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Preview: Top Prospect Miles Head Set To Be Main Attraction at Midland in 2013

Miles Head is ready to make his mark at Midland!

Miles Head is ready to make his mark at Midland!

The opening day roster for the Midland RockHounds, the A’s Double-A affiliate in the Texas League, was announced this week. The RockHounds’ lineup will be led by one of the A’s top hitting prospects, third baseman Miles Head, who led all A’s minor leaguers in hits, RBIs, batting average and slugging percentage last season.

Along with Head, the RockHounds’ infield will also include Jefry Marte, Tommy Mendonca, Anthony Aliotti, Dusty Coleman, Darwin Perez and Tyler Ladendorf. Jeremy Barfield, Chad Oberacker and D’Arby Myers will man the outfield, while Ryan Lipkin and Nick Rickles will be behind the plate.

The RockHounds’ starting rotation will likely include Murphy Smith, Josh Bowman, Josh Stinson, Zach Neal, Carlos Hernandez and Arnold Leon as soon as he’s been stretched out enough to start. Left-handers Jeff Urlaub and Frank Gailey will join right-handers Carlos Fisher, Sergio Perez, Kyler Newby, Darren Byrd and Paul Smyth in the RockHounds’ bullpen.

You’ll find the Midland RockHounds’ complete roster, along with profiles of some of the team’s top players, below…

 

mh6_9_miles_head_FKR4MILES HEAD

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2009 – 26th Round

Head was acquired, along with Josh Reddick and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara, from Boston last year in the deal that sent Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox. The big third baseman had an unbelievable first half at High-A Stockton, bashing 23 doubles and 18 home runs in just 267 at-bats while posting a truly impressive slash line of .382/.433/.715. The Georgia native spent the second half at Double-A Midland, where he put up a much more mortal .272/.338/.404 slash line in 234 at-bats. Head will get the chance to master the Texas League again in 2013. He played all but a handful of games at third base last year, and the team hopes that Head will stick at third, but he’ll probably spend just as much time at first base this season.

 

jmJefry-Marte-51cJEFRY MARTE

Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

The A’s acquired Marte this off-season from the Mets in the Collin Cowgill trade. The third baseman had a .251/.322/.366 slash line last season at Binghamton in the Double-A Eastern League. Those numbers might not seem overly impressive, but it’s important to remember that he started the year as just a 20-year-old playing full-time at Double-A. And Marte looked good this spring, hitting .400 with a pair of doubles in a brief look with the A’s. Along with Miles Head, he’ll be splitting time between third base and first base at Midland this year and hoping to make his mark in his second year at Double-A.

 

cooberacker4CHAD OBERACKER

Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2011 – 25th Round

Oberacker was a bit of a sleeper in the A’s system who’s now on the rise. He was drafted in the 25th round in 2011, but he’s quickly moved up the ladder and was the only one of Stockton’s regular outfielders from last season to earn a promotion to Midland to start the year. There might not be any one aspect of Oberacker’s game that really stands out, but he seems to do everything just well enough to succeed. He hits for a decent average, has a little pop in his bat, has good speed and can play center field. He’ll start the season flanked by Jeremy Barfield and D’Arby Myers in the RockHounds’ outfield and will rise as far as his talent will take him.

 

al628x471bARNOLD LEON

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Leon is probably best known for his role in helping to precipitate the brawl between the Mexican national and Canadian national teams at this year’s WBC tournament. Besides that dubious distinction, Leon is a talented Mexican hurler whom the A’s signed as an international free agent back in 2008. Unfortunately, serious arm injuries caused him to miss most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. But he came back strong, pitching out of the bullpen, in 2012. The A’s plan to stretch him out and see if he can get back on track as a starter this year at Midland.

 

–MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS 2013 ROSTER–

–HITTERS–

Ryan Lipkin C

Nick Rickles C

Anthony Aliotti 1B-DH

Tommy Mendonca 3B-DH

Miles Head 3B-1B

Jefry Marte 3B-1B

Dusty Coleman SS

Darwin Perez 2B-SS

Tyler Ladendorf 2B-SS-OF

Jeremy Barfield OF

Chad Oberacker OF

D’Arby Myers OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Murphy Smith RHP

Josh Bowman RHP

Zach Neal RHP

Carlos Hernandez LHP

Arnold Leon RHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Carlos Fisher RHP

Sergio Perez RHP

Kyler Newby RHP

Darren Byrd RHP

Paul Smyth RHP

Josh Stinson RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS—

Jeff Urlaub LHP

Frank Gailey LHP

 

 

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Is the A’s Roster Set? And the River Cats Roster Too?

Will Hiro have A's fans smiling too?

Will Hiro have A’s fans smiling too?

On Monday, we unofficially learned that shortstop Stephen Drew had agreed to a deal with the Red Sox and would not be returning to the A’s, and we also unofficially learned that the A’s would be filling the hole at shortstop by signing Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima. It was announced on Tuesday, after our last A’s Off-Season Transactions Update, not only that the Nakajima signing was official but also that, to clear room on the roster for their new shortstop, the A’s had traded outfielder Collin Cowgill to the Mets for Double-A third baseman Jefry Marte.

With the A’s new shortstop in the fold, it looks like their work is essentially done for the off-season and that the major league roster, barring any unforeseen (yet inevitable) injuries, is pretty much set. But it also seems that the Triple-A roster at Sacramento may be pretty much set at this point too. This really shows a remarkable level of certainty for an organization that’s typically had any number of question marks remaining at this time of year.

Below you’ll find a complete listing of the anticipated A’s and River Cats opening day rosters, barring any unexpected deals or injuries, as of this point in time almost 3 ½ months before opening day. Any changes should be minor, especially where the major league roster is concerned. I’d expect any changes to most likely come from potential moves involving some of the minor league pitchers or infielders. Following the roster lists below, we’ll go around the horn and discuss where things stand at every position for both the A’s and the River Cats…

 

Brandon Moss

Brandon Moss

2013 OAKLAND A’S

–CATCHERS–

Derek Norris C

George Kottaras C

–INFIELDERS–

Brandon Moss 1B

Chris Carter 1B

Jemile Weeks 2B

Hiroyuki Nakajima SS

Josh Donaldson 3B

Adam Rosales IF 

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

–OUTFIELDERS–

Yoenis Cespedes OF

Josh Reddick OF

Coco Crisp OF

Seth Smith OF

Chris Young OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brett Anderson LHP

Jarrod Parker RHP

Tom Milone LHP

A.J. Griffin RHP

Dan Straily RHP

Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Grant Balfour RHP

Ryan Cook RHP

Pat Neshek RHP

Chris Resop RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Sean Doolittle LHP

Jerry Blevins LHP

Travis Blackley LHP

–SUSPENDED FOR 5 GAMES–

Bartolo Colon

 

2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

Michael Choice

Michael Choice

–HITTERS–

Luke Montz C

Steven Hill C

Daric Barton IF

Scott Sizemore IF

Andy Parrino IF

Eric Sogard IF

Stephen Parker IF

Scott Moore IF-OF

Grant Green IF-OF

Shane Peterson OF

Michael Choice OF

Michael Taylor OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brad Peacock RHP

Sonny Gray RHP

Andrew Werner LHP

(+2 of the following 4 in the rotation with 1 in the bullpen & 1 traded or released)

Garrett Olson LHP

Jesse Chavez RHP

Bruce Billings RHP

Travis Banwart RHP

James Simmons

James Simmons

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Evan Scribner RHP

Arnold Leon RHP

James Simmons RHP

Mike Ekstrom RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Jordan Norberto LHP

Pedro Figueroa LHP

Justin Thomas LHP

 

2013 OAKLAND A’S

Derek Norris: Catcher of the future or lumberjack in training?

Derek Norris: Catcher of the future or lumberjack in training?

As far as the 2013 A’s go, catcher and first base are two positions that are pretty clearly set. Right-handed hitter Derek Norris and left-handed hitter George Kottaras will make up the A’s catching tandem. This likely won’t be a strict platoon though, as the A’s view Norris as their catcher of the future. I’d expect Norris to get between 350-400 at-bats, with Kottaras getting somewhere between 200-250 at-bats – of course, performance on the field could have a big effect on playing time behind the plate. The first base platoon of Brandon Moss and Chris Carter will remain in place in 2013. This should be a pretty strict left/right platoon, unless Moss regresses and Carter starts coming on strong, in which case the big right-hander could end up stealing some at-bats from Moss.

Second base may represent the biggest question mark on the A’s roster. Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore both stand a decent chance of claiming the starting job, while prospect Grant Green appears to be a long shot. It’s my feeling that, as long as he can show in the spring that he’s ready to put it together, the edge will go to former #1 draft pick Weeks. But if Weeks looks like he hasn’t learned anything, then Sizemore should be ready to step in – though we do have to remember that he is coming back from an injury that sidelined him for a solid year and will be competing at a position that he hasn’t played much over the past two years. Whichever one of these guys doesn’t claim the major league job will probably end up at Sacramento with Green. At this point, my guess is that Weeks opens the season with the A’s, while Sizemore ends up at Sacramento waiting for a chance to come back and take over in the event that Weeks or Donaldson struggles – but that could very easily change based on what happens in the spring.

Your 2013 starting shortstop will be Hiro Nakajima, with Adam Rosales likely serving as his backup – as well as the backup at second at third. If Nakajima proves to be more of a “zero” than a “Hiro,” then Rosales will step in and start getting more at-bats at short. Josh Donaldson will be the starting third baseman unless and until he proves that his second-half surge last season was just a fluke. If that happens, then Sizemore is the most likely candidate to step in at third.

Josh Reddick: The undisputed champion of the "Bernie Lean" dance competition

Josh Reddick: The undisputed champion of the ‘Bernie Lean’ dance competition

In the outfield, the A’s have five players (Cespedes, Reddick, Crisp, Smith and Young) to fill the three outfield spots as well as the designated hitter spot in the lineup. Those four positions should offer up about 2400 at-bats, which would mean there’s close to 500 at-bats to go around for each of them – that’s if they’re all healthy. Of course, they won’t all be healthy. I’d guess that at just about any point in the season, one of them will be dinged up enough to, if not warrant a stint on the DL, at least warrant a little time out of the lineup. So I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about who plays where and when. I suspect it’ll work itself out one way or another and we’ll end up seeing plenty of all of them in the starting lineup.

As for the starting rotation, it’s important to remember that Bartolo Colon will be suspended for the first five games of the season and the A’s will play the first seven games of the season without a day off. That means that, barring injury, Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Tom Milone, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily will open the season as the A’s starting five. Of course, there’s a reasonable chance that one of those pitchers could have some nagging injury to start the season. In that case, Colon could be ready to step into the rotation after the first week. If, miracle of miracles, all five starting pitchers are fully healthy and functioning to start the season, then Colon could always kill time in the bullpen until one of them is sidelined with a balky elbow, shoulder, rib cage or back.

The A’s bullpen will be a crowded place though. Aside from Colon, there will be nine or ten legitimate contenders for the seven bullpen spots. On the right-handed side of things, Grant Balfour will be the closer and Ryan Cook will be the primary right-handed set-up man, while Pat Neshek will surely have a spot after signing a guaranteed contract, and Chris Resop is bound to get a spot after the A’s made a concerted effort to acquire him from the Pirates. That would push Evan Scribner to Sacramento.

On the left-handed side of things, Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins appear to be assured spots after their consistent performances throughout 2012, and Travis Blackley seems to be locked in as the long-man in the ‘pen. That would push Jordan Norberto and Pedro Figueroa to Sacramento. Of course, the odds that one of those seven relievers starts the season with some kind of injury is fairly high, which would open the door to one of those spots.

 

Daric Barton: Don't worry, A's fans - only in case of emergency!

Daric Barton: Don’t worry, A’s fans – only in case of emergency!

2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

If we make the preceding assumptions about the major league roster, and take into account the fact that the Triple-A roster rarely includes more than 12 hitters and rarely has any fewer than 13 pitchers, then the River Cats roster starts to fall pretty clearly into place.

The A’s acquired two experienced minor league catchers – 29-year-old Luke Montz and 27-year-old Steven Hill – who should share the catching duties at Sacramento this year. Meanwhile, veteran Daric Barton will be standing in at first base, waiting for his chance should anything happen with Moss or Carter.

If Jemile Weeks doesn’t make the roster in Oakland, then he’ll surely be the starting second baseman at Sacramento. But if Scott Sizemore is the one to get sent down, as I suspect, then I’d expect him to get the majority of the starts at second base in Sacramento, preparing himself in case Weeks again struggles. Andy Parrino, who was acquired from San Diego in the Tyson Ross trade, is bound to be Sacramento’s primary starting shortstop this year. I’d expect to see the versatile Eric Sogard getting most of his starts at third base this year, while also picking up a few other starts around the infield. When Sogard’s not starting at third, then fading prospect Stephen Parker is likely to get some starts at the hot corner as well.

Grant Green: Still looking for a home

Grant Green: Still looking for a home

Scott Moore, who has been the A’s most promising minor league free agent signing this off-season, can play third base, as well as first base, second base and the outfield, but will probably end up seeing a lot of at-bats as the designated hitter for the River Cats. Sacramento’s starting outfield should be made up of on-base machine Shane Peterson in left, top prospect Michael Choice in center and former top prospect Michael Taylor in right. That just leaves our old friend Grant Green, whom the organization could make the River Cats’ regular second baseman, but I’m guessing that, when it’s all said and done, they’ll end up utilizing his versatility and giving him starts all over the field – preparing him for his most likely future role with the A’s as a versatile utility man.

There are three pitchers who, as long as they’re healthy, are sure to make Sacramento’s starting rotation – top prospects Brad Peacock and Sonny Gray, along with left-hander Andrew Werner, who was acquired from San Diego in the Tyson Ross deal. The rest of the River Cats’ rotation will be filled out by two of the following four hurlers – right-handers Jesse Chavez, Bruce Billings and Travis Banwart, as well as major league veteran and minor league free agent signee Garrett Olson. Of the two who don’t make the rotation, one will likely end up as the long-man in the River Cats’ bullpen with the other either DL’d, traded or released.

Sacramento’s 2013 bullpen ought to boast an impressive array of arms who could be ready to step in and help at the major league level at a moment’s notice. If all the major league bullpen arms are healthy, then the River Cats’ ‘pen should include names like Evan Scribner, Arnold Leon, James Simmons and minor league free agent signee Mike Ekstrom from the right side and Jordan Norberto, Pedro Figueroa and minor league free agent signee Justin Thomas from the left side.

On the whole, it looks like a River Cats roster that ought to be more than ready to defend its division title and, hopefully, so should the 2013 A’s!

 

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Mr. Melvin Meets The Bloggers

Bob Melvin: Hit me with your best shot!

With Oakland right in the thick of a heated pennant race, A’s manager Bob Melvin took some time out just prior to a mid-September night game versus the dreaded Orioles to attend a bloggers-only press conference at the Coliseum. Melvin was his usual friendly and cordial self as he addressed an array of topics over the course of about 10 minutes and, upon his exit, even made a point of complimenting his interrogators on their rapid-fire questions. The first subjects, raised by A’s Farm, concerned a couple of players who’ve spent some time with both the A’s and the River Cats this year, and Melvin went on to offer his take on a variety of different subjects from there…

 

On third baseman Josh Donaldson’s improvement in his second stint with the A’s this year…

“Well, I think as far as Donaldson goes, it was just a matter of getting here and having some success. The ability’s always been there. If you look at the minor league numbers, he’s been able to hit and hit for power. He’s a great athlete – he can play multiple positions. I think it was just important – similar to a Chris Carter situation – that he came here and had some success. And he did early on, and he’s just been riding on that and more or less believes in himself as a big leaguer now.”

 

On second baseman Jemile Weeks’ struggles this season…

Jemile Weeks: Let’s see, am I supposed to be in Oakland or Sacramento today?

“As far as Jemile, you talk about sophomore slumps and so forth, and he’s a tough kid who can be hard on himself, and I think he got into a little bit of a slump where he couldn’t quite get out of it. You look up there – and you have some pride – and you look at your average after hitting .300 for basically a full season, then not being able to repeat that, you try a little too hard sometimes as opposed to just letting your ability take over. And I think it was just a little bit of a change of scenery – he went down there (to Sacramento) and instantly hit. And I don’t think this is going to effect where his career is going forward.”

 

On the adjustments Jemile Weeks needs to make…

“I think mainly just keeping the ball out of the air a little bit. I think, this year, he hit a couple of home runs early on. He will tell you that had nothing to do with swinging a little bigger. I think he just felt more comfortable with his swing that he could drive some balls. And last year, he just wasn’t trying to do too much. He was just putting it in play, and putting it in play on the ground. So it’s just a matter of finding a happy medium for him, and he will do that.”

 

On the special challenges of working with a younger team…

“Well, I think basically, with where we are in the season, we try to keep the distractions to a minimum and just – I know it’s very cliché – keep all our efforts focused on a particular day. We are playing some match-ups in the second half – whether it’s a Moss/Carter type of thing. And I think keeping them aware of when they’re playing is important so they know and can do their homework on potential pitchers they’re going to face – whether it’s Kottaras and Norris, and we’ve run a little bit of a platoon with Pennington and Rosales at second. So I think they benefit by knowing what days they’re playing. And then I think with younger players, you try to be consistent in giving them good feedback, because the one thing about being a younger player coming to the big league level that you always have to get over is that awe factor and ‘do I belong here in the big leagues?’ And we’ve, as an organization, put a lot of stock in our younger players and getting them to the big leagues. We put them in prominent roles, and I think we’ve done that across the board this year, whether it’s the pitching end of it, whether it’s the position player end of it, and we’ve been rewarded with good performances.”

 

On traditional bullpen roles…

“It’s always a Catch-22, because you want to get the hot hand out there, you want to get the guys that are the best match-ups. Yet relievers are a little different breed. When that phone rings, the guy wants to have a pretty good idea when he’s coming in the game. If we have to change the role for a period of time, I think we’re more apt to do that than just consistently trying to match up. It’s a little different with call-ups when you have more options. But I think if you look at our late guys, our plus-game guys, they know when they’re coming in the game, and that I think is a comfort to them…confidence-wise for them, it helps them to prepare and feel good about what they’re doing, even though just looking at it statistically, it can be more of a match-up thing. So I think it’s a double-edged sword as far as that goes. I do like defining roles, but I’m not afraid to change them if we need to change them.”

 

On team chemistry and when it started to click…

“I don’t know if there was a particular time. I felt good about the players we had in spring training. And when you look at a big league roster, a 25-man roster, I think ours was more like 32 – we were bringing guys back and forth depending on how they were playing at a certain time. And I think, once we kind of defined what roles certain guys had…I think the timing might have been middle to late June…I think we’ve been pretty consistent, especially offensively. And once we started to play better offensively, hit some home runs and so forth, the team started to find an identity within itself. We always felt like we were a scrappy-type team, a team that played well and focused later on in games and played hard and that type of thing. But I think once we started to hit the ball out of the ballpark, we kind of gained a lot more confidence because of that. And we have the guys here to do that now.”

 

Josh Reddick: Who needs an MVP when I’ve got one of these!

On the team’s MVP this year…

“It’s a tough one. You know, the guys that we count on the most are Coco, Reddick and Cespedes. And I think at different parts of the season, they would each be considered the MVP at the time. I couldn’t put my finger on just one. But from an offensive standpoint, those three probably stand out the most.”

 

On the team’s perspective down the stretch…

“We’re trying not to look at the finish line. We’re trying to take it more day-to-day, and let’s count ‘em up at the end. We know the schedule – we know we’re playing a lot of games on the road. We’ve been fortunate enough to win some games on the road. But if you start thinking about this match-up, that match-up, who’s pitching in this series, those are just distractions you don’t need, especially for a younger group. So we’re trying to remain in the moment and put all our focus on today’s game.  I know it’s very cliché, but I think it really has worked for us to this point this year, and that’s the way we’ll remain doing it.”

 

On how his past managerial experiences have prepared him for the challenges of this job…

“Well, first of all, I don’t think you ever get comfortable and say ‘Okay, I’ve had all the experiences, and this is the way I’m going to do things.’ I try to learn from our players. And it’s more about me acclimating to the players than the players acclimating to me. I have to work the personnel that we have in the fashion that we’re best-suited to do it. If we’ve got a bunch of guys that run, you’re not going to sit around and play for a three-run homer. If we have a bunch of guys that hit home runs, you’re not going to run into outs. And this team has kind of morphed into that type of team. We were running quite a bit early on, but we’re not running quite as much now because we don’t want to run into outs because we’re hitting some balls out of the ballpark. I think keeping guys accountable more so now, and communicating. There are certain times you don’t want to communicate, whether it’s your mood or whatever, but you have to stay consistent in what you’re doing as a manager. I like to be a positive guy, especially with the whole group. I will take guys individually if there’s something I want to do on the negative side. But I think it’s staying consistent, whether you’re winning or losing, and staying consistent in my approach to the players – that’s probably the thing that stands out the most for me.”

 

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After Bob Melvin’s press conference, long-time A’s broadcaster Ray Fosse took some time to chat on the field during batting practice and offered up some interesting takes on the A’s current manager…

 

Ray Fosse: I love Bob Melvin this much!

Fosse on Bob Melvin…

“Bob Melvin’s the greatest manager. He deserves so much credit. Nothing against the other guys, but Collin Cowgill, I just interviewed him, and he knows him from being with the Diamondbacks, and he said, ‘I’d run through that wall for the man.’ And when your players are willing to sacrifice their bodies to do whatever…Brandon Inge, when he dove for the ball and separated his shoulder, he comes in the next inning and hits a double down the line, and then he goes on the disabled list. He comes back, he does the same thing here, hits a double, drives in two runs, and then has surgery. But when he was out here, he said, ‘I’d take a bullet for the man right now. If there’s a fight, I’m defending him.’ And that’s the respect these guys have for that man.”

 

Fosse on respect…

“For the first time in the years that we’ve had the (World Series championship) reunions, when the players came in on the cars and they had the red carpet out to the mound, did you notice that every current player was lined up? Never has that been done before. Bob Melvin said, ‘We need to respect the guys who won the championships. I want my team out there shaking their hands as these guys walk by.’ Gene Tenace came on the air and he said, ‘I won’t get a chance to see Bob Melvin, but please tell him that’s the classiest act I’ve ever seen to show respect for a team of the past.’ And it was – I still get goose bumps thinking about what they did.”

 

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Thursday, August 2nd: Cats & Ports Win while Hounds & Bees Fall and Russell & Robertson Come Up Big

 

A’s Farmhands Of The Day

Vermont Lake Monsters shortstop Addison Russell (3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 1 RBI / 2 Runs)

Arizona League A’s shortstop Daniel Robertson (3 for 5 / Triple / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Memphis Redbirds           3

Sacramento River Cats  4

(WP – Simmons 1-0 / 0.00)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Collin Cowgill

(Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, outfielder Collin Cowgill doubled to clear the bases and drive in the tying run for Sacramento, and he then scored the go-ahead run on designated hitter Kila Ka’aihue’s single. Starter Tyson Ross allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 6 innings of work, while 2007 1st-round draft pick James Simmons, in his first appearance since his promotion from Midland, struck out 3 in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  0

Frisco RoughRiders      2

(LP – Gray 5-8 / 4.21)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 2 K / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sonny Gray had his 6th straight solid start, allowing 2 runs on just 4 hits while striking out 4 over 6 innings of work. But Midland could only manage 3 hits, 2 off the bat of outfielder Eliezer Mesa, while designated hitter Matt Rizzotti doubled for the RockHounds’ only extra base hit of the night.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Lancaster JetHawks  3

Stockton Ports         6

(WP – Long 4-1 / 3.48)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Dusty Robinson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Dusty Robinson hit a 2-run homer, his 13th, catcher Max Stassi hit a solo shot, his 14th, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth doubled and drove in 2 runs for the Ports on Thursday. Starter Nate Long allowed 3 runs and struck out 7 over 5 innings to earn his 4th win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                1

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  3

(LP – Cole 5-3 / 2.29)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Rashun Dixon

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter A.J. Cole allowed 3 runs and struck out 5 in 5 innings of work on Thursday. But Burlington could only manage to put one run on the board thanks to outfielder Rashun Dixon’s 9th home run for the Bees.

 

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

Mahoning Valley Scrappers  5

Vermont Lake Monsters     7

(WP – Eppley 3-0 / 1.35)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Addison Russell

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 1 RBI / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his first game since his promotion to Vermont, this year’s 1st-round draft pick Addison Russell made an impressive debut, collecting 3 hits while blasting a home run and a double. Starter Brent Powers allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, while striking out 8 over 3 innings of work, while right-hander Nate Eppley picked up the win with 3 scoreless innings in relief.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Brewers     2

AZL Athletics  11

(WP – Torres 3-0 / 3.79)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Daniel Robertson

(3 for 5 / Triple / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: The A’s 2nd overall draft pick this year, shortstop Daniel Robertson, had a big game, collecting 3 hits, including 2 doubles and a triple, while driving in 3 runs and scoring 3 times. Starter Jose Torres had another solid outing, tossing 5 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win.

 

Friday’s Games:

Memphis @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 7:05pm CT

Mahoning Valley @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

 

 

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Friday, July 27th: LeVier’s 2 HRs Lead Ports to Victory while Ross & Granier Pitch Cats & Bees to Wins

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports outfielder Mitch LeVier         (2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Sacramento River Cats  7

Salt Lake Bees                2

(WP – Ross 4-2 / 2.72)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tyson Ross

(9 IP / 2 ER / 8 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Tyson Ross picked up the complete-game victory on Friday, allowing 2 runs on just 4 hits while walking none and striking out 8 over 9 innings to earn his 4th win. Outfielder Collin Cowgill had 2 doubles while driving in a run and scoring a run in the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  5

Corpus Christi Hooks   6

(LP – Hunter 2-1 / 4.95)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Shawn Haviland

(6 IP / 0 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Shawn Haviland had a no-hitter going when he was removed after 6 innings on the mound, but the RockHounds’ bullpen eventually coughed up the lead. Tyler Ladendorf, who’s been playing center field since the loss of top prospect Michael Choice for the season, blasted 2 home runs and drove in 3 runs, while shortstop Dusty Coleman clubbed his 3rd home run in the last 4 games.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Stockton Ports    9

Bakersfield Blaze  7

(WP – Huttenlocker 1-1 / 7.64)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Mitch LeVier

(2 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Mitch LeVier launched 2 home runs and drove in 4 runs, while first baseman Tony Thompson and shortstop Michael Gilmartin both contributed home runs as well. Starter Nate Long allowed 4 runs, 2 earned, over 4 innings of work, while left-hander A.J. Huttenlocker picked up the win in relief.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Beloit Snappers   2

Burlington Bees  7

(WP – Granier 11-6 / 3.01)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing, allowing just 1 unearned run over 5 innings to earn his 11th win, while outfielder Aaron Shipman and second baseman Michael Fabiaschi both drove in 2 runs in the win.

 

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

Vermont Lake Monsters  0

Auburn Doubledays          4

(LP – Powers 0-3 / 5.40)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Bruce Maxwell

(3 for 4 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Brent Powers allowed 4 runs over 4 2/3 innings to take his 3rd loss, while catcher Bruce Maxwell collected 3 of Vermont’s 8 hits on the night.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  3

AZL Cubs        1

(WP – Azor 1-0 / 3.75)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Jose Torres

(4 2/3 IP / 1 ER / 2 K)

Worth Noting: Starter Jose Torres allowed just 1 run over 4 2/3 innings, while right-hander Jose Azor picked up the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Third baseman Renato Nunez doubled and drove in a run in the win.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Corpus Christi – 7:05pm CT

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:30pm PT

Cedar Rapids @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

Vermont @ Aberdeen – 7:05pm ET

AZL Royals @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Exclusive: A’s Assistant GM David Forst Gives the Lowdown on Off-Season Acquisitions and A’s Top Prospects – Part 1

David Forst: The future’s so bright he’s gotta wear shades

Now that we’re almost a month and a half into the season, it seems like a good time to reflect on the A’s big off-season moves and try to get a read on how all those new acquisitions have panned out. Of the ten players the A’s acquired in their three big deals with Arizona (for right-hander Trevor Cahill), with Washington (for left-hander Gio Gonzalez), and with Boston (for reliever Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney), five of those players are currently on the major league roster, two are playing at Triple-A, and three are in Class-A. And we decided to get the lowdown on all these players from someone who’s got his finger on the pulse of not only the A’s major league roster but of all the minor teams as well – A’s assistant general manager David Forst.

Forst grew up in southern California, captained the Harvard University baseball team, and played independent ball in the Frontier League before landing an entry level position in the A’s baseball operations department in January of 2000. He’s currently in his ninth season as the A’s assistant general manager and general manager Billy Beane has entrusted him with a broad range of responsibilities that cover just about every aspect of the organization. So he’s the perfect man to give us the inside scoop not only on last off-season’s key acquisitions but also on all the top prospects down on the farm. So without any further ado, let’s go to the tape…

AF: Well, I know the amateur draft is coming up next month. So are you spending a lot of your time prepping for the draft at this point?

DF: I’m actually on the road probably two or three days a week now, but I’m discussing it a lot more than that with (scouting director) Eric Kubota and the guys in the office. The draft is sort of the top of our list right now.

AF: Well you’ve got a lot of high picks this year.

DF: Yeah, we have two comp picks and then an extra second round pick as well.

Jarrod Parker

AF: I wanted to start out getting your take on the players the A’s acquired in all the big off-season deals now that you’ve had a chance to see them up close. So let’s start with the guys you got from Arizona in the Trevor Cahill trade. And obviously the key guy for you in that deal was former first-round draft pick Jarrod Parker, who’s already in the major league rotation for you.

DF: Jarrod’s come a long way just from the beginning of spring training. We knew when we traded for him that the further he got away from that surgery, the more he was going to resemble the prospect that everybody had in the top ten in the game. The second half in Double-A last year, he was getting better – he obviously was good enough for the Diamondbacks to call him up – and we’ve sort of seen that progress continue before our eyes. He had a nice spring training, but he certainly didn’t dominate. In fact, he made one start at the end where he was very disappointing. But he quickly made some adjustments in Triple-A. I think he made four starts down there at Triple-A. His command was better and his stuff was consistently good. We knew we were going to need a fifth starter, and it was the right time to give him an opportunity here. And he’s been outstanding up here. He’s shown no fear here in his first sort of regular stint in the big leagues, and he’s thrown strikes – which are really the two things that you worry about with a young kid coming into this environment, and he’s been outstanding.

AF: And I think he’s got a lower ERA than Trevor Cahill at this point too.

DF: Well, you try not to make that direct comparison. These trades are made for the long haul. But we’re happy with what Jarrod’s given us at the big league level.

Ryan Cook

AF: The other pitcher involved in that deal was reliever Ryan Cook, who’s turned out to be a big part of the A’s bullpen.

DF: Well, I can’t say I expected him to start out with 16 scoreless innings to begin the year, but Ryan’s been phenomenal. We saw a lot of him last year in the minor leagues. We discussed him at the deadline when we made the Brad Ziegler deal, so we had pretty good information on Ryan. In fact, when we made the deal, (Arizona GM) Kevin Towers was very reluctant to part with him. That was sort of the last piece that fell into place for us. We thought we had a good young pitcher on our hands, and he has answered every challenge so far. I think when you look at his stuff and what he’s been able to do in the eighth inning, he’s a guy you can project to be at the back of the bullpen for a long time.

AF: When you look at what he’s done so far, I assume you’ve got to see a potential future closer out there.

DF: Yeah, it’s something we’ve discussed. You never know how guys react until they’re actually there and have to get the last three outs. But just from a pure stuff standpoint, we certainly think Ryan has the potential to do it down the road.

AF: The other guy in that deal was outfielder Collin Cowgill, who is back up with the A’s now. He obviously had great numbers in Triple-A last year. But what do you think of what you’ve seen of him so far?

Collin Cowgill

DF: Collin’s been exactly what we expected. He had a great spring training and made our club out of the gate. Unfortunately, there just weren’t enough at bats for him with the glut of outfielders we had. But he’s come as advertised – he plays the game hard, he’s aggressive, he’s smart in the outfield. I think this guy has a chance, when things sort of shake out, to start in the outfield for us here in the big leagues.

AF: How do you feel about his ability to play center field?

DF: He’s been one of our better guys in center field. Obviously, when Yoenis Cespedes went down, after Coco Crisp having already gone on the disabled list, and we were looking for someone, we called Collin up because we knew he had that skill.

AF: I remember Billy Beane telling me in the spring that you can never have too many guys who are capable of playing center field, and it looks like that’s played out very quickly for you this year.

DF: For sure, not everybody can do it for whatever reason. And we’ve hammered through our depth in that spot pretty quickly.

AF: The next big off-season trade was the one with Washington for Gio Gonzalez. One of those four guys you got in that deal is in the major leagues right now, and that’s Tommy Milone.

Tommy Milone

DF: Well, we knew Tommy was advanced as far as prospects go. And we knew it wouldn’t be long till he was in the big leagues just because when you look at the line he put up last year – you can’t walk 16 guys in a full Triple-A season without really knowing what you’re doing as a pitcher. When we made that deal, he was sort of painted as the fourth guy, and even as the potential throw-in by some outlets. But we knew he had the best chance to impact our major league team right away just because he really had nothing left to prove at Triple-A. And he’s been excellent. It’s no secret he doesn’t have overwhelming stuff or a plus fastball or whatever, but he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. And he’s basically had seven quality starts, a couple of rough ones in the middle, but even in those, he still made some progress and has sort of fit nicely in the middle of our rotation.

AF: I was talking to Anthony Recker in spring training about Milone. And he said that his command was so good that he’s always able to put his pitches where he wants and at least execute the game plan.

DF: For sure, yeah, he’s fun to watch for that reason. You know when he does miss, he meant to miss and it’s for a reason. And I can understand why Recker said that. From a catcher’s standpoint, he’s exactly the kind of guy you want to work with.

AF: And I think he actually has one more win that Gio does at this point.

DF: Well, Gio’s having himself a pretty good year. I’m sure Washington’s very happy with him.

Brad Peacock

AF: Another pitcher who came over in that deal was Brad Peacock. He had a bit of a rough spring and isn’t currently on the major league roster, but he’s been pitching very well at Sacramento so far this year.

DF: Yeah, like you said, much like Jarrod, he didn’t exactly dominate in the spring. But he has gone down to Triple-A and pitched well. He just hasn’t quite gotten that consistency together. He’ll put together two good starts in a row then hit a little bit of a speed bump. But overall, his numbers are good. His ERA’s in the mid-threes and he’s striking out almost one an inning. So for us, watching Brad every time out, you want to see a guy put together four, five, six good starts in a row before you feel pretty good about having him here. And I imagine that time is probably not that far off.

AF: Another guy in that deal who’s currently at Sacramento is catcher Derek Norris. He’s been hitting close to .300 for most of the year. I’m not sure how he’s been looking behind the plate, but his numbers sure have been looking good.

Derek Norris

DF: Derek has sort of turned his offensive numbers on their head a bit. The knock on him was that he couldn’t hit for average, all he did was walk.  I think he got all the way through three or four weeks of the season before getting his third walk of the year, but he was hitting like .360 at the time. And he got raves from the coaching staff from day one on how he handled pitchers and his receiving skills. His throwing numbers have never been in question. He’s always been one of the best guys in the minor leagues as far as throwing out baserunners. He’s in a little bit of a funk right now. I think his average has dropped below .300 for the first time this year. But we couldn’t be happier with his progress on both sides of the ball. He just turned 23 years old and he’s just getting his first taste of Triple-A and he’s hitting close to .300 most of the season and catching every day. We feel very good about Derek.

AF: Do you view him as being major league ready at this stage of the game?

DF: Yeah, I mean you always like a guy to get as much experience in Triple-A as possible, particularly for a catcher, who has to handle a game plan at the highest level and still bring his offense along with him. So if we were in an emergency situation, I think we could feel comfortable with Derek catching everyday up here, which is a good feeling. But it’s also nice to have the luxury of having two guys up here with experience and knowing that you can have him spend time in Triple-A and not lose anything.

A.J. Cole

AF: The final piece of that deal was A.J. Cole, who a lot of folks really considered the top prospect of the bunch and were very excited about. But he’s really been struggling at Stockton so far this year.

DF: Well, yeah, he obviously hasn’t performed how anyone would hope. I know A.J. himself is frustrated. And I’ve spent some time talking with (minor league pitching coordinator) Gil Patterson and (director of player development) Keith Lieppman over the last couple weeks about A.J. to make sure we get a good read on what’s going on. His stuff continues to be outstanding. His fastball tops out at 95 mph almost every time out. Gil saw him pitch just the other day and said his secondary pitches were good. Just for whatever reason right now, he’s getting hit, and it’s pretty consistently every time out. We have actually spent some time talking about the best thing for A.J. – whether that’s heading back to the Midwest League or getting some time off from the rotation, something just to make sure he gets some success under his belt. But the good thing is he’s healthy and his stuff is good. We just need to make some adjustments and get him back on track as far as results are concerned.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2 of A’s Farm’s exclusive interview with A’s assistant general manager David Forst, in which he gives us the lowdown on Josh Reddick, Miles Head, Michael Choice, Sonny Gray and more top A’s prospects.

Friday, May 11th: Bees Win, Cats Lose and Hounds Drop 2 as Ports’ Skid Hits 12

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Burlington Bees catcher Nick Rickles (Grand Slam)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Omaha Storm Chasers  7

Sacramento River Cats  1

(LP – Castro 1-4 / 6.19)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Stephen Parker

(2 for 4 / Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Omaha snapped the River Cats’ 4-game winning streak on Friday, holding Sacramento to just 7 hits. Third baseman Stephen Parker, serving as the designated hitter for the day, had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in the River Cats’ only run. Infielder Luke Hughes and outfielder Jermaine Mitchell each doubled as well. Starter Fabio Castro has another rough outing, allowing 4 runs over 6 innings to run his record to 1-4. The River Cats rotation will be receiving some help with the promotion of starter A.J. Griffin from Midland. Right-hander Jim Miller will be returning to the River Cats bullpen, with Andrew Carignan being recalled by the A’s. And one of Sacramento’s hottest hitters this season, Michael Taylor will be returning to the River Cats lineup, with Collin Cowgill being recalled by the big club.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

GAME #1

Midland RockHounds   2

San Antonio Missions  3

(LP – Haviland 1-3 / 6.29)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Choice

(Home Run / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Michael Choice notched his 2nd home run of the season, but it wasn’t enough for Midland in the 1st game of Friday’s doubleheader. Starter Shawn Haviland allowed 3 runs over 4 innings to take his 3rd loss.

 

GAME #2

Midland RockHounds   5

San Antonio Missions  6

(LP – Ortiz 1-1 / 1.42)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Conner Crumbliss

(3 Walks / 4 Stolen Bases / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Conner Crumbliss ran San Antonio ragged in the 2nd game of Friday’s doubleheader. The speedy outfielder reached base 3 out of 4 times, stole 4 bases, and crossed the plate twice. Outfielder Michael Choice drove in 2 runs, and catcher Ryan Lipkin doubled and drove in a run for the Rock Hounds. Starter Murphy Smith allowed 4 runs over 4 2/3 innings, and left-hander Sean Doolittle struck out all 3 batters he faced in 1 inning of work.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Modesto Nuts   5

Stockton Ports  1

(LP – Treinen 2-4 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones

(2 for 3 / Home Run / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: Stockton’s losing streak hit 12 on Friday, and the team has now lost 17 of its last 18 games. First baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones homered in the 2nd inning for the Ports’ only run, and starter Blake Treinen allowed 3 runs over 6 innings to earn his 4th loss.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Cedar Rapids Kernels  8

Burlington Bees          12

(WP – Powers 3-2 / 4.84)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Nick Rickles

(Grand Slam)

 

 

Worth Noting: Catcher Nick Rickles clubbed a grand slam in the 5th inning to give the Bees the lead, third baseman B.A. Vollmuth and first baseman Doug Landaeta both homered and drove in 3 runs, and outfielder Royce Consigli homered and drove in 2. Starter Jose Macias, allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, over 4 innings of work, but left-hander Brent Powers came on to toss 4 innings in relief to earn his 3rd win.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Iowa @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(Coleman vs. Godfrey)

Midland @ San Antonio – 7:05pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Modesto @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ Peoria – 6:30pm CT

(Alcantara vs. Francescon)

 

 

Tuesday, May 8th: Donaldson Blasts Walk-Off HR for Cats as Ports Lose 9th Straight

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats third baseman Josh Donaldson (3 for 4 / Home Run)

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Omaha Storm Chasers  3

Sacramento RiverCats   4

(WP – Carignan 1-0 / 1.64)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third baseman Josh Donaldson

(3 for 4 / Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Third baseman Josh Donaldson continued his hot hitting, going 3 for 4 and hitting a game-winning walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning for the River Cats. Outfielder Collin Cowgill hit his 2nd homer and his 5th double since joining the Cats, raising his batting average to .300. Starter Travis Banwart allowed 3 runs on 8 hits over 5 innings of work, and right-hander Andrew Carignan tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief for the win.

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds  3

Frisco RoughRiders    9

(LP – Straily 1-3 / 3.57)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Tyler Ladendorf

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Tyler Ladendorf doubled and drove in 2 of the RockHounds’ 3 runs, outfielder Michael Choice went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .258, and starter Daniel Straily had one of his rockiest outings of the year, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Stockton Ports   1

Visalia Rawhide  6

(LP – Walz 2-2 / 2.72)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher T.J. Walz

(6 1/3 IP / 2 ER / 8 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Stockton’s woes continued on Tuesday as the Ports lost their 9th straight. Starter T.J. Walz had a solid outing, allowing just 2 runs and striking out 8 over 6 1/3 innings, but the Ports could manage only 4 hits against Visalia. Second baseman Ryan Pineda doubled and scored Stockton’s only run in the 3rd.

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees         7

Clinton LumberKings  0

(WP – Murphy 3-2 / 1.23)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Sean Murphy had another strong outing, allowing just 5 hits over 8 scoreless innings for his 3rd win. Third baseman B.A. Vollmuth continued his hot hitting of late, collecting 3 hits, including a homer and a double, and driving in 2 runs. Outfielder Royce Consigli homered, and catcher Nick Rickles, serving as the designated hitter for the day, had 2 doubles and drove in a run in the win.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Omaha @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

(Krol vs. Holmberg)

Cedar Rapids @ Burlington – 6:30pm CT

(Clevinger vs. Joseph)

 

 

Sunday, May 6th: Cats, Hounds & Bees Win as Ports Lose 7th Straight

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Graham Godfrey (7 IP / 0 ER / 4 K)

 

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Sacramento River Cats  7

Tucson Padres               1

(WP – Godfrey 3-0 / 0.45)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Graham Godfrey

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

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Graham Godfrey had his 3rd straight dominant outing, tossing 7 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win for the River Cats, while lowering his ERA to a paltry 0.45. Outfielder Collin Cowgill doubled, homered and drove in 3 runs, shortstop Adam Rosales doubled, homered and drove in 2, and outfielder Brandon Moss slugged his team-leading 7th home run for the Cats.

 

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds  3

Frisco RoughRiders    1

(WP – Daley 4-1 / 3.62)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Gary Daley

(5 2/3 IP / 1 ER / 0 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Gary Daley had another solid outing for the RockHounds, allowing just 1 run over 5 2/3 innings to earn his team-leading 4th win, while right-hander Jonathan Ortiz tossed a scoreless 9th inning to earn his 6th save. Second baseman Tyler Ladendorf homered to give Midland the lead in the top of the 1st, and shortstop Dusty Coleman and outfielder Michael Choice drove in the RockHounds’ other 2 runs in the win.

 

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Lancaster JetHawks  6

Stockton Ports          2

(LP – Treinen 2-3 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Tony Thompson

(Home Run / 1 RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: The Ports suffered their 7th straight loss on Sunday, while the team’s offense continued to struggle. The Ports posted only 5 hits, the biggest blow coming from infielder Tony Thompson, who homered in the 3rd inning to tie the game. But starter Blake Treinen allowed 4 runs on 9 hits over 6 innings to take his 3rd loss.

 

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees         2

Clinton LumberKings  0

(WP – Alcantara 2-3 / 5.08)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

(6 IP / 0 ER / 1 K / Win)

 

 

Worth Noting: After getting off to a rough start this season, starter Raul Alcantara had his 2nd straight strong outing for the Bees, giving up only 3 hits over 6 scoreless innings to post his 2nd win. Right-hander Max Perlman tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the save, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth had 2 hits, including a double, in the win.

 

 

Monday’s Games:

Midland @ Frisco – 7:00pm CT

(Griffin vs. Grimm)

Stockton @ Visalia – 3:30pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ Clinton– 6:30pm CT

(Murphy vs. Hobson)

 

 

Monday’s Links: 

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

Sacramento River Cats Complete Season Stats

Midland Rockhounds Complete Season Stats

Stockton Ports Complete Season Stats

Burlington Bees Complete Season Stats

 

 

 

 

Saturday, May 5th: A’s Affiliates Swept on Saturday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds pitcher Murphy Smith (6 2/3 IP / 1 ER / 3 K)

 

 

TRIPLE-A PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

GAME #1

Sacramento River Cats  4

Tucson Padres              10

(LP – Castro 1-3 / 6.23)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Grant Green

(3 for 3 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

 

Worth Noting: Outfielder Grant Green went 3 for 3 and drove in 2 of the River Cats’ 4 runs in the 1st game Saturday. Starter Fabio Castro had a rough outing, allowing 9 runs in just 3 1/3 innings for his 3rd loss.

 

GAME #2

Sacramento River Cats  4

Tucson Padres               6

(LP – De Los Santos 0-1 / 4.76)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Infielder Brandon Hicks

(2 for 3 / Double / Triple / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Infielder Brandon Hicks tripled, doubled and drove in 3 of the River Cats’ 4 runs in the 2nd game Saturday, outfielder Collin Cowgill singled in Sacramento’s other run, and right-hander Fautino De Los Santos allowed 3 runs on 4 hits over 1 2/3 innings to take the loss.

 

 

DOUBLE-A TEXAS LEAGUE

Midland RockHounds  2

Frisco RoughRiders    3

(LP – Haviland 1-2 / 6.20)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Murphy Smith

(6 2/3 IP / 1 ER / 3 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Right-hander Murphy Smith had another solid outing forMidland, allowing just 1 run over 6 2/3 innings of work. Unfortunately, the RockHounds could only muster 5 hits against the RoughRiders, with outfielder Shane Peterson and third baseman Josh Horton contributing 2 hits apiece.

 

 

ADVANCED-A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Lancaster JetHawks  8

Stockton Ports          7

(LP – Bowman 0-4 / 5.47)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Nino Leyja

(2 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Nino Leyja homered, doubled and drove in 3 runs, and outfielder Rashun Dixon tripled, doubled and drove in 2. Shortstop Michael Gilmartin and catcher Beau Taylor each doubled and drove in a run, and starter Josh Bowman allowed 3 runs over 6 innings to run his record to 0-4.

 

 

CLASS-A MIDWEST LEAGUE

Burlington Bees         0

Clinton LumberKings  4

(LP – Macias 1-4 / 6.59)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Aaron Shipman

(1 for 3 / Double)

 

 

Worth Noting: The Bees managed just 3 hits against the LumberKings on Saturday. Outfielder Aaron Shipman collected Burlington’s only extra base hit of the day with a double, while starter Jose Macias allowed 4 runs over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.

 

 

Sunday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Tucson- 2:05pm PT

(Godfrey vs. TBD)

Midland @ Frisco – 4:00pm CT

(Daley vs. Murphy)

Lancaster @ Stockton – 2:05pm PT

(Musick vs. TBD)

Burlington @ Clinton – 2:00pm CT

(Alcantara vs. Shankin)