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Thursday, July 17th: Shane Peterson’s 3 HRs Help River Cats Win Drew Pomeranz’s Second Start for Sacramento while Olson & Nunez HRs in 9th Aren’t Enough for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Shane Peterson (3 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Shane Peterson (3 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  10

Albuquerque Isotopes          9

WP – Scribner 4-1 / 3.19

HR – Peterson 3 (8)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(3 Home Runs / 4 RBIs)

Triple-A All-Star outfielder Shane Peterson had a big night for the River Cats, slugging 3 home runs to help the Cats come out the winners in a 10-inning contest on Thursday. His first home run put Sacramento on the board in the 3rd, his second brought the River Cats within 2 runs in the 5th and his third gave his team a 3-run lead in the 6th. Second baseman Jose Martinez collected 4 hits, including a double, and drove in the winning run in the 10th, while outfielder Nick Buss had a double and a pair of singles and also drove in a run. First baseman Daric Barton singled, tripled, walked and scored the winning run, and third baseman Alden Carrithers and designated hitter Anthony Aliotti had a pair of hits apiece and both drove in a run for the River Cats. Starter Drew Pomeranz had a rough outing, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, including a pair of home runs, over 4 innings of work, while RHP Evan Scribner picked up the win despite giving up the tying run in the 9th, and RHP Jeremy McBryde tossed a scoreless 10th to notch his 9th save.

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Thursday, July 10th: Renato Nunez’s Grand Slam and a Rare Triple Play Help Ports Win while Arnold Leon K’s 13 in Cats Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (Grand Slam)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts       2

Stockton Ports  7

WP – Bowman 2-6 / 5.58

HR – Nunez (21), Healy (11)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Renato Nunez

(Grand Slam)

Designated hitter Renato Nunez had the big blast for Stockton on Thursday night, slugging his second grand slam this week in the bottom of the 1st to overcome a 2-0 deficit and give the Ports a lead that would not be lost for the rest of the evening. The home run was Nunez’s 21st, which puts him only behind teammate Matt Olson, who has 25, in the California League home run race. Third baseman Ryon Healy hit his 11th homer as well as his 21st double. And with two men on and no outs in the top of the 4th, Healy also started a rare triple play for the Ports, getting the first out at third before tossing on to Colin Walsh who got the out at second before relaying it on to Matt Olson for the final out at first. Starter Josh Bowman gave up a home run on the first pitch of the ballgame and allowed a second run in the top of the 1st as well. But after that, he tossed 5 shutout innings and ended up allowing 2 runs and striking out 5 over 6 innings to earn his 2nd win. RHP Andres Avila struck out 4 in 2 perfect innings of relief, while RHP Kris Hall pitched a perfect 9th for the Ports. Meanwhile, catcher Ryan Lipkin was activated off the disabled list for Sacramento and reassigned to Stockton while catcher Bruce Maxwell leaves the team for a couple of days to tend to a family emergency. And it looks likely that RHP Tim Atherton will land on the disabled list with a quadriceps issue, but no official announcement has yet been made.

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Wednesday, July 2nd: Daric Barton Doubles Home Winning Run in 15th to Give Cats 11th Walk-Off Win while Addison Russell Has 3 Hits in Best Game since Return to RockHounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Daric Barton (2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Daric Barton (2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                 2

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Humber 3-4 / 3.74

HR – Parrino (6)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(2 for 7 / Double / RBI)

First baseman Daric Barton’s double in the bottom of the 15th inning drove in the winning run and allowed the River Cats to notch their 11th walk-off win on Wednesday night in Sacramento. Outfielder Shane Peterson singled in the tying run ahead of Barton, while shortstop Andy Parrino’s 6th home run tied the game in the 4th inning before both teams battled through 10 scoreless innings. Starter Matt Buschmann allowed just 1 run over 7 innings of work, while RHPs Fernando Rodriguez, Evan Scribner and Jeremy McBryde combined to throw 5 scoreless innings in relief. RHP Philip Humber tossed 3 innings, giving up a run in top of the 15th, but he picked up his 3rd win when the Cats came back to put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to clinch another walk-off win at Raley Field.

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Monday, June 30th: AZL A’s Mount Comeback Win in 9th while Brandon Belt Homers Off Dan Straily in Cats Loss and Renato Nunez Named Cal League Player of the Week

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Designated Hitter John Nogowski (4 for 5 / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Designated Hitter John Nogowski (4 for 5 / 3 RBIs)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s          9

AZL Rangers  8

WP – Stull 1-0 / 1.50

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter John Nogowski

(4 for 5 / 3 RBIs)

The AZL A’s came back from a 4-run deficit to score 5 runs in the 9th to win in a wild one on Monday. This year’s 34th-round draft pick for the A’s, designated hitter John Nogowski, had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs, including one of the key runs in the 9th,and scored the winning win, while first baseman Robert Kuhn doubled in a pair of runs with the bases loaded in the 9th, and catcher Seongmin Kim singled in the tying run for the A’s. Outfielder J.P. Sportman reached base in all 5 plate appearances, on a triple, 2 singles and a pair of walks, while outfielder Jonesy Zarraga had 2 hits and stole a base, and shortstop Edwin Diaz singled, walked, scored twice and drove in a run for the A’s. Starter Jesus Zambrano allowed 5 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits over 5 innings, while RHP Cody Kurz surrendered 2 runs in 1 inning of relief. LHP Cody Stull gave up 1 run in 2 innings of work but still picked up the win, while RHP Jesus Rivas tossed a scoreless 9th to earn his 1st save for the A’s.

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Sunday, June 8th: Granier Helps Hounds Win while Cats, Ports & Snappers All Fall and Russell Makes Successful Return to Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew Granier (6 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Drew Granier (6 IP / 6 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  7

Frisco RoughRiders        2

WP – Granier 3-2 / 3.50

HR – Aliotti (4), Crumbliss (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

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

RHP Drew Granier turned in a strong start on Sunday, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings to earn his 3rd win for the RockHounds. The season got off to a rough start for Granier when he allowed 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings on opening night, but he’s now posted an ERA of 2.97 over his last 10 starts. Granier was relieved on Sunday by RHP Tucker Healy, who struck out 5 in 2 scoreless innings of relief and has now struck out 19 while allowing just 1 run in 12 innings since joining Midland. First baseman Anthony Aliotti doubled, homered and drove in 3 runs, while second baseman Conner Crumbliss singled, homered and drove in 2, and third baseman Jefry Marte and outfielder Josh Whitaker had a pair of hits apiece for the Hounds. Meanwhile, infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a groin strain.

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Monday, April 28th: Cats Win in Extras while Hounds and Ports Come Up Short on Monday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Zach Neal (8 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

Sacramento River Cats RHP Zach Neal (8 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tacoma Rainiers               1

Sacramento River Cats  2

WP – McBryde 1-0 / 6.97

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(8 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 8 K)

RHP Zach Neal turned in a strong start for Sacramento on Monday, allowing 1 run on just 5 hits while striking out 8 over 8 innings of work, but he still left the game with his team down by a run headed into the 9th. Outfielder Michael Taylor singled in second baseman Tyler Ladendorf in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game, and then third baseman Alden Carrithers doubled home Ladendorf in the bottom of the 10th to give the Cats the walk-off win on Monday. RHP Jeremy McBryde picked up his 1st win after pitching a scoreless 9th and 10th for Sacramento.

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Thursday, April 24th: Stockton Wins behind Atherton’s Stellar Start while Cats, Hounds & Snappers All Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Tim Atherton (7 1/3 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

 Stockton Ports Pitcher Tim Atherton  (7 1/3 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Lake Elsinore Storm  1

Stockton Ports        5

WP – Atherton 3-0 / 3.18

HR – Olson (4), Healy (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tim Atherton

(7 1/3 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

RHPs Tim Atherton and Seth Streich are starting to shape up as a potent 1-2 punch in Stockton’s starting rotation. And on Thursday, Atherton carried a perfect game into the 8th inning until he finally gave up a double after getting one out in the inning. The 24-year-old Aussie eventually allowed 1 run on just 2 hits while walking none and striking out 9 over 7 1/3 innings to earn his 3rd win. RHP Austin House got the final 5 outs to post his 2nd save. Third baseman Ryon Healy hit a 2-run homer, while first baseman Matt Olson slugged a solo shot, and outfielder Aaron Shipman, designated hitter Bobby Crocker and second baseman Wade Kirkland had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports.

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Tuesday, April 22nd: Streich Stars in Stockton Win while Hounds & Snappers Go Down to Defeat

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Seth Streich (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 3 K / Win)

 Stockton Ports Pitcher Seth Streich      (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 3 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Lake Elsinore Storm  2

Stockton Ports        6

WP – Streich 2-1 / 1.71

HR – Robinson (4), Nunez (4), Olson (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Streich

(5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 3 K / Win)

RHP Seth Streich turned in his second straight scoreless start for Stockton on Tuesday. Streich didn’t have his control early in the game and walked a total of 4, but he gave up just 2 hits over 5 shutout innings to earn his 2nd win for the Ports. RHP Nolan Sanburn tossed 2 scoreless innings, while LHP Omar Duran allowed 2 runs and struck out 3 in 1 inning of relief, and RHP Tucker Healy got the final 3 outs to lower his ERA to 1.00. First baseman Matt Olson tagged a 2-run homer, while designated hitter Renato Nunez and outfielder Dusty Robinson both contributed solo shots for the Ports.

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Friday, April 11th: Freiman’s Slam Leads Cats to Victory in Home Opener while Hounds & Snappers Fall and Ports Win as Ynoa Exits with Apparent Arm Injury

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Nate Freiman (Grand Slam)

Sacramento River Cats First Baseman Nate Freiman (Grand Slam)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  6

Sacramento River Cats  7

WP – Savery 1-0 / 8.10

HR – Freiman (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Nate Freiman

(Grand Slam)

First baseman Nate Freiman had a big night in Sacramento’s home opener on Friday. With the River Cats down by 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and the bases loaded, Freiman slugged a grand slam to lead Sacramento to victory in front of the hometown fans. Designated hitter Jake Goebbert and outfielder Shane Peterson each had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the River Cats. RHP Matt Buschmann was a little shaky in his second start for Sacramento, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits over just 3 1/3 innings, while RHP Jose Flores struck out 5 in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. And despite giving up 2 runs in the top of the 8th, LHP Joe Savery ended up walking away with the win after Freiman’s big blow, while RHP Fernando Nieve picked up the save after tossing a scoreless 9th for the Cats.

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A’s Eager to Deal Prospects to Win Now!

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Billy Beane’s been a busy boy!

A’s general manager Billy Beane has had a busy week – and it ain’t over yet! On Monday, the team signed free agent left-handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year $22 million deal. And later that same day, the A’s acquired right-handed closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore in return for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later.

Then on Tuesday, the team traded two of its top minor league prospects, outfielder Michael Choice and second baseman Chris Bostick, to Texas for outfielder Craig Gentry and right-handed starter Josh Lindblom. The A’s then followed that up just hours later by sending outfielder Seth Smith to San Diego for right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson.

Just the previous week, the team dealt minor league outfielder John Wooten to Washington for left-handed reliever Fernando Abad. And two weeks prior to that, the A’s signed utility infielder Nick Punto as a free agent.

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Craig “Kitten Face” Gentry

The A’s new outfielder, Craig Gentry – who was nicknamed “Kitten Face” in Texas – is a right-handed hitting outfielder who can play all three outfield positions. He brings excellent defense and speed and hits lefties well, so he figures to take Chris Young’s place as a right-handed platoon player and fourth outfielder who could take over full time in center field for the A’s when Coco Crisp becomes a free agent after next season.

In order to acquire Gentry, the A’s gave up their top outfield prospect, who also happened to be the team’s top major-league-ready hitting prospect, former 1st-round draft pick Michael Choice. After hitting .302 at Triple-A Sacramento in 2013, many had hoped that Choice would be given the chance to fill Young’s role on the A’s roster in 2014. But instead, he’ll get the chance to battle for a starting spot in the Rangers’ outfield this season.

Top talent evaluators are divided on Choice’s chances for success as a major league slugger. But the A’s have a history of undervaluing and trading away talented young outfielders who’ve gone on to become successful major league hitters elsewhere. And A’s fans have to hope that Choice doesn’t turn out to be the next Andre Ethier, Nelson Cruz or Carlos Gonzalez in Texas.

With Choice now gone, Shane Peterson and Michael Taylor are now the most major-league-ready outfielders at the upper levels of the A’s minor league system, while 20-year-old B.J. Boyd and 19-year-old Billy McKinney are the team’s top outfield prospects at the lower levels of the system.

The A’s also traded away their top second base prospect, Chris Bostick, in the deal. And it looks increasingly likely that shortstop Daniel Robertson might have to try to make the move to second base to provide a future double play partner for top shortstop prospect Addison Russell. With fellow second baseman Jemile Weeks now gone as well, Sacramento’s 2014 infield could be comprised of Daric Barton or Anthony Aliotti at first base, minor league free agent signee Jose Martinez at second base, Andy Parrino at shortstop, Hiro Nakajima at third base and Dusty Coleman as the utility infielder filling in at second, short and third.

Meanwhile, RHP Josh Lindblom is likely to start the season in Sacramento’s starting rotation, along with River Cats returnees Arnold Leon and Andrew Werner as well as recent minor league free agent signees Phil Humber and Matt Buschmann.

Scott Kazmir - the $22 million dollar man

Scott Kazmir – the $22 million dollar man

At the major league level, new acquisitions Scott Kazmir and Jim Johnson are clearly intended to take the place of free agents Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour on the A’s pitching staff. With Kazmir guaranteed $11 million this season, Johnson expected to net $10-11 million in arbitration and seven starting pitchers currently on the staff, the A’s second-highest-paid starter, Brett Anderson at $8 million, is expected to be the A’s most appetizing bit of a trade bait to be dangled at next week’s Winter Meetings. And rumors already have the Blue Jays, Twins, Royals, Yankees, Indians and Mariners licking their lips over the left-hander.

Assuming the A’s are able to complete a deal for Anderson, the team’s 2014 rotation would then be comprised of five of the following six starters: Scott Kazmir, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily and Sonny Gray. Given the general health of starting pitchers, it wouldn’t be surprising if one out of any group of six starters wasn’t 100% healthy to start the season, so I wouldn’t bother spending too much time worrying about which five of the six will end up making the opening day cut – it’ll surely sort itself out by the end of spring.

As far as the A’s bullpen goes, new closer Jim Johnson, who has saved at least 50 games in each of the last two seasons, and new RHP Luke Gregerson, who has been one of the best setup men in the National League over the past couple of years, are set to join LHPs Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins and RHPs Ryan Cook and Jesse Chavez, who is out options and whom the A’s value as a long man and spot starter.

Since the team typically likes to carry seven relievers, there’s room for one more arm in the A’s pen, and RHP Dan Otero is clearly the most deserving candidate for the final spot. But since Fernando Abad, Evan Scribner, Pedro Figueroa and Fernando Rodriguez are all out of options, it’s possible that Otero could start the season being stashed at Sacramento, waiting for someone to hit the DL while one of the others is given a shot.

Over the past week and a half, the A’s farm system has suffered the loss of outfielder Michael Choice, second baseman Jemile Weeks, second baseman Chris Bostick and outfielder John Wooten. And in the last six months, the team lost its 2007 #1 draft pick James Simmons as a minor league free agent and traded away 2008’s #1 pick Jemile Weeks, 2009’s #1 pick Grant Green and 2010’s #1 pick Michael Choice. 2011’s #1 pick Sonny Gray has already made it to the majors, while 2012’s #1 pick Addison Russell should be starting the season at Double-A Midland and 2013’s #1 pick Billy McKinney is expected to start the year at Class-A Beloit.

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Brett Anderson – next up on the trading block?

As previously mentioned, LHP Brett Anderson is the most likely member of the A’s roster to be the next one to find himself on Billy Beane’s trading block, with infielder Alberto Callaspo not far behind. With six other starters on the staff, a long injury history and an $8 million salary attached to his name, Anderson is clearly expendable. And with a salary close to $5 million and no definite spot in the A’s lineup, Callaspo seems to just be taking up roster and salary space at this point.

Outfielders Seth Smith, Chris Young and Michael Choice have all recently departed, with Craig Gentry being the only outfielder the A’s have acquired to take their place. So it certainly seems like there could be room for one more big OF/DH bat to be added to the A’s lineup to help boost the team’s offensive output, possibly as the result of an Anderson deal.

It’s also been reported that the A’s have been inquiring about middle infielders and catchers in trade talks for Anderson. So the team could be looking for a second baseman to take the place of Eric Sogard, or a shortstop who would then enable Jed Lowrie to make the move to second, or possibly a catcher who would allow John Jaso to take over for Seth Smith in the designated hitter role.

The A’s major league roster currently shapes up with Jaso and Norris as the catching platoon, Donaldson, Lowrie, Sogard, Punto, Moss and Freiman serving around the infield, and Cespedes, Crisp, Reddick and Gentry making up the outfield. Since the team typically likes to carry thirteen position players, that leaves one last roster spot open. At this point, it would most likely be filled by Callaspo. But if he ends up being traded, then it would be Barton, unless, of course, the A’s acquire another big bat who would end up pushing Barton back to Sacramento.

With all the current question marks, one thing seems certain – Beane and company aren’t done dealing just yet, and the A’s roster is far from set. There are surely more changes to come. But for the time being, here’s how things are shaping up for the 2014 A’s and River Cats, assuming everyone who’s out of options can clear waivers.

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