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Saturday, September 2nd: Decker Leads Sounds to Victory while Brown Homers Again for Ports & AZL A’s Win Finale

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Jaff Decker (1 for 3 / Double / Walk / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Jaff Decker (1 for 3 / Double / Walk / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds             8

New Orleans Baby Cakes  6

WP – Hahn 2-0 / 4.32

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Jaff Decker

(1 for 3 / Double / Walk / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)

With the bases loaded, one out and his team down by a pair of runs in the top of the 9th inning, center fielder Jaff Decker stepped to the plate and lined a double to right field to clear the bases and provide the margin of victory for the Sounds on Saturday. Decker then stole third base and came in to score an insurance run on shortstop Yairo Munoz‘s sacrifice fly. Decker also drew a walk but was left stranded in the 7th. Designated hitter Beau Taylor collected 3 hits, while third baseman Renato Nunez drew 3 walks, and second baseman Joey Wendle singled in a pair of runs for the Sounds. Starter Josh Smith allowed 2 runs over 5 frames, while RHP Chris Jensen gave up 4 runs in 2 innings of relief. RHP Jesse Hahn tossed 1 scoreless inning in his return from the disabled list to earn his 2nd win for the Sounds, and RHP Lou Trivino got the final three outs in the 9th to notch his 4th save for Nashville.

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Sunday, August 27th: Ports Prevail Behind Brown’s Big Bat while Bracewell Leads Sounds to Shutout Win

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports First Baseman Seth Brown (2 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports First Baseman Seth Brown (2 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports   8

San Jose Giants  6

WP – Sawyer 5-4 / 3.43

HR – Brown (26)

Prospect Of The Game:

First Baseman Seth Brown

(2 for 5 / Grand Slam / 5 RBIs)

With the bases loaded, two outs and the Ports down by a pair of runs in the top of the 3rd inning, first baseman Seth Brown stepped to the plate and slugged a grand slam off rehabbing Giants RHP Johnny Cueto to give Stockton a lead it would never surrender on Sunday. Brown also singled in another run for the Ports in the 4th to extend his league-leading RBI total to 99, while his 26 home runs are good for second in the league. Starter Dalton Sawyer allowed 5 runs while striking out 8 over 5 frames to pick up his 5th win for the Ports, while RHP Nolan Blackwood pitched a perfect 9th to notch his 18th save for Stockton.

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A’s Top-Performing Minor League Pitchers of 2017

by Bill Moriarity / A’s Farm Editor

With the end of the minor league season about a week away, it seems like a good time to take a look at some of the young hurlers in the A’s system who’ve been having true standout seasons on the field this year. Many minor league players can dazzle with an amazing week, or even an amazing month, but being able to perform at a high level over the course of an often grueling minor league season, where travel can be torturous and days off are rare, is another thing altogether. So, let’s take a quick look at some of the top-performing pitchers in the A’s system this year. For the purposes of this piece, we’re only examining hurlers who’ve thrown over 100 innings this season. And remember, we’re not ranking top prospects here, just taking a look at some of the top performers on the field. All statistics are through games of August 25…

 

ds662121bDalton Sawyer

Beloit Snappers (A) / Stockton Ports (A+) / Nashville Sounds (AAA)

(120 IP / 99 H / 43 ER / 46 BB / 126 K / 3.23 ERA / 1.21 WHIP)

After being selected by Oakland in the 9th round of the draft last year, the left-hander may be having the best season of any hurler in the A’s system this year. Sawyer started out the season by putting up a 2.25 ERA and striking out 64 in 56 innings for Beloit before compiling a 2.93 ERA while striking out 60 in 55 1/3 frames for Stockton. The 23-year-old surrendered 11 runs in a pair of spot starts for Nashville earlier in the year or his overall numbers would look even more impressive. But thanks to his mid-90s fastball and a solid changeup, the southpaw’s always been able to put up strong strikeout numbers, and his 126 K’s are the fourth-most among A’s minor leaguers. And with his strong showing at Stockton in the second half, Sawyer should be in a position to compete for a spot in Double-A Midland’s starting rotation next season.

 

hf641571Heath Fillmyer

Midland RockHounds (AA)

(136 2/3 IP / 141 H / 53 ER / 51 BB / 104 K / 3.49 ERA / 1.40 WHIP)

A former infielder, the right-hander hadn’t spent a lot of time on the mound when the A’s took him in the 5th round of the 2014 draft, but the team clearly saw something it liked. The 23-year-old has turned out to be a smart pitcher who seems to have learned how to handle hitters and work his way out of jams while primarily pitching to contact. His fastball can range from the low to mid 90s and he shows a decent changeup and curve as well. Fillmyer doesn’t miss a lot of bats or put up gaudy strikeout numbers, but he knows how to get the job done and has shown an ability to stay healthy and take his turn on the mound every fifth day. He was a non-roster invitee to big league camp last spring, so the organization obviously values him. Fillmyer should make it onto the 40-man roster by next spring and ought to be ready to show what he can do at Triple-A next season.

 

xa665098Xavier Altamirano

Beloit Snappers (A)

(109 IP / 94 H / 40 ER / 28 BB / 87 K / 3.30 ERA / 1.12 WHIP)

After being drafted in the 27th-round in 2015 and then splitting last season between Beloit and Vermont, the right-hander may be having one of the most overlooked seasons among A’s minor league hurlers this year. Altamirano started out the season in the Beloit bullpen, making 17 relief appearances before moving into the starting rotation, where he’s made 12 starts for the Snappers. The 23-year-old is very much a control pitcher and has issued just 28 walks over 109 innings this season, which is impressive, especially for a hurler in the low minors. He’s definitely a pitch-to-contact guy who isn’t going to overpower anyone, but he seems to have the ability to induce a lot of weak contact. He allows very few base runners and delivers a solid outing almost every time out. And after turning in a strong season for the Snappers, Altamirano should get a chance to challenge California League hitters for Stockton next season.

 

dh664955Dustin Hurlbutt

Stockton Ports (A+) / Midland RockHounds (AA) / Nashville Sounds (AAA)

(118 1/3 IP / 92 H / 48 ER / 43 BB / 108 K / 3.65 ERA / 1.14 WHIP)

After turning in a solid season for Beloit last year, much like Altamirano, Hurlbutt has quietly put together a strong season in the A’s system this year. The right-hander possesses an effective changeup, and hitters seem to have a hard time figuring him out, so he ends up avoiding a lot of hard contact. Hurlbutt had Tommy John surgery during his college career before being taken by the A’s in the 16th round in the 2015 draft. The 24-year-old spent the first half of this season averaging more than a strikeout per inning at Stockton, made one spot start for Nashville, and then spent most of the second half with Double-A Midland before landing on the disabled list a little over a week ago with a right shoulder strain. But he should be more than ready to return to Midland next year to pick up where he left off this season.

 

ap640462dA.J. Puk

Stockton Ports (A+) / Midland RockHounds (AA)

(112 1/3 IP / 94 H / 53 ER / 46 BB / 166 K / 4.25 ERA / 1.25 WHIP)

The A’s top pick in last year’s draft, the 6-7 southpaw has certainly opened some eyes and flashed some tantalizing glimpses of the potential that the A’s saw when they selected him in the 1st round last year. Puk has had some truly dominant starts, and then has had a few where he’s seemed completely out of whack. But on the whole, the 22-year-old has looked very good in his first full season as a pro. Of course, what really jumps out about Puk are his eye-popping strikeout numbers. The lefty leads all A’s minor leaguers with 166 strikeouts and has been whiffing an average of 13.3 batters per nine innings this year. Puk started out the season averaging 14.5 K/9 for Stockton before moving up to Midland. It’s also good to know that he’s been able to keep his walk rate down to 3.7 BB/9 this season. But even more impressively, he’s only allowed 3 home runs all year, which is quite an accomplishment considering he spent half his season in the homer-happy California League. It’ll be interesting to see if the A’s take things slow and have Puk return to the RockHounds to start next season or if they decide to have him start the year at Triple-A Nashville. Either way, depending on how things play out over the course of the season, it’s entirely possible that Puk could end up seeing time in Oakland before next year is through.

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Tuesday, August 22nd: Sawyer Pitches Ports to Victory while Brown Homers Again & Norge Ruiz Lands on DL

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Dalton Sawyer (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Dalton Sawyer (5 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 4 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts     1

Stockton Ports  5

WP – Sawyer 4-4 / 2.93

HR – Brown (23), Siddall (19), E.White (4)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dalton Sawyer

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

LHP Dalton Sawyer returned from the disabled list to help the Ports prevail for the third time in their last four games and move into a three-way tie for first place in their division on Tuesday. Last year’s 9th-round draft pick for the A’s allowed just 2 hits over 5 scoreless frames to earn the win, and he’s now given up just 2 earned runs over his last 20 innings for Stockton. Right fielder Seth Brown singled, walked and homered for the third straight game, giving him a team-leading 23 round-trippers and extending his league-leading RBI total to 89. Left fielder Brett Siddall and shortstop Eli White both slugged solo shots, while third baseman Mikey White collected 3 hits, including a double, and second baseman Branden Cogswell and designated hitter Richie Martin had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports. And while Dalton Sawyer returned from the disabled list, RHP Norge Ruiz was placed on the DL with a sore elbow on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, August 16th: Holmes Wins 10th for Hounds while Martin & Pimentel Homer to Help Ports Prevail

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Grant Holmes (6 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Grant Holmes (6 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

NW Arkansas Naturals   3

Midland RockHounds   4

WP – Holmes 10-11 / 4.73

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Grant Holmes

(6 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 3 BB / 6 K / Win)

RHP Grant Holmes turned in a strong start to help the RockHounds win their third straight on Wednesday. The 21-year-old allowed 2 runs and struck out 6 over 6 innings of work to become just the second 10-game winner in the Texas League so far this season. And after compiling a 5.45 ERA in the first half, Holmes has now put up a much-improved 3.98 ERA in the second half. RHP Sam Bragg pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief to pick up his 6th save for Midland. Shortstop Jorge Mateo had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while right fielder Tyler Ramirez singled, doubled and walked, and catcher Sean Murphy and third baseman Sheldon Neuse each singled twice and drove in a run for the RockHounds.

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Saturday, August 12th: Sawyer Leads Stockton to Shutout Win while Gossett K’s 10 in Sounds’ Loss

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Dalton Sawyer (5 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Dalton Sawyer (5 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Visalia Rawhide   0

Stockton Ports   4

WP – Sawyer 3-4 / 3.22

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Dalton Sawyer

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

Stockton shut out Visalia on 5 hits to win its third straight on Saturday. Starter Dalton Sawyer was outstanding, striking out 5 while throwing 5 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win for the Ports, and last year’s 9th-round draft pick for the A’s has now allowed just 4 earned runs while striking out 23 over his last 20 innings for Stockton. RHPs Joey Wagman, Miguel Romero and Kyle Friedrichs combined to throw 4 scoreless frames in relief to complete the shutout on Saturday. First baseman Mikey White walked and doubled with the bases loaded to drive in 3 runs, and designated hitter Jake Smolinski went 0 for 2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch in his first rehab appearance for the Ports. Meanwhile, LHP Andrew Tomasovich was activated from the disabled list while LHP Jared Lyons landed on the DL for Stockton on Saturday.

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Sunday, August 6th: Meisner Leads Hounds to Shutout Victory while Nunez’s 30th HR Helps Sounds Win 3rd Straight

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Casey Meisner (7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Casey Meisner (7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions    0

Midland RockHounds  6

WP – Meisner 4-3 / 4.46

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Casey Meisner

(7 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

RHP Casey Meisner turned in his third straight strong start to help Midland snap a three-game skid on Sunday. The 22-year-old allowed just 3 hits while striking out 6 over 7 shutout innings to earn his 4th win for the RockHounds, and he’s now failed to allow a run over his last 14 frames for the Hounds. LHP Brandon Mann and RHP Carlos Navas each contributed a scoreless inning in relief to complete the 3-hit shutout on Sunday. First baseman Viosergy Rosa singled, tripled and walked, while center fielder B.J. Boyd had 3 hits, stole a base and drove in a run for the RockHounds.

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Tuesday, August 1st: Siddall Helps Ports Win Big, while Meisner Pitches Hounds to Victory as Mateo Makes Debut & Armenteros Has 4 RBIs for AZL A’s

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Brett Siddall (4 for 5 / Home Run / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Brett Siddall (4 for 5 / Home Run / 2 Doubles / 4 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Inland Empire 66ers  0

Stockton Ports       14

WP – Sawyer 2-4 / 3.57

HR – Siddall (18), Barrera (4), Raga (3)

Prospect Of The Game:

Outfielder Brett Siddall

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

Left fielder Brett Siddall continued his torrid hitting in the second half to help the Ports prevail for the fourth time in their last five games on Tuesday. The 22-year-old collected 4 hits, including a home run and a pair of doubles, while driving in 4 runs, and he’s now slashing .388/.452/.687 for Stockton in the second half. Catcher Argenis Raga singled and slugged a 3-run homer, while center fielder Luis Barrera singled and belted a 2-run blast, and right fielder Seth Brown singled, doubled, stole a base and drove in a pair. Ports pitchers shut out the 66ers on just 5 hits on Tuesday. Starter Dalton Sawyer struck out 7 over 5 scoreless innings to earn his 2nd win for Stockton, while RHP Kyle Friedrichs allowed just 1 hit over 4 scoreless frames to complete the shutout and pick up his 1st save for the Ports. Meanwhile, Midland shortstop Richie Martin was reassigned to Stockton, while infielder Edwin Diaz was sent back to Beloit on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, July 26th: Meisner & Sportman Help Hounds Win 6th Straight while Hahn Earns 1st Win for Sounds

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Casey Meisner (6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Casey Meisner (6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders        3

Midland RockHounds  11

WP – Meisner 2-3 / 6.59

HR – Sportman (8), Ramirez (3), Murphy (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Casey Meisner

(6 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

RHP Casey Meisner turned in one of his best starts for the RockHounds since joining the team late last month. The 22-year-old allowed 2 runs over 6 innings of work to earn his 2nd win for Midland and help the Hounds secure their sixth straight win on Wednesday. Right fielder J.P. Sportman, who left Tuesday’s game after being hit in the hand with a pitch, had a big night at the plate, collecting 3 hits, including a home run, while driving in a pair. Catcher Sean Murphy and left fielder Tyler Ramirez both homered, while third baseman Jordan Tarsovich had 3 hits, and first baseman Viosergy Rosa doubled, walked and drove in 3 runs for the RockHounds.

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Friday, July 21st: Jensen’s Strong Start & 4 HRs Help Sounds Win while Hounds Snap Skid behind Rosa’s Big Bat

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Jensen (6 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

A’s Prospect Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Jensen (6 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Nashville Sounds             7

New Orleans Baby Cakes  5

WP – Jensen 5-1 / 3.97

HR – Barreto (11), Lavarnway (6), Munoz (4), Pinder (1)

Prospect Of The Game:

Pitcher Chris Jensen

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

RHP Chris Jensen turned in a strong start to help the Sounds win their third straight on Friday. The 26-year-old allowed just 1 unearned run over 6 innings of work to notch his 5th win for Nashville. Rehabbing RHP Ryan Dull pitched a perfect frame in the 7th, while RHP Tucker Healy gave up 4 runs in just 2/3 of an inning of relief, and LHP Patrick Schuster got the final out to secure his 1st save of the season. Sounds hitters slugged four home runs, all solo shots. Shortstop Franklin Barreto blasted his 11th in the 1st, while catcher Ryan Lavarnway clubbed his 6th in the 3rd. Rehabbing second baseman Chad Pinder belted his 1st in the 6th, and left fielder Yairo Munoz smacked his 4th in the 7th. Munoz also singled and stole a base for the Sounds. Meanwhile, RHP Frankie Montas and first baseman Matt Olson were both recalled by the A’s, while first baseman Chris Carter was signed to a minor league deal and sent to Nashville, and infielder Melvin Mercedes was reassigned to the Sounds roster on Friday.

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