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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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A’s Top 20 Draft Picks Post-Season Progress Report

Top pick Addison Russell: Keepin’ his eye on the ball!

A few weeks ago, after almost 2 months of play, we offered a little progress report on the A’s top 20 draft picks of 2012. And now with the minor league regular season over, it’s time for a complete season-end recap of the progress of the A’s top 20.

The most improved player over the past few weeks since our last report has been the A’s 8th overall draft pick, first baseman Max Muncy, who has spent the entire season playing at as high a level as any of this year’s picks. The 22-year-old left-handed hitter got his on-base percentage at Class-A Burlington all the way up to .383 in just his first year of pro ball while playing against a lot of guys who already had a year or two under their belts. He was eventually joined at Burlington by the A’s top draft pick of 2012, shortstop Addison Russell, who continued to look solid despite facing a higher level of competition.

The player who took the biggest dip over the past few weeks since our last report has been the A’s 2nd overall draft pick, shortstop Daniel Robertson. After looking impressive in the Arizona League, the 18-year-old struggled after his promotion to Vermont. After hitting almost .300 in the Arizona League, the infielder hit under .200 at Vermont, and he went from striking out once every 7 at-bats to striking out once every 3 at-bats. But the good news is he’s still a teenager just a few months out of high school and, based on what he showed in rookie league ball, he’ll surely adjust with a little more time.

You’ll find the A’s top 20 draft picks of 2012 along with their vital stats through the end of the season listed below. All the teams they’ve played for so far this season are noted, with the team they’ve appeared in the most games for listed first and the team they ended the season with in bold. So without any further ado, the most promising seeds of the A’s 2012 farm crop in all their splendor…

 

 

#1

Addison Russell

(1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont+Burlington)

7 HR / 23 BB / 48 K / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS

 

 

#2

Daniel Robertson

(1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont)

5 HR / 23 BB / 46 K / .241 AVG / .330 OBP / .400 SLG / .730 OPS

 

 

#3

Matt Olson

(1st Round – Age 18 – First Baseman – AZL A’s+Vermont)

9 HR / 19 BB / 50 K / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS

 

 

#4

Bruce Maxwell

(2nd Round – Age 21 – Catcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

0 HR / 31 BB / 38 K / .277 AVG / .356 OBP / .349 SLG / .705 OPS

 

 

#5

Nolan Sanburn

(2nd Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont)

18 2/3 IP / 23 H / 8 ER / 6 BB / 19 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.55 WHIP

 

#6

Kyle Twomey

(3rd Round – Age 18 – Pitcher)

UNSIGNED

 

#7

B.J. Boyd

(4th Round – Age 19 – Outfielder – AZL A’s)

1 HR / 23 BB / 36 K / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS

 

 

#8

Max Muncy

(5th Round – Age 22 – First Baseman – Burlington)

4 HR / 41 BB / 37 K / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS

 

 

#9

Seth Streich

(6th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

37 1/3 IP / 27 H / 11 ER / 18 BB / 48 K / 2.65 ERA / 1.21 WHIP

 

 

#10

Cody Kurz

(7th Round – Age 19 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

21 1/3 IP / 18 H / 11 ER / 29 BB / 9 K / 4.64 ERA / 2.20 WHIP

 

 

#11

Kris Hall

(8th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

29 1/3 IP / 18 H / 4 ER / 15 BB / 27 K / 1.23 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

 

 

#12

Dakota Bacus

(9th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP

 

 

#13

Brett Vertigan

(10th Round – Age 22 – Outfielder – Vermont)

1 HR / 24 BB / 31 K / .266 AVG / .338 OBP / .375 SLG / .713 OPS

 

#14

Alex Gonzalez

(11th Round – Age 18 – Shortstop)

UNSIGNED

 

#15

John Caputo

(12th Round – Age 18 – Third Baseman)

UNSIGNED

 

#16

Stuart Pudenz

(13th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

33 1/3 IP / 21 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 40 K / 2.43 ERA / 0.90 WHIP

 

 

#17

Austin House

(14th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+Burlington)

28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP

 

 

#18

Vince Voiro

(15th Round – Age 22 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

37 1/3 IP / 35 H / 15 ER / 8 BB / 41 K / 3.62 ERA / 1.15 WHIP

 

 

#19

Melvin Mercedes

(16th Round – Age 20 – Second Baseman – AZL A’s)

0 HR / 10 BB / 15 K / .381 AVG / .440 OBP / .495 SLG / .935 OPS

 

#20

Tyler Olson

(17th Round – Age 22 – Pitcher)

UNSIGNED

 

TOP HITTERS

Addison Russell (1st Round – Age 18 – Shortstop – AZL A’s+Vermont+Burlington)

7 HR / 23 BB / 48 K / .369 AVG / .432 OBP / .594 SLG / 1.027 OPS

B.J. Boyd (4th Round – Age 19 – Outfielder – AZL A’s)

1 HR / 23 BB / 36 K / .301 AVG / .401 OBP / .434 SLG / .835 OPS

Matt Olson (1st Round – Age 18 – First Baseman – AZL A’s+Vermont)

9 HR / 19 BB / 50 K / .282 AVG / .352 OBP / .521 SLG / .873 OPS

Max Muncy (5th Round – Age 22 – First Baseman – Burlington)

4 HR / 41 BB / 37 K / .275 AVG / .383 OBP / .432 SLG / .816 OPS

 

TOP PITCHERS

Dakota Bacus (9th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – AZL A’s)

30 IP / 12 H / 4 ER / 5 BB / 35 K / 1.20 ERA / 0.57 WHIP

Austin House (14th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+Burlington)

28 1/3 IP / 15 H / 4 ER / 11 BB / 36 K / 1.27 ERA / 0.92 WHIP

Kris Hall (8th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

29 1/3 IP / 18 H / 4 ER / 15 BB / 27 K / 1.23 ERA / 1.13 WHIP

Stuart Pudenz (13th Round – Age 21 – Pitcher – Vermont+AZL A’s)

33 1/3 IP / 21 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 40 K / 2.43 ERA / 0.90 WHIP

 

 

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Catching Up With: The Stockton Ports

 

Banner Island Ballpark – Home of the Stockton Ports

When the season began, top pitching prospects like A.J. Cole, Ian Krol and Blake Hassebrock were expected to make the Class-A Stockton Ports’ starting staff the real highlight of the team. But Hassebrock ended up spending much of the first half on the disabled list, Krol has struggled for most of the season, and Cole got off to such a rough start that he was eventually sent down to Burlington.

The focal point of the team turned out to be young third baseman Miles Head who quickly proved himself to be the best hitting prospect in the organization, but almost as quickly found himself promoted to Midland. With Head now gone, the Ports’ offensive load has been turned over to young hitters like catcher Max Stassi, third baseman B.A. Vollmuth, first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones, shortstop Yorda Cabrera, and outfielders Dusty Robinson and Josh Whitaker. And when we visited Stockton about a week before the All-Star break, we took the opportunity to talk with manager Webster Garrison about some of his hitting prospects.

We also had the chance to talk to the player who now appears to be the Ports’ top pitching prospect, right-hander Sean Murphy. The 23-year-old got off to a red-hot start at Burlington, posting a 1.97 ERA in 8 starts, and he’s continued to look impressive at Stockton. Murphy has the third most strikeouts of all starting pitchers currently in the A’s minor league system with 105 in 110 1/3 innings, and hitters are batting only .222 against him on the season. He’s had a couple of rough starts recently, but Murphy has clearly put himself on the map with his strong performance this season.

So be sure to check out our chat with Ports’ pitcher Sean Murphy followed by our conversation with Stockton manager Webster Garrison and get the inside scoop on the 2012 Stockton Ports…

 

Stockton Ports

Pitcher

SEAN MURPHY

AF:  You’ve been having a great year at Burlington and here at Stockton. Last season, guys were hitting over .300 against you, and most of this year, guys have been hitting around .200 against you. So what’s changed?

SM:  I would say just actually getting ahead of batters, and just staying consistent and trusting my off-speed stuff – throwing it for strikes when I need to throw it for strikes, and then going out of the zone when I need to go out of the zone. That’s the biggest key from last year to this year – just throwing every pitch with a purpose.

AF:  What made that change happen? Did somebody tell you something, did a light suddenly go off, or did it just creep up on you?

SM:  I would say (Burlington pitching coach) John Wasdin helped me out a lot with the mental side of the game – really just focusing in on throwing every pitch with a purpose, not just throwing pitches to throw them – having a your mind set on what you’re going to do with this pitch and what you want the hitter to do with it, rather than just go out there and see the sign for the curveball and just throw it – he wants it away and you throw it away, rather than splitting the plate. So I think that’s the biggest difference – just being committed and having a purpose.

AF:  You got off to a great start this year at Burlington, and then you came up here to the California League, which is considered much more of a hitters’ league. So have you had to do anything different here or had to make any adjustments?

SM:  Because the wind blows out in most places here, the biggest key is keeping the ball down in the zone. If you keep the ball down and really get ahead of batters, you can start playing with them and get them out.

AF:  You’ve been second or third behind Dan Straily in the entire A’s system in strikeouts for most of the year. So what’s been your big out pitch?

SM:  Against lefties, I’d have to say the changeup – just the deception of the changeup. Really getting ahead with the fastball, locating it, which sets up the changeup, and working the changeup off the same plane against lefties. Against righties, everything – it’s all come together for me – but I’d have to say my slider late in the count. Just going off the plate and staying down with it gets a lot of swings and misses. And then freezing people going in with the curveball – that’s a big key.

AF:  Tell me a little more about your repertoire.

SM:  My fastball – I like to get ahead with my fastball. I could get ahead with off-speed too – its just throwing it for strikes is what’s key. My #2 would be my changeup – that’s my go-to pitch. If I’m facing the cleanup hitter with runners in scoring position and a 3-2 count, I’m going to go with my changeup most of the time. And then my curveball has been a big key for me this year – actually throwing it in the zone. Then my slider late in the count. I would have to rank my pitches fastball, changeup, slider, then curve.

AF:  Well congratulations – whatever, you’re doing, it all seems to be coming together for you this year!

SM:  Yes, sir!

 

Stockton Ports

Manager

WEBSTER GARRISON

AF:  I know you played in the A’s minor league system back in the ‘90s. I remember you playing in Double-A, but they weren’t in Midland at that point, they were somewhere else, right?

WG:  When I was playing, they were in Huntsville.

AF:  Right, in the Southern League. And then you were at Tacoma in the PCL too, right?

WG:  Yep, Tacoma.

AF:  I guess you’ve seen all the stops.

WG:  A lot of them!

AF:  Well, I wanted to get your impressions of some guys on the team here in Stockton. Let’s start off with outfielder Dusty Robinson, who came up here from Burlington about a month and a half into the season. He’s obviously a big power hitter, and he’s from right here in the Central Valley. So what’s your impression been of him so far?

WG:  He works hard. Like you said, he’s got the big swing. He’s definitely a home run hitter. We’re just working on him staying on the ball, trying to use the whole field. He’s a good defensive player. He’s got a good arm and he runs well. He’s a good-looking young prospect coming up. He just has to work on that pitch away. Coming inside, he’s ready for that all the time. And he’s definitely a power hitter.

AF:  So the main thing he’s got to work on at this point is that away pitch?

WG:  Yeah, and he’s working on it. He’s not the only one – there’s a lot of guys in the minor leagues who have to work on that pitch. But that’s definitely one of the pitches he’s got to work on staying on, because he’s a big power guy. He likes to get it going, and once he gets it going, that bat’s coming through the zone and he’s looking to go to left field. And so he’s working on staying to right-center in batting practice.

AF:  You said he’s looking good in the outfield. So does he have skills in the outfield? He’s not just a power-hitting DH type?

WG:  Oh, he’s definitely not just a DH type. He can definitely play the outfield. He runs balls down. He throws well. He’s diving and hustling, and he runs well. So he’s not just a DH by a long shot. He can play the outfield.

AF:  He’s got about 10 stolen bases so far this year, so it does seem like he’s got a little speed.

WG:  Yeah, he’s got some speed. He can steal a base. He runs well. He’s a well put-together guy. He’s not a big tall large guy, but he’s well put-together for his size, and he does a little bit of everything. He can hit the ball out of the park, he runs well, he throws well, and he’s a good defensive outfielder.

AF:  Right-hander Sean Murphy started out the year in Burlington too and looked really good there. He came up here in May. So how’s he looking to your eyes?

WG:  He’s looking real good! He’s a competitor. He goes out there when he pitches and he locates well and he changes speeds well, and he’s competing. He’s out there and he’s got a game plan. He knows what he wants to do with the ball, and he puts it in spots and lets the defense play for him. He makes big pitches when he gets guys on, and he gives us a great opportunity to win when he’s out there. I like what I see out of that kid.

AF:  He told me that he’s been throwing with a lot of confidence and a lot of purpose. Is that what you see?

WG:  Exactly, that’s definitely what I see. He’s focused, he’s prepared, and he goes out there and he executes his pitches and it’s working well for him right now.

AF:  Another guy who just came up from Burlingtonis third baseman B.A. Vollmuth. What do you think about what you’ve seen of him thus far?

WG:  I saw a lot of him in spring training. He’s a good young player as well. He’s a good defensive guy for third base – good arm. He’s going to hit as well. He had abig springtraining for us. So were looking for some good things out of him. He’s more of a contact guy. He can use the whole field, and he can drive the ball out of the ballpark. So we’re looking for him to step in there and play well. I think he was playing pretty good in Burlington from the reports I was getting – no big numbers, but putting the ball in play hard a lot. So that’s what I’m looking forward to from him while he’s here.

AF:  He came up here when you lost your other third baseman Miles Head, who I’m sure you were happy to pencil into the lineup every night. He’s obviously up at Midland now, but tell me about your impressions of him when he was here.

WG:  He’s just one of those ballplayers who’s amazing. That’s all you can say is “amazing.” His approach to hitting is amazing. He puts the ball in play. He puts it in play hard. He hits the ball to all fields. There’s no certain way to pitch him. He hit just about every pitch and he hit it hard. He used the whole field. He plays hard, works hard. He’s a good kid all the way around. I was just happy to have him here as a ballplayer. I knew he wouldn’t be here long. But to lead the league in hitting and have 18 home runs and almost 60 RBIs for half a season, that’s just outstanding – very impressive.

AF:  And he just turned 21 while was here too, right?

WG:  He just turned 21. He’s an impressive-looking young hitter. I don’t know exactly how he’s doing in Midland right now, but he’s definitely going to be making waves later on in this game.

AF:  Obviously he’s got a lot of skills, but is there any one thing that’s been central to his success?

WG:  I think his best tool to hitting is he’s just up there hitting. He’s not up there thinking I’ve got to go the other way or I’ve got to stay inside the ball – where my arm is, where my foot is, where my head is. He’s just going up there ready to hit.

AF:  So he’s keeping it simple.

WG:  Yeah, he’s keeping it plain and simple. That’s his approach and it works well for him. He goes up there swinging. He’s not up there looking to walk – but if you walk him, he’ll take it. But he’s looking to do damage while he’s up there. He’s not just up there swinging, he’s looking to do damage.

AF:  Is there any weakness in his game? Is there anything he really needs to work on as he moves up the ladder?

WG:  He could work on his defense a little bit more – just getting jumps. He was basically a first baseman and we moved him over to third base this year. So he’s working hard at it. He’s going to get better, but he’s better than what we thought he was going to be. He’s a ballplayer – he can catch the ball, he can throw the ball. He was already an infielder, so he can definitely catch the ball. He’s just got to work on getting jumps and angles and reads and when to throw it and when not to throw it – just third baseman stuff he hasn’t done in a long time.

AF:  So you think he’s got the essentials that he could make it work at third with time?

WG:  Oh yeah, definitely. He’s only 21 years old. He just turned 21. Once he gets a couple of years under his belt at third base, he’ll definitely be okay.

AF:  How would you compare him to a guy who was a staple here for you at Stockton last year, Michael Choice? Is there any way you could compare the two?

WG:  I’d say Mike’s just a raw power guy. He’s going to hit it farther than Miles Head. He’s just one of those strong guys. When he gets a hold of it, it’s gone and it’s gone by a lot. Miles Head is just a little more of a consistent hitter using the whole field – the ball’s in play more and he’s just getting more hits. Mike’s got the big swing where he’s hitting home runs and extra base hits. He had an outstanding second half last year and made some great adjustments. But with Miles Head, the ball’s just in play more and it’s in play a lot more hard. He can just hit the ball out of the park anywhere, and there’s just a little more consistent hard contact.

AF:  Catcher Max Stassi was hurt for a while, but he’s been back playing a little more regularly for a while now and showing a little pop. What’s your take on him?

WG:  Like you said, he’s been back in the lineup. He got injured earlier in the year, and now he’s getting real comfortable again. He’s started catching a lot. And his bat’s always been a plus in my eyes, because he definitely can hit the ball, and he can drive it out of all parts of the park as well. And now he’s starting to see a lot of pitches and he’s getting more and more comfortable. He’s a staple right in the middle of our lineup right now and we’re going to continue to look for big things out of him.

AF:  Another guy people have been looking for big things from is shortstop Yordy Cabrera, but he’s been struggling a bit at the plate here. What’s your take on him?

WG:  Young, raw talent – and it shows at times. He’s a young raw kid, but he’s got a lot of potential. He’s got moves in the field – good hands, strong arm. He’s definitely got some pop in his bat. He’s just got to get a little more consistent in his approach and putting the ball in play where he can have some better results.  He’s a young kid who’s up there swinging, trying hard – so hard at times that it doesn’t work out for him. But he works so hard. If he just settles down and just tries to do the little things well, I think he’ll be okay.

AF:  Well, I guess trying too hard is better than not trying hard enough anyway.

WG:  True.

AF:  Well, thanks a lot, Webster.

 

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Sunday, June 24th: Draft Picks Olson & Muncy Make Their Mark as Banwart Pitches Cats to Victory and Hounds & Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Arizona League A’s first baseman Matt Olson (4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  6

Las Vegas 51s                 1

(WP – Banwart 5-2 / 4.29)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(6 IP / 1 ER / 4 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Right-hander Travis Banwart, getting the start for A.J. Griffin who was promoted to Oakland, delivered a solid outing, allowing just 1 run while walking none and striking out 4 over 6 innings to earn his 5th win. First baseman Chris Carter, designated hitter Daric Barton and third baseman Stephen Parker all homered for the River Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

San Antonio Missions   5

Midland RockHounds  1

(LP – Daley 7-5 / 4.64)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Conner Crumbliss

(2 for 3 / Double / RBI / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Midland’s offensive struggles continued on Sunday as the team managed just 5 hits, 2 off the bat of outfielder and leadoff hitter Conner Crumbliss, who also drove in the RockHounds’ only run. Starter Gary Daley once again was the victim of bad defense, including 2 passed balls by catcher Ryan Ortiz. The right-hander allowed 4 runs, just 1 earned, in 4 2/3 innings to take his 5th loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports  3

Modesto Nuts    5

(LP – Krol 1-4 / 4.45)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Max Stassi

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Ian Krol allowed 4 runs and struck out 7 over 6 innings to earn his 4th loss. Catcher Max Stassi hit a 2-run homer, his 6th, and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones, infielder Michael Gilmartin and outfielder Josh Whitaker all doubled in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  4

Burlington Bees                5

(WP – Mye 2-0 / 2.80)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Max Muncy

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his first game with Burlington, this year’s 5th-round draft pick, first baseman Max Muncy had a big game, hitting a 2-run homer to put Burlington on the board in the 2nd inning and driving in the game-winning run for the Bees in the 6th inning. Outfielder Rashun Dixon doubled and drove in 2 runs in the game. Starter Drew Granier allowed 4 runs, 2 earned, and struck out 4 over 5 innings of work, and left-hander Chas Mye came on to earn the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  7

Lowell Spinners                2

(WP – Chitwood 2-0 / 3.86)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Lamb

(4 IP / 1 ER / 5 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Chris Lamb allowed just 1 run and struck out 5 in 4 innings of work, and right-hander Logan Chitwood came on to allow 1 run over 3 innings to earn his 2nd win. Outfielder John Wooten and first baseman Jacob Tanis both doubled and drove in 2 runs in the win.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  12

AZL Indians      9

(WP – Voiro 1-0 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

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

 

 

Worth Noting: In his first game in pro ball, the A’s 3rd overall draft pick this season, 18-year-old first baseman Matt Olson put on a show, collecting 4 hits, including a home run and 2 doubles while driving in 4 runs and scoring 4 times. This year’s 2nd-round draft pick, catcher Bruce Maxwell, had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in 2 runs in the win.

 

Monday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Las Vegas – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. Carreno)

San Antonio @ Midland – 6:30pm CT

(Beard vs. Castro)

Stockton @ San Jose – 7:00pm PT

(Bowman vs. Sanford)

Burlington @ Cedar Rapids – 6:35pm CT

(Cole vs. DeJiulio)

Connecticut @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

(DeLaRosa vs. Avila)

AZL Athletics @ AZL Royals – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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