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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.

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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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Monday, July 22nd: Rickles’ Slam Puts Snappers over the Top while Cats & Hounds Win and Ports Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Designated Hitter Nick Rickles (Grand Slam)

Beloit Snappers Designated Hitter            Nick Rickles (Grand Slam / GWRBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox   2

Sacramento River Cats  10

WP – Hall 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Taylor (14), Parrino (4), Weeks (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(Grand Slam)

 

Outfielder Michael Taylor continued his recent power surge on Monday, slugging a grand slam in the 2nd inning for Sacramento, and he’s now hit 3 home runs in his last 4 games. Center fielder Jemile Weeks had 2 doubles and a home run and drove in a pair of runs for the River Cats. Starter Darren Byrd struck out 4 over 3 scoreless innings of work, while LHP Shaeffer Hall, who was just promoted from Stockton, contributed 3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win in his River Cats debut.

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Saturday, June 22nd: Taylor Leads Cats to Victory while Snappers Win and Hounds & Ports Both Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Michael Taylor (Home Run / Double / 5 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats OF Michael Taylor (HR / Double / 5 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox  5

Sacramento River Cats   9

WP – Werner 7-9 / 5.83

HR – Taylor (8), Nakajima (4)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(Home Run / Double / 5 RBIs)

 

Starter Andrew Werner allowed 4 runs on 9 hits over 7 innings to pick up his 7th win on Saturday. Outfielder Michael Taylor homered in the 4th inning to give the River Cats the lead, and he also doubled and drove in 5 runs on the night, while designated hitter Scott Moore continued to wield a hot bat, collecting 3 hits, including a double, for the Cats.

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Thursday, June 20th: Streich Pitches Snappers to Victory while Hounds Win, Cats & Ports Fall and Top Draft Picks McKinney & Pinder Impress

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Seth Streich (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

Beloit Snappers Pitcher Seth Streich      (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  4

Salt Lake Bees                  8

LP – Banwart 4-3 / 4.50

HR – Barton (4), Nakajima (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

RHP Travis Banwart had a rocky outing for the River Cats, allowing 5 runs over 6 innings to take his 3rd loss on Thursday. With Sacramento down by 5 runs in the top of the 7th inning, first baseman Daric Barton belted a 3-run homer to bring the River Cats within 2, and third baseman Hiro Nakajima followed with a solo shot to bring them within a run, but that was as close as the Cats would get. RHP Paul Smyth and LHP Pedro Figueroa combined to give up 3 runs in 2 innings of relief.

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Thursday, May 30th: Crumbliss Drives In Winning Run for Hounds in Extras, but Bullpen Blows It for Ports and Parrino’s & Bostick’s Grand Slams Not Enough for Cats & Snappers

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Conner Crumbliss (2 for 6 / Game-Winning RBI)

Midland RockHounds Outfielder Conner Crumbliss (2 for 6 / Game-Winning RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  9

Sacramento River Cats  5

LP – Banwart 2-2 / 5.45

HR – Parrino (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Shortstop Andy Parrino

(Grand Slam)

 

Shortstop Andy Parrino slugged a grand slam, his second home run in the last two days, in the bottom of the 4th inning on Thursday to provide the River Cats with a one-run lead. But starter Travis Banwart surrendered 6 runs, 4 earned, in 5 2/3 innings of work and took his 2nd loss. A’s outfielder Josh Reddick, serving as the designated hitter for the night, went 0 for 4 in his third rehab appearance with the River Cats.

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Monday, May 27th: Hounds Win Behind Crumbliss HR while Cats, Ports & Snappers All Fall on Monday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Outfielder Conner Crumbliss (Home Run / Game-Winning RBI)

Midland RockHounds’ Outfielder Conner Crumbliss (Home Run / Game-Winning RBI)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  0

Tucson Padres                  2

LP – Werner 4-7 / 5.82

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

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

 

Well, after scoring 20 runs on Sunday, the River Cats were apparently all tapped out and couldn’t push a single run across the plate against the Padres on Monday. Second baseman Grant Green tripled, third baseman Scott Moore doubled, and outfielders Michael Choice and Jeremy Barfield collected a hit apiece – and that was it for Sacramento. LHP Andrew Werner delivered his 5th straight quality start, allowing just 2 runs on 9 hits and walking none over 7 innings of work, but he still ended up being saddled with his 7th loss. And in other news, after appearing in Stockton on Monday night, A’s outfielder Josh Reddick is scheduled to join the River Cats on Tuesday to continue his minor league rehab assignment in Sacramento.

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Sunday, May 26th: All Four Affilates Win as Murphy, Gray & Peters All Toss Gems on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Sean Murphy (7 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds’ RHP Sean Murphy (7 IP / 2 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  20

Tucson Padres                   5

WP – Gray 5-2 / 2.38

HR – Moore (7), Taylor (6), Nakajima (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sonny Gray

(6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

The River Cats had a season-high 23 hits on Sunday and scored 10 runs in the top of the 1st inning before going on to add 10 more later. Starter Sonny Gray made the most of the generous run support. He cruised through 6 innings of work, allowing just 1 run and striking out 9 to earn his 5th win. RHP Chris Resop surrendered 4 runs on 5 hits in the bottom of the 9th inning in his debut with the River Cats. Hitting stars on the night included outfielder Michael Taylor, who hit a grand slam in the 1st, shortstop Andy Parrino, who had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs, third baseman Hiro Nakajima, who hit a 3-run homer, designated hitter Scott Moore, who had 3 hits including his 3rd home run in the last 2 nights, and second baseman Grant Green, who collected 4 hits to raise his average to .297.

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Thursday, April 11th: Straily & Murphy Pitch Cats & Ports to Victory while Hounds & Snappers Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Dan Straily (5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Dan Straily  (5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Tacoma Rainiers               4

Sacramento River Cats  5

WP – Straily 1-0 / 1.59

HR – Crumbliss (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dan Straily

(5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 9 K / Win)

 

In his first start back at Sacramento, RHP Dan Straily picked up where he left off, striking out 9 and allowing 1 earned run over 5 2/3 innings for the win. Tacoma scored 2 unearned runs off Straily in the 1st inning thanks to a trio of errors by first baseman Daric Barton, second baseman Grant Green and Straily himself. Outfielder Conner Crumbliss hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning to give the River Cats the lead, which they never relinquished. Catcher Stephen Vogt, outfielder Shane Peterson and Jemile Weeks, making his second straight start at shortstop, contributed 2 hits apiece. RHP Dan Otero tossed 2 1/3 perfect innings in relief and RHP Mike Ekstrom got the final 3 outs for the save.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals    7

Midland RockHounds  5

LP – Newby 0-1 / 3.86

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(4 1/3 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K)

 

RHP Zach Neal had his second straight impressive start for the RockHounds, allowing just 1 hit and 1 run while striking out 6 in 4 1/3 innings of work. Designated hitter Jefry Marte had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Catcher Ryan Lipkin, second baseman Darwin Perez, and outfielders Chad Oberacker and Jake Goebbert drove in a run apiece. But RHP Paul Smyth allowed 3 runs in 1/3 of an inning of relief, and RHP Kyler Newby gave up 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss. In other news, the A’s released third baseman Tommy Mendonca, who had yet to get an at-bat with the RockHounds this season.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  10

Bakersfield Blaze  3

WP – Murphy 2-0 / 3.00

HR – Robinson (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(7 IP / 7 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

RHP Sean Murphy had his second straight solid start for Stockton, allowing 3 runs while striking out 5 over 7 innings to earn the win. Outfielder Dusty Robinson hit a 2-run homer in the 1st inning to put the Ports on the board. Second baseman Antonio Lamas reached base 5 times in 5 plate appearances and drove in 2 runs, and hot-hitting first baseman Max Muncy had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Burlington Bees     4

Beloit Snappers  3

LP – Vail 0-1 / 8.10

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dakota Bacus

(6 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

 

Former top prospect Michael Ynoa, returning from injuries and on a strict pitch count, made his second start of the season for Beloit, allowing 1 unearned run on 2 hits while striking out 1 and walking 2 over 2 innings of work on Thursday. RHP Dakota Bacus looked good again, allowing 2 runs and striking out 7 in 6 innings in relief of Ynoa. But RHP Tyler Vail gave up the game-winning run in the top of the 9th inning to take the loss. Center fielder Brett Vertigan collected a pair of hits and drove in a run for the Snappers.

 

Friday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Reno – 6:35pm PT

NW Arkansas @ Midland – 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT

Stockton @ Bakersfield – 7:15pm PT

Burlington @ Beloit – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

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