed with BOS)

Cliff Pennington SS (traded to AZ)

Brandon Hicks IF (traded to NYM)

Jim Miller RHP (claimed by NYY)

Tyson Ross RHP (traded to SD)

 

+ MINOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Scott Moore

Scott Moore

Scott Moore 3B-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Luke Montz C-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Darwin Perez SS-2B AA (minor league FA)

Garrett Olson LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Thomas LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Mike Ekstrom RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Kyler Newby RHP AA (minor league FA)

 

- MINOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Kila Ka'aihue

Kila Ka’aihue

Kila Ka’aihue 1B AAA (minor league FA signed with AZ)

Jermaine Mitchell OF AAA (minor league FA)

Wes Timmons IF AAA (minor league FA)

Jason Jaramillo C AAA (minor league FA)

Blake Lalli C AAA (minor league FA signed with MIL)

Matt Rizzotti 1B AA (minor league FA)

Leonardo Gil 3B AA (minor league FA)

A.J. Kirby-Jones 1B A (traded to SD)

Yordy Cabrera SS A (traded to MIA)

Yordy Cabrera

Yordy Cabrera

Jeremy Accardo RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Rich Thompson RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Merkin Valdez RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Souza RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Fabio Castro LHP AA (minor league FA)

Beau Jones LHP AA (minor league FA)

Matt McSwain RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jonathan Ortiz RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jose Guzman RHP AA (minor league FA)

Zach Thornton RHP A (traded to PITT)

Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour

 

RETURNING FREE AGENTS/ARB ELIGIBLES/OPTIONS

Daric Barton 1B (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Adam Rosales IF (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Pat Neshek RHP (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Bartolo Colon RHP (Free Agent Re-Signed)

Grant Balfour RHP (Option Renewed)

 

Seth Smith

Seth Smith

LIKELY RETURNING ARB ELIGIBLES

Seth Smith OF (Arb Eligible)

Brandon Moss 1B (Arb Eligible)

George Kottaras C (Arb Eligible)

Jerry Blevins LHP (Arb Eligible)

Chris Resop RHP (Arb Eligible)

 

UNSIGNED MLB FREE AGENTS

Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew SS (MLB Free Agent)

Brandon Inge 3B (MLB Free Agent)

Brandon McCarthy RHP (MLB Free Agent)

Dallas Braden LHP (MLB Free Agent)

Joey Devine RHP (MLB Free Agent)

 

COMING & GOING

Sandy Rosario RHP (traded from BOS – designated for assignment)

 

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

A’s top prospect Addison Russell

With the 2012 minor league season now complete, it’s a good time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A’s system in 2012. And with that in mind, we’re naming A’s Farm’s 2012 Post-Season Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Burlington, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season AZL A’s in 2012. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers were selected from hurlers who had at least 100 innings pitched for each club, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. The asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system, and players’ major league statistics were not included.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections!

 

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

 

CATCHER

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

FIRST BASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SECOND BASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SHORTSTOP

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THIRD BASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LEFT FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CENTER FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RIGHT FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

STARTING PITCHER

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CLOSER

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

CATCHER

Phil Pohl

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters

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

 

 

FIRST BASE

Daric Barton

Sacramento River Cats

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

 

 

SECOND BASE

Melvin Mercedes

AZL A’s

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

 

 

SHORTSTOP

Addison Russell

AZL A’s / Vermont Lake Monsters / Burlington Bees

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

 

 

THIRD BASE

Miles Head

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

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

 

 

LEFT FIELD

Conner Crumbliss

Midland RockHounds

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

 

 

CENTER FIELD

B.J. Boyd

AZL A’s

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

 

 

RIGHT FIELD

Michael Taylor

Sacramento River Cats

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

 

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Kila Ka’aihue

Sacramento River Cats

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

 

 

STARTING PITCHER

Drew Granier

Burlington Bees

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

 

 

CLOSER

Dakota Bacus

AZL A’s

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

 

 

 

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Thursday, August 23rd: Hicks’ Slam Powers Cats to Victory while Ports Win and Bees Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats shortstop Brandon Hicks (Grand Slam)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Salt Lake Bees                3

Sacramento River Cats  6

(WP – Thompson 4-2 / 3.51)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Brandon Hicks

(Grand Slam)

 

 

Worth Noting: With Sacramento down by 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning, shortstop Brandon Hicks blasted a grand slam, his 3rd home run in the past 3 games, to drive in what would prove to be the winning run for the River Cats on Thursday night. In his first start back at Sacramento, right-hander Dan Straily had an impressive outing, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 4 over 5 innings of work. Brandon Inge doubled in a run in his first rehab game with the River Cats. And in other news, second baseman Jemile Weeks took batting practice with the team on Thursday, but there’s no word yet on when he’s expected to make his first appearance with the Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds

Corpus Christi Hooks

GAME SUSPENDED

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Modesto Nuts    1

Stockton Ports  3

(WP – Walz 7-6 / 3.35)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones clubbed a 2-run homer to drive in the game-winning run for the Ports on Thursday night. Starter Max Perlman had his best outing yet for Stockton, allowing just 2 hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, but right-hander T.J. Walz vultured the win by allowing the tying run in the top of the 8th before Kirby-Jones’ game-winning homer in the bottom of the inning.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Clinton LumberKings  3

Burlington Bees        1

(LP – Macias 6-6 / 4.48)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Blake Hassebrock

(5 IP / 1 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Hassebrock turned in a solid outing for Burlington, allowing just 1 run while striking out 6 over 5 innings of work, but right-hander Jose Macias gave up 2 runs in the top of the 10th inning to take the loss. Outfielder Bobby Crocker went 3 for 3 for the Bees on Thursday.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  1

Staten Island Yankees    10

(LP – Avila 1-4 / 4.58)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Omar Duran

(2 IP / 0 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Andres Avila had a rough outing, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits over just 3 innings to take the loss, but left-hander Omar Duran came on to strike out 5 of the 6 batters he faced in 2 perfect innings of relief. Outfielder Brett Vertigan doubled for Vermont’s only extra base hit of the night.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics

OFF-DAY

 

Friday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 7:05pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Clinton @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Tri-City – 7:00pm ET

AZL Athletics @ AZL Giants – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Wednesday, August 22nd: Kila Powers Cats to Victory while Hounds, Ports and Bees All Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats DH Kila Ka’aihue (HR / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Salt Lake Bees                4

Sacramento River Cats  9

(WP – Simmons 2-0 / 0.84)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Kila Ka’aihue

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue homered, doubled and drove in 3 runs, while shortstop Brandon Hicks homered for the 2nd straight night and drove in 3 runs for the River Cats. A.J. Griffin’s first rehab start with Sacramento was a little shaky. The right-hander allowed 3 runs on 4 hits over just 2 1/3 innings, but right-hander James Simmons came on to claim the win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  2

Corpus Christi Hooks   4

(LP – Smith 6-10 / 4.61)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Murphy Smith allowed 4 runs on 6 hits over 5 2/3 innings to take his 10th loss, while first baseman Anthony Aliotti hit a 2-run homer to account for all the RockHounds’ runs on Wednesday.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Modesto Nuts     6

Stockton Ports  1

(LP – Brown 5-10 / 5.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Ryan Ortiz

(3 for 4 / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Jacob Brown had a rough outing, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits over 4 innings to take his 10th loss. Left-hander Jeff Urlaub performed well in relief, striking out 6 of the 9 batters he faced over 3 perfect innings, and catcher Ryan Ortiz collected 3 hits and drove in the only run of the night for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Clinton LumberKings  5

Burlington Bees        1

(LP – Granier 11-8 / 3.11)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Aaron Shipman

(2 for 4)

 

 

Worth Noting: Right-hander Drew Granier had a rare rocky outing, allowing 5 runs while striking out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. Right-hander Nate Eppley struck out 2 in 2 perfect innings of relief, and outfielder Aaron Shipman had 2 of the Bees’ 4 hits on the night.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  0

Staten Island Yankees     2

(LP – Menna 0-8 / 4.70)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(2 for 4 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter J.C. Menna had a solid outing on Wednesday, allowing 2 runs over 5 innings, but still took the loss to run his record to 0-8. Right-hander Stuart Pudenz struck out 4 in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, while second baseman Chris Bostick has 2 hits, including a double for Vermont’s only extra base hit of the game.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics

AZL Dodgers

CANCELLED

 

Thursday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 7:05pm CT

Modesto @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Clinton @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Staten Island – 7:00pm ET

 

 

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Saturday, August 18th: Aliotti Leads Hounds to Victory while Cats, Ports and Bees All Fall on Saturday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds first baseman Anthony Aliotti (Double / 3 RBIs / Game-Winning RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Las Vegas 51s               10

Sacramento River Cats  4

(LP – Billings 7-5 / 3.93)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Bruce Billings had a rough outing on Saturday night, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits over just 4 innings to take the loss. Outfielder Shane Peterson slugged a 3-run homer and shortstop Brandon Hicks hit a solo shot to account for all the River Cats’ runs on the night.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Tulsa Drillers                1

Midland RockHounds  5

(WP – Daley 9-10 / 5.24)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Anthony Aliotti

(Double / 3 RBIs / Game-Winning RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: With the bases loaded and 2 outs and the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, first baseman Anthony Aliotti doubled to clear the bases and drive home the game-winning run for the RockHounds on Saturday night. Starter Shawn Haviland had a solid outing, allowing just 1 unearned run on 4 hits over 7 innings of work, while right-hander Gary Daley tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

San Jose Giants  5

Stockton Ports   3

(LP – Perlman 0-2 / 9.42)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman B.A. Vollmuth

(Home Run / 2 RBIs / 3 Errors)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Max Perlman allowed 2 runs and struck out 4 over 4 innings to take his 2nd loss on Saturday. Third baseman B.A. Vollmuth made 3 errors in the game, 2 on the same play, that led to 1 unearned run in the 7th inning, but his 2-run homer in the 8th accounted for 2 of the Ports’ 3 runs on the night.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Kane County Cougars  7

Burlington Bees          3

(LP – Hassebrock 1-1 / 5.73)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Logan Chitwood

(3 IP / 0 ER / 2 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Hassebrock had a rocky outing, allowing 7 runs, 5 earned, on 12 hits over 6 innings to take the loss. Right-hander Logan Chitwood did his best to quiet KaneCounty’s lineup with 3 scoreless innings in relief. Shortstop Sean Jamieson doubled in a run for the Bees but also made an error in the 1st inning that ultimately led to a pair of unearned runs.

 

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

Brooklyn Cyclones            1

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

(WP – Avila 1-3 / 3.81)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andres Avila

(6 IP / 0 ER / 3 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Andres Avila turned in a strong outing on Saturday, tossing 6 scoreless innings to earn his 1st win for Vermont, while catcher Bruce Maxwell drove in 2 of the team’s 4 runs on the night.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics

OFF-DAY

 

Sunday’s Games:

Las Vegas @ Sacramento – 1:05pm PT

Tulsa @ Midland – 6:00pm CT

San Jose @ Stockton – 6:05pm PT

Kane County @ Burlington – 2:00pm CT

Brooklyn @ Vermont – 6:05pm ET

AZL Indians @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Wednesday, June 20th: Cats Win behind Hicks’ Hot Hitting as Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats infielder Brandon Hicks (Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Fresno Grizzlies               7

Sacramento River Cats  10

(WP – Godfrey 7-0 / 1.93)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Brandon Hicks

(Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Infielder Brandon Hicks hit his 5th home run in the last 6 games, designated hitter Chris Carter collected 3 hits, and outfielders Michael Taylor and Kila Ka’aihue drove in 2 runs apiece. Starter Graham Godfrey allowed 6 runs in 6 innings but still manged to pick up the win to run his record to 7-0.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Frisco RoughRiders    6

Midland RockHounds  3

(LP – Castro 0-1 / 18.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher James Simmons

(4 IP / 0 ER / 1 K)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro, making his first start since his demotion from Sacramento, allowed 6 runs on 8 hits over just 3 innings of work to take the loss, but right-hander James Simmons came on to toss 4 scoreless and hitless innings in relief. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield hit his 8th home run, and outfielder Michael Choice collected 2 hits and drove in a run in the loss.

 

CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

Tri-City ValleyCats           4

(WP – Chitwood 1-0 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Austin House

(2 IP / 0 ER / 5 K)

 

 

 

Thursday’s Games:

Fresno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(Yourkin vs. TBD)

Frisco @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

(Bell vs. Hernandez)

Stockton @ Modesto – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Vermont @ Tri-City – 7:00pm ET

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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

Raley Field – Home of the Sacramento River Cats

With the California League and the Midwest League both in the midst of their All-Star breaks and minor league teams right around the halfway points of their seasons, it seems like the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts in the A’s system have been in the first half of 2012. And with that in mind, we’ve decided to name A’s Farm’s  Organizational All-Star Team!

Below you’ll find the starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, and Class-A Burlington. Offensive starters were determined based on games played at each position, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were determined based purely on performance while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader. The asterisks denote the four players with combined statistics from two teams, Stockton and Burlington. And players currently on the major league roster were not included.

Below the list of contenders, you’ll find A’s Farm’s selection of Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we’re not selecting the top prospects here, we’re choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. Take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections. Is it true that numbers don’t lie? You tell me!

 

A’s Farm’s Organizational All-Star Team – The Contenders

 

CATCHER

Sacto – Derek Norris (8 HR / .273 AVG / .331 OBP / .474 SLG / .804 OPS)

Midland – Ryan Ortiz (2 HR / .168 AVG / .300 OBP / .272 SLG / .572 OPS)

Stockton – Max Stassi (5 HR / .272 AVG / .323 OBP / .442 SLG / .766 OPS)

Burlington – Nick Rickles (4 HR / .229 AVG / .277 OBP / .349 SLG / .626 OPS)

 

FIRST BASE

Sacto – Chris Carter (11 HR / .275 AVG / .358 OBP / .488 SLG / .846 OPS)

Midland – Anthony Aliotti (5 HR / .291 AVG / .401 OBP / .417 SLG / .818 OPS)

Stockton – A.J. Kirby-Jones (13 HR / .297 AVG / .414 OBP / .543 SLG / .957 OPS)

Burlington – Douglas Landaeta (7 HR / .245 AVG / .293 OBP / .403 SLG / .696 OPS)

 

SECOND BASE

Sacto – Brandon Hicks (11 HR / .266 AVG / .364 OBP / .524 SLG / .888 OPS)

Midland – Tyler Ladendorf (4 HR / .298 AVG / .378 OBP / .440 SLG / .819 OPS)

Stockton – Nick Leyja (2 HR / .211 AVG / .278 OBP / .304 SLG / .583 OPS)

Burlington – Chih Fang Pan (2 HR / .280 AVG / .338 OBP / .383 SLG / .721 OPS)

 

SHORTSTOP

Sacto – Adam Rosales (3 HR / .282 AVG / .320 OBP / .451 SLG / .771 OPS)

Midland – Dusty Coleman (6 HR / .210 AVG / .273 OBP / .324 SLG / .597 OPS)

Stockton – Michael Gilmartin (2 HR / .202 AVG / .281 OBP / .271 SLG / .552 OPS)

Burlington – Sean Jamieson (4 HR / .246 AVG / .371 OBP / .366 SLG / .737 OPS)

 

THIRD BASE

Sacto – Stephen Parker (4 HR / .258 AVG / .338 OBP / .390 SLG / .728 OPS)

Midland – Josh Horton (6 HR / .251 AVG / .338 OBP / .416 SLG / .754 OPS)

Stockton – Miles Head (18 HR / .382 AVG / .433 OBP / .715 SLG / 1.149 OPS)

Burlington – B.A. Vollmuth (7 HR / .260 AVG / .334 OBP / .412 SLG / .747 OPS)

 

LEFT FIELD

Sacto – Grant Green (8 HR / .297 AVG / .341 OBP / .461 SLG / .802 OPS)

Midland – Conner Crumbliss (4 HR / .269 AVG / .408 OBP / .395 SLG / .803 OPS)

Stockton – Chad Oberacker (7 HR / .304 AVG / .372 OBP / .483 SLG / .856 OPS) *

Burlington – Royce Consigli (5 HR / .250 AVG / .342 OBP / .444 SLG / .786 OPS)

 

CENTER FIELD

Sacto – Jermaine Mitchell (3 HR / .224 AVG / .338 OBP / .357 SLG / .695 OPS)

Midland – Michael Choice (6 HR / .260 AVG / .334 OBP / .372 SLG / .706 OPS)

Stockton – Myrio Richard (0 HR / .249 AVG / .297 OBP / .324 SLG / .621 OPS)

Burlington – Aaron Shipman (0 HR / .217 AVG / .323 OBP / .265 SLG / .588 OPS)

 

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto – Michael Taylor (4 HR / .316 AVG / .421 OBP / .460 SLG / .881 OPS)

Midland – Jeremy Barfield (7 HR / .291 AVG / .338 OBP / .439 SLG / .777 OPS)

Stockton – Josh Whitaker (7 HR / .263 AVG / .336 OBP / .404 SLG / .739 OPS)

Burlington – Bobby Crocker (5 HR / .274 AVG / .355 OBP / .423 SLG / .778 OPS)

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto – Wes Timmons (2 HR / .222 AVG / .333 OBP / .303 SLG / .636 OPS)

Midland – Shane Peterson (2 HR / .285 AVG / .449 OBP / .437 SLG / .886 OPS)

Stockton – Dusty Robinson (16 HR / .252 AVG / .346 OBP / .520 SLG / .867 OPS) *

Burlington – Eliezer Mesa (2 HR / .271 AVG / .286 OBP / .378 SLG / .664 OPS) *

 

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto – Graham Godfrey (59 1/3 IP / 50 H / 8 ER / 10 BB / 43 K / 1.21 ERA / 1.01 WHIP)

Midland – Daniel Straily (85 1/3 IP / 70 H / 32 ER / 23 BB / 108 K / 3.38 ERA / 1.09 WHIP)

Stockton – Sean Murphy (82 1/3 IP / 57 H / 21 ER / 22 BB / 86 K / 2.30 ERA / 0.96 WHIP) *

Burlington – Drew Granier (83 1/3 IP / 82 H / 28 ER / 25 BB / 76 K / 3.02 ERA / 1.28 WHIP)

 

CLOSER

Sacto – Evan Scribner (33 2/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 9 BB / 36 K / 3.21 ERA / 0.98 WHIP / 7 SV)

Midland – Jonathan Ortiz (27 1/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 11 BB / 22 K / 3.95 ERA / 1.28 WHIP / 9 SV)

Stockton – Zach Thornton (26 1/3 IP / 29 H / 14 ER / 6 BB / 37 K / 4.78 ERA / 1.33 WHIP / 6 SV)

Burlington – Drew Tyson (25 2/3 IP / 28 H / 11 ER / 8 BB / 12 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.40 WHIP / 4 SV)

 

 

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

 

CATCHER

Derek Norris

Sacramento River Cats

(8 HR / .273 AVG / .331 OBP / .474 SLG / .804 OPS)

 

 

FIRST BASE

A.J. Kirby-Jones

Stockton Ports

(13 HR / .297 AVG / .414 OBP / .543 SLG / .957 OPS)

 

 

SECOND BASE

Brandon Hicks

Sacramento River Cats

(11 HR / .266 AVG / .364 OBP / .524 SLG / .888 OPS)

 

 

SHORTSTOP

Adam Rosales

Sacramento River Cats

(3 HR / .282 AVG / .320 OBP / .451 SLG / .771 OPS)

 

 

THIRD BASE

Miles Head

Stockton Ports

(18 HR / .382 AVG / .433 OBP / .715 SLG / 1.149 OPS)

 

 

LEFT FIELD

Chad Oberacker

Stockton Ports

(7 HR / .304 AVG / .372 OBP / .483 SLG / .856 OPS) *

 

 

CENTER FIELD

Michael Choice

Midland RockHounds

(6 HR / .260 AVG / .334 OBP / .372 SLG / .706 OPS)

 

 

RIGHT FIELD

Michael Taylor

Sacramento River Cats

(4 HR / .316 AVG / .421 OBP / .460 SLG / .881 OPS)

 

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Shane Peterson

Midland RockHounds

(2 HR / .285 AVG / .449 OBP / .437 SLG / .886 OPS)

 

 

STARTING PITCHER

Graham Godfrey

Sacramento River Cats

(59 1/3 IP / 50 H / 8 ER / 10 BB / 43 K / 1.21 ERA / 1.01 WHIP)

 

 

CLOSER

Evan Scribner

Sacramento River Cats

(33 2/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 9 BB / 36 K / 3.21 ERA / 0.98 WHIP / 7 SV)

 

 

 

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Tuesday, June 19th: Griffin Pitches Cats to Victory as Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher A.J. Griffin   (6 IP / 2 ER / 2 K / Win)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Fresno Grizzlies             2

Sacramento River Cats  5

(WP – Griffin 3-2 / 2.81)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Griffin

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Griffin had another solid outing for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs over 6 innings to earn his 3rd win with the River Cats. Infielder Brandon Hicks hit his 4th home run in the last 5 games and Kila Ka’aihue, playing left field in his first game with the River Cats, homered as well. Designated hitter Chris Carter collected 3 hits in the win.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Frisco RoughRiders    5

Midland RockHounds  1

(LP – Daley 7-4 / 4.81)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Gary Daley

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

 

 

Worth Noting: The RockHounds had a rough night in the field, committing a total of 6 errors. Starter Gary Daley allowed 5 runs, only 1 of them earned, and struck out 7 over 5 2/3 innings to run his record to 7-4. Outfielder Michael Choice singled in the RockHounds’ only run in the bottom of the 1st inning.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

MidwestLeague Eastern Division All-Stars  18

MidwestLeague Western Division All-Stars  2

(LP – Granier)

Burlington Bees Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Frankoff

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

 

Worth Noting: Bees’ All-Star starter Drew Granier got knocked around in the 1st inning by the Eastern Division All-Stars. The right-hander allowed 5 runs, 2 earned, in just 2/3 of an inning to take the loss. Bees right-hander Seth Frankoff pitched 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief, and Burlington shortstop Sean Jamieson went 0 for 1 in the All-Star blowout.

 

CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE

Tri-City ValleyCats           4

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

(WP – Lamb 1-0 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Lamb

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

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Fresno @ Sacramento – 12:05pm PT

(Hacker vs. Godfrey)

Frisco @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(Tepesch vs. Castro)

Vermont @ Tri-City – 7:00pm ET

(Avila vs. Perez)

 

 

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Sunday, June 17th: Bees Win Behind Cole’s Effort as Cats and Hounds Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds infielder Tyler Ladendorf (Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Tacoma Rainiers            12

Sacramento River Cats  10

(LP – Threets 3-2 / 2.41)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Brandon Hicks

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Shortstop Brandon Hicks clubbed his 3rd home run in his last 4 games, and catcher Anthony Recker and infielder Adam Rosales homered as well. Starter Brad Peacock allowed 6 runs in just 3 innings of work, and left-hander Erick Threets gave up 3 runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief to take the loss.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

San Antonio Missions  9

Midland RockHounds   6

(LP – Smith 4-4 / 4.25)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Tyler Ladendorf

(Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Infielder Tyler Ladendorf had a big game, homering and driving in 4 runs. Luke Hughes, in his 5th game with the RockHounds, homered as well, and third baseman Leonardo Gil and catcher Ryan Lipkin contributed 2 hits apiece. Starter Murphy Smith had a rough outing, allowing 8 runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings to run his record to 4-4.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees   6

Beloit Snappers   2

(WP – Mye 1-0 / 2.91)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(5 IP / 2 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole had another solid outing for Burlington, allowing 2 runs while walking none and striking out 6 over 5 innings of work, but left-hander Chas Mye picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Shortstop Sean Jamieson and outfielders Bobby Crocker and Royce Consigli all homered in the win.

 

Monday’s Games:

Frisco @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(Brigham vs. Gray)

 

 

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