Starter Sean Murphy had a solid outing for the RockHounds, allowing 2 runs and striking out 7 over 5 1/3 innings to earn his 8th win, while RHP Brett Hunter got the final 2 outs for his 2nd save. First baseman Max Muncy had a pair of doubles, while third baseman Jefry Marte collected 3 hits and drove in a run, outfielder Conner Crumbliss singled, doubled and scored twice, and second baseman Dusty Coleman doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the RockHounds.
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Outfielder Shane Peterson had a big night at the plate on Saturday, hitting 2 home runs and driving in 5 runs for the River Cats. Starter Bruce Billings had a strong outing for Sacramento, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 5 over 6 innings to earn his 12th win, while RHP Paul Smyth got the final 2 outs to post his 1st save.
Last week we offered a progress report on the A’s top 12 picks from the 2013 amateur draft. And it seemed like it might be interesting to take a similar look at the A’s top 12 picks from the 2012 amateur draft. Of course, that draft class featured some of the A’s most high-profile prospects like Addison Russell, Daniel Robertson and Matt Olson.
The A’s chose to be aggressive with shortstop Russell’s development this season and assigned him to Stockton, making the 19-year-old the youngest player in the High-A California League. Last year’s top pick for the A’s struggled over the first couple months of the season, but then he began to turn things around in June, and he ended up posting an impressive .344/.440/.609 slash line in July.
The A’s 7th overall pick last season, outfielder B.J. Boyd, started the year with Vermont of the Class-A short-season New York-Penn League, so he didn’t get going until June – but ever since he got going, there’s been no stopping him, and the outfielder’s currently sporting a .321/.406/.506 slash line after a month and a half of play.
The fastest-riser of last year’s draft class has been the A’s 8th overall pick, first baseman Max Muncy, who started the season with Russell at Stockton but made it all the way up to Double-A Midland just a little over a year after first being drafted by Oakland. And Muncy currently tops all A’s minor leaguers in home runs with 21 and RBIs with 83.
A couple of the top pitching picks from last year’s draft, right-handers Seth Streich and Dakota Bacus, have proven to be the two most reliable members of the Beloit Snappers starting rotation this season. Unfortunately, fellow right-hander Cody Kurz, last year’s 10th pick, has spent the season rehabbing from knee surgery and has yet to make an appearance on the mound.
You’ll find the A’s top 12 draft picks from the 2012 draft along with their current statistics through August 5 below. The teams they’ve played for so far this season are noted, with the team they’ve appeared in the most games with listed first and their current team in bold. So let’s take a look at the top picks of the A’s 2012 farm crop…
With 2 outs, 2 men on and Sacramento down by 1 run in the bottom of the 9th inning, outfielder Michael Taylor doubled in both runs to give the River Cats the walk-off win on Monday night. Third baseman Daric Barton singled, doubled and also drove in a pair of runs in the game. Starter Travis Banwart had a shaky outing for Sacramento, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, over 6 innings of work, while RHP Fernando Nieve tossed a scoreless 9th to pick up a win in his first appearance for the River Cats.
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.
Third baseman Andy Parrino’s fielding error opened the door to 4 unearned runs in the 4th inning, and starter Dan Straily ended up allowing 6 runs, just 2 earned, on 9 hits while striking out 6 over 6 innings to take his 1st loss for Sacramento. Outfielder Shane Peterson hit his 6th home run in the 2nd inning to account for the River Cats’ only run of the game.
Starter Travis Banwart turned in an impressive outing on Saturday, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits and striking out 7 to earn his 4th win. Designated hitter Stephen Vogt clubbed his 9th home run, while third baseman Scott Moore collected 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and drove in a pair of runs, and first baseman Daric Barton and outfielder Michael Choice both doubled and drove in a run for the River Cats.
Outfielder Jeremy Barfield belted a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning and drove in another run in the 8th to account for 3 of the River Cats’ 5 runs on Monday. Starter Travis Banwart allowed 2 runs on 7 hits over 4 2/3 innings, while RHP Darren Byrd tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to pick up his 1st win for the Cats, and RHP Dan Otero got the final 3 outs for his 14th save.
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.
With the game tied and 2 outs in the top of the 12th inning, the River Cats launched 3 consecutive home runs. Right fielder Michael Choice clubbed his 9th, third baseman Scott Moore smacked his 6th, after homering in the 8th to tie the game, and left fielder Jeremy Barfield belted his 3rd home run for the River Cats. Starter Travis Banwart allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work, while RHP Dan Otero tossed 2 perfect innings of relief to pick up his 1st win.