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A’s Farm in Top 10 MLB Blogs in 2012!

Josh Reddick

Josh Reddick gave A’s Farm a taste of things to come in spring training!

Well, the results are in – and in our first year out of the box, A’s Farm was ranked in the Top 10 MLB blogs for 2012! At our peak late in the season, we were averaging almost 5,000 hits per week and almost 20,000 hits per month. And we want to be sure to thank all you devoted A’s fans who are obviously committed to learning as much as possible about the organization from top to bottom.

We also want to thank MLB Trade Rumors for repeatedly featuring A’s Farm as one of their top blog picks of the week, Baseball Reference for regularly featuring us in their player news section, and A’s Nation who asked us to provide a weekly minor league update during the season for the hordes of A’s fans who get their A’s news from the biggest and best A’s blog on the web.

In 2012, A’s Farm profiled the A’s new players and top prospects, offered progress reports on the team’s top draft picks, named the A’s organizational all-stars, and featured interviews with GM Billy Beane, along with players like Josh Reddick, Derek Norris and Sean Doolittle, and front office personnel like assistant GM David Forst, scouting director Eric Kubota and director of player personnel Billy Owens. And in one of our most popular pieces of the year, A’s Farm profiled A’s super-scout and Moneyball bad guy Grady Fuson. All that in addition to our daily updates on all the A’s minor league affiliates – the Sacramento River Cats, Midland RockHounds, Stockton Ports, Burlington Bees, Vermont Lake Monsters and the Arizona League A’s.

Stay tuned for much more right here in 2013, and be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @AthleticsFarm to keep up to date on all the A’s minor league teams and top prospects down on the farm!

 

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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Friday, September 7th: Bees Swatted out of Playoffs while River Cats Drop Game 3 Despite Taylor’s 2 HRs

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats outfielder Michael Taylor (3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3

Sacramento River Cats  7

Reno Aces                      11

(LP – Rich Thompson)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(3 for 4 / 2 Home Runs / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Sacramento lost Game #3 of their best-of-five playoff series in a heartbreaker on Friday night. The River Cats grabbed the lead in the 2nd inning, lost the lead in the 4th, tied the game in the top of the 6th, fell behind again in the bottom of the 6th, tied the game again in the top of the 8th, and finally lost the lead for good in the bottom of the 8th. Starter Travis Banwart was pressed into service when scheduled starter Dan Straily was recalled by the A’s to fill injured starter Brandon McCarthy’s spot in the big league rotation. Unfortunately, Banwart had a tough time of it, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. Outfielder Jermaine Mitchell homered in the top of the 3rd inning to put Sacramento up 2-0. By the time the 4th inning was through though, the River Cats were down 6-2. But thanks to back-to-back home runs from designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue and Michael Taylor and a triple from first baseman Daric Barton and an RBI single from catcher Jason Jaramillo, the Cats came back to tie the game in the top of the 6th. Right-hander James Simmons then surrendered a run in the bottom of the 6th to hand the lead back to Reno. Michael Taylor then hit his 2nd home run of the game in the top of the 8th to tie the game again. Right-hander Rich Thompson came on for the River Cats in the bottom of the 8th and, after getting 2 outs, then gave up 4 runs to Reno to secure their victory in Game #3. The River Cats now need to win the final two games in Reno on Saturday and Sunday to win the series.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3

Burlington Bees                0

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  3

(LP – Drew Granier)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(6 IP / 2 ER / 6 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The Bees’ bats didn’t put up much of a fight in dropping the final game of their first-round best-of-three Midwest League playoff series on Friday night. Burlington managed just 4 hits on the night and failed to score for the second time in the 3-game series. Starter Drew Granier made a noble effort, allowing just 2 earned runs on back-to-back solo shots in the 4th inning, and 1 unearned run after a 2-out error by shortstop Addison Russell allowed another run to score in the 5th. In 6 innings of work, Granier allowed just 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6 in his final appearance of the season.

 

Saturday’s Game:

Sacramento @ Reno – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #4)

 

 

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Thursday, September 6th: Chavez & Weeks Lead Cats to Game 2 Victory while Defense Lets Cole Down in Bees Loss

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Jesse Chavez (8 IP / 0 ER / 10 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2

Reno Aces                       0

Sacramento River Cats  1

(WP – Jesse Chavez)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jesse Chavez

(8 IP / 0 ER / 10 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Game #2 of this series was another tight pitchers’ duel. With the River Cats down a game in the best-of-five series, 29-year-old right-hander Jesse Chavez, whom the A’s acquired from Toronto last month for cash, came through in a big way, striking out 10 over 8 scoreless innings to earn the win. Right-hander Jeremy Accardo tossed 1 scoreless inning in relief to pick up the save. Second baseman Jemile Weeks had the big blast of the night when he homered in the bottom of the 3rd inning to provide the only run of the game for either team. The River Cats now head to Reno for Game #3 of the series on Friday night.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2

Burlington Bees                0

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  4

(LP – A.J. Cole)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Cole

(4 IP / 1 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: A dropped foul popup by first baseman Max Muncy in the 1st inning opened the door for 3 unearned runs to score with 2 outs. Starter A.J. Cole allowed just 1 earned run and struck out 5 in 4 innings of work before giving way to relievers Nate Eppley and David Mota who held Wisconsin scoreless the rest of the way. Burlington’s lineup managed only 3 hits in the game, courtesy of third baseman Wade Kirkland and outfielders Aaron Shipman and John Wooten. The decisive game in the best-of-three series takes place Friday night at Wisconsin.

 

Friday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3)

(Straily vs. Brewer)

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 6:35pm CT (Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #3)

(Granier vs. Goforth)

 

 

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Wednesday, September 5th: Peters Pitches Bees to Victory, Cats Lose Despite Billings’ Best Efforts and Ynoa Helps Vermont Win Final Match

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees pitcher Tanner Peters (7 IP / 0 ER / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #1

Reno Aces                       2

Sacramento River Cats  1

(LP – Bruce Billings)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Bruce Billings

(6 IP / 0 ER / 10 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: The key play of the opening game of the PCL playoffs for Sacramento was Grant Green’s fielding error at third base in the top of the 3rd inning which ultimately led to 2 unearned runs for Reno. Otherwise, starter Bruce Billings was brilliant, allowing no earned runs and striking out 10 over 6 innings of work, but the right-hander still ended up taking the loss on Wednesday. Outfielder Michael Taylor had 2 of Sacramento’s 5 hits, walked and scored the River Cats’ only run of the game. Sacramento will take on Reno again in Game #2 of the best-of-five series at Raley Field in Sacramento on Thursday.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #1

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  0

Burlington Bees                4

(WP – Tanner Peters)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tanner Peters

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tanner Peters, who didn’t join Burlington till midway through the season, was the big star for the Bees in the first game of their playoff series against Wisconsin. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed just 2 hits and struck out 6 over 7 scoreless innings to earn the win. Outfielder Bobby Crocker had the big blow of the game with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning, while this year’s 5th-round draft pick, first baseman Max Muncy, had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the Bees. Burlington will take on Wisconsin again in Game #2 of the best-of-three series at Wisconsin on Thursday.

 

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

Aberdeen IronBirds          0

Vermont Lake Monsters  4

(WP – Streich 4-1 / 2.60)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Michael Ynoa

(3 IP / 0 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Michael Ynoa had perhaps his best outing yet for Vermont, allowing just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 4 over 3 scoreless innings on Wednesday. This year’s 6th-round draft pick, right-hander Seth Streich, followed up with 3 more scoreless innings to earn his 4th win. Second baseman Chris Bostick doubled in a run, while first baseman Matt Olson singled in a run and walked twice in Vermont’s final game of the NY-Penn League season. The team ended the year with a record of 33-43.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2)

(Cabrera vs. Chavez)

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 6:35pm CT (Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #2)

(Cole vs. Pierce)

 

 

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Tuesday, September 4th: Vermont Loses as Cats and Bees Prep for Playoffs

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Vermont Lake Monsters catcher Reynaldo Mateo (2 for 4 / 2 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

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

Aberdeen IronBirds          7

Vermont Lake Monsters  5

(LP – Vail 3-4 / 4.20)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Reynaldo Mateo

(2 for 4 / 2 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Nolan Sanburn allowed 3 runs in 3 innings, and right-hander Tyler Vail surrendered 4 runs in 4 innings to take his 4th loss. Catcher Reynaldo Mateo had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT (PCL Playoffs Round 1 – Game #1)

(Bauer vs. Billings)

Wisconsin @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT (Midwest League Playoffs Round 1 – Game #1)

(Barnes vs. Peters)

Aberdeen @ Vermont – 6:05pm ET

(Rivera vs. Ynoa)

 

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Monday, September 3rd: Hounds & Ports Come from Behind to Win while Cats Fall in Finale and Bees Drop a Pair

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds outfielder Conner Crumbliss (Game-Tying Home Run)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  9

Salt Lake Bees               16

(LP – Peacock 12-9 / 6.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Stephen Parker

(Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sonny Gray had a tough time in his first outing for the River Cats on Monday. The right-hander allowed 4 runs on 10 hits in just 4 innings of work. But Brad Peacock had an even tougher time of it, giving up 7 runs over just 1 2/3 innings to take the loss and finish with a regular season record of 12-9 and an ERA of 6.01. Third baseman Stephen Parker, serving as the designated hitter for the day, tripled and drove in a pair of runs in the loss. The River Cats begin the first round of the PCL playoffs against Reno on Wednesday at Raley Field in Sacramento.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  2

Frisco RoughRiders      1

(WP – Daley 10-10 / 5.11)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Conner Crumbliss

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Conner Crumbliss hit his 10th home run to tie the game in the top of the 6th inning. It remained tied until the top of the 10th when catcher Beau Taylor came around to score on a fielder’s choice by outfielder Eleizer Mesa. Pressed into service with Sonny Gray’s elevation to Sacramento, right-hander Paul Smyth made his first start of the season and ended up tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings, while right-hander Jonathan Ortiz contributed 3 crucial perfect innings after Crumbliss’s game-tying homer, and Gary Daley picked up his 10th win with 2 scoreless innings of relief to close out the game. Midland finished the season with a record of 64-74.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Visalia Rawhide   4

Stockton Ports   5

(WP – Treinen 7-7 / 4.37)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Chad Oberacker hit his 13th home run to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th inning, and infielder Michael Gilmartin singled in the winning run in the 9th with his only hit of the game. Shortstop Yordy Cabrera and outfielder Dusty Robinson both homered for the Ports. Starter Nate Long had a rocky outing, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on 10 hits in 5 innings of work, while right-hander Blake Treinen picked up the win with 1 scoreless inning in relief. Stockton finished the season with a 56-84 record, the worst in the 10-team California League.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

GAME #1

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  6

Burlington Bees                1

(LP – Hassebrock 2-2 / 4.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Max Muncy

(2 for 3 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Blake Hassebrock had a shaky outing in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader, allowing 4 runs over 5 innings to take his 2nd loss, while first baseman Max Muncy had 2 of the Bees’ 6 hits in the game, including a double.

 

GAME #2

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  8

Burlington Bees                3

(LP – Mota 3-1 / 3.47)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(Double / RBI / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Poor pitching and sloppy defense led the Bees to take their second fall of the day in Game #2 of Monday’s doubleheader, with right-hander David Mota getting tagged with the loss. Shortstop Addison Russell doubled in a run and stole a base for the Bees. Burlington begins the first round of the Midwest League playoffs on Wednesday against Wisconsin.

 

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

Aberdeen IronBirds          3

Vermont Lake Monsters  2

(LP – Tanner 0-2 / 9.00)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Brent Powers

(7 IP / 2 ER / 6 K)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brent Powers had a solid outing, allowing just 2 runs and striking out 6 in 7 innings, and left with the game tied. Right-hander Berry Tanner ended up taking the loss after giving up the winning run in the 11th inning. Outfielder Austin Booker had 2 of Vermont’s 5 hits on the night.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Aberdeen @ Vermont – 6:05pm ET

 

 

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Sunday, September 2nd: Straily Pitches Cats to Victory while Ports Win and Hounds & Bees Both Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Dan Straily (6 IP / 0 ER / 9 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  6

Salt Lake Bees                1

(WP – Straily 6-3 / 2.03)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dan Straily

(6 IP / 0 ER / 9 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Dan Straily turned in another impressive performance for the River Cats, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 9 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 6th win on Sunday. Outfielder Shane Peterson hit a 2-run homer in the 7th inning to break a scorless tie. Outfielder Jermaine Mitchell and designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue also homered in the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  6

Frisco RoughRiders      7

(LP – Krol 1-2 / 5.06)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jeremy Barfield

(Home Run / 2 RBIs / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Shawn Haviland had a shaky outing, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, in the first 2 innings before settling down to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings and giving the RockHounds the chance to come back and take the lead. But left-hander Ian Krol allowed 2 runs in relief to take the loss. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield and shortstop Dusty Coleman both hit 2-run homers for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Visalia Rawhide   8

Stockton Ports   9

(WP – Urlaub 2-2 / 3.86)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Myrio Richard

(3 for 5 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: With the Ports down by 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, infielder Michael Gilmartin hit a 2-run homer which, later in the inning, was followed by another 2-run blast off the bat of outfielder Myrio Richard to put the Ports on top. Starter Max Perlman had a rough outing, allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, in just 4 innings of work, while left-hander Jeff Urlaub picked up the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  4

Burlington Bees                2

(LP – Granier 11-10 / 3.21)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(2 for 4 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier had an interesting outing on Sunday, allowing 4 runs on 10 hits while walking none and striking out 12 over 6 innings to take the loss. Shortstop Addison Russell had a pair of hits and drove in the Bees’ only 2 runs of the game.

 

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

Tri-City ValleyCats            3

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

(WP – Avila 3-4 / 3.82)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andres Avila

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Andres Avila had a solid outing on Sunday, allowing just 1 unearned run while striking out 6 over 5 innings to earn his 3rd win. Outfielder Brett Vertigan and designated hitter Miguel Marte both blasted 2-run homers for Vermont. And after notching 8 home runs in 46 games for the Arizona League A’s, the A’s 3rd overall draft pick this year, 18-year-old first baseman Matt Olson, homered in his first game with Vermont.

 

Monday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 12:05pm PT

Midland @ Frisco – 1:00pm CT

Visalia @ Stockton – 6:05pm PT

Game #1 – Wisconsin @ Burlington – 2:00pm CT

Game #2 – Wisconsin @ Burlington

Aberdeen @ Vermont – 6:05pm ET

 

 

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Friday, August 31st: Robinson’s 5 RBIs Lead Ports to Victory while Ynoa Wins 1st for Vermont and AZL A’s Drop Championship Game

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Dusty Robinson    (3 for 4 / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  6

Salt Lake Bees               10

(LP – Hernandez 3-2 / 4.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Carlos Hernandez had a rough outing on Friday, allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, on 9 hits over 4 innings to take the loss. First baseman Daric Barton hit his 8th home run and drove in 2 runs, while outfielder Michael Taylor doubled in a pair of runs for the River Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

San Antonio Missions   4

Midland RockHounds  2

(LP – Castro 2-7 / 4.63)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher David Freitas

(Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Fabio Castro allowed 3 runs and struck out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to take his 7th loss, while catcher David Freitas, acquired from the Nationals in the Kurt Suzuki deal, doubled, hit his 1st home run for the RockHounds and drove in 2 runs in the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Visalia Rawhide   2

Stockton Ports   6

(WP – Murphy 8-8 / 4.80)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Dusty Robinson

(3 for 4 / Home Run / 5 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Dusty Robinson had a big night for the Ports, collecting 3 hits, including his 17th home run and driving in 5 runs. Starter Sean Murphy had a solid outing for Stockton, tossing 6 scoreless innings to earn his 8th win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees        3

Clinton LumberKings  5

(LP – Lamb 3-3 / 5.03)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Wade Kirkland

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Worth Noting: Starter Chris Lamb allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits over 6 innings to take his 3rd loss, while third baseman Wade Kirkland blasted a 2-run homer, his 8th, for the Bees.

 

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

Tri-City ValleyCats            2

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

(WP – Ynoa 1-3 / 8.15)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Jacob Tanis

(3 for 4 / Double / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Jacob Tanis collected 3 hits, including a double, and scored 2 of Vermont’s 3 runs on Friday night. Starter Seth Streich, allowed just 1 hit and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless innings of work, while Michael Ynoa picked up his 1st win for Vermont after giving up 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2 in 3 scoreless innings of relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Rangers    3

AZL Athletics  1

(LP – Paulino 0-1 / 5.06)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: The A’s, who finished the season with a record of 37-17, fell to the Rangers in the Arizona League championship game on Friday night. Starter Gregory Paulino allowed 3 runs and struck out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. Hot-hitting Renato Nunez did his part by homering for the A’s only run of the game.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

Midland @ Frisco – 7:00pm CT

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Wisconsin @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Tri-City @ Vermont – 6:05pm ET

 

 

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Thursday, August 30th: Oberacker’s 2 HRs Lead Ports to Victory while Cats Win and Hounds & Bees Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Chad Oberacker (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats    3

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  2

(WP – Banwart 9-5 / 3.85)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(6 IP / 2 ER / 1 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Travis Banwart had a solid outing for Sacramento, allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits over 6 innings to earn his 9th win. Daric Barton singled in a key run with 2 outs in the 4th inning to help give the River Cats the win on Thursday night.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

San Antonio Missions   3

Midland RockHounds  2

(LP – Bowman 0-1 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Josh Horton

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his first start with Midland since being promoted from Stockton, right-hander Josh Bowman allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings to take the loss. Right-hander Paul Smyth came on to strike out 5 in 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, while second baseman Josh Horton hit his 9th home run for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports  9

Modesto Nuts    3

(WP – Huttenlocker 3-1 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Chad Oberacker

(2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Chad Oberacker had a big night for Stockton, hitting his 11th and 12th home runs and driving in 4 runs on the night. Catcher Ryan Ortiz doubled and drove in 3 runs, and third baseman Tony Thompson doubled and drove in 2. A.J. Huttenlocker, getting his first start of the season, allowed 2 runs and struck out 7 over 5 innings to earn the win, while right-hander T.J. Walz struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced in 2 perfect innings of relief.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees        1

Clinton LumberKings  3

(LP – Peters 2-6 / 3.16)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tanner Peters

(6 2/3 IP / 3 ER / 8 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tanner Peters allowed 3 runs while striking out 8 in 6 2/3 innings to take his 6th loss. The Bees managed just 3 hits on Thursday, 1 apiece from third baseman Wade Kirkland, second baseman Sam Roberts and shortstop Addison Russell. Outfielder John Wooten and right-handed reliever Austin House both made their debuts with Burlington on Thursday night after being promoted from Vermont, with House tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Wooten going 0 for 4 in the loss.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  8

Lowell Spinners                0

(WP – Vail 3-3 / 3.83)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tyler Vail

(6 IP / 0 ER / 9 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Nolan Sanburn struck out 4 in 3 scoreless innings of work, while right-hander Tyler Vail allowed just 1 hit and struck out 9 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win for Vermont. Shortstop Daniel Robertson collected 3 hits and drove in a pair of runs in the win.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Cubs          3

AZL Athletics  15

(WP – Massey 1-0 / 0.00)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run / Triple / 5 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Renato Nunez continued his hot-hitting in Thursday’s Arizona League semi-final game, collecting 3 hits, including a triple and a home run, and driving in 5 runs. Catcher Phil Pohl and outfielder Herschel Powell drove in a pair of runs apiece. Starter Vince Voiro struck out 6 in 3 scoreless innings, while left-hander Taylor Massey picked up the win with 2 innings of scoreless relief.

 

Friday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Salt Lake – 6:05pm PT

San Antonio @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

Visalia @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Burlington @ Clinton – 6:30pm CT

Tri-City @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

AZL Rangers @ AZL Athletics – 7:00 PT

 

 

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