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Spring Has Sprung!

Phoenix Muni

The A’s will be spending their last spring at Phoenix Municipal Stadium (photo via Kate Longworth’s twitter @KLongworthCSN)

As you may already know, A’s pitchers and catchers began reporting to the team’s spring training camp in Phoenix on Friday, with the team’s first workouts on Saturday. And there are already plenty of observations we can make about the major league team, as well as the minor league teams, at this point.

First of all, the A’s are still a very young team. On the 40-man roster, only two players – Coco Crisp and Nick Punto – were born before 1982, and only three of the team’s pitchers – Scott Kazmir, Jim Johnson and Jesse Chavez – will be over the age of 29 on opening day.

On Thursday, one day before pitchers and catchers began reporting to the A’s spring training camp in Phoenix, A’s assistant general manager David Forst told Bay Area radio station 95.7 The Game that he thought he knew what the A’s starting rotation was going to look like and mentioned Jarrod Parker, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily. That would make Tommy Milone the sixth starter in waiting at Sacramento, with recent acquisitions Josh Lindblom and Drew Pomeranz right behind him.

Returning River Cats Andrew Werner and Arnold Leon, along with minor-league free-agent signee Matt Buschmann, will be the top contenders for the remaining spots in the River Cats rotation, with former perfect-game hurler Phil Humber likely serving time in Sacramento’s bullpen. Last year, Humber made 10 relief appearances for the Astros and came into 13 games out of the bullpen for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Midland’s top three starters from last season – Murphy Smith, Sean Murphy and Zach Neal – would be the next in line to take a step up should there be an issue with any of the previously-mentioned A’s or River Cats starters. If the three of them remain at Midland though, the top three candidates to join them in the RockHounds rotation will be Drew Granier, Raul Alcantara and Tanner Peters.

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Billy Beane and Bob Melvin overseeing the action Saturday in Phoenix (photo via Kate Longworth’s twitter @KLongworthCSN)

The 21-year-old Alcantara is the hottest young pitching prospect in the A’s system at the moment, and the team would like to see him start the season in the RockHounds rotation and then see where his talent takes him from there. But at this point, it’s clear that Alcantara could be a fast-riser.

Former bonus baby Michael Ynoa will probably be the other most closely watched young pitcher in the A’s camp this spring. He’s been throwing hard in Phoenix, but the key for him will just be staying healthy and staying on the mound. It’s still expected that he’ll start the season at Stockton. But if he starts out well, he should be due for a quick promotion to Midland.

As far as relievers go, A’s manager Bob Melvin was impressed with Evan Scribner’s and Fernando Nieve’s initial bullpen sessions in Phoenix, and both are likely to end up starting the season as key cogs in the River Cats bullpen, as long as Scribner can clear waivers anyway.

One of last year’s biggest objects of attention when camp opened, Japanese shortstop Hiro Nakajima, won’t be making any headlines in big league camp this time around though, since Nakajima will be spending his time in the A’s minor league camp this year. But another shortstop, top prospect Addison Russell – who appears on schedule to become the A’s starting shortstop in 2015 – will definitely be getting a good chance to show the A’s staff what he can do this spring in the big league camp.

 

Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir

Starting pitchers Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir take to the mound in Phoenix (photo via Jane Lee’s twitter @JaneMLB) 

 

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A’s & River Cats Roster Outlook

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Scott Kazmir – the $22 million dollar man

It appears that most of the A’s off-season work is done. The team has found capable replacements for departing free agents Bartolo Colon, Grant Balfour and Chris Young and filled a few other holes as well. It’s possible that someone like Alberto Callaspo, who’s set to earn close to $5 million and doesn’t have a full-time position, could still end up being traded before spring training is through. It’s possible that a few younger players with major league experience who are out of options like outfielder Michael Taylor or reliever Evan Scribner could be dealt as well. But for the most part, barring any unforeseen injury issues, it looks like the A’s are now holding most of the cards they’ll be playing to start the 2014 season. And it’s becoming increasingly clear who most of the players are that Sacramento River Cats fans can expect to be seeing at Raley Field in 2014 as well.

 

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One area that seems to be most clearly set for the team is the outfield, with Josh Reddick in right, Coco Crisp in center, Yoenis Cespedes in left and newcomer Craig Gentry serving as the fourth outfielder. The left side of the infield will also remain in place for the A’s, with the team’s most valuable player in 2014, Josh Donaldson, manning the hot corner and the team’s best-hitting shortstop in recent memory, Jed Lowrie, returning to shortstop.

The other four positions in the lineup – second base, first base, catcher and designated hitter – are the areas where the A’s will deploy their patented platoons. Free agent infielder Nick Punto is likely to take over for Adam Rosales and Callaspo as Eric Sogard’s platoon partner at second base. And based on manager Bob Melvin’s comments, it seems like that might push Callaspo into the role of Brandon Moss’s platoon partner at first base, which would then push Nate Freiman to Sacramento along with fellow first baseman Daric Barton.

Craig "Kitten Face" Gentry

Craig “Kitten Face” Gentry

Melvin’s recent comments also make it sound like John Jaso is likely to get most of the DH at-bats, replacing the departed Seth Smith in that position, while against left-handers, Craig Gentry would join the lineup in left field with Yoenis Cespedes moving into the DH spot. With Jaso getting most of the DH at-bats, that requires the A’s to carry a third catcher, and that’s most likely to be Stephen Vogt, who got plenty of valuable experience last year down the stretch and in the postseason for the A’s. And his left-handed bat is the perfect complement to righty-swinging backstop Derek Norris, who hit just .149 against right-handed pitching last year.

Basically, Vogt would be replacing Jaso in the catching platoon, just as he did late last year, with Jaso moving out from behind the plate to replace Seth Smith in the DH platoon, while Punto replaces Callaspo in the second base platoon, Callaspo replaces Freiman in the first place platoon and Craig Gentry takes Chris Young’s place in the lineup against left-handers.

As far as the pitching staff goes, the plan seems pretty clear. Free agent lefty Scott Kazmir will take over for Bartolo Colon as the veteran presence in the team’s starting rotation, while young righty Sonny Gray appears set to take lefty Tommy Milone’s spot in the rotation, just as he did late last season, with Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily rounding out the starting five.

Meanwhile, in the bullpen, Jim Johnson will take over for Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, while top-notch setup man Luke Gregerson will take the roster spot that Pat Neshek occupied most of last season and lefty Fernando Abad is likely to take Jerry Blevins’ spot on the left side of the bullpen, with fellow lefty Sean Doolittle and righties Ryan Cook, Jesse Chavez and Dan Otero rounding out the rest of the A’s bullpen – though it’s possible that, since he’s out of options, the team could also decide to have Evan Scribner take Otero’s spot to start the season. The A’s will also likely start the season with two relievers who are both recovering from Tommy John surgery on the disabled list – recently-signed free agent lefty Eric O’Flaherty and righty Fernando Rodriguez, who was acquired from the Astros in the Jed Lowrie deal.

 

2014 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

If we make the preceding assumptions about the major league roster, then the River Cats roster starts to fall pretty clearly into place. Of course, there are a few players who are out of options, and it’s quite possible that at least one of them won’t end up clearing waivers.

Daric Barton: Back in River City?

Daric Barton: Back in River City?

The A’s have two veteran minor league catchers to handle the River Cats pitching staff, returning backstop Luke Montz along with Chris Gimenez, who was recently claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, the team looks to be overloaded with first basemen, with Daric Barton, Nate Freiman and Anthony Aliotti all looking for playing time – unless the A’s end up trading Callaspo and opening up a roster spot for Freiman as Brandon Moss’s platoon partner. If not, there could still be plenty of playing time to be found for all three between the first base and the designated hitter spot.

Returning River Cat Andy Parrino appears to be set at shortstop. Hiro Nakajima is likely to get the majority of starts at third base while also picking up at-bats at other positions around the infield, while free agent signees Jose Martinez and Alden Carrithers should get most of the playing time at second base. Shane Peterson is set to return to Sacramento’s outfield, along with Jake Goebbert and, if they clear waivers, veteran minor leaguers Michael Taylor and Corey Brown (who was recently designated for assignment).

The River Cats should have plenty of worthy contenders for their starting rotation. If the A’s other five starters are all healthy to start the season, then Tommy Milone is likely to anchor Sacramento’s starting five, along with recently-acquired righty Josh Lindblom and lefty Drew Pomeranz. Returning River Cats Andrew Werner and Arnold Leon will also be competing for a spot as well as free agent signees Phil Humber and Matt Buschmann, with those don’t make the rotation starting the season in the River Cats bullpen. If he clears waivers, they’re likely to be joined there by Evan Scribner, along with returning River Cats Paul Smyth and Fernando Nieve and free agent signees Deryk Hooker and Jose Flores as well as Triple-A Rule 5 draftee Tim Atherton.

So that’s how things seem to be shaping up for both the A’s and the River Cats, assuming everyone clears waivers and Billy Beane doesn’t have any last-minute surprises up his sleeve!

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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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Sunday, July 14th: Strong Efforts from Straily & Hernandez Help Cats & Hounds Win while Ports & Snappers Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Dan Straily (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K)

Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Dan Straily (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Fresno Grizzlies                1

Sacramento River Cats  2

WP – Gordon 3-0 / 3.27

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dan Straily

(7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K)

 

Starter Dan Straily had an impressive outing for Sacramento on Sunday, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 7 over 7 scoreless innings of work, and he left with the game tied 0-0. RHP Brian Gordon picked up the win despite giving up a run in the top of the 10th inning. But Jemile Weeks singled home first baseman Shane Peterson and third baseman Hiro Nakajima in the bottom of the 10th to give the River Cats the win. Peterson and Nakajima had a pair of hits apiece in the game, while shortstop Adam Rosales went 0 for 4. Sacramento outfielder Jeremy Barfield was placed on the disabled list while he makes his way to Arizona to begin working on his conversion to pitching. So watch out Sean Doolittle!

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Monday, April 22nd: Straily, Murphy & Alcantara Pitch Cats, Hounds & Snappers to Victory on Monday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Dan Straily (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 5 BB / 4 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Dan Straily (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 5 BB / 4 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                         1

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Straily 3-0 / 0.96

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dan Straily

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

 

RHP Dan Straily had his third straight solid start for Sacramento on Monday, allowing just 1 unearned run on 3 hits over 6 innings to earn the win. RHP Dan Otero got the final 3 outs to post his 4th save. First baseman Daric Barton continued his hot hitting of late, collecting a pair of hits and driving in a run in the win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Corpus Christi Hooks      1

Midland RockHounds  2

WP – Urlaub 2-0 / 2.45

HR – Barfield (3), Aliotti (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(6 2/3 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 3 BB / 5 K)

 

Starter Sean Murphy made an impressive debut with the RockHounds on Monday, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. First baseman Anthony Aliotti hit his 2nd home run in the 6th inning to put Midland on the board, and Murphy left the game in the 7th inning with the game tied 1-1. Then with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, outfielder Jeremy Barfield clubbed his 3rd home run to end the game. LHP Jeff Urlaub pitched a perfect 9th to pick up his 2nd win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers       3

Clinton LumberKings  2

WP – Alcantara 2-1 / 3.68

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Raul Alcantara

(6 IP / 8 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 1 K / Win)

 

RHP Raul Alcantara had another solid start for the Snappers on Monday, allowing 2 runs over 6 innings to post his 2nd win. RHP Ryan Dull got the final 4 outs for his 1st save. Second baseman Chris Bostick doubled, tripled and scored twice, while catcher Bruce Maxwell and outfielder Ryan Mathews both doubled in a run in the win.

 

Tuesday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 12:05pm PT

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

Stockton @ Visalia – 7:00pm PT

Beloit @ Clinton – 10:30am PT / 12:30pm CT

 

 

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Sunday, April 21st: Neal Pitches Hounds to Victory while Ports Win on Ortiz’s HR and Cats & Snappers Both Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Zach Neal (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Zach Neal (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 4 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                       10

Sacramento River Cats  8

LP – Simmons 0-1 / 6.48

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(3 for 5 / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

With Dan Straily scratched in case he’s needed to replace Brett Anderson in his next scheduled start for Oakland on Wednesday, RHP Bruce Billings got the start on Sunday and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits over 3 innings of work. RHP Pedro Vidal, making his debut for Sacramento, then gave up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief. First baseman Daric Barton doubled in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 5th inning for the River Cats. RHP James Simmons then came on to give up 4 runs over 1 2/3 innings to take the loss. After making 3 rehab starts with Stockton, Adam Rosales started at second base and had a hit, a walk, scored a run and stole base in his first rehab appearance with the River Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

San Antonio Missions     1

WP – Neal 1-0 / 1.33

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

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

 

Starter Zach Neal had another impressive outing for the RockHounds on Sunday, tossing 7 scoreless innings to earn the win and lower his ERA to 1.33 after 4 starts. RHP Kyler Newby, who’s quickly becoming the go-to guy out of the bullpen for Midland, got the final 3 outs to earn his 4th save. Second baseman Dusty Coleman and outfielder D’Arby Myers collected 3 hits apiece, while designated hitter Anthony Aliotti, outfielder Jake Goebbert and shortstop Darwin Perez each drove in a run for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts      2

Stockton Ports  4

WP – Joseph 2-0 / 0.90

HR – Ortiz (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Ryan Ortiz

(3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

With RHP Sean Murphy being promoted to Double-A Midland, RHP Deyvi Jimenez was added to the Ports’ roster and made his first start for Stockton on Sunday, allowing 2 runs, just 1 earned, while striking out 5 over 4 innings of work. RHP David Mota and LHP Jacob Brown combined for 3 scoreless innings in relief to keep Stockton within a run. Catcher Ryan Ortiz then blasted a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Ports the lead, and RHP Jonathan Joseph struck out 4 over the final 2 innings to earn his 2nd win.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers       4

Clinton LumberKings  7

LP – House 0-2 / 3.21

HR – Tanis (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Austin House

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

 

RHP Austin House had a solid start for the Snappers on Sunday, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits over 5 innings but still ended up taking the loss, while RHP Kris Hall gave up 5 runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Third baseman Jacob Tanis did his best to try to spark the Snappers’ offense, contributing 3 hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in 3 runs in the loss.

 

Monday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Corpus Christi @ Midland – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

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

 

 

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Tuesday, April 16th: Straily Stars in Cats’ 6th Straight Win

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Dan Straily (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / Win)

Sacramento River Cats’ Pitcher Dan Straily (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  2

Las Vegas 51s                  1

WP – Straily 2-0 / 1.42

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Dan Straily

(7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 7 K / Win)

 

In his second start for Sacramento, RHP Dan Straily had another impressive outing, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 7 over 7 innings to earn his 2nd win, while RHP Dan Otero got the final 3 outs to pick up his 2nd save. Second baseman Grant Green had 4 hits and scored one of the River Cats’ 2 runs, shortstop Jemile Weeks had 3 hits and scored the other run, while catcher Stephen Vogt and outfielder Michael Choice each drove in a run in Sacramento’s 6th straight win.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Arkansas Travelers        4

Midland RockHounds  6

WP – Smyth 2-0 / 2.70

HR – Barfield (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Paul Smyth

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

 

Outfielder Jeremy Barfield hit a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning to give Midland a 1-run lead, while starter Zach Neal allowed 4 runs, 2 earned over 5 innings of work. The 2 unearned runs scored in the 5th inning with the help of 3 RockHounds’s error by outfielder Jeremy Barfield, third baseman Jefry Marte and shortstop Darwin Perez. RHP Paul Smyth entered the game with Midland down by a run and held Arkansas scoreless over 3 perfect innings to allow the RockHounds the chance to come back and retake the lead thanks to an RBI double off the bat of first baseman Miles Head. RHP Kyler Newby got the final 3 outs for his 1st save, while catcher Beau Taylor doubled in his first game back in action with Midland.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  1

San Jose Giants  2

LP – Murphy 2-1 / 2.89

HR – Lamas (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(6 2/3 IP / 7 H / 2 ER / 2 BB / 8 K)

 

Starter Sean Murphy had another solid outing for Stockton, allowing 2 runs while striking out 8 over 6 2/3 innings, but he still ended up taking the loss on Tuesday. Outfielder Josh Whitaker doubled, and second baseman Antonio Lamas hit his 2nd home run in as many nights for the Ports’ only run of the game.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

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KaneCounty Cougars  4

Beloit Snappers        3

LP – Vail 0-2 / 9.00

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(3 for 3 / RBI)

 

Starter Raul Alcantara allowed 2 runs on 7 hits over 5 1/3 innings and left the game with a 1-run lead, but RHP Tyler Vail gave up 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief to take the loss. Outfielder John Wooten collected 3 hits and drove in a run for the Snappers.

 

GAME #2

KaneCounty Cougars  3

Beloit Snappers        8

WP – Bacus 1-0 / 2.40

HR – Mathews (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

Third baseman Renato Nunez had 2 doubles, both in a big 7-run 2nd inning, and drove in a pair of runs for Beloit. Designated hitter John Wooten doubled and drove in 2, and outfielder Ryan Mathews hit his 3rd home run for the Snappers. In his most impressive appearance so far this season, former top prospect Michael Ynoa allowed 1 unearned run on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5 over 3 innings of work. RHP Dakota Bacus gave up 2 runs while striking out 5 in 4 innings of relief to pick up the win.

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Las Vegas – 7:05pm PT

Stockton @ San Jose – 7:00pm PT

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

 

 

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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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Prospect Watch with Grady, Farhan & Melvin

While soaking up plenty of Arizona sun during our spring training tour, we also wanted to make sure we got a little light shed on some of the A’s top prospects by folks in the know. So we took the opportunity to talk to three guys who really ought to know the score – Grady Fuson, Farhan Zaidi and Bob Melvin.

gfDSC01787-1[2c]Grady Fuson is a long-time baseball man who was formerly the A’s director of scouting. One of baseball’s most respected talent evaluators, he was also depicted as one of Moneyball‘s biggest bad guys, but he’s back with the A’s again as a special assistant to general manager Billy Beane.

fz0511cnzaidi_x582dIn his fifth season as the A’s director of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi is one of the game’s most forward-thinking front office executives. With a doctorate in economics from UC Berkeley, he is often known as the A’s “numbers guy” and readily admits to feeling somewhat naked without his computer.

bmDSC02384cBob Melvin is the popular and affable manager of the A’s who, in 2012, led the team to its first division title since 2006. The former catcher spent 10 years playing in the major leagues and was named AL Manager of Year for his efforts with the A’s in 2012.

We asked this trio of talent evaluators to weigh in on some of the A’s top prospects, and what we heard left us feeling pretty good about the future!

 

On shortstop Addison Russell

arfPCk2bFI2Bob Melvin:  He left us with impressions when he came out and just took batting practice with us during the season. During spring, he certainly didn’t look like a 19-year-old kid. He has a great approach at the plate, a very good work ethic – great athlete. He’s got a chance to be a quick mover.

Grady Fuson:  Big league camp didn’t phase him. He went in there and stood around like a veteran. He wasn’t nervous. He was aggressive. He played the same style of game that he’s played since the day we signed him. And I think everybody top to bottom’s been pleased…I think we all see all the tools. It’s not hard to know this guy’s really got some quickness and speed. He’s aggressive on ground balls. He’s got a knack for reading ground balls. He controlled the strike zone in big league camp, so it wasn’t like he was swinging at air or anything. He’s just got a very good awareness about the game for a young kid to go with all the tools he’s got…He’s a great kid. He comes to work every day – he’s quiet but he’s deadly…As he goes along, we’re going to keep an eye on his throwing. It has nothing to do with his arm strength. It’s more about building accuracy and pace and footwork into his game. Other than that, there’s really no holes to poke at offensively. The more he plays, the more he’s going to get comfortable with the strike zone a little bit – what he can hit, what he can’t hit – and that’ll come. But this kid really has no major flaws to really speak of. It’s nice every once in a while to have a player where you can go, “Hey, let’s just go play!”

 

On outfielder Michael Choice

mcmichaelchoiceoaklandathleticsphotodaynwngr_fbjvxl3Grady Fuson:  He’s ahead of the curve as far as when he left Midland last year. What little time we got with him in instructs (instructional league), something’s clicked. His whole approach is so much more balanced and connected. The first 5-6 at-bats I saw him, I kept waiting for him to kind of get out of sorts, but he hasn’t one time. I’m proud of him. He looked great in big league camp. He’s got another burst of energy to his game. He played center field in big league camp very well – 5 of those innings a day over there that sun’s right in your face. And the great thing is, since he’s come over to minor league camp, he’s had the same work ethic, same aggressiveness, same energy. He’s been great…It looks like he’s really figured some things out.

Bob Melvin:  This is the first time we’ve been able to see him get a lot of bats and do the things that the organization expects of him. He’s a highly-touted prospect with power and speed. I think he came to this camp really wanting to show the big league staff what he’s all about – and he did that. I mean, it was a very impressive camp. He fell off a little bit – I think he took a couple of 0-fors at the end. But he and Shane Peterson have been terrific throughout the whole camp. And this is a guy who’s going to knock the door down and fight his way in at some point in time, whether it’s next year, whether it’s this year – a September call-up or an injury or something like that. He’s really close to being a big leaguer.

 

On outfielder Shane Peterson

Bob Melvin:  He’s the one guy here who’s played every single game (this spring). You usually ease your way into it, but he’s done anything but that. He continues to hit. He plays different positions. I haven’t even used him at first, which is probably his most comfortable position, but he’s looked like a true outfielder. You look at the numbers, and he’s had a spectacular camp.

 

On infielder Grant Green

Oakland Athletics Photo DayGrady Fuson:  To some degree, offensively, he could be big-league ready – he’s close. He’s got great at-bats going. He’s doing what Grant Green does. He’s been through a year and a half to two year period where we’ve been working on getting him to be more aggressive on the inner half and feeling what it’s like to turn on some balls. It’s helped his power production. Once again, he’s kind of getting his feet wet at a new position, but it’s the one position that you’re really seeing him grow at defensively. He is getting better every day. So obviously he’ll go back to Sacramento and we’ll see how things go in the big leagues to start – but Grant is very, very close.

Farhan Zaidi:  I think there’s a growing level of confidence that second base is his best position. And because it’s his best position, probably now and also in the long run, giving him time to develop there is a priority. But we have other guys who need to play that position, so he may not get as many reps there as we would like in a perfect world just because we have to work other guys in there. But from an organizational perspective, more and more people are feeling good about the progress he’s made over there. And he could actually be an asset over there in the long term once he gets more reps and gets more comfortable playing there.

 

On infielder Miles Head

Grady Fuson:  He didn’t get that much time in big league camp, so he’s kind of getting a late start playing every day here (in minor league camp). But he should be ready to go. Obviously, he can’t do what he did in Stockton – that was the most unreal half you’re ever going to see. But he’s been getting his knocks, he’s swinging aggressive, getting time at third and first – and that’s what we’ll expect when he goes out.

 

On pitcher Dan Straily

dsstraily-dan3Farhan Zaidi:  I think he’s gotten a lot more comfortable in this camp, being in the big leagues, being around the big league team and staff. He’s had some things to work on this spring, just like most pitchers have. But you know, we sort of have this notion of building the starting pitching depth out 8 or 9 guys. And if you’re the 6th guy, it means we have a pretty high level of confidence – we know we’re going to need you at some point…He’s going to be a big factor in our season…He might not be in there for every turn of the 162 game season, but he’s going to play a big role for sure.

Bob Melvin:  He just needs to be more consistent at times – and he knows it. He had a tough first inning the other day where he gave up 3 runs and then he pitched really well after that. It’s getting rid of that one inning, or getting through games a little bit more in the fashion that we think he can do it – and he’s probably not quite there yet. But he’s still a young guy, and we’ve had a lot of young guys perform well here. He was instrumental down the stretch with a few games for us last year. He has some experience pitching in a pennant race. But I know he probably looks at his performance this spring and thinks there’s a little bit more in the tank for him and wants to finish up strong.

Grady Fuson:  He just seemed a hair out of sync (this spring). He wasn’t locating his fastball as well. And when he doesn’t locate his fastball well, then his sequences don’t come together. As far as his stuff, his stuff was still solid – 90-93mph, good breaker, slider got a little flat at times, good changeup – but he just wasn’t getting ahead of hitters enough as he’d done a year ago…You know, it’s his first big league camp – he knows he’s pressing to make a spot in that rotation.

 

On pitcher Sonny Gray

sgsonnygray_large1Grady Fuson:  His stuff is good. It’s all going to get down to location. If Sonny can improve on pounding the strike zone, he’s going to be a competitive kid. But he’s got to find a way to get ahead earlier in counts and work on the efficient side of being a starter versus the overpowering side of being a starter. He knows it. He’s trying to work through it. And right now, it comes and goes. So it’s a work in progress.

Farhan Zaidi:  As much as we have invested in him, he’s a guy who we would want to only bring up when we really feel he’s ready, not sort of out of a sense of urgency for a guy. I think he just has to work on pitching more efficiently. If you’re in Triple-A and you’re throwing 100 pitches in a 6-inning stint, that’s not going to work at the big league level. The guys who have success moving from Double-A and Triple-A to the big leagues are the guys who pitch really efficiently at the minor league level and have short innings, don’t walk guys, all that kind of stuff. I think that’s going to be the biggest issue for him.

 

On pitcher Andrew Werner

Grady Fuson:  He’s kind of an under-the-radar lefty. He doesn’t throw overly hard. But he’s a locate guy. He’s got a real good changeup. He’s got a solid breaker. So he’s a lot like most lefties who throw 87-88mph who can pitch a little bit.

 

On pitcher Jesse Chavez

Grady Fuson:  Jesse Chavez has tremendous stuff. It’s just about him harnessing it, and he’s dominated in Triple-A. So it’s just about him getting used to playing in front of a second deck and the lights not blinding him a little bit. But we feel good about having him down there (at Sacramento).

 

On pitcher Michael Ynoa

mymichael-ynoa.p1Grady Fuson:  The progress continues to be nothing but ‘hang a star on it!’ He’s healthy. His velocity continues to climb. He’s been up to 95-96mph here. His breaking ball’s sharper because the velocity’s back. He’s been around the strike zone. You know, we’re still going to proceed with a little caution, but he’s been good.

Farhan Zaidi:  His stuff has been really good. His fastball has been up to the mid-90s. He shows his other pitches. He’s a big presence on the mound. He just needs reps and he needs to get more consistent. If you haven’t pitched at that level, and things start unraveling – just getting out of jams, not letting innings totally get away from you. But the stuff has been fine…The stuff is where you were hoping it would progress to when we signed him – I mean, we thought he might be in the big leagues by now. So all the ingredients are there. It’s just about him getting out and pitching…I think he has the ability to make up for a lot of that lost time, so we’re looking forward to him pitching.

 

On infielder Daniel Robertson

Grady Fuson:  We’re still just being cautious with the knee. Little by little, he’s done more on the field, so he has not played in games. He feels great. We’re just taking it slow…In instructional league, his spike caught up on the mat hitting in BP and kind of tore a little meniscus in there. So the odds are he probably won’t break (camp). We’ll keep him down here a little bit and make sure it’s tested. But hopefully by the middle of the month, he’s good to go.

 

On first baseman Matt Olson

mo15095_4110106706138_1463379083_n3Grady Fuson:  Olson’s been great. He just picked up where he left off. He’s gotten a little bigger and stronger. He’s having a nice minor league camp. He’s ready to go.

Farhan Zaidi:  The guys over there have been very excited about him. I think he’s hit a handful of homers in minor league games already. He has that kind of power…and that’s got people pretty excited.

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Knowing he’s always got an eye on the future, we took the opportunity to ask Farhan about the possible value of applying analytics to the subject of health and injuries in order to better anticipate the physical resilience of individual players, and here’s what he had to say…

Farhan Zaidi:  There’s more and more of this stuff – either analyzing historic DL data or injury data, or also mechanics. I don’t know that there are a lot of great, or certain, answers at this point. But I think it’s a major next frontier for analysis. It started off with offense, then it moved to defense, measuring fielding, now I think this is the next frontier for analytics. We do a fair amount of that – it’s sort of an ongoing process…Even getting a little bit better at predicting players’ health going forward is really valuable. So that’s something that we’re working on and trying to get better at every year…Even if you improve your predictive power a little bit, that can be worth a lot in the long run.

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–GRADY’S GUYS TO WATCH– 

We asked Grady to tip us off to three guys in the A’s system we ought to keep an eye on, and here’s what we got…

 

mmph_571970Max Muncy

Left-Handed Hitting First Baseman

Age: 22 / Drafted 2012 – 5th Round

He was good last year after we signed him. He went to Burlington (Class-A) right out of the draft and held his own. This guy gets it. He knows how to play the game. He’s got a good swing. He’s very hitter-ish. He’s always had a little bit more power in the bat than his numbers show. And we’re working with him to take advantage of the shorter parts of the park – and it’s coming. He’s been a jewel in camp. He’s firmed his body up a little bit more. He’s a solid defender. Keep your eye on him!

 

ah4d931175d1234c733cd80af2892b53d5bAustin House

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 22 / Drafted 2012 – 14th Round

He closed in Vermont last year. He threw from 25 different slots. In instructional league, we tried to calm him down, gave him one slot, and he went home all winter and worked on it. And he’s gotten so much cleaner now that we’re thinking about maybe starting him and pushing him with some innings. He’s got a good arm. He’s got a nasty changeup…He wiped guys out as a closer, but the more you can get on the mound, the more you’re going to learn.

 

ddOakton---Derek-DeYoung2Derek DeYoung

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 21 / Drafted 2012 – 18th Round

Junior college kid – he only pitched 1/3 of an inning for us last year, so I didn’t even know who this guy was. The other day, he comes out here, he’s throwing 94mph with a nasty breaker – good body, good delivery. Today he goes 3 shutout innings, touching 95mph – I’m in!

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A’s, River Cats’ & RockHounds’ Roster Projections

Will Hiro have to be a hero in Sacramento?

Will Hiro still be smiling in Sacramento?

We’re now less than a week away from opening day, and Jemile Weeks has been optioned to Sacramento, Adam Rosales has been placed on the disabled list, and Hiro Nakajima has been struggling and is now dealing with a strained hamstring. And thanks to these recent developments, it looks like the A’s opening day roster may now be rounding into shape – and along with it, the Sacramento River Cats’ and Midland RockHounds’ rosters too. Of course, plenty can still change and nothing is etched in stone. There haven’t been any official announcements from the team yet and there probably won’t be until about 24 hours before opening day, but below are our projected opening day rosters for the A’s and their Triple-A and Double-A affiliates based on what we think we know at this point…

 

PROJECTED 2013 OAKLAND A’S ROSTER

Derek Norris

Derek Norris

–CATCHERS–

John Jaso C

Derek Norris C

–INFIELDERS–

Brandon Moss 1B

Nate Freiman 1B

Eric Sogard 2B

Scott Sizemore 2B

Jed Lowrie SS

Josh Donaldson 3B

–OUTFIELDERS–

Yoenis Cespedes OF

Coco Crisp OF

Josh Reddick OF

Chris Young OF

Seth Smith OF

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brett Anderson LHP

Jarrod Parker RHP

Tommy Milone LHP

A.J. Griffin RHP

Dan Straily RHP

–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

 

(Bartolo Colon – SUSPENDED)

(Fernando Rodriguez – DL)

(Adam Rosales – DL)

 

PROJECTED 2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS ROSTER

Michael Choice

Michael Choice

–HITTERS–

Luke Montz C

David Freitas C

Hiro Nakajima SS

Jemile Weeks 2B

Andy Parrino SS-3B-OF

Grant Green 2B-3B-OF

Josh Horton 3B-SS-2B

Scott Moore 1B-3B-DH

Shane Peterson OF-1B

Conner Crumbliss OF-2B

Michael Choice OF

Michael Taylor OF

Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Sonny Gray RHP

Andrew Werner LHP

Jesse Chavez RHP

Bruce Billings RHP

Travis Banwart RHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Evan Scribner RHP

Mike Ekstrom RHP

James Simmons RHP

Arnold Leon RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Hideki Okajima LHP

Jordan Norberto LHP

Pedro Figueroa LHP

Justin Thomas LHP

 

PROJECTED 2013 MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS ROSTER

Miles Head

Miles Head

–HITTERS–

Beau Taylor C

Ryan Ortiz 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

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Carlos Hernandez LHP

Murphy Smith RHP

Josh Bowman RHP

Sean Murphy RHP

Jacob Brown LHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Brian Gordon RHP

Carlos Fisher RHP

Kyler Newby RHP

Darren Byrd RHP

Paul Smyth RHP

Nate Long RHP

Sergio Perez RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Frank Gailey LHP

 

***UPDATE: In something of a surprise, the A’s have designated LHP Travis Blackley for assignment. This opens a spot in the A’s bullpen for either Evan Scribner, Pedro Figueroa, Mike Ekstrom or Hideki Okajima. Their spot in the River Cats bullpen will be filled by RHP Danny Otero, who was claimed off waivers.

 

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